Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Delicious Iced Coffee

This tasty recipe comes from Food52 via good ol' Pinterest. My goal is to actually try to make some of the things that I pin so here's one of hopefully many more.

Sweet Cinnamon Iced Coffee
Serves 2-4

2/3 cups coarsely ground coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups water
3 tbsp dark brown sugar
milk, half and half, cream

Mix ground coffee, cinnamon, water, and dark brown sugar in jar that holds at least 3 cups of liquid.

    Cover and refrigerate overnight to let all the goodness blend together.

    Pour the coffee mixture through a strainer into a bowl. Strain back into the jar.
Fill a glass about halfway with ice. Pour in coffee and add milk/half and half/cream to desired taste.
    Enjoy! My sister, who was in town for the weekend, and I enjoyed ours together.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Berried Treasure

This may quite possibly be one of the easiest and most amazingly delicious recipes ever. It's great if you are having company over and want to make a quick, easy, dessert for everyone. Make it. You won't be sorry. If you don't make it, you will be sorry.


1.5 cups graham crackers crumbs (1.5 sleeves of graham crackers crushed)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter - melted
    Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Press firmly in a 9x13 baking dish and bake for 8 minutes at 350. Cool (you can stick it in the fridge to speed up the process)

    Put the graham crackers into a large ziploc bag. Use a rolling pin or wine bottle to crush.

    I mixed the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl then spread and pressed into the baking dish.
One 8 oz. cream cheese - softened
1/4 cup of sugar
2 T plus 2.5 cups of cold milk
16 oz. cool whip - thawed
1 pint of strawberries – halved
1 pint blueberries (you can use any kind of berry you want)
6.8 oz vanilla instant pudding (I used two packages of the 3.4 oz boxes)

    Beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 T of milk until smooth; fold in 1/2 of Cool Whip.

 Spread this over the already baked and cooled crust and arrange the strawberries (and other berries if you want) on top as the picture below.

I've found that using a plain old spoon works best.

    Mix the pudding packages (6.8 oz total) and 2.5 cups of milk; beat 1-2 minutes, or until pudding consistency.
    Use two 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding packets with 2.5 cups milk.

    If can you notice here, the mix is still very liquidy. Just keep stirring until it is a pudding consistency. This could take anywhere from 1-4 minutes.

    A nice, thick pudding consistency.

    Pour the pudding mixture over the strawberries/berries and chill for several hours or overnight.

    Spread with remaining Cool Whip before serving. Garnish with berries if desired.

Mmmm, MMMM!!! This would be the perfect dessert for the upcoming holiday weekend! Or if you just feel like eating a little piece of heaven.

You can print off the recipe here.

Thank you, Kari, for making my life better by introducing me to this recipe. Click here to see where I love to share my recipes and creations each week!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Costa Rica Vacation

Life has been busy lately and with the weather starting to be perfect, I just haven't been around to blog. I have some things to share though and summer break is just about here for me so I think that I'll be around a little more. For now, I just wanted to share some of the photos from our trip to Costa Rica in April. Enjoy!