Friday, July 8, 2011

Frozen cappuccino!

I was reading Karen's blog, "Sew Many Ways" and she was making an iced coffee today.  This spurred me into showing you how I make my no-fat, sugar-free, frozen mocha cappuccino.  
I start with my Mr. Coffee espresso maker.  It was a birthday gift from my hubby many years ago.  I use a stick blender (mine is a Waring brand) and it's quite powerful and I really like it a lot.
I use espresso.  You can use regular coffee, but I really like ground espresso beans.  Make yourself a nice strong espresso.
I use lactose free, skim milk and freeze it into ice cubes.  (I make the milk cubes ahead of time and keep them ready.)  I use 8 cubes, which is one cup of milk...a full serving for meeting a portion of my daily nutritional needs.

After I make my espresso, I pour it over my milk cubes (in a BIG vessel, because it will increase in volume when you blend it) along with two Splenda packets, a few drops of vanilla extract and a quick shot of Hershey's sugar-free chocolate syrup.
Using the stick blender, start blending, and chopping up your milk cubes.  It will get thick and increase in volume.

Pour over a couple of ice cubes in your serving glass.
Put your feet up, relax a bit and enjoy.

What a guilt-free refreshment!
If you make one, let me know what you think!

Finished product----->

Monday, July 4, 2011

Peaceful corner

This is the front corner of my home.  I love this area...a small fountain and my summer plants.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Independence Day Celebration, 2011

This morning our town had what's called the Kent Heritage Festival.  It's ALWAYS on the Saturday before July 4th and we (Rick, Evelyn and I) went.  I forgot my camera (darn), but we had a really good couple of hours.  I saw old friends and enjoyed chatting with them.  Evelyn got an airbrush tattoo on her arm and some cool souvenirs.  I got a big frog that's stuffed with sand to use as a pin cushion.

Today my niece Kathy and her husband hosted their 7th annual pig roast.  It's such a fun day to be with extended family, see old friends and meet some new folks.

The only thing missing was my daughter Kelly and her family, but we did take Kelly's oldest daughter with us.  They live in PA and we drove there to bring her home with us for a few days.  That's Evie sporting a pair of FAB earrings and other jewelry from her cousin Ashleigh and a cell phone from her cousin Allie!  Eight is such a fun age.
This picture is of Treva, She's in the bounce house and having a great time!  She's quite the "firecracker", that girl!
This is Evie and Allie.  The girls love being together and they had a great day.  It makes me so happy to see them together.
 My silly brother, nickname Butch. 
Ev's having a bit of lunch...roast pork, escalloped potatoes, corn on the cob, cole slaw and rolls is on the menu. 

Q:  What does she eat? 
A:  A roll and an ear of corn!!!  That's my girl!  (Also a little dessert from a huge array.)
Treva's having a sip and lounging in her chair!!  Ah, to be one year old again!

Son in law, Todd.  Wonderful husband and father.
 Daughter Jennifer, busy mom and wife.
This is my sister, Cris.  She's tending to the horses and Ev just loves to help. 
Hadley and my sister Cris...again with the horses.  I'm so glad my grandchildren can have this experience.  I had it with friends of my parents when I was a child, but my children didn't have that opportunity so much.  Sad, but we didn't have many farm friends.
Now, this is me in the bounce house...can you believe I would get in the bounce house?  I guess I was being very invulnerable today.  It was fun, all the girls got in there while all the kids were swimming.  We had a blast!

Hadley's showing me just how to do it!
More bounce house.  I believe Jennifer has scored 2 points by putting Treva in the hoop!

Mama Jennifer and her babies...such fun to bounce.  Today was a fabulous day for me.