C is for COFFEE

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…cold coffee, that is. As the temperatures rise outside, a hot cup of coffee just doesn’t seem right. I mean, would you eat ice cream on the ski slopes? Okay yeah, I probably would, especially if it had cookie dough in it, but you see my point! Instead, what you need is a refreshing cold-brewed cup of coffee laced with homemade vanilla syrup and a very generous splash of creamy milk. Simple, right?

First….you brew. Start with coarse ground coffee, add water, and let steep overnight. We use the Toddy system, which works great! Nothin’ fancy, just a reservoir with a filter folks. Then wah-lah…a canteen of fresh, unbelievably smooth coffee! (The cold-brewing method minimizes the acidity in the coffee.)

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Next, you make the homemade vanilla syrup. Wait, don’t they sell that stuff in stores? Yes, they do! In fact, I found a bottle of vanilla Starbucks syrup in my cabinet from last year. But to my dismay, it had expired. So what’s a girl to do? Just make it yourself! (Or use the expired syrup, which my scientist husband said was probably okay since nothing can grow in that much sugar, but…gross.)

The recipe I used is as follows:
1 3/4 cup filtered water
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract

Over medium heat, combine water + sugars and simmer for ~10 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture cool. Add vanilla. Voila!

Vanilla Syrup

Note: Be sure to use a good vanilla extract… that is, if you want a good flavor.

And finally, mix well! Syrup—Coffee—Milk—and shake, shake, shake! Trust me, it’s delish! And exactly what you need on a hot summer day.

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Fe…Fi…Fo…FOODIE

Yesss, my first foodie post! And trust me folks, I’m a foodie. I’ve got a sweet tooth so large, the first two base layers of my food pyramid are butter and sugar. I mean really, is there anything better than a fresh batch of cookie dough? No…no, there’s not. To curb this bad habit and to ward off the diabetes, I try to only indulge on the weekends. But this past weekend was Mother’s Day (MY DAY!), so it was bound to be a double cheat day. Therefore, I forced myself to go to the gym in the morning and do a pre-carb workout. Once that mess was over, I was ready to head to the city and eat!

First stop, 2Amy’s pizza. This is by far the best ZA I’ve had in DC. The chewy crust, the fluffy mozzarella, the fresh basil… so CARBoliciously good. Plus, it’s very kid friendly and Gideon is always on his best behavior here bcause he too loves the pizza. Once the pizza is fired, it comes straight to our table blazing hot. I then have to use all the air in my lungs to try and cool it off before my toddler plants his face into it. The kid really loves a fresh Neopolitan pizza! (Don’t worry, there’s tomatoes in the sauce and that, my friend, is a VEGETABLE).

Now onto dessert! There’s this cute little place in Georgetown called Baked & Wired. But lady, didn’t you just complain about driving to Georgetown in your previous post? Yes, but I needed a cupcake so…. where was I? Oh yes, Baked & Wired… BEST cupcakes in the city. They also have the best espresso in the city. Seriously, I would run 2 miles on the treadmill for iced lattes and cupcakes from this place. They even get their vanilla syrup from a guy in Oregon who also microbrews their chai tea! (Yep, you just got some insider scoop). It’s serious people, serious EATS. Because it was Mother’s Day, I was in the mood to try something different there. I wanted the OMG bar…and yes, it’s literally called an OMG bar. Because, well, OMG. Take a look for yourself!

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So now you can see why I only indulge on the weekends. I really am trying to make the numbers on my scale go down. And they are, just in .25 increments. Ugh! Let’s just hope the kiddo gets my husband’s metabolism…it takes him the same amount of effort to gain weight. It’s really not fair. I mean for Pete’s sake, we wear the same size pants. Okay, I’m lying, his pants are snug on me. Ha!