Make a Mocha Misto at Home

Mocha Misto at Home

I first became sucked up into the whirlwind of coffee romance back in my college days when I had a desire for the edge of caffeine, without the coffee taste. My gateway drink was any basic sugary latte (mostly milk and syrup, with minimal amounts of espresso, comparably). I ended up whittling my way down to being a coffee with cream kinda gal, but when I got my first barista job a few years ago, I was told I’d quickly become a black coffee or straight-up espresso drinker. Well, little did I know I’d develop a love for the cafe misto, which is the popular American coffee chain version of a cafe au lait— half coffee, half steamed milk, topped with foam.

So what’s the big deal about a misto? A misto gives a similar experience to that of a latte, but with less milk, since the coffee ratio is higher. It’s not any stronger than a latte, though, because while the coffee amount is higher, the intensity is weaker, as it’s made with coffee rather than espresso. This matters to me because I try not to consume so much milk in my diet, so a misto (or cafe au lait) is a way for me to enjoy a creamy drink, without all the milk of a latte. Also, ahem… fewer calories.

My favorite variation is the mocha misto, which is incredibly easy to make a delicious version at home. Check it out!

Mocha Misto at Home

Here’s what you need:

  • Strong brewed coffee
  • Milk
  • Mocha creamer (I used International Delight Salted Caramel Mocha)
  • Frothing wand

How to Make a Mocha Misto at Home

I like to brew coffee with a french press (check out this post about my favorite ways to make coffee), and if I’m making a misto, I will adjust the grounds to water ratio to make a little bit stronger coffee.

How to Make a Mocha Misto at Home

I heat the milk (you can use a microwave or stovetop) and combine the Salted Caramel Mocha creamer with the milk, usually using 1 Tablespoon of creamer per half Cup of milk. Then I turn on the frothing wand and let it froth up the top of the milk first, then plunge it in to the middle for about a minute. The milk will double in size, so make sure you don’t overfill the container you use for frothing!

How to Make a Mocha Misto at Home

The amount you froth the milk is up to you! Sometimes I do less, sometimes more. The first photo in this post shows a frothier misto, which is usually what I like. The more fat in the milk you are using, the easier it will hold its froth. The image below shows less froth, though aerating the milk does give it a slightly different taste quality, even if there’s not a lot of froth.

Mocha Misto at Home

I chose to dust the top of my latte with cocoa powder, because if something’s prettier, I enjoy it more! Ha! Also I like the extra punch of chocolate.

Mocha Misto at Home

What’s your favorite way to drink coffee? And what’s your favorite flavored coffee? I’m not huge on pumpkin spice in my coffee, but this Salted Caramel Mocha creamer is definitely my new favorite. If you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up for International Delight‘s newsletter to get coupons and news about seasonal releases. Also, check out their Pinterest to discover new creative ways to use flavored creamer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

WHAT WE WORE | Classy Ice Cream Date

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Just when we’re all excited about Fall’s arrival, Ohio’s been experiencing the renaissance of gorgeous Summer days. So much sun. No rain. No wind. Lots of warmth. Our new sweaters lie folded up on the shelves while we donned the most fall-looking bare-legged outfits I can think of. I twisted up my hair and put on this comfy knit shift dress with air-conditioned sleeves while Lucy wore a knit romper and her favorite Saltwater sandals. And then what did we do? What any decent Indian Summer lovin’ gal would do. We went out on an ice cream date!

This weekend we’re going to pretend it feels like Fall and head out to our favorite pumpkin patch as a family. Maybe I’ll even bake up an apple crisp (while wearing a tank top and shorts and sweating my butt off). If we build it, Fall will come, right? Right?

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You will no longer see me complaining about the pumpkin obsessed masses who talk about how Summer is over. Instead I have assimilated. Fall, I’m ready for ya!

O U T F I T   D E T A I L S :

My dress: ASOS / Shoes: Naturalizer / Necklace: ASOS
Lucy’s romper: VintageLovingMama on Instagram / Sandals / thrifted top
Juniper’s shoes

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Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor, Canton, Ohio

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Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor, Canton, Ohio

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Comfort Works Ikea Karlstad Slipcover Review

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

I hope you’ve been having fun following along with my living room makeover! I’ve been having a blast over here. The last piece of the puzzle has fallen into place, and I’m so excited to share it with you: The Karlstad 3+2 sectional slipcover! I know before I had said it was the media center, but I stand corrected. THIS is the most dramatic change of the whole makeover. Our living room actually feels sophisticated now!

You may be wondering about the slipcover process, so read on! I put together a review of the Comfort Works slipcover I received for my Ikea Karlstad sectional.

Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Replacement

I found Comfort Works after searching online for Ikea replacement slipcovers, and was really excited about the fabric styles available. I didn’t like the options available at Ikea, and actually my sofa model has been discontinued since then. Yikes! Thank God for Comfort Works. I knew I wanted something light, neutral, and natural (probably linen), and they had a lot of fabric options to choose from. But not so many that it was overwhelming by any means. I ordered 8 fabric samples, and was able to see their comfort and durability ratings, as well as dump coffee on them to see what happened!

My favorite option was the 20% linen 80% viscose blend— Liege Biscuit. It was soft, had the natural look I liked, and my coffee beaded up and dripped right off when I dumped it. That was reassuring! So I ordered the 3+2 sectional slipcover, and also requested that two bolster pillows be made in the same material. I simply provided them with measurements, and they sent the covers with the rest. (I had to stuff them myself when they got here.)

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

The slipcover arrived in fabric pouch that was shipped inside a medium-size cardboard box. I was actually surprised at how compact it was in there. I excitedly pulled it out, snapped a pic, and put on Tangled to keep Lucy occupied as I set out to slip the new covers over my cushions.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Each of the covers were labeled, so it made it really easy to figure out what went where. The zippers were easy to close, and the covers fit like a glove. Not too tight to zip, but tight enough to to look very tailored.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Of course, because of the linen blend and the compact packaging, the cover had wrinkles after installation. I had thought about steaming it a bit, but then I didn’t get around to it, and now the wrinkles have mostly fallen out on their own, with a bit of subtle wrinkling on the skirt portion, which I actually kind of like. I had wanted the natural linen look, after all. What you see below is after the wrinkles had fallen out. I didn’t do any ironing or steaming.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

Comfort Works specializes in Ikea replacement covers, but they also do custom covers. You can contact them with your needs and someone will assist you with what measurements you need and pricing information.

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

I really adore our new sofa cover, and love the fresh look it’s given to this whole room. The piping details, skirt, and bolster pillows make the sofa feel like a brand new piece. It certainly feels much more expensive than what it is. Ikea? What? No way. YES WAY.

Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Replacement

Comfort Works Karlstad Ikea Slipcover Review

As you can see, the kids are all over this thing. I already had to clean up a couple of food accidents (Cheetos once, chocolate the other time), and it easily wiped clean. Whew! I’m so glad I finally went with the light cover I had been afraid to commit to when I first bought this sofa. I know I wouldn’t have been happy with the Ikea ivory cover, so I’m glad I waited until I found Comfort Works. What a dream this baby is!

Comfort Works gifted me with this slipcover to review and share with you all. Everything I shared is honest and authentic, and I couldn’t be happier with my new slipcover! I know many of you have Ikea furniture too, so hopefully this was a helpful review for you, and I hope you’ll check out Comfort Works if you’re looking to up your furniture game a bit. Thanks for following along!

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