Creamy

I love a good sale.  I mean, who doesn’t.  When I was at the grocery store over the weekend I saw one, lone, seasonal bottle of Peppermint Mocha Coffe-Mate Creamer on sale for 79 cents and, on a whim, tossed it into my cart.

When I got home and used it, I am kicking myself I didn’t load up on this stuff while the gettin’ was good.

I use French Vanilla Coffee-Mate like it’s going out of style and I’m very loyal to it.  I like a little coffee with my creamer if you know what I mean.

Many times when I try other flavors, I am not all that impressed.

They’re either too fake tasting (some fake is okay of course) and taste nothing like the real thing (Hazelnut or Irish Cream), too intense and overpowering (seasonal Pumpkin Spice or anything with Cinnamon in it), or too boring (Creme Brulee) and at  the usual price of $4.79 each, I’ve learned to just stick with my beloved French Vanilla.

But this Peppermint Mocha is one I will definitely be snatching up next holiday season because although it’s minty, it does not taste like I am drinking a bottle of Listerine, which is always good when it comes to flavored creamers.

I hate it when mint overpowers things and with mint, that’s easy to do.

The first time I made Creme de Menthe Bars (No-Bake, Vegan, GF) I learned that with mint, a little dab will do ya, and add slowly because you can’t un-do mint.

I’ve had just a couple itty bitty teeny tiny cups of (new) coffee over the weekend in the new coffee maker.  Best $25 bucks I’ve spent in awhile.

Tiny cups of coffee are so wonderful.  Or something like that.

Gotta love the Big 20 ouncer.  I drink coffee at home in my go-cup because it’s a huge vessel and with coffee, the more, the merrier.

I drank hot coffee and enjoyed the 79F golden weather we had in San Diego all weekend.

It was picture perfect.

Not a cloud in the sky, no humidity, no bugs, no clouds, just 75 to 79F and sunny all weekend and today is shaping up to be the same.

However, I played nursemaid to a sick little girl all weekend and we didn’t get to spend very much time outside.  New school, new kids, new germs, but she’s on the mend.

I didn’t get any much sleep, thus the coffee.

And there may have been a couple Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups (No Bake) involved, too.

The winner of the $50 Spa Gift Card & Tropicana Giveaway is:

Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness

Do you use coffee creamer?  Any favorites?

I do like a little coffee with my creamer.  The creamier the better is my approach.

I prefer the Coffee-Mate line to the International Delight brand of creamers.

I’ve tried So Delicious Coconut milk creamers.  They’re fine but I prefer the highly processed ones to more natural coconut-based creamers, and the same can be said for Silk’s soy-based creamers.  They just don’t give me that ahhh feeling if I’m being perfectly honest.

But guessing from the fact that there are about 20 flavors at any given time with a constant rotation of seasonal flavors, and multiple different mainstream brands doing this; and sticker prices in the nearly $5 dollar range per quart (dictated by supply and demand), I know I’m not alone in loving my flavored creamers.  What are your faves?

How was your weekend?  What was the best thing you did or ate?

I’ve got to get to the oven and get this out before I have a burnt mess because it’s probably going to be one of the Best Of’s that I ate…

Have a great week!

   

61 Responses to “Creamy”

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — January 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Hey girl! Sorry to hear Skyler was not feeling well this weekend. It’s no fun when your kids are sick :(

    I’m still thinking about those s’mores you made up. Yummm! Going to make those for the next sleepover Zoe has.

    The best thing I made and ate this weekend were these chickpea burgers. I am actually eating one right now and it’s delish. I’ve been drinking to much wine and eating to many sweets lately so I decided to do a mini cleanse this weekend. I went meat free and only ate parsnip soup, chickpea burgers, kale smoothies and my kale salad. I feel great today and full of energy!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Glad your cleanse went well and if you make the smores, LMK. They would be a HUGE HUGE hit with kiddos at a sleepover.

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      • jackie @ marin mama cooks replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

        I will do girl and I know they would be a huge hit and such fun! When are you going to get your little recipe book put together? You really need to! I will totally buy copies and send them as gifts etc. You have one customer already!

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    Victoria — January 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    You can find peppermint mocha all year round now! It’s no longer just seasonal. Last bottle I bought said “Enjoy all year round!”

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    • Heather replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      oh! I hope this is true :)
      [though, i must admit that I don't know if could do peppermint mocha come, say, May. It's v. much a wintery flavor for me!]

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      • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

        I don’t think I could do peppermint mocha in May either but…I can do scorching hot coffee in August so who knows :)

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb — January 30, 2012 at 11:59 am

    i tend to use milk instead of creamer, but i was at a restaurant once (a diner-ish sort of place) and asked for skim milk to which the waitress replied they didn’t have any milk (um, what?), but it turned out to be a fortunate situation as i was forced to experience the deliciousness that is french vanilla creamer. mama mia! it’s been a staple in our fridge ever since. and yes, looooove the seasonal peppermint — so glad you snatched one up last minute!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      french vanilla creamer was a gateway drug for me. started using it in h.s. and it’s fueled my coffee addiction ever since :)

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    Heather — January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I’m actually drinking a small cup of coffee with that Peppermint Mocha creamer RIGHT NOW at my desk. I def. needed a little sweet pick me up after lunch today and this is totally getting the job done :D Enjoy it while it’s still around!

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    Heather — January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I’m actually drinking a small cup of coffee with that Peppermint Mocha creamer RIGHT NOW at my desk. I def. needed a little sweet pick me up after lunch today and this is totally getting the job done :D Enjoy it while it’s still around!

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    Katie — January 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    There are definitely some sickies going around my office–multi-purpose community center serving children (6weeks-8th grade) and senior citizens!

    Until recently I wondered WHY WHY WHY my delicious HOMEMADE coffee made me sick, but coffee from a coffee shop was fine. Then I realized–at home I use CREAMER! At the coffee shop I use soy milk or skim if no soy is available. I found SO Delicous coconut milk creamer @ Whole Foods and have been enjoying my morning coffee at my desk without the bellyache! (I like the vanilla. They had at least 2 other flavors–one was hazelnut.)

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    Amber Shea @Almost Vegan — January 30, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I love coffee creamers but I almost never buy them…I just pour whatever nondairy milk is open in my fridge into my coffee. If I did buy them, I’d get Hazelnut or Vanilla or some other similar flavor. Do they make a white chocolate one? WAIT WAIT – do they make a PEANUT BUTTER one?! Oh please say yes. I will go straight out and buy that.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Considering it’s tricky to get vegan white chocolate, I am pretty sure no vegan white choc creamer. And even the regular mainstream white choc creamers are meh at best. You’d be better off melting white choc with cream or milk and using that as a (dessert) creamer :)

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    Anna @ On Anna's Plate — January 30, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I hope Skylar feels better soon!! Sick kids are the worst :-(

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks…she’s on the mend but yea it wasn’t just tulips and rainbows this weekend :)

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    katie @ KatieDid — January 30, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve gone through lots of different phases with how I take my coffee. Currently I enjoy it black just because I figured if I can cut out the cost of creamer or half and half each week, I’m saving money on something that isn’t a necessity. So that’s honestly my reason! But I do LOVE it with heavy whipping cream. When I have that on hand I’m bound to have a great day.

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    Erica — January 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Oh no! Hope your peanut is feeling better! Great sale grab! I use tjs soy vanilla creamer-amazinggg

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    Katie — January 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I tried that peppermint mocha, but I’m just not a fan of sweet coffee. But it was great in a smoothie. I tried to make ice cream with it also, but it didnt work very well.

    Sorry Skylar was sick all weekend, but she’s lucky she had you! I was sick too, but no one was baking me deliciousness. Or working for me, for that matter.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Ugh sorry you were sick too!

      And I know you dont like sweet coffee. There is a property in creamers, and not sure what it is, but it won’t fully set up and/or acts strange. i.e. ice cream, in frosting, in pudding. Not sure what it is, something with the milk proteins that they alter them likely in the mfg process causing wonky baking/cooking results sometimes. But it works in donuts :)

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    Cat @Breakfast to Bed — January 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I am boring and use plain milk. I make creamer for my hubs though. I cook down half and half with sugar and vanilla beans or pumpkin spices and sugar or his new fave, brown sugar caramel and vanilla. He loves it in tea and coffee!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Omg…I was just typing an email to someone and I wrote to take 1 c of cream or half and half and about 1/2 c white choc chips, vanilla, and boil that and make your own creamer. Yours sounds great, too. So many options, so much more coffee needs to be drank :)

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    Shelley — January 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I love the Peppermint Mocha! Usually stick with the sugar free Hazelnut though.

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — January 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    The peppermint mocha is my all time favorite but I can only find it around the holidays

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    Paula — January 30, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Coffee creamers of any variety are sugar, water,oil and chemicals. But I suppose if you want to be dairy free they might be the route to go. I don’t use them because of the amount of chemicals. I do use Mini-Moos which are half and half with a little preservative. It is at least real dairy. I’m sorry. I’ve never posted here and I bust in fussing about coffee creamer. It is one of my pet peeves, all those ingredients we don’t understand. I’m a label reader and I get obsessive about it. You can kick me out now. :)

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    Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — January 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    You are definitely not the only one who loves a good bargain…my dad is a supermarket sleuth…don’t believe me??? read this funny story with a happy ending http://the-healthy-diva.com/2012/01/21/roast-pork-with-caramelized-maple-onions/

    I myself am not a coffee drinker, but I’m pretty sure that’s only a matter of time right??? I do love the smell :) Weekend was good, how was urs? Just got back from a trip on the coast and am nice and brown. Not much cooking to report, but back into that this week :)

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    Jamie — January 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    I love my coffee with creamer. I usually stick to Sugar Free Vanilla but am a fan of some of the seasonal ones. My favorite seasonal flavor is Gingerbread. Just the other day I tried sugar cookie and it was YUMMO!!

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    Crystal @ Tea Leaves and Vanilla — January 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I’m lactose intolerant so I use the Silk vanilla creamers. Sometimes I’ll go for International Delight vanilla but I tend to fly through that stuff even faster and the taste is stronger, I find.

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    Bria @ West of Persia — January 30, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I often add creamers to my hot cocoa. Gotta admit, I like hazelnut–both the fake-oh and the So Delicious brand (which is extremely sweet, btw. A little goes a LONG way with that stuff).

    I got some Cinnabon flavored creamer on sale last week, and I like it well enough, but I’m not hooked. Amaretto’s up next from that sale…we’ll see if I like that one.

    “Make your own creamer” would be a great blog post topic ;-)

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I’m all about some coffee with my creamer. It makes my world go round! :)

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    Christine (The Raw Project) — January 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Nice sale score, awesome flavor. I do use creamer, usually either homemade hemp milk or almond milk. And sometimes vegan vanilla protein powder.

    My weekend went by too fast, I needed more rest and play time. :-)

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    Ashlae — January 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I use plain soy creamer. I used to use almond milk, but since I’ve ridden my house of a microwave, I needed something that takes less to make my coffee creamy (so that my coffee doesn’t get cold). I often add a scoop of cacao powder and peppermint extract to my morning coffee – which probably tastes similar to your peppermint mocha creamer :)

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — January 30, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I enjoyed the Peppermint Mocha creamer all holiday season :) So good, and now I wish I still had some – so there, you can be happy you’re sipping it in January while the rest of us ran out!

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    Paula — January 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Well, I like my coffee blonde and sweet (and my chocolate dark and bitter) so while my first choice is almond milk in my cafe bustelo, anything will do in a pinch. As for flavored creamers, French vanilla would be my favorite. A highlight of my weekend involved a rutabaga (cut like French fries, roasted w/ garlic and rosemary). I’d never tried that veggie before and I’m glad I did!

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    Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness — January 30, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Yayyyy I can’t believe I won! This will be going to my very first massage!

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    Kelly @ Vegolosophy — January 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I really like the pumpkin flavor! I love anything pumpkin, so pumpkin coffee, score!!!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Nope, I don’t use any creamer … or sugar. I just like coffee black :-)

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    OH man! Now I need a cup of coffee! What I do is I have a milk frother. Add a 1/4 cup of non-fat milk to frother, make coffee, add 1 shot glass worth of sugar free Torani syrup, like salted caramel, add frothed milk, sprinkles and I’m all good, only 20 calories a cup! I can live on this stuff! Now I am going to make some!

    I used to LOVE coffee mate coffee creamer, but I found I was adding way to much, consuming over 100 calories a cup, thats why I switched to the frother and syrup, way less calories!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Ok that sounds like a plan because I can guarantee you I am using over 100 cals per cup between the Vanilla coffemate AND the half and half. At 50 cals a tbsp or whatever it is, and I use…ahem…multiple tablespoons, I should switch to something like what you do. Sounds like your trick is still thick enough to really give coffee a nice flavor…sometimes when I’ve tried almond milk or other milk with coffee that’s not half and half or the french vanilla stuff, it’s just kind of like “dirtying” the coffee. It doesn’t flavor it, doesn’t really cream it up, pretty much just ruins it…Lol.

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      • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        The coffee turns out just like a Starbucks Latte! It’s froth creamy and good. I bought my frother from Bed Bath and Beyond, one of my best investments ever!! I tried almond milk and soy milk and it’s just not good, not good at all! Blah!

        • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

          Ok wow, good to know. I bought a milk frother electric gadget with a wire tipped end, from BB & B years ago. Never use it b/c I feel like it just makes a mess and the results weren’t worth it (AeroLatte or something like that…it’s sitting in my kitchen drawer…) But I only tried it with almond milk. Will try again with regular milk or half and half.

          Have also thought about just making my own milky/syrups in the Vita on high, whizzing til they get frothy but that also seems like a canister to wash & that has never appealed to me…but I am sick of paying $4.79 and all those liquid empty calories…I could be eating more cookies.

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    Lindsay @ Fuel My Family — January 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I didn’t know coffee mate had peppermint mocha! I loved that flavor at dunkin donuts this winter! I did find an eggnog creamer that I fell in love with this winter though. Why can’t they keep holidays flavors around all year?? I get so tired of vanilla, caramel, and hazlenut!

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      I know…and caramel, and hazlenut, sort of taste the same to me the way they make them…there is a chemical/flavoring they use that seems the same…butterscotch, caramel, hazelnut all have some common ingredient. I wish there were more variety, too!

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    Jasper @ crunchylittlebites — January 30, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    is that a Manager’s special sticker from Krogers?! do they have Krogers in San Diego?!?! You must remember Krogers from NC…. :)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Ralph’s in San Diego is the same parent company I believe as the Kroger family is in NC, SC, Fla, etc. :)

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    elise — January 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    i showed kyle this post an it made him very pleased since his internship this past summer was with nestle and he was on the coffeemate brand. in fact, the ad that went out in the newspapers for the holiday flavor that you have above was his design. anyway. just to make you jealous, nestle now gives us wayyyyyy too many products for free but neither of us drink coffeemate.

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Oh wow, that’s crazy! I didn’t know he did anything of the sort. Why did I think he was in med school?! Or something like that?! And that’s why you guys are out here. Or maybe it was grad school, not med school.

      Anyhooo….My sister is in R & D for Wrigley and develops gum and her flavor was Maui Melon Mint that launched a few years ago. The irony is they chew so much gum in R & D that they don’t want to chew gum when they’re not at work.

      I’d love to take your Nestle surplus off your hands :)

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    Michele Sparrow — January 30, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Well, I do like creamer in my coffee, but I am boring…I only use unsweetened, organic soymilk; 2 ingredients in it: organic soybeans and water. But, I steam it up and pour it over my freshly brewed coffee and yummmmm…..I love it!

    The best thing I did this weekend was sing some jazz tunes for a bunch of peeps…sooo fun! And the best thing I ate was probably my huge, green smoothie sweetened with NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia and Cinnamon. It was so thick from ice and good stuff that it was like ice cream.

    I am so sorry your precious Skylar was sick. I really hope she is on the mend soon. Sending hugs and well wishes her way! xoxo

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 30th, 2012 at 8:18 pm

      your coffee trick how you make it, ALWAYS always!! sounds so good. Easy, good, perfect. I have to try that, soon :)

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    Heather — January 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    being lactose intolerant a,ternate creamers come in handy when I don’t want black. My friend treated me to Silk soy coffee creamer just before Christmas. It frothed reasonably well and tasted quite good. I do use powdered creamer to make my cappuccino mix with decaf instant coffee. Most of the mixes are too sweet and rarely decaffinated.

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    Laura @ She Eats Well — January 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I vote peppermint all year round…! I am pretty boring with my coffee though; I like it unsweetened with just a splash of nonfat milk. Your post might just make me seek out some peppermint mocha creamer though….I foresee a very addicting habit ahead.

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    Sarah — January 31, 2012 at 5:02 am

    If they ever get the casein out of coffeemate I WILL BE SO FREAKING HAPPY. I will have like 3-5 flavors in my house at all time (instead of the 1 hazelnut for the husband).

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    Celeste — January 31, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I sometimes use eggnog in my coffee – pretty tasty.

    This weekend we celebrated my mom’s bday and used our new raclette. It is AWESOME if you have a group of friends or family over. Everyone gets to make their own creations and you all get to hang out, talk and drink wine for hours while you eat!

    raleighweds.blogspot.com

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    Amber K — January 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I learned a little dab will do you when a drop of the vanilla Stevia drops fell on my hand. I thought nothing of licking it off and realized that was waaaay too sweet. Some things are best mixed into others, not by themselves! lol

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    dragonmamma/naomi — January 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    You’re killing me with these recipes, girl! I’m just ending up another sugar-free month. (Lost the holiday pounds, yay!)

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    • Averie @ Love Veggies & Yoga replied: — January 31st, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Congrats on the holiday pounds and sweet potatoes are healthy, ya know…and so is Coffeemate :)

      Not sure which post you meant to be commenting on but yeah I know, nothing like a few “light” recipes from me. Ahem.

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