11.25.2014

Funny Coffee Mugs - Perfect for gifts (or for yourself!) That's All.

I posted about these awesome mugs in October but I really, really love them so I'm featuring them again.

My new favorite ceramic mugs: That's All mugs - funny sayings on a coffee mug that also benefit ovarian cancer research!


"You are the luckiest guy in the world.  I would love to be married to me."


I took a picture of it on my phone and sent it to the luckiest guy in the world;  the one that is married to me.  He loved it.  Said I should buy it for him.  I didn't.  But I'm tempted.  Oh, so tempted.

But wait, it got better than just being a funny mug.

I noticed the blue ribbon on the label;  a portion of the proceeds of sales of these mugs are donated to the fight against ovarian cancer. 

The mug I liked the best was the one I snapped a photo of;  (That's All Mug - Luckiest Guy) but they had a bunch to choose from.
  • That's All Ceramic mug - 16 oz.
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe 
  • Approx 4.5" tall
THERE ARE MANY TO CHOOSE FROM and you can find different styles in different stores - Below is a list of the various sayings you can find on the mugs I saw during a quick search this morning on Amazon.  I added images from an assortment of 4 mugs to show you how some of them look.  Click on each saying to go to it's detail page for a photo of that particular phrase.

 
Curing Ovarian Cancer While Laughing-Out-Loud.  "That's All" donates 2.5% of its gross proceeds to The Debbie Kogan Lyda Ovarian Cancer "Road to Recovery" Research Fund benefiting the Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
The mugs at my local Hallmark were $12.99 each.  I've seen them online from $12.99 - $19.99 depending on the source and whether or not they include shipping in that price.

11.22.2014

Coffee Mousse using Espresso Powder




Coffee Mousse

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup water
1 cup sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)
3 teaspoons instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup well-chilled heavy cream

In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let it soften for 2 minutes.

Add the milk and the espresso powder to the gelatin, and heat the mixture over moderate heat, whisking constantly, until the powder is dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the vanilla, and set the pan in a bowl of ice and cold water, stirring the mixture every few minutes until it is thick and cold.

In a small bowl, beat the cream until it just holds stiff peaks and fold the coffee mixture into it gently but thoroughly. Spoon the mousse into 4 chilled long-stemmed glasses and chill it until ready to serve.










You might be interested in the following products;

Espresso Powder
Knox Gelatin, Unflavored, 8-Ounce
King Arthur Flour Espresso Powder


   




11.11.2014

Increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma




Increasing the number of cups of caffeinated coffee you drink could lower your risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, according to a study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Of the 112,897 participants included in the analyses, 22,786 developed basal cell carcinoma during the more than 20 years of follow-up in the two studies. An inverse association was observed between all coffee consumption and risk of basal cell carcinoma. Similarly, an inverse association was seen between intake of caffeine from all dietary sources (coffee, tea, cola and chocolate) and risk of basal cell carcinoma. However, consumption of decaffeinated coffee was not associated with a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma.

"These results really suggest that it is the caffeine in coffee that is responsible for the decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma associated with increasing coffee consumption," said Han. "This would be consistent with published mouse data, which indicate caffeine can block skin tumor formation. However, more studies in different population cohorts and additional mechanistic studies will be needed before we can say this definitively."

In contrast to the findings for basal cell carcinoma, neither coffee consumption nor caffeine intake were inversely associated with the two other forms of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease.

Only 1,953 cases of squamous cell carcinoma and 741 cases of melanoma were recorded among the 112,897 participants included in Han's analyses.



Source:  Science Daily who used a study from this site as their article source.

11.09.2014

Another easy recipe that uses instant coffee - Almond Caramel Cheesecake Triangles with a Cookie Crust


This has been sitting in my files forever and ever but never posted. I'm thinking it came from Folger's (?) but that is a guess on my part.  It uses a bunch of prepared items you can buy at the store (meaning; you don't have to make things like the cookie dough or caramel sauce from scratch) so it goes together quick and easy!  

Not only does it have a bit of 'coffee' in it, I think it would go perfectly WITH coffee.  Enjoy!


Almond Caramel Cheesecake Triangles

No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 (17.5 oz.) package Pillsbury sugar cookie mix
1/2 c cold butter
3/4 c sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
1 c milk chocolate toffee baking bits
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 t Folgers Classic Roast Instant Coffee Crystals
2 T  flour
1 (12 oz.) jar Smucker's Caramel Flavored Topping
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t salt

Heat oven to 350°F. Coat bottom of 13 x 9-inch baking pan with no-stick cooking spray. Place cookie mix in large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into prepared pan to form a crust. Bake 10 minutes.

Combine reserved crumb mixture, almonds and toffee bits in small bowl; toss with fork. Beat cream cheese and coffee crystals in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add flour, 3/4 cup caramel topping, eggs, vanilla and salt. Spread cream cheese mixture over hot crust. Sprinkle with crumb mixture.

Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cover and chill 2 hours. Cut into 3-inch squares. Cut diagonally into triangles. Drizzle with remaining caramel topping just before serving.


11.07.2014

Homemade Cafe au Lait Ice Cream


I know November is an odd time to post about ice cream... but I mean to post this last July.  I was on a big 'coffee ice cream' kick.  Life got in the way, this file got put into a draft folder and I never got back to it.  Ooops.  Life happens.

This homemade ice cream recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker... for those of you who don't own one.  You can freeze it in a pan and scoop from there.  I do have an ice cream maker, but this is a nice alternative.



Cafe au Lait Ice Cream

4 t instant coffee crystals
1/2 c hot water
2 c heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 t almond extract
1/2 c toasted chopped pecans or almonds


Dissolve instant coffee in water in large bowl; cool. Add cream, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract.
Beat with mixer 7 minutes or until light and fluffy (mixture will mound but not hold peaks). Fold in nuts, if desired.    Spoon into 8-inch square baking pan or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; freeze 4 hours or until firm. To serve, scoop into dessert dishes.