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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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Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

In honor of my one hundredth blog post, I decided to do a little celebration by baking something luscious, and I also chose to cook something because I need to practice baking lol, for Thanksgiving and Christmas. So tonight I did just that by baking these amazing and not to mention huge brownies. My brother and sister helped me some, but I did most of the work lol. The result of my brownies turned out to be fantastic.

Have fun baking these delicious bad boys. 😀

Peanut Butter Cup Crack Brownies

One box brownie mix (not family sized) prepared according to package directions in a 9×9 pan
½ C chopped salted or honey roasted peanuts
12 Reese’s peanut butter cups, chopped
2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp butter
1¼ C. creamy peanut butter
1¾ C. Rice Krispy cereal
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp Salt

Directions

Bake brownies according to package directions in a 9×9 pan lined with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Then during the last five minutes of baking, remove from oven and spread the chopped peanut butter cups and chopped peanuts on top. Return to oven for remaining five minutes to melt the chocolate. Then as soon as you pull them out of the oven, spread the melty peanut butter cups/peanuts with an off-set spatula to smooth over the top.

Let brownies cool. Next in a microwave safe bowl combine chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter. Heat in microwave for one minute, stirring when done. If needed, continue heating in twenty-second increments until the chocolate chips has melted. Stir in cereal, vanilla and salt until evenly combined.Pour over brownies and smooth. Place brownies in the fridge and let them chill until chocolate is hardened, about two hours. Cut into squares to serve.

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Coming up next week

One pan Ranch Pork Chops with potatoes & green beans

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

It’s an experiment ( Lol so I don’t know)
Side Dish Sweet Garlic Balsamic Green Beans

Rocky Road Milkshake

Do you love milkshakes? Lol, I know I do! They are one of the easiest and delectable desserts on the planet. You never need more than a few of ingredients, and they only take a few minutes to make. My preferred flavors are cookies and cream and chocolate.

However, I wanted to try the flavor Rocky Road. And since I recently learned from Google that National Rocky Road day is on June 2nd and understand that I’m somewhat late. I still wanted to honor this national food holiday by making a Rocky Road milkshake. And I am happy that I did because Rocky Road is my new favorite.

Here’s how to make your own.

 

Rocky Road milkshake

Ingredients:

3 Tbsp. Nestle Carnation Malted Milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C. cup milk
2 C. rocky road ice cream

Optional:
toasted marshmallow sprinkles
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and or a milkshake maker and mix until the desired consistency is reached (only took about thirty seconds in my blender, but each mixer is a little different).

Not a huge rocky road enthusiast? No worries, the ice cream flavor can easily be changed out for any type you love…cookies and cream, strawberry, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, you name it. I have a strange feeling I’ll be experimenting with more than a few of these flavors over the summer. What about you?

And if you are milkshake fanatic, what’s your favorite flavor?

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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! 🙂

Death by Chocolate

I’ve decided every other weekend; I would pick certain recipes to make and then I’ll write about them. These recipes will be simple, fun, very healthy, somewhat healthy and some that are not so much. Haha!!! 😀 Moreover, for the first few weeks of me beginning this new section, I will not be posting any that’ll include the oven, and you won’t have to bother about wrestling with it. And yes, believe it or not, there are no-baking-required desserts 🙂 I will be using other small appliances like a blender and a microwave though.

I want to share with you a single serve dessert recipe I tried a few months ago, and I loved it. I hope you’ll enjoy it too just as much as I did!!

Gooey Brownie/Cake In Mug

You’ll Need:

1/4 cup plain all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp mild vegetable oil or melted butter
2 Tbsp milk or water
1/4 tsp vanilla (Optional)

Optional:

Chocolate Chips

Directions

1. In your heatproof mug, mix all the dry ingredients together, so there are as little lumps as possible. Make sure you get right to the bottom. Then add your wet ingredients, mix, so you get a yummy chocolaty paste.

2. Double check to make sure no dry ingredients have been left out at the bottom of your mug. At this point, you can add some chocolate chips, whatever takes your fancy. Microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time. Each microwave varies. I find that after a minute mine is done to how I like it. It’s cakey on top with a gooey brownie mixture underneath. If you want, pure cake carry on for another 30 seconds until it’s how you like it. Just make sure it doesn’t get that burnt smell!

3. Enjoy! 🙂

I want to encourage you to feel more confident baking/cooking with an oven, but I also want to make sure that I make my blog fun and a great learning experience on food without making it incredibly overwhelming for you as much as possible.

Coming up in two weeks I’ll teach you how to make peanut butter chocolate smoothies. Yummy! 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂 Hope you are having a fabulous weekend!

 

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Recipe adapted from Musings of a Gem