hot chocolate

Feb 1, 2011 by

hot chocolate in a canister is hard to find in tennessee.  you can buy packets of it, but it’s never enough to make to make a normal serving size.  i had to take matters into my own hands.  this is hot chocolate, shoebox style.  no wintry day is complete without it. we prefer our hot chocolate to be a bit darker than the usual milk chocolate variety, so the recipe calls for more cocoa and less sugar.  adjust as you wish.  i also threw in a recipe for homemade whipped cream.  stay tuned for a homemade marshmallow recipe! modified from 8 oz heavy cream 1/4 tsp clear vanilla (use regular if you don’t mind off-white whipped cream) 4 tbsp powdered sugar 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 c white sugar 1 pinch salt...

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friendship tea

Jan 10, 2011 by

today was a chilly snow day in nashville…  a perfect day for a warm, steamy cup of friendship tea.  this is the drink that will take you through fall, the flu and winter.  it smells amazing and tastes even better. there’s no special trick to the sand art effect.  it just happens when the dry mix is poured into an container, which should be air-tight so it stays fresh!  make sure to buy enough for two batches.  it’s always good to keep some on hand at work. 2 c tang 1 1/2 c sugar 1/4 c instant tea  (i prefer decaf, so i can enjoy a cup after 4:00 p.m. lol) 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves mix all ingredients into a bowl, using a slotted spoon. pour into an air-tight container. add...

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Dec 11, 2010 by

i’m taking a quick break from blogging about thanksgiving… for a recipe that will change any muggle’s life forever. butterbeer. it all started a month ago when my friend kristen introduced me to this website.  i am now a daily reader.  back up a few weeks ago, and they featured a butterbeer recipe from this blog, which i am also a big fan of! the only difficult part about this recipe is finding butter extract.  i finally found it at wal-mart.  if you’re unwilling to brave the deathly hallows of wal-mart, you can find it online here.  buy a LOT of it, because you WILL become addicted to this magical drink in a stein. source: bakingdom 6 12 oz. bottles of cream soda (i used a 2 liter of a&w cream soda) 3 tsp butter extract...

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peach tea float

May 9, 2010 by

ahhhhh the drinks of summer. iced coffee, lemonade and iced tea. yum. i recently purchased a new iced tea maker. our little patio doesn’t get enough sun to make sun tea in the jar, so i had to revert to the iced tea maker. i also picked up a few of these spoon-straws on our trip to crate & barrel in atlanta. 2 scoops peach sorbet 1 1/2 c iced tea place two scoops of peach sorbet into a glass. pour iced tea over sorbet. stir. you may want to sweeten the tea slightly with some splenda. i enjoyed tea unsweetened for this recipe....

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iced coffee

Mar 20, 2010 by

next to baking, i think that creating new drinks is one of my favorite ways to express myself in the kitchen.  if i could get past working nights and weekends, i’d probably open my own coffee shop.  anyways, i LOVE iced coffee, well coffee loaded with cream and sugary goodness.   for now, i love being a barista at home.  it saves money and calories, too!  here are some variations that i typically make. coffee base we do not have a coffee maker.  tom despises the smell and taste of coffee and i only drink one cup at a time.   thank goodness for folgers classic roast coffee singles!  i can brew a quick cup of coffee in about 4 min.  i like to concentrate my coffee base, so i typically use 2/3 c...

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strawberry banana smoothie

Jan 19, 2010 by

strawberry banana smoothies have become my afternoon pick-me-up.  they’re delicious, healthy and so amazingly good.  the amounts below are for one large serving.  multiply as needed. 1/2 c apple juice 1/2 c milk 3/4 c frozen whole strawberries 1/2 c frozen banana slices 1/2 c strawberry yogurt place all ingredients in blender, blend until smooth....

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May 23, 2009 by

simply put, lemonade is the drink of summer.  it’s pretty simple to make, too. 1 part sugar 1 part water 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice ice in a saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil. remove from heat, cool. (this is called simple syrup.) in a pitcher, combine the simple syrup and the lemon juice and ice, as desired...

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