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Iced Raspberry Coffee

Iced Raspberry Coffee

So…coffee. Being pregnant, I really try not to drink too much caffeine, but who says I can’t make a fancy coffee drink for my family and friends that stop by?! I’ll make a decaf version for myself. Since it’s been so hot outside, hot coffee just doesn’t sound too great. Enter Starbucks Iced Coffee- Brewed to Personalize, the newest iced beverage from Starbucks that is all about personalization right at home!

Iced Raspberry Coffee

I’m big on making my own special drinks at home. It saves both time and money! I’ve shared some of my favorite homemade coffee creamers before, but I also like to make homemade syrups. They are so simple to make and can really kick up your morning coffee! Berries have been so perfect this summer and I had a big batch of fresh raspberries that I didn’t want to go bad so raspberry syrup it was!

Starbucks Iced Coffee- Brewed to Personalize comes in a few varieties: Unsweetened, Lightly Sweetened, and Caramel. I actually prefer the unsweetened version. I like that it gives me a blank canvas to create my own iced coffee flavors! And best of all is that I don’t have to dirty my coffee pot and it’s all ready to go. I just fill a glass with ice, pour, and mix! I can switch up my creamers and syrups every week to keep life interesting and to keep guests happy! I have to say though, this iced raspberry coffee is perfect for the summer!

Iced Raspberry Coffee

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Iced Raspberry Coffee

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For the raspberry syrup:

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

For the iced raspberry latte:

Directions:

  1. To make the raspberry syrup, place the raspberries into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour the puree through a fine mesh sieve. Discard the solids. Pour the strained puree into a small sauce pan and heat over medium heat. Stir in the water and sugar until well-combined. Bring the mixture to a light boil. Lower the heat and simmer for another 4 minutes or so. Remove from the heat and let cool. The syrup should thicken as it cools. Store in a jar or container in the fridge.
  2. For the latte, you can use any amount or ratio of ingredients that you prefer to make your perfect iced raspberry coffee! Just pour the coffee, milk, and raspberry syrup into a glass or shaker and stir or shake to combine. Pour over ice and drink!

Iced Raspberry Coffee

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Yummly and Starbucks. I was asked to try some of the Starbucks Iced Coffee Brewed to Personalize product. All opinions in this post are my own.

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Some of you might be thinking it’s still way too soon for pumpkin. My stats over the past few weeks, however, have showed me that most of you are ready for pumpkin recipes. In my opinion September is totally an acceptable time to start the pumpkin goodies! I think a lot of those who say it’s too early are those that live in colder temperatures and aren’t looking forward to fall and winter, but those of us in the desert are very much looking forward to some cooler temperatures. I am totally ready for pumpkin so let’s do this!

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

Crockpot Carnitas

Crockpot Carnitas

College football starts this weekend! I can’t wait to watch my ‘Noles go for another championship this year! This means it’s time to breakout the football food! And it’s Labor Day weekend, which for me, means it’s the start of fall even though I know it doesn’t technically start until later in September. Whatever!

And what’s better for a day of football than a big crockpot of carnitas?! This is a great recipe for a crowd and it doesn’t require much prep work at all which means you can spend more time with you friends and family and watch the game!

Crockpot Carnitas

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Today’s recipe is not for eating, but for pampering! It’s been a while since I have done a crafty post, but I have really been feeling the need to do a little pampering. Perhaps it’s because the third trimester is already draining me of all energy! I’ve been feeling so dry lately too so a homemade sugar scrub was just what I have been needing.

I’ve been enjoying teaching myself how to make homemade beauty products, like lip balm. It’s actually pretty simple and not very expensive to make and they always make such great little gifts or favors!

So this sugar scrub has four main ingredients: sugar, grapefruit juice (plus zest), coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. I contemplated also adding a pinch of grapefruit essential oil, but then decided against it as I just wasn’t sure if I could use it being pregnant. I did some research online and grapefruit essential oil is listed as being safe for pregnant women, but it is advised against during the first trimester and it also recommended not to use it too excessively. It probably would have been fine since I mostly just use it on my hands and feet, but I would rather play it safe so if you are making this scrub for an expectant mom, you might consider using very little or just leaving it out, otherwise, I totally recommend adding it!

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

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Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon zested grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 cup white (or raw) sugar

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, almond oil, and the grapefruit juice and zest. Then stir in the sugar. Transfer to sealable jar or container.
  2. To use, scoop some of the scrub out with your hands (the sugar will have sunk to the bottom) and rub onto hands, feet, or body for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with water.

Grapefruit Sugar Scrub

Banana Snack Cake

Banana Snack Cake

I am about to get really excited talking about this cake and you guys are going to think I am totally weird because it doesn’t look all that exciting, but oh my gahhhhh, it’s so good!

This cake is one of my most favorite things I have baked in a while I think. And that is saying a lot considering it’s just a simple banana cake. I call it a snack cake because while I wouldn’t say it’s the most healthy thing on the planet, it’s also not quite a full blown dessert cake with loads of fat and sugar so I am calling it a snack cake. We all good with that?

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Summer and corn are basically BFFs. And while I am ready for the a new and cooler season, I still want to soak up all the corn while I still can. Give me all the corn please. We have been buying so much of it and have it twice or week or so with grilled chicken or steak, usually just eating it on the cob, but I felt compelled to throw some into a nice salad. I finished all of my greens though, but had plenty of grape tomatoes and avocados on hand so why not mix up summer in a bowl?

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette

Who says salad has to contain a bunch of lettuce? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love a nice green and leafy salad, but sometimes you just gotta change things up and this salad is now one of my most favorite summer salads ever!

This salad is ridiculously delicious. I ate the entire bowl of it in about 2.5 seconds. The creamy avocado paired with the sweet fresh corn, the crunch of the crispy bacon, and the tangy and warm bacon vinaigrette…are you drooling yet? Because I am and it’s totally gross, but it cannot be helped.

Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette