Monday, February 28, 2011

Vanilla Sugar and Fresh Whipped Cream

Hello!  I'm finally back after an unexpected little break...I have been very sick.  I mentioned on one of my posts weeks ago that I had been sick with a terrible cough, well, I never did get better and it just kept dragging on and I finally realized that I needed to stop trying to keep up with everything and just focus on getting better.

The only good thing to come of all that lying around and being sick, was that I officially kicked my {almost} daily Starbuck's habit!  When you are as sick as I was, leaving the house to head to Starbuck's just wasn't realistic, so I devised a few ways at home to make my coffee extra special...

I have been making Vanilla Sugar for awhile now, but mostly as gifts...not any more...I realized it was a great way to add a little extra flavor to my regular cup of coffee.  It is super easy to make, all you need is sugar, a vanilla bean, and a jar with a tight fitting lid...

There are various ways to make Vanilla Sugar, but all I do is cut a vanilla bean in half and then cut that half into 4 or 5 smaller them in a canning jar and fill with sugar and you're basically done!  Just shake it once a day for the next 2 weeks to keep the sugar from clumping and to distribute the vanilla flavor and you'll have perfectly flavored sugar!!

Then, to make a cup of coffee really taste like you are at a coffeehouse, try making some fresh whipped cream to top it off!  I use this recipe *HERE*

The whipped cream melts and leaves a delicious frothy layer to your coffee...

Now you know how I kept my sanity while I was sick :))  A good, homemade, cup of coffee mid-afternoon is still one of my favorite pick-me-ups, and now it doesn't cost me $5/cup!

I hope to try and get back into the swing of things and be back more regularly now and to finally get around and see what everyone has been up to lately, I miss everyone...

Happy start to your week!



cityfarmer said...

a little sugar makes the medicine go down!

paige said...

glad to see your sweet blogging face this morning!
& i'm glad you're feeling better.
these images are so pretty.
i love vanilla...anything vanilla, so i'll certainly make some of this.
( does it need to 'sit' for 2 weeks before using?)
don't you love it when a commenter leaves a question for you?

take care

Susan said...

Hi Tracey,
I just logged on and saw your post. So sorry to hear you were sick. That's no fun. We've missed your posts and hope you are feeling better now.
Your sugar sounds delightful. I always love a good cup of tea in the afternoons, so maybe I'll try this for a nice addition to it.
Take care,

Pattie said...

I'm so glad your better, usually when I am sick I can't stand the taste of coffee. And yes, Starbucks is a very bad habit of mine! Good thing it's not very close. But they have a new instant that is super, it's called Via, and it comes in different flavors. I love the caramel. Thanks for the vanilla sugar tip. 8>)

hometown girl said...

i'm sorry you were so sick. glad you're feeling better! i love the idea of the vanilla sugar. i'm addicted to the vanilla caramel creamer for my coffee. hope you have a good week! sending hugs, susan

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Tracey ~
I am glad that you are feeling
better !!
Your pictures are absolutely
beautiful !!


trash talk said...

Whatever was going around this year sure beat a lot of people down. I'm glad to hear you're on the mend.
Loved this was so sweet!

Sarah at myyellowhouse said...

We've missed you but so glad you're feeling a little better. The bug has been bad this year!
I'm for sure going to make and use this recipe just like I did your herbed vinegar a few months back. :) Thanks for all the pretty tips you share ~

feel better!
Sarah xo

Gina at Vintage Junk in My Trunk said...

Any advice on what finally got rid of your cough? I had mine for 2 weeks, it went away for a day, and came back with a vengeance -- I'm on week 4! That vanilla sugar looks yummy!

Morning T said...

Sounds delish Tracey!! Glad you're feeling better, seems like everyone I know has been hit with the crud.

Home and Lifestyle said...

I am happy you feel better!!!

Many hugs, Ingrid

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

The CoFFee Looks "DeLiCiouS"!*!*! I can just smell the Vanilla!!!
Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

Leah C said...

Vanilla sugar sounds yummy...I'll have to give it a try! I'm so sorry that you've been sick for so long. Glad to see you back; you've definitely been missed, Tracey:) Wishing you well...

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

I knew something was poor thing,one more reason we all want and need spring!! I am like you with Starbucks except I only go the days I work(its across the street from the store)and I get tea and a treat!! Well,feel better my lovely friend! x0x0

Marina Mott said...

Yammy...Looks delicious!!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Hate to hear you've been sick, but glad you're on the mend. I've wanted to try the vanilla sugar for a long time, but just never did it. Some day I will.

Sweet Old Vintage said...

hope ypu continue to make progress toward feeling 100 %..... Sending best wishes and blessings...

Claudia said...

I am glad that you are feeling better. Your blog always makes me smile. The pictures are beautiful.
Thank you for sharing these delicious looking recipes.
Feel better.

Lili said...

Even when you're feeling under the weather, your creativity continues to amaze me. What a simple and elegant way to enjoy a cup of home brewed coffee. Your photography is always something I look forward too. Hope you continue to feel better Tracey! xoxo ~Lili

Shaunna said...

Don't know if I've ever told you, Tracey, but your posts are like a little surprise present I get to unwrap after clicking over. Really. They are always a treat and this beautiful. I'm in the middle of a site overhaul today, but I would love to feature you, your style, and you photography soon...would you be game? Glad you're feeling a bit better...we've been sooo sick here as well.
shaunna :)

chickie said...

Glad to know you are feeling better.I was worried and missing seeing your inspiration that share.I too am a bigger fan of Starbucks.When living back there In Dixon my friend worked at our one and only book store where she made different flavors of coffee.Absolutely delicious !! I miss that.We do have Starbucks not to far from here.Now seeing your sugar idea is looking delicious.
Feel better and stay warm and cozy there...Chickie

My Shabby Roses said...

Glad you are feeling better Tracey! It's not fun being sick!
I love the idea of Vanilla Sugar, I'll have to try that one.

Robynne's Nest said...

Come on admit it Tracey, you really just wanted to spend time laid up in your beautiful new family room...that's o.k. I would too. No really, glad you're feeling better, have missed your posts. Robx

Loribeth said...

Glad you're feeling better! I've seen you post about vanilla sugar several times. I always thought it would be cool to do, but I've never done it. Maybe this time...

Piorra Maison said...

So glad you are back and well rested and feeling better. Missed your posts. Shaking any habit is tough. I am an ex-smoker, 19 months smoke free. feels great. Cinnamon tea is my remedy. curbs the appetite too. take care

Bente said...

I love vanilla, so this i want to try.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I sure hope you continue to feel good! It's terrible to be sick and have it linger! I LOVE coffee, too! ♥

Rachel Noelle said...

~*Yummy!!~*~Your coffee looks so good!;)I know how hard it is not to go to starbucks car practically drives itself there!lol.Glad you are feeling better Tracey~*Hugs,Rachel

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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I can almost smell the delicious vanilla! I just love to have this sugar in my pantry! Your images look gorgeous!
I am so happy to stop by today!

AntiqueChase said...

Glad you are on the mend. I kicked my dailey Starbucks habit last year and never looked back...too much money on something that I can make at home...more $$ for decorating!

flowers on my table said...

So sorry you have been so unwell. Hope you are feeling better now? This coffee looks sooo good. I don't take sugar in mine but I love to use the vanilla sugar to make cupcakes. Have a happy day! Linda

Shannon said...

I will have to make this, how beautiful it looks and nice it sounds to offer guests some Vanilla Sugar with their coffee.
I'm glad you are feeling better :)

It's me said...

I am glad to hear things are going better now with you !!...lovely post...and what mean of the capucinno......that the same for me ........i just have had one !! lovely week

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Sorry to hear you've been so sick, Tracie. So glad you're feeling better now. :) That vanilla sugar recipe sounds like a wonderful remedy, and your pictures are stunning... as always!!! So glad you're back... missed you too!!! :)

Rosie said...

Welcome back! I'm sorry to hear you've been sick and I'm glad you're feeling better again! Wonderful photos and recipe! :-) Have a wonderful week!


So happy that you are on the mend. Hope to see you at Kane this coming week-end. And I am off to find some real vanilla beans! Yum!

White and Rust said...

That is one tasty looking cup of coffee!! Yummy post :)


Anne Marie... said...

Hello Tracey! so glad to hear you are feeling better......that last picture looks scrumptious right now!

thanks for putting my sale on your sidebar....I can't wait for you to come!!
Anne Marie

De tout, de rien said...

Hi Tracey, nice to see you're back and feeling better, just in time for spring.

That vanilla sugar looks delish. I will give it a try for sure. I myself am a coffee (addict) lover, but you don't have to completely give up your Starbucks, if you buy a pound of Starbucks coffee like I do and brew it at home. Even at its premium price, it's still a whole lot cheaper than buying one a day at $5! And that vanilla sugar is just the right touch.

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Sorry to hear you were sick, Tracey, but I'm glad you're feeling better and are coming back. Sure missed your sweet posts... :)

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I was worried about you, sweet Tracey!
I'm so glad you're back and feeling better!

Sugar is great medicine, isn't it? :-)

Big hugs,

Anita said...

Glad to hear you are better. See you this weekend?


Mmmm ... Just LOVELY!!


catherine said...

missed your postings. glad you're back

Ticking and Toile said...

Glad you're feeling better Tracey! Seems a lot of people are getting daughter was sick for several days as well...

Love that recipe for vanilla sugar.....:)


Lee said...

Glad you are feeling better!

Dawn said...

Genius! Thanks for sharing, I hope you are feeling better.

Lynda said...

This looks delicious, Tracey! Thanks so much for sharing. Glad you're feeling better.

Country Dreaming said...

So sorry that you were down for
Glad you are feeling better now.

Have a great Tuesday.


Susan said...

Vanilla sugar sounds so YUM! I must try it myself. :) I have never looked for vanilla beans before, but now the search is on! :)
So glad you're feeling better!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I hope that you are feeling better now, seems to be hard to shake off the cough and you often need to take a rest.
Vanilla sugar is so good, I have the vanilla beans in a jar of sugar too.
Also loved the pretty table set up for Valentines Day, for your children.

Happy week

AIR KISS said...

You have been missed. :) I have been taking Elderberry Extract (in capsule form) and I swear I think that is how I've avoided illness this winter.. so far. Your photos are glorious - love the coffee! I really need to get another stovetop espresso pot.. my last one rusted and I had to pitch it last year. I hope your feeling 100% real soon!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

So glad your on the mend. This is a great idea. I'm more of a vanilla's my hubby that loves chocolate :-)
I'd love your advice on my little dress dilemma I posted on my blog, if you get a chance.

Slavica at Seductively French said...

Love this idea and LOVE these photos!! Are they your shots, they are stunning. Hope you'll soon be completely better.

manon 21 said...

Contente de te retrouver avec ces belles photos qui me donnent envie d'un bon café.



manon 21 said...

Contente de te retrouver avec ces belles photos qui me donnent envie d'un bon café.



Villa König said...

Great to hear you feel better! I love homemade vanilla sugar, but I have never tried it for coffee...I don't know why..:-) Thanks for this tip! Sounds delicious. Hugs Yvonne

Fairfield House said...


Sorry to hear you were suffering with that dreadful illness. I had it for over a month! I bet your Vanilla Sugar Coffee tastes better than Star Bucks.


Looking Glass said...

Mmmmm, I'm definitely going to try this!

~ Clare x

Between You and Me said...

so glad you are feeling better.....
I JUST had fresh, homemade whipped cream on my coffee last night at my will I EVER not make it everyday for my first cup of coffee? it was TO DIE FOR.

thanks for the idea for vanilla sugar!

beautiful always!

Mike said...

So glad you're feeling better! Thanks for the yummy recipe and suggestions!

Ali said...

Hi Tracey! I haven't visited your blog in a really long time! Trying to get back in the mix! What a great post to hop in on, I'm really going to have to try the vanilla sugar, sounds great! Sorry to hear you were sick, glad to hear you are getting better! Looking forward to catching up! Have a great day!

BonjourRomance said...

Glad you are feeling better! Your vanilla sugar looks delish!
Take care,

Karena said...

Tracey oh I hope you are much much better. The coffee sounds delish; and you can add your Starbucks $ to your clothing allowance!!

I have an Artful Offering and great interview on my site.You will love it!

Art by Karena

Lisa said...

Just a spoon full of sugar...I do hope you are feeling better, don't over do!

be well,

Martha said...

oh I soooo would love to make that vanilla sugar and it's so pretty...and so glad you are feeling better...nothing like a lingering sickness

Annie Louise said...

I am so glad to hear you are feeling better--I have missed your posts. Your recipe for vanilla sugar sounds wonderful, not to mention it looks beautiful too.
Take care and don't overdo.

LuLu said...

heLLO you know how much i adore my afternoon coffee.... well it just got a wholel lot sweeter now :)
So sorry you've been sick... glad to hear you are feeling better
take care

an angel at my table said...

Beautiful inspiration you have here!!
I feel like a cup of tea now.
All the best


Barbara said...

Sorry you've been so ill, Tracey, and trust you are well on the mend now! I've been making vanilla sugar for ages. It's delicious and that fragrance...heavenly!

traci said...

Hello my dear. Sorry you have been so sick. I am so glad you are feeling better. This sugar looks like it would be so much better than any Starbucks could ever think of being. And then to add the whipped cream. Delish!!! Have a great day. The sunshine sure does help. XO!!!!

Privet and Holly said...

I'm so glad that
you took time for
yourself, Tracey,
and are feeling better.
Really, we aren't good
for anyone else if
we aren't taking care
of US first, right?
I cut out a vanilla
sugar recipe to make
next year for Christmas
gifts, but this has
me thinking, what the
heck? Why wait?! I'm
worth a gift, too : ) !!
Thanks for sharing the
secret goodness!
xx Suzanne

julie said...

hey tracey! so glad you are feeling better! i can feel for you! i am still trying to shake it off and i never get sick! your pictures are beautiful! i did a post on organic vanilla sugar here:

take care of yourself! xo

missshawna said...

So sorry you have been down and out. Glad you are feeling better. What a beautiful post. As always the photos are amazing...makes me excited for coffee in the morning.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh I adore vanilla sugar.

I seem to remember that you once had a wedding picture on your blog?

If so you should link the post up. After all there are prizes to be won. :)

Vicki @ Curly Willow said...

wow, vanilla sugar, I'm going to try that! I love my afternoon coffee!! It's always my go to treat! Thanks for the tip.