Category Archives: Beverages

For a Cold Day

Please note: it’s 6 degrees outside. The wind is blowing; the snow is falling.

That’s why I’m inside, sipping hot chocolate.

We thought a frigid day like this was a perfect day for peanut butter babies and hot chocolate. Don’t you think so, too?

Here’s the recipe for peanut butter babies. They’re a family favorite. Oh yes. And since today is a perfect peanut butter day in which I also have new macro lenses, I took a picture.

And don’t forget the hot chocolate!

Best Hot Chocolate

3 cups milk

1/4 cup cocoa

1/3 cup sugar

In a small saucepan, whisk cocoa and sugar until smooth. Add milk, a little at a time, and whisk well to combine. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring often, until it’s as hot as you like it. (I like mine boiling!) Pour into mugs and serve with joy. Yield: 2-3 servings

Recipe source: Tammy’s Recipes

Hot Chocolate

Enjoy your cold day!

~Rachel~

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Herbs and Herb Recipes: Lavender

Lavender. So delicate, so beautiful, so fragrant. Yet I have failed miserably as an herb gardener: I have never used my lavender.

But that is no match for wishful thinking! (Name that movie!)

Don’t these recipes look tantalizing? Intriguing? Delightful? Etc.?

Lavender Ice Cream

Lavender Cookies

Almond Lavender Cake

Lavender Lemonade

What have you done with lavender?

~Rachel~

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Sound good? A combination of ideas and recipes brought me to this lovely cup of pumpkin spice latte. Let’s see if I can write down the recipe, in case you want to make it too!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

2-3 tsp. instant coffee granules

1-2 T. hot water

1 T. pureed pumpkin

Sugar to taste

1/8-1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves)

3/4-1 cup milk

Dissolve coffee granules in hot water in your favorite mug. Stir in pumpkin, pumpkin spice, and sugar to taste. Add milk; mix until smooth. Microwave until hot and creamy. Enjoy! Yield: 1 serving

Blueberry Smoothie

Corrie made a blueberry smoothie for her breakfast the other day, so I had to get a picture and post a Blueberry Smoothie recipe. It’s so easy and super yummy!

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

Plain yogurt

Honey and vanilla to taste

Place banana and blueberries in a blender or food processor. Add enough yogurt to get it going, and blend until thick and smooth. Add honey and vanilla to taste.

Yield: 1 serving

Kiwi Smoothie

I don’t remember the exact proportions, but here’s a quick and easy recipe for a DELICIOUS smoothie!

Kiwi Smoothie

1/2 banana, frozen (preferably cut into chunks)

1/2 pear, frozen (preferably cut into chunks)

1 kiwi, peeled and frozen (preferably cut into chunks)

Plain yogurt

Place banana, pear, kiwi, and a small amount of yogurt in a food processor. Add additional yogurt as necessary to keep the processor going. Blend until smooth. Enjoy right away!

This is a delicious breakfast treat, and it would also make a yummy snack!

~Rachel

I Love Tea…

Right now I’m enjoying a cup of Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Tea…surprisingly delicious!

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Like the title says…I love tea! I love white tea, green tea (with certain flavors), black tea, herbal tea…and so on. =) My favorite brand is either Celestial Seasonings or Twinings. Here’s a couple of my favorite types:

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jasmine-green-tea

The other day at a library I picked up a book called “If Teacups Could Talk” by Emilie Barnes. It goes beyond the name – it’s not just about teacups – the underlying theme is fellowship with friends with a tea party. It has delicious-looking recipes of snacks and delicate-sounding-things and even tea blends for tea parties. Now, of course, I’m inspired to have a tea party.

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One of the ideas in the book was to place a few fresh raspberries in the bottom or your cup of black tea (or your choice of flavor). I tried it…except used frozen raspberries…and added some Stevia and creamer, and it was really good! I squished the color out of the raspberries and they ended up looking sort of yellow, and although it looked blah, still, it was good!

I’d love to hear what type of tea is your favorite, if you enjoy tea! Do you prefer black, green, white, or herbal? Do you like fruit flavors, dessert teas, or spice teas? Do you add sugar, honey, or some other sweetener? Do you like milk? What about iced tea? What is a kind of tea you’d like to recommend?

Have a good day!

~Rachel~

The header photo is courtesy of sxu.hu