Delicious K-Cup Coffee Recipe_ Caramel Vanilla Delight

Despite the fact that summer is in full swing, as Americans, we still love our hot coffee. Now, iced coffee does take a nice uptick in popularity but sales for hot coffee are still higher than iced. Due to that, we looked back at which recipe for incredible K-Cup coffee recipes we found and wrote about and the Caramel Vanilla Delight was the winner.

So, for those of you who missed the recipe, here it is again. The wonderfully delicious caramel vanilla delight. The ingredients in this recipe are simple and easy to get; none of them will require you to go to some exotic store or order $1000 worth of ingredients. Most of these are likely already in your home, if they are not, then a simple run to the store down the road should suffice.

The ingredients you will need are:

� One extra bold coffee K-Cup – this can be whatever brand you like the best. The bolder, the better. Why? The coffee flavor will stand out among all the other ingredients.
� One French vanilla K-Cup – again, any brand you like the best. French vanilla is better for the recipe than just a vanilla blend.
� Two tablespoons of caramel syrup. If you want to use another form of caramel like solid, then you can go for it, just melt it down to a syrup consistency.
� Half and half creamer. This will give the coffee some body and a thicker consistency. Not too thick, though, so still perfect for summer.
� Any sweetener you want. This one is completely optional.

Now, do you have all your ingredients together and ready to go? Good, let’s get to making the caramel vanilla delight!

1. Brew your extra bold K-Cup into a 16-20 ounce mug. You want a mug that will be able to hold all the ingredients. Brew about 8 ounces of the coffee.

2. Brew the French Vanilla K-Cup into the mug as well. See? You needed that large mug. O ye of little faith! Again, brew about 8 ounces of the coffee.

3. Add in some of the half and half creamer, and any sweetener, to the coffee. Do it to taste. This is your drink, after all!

4. If you have any whipped cream on hand, then go ahead and add some of this on top! This will make it fancier.

5. If you have any caramel syrup, go ahead and drizzle some of that on top as well. Again, fancy.

6. Enjoy.

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Strawberries and Summer – The Perfect Treat

Hoorah… the strawberries are back on our supermarket shelves and don’t they just taste so delicious. Even though officially strawberry season started back in May, the sun is coming out a bit more in June and July meaning that everybody are lighting up their Barbie’s making these months the most popular time for the fruit to be consumed. And as we all know this juicy, sweet and succulent fruit is a perfect partner with a great British Barbeque served with some nice and refreshing whipped cream.

The mild temperatures of May, along with the longer days and more sunshine makes it the perfect time of the year for strawberries to grow. The seasons nowadays are much more ‘fruitful’ than in past generations due to advancements in varieties, which means that British consumers have many different British berries to choose from that have been developed to suit the UK climate.

Two particular strawberries to look out for are the “Sweet Eve” or “Eve’s delight”, both of which are high in natural sugars. This gives them a beautiful aroma and for an added bonus they have a long shelf life making them great value for money.

Strawberries were first talked about back in the Roman times, around 200 BC when they were used for medicinal purposes. Then in medieval Britain, strawberries were traditionally consumed as the breakfast for newly married couples. The heart shaped fruit symbolised passion and purity making them very romantic indeed.

Although they are popularly served with cream, the possibilities of what you can do with your strawberries are endless. For instance, why not try making a summer fruits cheesecake, jam, a tart or even a good old smoothie. Don’t be boring with your fruit, do something new, exciting and adventurous!

Moreover, they do not just tickle our taste buds but actually make us feel happier just thinking about them. This was apparently concluded from a survey taken at a university in the south of England, which found that eighty-six percent of people that were asked, felt more relaxed just thinking about eating one. This is no doubt due to the fact that thinking about the distinctive smell of strawberries, evokes a lot of happy memories.

I’m sure all this talk of one of the most loved fruits has got your mouth watering, so make sure you get your strawberry fix this year, because summer is not the same without them.

Doughnuts – The Lighter Side

The word doughnut needs no explaining, it is common throughout the world. It is called “sufganiyah” in Israel and the Malaysians have a similar dish called “Kuih keria”. Nevertheless, it is a simple and delicious dessert with unique variations. A particular type of doughnut, The Boston Cream is so famous that it made its way far away to Pakistan and is called as “Navaz Sharif” variety, funnily after the current Prime Minister of Pakistan though.

Now that I’ve said all about the fame of this simple little dessert, what actually is a doughnut? Flour is made into a dough and then deep fried, but that doesn’t make it a doughnut quite yet. What’s unique of the doughnut is that it has a circular shape with a circle cut out from the centre, it’s actually a baked flour ring. To give it this ring shape, a doughnut cutter is used which will cut out a circle from the centre and make sure it is perfectly round from the outer side, or the dough can be simply kneaded into a rope like structure and the ends joined to form a circle. Baking times vary from types and variations, but that’s just another thing.

There are countless variations of the doughnut and it’ll take another read to talk about them, but fortunately there are primarily only two types of this creative dessert, the cake doughnut and the yeast doughnut. As the name suggests, yeast doughnuts have yeast included in the dough and swell up to give a nice fluffy doughnut, but they take longer in the frying pan and are 25% oil. On the other hand, the cake based doughnuts are made from a special cake batter and take less oil to fry, but they get their share of fats already included in the batter.

Doughnuts are also recognised without the centre part cut out, well the centre part that I’ve been referring to is actually called a doughnut hole, this doughnut hole after being cut out, can be added back to the mixture or be fried and served itself. Doughnuts have actually made these one-bite doughnut holes quite famous! With or without doughnut holes, doughnuts have a lot of variations and by a lot, I really mean like a lot! They can be topped with icing, cinnamon, granulated sugar or whatever confectionery you could think of. Aside from topping, filled doughnuts are quite popular too. Cream or flavouring of any colour can be injected and you get yourself a delicious juicy doughnut. Doughnut holes are also very popular and can be similarly treated, but people like George Jean believe in the classic doughnut as he is famously quoted to have said, “An actor without a playwright is like a hole without a doughnut”.

Doughnuts have been massively popular in the United States where they are written as donuts, and are a popular breakfast for many when coupled with a coffee. No doubt doughnut chains like “dunkin’ donuts” have made a fortune out of this dessert and can be regularly seen advertising coffee with doughnuts for breakfast. Care needs to be taken with doughnuts because though they may be appealing to the taste buds, they are high on fats and calories. Nevertheless, they are very much of a tasty treat and popping them up occasionally wouldn’t harm. Happy dunking!

Scandinavia – Home of the World’s Most Healthy Food

Why are foodies all over the world falling in love with Denmark and the Nordic cuisine?

The recent wave within the Nordic kitchen primarily originates from the kingdom of Denmark. Nevertheless, Denmark is mainly known as the country of fairytales, H.C Andersen, The Little Mermaid, and a high standard of living. However, recently Denmark has been known as home to some of the world’s best restaurants such as NOMA. It is also known as Scandinavia’s food capital and features some of the best chefs in the world in it’s more than fourteen Michelin starred restaurants.

But what is the Nordic kitchen all about? The Nordic gastronomes are first and foremost raving about exploring the history and ancestry of the authentic Nordic food aging back to the times of the Vikings; traditional dishes that has traveled through generations and made their way into the modern Nordic kitchen.

The Nordic ways of cooking are about doing research to extract some of the best and freshest ingredients available. It is about discovering new ways of mixing and matching the traditional ingredients that will yield the best taste. Nature has it’s own space in the Nordic households and to the Danish chefs, that is what the Nordic Kitchen is all about. The cooking is kept simple, seasonal and tasty. People should be able to prepare the dishes themselves in their homes and perhaps this it one of the reasons why the Danes has been known to be the happiest people in the World.

On top of that, Denmark also hosts some of the best international food sites about the Nordic kitchen, at which you can find numerous healthy dinner recipes from the Nordic countries, but the most famous ambassador for the new Nordic kitchen is Noma, which has been awarded the best restaurant in the world in 2011, 2012 and 2014. However, in recent times several new restaurants serving Nordic food have entered the stage, and now all the Nordic capitals are considered havens for gastronomes looking for a new adventure. One of the more popular dishes is the nordic carrot cake recipe based on pure organic ingredients.

The recent Nordic gourmet wave is here to stay and if you are ever in Copenhagen, you will have plenty of opportunity to experience why by yourself. Here is a list of the five most well known restaurants in Copenhagen serving Nordic Food:

1) Noma – Strandgade 93, 1401 – Copenhagen

2) Amass – Refshalevej 153, 1432 – Copenhagen

3) Krog’s Fish Restaurant – Gammel Strand 38, 1202 – Copenhagen

4) H�st – N�rre Farimagsgade 41, 1364 – Copenhagen

5) Torvehallerne – Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 – Copenhagen

Chicken Noodle Soup

Cold weather brings on sickness especially if you have school age children. When fall approaches it is common that I will get a cold since school starts at the end of summer and goes into fall. My throat becomes irritated, and nose begins to run. Since it’s that time of year, you want to try to fight off any illness before it takes hold of you, and the best way I have found is to start eating plenty of soup.

Eating hot soup and drinking hot herbal tea is one of my go to meals for sickness. A hot bowl of chunky chicken noodle soup is the best medicine. What or why would a child turn down chicken noodle soup? Sometimes my child might get set in her ways and put up a fight but once she tastes it then her mind changes quickly.

Chicken noodle soup is the easiest recipe to make. I make mine really simple since I am only concerned with the hot liquid. The chicken, noodles, and vegetables are a bonus. If you ever have a sore throat and it hurts to swallow, I suggest sipping on broths and hot tea until your throat feels better. I am sharing with you a simple chicken noodle soup I make at home when I feel under the weather.

Ingredients

1 lb chicken breast/chicken tenders

1 onion

2 to 3 stalks celery

2 to 3 carrots

1 Tsp chicken seasoning

1 Tsp thyme

2 bay leaves

� package of egg noodles

Salt and pepper to taste

I wash the chicken then I cover with water in a saucepan and start cooking the chicken. I like to cook the chicken a bit before cutting it into chunks. Season the water generously with salt and pepper, chicken seasoning, and add 2 bay leaves. I chop the onion, celery and carrot. In a skillet, I saut� the onion and celery until tender. Before the chicken cooks thoroughly, I strain the chicken liquid through a sieve. I remove the chicken and place on a cutting board then cut into pieces to finishing cooking. I add the meat back to the sieved liquid then add the vegetables and noodles. If you already have cooked chicken and chicken broth then you can add the chicken to the broth along with the vegetables and cook until vegetables are tender. Cook the soup until vegetables are tender and the noodles al dente. Serve with some crackers or a grilled cheese sandwich on the side.

Retirement Fun, McDonalds for Retirees

My parents (in their 80’s) are very proud of me becoming a retiree at age 54, and they believe I’m in training for being a “senior”.

On Friday’s, we visit the local McDonald’s where they have a different freebie item each Friday. Here is my quick story of what happened today… this is tough rigorous work being retired!

We go shopping at Kohl’s but we can’t go to McDonald’s YET… I’m wondering why, but fine, we shop longer. Finally, its time to GO!

We order our food and eat at a booth on the right side of the fast food restaurant. Sounds like a normal trip to McDonald’s, right? Wrong!

I keep watching my parents, as they keep watch for the Freebies. They are watching other retirees watching too. Nobody, well, no self-respecting retiree, would dare MISS the Freebie offer!

One couple looks like they are dating… too dressed to be already married, looking dapper in their dating clothes, and talking, and giggling like most married couples don’t. He keeps twisting his head to watch for the freebies. Mom keeps poking me “Look at HIM looking for the free food! She is dating a freebie guy!” (of course, no mention that WE are also there for our freebies).

Suddenly, dad says “I smell cookies, freshly baked cookies… “Mom says “Oh boy!” I say “They are not going to give away free cookies! geesh!”

But they did… up goes my dad, practically running (shuffle running) to get there before they are gone. He had quite obviously practiced this run before.

Dating guy almost missed them as he was busy talking to his date.

So back dad comes with three oatmeal raisin cookies.. nice full sized cookies, and piping hot from the oven! WoW! I was impressed… this was quite the treat! So we are happy, eating our cookies and watching them disappear from the table up front… and disappear they did as seniors scooped them up!

My back is to the table… Dad sat himself so he was our Lookout Guy. From this great seat, he spotted one single leftover cookie. Several times he mentioned that one little cookie, in between our conversations. Finally, I got up for that one cookie and grabbed it for him.

Just as I hand it to him, he says “I hope it’s not chocolate chip.” (D***, It’s free… ) Well, it was, so he broke it in half and offered it mom and me… both of us refused. He set it down, but the next time I looked, it was gone!

Mind you, McDonalds has a good exercise program going on here: Seniors can stretch their necks and backs, over and over, looking for those freebies. They willfully do it, too! When the freebies are placed on the table, they JUMP out of their seats and RUN to get them! This is a good way to create exercise for our older generation… way to go, McDonald’s!

So, as we are leaving McDonald’s, there are more hot cookies… so I grabbed three to go.

As we get in the car and I hand two to mom… she starts yelling “You can’t take them OUT of McDonald’s… you can only eat them inside.” Well, I did it and I’m sorry, but it was too late to return them.

After a few minutes, Mom says… “Ya know, we are really proud of you! You are really shaping up into one fine retiree… even getting the freebies at McDonald’s!”

Finally, after a 35-year government career, my Mom is proud of me for taking Freebies at McDonald’s… kinda brings a lump to your throat, doesn’t it?

Grin! Don’t you just love retirees! I am one!

Loose Leaf Green Tea Offers Amazing Taste and Refreshment

Most of us start our day with a cup of tea in the morning. Around the world tea had always been the most consumed beverage than any other one. It is not only refreshing but offers health benefits too.

Origin

This nature’s delicious gift originated from China and was then brought to Japan in A. D. 803-805. The Japanese Emperor ordered for the cultivation of it where different varieties were born. This became known to Asia and then quickly spread all over the world.

Varieties of loose leaf green tea:-

It is made of ‘CamelliaSinensis’ -a plant species from which all sorts of teas are made. To make its big tea buds are picked and dried/heated to stop fermentation of loose leaf green tea. The Chinese method to heat the leaves and to remove moisture is roasting whereas steaming is done in Japan. After heating is done tea leaves are rolled and dried again before they are used. After this it is available in the market.

Flavors of the leaf green tea

People often find that raw green leaf tea is not so good in taste. So, to suit their taste buds a variety of flavored teas are now available in the market. Some of the flavors are listed below:

� Tulsi flavored

� Peppermint flavored

� Jasmine flavored

� Cherry flavored

� Apricot-mango flavored

� Pineapple papaya flavored

� Walnut flavored

Now a day, a lot of flavored are made available in the market keeping in mind the taste of what people expect. The leaves are carefully handpicked, processed and flavored so that consumers can relish a delightful taste.

Varieties of loose leaf green tea:-

There is a wide range of variety of tea available in the market. Some of the varieties of the green leaf tea from China are Gunpowder Tea, Long Jing (Dragon Well), Pi Lo Chun green tea leaves, HouKui, Xin Yang Mao Jian and many more. The popular Japanese varieties of tea are Gyokuro, Sencha green tea leaves, Bancha green tea leaves, Green Matcha Powdered etc.

Gyokuro is the best variety of tea from Japan. It is prepared by keeping the plant in shade so as to give better taste to its chlorophyll content. Among the Chinese variety of tea Long Jing or the Dragon Well is the best one. It has a distinctive sweet after taste. Jasmine dragon phoenix pearl is another best variety which is made from the youngest tea buds, hand rolled into pearls, and jasmine flowers are used to flavor it.

Keeping in mind the taste and frequent utility of loose leaf green tea different types of tea flavors are available in the market within a reasonable price. As such tea is consumed by all classes of people and the most consumed beverage by the masses. Even the best loose leaf green tea is available within a range of $7. 25 to $10. 20. One can relish this delightful beverage anywhere because tea is available throughout the world