Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Five: 5 Coffee Recipes

Last week, I gave you my favorite K-Cup flavors. This week, as promised, are some easy ways to create barrista style drinks at home.

1. Mocha: Toss a handful of chocolate chips and a teaspoon of your favorite sweetener into the bottom of a coffee mug. Brew any flavored coffee in your Keurig and allow to pour over the chocolate chips. Stir til chocolate is melted. Add cream, half & half, or milk to taste.

2. Caramel Vanilla: Brew one cup of bold coffee and one cup of French vanilla coffee in a large mug (using the smallest mug setting to avoid spillover). Add 2 tbsp caramel syrup and half & half or milk to taste. Additional sweetener is optional.

3. Brownie Mocha: Add one envelope of hot cocoa mix to the bottom of a large mug. Brew one cup of any nutty flavored coffee into the cocoa. Stir briskly. Add creamer and or whipped cream to taste.

4. Boston Iced Tea: Fill a large pitcher with ice about halfway. Sprinkle about 1/2 c sugar over ice. Brew 3 black tea K-cups, let sit for five minutes, then pour over ice. Add one 12 oz can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate and stir til well blended.

5. Iced Cafe Latte: Swirl chocolate syrup in the bottom and up the sides of a tall glass. Sprinkle additional sweetener inside if needed. Fill glass with ice and pour about 1/2 c of half & half over ice. Brew flavored K-cup into glass. Add whipped cream and more chocolate syrup, if desired.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Friday Five: My Favorite K-Cup Flavors

I've written before about my passion for my Keurig. I even bought one for my office, and my co-workers are now just as addicted. (You're welcome, ladies.) There are so many yummy flavors and so many ways to create a cup that's uniquely yours. Today, I'll share my favorite flavors. Maybe next week, I'll share some of my favorite variations.

1. Van Houtte White Chocolate Mint
2. Green Mountain Spicy Eggnog
3. Gloria Jean's Butter Toffee
4. Green Mountain Perfect Peach
5. Wolfgang Puck Jamaica Me Crazy

Gotta K-Cup machine? What's your favorite flavor?

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Five: Five Things I'm Grateful For

It's been a challenging few weeks for me, but I always try to remain positive. Here are five things that keep me going when the Fates are using me as their personal punching bag:

1. My family. Sure, we have our moments. But we know how to laugh together. And in the grand scheme of things, we rely on each other for strength when times are tough.
2. True friends. I've been blessed with people who genuinely care, who send me a message to let me know they're thinking about me, and talk me into seeing the upside to any downturn. Thank you (you know who you are!)
3. The Day Job. Don't see that too often, do you? But yeah. Sometimes, it's good to have a place to go where I can lose myself in work that involves someone other than myself.
4. Coffee. Lots of sleepless nights translate to many zombie-like days. Thank goodness for that caffeinated elixir of the gods for keeping me going.
5. Hope. Every day I wake up is a day where things can change for the better.

If you're feeling challenged now or in the future, try counting the good things in your life to help you conquer the imps of mischief.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Make a Cover Model Smile

We sometimes forget that the gorgeous men and women who grace our covers are real people. As real people, they love, laugh, and cry like the rest of us. And like the rest of us, they sometimes face struggles that test their strength.

Please go to the Romance Books R Us page at to read about one such man and the extraordinary little boy he wants to help.

Maybe you can turn the tables: make a cover model smile.

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