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Homemade French Vanilla Creamer

Homemade French Vanilla Creamer

If you want to know why we drink lots of coffee with French Vanilla Creamer, keep reading. If you are looking for my Homemade French Vanilla Creamer recipe, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Instead of telling you about Mother’s Day, I thought I would tell you about the day before Mother’s Day.

When raising our first batch of children my husband was very involved and often gave me a break so I could have “sanity time”. My children quickly established the connection between my need for sanity time and their behavior. One day after my two oldest children made a three story spider web with yarn from my knitting basket, they greeted my husband at the door and said, “Mom really needs sanity time tonight”.

Fast forward to our last child who was born after 9/11 and 10 days after my husband returned from a tour in Iraq. A major part of my husband’s civilian job is training pilots and SEALs before they deploy. He justifiably works very long hours. He is also a reservist which takes up many of his weekends. When he is not working at either of his jobs, he is playing with the kids, helping with homework, maintaining our vehicles, or our property. The only “me time” he takes is to go to the gym and in reality that is also part of staying in shape to pass his PRTs for the reserves. So I only leave him with my youngest child when I absolutely have to…like when I had a root canal. Which is why my husband had never spent an entire day caring for Andrew on his own until last Saturday.

I often refer to Andrew as my husband’s clone. He is intelligent, creative, and very energetic – wonderful qualities in a husband, exhausting qualities in a 4 year old. I occasionally call my husband and share stories from my day which he, from the comfort of his office, finds amusing. When I called and told him about my son writing math equations in permanent marker on the closet door, he laughed and asked if they were correct. I told him they were and my husband’s laughter brought me the relief I needed to get through the rest of the day.
Andrew Writing on Walls (519x640)

On Saturday, I set out to visit one of our horses who has been sent to a training farm for instruction. I only intended to be away for a few hours, but one thing led to another and I ended up being out for 7 hours. Here are the highlights from the day:

11:30 I called my husband and he told me Andrew was bouncing off the walls so he took him to the park.

12:30 I called my husband and heard Andrew screaming in the background. My husband said he was “never taking Andrew in public again”. I suggested Andrew’s mood would improve with food.

1:30 I called to let my husband know I was going to be delayed further. He said, “food is overrated all it did was give Andrew more energy and he is back to bouncing off the walls”.

2:30 I called my husband to check on him and he said, “I completely understand how a mother could get addicted to crystal meth. This is exhausting”.

3:30 My husband called me and said, “Don’t come home with out caffeine, lots of it”.

4:30 I walked in the door with a bag of coffee to a very grateful husband.

I didn’t realize until that moment how long it had been since my husband spent an entire day caring for a young child on his own. I feel really bad about taking pleasure from his pain, but his renewed appreciation for what I do every day was the best Mother’s Day present.

My husband asks for his coffee “with maximum pollutants” which after I read the label on some of the store-bought creamers seemed like an appropriate description. In an effort to reduce the “pollutants” I created my own creamer recipe for my husband’s coffee.

French Vanilla Creamer Recipe (555x640)
Since I started making my own creamer, my husband stopped buying coffee at coffee houses which saves us quite a bit. My daughter adds this creamer to her Chai tea and both of my teenagers add some to their cocoa.

Homemade French Vanilla Creamer
Recipe type: French Vanilla Creamer
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
An easy and frugal alternative to store-bought French Vanilla Creamer
  • 14 oz. can of condensed milk
  • 28 oz. milk
  • 1 T - 1½ T vanilla
  1. Pour the can of condensed milk into a pitcher.
  2. Fill the empty can two times with milk, adding the milk to the pitcher.
  3. Add vanilla to taste. Stir well.
Keep refrigerated.

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Homemade Chai Latte

I am sharing this recipe with Tasty Tuesday and Hearth and Soul Hop.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. Annie Jones says:

    2:30 cracked me up!

    Thanks for the recipe. I won't buy the store-bought stuff, but occasionally, it would be nice to have a little something extra in my coffee.

  2. I leave my little one with hubby going to the doctor's appointment.i can imagine the scenario there with dad and son. home made creamer looks delicious.

  3. Mama Eva says:

    Regarding the permanent ink on the closet… ;) I have used those Magic Erasers with much success on many surfaces taking off permanent ink, crayon, pencil, etc. I buy the store brand – same stuff, at cheaper price ;)

  4. Alea Milham says:

    Thank you I will give the Magic Erasers a try!

  5. Alea, thanks for hosting and linking this delicious creamer to hearth and soul blog hop.

  6. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    I really like the sound of your lovely French vanilla creamer. What a great thing to have on hand to make hot drinks extra special. By the way, thank you for linking up with Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home last Friday – Alex and I really appreciate your support :) Oh, and thank you for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop as well :)

  7. HOW did I miss this post in May?! So glad you mentioned it on FB…it was a great laugh, and I like the homemade creamer idea.

  8. Haha! Great story. Love the recipe. Pinning this one to try. Do you know what sweetened condensed milk is? I have always wondered. And yes, Magic Erasers work wonders!

    • Sweetened condensed milk is usually made from full milk and sugar. It is cooked over a low temperature for many hours to cook off the water in the milk which is why it is so thick.

  9. Love this post/story :) (and can’t wait to try the recipe)!

  10. I can totally imagine your husband’s state on that day :-))! My 5 year old is easy to manage, but whenever I babysit him and my neighbor’s kid, I end up drinking 4 cups of coffee at least. Two to keep my sanity and the other two cups to soothe my throat after trying to make myself heard over the non stop noise :-)). Exhausting, but still nice experience.

  11. Thank you!! Oh and I love your Longaberger dishes. We go through so much that this has to be a cheaper and healthier alternative.

  12. Terry Boivin says:

    Is there any way the milk used in the creamer can be powdered milk or does it have to be whole mile??

    • I have never tried using powdered milk. Please let me know if you try it, I would love to know how it tastes. If you aren’t happy with the taste at first, you could add more vanilla.

  13. Christine says:

    You are my answer from up above….. My husband lives on French vanilla. If he dosn’t have his creamer he will not have coffee and a man that drinks coffee everyday all day having no coffee is torcher… I would by him the Large coffee mat creamer that is $6 something a bottle and it’s gone in a day so im finding my self buying him another one. with in a month i must pend over 100 just on creamer alone. I tricked him and made your creamer and he couldn’t even tell the diffrents. So Thank you for this saves me money

  14. shannon says:

    when it is made does it have a expiry date?

  15. Thank you for posting this. I love french vanilla coffee creamer but hate spending $6 every two weeks when I have this in my cabinet. Also, I LOVE your Longaberger dishes.

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