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Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking



Lucky day friends.

Do you ever make wishes at 11:11?

I do. Pretty much everyday. The same couple of wishes.

They have yet to come true though and I’ve been doing it for about 10 years. Hmm… maybe I should start to rethink my theory.

I think today might be different though.

I better think of a good wish.


The boys and I did a little “wishing” this morning while looking through our catalogues.


They wanted the scooters, bikes, balls, etc..


I wanted a little something else from their catalogue. Can you see it?


My real “wishes” were for kitchen gadgets (I have a little obsession) from Sur la Table.

Oh how I love that store (but don’t let myself step foot in there).

I really want one of these Nespresso and Delongih Lattissima Plus.


But I’ll settle for one of these. It’s ONLY $349. Ugh.


I decided to look for things that were a little more budget friendly.


That’s a pretty cool pan. Who doesn’t want to make cute little cupcakes with surprises inside?

Then I saw THIS.


Ha ha ha! Love it!

I put the magazines away and realized we don’t need any of that stuff. (Although I may be putting that special espresso machine on my Christmas list. Too bad we have a $50 limit.)

I did however feel the need to try to recreate a little something.

I always wish my homemade lattes and mochas would be as good as Starbucks (or that Starbucks would be less expensive and deliver to my doorstep).

I have yet to try the new salted caramel mocha, but that didn’t stop me from trying to create my own version this morning.

I must say it was pretty darn tasty.

I even made one for Andrew and he said it was “delicious”. He may have just said that though to get me to stop talking about it.

Here’s what I put together.



STUFT Salted Caramel Mocha

brewed espresso (I make mine with my stovetop espresso maker)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder)

2 tablespoons sugar free caramel sauce

1 1/2 cups milk of choice (I used light vanilla soymilk)

a little sea salt

fat free Reddiwip

a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Sugar, Chocolate, and Coffee Bean grinder (optional)


I prepared everything the same way I do for my favorite morning mocha.

Then I added a sprinkle of sea salt on top, some fat free Reddiwip and then the Trader Joe’s Chocolate, Sugar and Coffee Bean sprinkles (which, by the way, pretty much make everything fabulous).


Yep. It was just as good as I thought it would be.


since I have sugar cravings up the wazoo today and only a couple more days to brag about being the Vitalicious Fan of the Month on Facebook


(Ha ha. Can I make that picture any bigger?)


I made this little thing for a snack this afternoon.


I’ve been wanting S’mores every since this French toast. Today I came up with this healthy, 220 calorie treat.


Vitalicious S’Mores

Vitatop of choice (chocolate ones are the best)

1 marshmallow

1 tablespoon peanut butter



Carefully cut defrosted Vitatop in half.  Place sliced marshmallow on half.


Broil in toaster oven for 3 minutes.


Spread peanut butter on other half. Put together to make a sandwich.


Oh yes.

220 calories of pure heaven for 11/11.

I’m so cheesy.

Speaking of cheesy, someone tried to be funny and pose as an “inbred cat”.


Get it? “Inbread cat”.

Ha ha! (Thanks Mary for the idea.)

Flat Kitty wanted to remind me to load up on carbs and make sure to rest before our Race for Amelia this Sunday.

That’s exactly what I’m planning on doing.

Happy Veteran’s Day (and Flat Kitty Friday)!

The winner of the Amazing “Peas” Raffle for Amelia will be announced tomorrow morning.

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  1. 1

    Oh the catalog shopping…I miss that! Jay stopped having anything to do with legos this year and Tony and I are having a hard time with it. We are actually taking the boys to NY for the first time for Christmas. That’s their gifts since they didn’t want anything else. It’s our first ever full blown family vacation and I’m so excited!

    I wish I had one of your mochas tonight. I’m freezing and that sounds like the perfect warm treat!

    • 1.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      How cna he not want to have anythign to do with Legos? BUt…. NY will be FUN!!!! 🙂 I’ve always wanted to go there for Christmas! I wish I could MAKE you a mocha. he he! 🙂

  2. 2

    I don’t even like coffee but oh my gosh. I think that salted caramel mocha might convert me. Also, I love what you did with the vitatop. Very clever! 🙂

    • 2.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Chloe- I’m sure you could do it without the epresso and it would be delightful! 🙂 Hmm…. maybe I sohuld try that for a dessert. Thanks for the idea. ha ha!

  3. 3

    I have been looking forward to that mocha recipe since i first saw it. I LOVED the Starbucks drink but after seeing the sugar content I banned it. I’m going to have one of yours right now. 🙂

  4. 4

    Everybody seems to have Salted Caramel recipes!! Gonna have to get on the bandwagon!
    Henry looked through the latest One Step Ahead catalog and circled every.single.item. No joking…except for the girly things.

    • 4.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Oo…. yes. The One Step Ahead catalogue buys me a little time in the morning. ha ha! No circling of items yet. Just pointing out the “scooters” and “bikes”. 🙂

  5. 5
    Sasha says:

    Totally remember you wishing on 11:11 back in the day. I’ve seen those sock monkey wine bottle covers and I always think of you. 🙂

  6. 6
    Sasha says:

    Pressed “post comment” too quickly and meant to include:
    Good luck on your race this weekend! You’re a rockstar and I know you’ll do great because it’s such an awesome thing you’re doing for Amelia.

  7. 7
    Bridget says:

    Good luck on the race! Maybe Amelia can ride in the stroller too…what’s one more kid??!!

  8. 8
    lindsay says:

    since you are vitamuffin fan of the month, please tell them to make a gluten free version. why? because i about die drowining in my own drool when i come to your page. haha, no joke!

  9. 9
    lindsay says:

    please tell vitamuffin that your friend needs a gluten free version because everytime she comes to STUFT MAMA site, she about dies drowning in her own drool. hehe, haha, no joke!

  10. 10

    I LOVE the sugar, chocolate, coffee grinder. It really does make everything better!

  11. 11
    Sherry says:

    OMG, I just made your STUFT salted caramel mocha! It’s amazing!! So much better than Starbucks …. And cheaper ! Wow. Thanks so much for these recipes. I must confess I had to have this with a (small) piece of a left over pumpkin chocolate protein muffin( with chocolate syrup of course)

  12. 12
    Lissy says:

    Just found your website, and I am officially starving and craving a mocha latte! love it!


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