Spiced Chai Tea Latte

Spiced Chai Tea Latte – A wonderful drink made with chai tea, creamy milk, and the perfect blend of spices! Grab a glass and enjoy!

Chai tea lattes are a weakness of mine! I just love the combination of flavors and it is one of my go-to drinks but I had never actually made one at home before! Now I don’t think I could go back to buying them at coffee shops! It was surprisingly easy to make too!


I whipped these up to go with my Spiced Chai Tea Mini Bundt Cakes and wow, that was the perfect combination of treats! My friend (and fellow chai tea fan) and I loved both of the recipes together! This chai tea latte is such an elegant drink.  If you want to jazz it up, add some whipped cream and cinnamon to the top! I was so glad to be able to use these beautiful tea cups again for this, they looked so nice with the chai in them! They might look a bit familiar as I also ended up using them for the Lavender Lemon Earl Grey Ice Cream a few days back too.

Make sure to check out the Chai Monkey Bread coming out the next few days, it would be great with this too!

Spiced Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Take off heat and place tea bags in to steep for 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags.
  2. Add all ingredients to the saucepan and stir.
  3. Pour through a fine, mesh strainer to remove any chunks of spices and pour into a glass to serve.

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Rosé Ice Cream Float

Rosé Ice Cream Float – An elegant treat made with fresh raspberries, rosé, and vanilla ice cream.  A dessert that will impress!

So, you may have noticed that I love making recipes with wine/champagne by now.  Between the No Churn White Wine Ice Cream, Red Wine Macarons, Wine Soaked Raspberry Baked Brie, etc I have quite a few recipes at this point without even pointing to any of the backlogged posts that haven’t gone out (like some really yummy rosé meringue cookies)! I have been making a ton of recipes lately but so few have actually made it to the site just because of how busy I have been with work and visiting friends before heading to New Jersey for a month.  Hopefully I will have time in the next few days to get some of the other posts out, especially the summer-y ones!


Tomorrow is going to be another hectic day with the Busch’s Brighton, MI grand opening happening! After that finishes up, I have to start working on packing for New Jersey!

So this Rosé Ice Cream Float is basically amazing! If you love a good rosé, then this is the dessert for you.  It is so easy to make with only 3 ingredients, yet it was so elegant and delicious! I debated about using raspberry sorbet instead of vanilla ice cream because I thought that would be delicious too but I ultimately went with the vanilla ice cream because I thought it would be a nice complement to the rosé and raspberries! Since I was using the champagne glasses to serve it in, I highly suggest using a melon baller or some kind of scoop that is similar in size to that to scoop the ice cream.  It definitely was helpful to have the smaller scoops of ice cream to fit into the glasses.

Rosé Ice Cream Float

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup rosé
  • 1/4 cup raspberries

Directions

  1. Layer raspberries and ice cream in a champagne glass.
  2. Top with champagne and serve!

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Watermelon Lemonade Slushie

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Watermelon Lemonade Slushie – A sweet and refreshing summer treat made with only 3 simple ingredients! Perfect for a party!


With summer in full swing, it’s time to have a celebration with friends and family! I am all for having big celebrations with fun decorations and new recipes so when I realized it was my friend’s birthday last weekend, I went to work brainstorming fun summer treats to serve and came up with a Watermelon Lemonade Slushie along with one of the coolest things I have ever made, a Watermelon Pig Sculpture! Watermelons just scream summer to me so they are my go-to treat for hot days because of how refreshing, yet delicious they are! I wanted to make the Watermelon Lemonade Slushie a simple drink to make so I decided to make it with just fresh watermelon, Minute Maid® Lemonade (my favorite lemonade!), and ice.  3 ingredients and it only took minutes to make!

I ran out to my local Kroger’s to pick up what I needed where I found the fresh watermelons right in the front in the product area.  I grabbed one with a beautiful spiral stem that looked like a pig’s tail!

The next thing on my list was the Minute Maid Lemonade which was located near the other soft drinks.  I love Minute Maid because it is made with real lemons and it tastes so good! Currently, if you purchase any 2 Minute Maid or Sprite 2 liters, you can save $1 on a watermelon which is an awesome deal! Make sure to look out for the 2 liter toppers with and tear pads for extra savings!

Both the Watermelon Pig Sculpture and the Watermelon Lemonade Slushie ended up huge hits at the party! Everyone absolutely LOVED the idea of having an edible centerpiece made from melons and a drink that paired perfectly with it!

Watermelon Lemonade Slushies

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until well combined.
  2. Pour into glass and serve with a lemon wedge.

Watermelon Pig Sculpture

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe melon
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 4 blueberries
  • Toothpicks

Directions

  1. Cut out a quarter of the watermelon.
  2. Scoop out of inside of the watermelon.  (Use a melon baller if you want to fill it later with melon balls instead of chunks!)
  3. From the quarter of the watermelon that has been removed, cut out a circle and two hearts.  I used cookie cutters to get the shapes and cut around them.  The circle should have a diameter of about 2 inches.
  4. Place 2 blueberries on the circle, this will be the pig’s nose.  Poke a toothpick through to keep each blueberry in place.
  5. Use toothpicks poked through the front of the watermelon to secure the nose in place.  If you need more toothpicks to get it to stay, add more!
  6. Above the nose, insert two more toothpicks through the watermelon for the eyes.  Use the picture I took to help with placement! Poke blueberries onto the toothpicks after they are inserted.
  7. Using two more toothpicks to place the ear on.  Repeat on the other side.
  8. Cute open the cantaloupe and honeydew melons.  Using a melon baller, scoop out enough of each melon to fill in the watermelon.
  9. Fill the inside of the watermelon with honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon balls.
  10. Keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Brazilian Lemonade

Brazilian Lemonade – A creamy and refreshing drink made with fresh limes, sweetened condensed milk, and sugar! Simple to make and delicious!

So this has been a drink I have been excited to make for a while! I kept seeing Brazilian Lemonade recipes floating around and was really suprised when I realized it had limes and sweetened condensed milk.  It seemed like an interesting combination of flavors! I got around to make it last weekend when I was on vacation as a fun and refreshing drink to share! Sadly, it was really quite dark when I was trying to take pictures it was really dark and stormy but that’s the risk I take with trying to write posts when I am not at home! 😛

So this really tastes like a creamy limeade, it has just the right amount of sweetness to balance the tang from the limes.  I think I ended up drinking about 2/3 of the pitcher because it tasted SO good!


The trip I was on was to Omer, MI which was super fun! It’s a tiny town over on Lake Huron so I got to go fishing for walleye and spend some much needed time sleeping in! One of my favorite parts of being up there is there is in the pond out back, there is a big ole’ snapping turtle named Fred.  I love going out there and feeding him food along with playing with the little turtles too.

Brazilian Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 5 limes
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Cut limes into quarters.
  2. Add limes, water, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk into blender.  Pulse 7-8 times.
  3. Pour through a strainer to remove any remaining chunks of limes.
  4. Pour into glass over ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca

Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca – A refreshing and healthy summer drink jam-packed with fresh watermelon, lime juice, and sparkling water.  Perfect for a party!

I am all about making fun drinks right now! My most recent one was the Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade which was SO good! I have been wanting to make a watermelon agua fresca for a while, the color is always so gorgeous and it sounds so refreshing! I finally got around to making time in my schedule to make these and they were a hit! I liked how easy it was to adjust too, I really liked it with extra lime while others who tried it preferred a bit more mint.  One of my friends even put a few scoops of ice cream in and made an ice cream float!


I can’t believe it is already the 4th of July weekend! It really ended up sneaking up on me a bit! I’ve been on vacation for the better part of the past two weeks and then trying to recover from it since then before popping up on a weekend trip to the Au Gres area! It’ll be a fun weekend playing some Euchre and having a few bonfires! I’m excited because we are trying a recipe that we saw Chef Tim Hollingsworth prepare at the event I went to a few weekends back! It was a beef tri-tip on baguette with a garlic aioli!

Sparkling Watermelon Agua Fresca

Ingredients

  • 5 cups diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup sparkling water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 8 springs of fresh mint
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Combine watermelon and lime juice in the blender. Blend until well combined and a very thing consistency.
  2. Using a fine, mesh strainer, strain out any remaining watermelon pulp.
  3. Pour into a large pitcher.  Add in sparkling water.
  4. Serve over ice and garnish with lime wedge and sprig of fresh mint.

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade – A tasty frozen drink made with lemon juice, vanilla ice cream, sugar, and ice! A simple Chick-Fil-A copycat recipe!

 I am all in on making fun, frozen drinks right now! After the last two posts I did being a Piña Colada Lime Coolers and a Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee, I think I am a bit hooked! This week has been quite hectic, I am currently on vacation up north working on two exciting posts for next week in addition to this one between getting ready to go to Macy’s Culinary Council and another trip up north next weekend.  It’s an exciting week, but busy!


Now to be completely honest, I have never been to a Chick-Fil-A.  I know, shocking.  When I am down south, I always try to go to Sonic and Bojangles and I just have not made it over to Chick-Fil-A.  This same recipe kept popping up online as a tried a true version of the recipe so I trust it and either way, it is delicious!

This kind of reminded me of those frozen lemonades I would always get at amusement parks when I was little, only WAY better! Those were always my favorite snack to pick up at Cedar Point and King’s Island in-between going on rides! The addition of ice cream really takes this to a whole new level!

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Frosted Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add in water and chill for one hour.  This is to keep the ice cream from immediatly melting in the blender.
  3. Add lemon mixture and ice cream into a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon.

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Piña Colada Lime Cooler

Piña Colada Lime Cooler – A delicious and refreshing summer drink filled with fresh pineapple, lime juice, coconut, and ice!

I can’t believe it is already summer! It’s supposed to be 90 down here this week which is kinda a bit too hot for me so I decided it was about time to start whipping up some other frozen and iced drinks as a fun way to cool off! Last week I made a Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee which has been SO popular and it tasted fantastic! This week, I wanted to go for a more fruity drink and I had leftover pineapple from making Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa which worked out so well! This is such a refreshing drink that just screams summer! I think the addition of lime to a piña colada added a great new flavor! I was amazed that my incredibly fussy little sister even thoroughly enjoyed it, that is the true mark of approval! If you want to make it boozy, add in a bit of rum!


I ended up making this right after going camping in Indiana, which ended up a really nice trip! We all hopped in the RV and just relaxed down there for a few days.  It was only about 4 hours away and about 3 miles over the border into Indiana! It felt kinda weird not to have to make anything new for the site at all for a few days and to basically be completely off the internet because it was so spotty!

 

Piña Colada Lime Cooler

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/4 cup cream of coconut
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/4 rum (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in a glass and garnish with lime slices and pineapple chunks.  Enjoy!

 

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Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee

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Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee – Iced coffee with all of your favorite snickerdoodle flavors! Perfect for a hot summer day and it is so easy to make! It is The Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ in the morning!


I LOVE coffee! I drink at least 3 cups a day and it is a necessary part of my daily routine.  I am always trying to find new ways to jazz up my coffee whether it be making iced coffee, lattes, or adding delicious flavors in such as caramel or vanilla.  I decided that today I was going to create a simple Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee, incorporating in the flavors of my all-time favorite cookies into my coffee!

I ran out to my local Kroger and picked up Folgers® Coffeehouse Blend 25.4oz Ground Coffee.  It was right in the coffee aisle by all of the other Folgers products.  It was super easy to find!

As they say, “The Best Part of Wakin’ Up™ is Folgers in your cup” which is very true for me.  I do love waking up to a good cup of Folgers coffee! I feel like as soon as anyone at my house starts brewing a pot, I can immediately smell the aroma wafting down the hall.  It’s definitely my cue to get up and the start the day (after having a great cup of coffee, of course).  Folgers Coffeehouse Blend has such a smooth, yet bold flavor that I adore! It is a medium-dark blend and even through I added milk, cinnamon, and sugar to it, you could still taste it’s beautiful Folgers flavors! I love feeling free to add anything to my coffee and not having to worry about it loosing the coffee flavor that I know and love!

Folgers Coffeehouse Blend is crafted to work well with any brewing method you choose whether it be cold brew, french press, etc but I just went with the classic method of using my normal coffee machine and letting it cool before pouring it over ice! Feel free to experiment with those other methods in this recipes, I’m sure they would work great too!

I think that this Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee is going to be a new Saturday morning tradition at my house!

Snickerdoodle Iced Coffee

Ingredients

Coffee

Toppings (optional)

  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon sugar

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine milk, brown sugar, and cinnamon.  Stir until well combined.
  2. In two large cups, divide the ice, coffee, and milk mixture.
  3. Top with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.  Enjoy!

Tips

  • Make some extra coffee and use it to make ice cubes to avoid it getting watered down!

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Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Sometimes, it’s important to just take a minute and acknowledge the important people in life and how they have impacted you.  With National Chardonnay Day around the corner on May 26th, I decided to grab a glass of Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay and raise a glass to someone special in my life, my mom.


She was the one who introduced me to cooking, baking, and everything in between.  She has helped teach me the basics of cooking and helped me experiment with crazy new recipes.  She introduced me to the whole world of blogging through her site which I would always help out with, thinking of creative ideas for fun recipes.  She has always tried to hard to support every decision I have made.

One of my favorite things we do together is make Christmas cookies every year! It’s a time where my mom, my sisters, and I all get together and make delicious sugar cookies! My favorite part is still decorating them! We use the same recipe year after year that has a nice almond flavor in both the cookie dough and the frosting and they taste so good! I end up the person who deals with dying the frosting which usually ends up really strange pastel colors which are really pretty, but not Christmas-y at all! It’s just such a fun way to have some bonding time with my family every year and we always make wonderful memories!

To go with our Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay, we decided to make Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta together! It sounded like a fun project and we thought it would pair perfectly with the wine! It was also a great way for us to spend some time together, reminiscing over good times over a great glass of wine.

We loved that Wente Vineyards is a multi-generational vineyard with so many deep family ties which we really connected with! We also tried out their Nth Degree and Riva Ranch Chardonnay which were both phenomenal!

I am very grateful to have the fantastic mom I have and that she is always there for the journey with me!

Strawberry Balsamic Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (diced)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 3 tbsp balsamic glaze (not dressing, it will be too runny)
  • Mascarpone cheese (softened to spread)
  • French baguette (sliced)

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine diced strawberries, lemon juice, honey, and basil.  Stir to combine.
  2. Spread mascarpone cheese on each baguette slice before topping with strawberry mixture.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  3. Grab a glass of Wente Vineyards wine and enjoy with someone who is apart of your journey!

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