Chocolate Chai!

This Chocolate Chai Recipe is one I have been dreaming up in my head for over a year and I finally took an afternoon to give it a try. Yes, I know! A year is way too long!! Spicy Chai Tea paired with dark chocolate and creamy warm milk is just what the cold February days call for. Try a mug and let me know how you like it!! 🙂

Serving: 1 delightfully delicious mug

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Milk(I prefer using whole milk for this recipe!)
  • 1 Chocolate Chai or Regular Chai Tea Bag
  • 1 tbs Coconut Sugar or Preferred Sweetener!
  • 1 oz Dark Chocolate (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground Clove
  • 1/8 tsp ground Nutmeg
  • Dash Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Bring milk to slight simmer on medium low heat. Turn off heat and allow tea bag to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove Tea Bag!
  2. Return to medium-low heat and add the Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, and Nutmeg. Whisk until chocolate is melted and spices thoroughly blended and drink is hot. Add Vanilla and whisk slightly!
  3. Pour into your favorite mug and thoroughly enjoy!!

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Holiday Hot Cocoa!

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Tis’ the season for all things snowflakes,  gingerbread men, and Hot Cocoa! 😉 After trying a million and one hot chocolate recipes and not finding one that hit that chocolatey goodness spot, I created my own recipe. So, today I am sharing my top secret Holiday Hot Cocoa recipe with y’all! It has been dubbed ” Christmas in a cup” by a sister and it a perfect Hot Cocoa fit for you! ♥

Serves 2 large mugs!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (I use whole milk!!)
  • 2 tbs heavy cream
  • 2 tbs sugar(I used raw but you can use regular white or even pure maple syrup!)
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate  chips
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • Dash  or two 😉 of nutmeg

Directions

  1.  in heavy sauce pan, whisk together 1/2 cup milk with raw sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt over medium high heat until chocolate chips and cocoa are dissolved. Whisk continually during this step!
  2. Slowly whisk in remaining milk and heavy cream. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir frequently until hot. Add vanilla and whisk for 30 second!
  3. Pour into your favorite mug and ENJOY!!

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Home-made Pumpkin Spice Latte!!

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Y’all, once September hits, it’s officially “PUMPKIN EVERYTHING” season! 😉 Yes, it’s still hot in South Texas but the show must go on. So, if you are feeling the need for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, I have concocted a keeper of a recipe! 🙂 I LOVE adding brown sugar to coffee drinks and DON’T forget the whipped cream + caramel drizzle. Grab your favorite mug and give this recipe a try!

1 delightfully delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup espresso or strong brewed coffee
  • 1tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs caramel sauce
  • dash salt
  • dash vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbs pumpkin puree(canned pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Dissolve brown sugar, 1 tbs caramel, salt, and vanilla in hot coffee.
  2. Steam Milk, Pumpkin Puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Steam or heat on stove top, whisking as you warm!
  3. Top coffee with pumpkin milk, top with lots of whipped cream and a generous caramel drizzle!
  4. ENJOY!

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Schwarma… It’s whats for dinner!

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Schwarma! A funny name for a  Savory wrap made by Middle Eastern street vendors. I found this recipe several years ago and after adding my own all-American touch to this dish(Ranch dressing ;), it became a smashing dinner hit! Super quick and simple. Choose between chicken, steak, or Lamb depending on which is preferred! I choose to make my own flatbread but if you want to speed up the dinner prep, grab a package of premade flatbread at your local grocery story!

  • 1 1/2 lb cooked Chicken, steak, or Lamb seasoned to taste! (I use lots of garlic, rosemary, paprika, salt, & pepper!)
  • 8 (6-inch) Flat/pita breads, warmed
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 onion, thinly diced
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly diced
  • Ranch!!

Directions

To assemble the schwarma, Thinly shave/slice meat, spread each flat bread with a tablespoon of plain yogurt, and layer with onion, tomato, and cucumber. Pile on the meat, and dress with Ranch dressing. Repeat with remaining flat bread and ENJOY!!

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Cherry Pie Crumb Bars

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This recipe was created and baked by my fantastic baker sister, Micah! I can’t tell you all how delicious these bars are!! All the Cherry pie flavor you crave in the form of an easy, buttery crumb topped cookie bar! Just right for summer picnics and parties and last minute company too! You are sure to favorite this cherry sweet, Summertime dessert!
Yield:16 servings
Adapted from Caramel Buttery Crumb Bars from averiecooks.com

  • 2 cups butter (4sticks) softened
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TBS Vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 21ounce can Cherry Pie filling (you may also use Blueberry or Apple Pie filling as well!)Directions:
    1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease one 9X13 inch pan with butter. Set aside.
    2) Combine Butter and sugars. Add Vanilla. Mix in Flour just until combined.
    3) Press 1/3 of mixture into 9X13 pan to create bottom crust. Set aside remaining dough in refrigerator. Bake crust for 20 minutes.
    4) Remove crust from oven. Spread pie filling over crust. Remove remaining dough from fridge and Sprinkle all over the top to create a buttery crumb topping.
    5) Bake for 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
    6) Drizzle Nutella over the top and/or glaze if desired or dust with powdered sugar. Serve with ice cream and a cherry on top!
    7) Enjoy!

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Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers!

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Yes, it’s true! I usually stick with blogging the 3 main food groups… cupcakes, cookies, and coffee but occasionally I dive into a savory dish! 😉 When my brother brought in 1 dozen brilliant bell peppers from his garden one afternoon, I needed to find a dish that would accommodate them! Instantly Stuffed Bell Peppers was suggested but I really am not a huge fan of Mexican food. So I improvised and created Italian Stuffed Bell Peppers!! A Bell Pepper halved, layered with a basil garlic cream cheese, savory beef, Parmesan, marinara, and lots of mozzarella!!

Serves 6-8

  • 6 bell peppers cut in half and seeded
  • 1 8oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tbs pureed garlic( or 1/2 tbs garlic powder!)
  • 1 tbs dried basil
  • 1 pound ground beef or sausage
  • 2 tbs Italian herbs (I mixed up my own using Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Garlic, and pepper)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan
  • 3 cups marinara(I use my quick marinara recipe found here)
  • 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly coat 9×13 pyrex with olive oil or cooking spray! Place bell peppers in dish.
  2. Brown meat with Italian seasoning and 1 tsp salt. Meanwhile, cream together cream cheese, pureed garlic, and 1 tbs basil! Evenly divide and spreed cream cheese mixture on the bottom of halved bell peppers. Next equally divide cooked meat, top with Parmesan, marinara, and mozzarella between bell peppers.
  3. Cover and bake for 30 minutes! Uncover and continue to bake until cheese is bubbly and brown!
  4. Enjoy!!!

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It’s a Tomato Pie!

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Y’all, it’s Tomato season here in Texas! With the rain we had in May, my expectation of a grand tomato harvest heightened. My brother diligently tended the garden and I paced the floor! 😉 For nearly 11 months I have been waiting for our tomato harvest…. Why? So I can make another Tomato Pie! 🙂 This pie was made when we experienced an overabundance of Tomatoes last year. I made it for dinner expecting to hate it but it was unexpected love at first bight for everyone in the house! So, if you find yourself with a few freshly grown tomatoes, BAKE THIS PIE!
Serves 8
  • 4 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2 TBS Dried Basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 (9-inch)  pie crust(I made my own using this recipe)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup grated cheddar
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Layer the tomato slices, basil, 1 tsp garlic powder, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses, 1/2 tsp garlic, and mayonnaise together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes!
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

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Mochaccino Cupcakes!

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Life has been busy… but never too busy for cupcakes! Mochaccino Cupcakes were our Sunday Dessert here! Combining a few of my favorite flavors, this recipe definitely satisfied my cupcake crazing. 😉 A delicious chocolate cupcakes topped with Caramel Latte icing and finished with Mini Chocolate chips for a sweet garnish! ♥ I hope you enjoy!

Yields 24 cupcakes

Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Icing

Frosting

  • 1 stick butter(softened)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup caramel
  • 2 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 4-5 cups powder sugar
  • Mini chocolate chips (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin cups with liners. Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the dissolved coffee and buttermilk. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.
  4. While cooling, prepare frosting!
  5. Dissolve instant coffee in the vanilla. Beat butter and cream cheese until combined. Add Caramel and powder sugar along with instant coffee & vanilla. Whip until fluffy, adding more powder sugar to achieve desired consistency!
  6. Once cupcakes are cooled, generously ice and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.
  7. ENJOY!!

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Autumn Spice Caramel Latte!

Autumn is here! Happy HAPPY day!! 🙂 Crisp mornings, glorious fall leaves crunching under foot, and wonderfully hot Lattes. During a delightful week in Colorado, I found a fantastic little coffee shop with an unusual latte. They ventured away from the typical “Pumpkin Spice” that tends to be the craze during this time of year and created a cup of “Autumn Spice” goodness! So, being me, when I returned home I recreated the cup of goodness. 🙂 Give it a try and let me know how you like it!! <3

serving size: 1 delightfully delicious latte!
Latte ingredients:

  • 2 shots espresso or 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1TBS Caramel sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

Whipped Cream:

  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 TBS Pure Maple syrup or Powder Sugar
  • Cinnamon & Nutmeg for dusting (optional)

Directions:

  1. In electric mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream & maple syrup until whipped cream consistency. Set aside!
  2. Combine hot espresso(or coffee), brown sugar, caramel, & vanilla extract in your favorite mug. Stir thoroughly to dissolve sugar and caramel!
  3. Steam milk and pour over coffee. Top with whipped cream, sprinkle with extra  cinnamon and nutmeg if desired. Sit back and ENJOY!

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