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Coffee Bean Popsicles

Coffee Popsicle IISprinklers are running in the morning to quench the lawn’s thirst and fans are blowing in the afternoon to quell the heat indoors. Summer is here and it’s time to head to the freezer for a frozen treat.

As the afternoon closes in my caffeine level begins to wane. These cool, tasty refreshments add a bit of life back into my work-filled day. I nab one out of the freezer and head out to the patio for a coffee break.

There are several options other than one solid color. For instance, you can freeze the cream, then add a small layer of coffee, freeze, add more cream, etc. Get creative and make this your own unique recipe.

Toss in a few coffee beans or chocolate chips for added texture and flavor.

Note: Use the amount of cream and sugar to taste. Less cream will give your popsicle a more robust coffee flavor, while more cream and sugar will sweeten it. Your choice. The amount of cream below is a gentle “guideline”.

There are several different types of popsicle molds available, simply google and find one that is right for you.

Coffee Bean Popsicles

Coffee PopsiclesIngredients

  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup Darigold heavy cream
  • Sugar to taste
  • A handful of coffee beans and chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Combine cream and sugar and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour a bit of cream in the bottom of each popsicle mold and freeze until solid, about an hour.
  3. While your cream is freezing, brew your coffee, add in your cream and sugar mixture and stir until well combined. Chill in the refrigerator until cold.
  4. Remove molds with cream from the freezer and slowly pour cold coffee mixture into mold, filling to the top. Follow the mold directions, as they have different types of tops. Some may direct you to fill to top, while others need a bit of space.
  5. Place top on the mold, insert stick and freeze until solid.

dalgona coffee

The perfect spring coffee treat.

Last spring TikTok brought us this whimsical, delicious whipped coffee trend, and as we break into a new year this toffee-colored whip is not only still relevant, it’s also simple to make at home.

We use an electric mixer but you can whisk by hand. Keep in mind if you use the manual method it’s a pretty good work out at 8 to 12 minutes, depending on how vigorous you are.

As always, you can print just the recipe and leave the rest of the blog post here on your screen.

Dalgona Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 Tablespoons cold water
  • ice for serving
  • milk for serving

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine sugar, coffee and water. Hand whisk or mix with mixer, until the coffee foam turns smooth and shiny, then continue until foam is thick and holds it’s “foamy” shape.
  2. Fill glass about 3/4 full or more with ice and milk, drop (dollop) and swirl whipped coffee on top to serve.

An award winning cookie without the guilt ~ Definitely one of our favorite things.

Don’t you just love a secret recipe?   Especially those that include Chocolate, Almonds, Cinnamon, Ginger, Sesame, Cherries and Coconut.   Those are just a few of the delicious ingredients in Almondina’s all natural and delicious cookies.

I love a good cookie and when I received an entire box of Almondina Brand Cookies, I couldn’t wait to dive in.   I opened the box, delightfully pulled out the assortment , combed through them trying to decide which package to open first.  My plan was to try a different one each morning with my coffee and share the rest with my family to gain their opinion as well.  My attempt at eating just a couple was unsuccessful.  I couldn’t stop.  I dipped, ate, dipped and ate, until the entire package was gone.  I made the executive decision that my family could wait until the next morning.

These cookies are delicious.  I started with the Cinnaroma and was fairly confident at the time it would be my favorite.     The next morning I opened the Chocolate Dipped and fell in love with the flavors dancing in my mouth.  This cookie is the perfect combination of a delicate chocolate and almond crunch without being too sweet.  I was fairly confident, this would be my favorite.   I went down the list and tried every flavor and each one was absolutely perfect, great flavor, not too sweet and easy on the waistline.  The Gingerspice has chunks of real ginger, which was a delightful surprise.  My favorite as it turned out is the Sesame.

This is a great treat for the entire family, yes, I did finally consent to sharing a few and was very happy to have my children eat an all-natural, delicious cookie, that does not have any cholesterol, added fat, salt or preservatives with only 30 calories.

They are addictive and are a very nice treat after an evening meal paired with coffee, tea or even a dessert wine.

This delicious cookie is available at fine retailers such as:  PCC Naturals, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and many others.  Please see this link for complete distribution and retail locations in your area, as they are available in all 50 states as well as several countries.

Other links for Almondina you may not want to miss

This is one seriously good cookie.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in America

I expected to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year in warmer temperatures.  Keeping in mind I live in the Pacific Northwest, I didn’t have my bar set too high, however waking to a snowy morn on the 13th of March wasn’t quite what I had envisioned.  So looking up hearty Irish recipes from the Emerald Isle was a warm beginning to my chilly Tuesday.

Like many Irish Americans, I feel a deep sense of cohesiveness on the festive day of the Wearing of the Green.  The Irish began marching in New York City while fighting with the British in the U.S. Revolutionary War, to reconnect with their Irish roots.  Other parades in years and decades after were held in Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and now are spread throughout the entire United States creating bonds of solidarity in Irish communities.

It’s ironic then isn’t it that St. Patrick wasn’t even an Irishman.  Factual information about his life and times are vague, although it is known he was born in Britain around A.D. 390  into a Romano-British family, with both his father and grandfather Deacons in a Christian Church.  He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by Irish raiders, sent overseas to tend sheep in the chilly mountainous countryside of Ireland where he remained for seven years.  Folklore suggests he had dreams and heard voices that told him to escape his captivity, which he then did, found passage on a ship and returned home to Britain.

Patrick was ordained as a Priest and guided by voices, he returned to Ireland and spent the remainder of his years traveling the isle and converting the Irish to Christianity.  His life was not an easy one, he was beaten by thugs, harassed by Irish royalty and admonished by British superiors.   There are many myths surrounding the Priest who would eventually become a Saint.  On any given day 5.5 million pints of Guinness are consumed around the world and on the anniversary of his death over 13 million pints are raised in his honor.

Let’s begin with my favorite toast as we raise a glass ~

May you be half an hour in Heaven, Before the Devil knows you’re dead.

Irish Coffee

This recipe serves 4 and the ingredient list is a simple one.

  • irish coffee1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups strong hot coffee
  • 4 ounces Irish Whiskey

Directions: Whisk cream and sugar together in a medium bowl until stiff peaks form.  Divide coffee and whiskey among 4 coffee cups, then top each with 1/2 cup whipped cream.  Serve immediately.

Then came the most difficult portion of the recipe search.  I wanted something traditional, hearty and delicious and didn’t need to look far.

 

Irish Lamb Stew ~ this gorgeous, satisfying recipe is from MarthaStewart.com.  When you go in, browse around on the site for more tantalizing cuisine.

  • stew1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Course salt and ground pepper
  • 3 pounds boneless lamb stew (preferably shoulder), trimmed o excess fat and cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups dark beer
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium new potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled and cut 1/2 inch thick diagonally
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, season flour with salt and pepper.  Dredge lamb in flour mixture, shaking off excess.  In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.  Working in batches, brown lamb on all sides, about 5 minutes per batch.  Transfer to a plate.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup water into pot, scraping up browned bits from bottom with a wooden spoon.  Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until water has evaporated and onion is beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.  Return lamb to pot; stir in thyme, beer and 1 1/2 cups water.  Cover; simmer until lamb is tender.  1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Add potatoes, carrots and 1/2 cup water.  Cook, covered, until vegetables are tender and stew has thickened, about 20 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Let cool completely before storing.  Stir in parsley just before serving.

 


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Hot Spirits for Romantic Evenings

I have been looking for something hot and sweet to whip up  so I can snuggle in by the fire with my rugged Outdoors man on Valentine’s Day.  A warm blanket, a movie and just the two of us sipping on one of three warm options ~ sounds like the perfect evening.

Caribbean Coffee

  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 5 ounce hot black coffee
  • 1/2 ounce whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Chocolate – grated dark chocolate or chocolate syrup

Pour coffee and rum into a cup and sweeten to taste.  Float the cream on top, top with chocolate and serve with love.

Amaretto Coffee

  • 1 1/2 ounce Amaretto
  • 8 ounces coffee
  •  whipped cream

Stir the Amaretto into the coffee.  Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground coriander.  

Angie Coffee

  •  1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream
  •  1 ounce Kahlua
  •  1 ounce Stolichnaya Vodka
  •   3/4 cup coffee

Mix the Bailey’s and the Kahlua with the coffee and top off with the vodka.

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