Category: cup’a caffeine

patience: not my virtue (day 26 & 25)

Well, as you can tell by the title of this post, Patience: not my virtue,  I am not a patient person. At least not all of the time.  Ok, not most of the time.  Today proved that.   

My blog was “down” for almost 24 hours and there wasn’t anything I could do, but wait. 

And wait. 

And wait. 

The company that “hosts” my blog had issues, so it was all in their hands. 

So, obviously, that is something that I need to continue to work on….maybe by my 50th birthday, I will be a patient person.  Maybe not. 

I did find this quote online : “Patience is a virtue, Possess it if you can, Seldom found in woman, Never found in man” 

While I was forced to not blog, I decided to paper craft instead.  

I had seen these little paper pads online a year or so ago and finally sat down and made some. Here’s how:

  • First drink lots & lots of Starbucks so that you have lots & lots of cardboard cup sleeves.  That’s the yummy part! 
  • As you can see above, I took an old notebook and removed many sheets of paper. 
  • Cut your sleeve so that it is now in two separate pieces, a front and a back. 
  • Take as many sheets of paper as you desire and cut them down to size.  I am NOT precise.  I do not measure.  I estimate. 
  • Next, using my Bind-it-All, I centered my stack of paper and punched holes. 
  • Do the same thing with the front & back covers.  (I did mine at the same time, to make sure that the front and back were lined up together).  (The smaller your paper, you may end up with a hole punched on the edge…that’s ok, it still holds together.  If this bothers you, simply make your paper slightly bigger.) 
  • Using my Bind-it-All, I bound my paper pad together.  (For this project, I used the 3/4″ binding rings.  I could have made my paper pad much thicker, but chose not to.)
  • For the final touch, you could tie some cute ribbon to the binding, but I chose not to.  I decided to keep it simple.  A quick project.  No patience required! 
The above picture doesn’t really serve it justice.  Because the sleeve is curved, when you prop it up, it looks messy…but I wanted to show you the inside. Pictured below is the back of the sleeve where your drink could have been customized & written here. 

Mine wasn’t, so this was a great place for me to sign my initials. 

Easy Peasy. 

25 till 40!! 

my mocha biscotti

As we know, I love coffee.  I recently have discovered homemade biscotti.  Last year, my sister-in-law surprised me with her homemade chocolate biscotti…it was AMAZING!!!!  Never before had I tasted a biscotti that I liked, but hers was out-of-this-world. So, there was hope.  Store bought biscotti is nothing compared to homemade. 

This Christmas, my mom made biscotti for the celebration.  Her recipe was delicious also.  You can find it here, Chocolate Chip Biscotti, (she omitted the hazelnuts, because of food allergies).  I admit, I am not a ‘fruit with my chocolate’ kind of person, but this biscotti was really good. 

Tonight, I wanted to make some biscotti for a friend’s birthday, so I checked out the Betty Crocker website and found this one for Mocha Biscotti

I altered it a bit, here is my version: 

Ingredients for Biscotti :

  • 2 tbsp. instant espresso or coffee crystals, (I used 2 packs of Starbucks Instant Brew.  One Colombian flavored & the other Italian Roast…that was all I had on hand…it could easily use 1 or 2 more.)
  • 2 tsp. hot water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, slightly chopped (The recipe called for 1/2 cup semisweet bakingchocolate.  To tell you the truth, I didn’t even notice that it said baking chocolate until right now, as I type the recipe…lol…that’s why I used chips.)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted & chopped (I omitted these because of food allergies.  Instead, I substituted about 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips…there can never be too much chocolate!)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Ingredients for Chocolate Drizzle :

  • 3 oz. semisweet baking chocolate, (I used some semisweet chocolate chips)
  • 1/2 tsp. shortening

Directions :

  1. Heat oven to 350′.
  2. Dissolve coffee crystals in hot water.  In a large bowl, beat sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs and coffee with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon.  Stir in all remaining Biscotti ingredients.
  3. Shape half of dough at a time into rectangle, 10 x 3 inches, on ungreased cookie sheet.  (I always use my Pampered Chef baking stones.  I also covered it with parchment paper this time.)  Bake about 30 minutes or until center is firm to the touch.  Cool on stone 15 minutes.
  4. Cut crosswise into 1/2inch slices.  Place slices, cut sides down, on stone.  Bake about 15 minutes, turning once, until crisp and edges are light brown.  Immediately remove from stone to wire rack.  Cool completely.  (Because I’m impatient, I proceeded to the chocolate drizzle as soon as they were moved to the wire rack.)
  5. In 1-quart saucepan, heat all Chocolate Drizzle ingredients over low heat, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth.  Drizzle chocolate over one side of each biscotti.  Let stand until chocolate is set.

*Recipe claims to make 3 1/2 dozen.  I must slice them extremely large because my recipe only produced about 16.  I could slice them in half, but I’m giving them as a gift and I want them to be large and pretty. 

*This recipe was made nut-free by omitting the almonds and checking all ingredients for allergens. 

*Nutritional values are on the Betty Crocker website. 

I haven’t been on the treadmill since my bout with the stomach flu, but chilly weather makes me want to bake, so I better get back on it! 

tea for YOU! gift bag

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i am still learning things about my new cricut expression, but one thing is for sure, i love making these bags!!! 

this size is perfect for teabags. 

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i stamped the center of the flower. 

first with the words “tea-hot chocolate-coffee”. 

then i stamped a mug over it. 

i also inked the edges of the flower, bag & tag and i misted the flower.  (i love that mist!!!) 

on the back of the bag, i stamped this ‘limited edition’ tag. 

inside, i placed about 6 teabags.  my sister has been sick and i thought some warm tea might cheer her up! 

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{favorite drink} ATC

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i made this for a {favorite drink} ATC swap over on sistv

my current favorite:  triple venti non-fat caramel macchiato (hot), with 1 less pump of syrup. 

the front of the card is a picture that i took a while back and edited. 

the back just has some of my favorite woodgrain box tape and a picture of me enjoying my favorite drink. 

YUM. 

wish i had one right now! 

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my second 5k

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whew! 

walked in my second 5k today.  whatta great feeling of accomplishment! 

shaved over 3 minutes off of my first one a month ago….not bad. 

(above: on the way to the 5k…looking a bit tired…so early for a saturday) 

(below: heading towards the finish line with my sis) 

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afterwards, my hubby took me to starbucks for my favorite drink!  ; ) 

{life is good} 

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…just swinging & reading…

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wow.  i can’t believe that july is ending.  where has this summer gone? 

it certainly has been an odd summer. 

the weather has been ‘un-summerlike’… 

haven’t spent much time in our pool… 

my tan, what is that?  usually enjoying a nice dark tan by this point… 

summer days with nick, soon-to-be freshman in HS, means different summer activities… 

it’s just been an odd summer. 

one thing that hasn’t changed–my swing.  i love it.  i love spending evenings sitting, swinging & reading. 

of course, chewy is always close by. 

this summer i have been totally nose-deep in The Coffehouse Mysteries… 

oh my gosh.  they are sooooo good!  i usually read only Christian fiction, but i had recently stumbled across these on paperbackswap.com and thought i would give one a try.  INSTANTLY HOOKED!  this series is fabulous!!!!  of course, im sure that my love of all things coffee has something to do with it!  these books even include coffee recipes and tips.  {love them!} 

OH MY GOSH.  just googled it and found an entire website about this series!!!!!  coffeehousemystery.com 

if you are looking for a good ‘read’, check them out!!! 

freak’n friday

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i finished up my first ATCs yesterday….for a swap over on sistv.com

they are a lot of fun to make. 

i can’t wait to see what others have done with this theme! 

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a few days ago, my son turned 15! 

it’s hard to believe.  where has time gone? 

(today we went bowling with family….had a great time.)   

a few nights ago, ON his bday, we enjoyed some s’mores around our fire-pit. 

ohhhhhhh the days of summer…..  

life is good. 

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