Archives for July 2013
First off, I can’t drink this in the morning. I tried the first time & about fainted. It smells just like sponge cake & strawberries even front the outside of the bag & not much like coffee. It is very interesting but too sweet for me in the morning. However, the afternoon is a different story!
I tend to drink my coffee black sometimes with a splash of foam. This needed sugar though. The strawberry flavoring is a touch bitter & a few teaspoons of my raw sugar fixed it right up. I love this in the afternoon & iced. It is a sweet treat & better than a lot of drinks I get when I go out. This would also be tasty blended with vanilla ice cream I think.
I found my bag of Dunkin Donuts Strawberry Shortcake Coffee at Target but you can find them at grocery stores & Walmart as well now. Much more convenient than in the past! This is marketed as a seasonal spring/summer blend so if you want it you’ll need to snap it up!
Ready for Tea & Coffee Tuesday? I have been on such a coffee kick lately. I drank a lot of tea when I was sick but ever since I started feeling better I’m all about a great cup of Joe. I have an instant favorite to share with you today that is also apparently ( & depressingly) limited edition. I bring you the fantastic Chocolate Mint Ground Coffee from Eight O’ Clock.
This is my first ever taste of anything from Eight O’ Clock, possibly due to the limited distribution. I actually found this at our local military commissary I think but after checking on their site they are located in some stores as well such as Walmart, Albertons, etc.
From Eight O’ Clock: A decadent blend of cool, refreshing peppermint swirled temptation of smooth dark chocolate notes. Whether a perfect after-dinner treat or to help you start your day, this 100% Arabica offering is sure to satisfy.
I believe I paid around $6.50 for the 11 oz bag. I consider that a decent price for something specialty. I can’t personally drink coffee during the week or else I’ll stay awake so I’ve been drinking it in the morning when I’m looking for something refreshingly sweet. It says it contains dark chocolate & I definitely taste it! Seriously, this coffee is like liquid thin mints mixed with a rich coffee. Perfection. For me? A total hit. On the weekends, this would totally help cure my recent love (ie obsession) of mint chocolate cookies.
Do you like mint in the morning? Does this sound like something you’d enjoy? I spotted a few other types of coffee from Eight O’ Clock I might be interested in trying, namely the Hazelnut & French Vanilla. Any that you’ve tried that I need to seek out?
When you really love salads & sauces, you find ways to make them a bit more interesting! My favorite way to kick up a salad fast is to create a new dressing. I love greek yogurt bases because I grew up eating ranch. It is an easy switch once you start playing around!
I also thought I’d show you my favorite salad dressing container (you can check out the Vibe Salad Dressing Mixer here on Amazon! ) which is perfect for my life. It is small enough that I don’t make too much (since I change things up a lot I try not to make things that go bad quickly in bulk) but large enough that you can really mix everything with the little stirrer. Plus, no mess! I just love it. My only complaint is that when you make creamy dressings, the spout is a little small but it doesn’t bother me. I just take off the lid. it is perfect for vinaigrette & thinner dressings though!
from Home in High Heels
1 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1/4-1/3 cup olive oil depending on texture preference
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 garlic clove
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh pepper
Optional: Chipotle pepper, jalapeno, habanero pepper, fresh lemon, flavored oils.
I really like this dressing a lot & I sometimes top it with some roasted salsa. Ryan isn’t a huge fan of cilantro but he still eats it. He prefers Italian though. If you’re looking for something a bit different, I think you’ll really like this! It is my favorite with a nice bowl of tortilla soup or tacos!