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.


The Perfect Cuppa

the perfect cuppaI find it very interesting that I – a confirmed non-coffee drinker – should end up with so much coffee paraphernalia.

Would you believe there is – right at this very moment – a coffee maker, a French press, and a coffee grinder sitting on my counter?!

And two different kinds of coffee beans in the freezer, and an assortment of creamers and simple syrups in the fridge?

And I don’t even like the stuff! Honestly – how can something that smells so heavenly taste so nasty?!

I guess I better get used to it – with two highly-caffeinated, coffee-loving teens living in the house now.

I find it very humorous when they put coffee beans on the grocery list. What? You want me to aid in this addiction?

I stop laughing when I hit the coffee aisle.

Oh my! The choices! Whole bean or ground? Decaf or caffeinated? Flavored or plain? And how do want them roasted?  Light? Medium? Dark?  What’s the difference anyway? Then there’s all the brands to choose from!

So tell me – when did coffee drinking get so complicated? When I was growing up, coffee came in big tin cans and my mom brewed it in a peculator and would offer cream or sugar to guests.

Now you have the mocha, the latte, the frappe, the cappuccino, the macchiato, the expresso and even a half-breed frappuccino.

And they can come in almost any flavor you can imagine –  pumpkin, peppermint, gingerbread, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, almond, and the list goes on and on and on.

Do you want that hot or cold?

Steamed, pressed, brewed or dripped? Whatever that is.

How about some whipped cream on top? Sure. How about some sprinkles, too.

I’m sorry. It’s just all too confusing.

That’s why I drink tea.

A mug. Some leaves. Hot water. 6 minutes. Perfect.

Now – what kind of tea should I have? Black? Green? Herbal? Chai?  Earl Grey? Oolong? Darjeeling? Hot? Cold? Loose leaf or tea bag? With sugar or lemon or a touch of honey? Hot? Cold?

Photo courtesy of Julious Schorzman.

Frosted Shortbreads

It’s a cool, damp fall afternoon here in the hills of Southern Iowa. The perfect afternoon for something warm with melted gooey chocolate. But with a full schedule, I needed to bake something quick. The perfect solution, Frosted Shortbreads. My husband’s sister-in-law first introduced me to the delights of shortbread. She loves to whip up a batch in the evening and eat it warm with a cup of strong coffee.

Frosted Shortbreads:

Cream 1 cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar.

Add 1 egg yolk and 1 tsp. vanilla.

Then add 2 cups of flour and 1/4 tsp. of salt.

Carefully press the dough into a 15″ by 10″ greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes.

Remove from the oven and immediately press 4 milk chocolate bars (1.55 oz. each) broken into rectangles, over shortbread.

Let stand 1 minute and then spread the chocolate around evenly. Sprinkle with 1/2 c. of nuts if you desire ( today I used toffee pieces) and enjoy!

You should have heard the mmm’s and seen the smiles I just got from all five children. I of course substituted a glass of milk for the coffee and added an apple to round out our afternoon snack. But I am still “mom of the year”, at least in this Little House on the Prairie!