Mocha Java

Mocha Java CoffeeDagmar’s been in the kitchen again.

She’s experimenting.

With coffee this time.

And chocolate.

Maybe that’s why she’s smiling?

And has so much energy?!

Today’s winner – a Starbuck’s look-a-like – Mocha Java.

Mocha Java

1 cup strong coffee
2 Tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 half & half

Brew 1 cup of strong coffee.

Add the semi- sweet chocolate chips and sugar. Stir together. Pour into a mug.

Slowly add the half & half, stirring carefully if you want to make a barista design on top.

Grip the mug with two hands.  Drink slowly with a smile on your face.

Ahh.

Iced Mocha

So what does a coffeeIced Mocha addict do when the temperatures hit the 90’s, the humidity is soaring – and they need their coffee fix?

They head to Pinterest and find a recipe for Iced Mocha!

That’s just what Dagmar – our resident coffee aficionado – did.

She made it – fell in love with it – and the girls have been indulging ever since!

(Please note that I said the girls – that does not include me! I have never tasted this recipe – nor do I plan to – ever! You all know my thoughts on that stuff! And to think – they actually wasted good chocolate in it!  I shudder.)

But anyway –

It starts with frozen coffee ice cubes, so now they keep an ice cube tray of coffee in the freezer just in case a craving hits.

Which it does. Daily.

Iced Mocha

2 cups cold coffee (try different flavors for a twist)
1 tray of coffee ice cubes
1/2 whole milk (or coffee creamer – especially flavored!)
1 ounce chocolate syrup

Throw everything in the blender and whiz.

Pour it into a fancy glass and top with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup!

This can serve up to four – if you share.

Enjoy!

World’s Easiest Purple Punch

GradWe did it!

We got the girl graduated and celebrated!

And I had enough buns and we’ll be eating chocolate chip cookies for a long time!

And we had fun – lots of fun. So much fun that the weekend will take its very own post!

But since I still have a house full of family and friends who spent the night and are keeping us rolling in laughter…

and who ate left-over puppy chow and drank Hawaiian punch for breakfast – with some even eating them together like milk and cereal (right Seth!?)…

I’m going to share a quick and super easy recipe today, and a longer post later.

Originally served at my nieces wedding –  the world’s easiest punch is both fast and refreshing.

purple punchAre you ready?

For Purple Punch- just take one jug of Hawaiian Punch Berry Bonkers and one 2 liter of 7 Up (or any lemon-lime soda).

Get them both cold and pour them together.

That’s it! I told it was easy!

Now since I’m so relieved the whole thing is over and I survived – I’ll throw in the recipe for the world’s easiest blue punch.

One jug of Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue and one 2 liter of 7 -Up. Get them both cold and pour them together.

I just bet you can figure out the recipe for the world’s easiest orange punch or green punch… or red punch…

Enjoy!

One batch of punch (one jug of Hawaiian Punch and one liter of 7-up) will yield about 20 – 8 ounce servings. 

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Salted Carmel Hot chocolateI love Starbuck’s   Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – but the nearest Starbuck’s is almost 2 hours away!

We desperately needed to find a recipe we could make at home, because – let’s face it – you never know when a craving will hit!

So Dagmar and I hit the kitchen with lots of enthusiasm and a recipe to try.

An hour later we had four dirty saucepans, major sugar buzzes – and some amazing salted caramel hot chocolate.

***At this point – those of you who need a quick fix – simply make an envelope of hot chocolate mix, squirt  some caramel ice cream topping in it and sprinkle it with salt and enjoy.

If – however – you want the real deal – so rich and creamy and wonderful that the Hallelujah chorus plays when you drink it – keep reading.***

Let’s start with the caramel sauce. The original recipe was a disaster. (That’s why we had so many dirty saucepans – what a mess!)

So I dug out a recipe for caramel sauce that I pinned on Pinterest. Hot diggety! That was some seriously good caramel! It was so good that you could eat it by the spoonful! (not that I would know from personal experience or anything ! 🙂 But seriously – you should try it with a whole almond!)

Caramel Sauce

1/4 c. butter
1 c. corn syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine first four ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat stirring constantly. Keep cooking and stirring until the temperature reaches 235 -240 degrees (soft ball stage).

Remove from heat and add vanilla.

At this point – you could make a delectable caramel candy by pouring the caramel mixture into a foil-lined baking dish and refrigerating. Then cut into squares and enjoy. Or – you could add nuts or coat with chocolate…but I’m getting carried away.

We’re making caramel sauce here – so you need to add half – half to prevent the caramel from turning hard. (We didn’t add enough and ours turned into a semi-solid that makes it very difficult to sneak out of the fridge when the kids aren’t looking!)

Now for the hot chocolate part. You could use a packet if you wish, or my hot chocolate recipe, or even hot milk with chocolate syrup stirred in. But if you want to go over the top – try this one.

Uber Rich Hot Chocolate

12 oz. chocolate
1 c. heavy cream
milk

Melt together the chocolate and heavy cream in a double broiler.

When melted and mixed, add milk until you reach the desired consistency and chocolately goodness.

Now let’s assemble –

Coat the inside of a mug with the caramel sauce and fill with hot chocolate. Sprinkle a little bit of sea salt on the very top and behold your masterpiece.

Now slowly inhale the chocolate aroma before taking your first sip.

Did you hear the music?

Yep – I thought so.

Enjoy!

I’ve linked this post with Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed With Grace.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

smoothieIt’s hot.

Really, really hot.

I mean beastly hot.

And of course it’s time to bale hay.  So when the guys have been out in the brutal heat all afternoon – I like to have something really cold and refreshing waiting for them.

Something like this frozen strawberry lemonade.

It took seconds to whiz up in the blender and was a big hit with my hot crew.

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

2 cups of lemonade
1-2 cups of frozen strawberries
2 cups of ice cubes
1-2 tablespoons sugar (as needed)

Dump all the ingredients in the blender and give it a whirl for a minute or two. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Serves 4 normal people but only 1 hot and thirsty kid whose been haying.

I’ve linked this post with Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace.