Iced cinnamon lattes.

I'm happy to report that the "load" got a little lighter- only 2 days in.
I simply made a decision to focus on what I CAN control... what I can do lighten the mood- the load- the agenda... 

Instead of taking my grandma home on Sunday- or even Monday, I asked her to stay a few extra days.  She was happy to do so.  Not only has she provided company, she's helped with cleaning... organization... essentially- everything on my daily to-do list, and much, much more.
So, today, I decided we needed a little treat.
Today's tried & true recipe... 
iced cinnamon latte 
* slightly adapted from giada's kitchen 
4 servings
4 shots of espresso (about 1 1/2 oz each)
1/4 cup cinnamon simple syrup (or less)
1 1/3 cups low-fat milk
Combine the espresso, cinnamon syrup, and milk in a small pitcher.  Fill 4 large, tall glasses with ice.  Pour the latte mixture over the ice. [easy-peasy]
cinnamon simple syrup
makes 1 cup 
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
4 cinnamon sticks
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and cinnamon sticks.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved.  Take the pan off the heat, and cool the syrup.  Any extra cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
{since she was here, I was able to to make a 4:30pm workout (yay for not having to wake up at the crack of dawn!)... which gave more of a reason to drink-up (caffeine boost pre-spin class can't hurt, right??)... but also to *lighten it up a bit}
And such a treat it was.  Both the latte & the company :).
Sounds like Stephanie had a treat-filled afternoon as well... Visit her a little later today to find out more (& of course- to get yet another scruuuumptious recipe... a roasted tomato caprese salad. mmmm.).


  1. i'm obsessed with the glasses! do tell where they are from! i'll be posting soon about my new way of drinking coffee - out of mason jars - i can't get enough of mason/ball jars lately.

    1. they're 'recycled glass tumblers' from starbucks!! i ordered a cuppow too!!!!!! (like 3 wks. ago, but haven't heard back in regards to order confirmation, shipping...??)

  2. I love that she was able to stay and help you. You guys are so cute working together. I live it.

  3. I meant love....but I wasn't able to correct. Need more coffee!

  4. Oh...that looks like heaven! I am so behind on my reader, so I hope your "load" was nothing serious and so glad your granmother could stay!

  5. this sounds delicious. i really need an espresso maker. i mean really. especially for those days when i wake up with a headache after the treat (of another sort) filled afternoon...

  6. Yummm Bialetti's are the best.
    I can definitely relate, I'll admit I stress easily and always have a reminder text in the morning with a "Focus on what you CAN control" and wrote it on my bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker too :) helped me get through finals week in college too :)

  7. Gah these look awesome! Please bring one over? :)

  8. How wonderful to spend that time and a coffee date with your grandma :) ...... glad to hear you "load" is lighter.

  9. I love it when you talk about your grandma. She sounds like such a cherished gift and I'm happy she was there to help and keep you company when you needed it.

    And cinnamon in my coffee grounds is my favorite treat, although, my husband hates it so I only do it when he travels. Your recipe sounds yummy.


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