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Orange Julius

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My brothers and I enjoyed this a TON when we were younger, it was a special treat then and now it is a special treat I enjoy  making for my family.   If you have extra Orange Julius, pour it into little Dixie Cups and put a popsicle stick in the middle, freeze and WALAAA homemade Creamsicles!

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Orange Julius   

10 ice cubes
1/4 c. sugar
6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 c. milk
1 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all in your blender and blend till mixture is thick and smooth. Pour into glasses, add a straw (opt…..) and ENJOY!!

Homemade Coffee Cream & Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

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Silly me to share a coffee cream recipe, as I am not a HUGE coffee fan. But my husband is and he likes cream in his coffee. I ran out one day. Not a bit deal, really, BUT I wanted to have it for him. So I made this. It was good. I actually have had a few cups of coffee so I could have the cream. OK, so, my coffee may be more cream than coffee, but whatever……I am OK with that. You drink yours how you like it and I will drink mine how I like it (mine will just get colder faster….).

Go to Cookin’ with Super Pickle to find a nice selection of different Homemade Coffee Cream Recipes. Let me know what you try!!! I would love to hear about it!!! The ones that look good to me are ~ Caramel Vanilla, Peppermint Mocha (of COURSE) and Salted Caramel Mocha.

I followed the base recipe found here and followed the “Vanilla” Flavor idea. (I did skip the 1 tsp. xanthan gum, however.)  I used skim milk  and I added a vanilla bean (scraped the lovely inside out 1st. The vanilla bean startled my husband when it poured out into his coffee…….funny.) along with the vanilla extract.

I will make this again and again. Let me know what you think about Homemade Coffee Cream. Have you made it before? You will try it sometime?? Will it turn YOU into a coffee drinker???? Did you like it if you made it????

Enjoy!!!

Now for a Lunch Box Recipe or a Lunch At Home Recipe or a Simple Dinner Recipe.

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*If your kids are picky (most of mine are) then leave the red peppers off theirs. I usually don’t have salami in the house, so I leave that off. I have also used turkey in place of the ham with GREAT results.  SO, add and take away as your family’s tastes allow!

* IF your tortillas are hard (as in….not super duper fresh) then wrap in a paper towel or plastic wrap and warm slightly in the microwave, it will make rolling MUCH easier!

*As far as a “dipper” goes ~ salsa would work as well! Or ranch dressing or whatever type of sauce your family enjoys.

Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups 

2 TB. olive oil, divided
4 (10″) flour tortillas
1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 lb. thinly sliced deli ham
1/4 lb. thinly sliced Provolone cheese
1/4 lb. thinly sliced hard salami
1/2 c. roasted sweet red peppers, drained and cut up
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
a good sprinkle of oregano or Italian seasoning
pizza sauce for dipping

Brush 1 TB. of the olive oil on one side of all 4 tortillas. Sprinkle with 1/4 c. of Parmesan cheese. Layer the ham, provolone cheese, salami, red peppers and mozzarella cheese evenly over the tortillas. Sprinkle with seasoning.  Fold in the  sides of tortillas and roll up carefully.

Place, seam side down, on baking sheet. Brush tortillas with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese and a shake of seasoning. Bake @ 425° for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

Serves 4.

Recipe from a Taste of Home magazine.

Mocha White Chocolate

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My “hot” drink of choice is USUALLY Hot Chocolate or my specialty ~ Hot Chocolate with a Touch of Coffee (a quite simple recipe in fact, 2 parts Hot Chocolate to 1/8 part Coffee ~ OK so I just totally made that up, I really just add the coffee so I can call it a “mom drink” ~ which means the kids cannot drink it all. Well, that IS the goal……well, and the goal is to eventually be able to drink a cup of coffee with my husband and/or mom!))

Anywho….

Then I tried this. OK. So it still isn’t overwhelming coffee. But is HAS it in it. It still tastes a bit like coffee and it has a “fancy” name ~ you know, a coffee-like name. I would enjoy it if you tried it and let me know what you think. A fun drink in your home when YOU want it…don’t forget a fun mug! Enjoy!

* The milk in my house is skim, so that is what I used.  I would think you could use whatever milk you have ~ I think that 2 % would make it be a bit richer.

* I drizzled with Caramel Sauce, then added a touch more. The caramel sauce here is nice,  because is has a touch of salt added in ~ making it almost a Salted Caramel Mocha White Chocolate.

Mocha White Chocolate
1 c. milk
1/3 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 TB. instant coffee granules
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
whipped cream or Cool Whip as a garnish, opt.
Cocoa Powder sprinkled on top as a garnish, opt.
Caramel Sauce to drizzle on top as a garnish, opt.

Heat the milk and white chocolate chips in a small sauce pan on low, keep an eye on it and stir often as the chocolate chips sink and you do not what then to burn to the bottom of the pan.

When heated through and chocolate is melted, add the instant coffee granules. Stir. Heat till bubbles form around the edge of the pan (do not bring to a boil). Remember to stir a number of times. Take off heat and add vanilla.

Pour into a fun mug. Top with a dollop of Cool Whip and a sprinkle of cocoa powder or a drizzle of caramel. (Add more caramel if you want too…..) Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

Frozen “Hot” Chocolate Slush

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1st off, the name of this recipe strikes my funny bone ~ but it really does a great job of describing the taste of these slushies. IT really does taste like a frozen hot chocolate! Just what you need on these HOT HOT days we are having! 2ndly, my plan was to share a recipe for bread today….no thanks. Not when my vehicle told me it hit 102* at least today! Nope, we needed something that would cool us off! So away with the plan (HARD for me…”the planner”……”the schedualer”, are you kidding, I know what I am going to eat for breakfast in 2 weeks, well KINDA kidding) and on to a recipe that is appropriate for today! My kids want this a lot in the summer!

 This recipe yields about 4-5 cups of slushy yumminess, so you may need to double ~ but I would make it in 2 separate batches UNLESS your blender is a really big one, mine is a 6 cupper. (This recipe is a the right amount for my 4 kids to each have a nice glassful (see above).)

Frozen “Hot” Chocolate Slush
1 c. milk
1 envelope instant hot cocoa mix
3 c. ice cubes
3 TB. instant pudding ~ vanilla or chocolate flavor
Put all in the blender and blend till slushy (I sometimes go heavier on the milk and ice cubes to really stretch the drink….then add another TB. of the pudding IF needed). Pour into glasses and serve. Enjoy…

I  am not sure where this recipe came from, one of those that has been in my collection for a while, sorry I wish I knew!

Iced Coffee Latte

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I know a few of my loved ones would be thrilled if I turned into a coffee lover. Well…. I am on my way to it!! This iced coffee is fantastic. It makes a large pitcher that keeps well in the fridge for a few days IF it lasts that long!

* I prefer it to be more chocolatey then coffeeee…that is the hot chocolate lover in my coming out. My husband prefers it more coffeeeeee then chococlatey. It is easier for me to add some choccoate to it when I want a bit more so I make it he way he likes it.(3 c. white milk and 1 c. chocolate milk.) So feel free to use  4 c. chocolare milk or 3 c. choce and 1 c. plain milk or 2 c. and 2 c. Whatever suits you and  whoever you are sharing this with…IF you are sharing!!

* I add vanilla about 1 tsp., cause I just love vanilla flavor. My friend adds caramel to hers, have fun with it and EXPERIMENT till  you  find your favorite flavors.

Iced Coffee Latte   
1/2 c. hot water
1/2 c. instant coffee granuales
2 c. cold water
4 c. total of milk (either chocolate or regular milk)
1 can sweetened condesnted milk
Dissolve the coffee into the hot water. Add the rest to a pitcher and mix well. Add the coffee. Stir and chill. pour over ice and serve. Chill the rest, be sure to stir before you use it again! Enjoy.

Recipe from Marijo and she got it from Simple & Delicious Magazine.

Orange Carrot Pineapple Smoothies

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Well, I am participating in my VERY first 5k this morning.  Rain or shine, I hope it happens DISPITE the rain in the forecast! I am giddy, or is it nervous?? Both those feelings make me twitterpayted in the tummy. I plan on walking, running doesn’t work for me, so I am perfectly content to come in last ~ someone needs to be right??   Here is a yummy healthy snack to try, great way to get in your fruits AND veggie! I made these smoothies for my kids the other day for a  snack. The are good and refreshing, don’t be afraid of the carrot, you can sorta taste it but not a ton.

* I added a bit of orange zest too, my orange did not give me quite the right about of juice ~ so I used some of the pineapple juice as well!

* I doubled to get 4 glasses. (Filled all about the same as above picture.)

* Please take this hint seriously. My son watched me make these, saw what went in them….aka carrot….and took a sip and declared not to like the carrot taste in it. Was it in his head? Not sure. The other kids (who didn’t watch me make it) all slurped it down, so, maybe add the carrot secretly?!?!? I will next time!

Orange Carrot Pinapple Smoothie
3/4 c. pinapple (fresh or canned)
1/2 c. ice cubes ( maybe 5 or so)
1/3 c. fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 c. shredded carrot
1/2 of a banana
Place all in a blended and blend till nice and smooth. Pour into glasses, pop in a straw and ENJOY!

Recipe from NancyCreative.