I am a smarty pants

flavored

Let's get one thing clear. It's seriously lucky that we're naturally thin people (I'll duck while you throw things), because we do not diet. But what we do try hard to do is eat real, whole, homemade foods- local if possible- whenever we can. I like butter, sugar, milk, cheese, honey, whole wheat. I do not like partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose anything, artificial sweeteners, enriched flours. This is nothing new, right?

One of our last holdouts is was our very favorite creamer to which we are completely addicted: Coffee-mate Vanilla Caramel. It is full of gross things I can hardly pronounce. Yesterday, feeling all clever, I had the grand plan to flavor some half and half, and dog-gone-it, it worked! It's yummy. Here's what I did: I caramelized about 1/2 cup brown sugar + 2 tsp vanilla extract + 1 tsp water in a small saucepan until the sugar dissolved and it was bubbly and thick. I pulled it off the burner, let it cool for about 30 seconds and then slowly whisked in a pint of my favorite half and half. Then I poured it right back into the bottle.

Tasty? Absolutely. Cheaper? No. Low fat? No way. Healthier? It has to be. Now I'm busy dreaming up some new flavors to try...