Coffee with a Kick!

Now that summer is finally upon us there is nothing more refreshing then a cup of iced coffee. The best part is no matter what time of the day it is a cold refreshing glass of iced coffee is a great idea. Add a flavor to it and it’s like heaven in a glass.
The other evening, I had a few of my best girlfriends over and I wanted to put out something different to drink. We always have the same old rose’, spiked seltzers or sangria. So, I started experimenting. We all love coffee so I made a big pot and got out my ice cube trays. In one tray I made coffee cubes and in the other tray I froze whole milk.          Next, I combined the coffee and milk cubes in my blender and added sweetened condensed milk and Bourbon. Yes, I said Bourbon! It is so easy to make. If you are hosting a 4th of July bash whip up a batch of these bad boys. They will be a great addition to any summer party.


Ingredients
2 cups of coffee
1/3 cups condensed milk, sweetened
½ cup whole milk
¼ cup Bourbon

How to Make It
Pour coffee and milk into ice cube trays freeze overnight. Combine cubes in blender add condensed milk and Bourbon. Top it off with some whipped cream and a few espresso beans and enjoy the slushy goodness.

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Just Another Day in The Hood

That is motherhood of course. Before I had children, I thought I was productive. Boy was I wrong. I didn’t know the meaning of productive. These days I am out of bed before 6 a.m. Making breakfast, packing snacks getting kids ready for school. After several frustrating years I’ve got the whole morning routine down. Both of my kids have a check list because I got tired of chasing them around like a lunatic making sure they brushed their teeth and put on clothes. If I left it up to them, they would go to school with dragon breath wearing pajamas. I swear sometimes I feel like I’ve put in a full day by 8 am and by that time I’m on my way to work hauling ass to make it on time.

My life may seem busy and at times I feel like I’m holding on by a thread, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. There is nothing I love more than being a mother. As I sit here typing this blog in my son’s bed, he curls up next to me to snuggle. It’s the best feeling on earth. Minus the fact that he just farted and laughed, still there is nowhere else I would rather be.  Mom life has its glamorous moments like today for example, I attended my son’s moving up ceremony. My daughter and I got all dressed up it was the perfect day. Then there are those times when I want to rip the hair out of my head, like when we are in the grocery store and one of them decides to have a major meltdown at the checkout counter and everyone is staring at us.

At the end of the day no matter how chaotic it is, motherhood is the best hood! Hope you all have a good night I am going to cuddle with my babies.

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Tea Time

I have a confession to make……I am a coffeeholic. Yes it’s true. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is turn the coffee pot on. The minute I pour the first cup and taste the warm goodness, I am automatically in a good mood. Recently, I have embarked on a journey to wellness. I am quickly approaching 40 and I am trying to slow down the aging process. I recognize what I put in my body can either help or hurt me. My very close friend and weight loss wizard @preparedmealsli began schooling me on the effects clean eating can have on your system (If you aren’t following her on Instagram you need to). Boy oh boy was she right. I made small changes like eating more leafy greens and making sure I was properly hydrated. I can tell you this friends, by the second week of this new life style I had more energy, my head felt clearer and was able to focus better, and my cravings for sweets disappeared. I began to enjoy the taste of real food.
One habit I introduced into my daily routine was replacing a cup of coffee with green tea. I read up on the benefits and I figured why not I’ll give it a try. I picked up a box of green Matcha
tea from the company Salada and since then, I’m hooked. There were so many brands on the shelf to choose from but Salada’s teas are delicious and they offer a large variety of refreshing flavors. I’m picky when it comes to tea and so far, I have loved everyone I’ve tried. My personal favorite is the peach mango. I make a big batch of it and serve it cold. My kids go crazy for it and I’m happy because it doesn’t have sugar like the juice boxes they drink. I also got creative and made green tea ice cubes. In the morning I rub them under my eyes. It is so refreshing, and my skin feels so tight.
If you haven’t read up on the benefits of match tea here are a few reasons that might interest you to start incorporating it into your daily routine, it’s:
Rich in antioxidants
Boosts energy
Detoxifies the body
Prevents cancer
Aids in weight loss
I highly recommend you head to your local grocery store and stock up on Salada teas. I promise no matter what flavor you pick you won’t be disappointed.

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Thoughts about Coffee Cake

Coffee connects people. I’ve enjoyed many sessions of friend therapy and deep conversations over coffee. Now if we add a delicious accompaniment to coffee, we have absolute heaven. Particularly if that coffee cake is sweet, a little sinful, and spiced with the adventure of travel. My favorite coffee cakes have been enjoyed in different cities around the world and shared with wonderful people that I have met along the way.

On an unexpected trip to Argentina, I didn’t know a soul or have any idea which places to visit. Every morning I enjoyed alfajores, a sandwich cookie with dulce de leche in the middle, and coffee. A kind waiter would come and sit with me and help me plan my day, drawing elaborate maps on napkins for me. Alfajores are a perfect combination of a well-crafted pastry and a rich history having been brought by the Spanish who learned of them from the Moors. I think they tasted even better because of the waiter’s kindness to a stranger.

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Paris in April seemed more like more like a dream than reality. The people, the food, the culture – it was glorious! I drank amazing coffee imported from Madagascar. I paired this with pain au chocolat, a delicious croissant-like pastry filled with a chocolate that captured the richness of flavor that the French are so adept at creating. Those were the best mornings, shared with groups of people met at the discotheque, after dancing all night.

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In Chile I remember listening to music fused with samba and rock en español while enjoying berlines, doughnuts introduced by the great influx of German immigrants in Chile. The conversations usually centered around the government, the economy, and Auguto Pinochet, always a controversial topic for Chileans. Berlines are filled with “manjar”, the local name for dulce de leche. Berlines are a progressive fusion of South America and old Europe, as is Chile.

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Whether it’s at home or abroad, give yourself a slow morning with coffee and a sweet treat. Enjoy every bite of your next coffee cake. Be present to the silence, or the conversation, and most of all, savor the connection with yourself and with others.

Guest Blogger, Nicole Biscotti, @nicolebiscotti