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Drinks

Strong and Delicious iced coffee 

Cold Brew Coffee

 Ingredients

1 and 1/3 C ground coffee

4 C water (cold or room temp)

Items Required

Jar or pitcher

A large bowl

A funnel, optional

Fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth, clean dish towel, anything to filter out the grounds)

Extras

Ice

Creamer

A Sweetener, such as Splenda

Directions

1. Place ground coffee in a jar or pitcher and pour water over top. Stir to combine. Seal and let sit for at least eight hours to overnight at room temperature.

2. Pour mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Strain again if needed. Next, place a funnel into a jar and slowly pour your coffee into the funnel until the glass is full.

There! You have made yourself cold brew coffee concentrate. 4 cups of concentrate will make about 8 cups of iced coffee. This will last up to a week in the fridge.

Source Red Book Mag

 

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Starbucks Double Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I know I did!
I savored every single moment of the celebration with my family.
I too enjoyed eating some delicious food with friends and relatives. Although we couldn’t eat it all in one night. You know what that means?

My family and I currently have a ton of leftover food from the Christmas gatherings that we had this past weekend, (Do you usually have plenty of leftover food after the holidays?) and since we have so much, I am taking a rest from cooking this week. However, I still will be blogging and want to share with you a few coffee drinks, smoothies and maybe one dessert.

I know that I’ve stated this before in my blog post (Crockpot Vanilla Latte), but I am a huge coffee lover lol. My go-to place for coffee is Starbucks, I go there quite regularly to buy a tall regular coffee because I’m trying extremely hard to be frugal with my money, but I do admit that it sometimes can be quite challenging and tempting not to order one of their fancy drinks. So I’ve come up with the perfect solution and making my own fancy coffee drinks in the comfort of my home.

 I want to share with you this Starbuck’s Double Chocolate Peppermint Mocha recipe that I tried and I, of course, loved it!!! If you are the same as me and you’re trying to save your cash by making your own fancy coffee drinks from the comfort of your own home, then may I suggest you treat yourself into making this yummy drink.

Scrumptious, rich, chocolatey, easy as 1-2-3 to prepare and did I mention that it’s delicious?

Starbuck’s Double Chocolate Peppermint Mocha

Ingredients
2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup
One 11oz pkg Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Naturally Flavored Coffee
2 1/2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp Half-and-half

Optional toppings:
Whipped Cream
Chocolate Sprinkles and or crushed candy cane

Directions

1. Brew six-eight ounces of Starbucks Peppermint Mocha flavored coffee. Before filling your coffee cup with coffee, combine two tablespoons of coffee syrup.

2. Pour in your brewed coffee and stir well. Next, stir in two and a half teaspoons of sugar and two tablespoons of half-and-half. Garnish with whipped cream and top with chocolate sprinkles and or crushed candy cane. Enjoy!!! 🙂

For a little extra indulgence:

Rim your mug with melted chocolate, then dip in crushed candy cane.
Add a candy cane stir stick.

What is your go-to place to get coffee? Do you have a favorite coffee drink?

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Source Starbucks

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

So last week I stated that the weather in Texas was going to be hot on Christmas Eve. The weather wasn’t fibbing either; it sadly got up to seventy-nine degrees. However, instead of me being a debbie downer about the heat, I chose to make the best of it and have a Christmas Eve celebration Texas-style.

I had so much fun doing several things, but one of the activities I enjoyed most was making this Vietnamese Iced Coffee as I had planned on doing. Although, I had to make this drink twice to get it taste just right. But it was very worth it because let me just tell you that this stuff is so so good, no, wait it’s delicious, very easy to make, and refreshing!

The main ingredient that makes this Vietnamese is the condensed milk (pictured top), not to be confused with evaporated milk (pictured bottom):

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Although, they are both canned dairy products, condensed milk is a thick, oozy, very sugary product that has an entirely different effect than evaporated milk, which tastes like plain milk to me. I use it for things like Libby’s Pumpkin Pie. You cannot replace one for the other. Condensed milk is the stuff you shower over your shaved snow, shaved ice, or use in a key lime pie. Evaporated milk is more similar to half-and-half. Be sure to get the correct one!

After you have combined all of your ingredients, make sure to mix it up extremely well. Otherwise, the condensed milk sinks to the bottom, and it will get too sweet at the finish. However, I suppose if it came down to it, you could only add more coffee and milk and then enjoy even more of this delicious drink either on a scorching day during the summer or on one of those really warm days during the wintertime. I promise you that this refreshing drink will surely take the stress of the heat off your mind.

 

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Ingredients

A handful Ice cubes 2/3 C Cold brew coffee or more if desired 

Half and half, heavy cream, or whole milk

2-3 Tbsp Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions

Pack a glass full of ice cubes. Fill your glass with cold brew coffee. Combine the healthy splash of milk. Add two-three tablespoons sweetened condensed milk and stir (or shake) well to combine. Taste and adjust milk or condensed milk as required.

Adapted from: The Pioneer Woman

Have a very Merry Christmas!


Crockpot Vanilla Latte

Lol, I will confess to you I’m a huge coffee fanatic. And it’s not a joke either. Here is how serious I am; I’m a member of the Starbucks rewards program, and I have my personal coffeemaker in my room with a stash of coffees and galore. That’s just proof to you that I am addicted to coffee. Haha! 😀

I of course seldom enjoy drinking the specialty coffee drinks from Starbucks. Since they are expensive, usually very high in calories and sugars. However, I thankfully found this ridiculously easy Crock Pot Vanilla Latte on Pinterest and it saved the day lol. I use a Vanilla Coffee Syrup, milk, and coffee. And perhaps a little bit of whipped cream, if I feel like being unusually self-indulgent. And … that’s it. Haha!!!! 😀

Crock Pot coffee drinks are perfect for the lazy and rainy afternoons, busy holiday mornings or weekend brunches. So…let’s go through this checklist together; do you have your Crock Pot? Check. Hot coffee? Check. Easy? Delightful? Cheaper? Check check. Check. What on earth are you waiting for? Hop out of that couch and get busy. Have fun!!!!

Are you a coffee enthusiast?

Crockpot Vanilla Latte

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups milk (I used 2%, but whole is, of course, also delicious)
2 cups very strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup Vanilla Coffee Syrup
Whipped cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine the milk, coffee, and vanilla coffee syrup into a four-quart Crock Pot. Stir. Cook on high for two hours or until it heated through.
Make sure it doesn’t boil! You may also keep your crockpot on low, but it will take a little longer to heat up. Turn Crock Pot to warm setting to keep latte warm for 2 – 3 hours. You can use low to keep it warm if your slow cooker doesn’t have a warm setting, but keep an eye on it. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn’t scald. Scoop by the ladleful into individual mugs. Top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!

Kitchen Treaty

Coming up next week

Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Salmon Cake Sandwiches Side Dish ?????

Crockpot Frito Pie

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

Peanut Butter lovers rejoice

I recently just discovered these fantastic single serve desserts. And a few weeks ago, I made my first one death by chocolate which turned out to be awesome. It inspired to make another one and I, of course, will make more in the future lol. Like the one, I’m about to show you.

Consuming cookies are very addicting! Here are a few of my favorites: sugar, chocolate chip, and snickerdoodles. As some of you might notice in my other post for peanut butter & chocolate lovers, I also am a big fan of peanut butter, and that certainly means I like peanut butter cookies. My enthusiasm for them wanted me to teach you how to make a cookie in a mug.

So…here’s some yummy goodness! 🙂

 

5 Minute Peanut Butter Cookie

Ingredients

1 Tbsp peanut butter

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp white sugar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

pinch vanilla

pinch salt

One egg yolk

3 tbsp flour

1 Tbsp salted peanuts, chopped
Directions

In a microwave safe bowl or mug, place peanut butter and butter together and microwave for about 30 seconds, until melted – or almost melted – and then stir to combine. Stir in sugars. Then stir in the pinch of vanilla and salt. Mix in egg yolk until well combined. Stir in 3 Tbsp flour. Sprinkle with peanut. Microwave for 35-50 seconds, until done. Start checking at 35 seconds to see if it’s done. (Mine took 50 seconds, but it will depend on the power of your microwave) Let cool for a minute or two and then enjoy!

Can you imagine how good this would be with a scoop of ice cream? Ooooh! Reece’s peanut butter cup ice cream!! I would be in peanut butter heaven.

Recipe adapted from Jo and Sue

For Peanut butter & Chocolate lovers

I absolutely love smoothies. They are a great treat to have for breakfast or as a snack in the afternoon for when you have a sugar craving and before or after workouts. I too am a HUGE fan of chocolate and peanut butter and love adding both of these sweet companions to my smoothie.

This smoothie consists of six healthy essential ingredients you likely always keep on hand and it can be ready in no time. Chocolate for breakfast or as a snack, include me in! How could this not be great, though? It has three of the excellent flavors, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate all together in one decadent anytime of the day treat.

This is one creamy, protein-rich smoothie you are going to admire!

Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Shake

Two large overripe bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen*
1 cup original almond milk or regular milk (or more to thin as desired)
3/4 cup ice
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions

Add all ingredients to a blender a process until well pureed. Serve immediately.

Notes: that the sweetness of this smoothie comes from the ripeness of the bananas so be sure to use some that are well ripened. If you still would like it a little bit sweeter you could add in a little honey or cut back a touch on the cocoa powder.

Recipe source: adapted from Cooking Classy

Coming up next week:

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Tenders

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels

It’s a surprise!!!

Then coming up in two weeks:

5-minute Peanut butter cookie in a mug

How are you doing with your confidence in cooking?

Thank you so much for reading and have a fantastic weekend! 🙂