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Make your mama proud this year by whipping up a cafe-style macchiato in no time at all with this super-simple recipe. Serve with the Nature Valley™ Protein Bars for a perfectly splendid treat!MORE+LESS-
Updated October 9, 2014
tablespoons vanilla syrup
cup espresso, heated to very hot
tablespoons caramel sauce
In a saucepan, heat together the milk, and vanilla syrup until steaming. Transfer to a blender and blend until foamy. Pour into two large mugs.
Immediately pour 1/4 cup of the espresso into each mug. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve immediately and enjoy.
More About This Recipe
- Morning, Mama! Here's a café-style macchiato made just for you!
Make your mama proud this Mother's Day by treating her not just to breakfast in bed, but the sort of breakfast that will warm her heart and soul.
This homemade Mommy Macchiato is as good as the one you'd pay five bucks for at the local coffee shop, but you made in your own kitchen, with your own hands. What better way to show your mom that you care?
Serve this 5-minute macchiato with one of the all-new Nature Valley Protein Bars for the ultimate morning nosh. You're mom is sure to wake up refreshed, relaxed, and glad to have you in her life (and why wouldn't she? You'd give any full-fledged barista a run for their coffee!) -- not to mention energized for the day.
A few other ways to make her morning macchiato moment extra-special:
1. Macchiato 'n Mags
Deliver her steaming hot macchiato and Nature Valley Protein Bars with fresh Greek yogurt and berries, and a new gossip or gardening magazine. Shut the door and give her time to enjoy!
2. Coffee with her Fave Peeps
Serve steaming macchiatos at a breakfast table surrounded by all of Mom's favorite people. Over breakfast, have each person share what they love about Mom, then offer a flower to her. Before breakfast is over, she'll have a fresh bouquet representing a few precious memories from her special day.
3. Java al Fresco
Set a breakfast table outside, and invite Mom to sit in nature and enjoy being served a homemade meal along with a "talent show" by her favorite tots!
More Sensational Sippers
Here are a few more coffees that'd be fun for Mom's Day:
Iced Hazelnut Coffee Coolers Recipe
Creamy Chocolate Almond Coffee Recipe
Mocha Espresso Recipe
Read up! Here's more info on how to make barista-style drinks at home:
Article: How to Make Good, Strong Coffee
Article: How to Make a Mocha
Article: Make Custom Cold Coffee Drinks at Home
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen where she shares fun family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!
Iced Caramel Macchiato
No time to make a coffee run? Make this iced caramel macchiato at home! This easy copycat coffee recipe has to be one of my favorite DIY Starbucks drinks. It&rsquos easy to make and you can save some serious dough by skipping the coffee shop.
When we go out to eat, I tend to always order the same thing. I&rsquom what I like to call a &ldquocreate of habit.&rdquo I&rsquoll patiently sit while everyone looks over the menu deciding what they want to eat or drink. Not me. I know going in what I want. [Heck, I know before we go in what I want.]
Local pizza place? The Jack special, please. Italian food? Bowtie pasta with white sauce, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes. [Please and thank you.] Starbucks? Iced caramel macchiato.
As much as I love indulging by going to Starbucks every once and a while, I decided to create my own. So ya know, I can have it at home. All the time.
WHAT IS A CARAMEL MACCHIATO?
Caramel Macchiato is espresso-based beverage sold in Starbucks. It is made with vanilla syrup, steamed milk, espresso and caramel sauce. The espresso in poured on top of the milk leaving a dark mark on top of the milk foam ("macchiato" means "marked" in Italian). Caramel sauce is poured on top of the foam, adding a layer of sweetness. Caramel Macchiato is one of the most popular Starbucks drinks.
Let's discuss all of the ingredients needed to make Caramel Macchiato at home.
Caramel Macchiato Forte Recipe
This Caramel Macchiato Forte Recipe is exactly what the name says coffee stained with a caramel froth.
Following the measurement provided, place the ground coffee into the brew basket.
Set a large mug in place to brew.
Press the Cafe Forte button.
While coffee is brewing, place milk and caramel sauce into another large mug.
When brewing is complete, microwave milk mixture for 30 to 45 seconds. Froth for 40 seconds according to frothing instructions in the Owner&rsquos Guide.
Eight Tips to Help Kids Get Out the Door (and Let Mom Sleep Just a Little)
Create a to do list. I&rsquove said it before, and I&rsquoll say it again. The day I created a laminated to do list for the wee ones that reminds them over everything they have to do in the morning to get out the door is one of the best things I ever did. I don&rsquot have to remember what they have to do on Tuesday versus Friday, and I&rsquom not constantly nagging them to do something. They just know they need to refer to the list.
Set a cutoff time. For the wee ones, they have to be finished eating breakfast by 8am, no questions asked (except of course on those days when I&rsquom dropping Mister Man at school early for basketball practice). They know that if they aren&rsquot done, they have to pause and get the other important things done like putting their homework in their backpacks and ensuring they have lunches packed before finishing breakfast. It&rsquos a great motivator to not dawdle and has worked well for us.
Buy alarm clocks. Each of the wee ones has an alarm clock. They generally wake up before the alarm goes off (ugh, morning people!), but on the days that they don&rsquot, I struggle to convince them to get out of bed. When the alarm goes off, they get up and start functioning rather than me trying to cajole them and all of us getting frustrated.
Provide an incentive to finish your tasks. For the wee ones, they know that once they finish everything on the list, they are able to play on their Kindles until the bus arrives. Because we limit screen time and their after school activities means they often don&rsquot have much extra time after school, they treasure the time they get on their Kindles before school. I&rsquove found the motivation that works for my kids, but every child will be different.
Make breakfast easy. The wee ones aren&rsquot allowed to use the stove or oven by themselves, but they are comfortable in the kitchen, and I encourage that. For breakfast, we have options that they know they can eat that are ones they can make themselves because I&rsquove coached them on it before setting them loose. Mister Man knows exactly how to get his Greek yogurt and add the preserves to it. Little Miss can cook oatmeal in the microwave or get a granola bar or get creative and simply serve herself some smoked salmon with tortilla chips. They&rsquore both capable of pouring milk.
Teach kids to make their own lunches. The wee ones have made their own lunches for the past two years. It&rsquos something they started doing on their own rather than something I pushed, but once I saw how proud of themselves they were when they saw that they could do it, I added this to their regular chore rotation. Before they started making their own lunches, we sat down to talk about what goes in there. They know they have to have a protein, a veggie, and a fruit. If they want to take a treat, they ask permission first, as we don&rsquot do desserts every day. I love the independence they&rsquore learning, and they pack lunches that include what they want to eat and the amount of food they will eat, which reduces waste, too.
Pack things up the night before. Rather than spending time panicking that homework is missing or accidentally leaving a trumpet behind, we pack everything up the night before. All homework goes into their home folders once they finish homework, and those folders go into their backpacks. Backpacks are hung in the closet near the front door, and the trumpet gets placed directly in front of the door to minimize the likelihood that it&rsquos still at home after the bus pulls away.
Choose clothes the night before. We do this a little less now than what we used to, but I can see this becoming something I insist on more as they get older again. When they were little, they were particular about what they wouldn&rsquot wear, and it could take quite awhile before they finally would agree to wear something. As they age, I can see them spending &ldquohours&rdquo debating what outfit to wear to school. Choosing one the night before eliminates me sending Mister Man back upstairs to change because he put on jeans and a sweatshirt on a day when he has basketball practice and needs track pants and a t-shirt.
All of this means that once I know they&rsquore up and starting to get ready, I can spend time getting myself dressed and ready myself. I&rsquom not snoozing my alarm and abdicating my supervision, but I can check in on how they&rsquore doing while I&rsquom brushing my hair or teeth instead of taking care of them entirely before finding any time to get myself dressed and ready to get out the door.
And that? That leaves me just a little bit of time to brew up my McCafé pods and create just a little bit of bliss with a caramel macchiato at home once the bus pulls away. Or better yet, with a friend once we finish our early morning drop offs.