Beverage & Smoothie Recipes

This post is part of the 25 Days of Christmas series.

It’s unseasonably warm for December, so I haven’t been craving my typical hot holiday coffee flavors. Instead, I’ve been longing for my traditional iced coffee in more festive flavors.

Homemade Iced Coffee Concentrate Recipe

Ingredients

  1. Strong Ground Coffee
  2. Water

Directions

If you’ve ever tried to make iced coffee at home, you know it can be a struggle. If you add ice to your warm coffee, you end up with watered down coffee. For the perfect iced coffee, you need to start with a coffee concentrate.

Get a large plastic container with lid and add one cup of your favorite coffee grounds for each cup of water. Stronger coffee tends to work best.

Stir until well blended, then put the lid on the plastic container and set aside for at least 8 hours, but overnight works even better!

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holiday recipes and crafts

 

Holiday Wassail Recipe
Recipe Type: Beverage
Ingredients
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 1/4 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in casserole dish.
  2. Heat in microwave on full power for 10 to 12 minutes (until boils) stirring 1/2 way through.
  3. Continue to heat on medium power for 3 minutes.
  4. Garnish with lemon and orange slices.
  5. Serve warm.
  6. Makes 4 1/2 cups.
Notes

To make in crock pot – Put all ingredients in crock pot and cook on high for 1 hour then low for 4-8 hours.

 

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Frugal Recipes

Ingredients

  • Skim milk
  • Espresso or strong coffee
  • Flavored Coffee Creamer

Directions

1. Fill mug 2/3 full of milk. Heat in microwave for 2-3 minutes.

2. Add 2-3 oz of Espresso or strong coffee and flavored coffee creamer to taste.

Try different flavors!!  This morning I had Pumpkin, but my usual is Italian cream. You can also make this for the kids. Just leave out the coffee.

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Deals for your home

Here’s a few deals for your home from Ann-Marie of Chaos Is Bliss.

This is a snapshot of my actual shopping list one Saturday a few weeks ago. I was in the mood for Mexican, and apparently my mood was left unsatisfied as I was out of tortillas,enchilada sauce, sour mix, tequila and lime juice.

It’s mainly the three last ingredients that left me a little let down. There’s really no replacement for a good margarita, is there? Especially without tequila?

Actually, I found one! One of my favorite Food Network stars is Sandra Lee, of Semi-Homemade Cooking. I have three of her cookbooks and have cooked several of her recipes on FoodNetwork.com.

Recently I hosted a supper club with a few friends, in which the host chooses the menu, provides the entree & drinks and sends recipes to the guests to make sides and dessert. The nice part about that setup is that by having someone else pick your recipe, everyone agrees it’s ok to not like something, and no one gets their feelings hurt by their own favorite recipe getting the thumbs down.

So I chose Semi-Homemade Cooking recipes for supper club, and I made the entree and drinks.

Back to getting my margarita fix.

Sandra Lee offers a deliciously sweet-tart concoction called a Lime Beer Cocktail, which only has two ingredients. Can you guess them?

  • 6 bottles light beer
  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate

While the limeade is still frozen, place into your favorite beverage pitcher and mix slowly with a metal spoon into light beer. The metal spoon lessons the fizz made from the beer (who knew?).  Garnish with lime if desired.

Without a doubt, this drinkie drink not only got thumbs-up all around the room, but one of the ladies has made it twice since!  So while it doesn’t come real close to a real ‘rita, it is citrusy and refreshing and deserves a spot in any Mexican meal. Try it!

Ann-Marie is a SAHM of 3 fun-loving kiddos. Her passion for sharing tips & deals with everyone (literally – therapists, technicians, random strangers in line…) inspired her to begin her own blogging journey. Chaos Is Bliss was launched in October 2010 to share ideas on all things home & family.

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Holiday Recipes

A tasty tea mix that you could put in a decorative jar to give as small gifts.

  • 2 cups tang
  • 1 – 3 0z pkg lemonade mix
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup instant tea
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/12 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Mix all ingredients together
  2. Store in jar or airtight container
  3. To serve mix 3 heaping teaspoons to 1 cup hot water.

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Holiday Recipes


  • 1 – 32oz Bottle Apple Juice
  • 1 – 32oz bottle Cranberry Juice
  • 6-8 Orange Spice Tea bags
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks


  1. Mix all ingredients together in large pan and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn burner to low heat to keep   warm as serving. (Can transfer to a slow cooker and keep on low setting)

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