When my kiddo's friend mentioned that they like to use Halloween candy bars in their shakes, all I could think of was... hot dog! Why didn't we ever think to do that? It's quite delicious, of course, and it got me thinking... what other wild things could we do with shakes at home? You see lots of over-the-top ones in restaurants lately, but what about home?
Starbucks hacks are so fun to me that I'm in a few different Facebook groups where I learn how to order like a pro! I don't even get Starbucks every week, but when I am headed there for a treat (usually when I can score a TON of points on my gold card, because that's the way to order!) I often check to see if there are any new tips and tricks.
This year I've been making my way through indie coffee companies and small roasters, sampling different flavors when I find sample sizes available. My next company is going to be Coffee Shop of Horrors, which has a 10% off sale going on at the moment. I love that they have cheaper samples available for almost half the cost other companies sell samples for; 2 ounces is really enough to tell if you like a flavor or not.
August is ALL about peaches for me. Even though my kid and husband aren't into them, they humor me, go peach picking with me on the first of the month and generally support my love of all things peachy. Now that my aunt has a peach tree in her yard, you can bet it's even sweeter! The two of us love us some good peach drinks, but I think peach lemonade has to be my favorite.
When I make smoothies, I almost never use a recipe. I toss ingredients in, taste, toss in more. I usually get stuck on something I like and just stick with that for a while--often it's a green like spinach with something creamy, like yogurt or coconut milk, and something sweet, like OJ or some fruit and honey. Bam, there's a smoothie, right?
Last week we talked about Tea Drops, so I thought I'd share my new ginger tea recipe. It's so easy it can't really even be called a recipe, but it's not only delicious but also helpful with digestion, managing blood sugar and a bunch of other benefits for just a few cents per cup!
In 2018, during my quest to find all things low-carb and delicious, I came across several really great sources of tea. One of them, Southern Breeze, sells pre-sweetened cold brew tea. I don't like to have sweetener every day, but when I'm craving something I have to say that it's incredibly convenient to be able to brew tea in my water bottle on the go. The raspberry and peach flavors are my favorites but they're supposed to be working on new ones in 2019.
Even if you're not a fan of the holiday drink, there's something about the yummy scent of eggnog that gets you into the spirit of the season. Sure, you can get any number of commercial nogs, many of which are flavored with everything from peppermint to sugar cookie, but everyone knows that it's like chocolate chip cookies: homemade is always better.
Love yourself some spiked coffee? Now is the perfect time to start planning some delicious spiked coffee drinks for fall. Not sure what to try? Go by your favorite flavors:
For peppermint lovers:
Bavarian Coffee is what you need! Mint schnapps and coffee liqueur combined with real hot coffee and a bit of sugar yields one tasty, comforting drink. Top it with whipped cream and peppermint chunks or bark for a fancy treat.