Thursday, July 9, 2009

Just Say Starbucks

Dearly Beloved Bloggers,

I know it will be hard to just say no to Starbucks. In fact, it seems merely impossible, doesn't it, but I know we can do it.

I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I LOVE COFFEE. As a matter of fact, I think I love it so much that I may actually be IN LOVE with it. When I think of comfort foods, coffee is at the very top of my list. It doesn't even have to be in liquid form for me to love it. I'll eat chocolate covered coffee beans and coffee-flavored ice cream without thinking twice.

And check this out!

This my friends is tiramisu, my absolute favorite dessert in the whole world!

My relationship with coffee isn't based on addiction. Honestly, I don't even drink it EVERYDAY, but boy when I do get a scrumptious sip of it, it makes me just wanna say AHHHHHHH........that hit the spot!

I like it hot or cold, but very sweet and very STRONG. If I could have a cup of Starbucks everyday, then my life would be complete. Ok, that might be stretching it a bit but you get the picture. Anyways, a cup of Starbucks everyday isn't exactly budget friendly for this stay-at-home mom. But that doesn't mean I have to do without completely. My remedy for beating the hot summer heat is to make homemade frapps. It's a trick that my budget (AND MY STOMACH) seem to welcome with open arms.

The secret is to....

1) Freeze coffee cubes.

2) In a blender, combine one pack of this

3) One glass of this

4) A little (OR A LOT) of this

5) And as many of these as you want

A very yummy but OH SO CHEAP glass of deliciousness.


P.S. - Who am I kidding? I'm off to the nearest Starbucks. Hey, I didn't say I wasn't EVER going back.


  1. Too cute!

    Your "substitute" looked pretty good though.

  2. It was soooooo hard to just drive past Starbucks this morning....and now I get to work and find this on your post.....ARRRRGGGGG!!!! Now I have to find some excuse to leave for a short while and go get some....Dang it!:O)

    Be back soon.....

  3. ooooo that looks yummy. I really need to put my blender to use. I don't think I have used it once...

  4. Okay, so Miti... we think WAY too much alike. I literally made a Mocha Frappacinno in the blender, put it in pretty stemmed-glasses and took a picture of it and was so proud of myself. They tasted YUMMY and I decided I was gonna blog it! You beat me to it. Oh well, maybe I'll do mine in a Not Me Monday style. =0)

    You're making me OH SO THIRSTY for one right now. Normal coffee'll have to do! Hi ho, Hi ho, it's off to the coffeepot I go!

  5. You are so funny. That homemade drink looks delish! I have tried making them at home and have always failed...I am off to Mcdonalds at 2 for the BOGO:)

  6. MMMMMMMMMMM...that looks delicious! I buy those little packets, too! Somdays, when I just can't get out, that's my alternative! But, you're right, nothing beats the real thing! I {heart} coffee!

  7. Ohh....I think I will have to give that a try!

  8. I am not a coffee drinker - I wish it tasted as good as it smells! Give me a Coke and I'm a happy, happy girl!!

  9. I have to agree...they are VERY expensive!!!!! I love them but only stop there every once in a while...they are too steep for me on a regular basis.

    What a great idea that you came up with though!!! Looks yummy!

  10. I used to do this a lot when we didn't live near a starbucks.. yes, there are actually places that don't have a starbucks nearby! I should start up again... Instead, I just deal without the coffee.. which is so not fun!

  11. Oh girl! I am on your Starbucks ban right now!!!! They closed ALL the starbucks around my house except for the one that is 15 miles away!!! So, I have learned how to make my beloved White Mocha all on my own!!!!!;)

    and FYI...I also love TARAHMISU!!!!

  12. That LOOKS so good! We only do Starbucks for special treats...but I am thinking I could do YOUR drink, everyday! Thanks for the yummy idea.

  13. I'm not really a coffee drinker {stop the booing and hissing!!} but Paul is! You know what though? He's not totally crazy about Starbucks. (He was psyched though that our hotel in Atlanta served Starbucks coffee with their free continental breakfast!!) We have a Biggby Coffee in Mobile that he likes WAY better. And he LOVES to make his own coffee drinks at home-with all varieties of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, etc! He also stumbled across some Godiva coffee on CLEARANCE and snatched up several packs! His favorite is probably what he makes on his Senseo machine-and even I like the flavored varieties made with it.

  14. Seriously, I had real trouble reading your post with the anti-Starbucks image at the top. I love my Starbucks. I have no idea how I pressed on but I did. Thankfully. The recipe looks great - I may have to try that one out! After all, it's a month until my birthday and I am out of Starbucks gift cards and I haven't won any lately. (I'm thinking Mimi needs to give another one away.) I'll be back tomorrow when the anti-Starbucks image is off the top of your page (ha! ha!).

  15. We have much in and our favorite desert is the same.
    I have tried to cut back on both specialty coffee and deserts.
    Blessings, andrea

  16. I wish I liked coffee! That Tiramusu looks awesome, but if it has coffee, no thanks for me!!!
    Of course, I have my own addictions, just happens that coffee isn't one of them. -Cathy

  17. Oh Miti,
    I would love to have coffee with you sometime! Starbucks or your frap recipe. Either one or both! And that dessert? Oh my! that looks absolutely delicious! Did you take that pic or is it from cookbook or something? I want some right now!Thanks a lot!--Christy

  18. During the school year, I usually make my own iced coffee since Starbucks is across town in collegetown. BUT when I am home and there is a DRIVE-THROUGH Starbucks, look out world. Yes their drinks are overpriced, but they are SO GOOD.

  19. That looks great! I will have to try it soon!

  20. Oh Tiramisu yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
    Collette xxx

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  22. Well here's where I get tossed off this blog and don't get to be a Five Mom anymore, but I don't like coffee. I don't like it hot or cold, or beans or ice cream. Yuck. Sorry!

    However, my hubby and oldest love their fraps, only they buy syrup at Sam's and make it that way.

    I do, however, like diet pepsi....but cold, not hot, lol!

  23. I'm gonna have to try this...looks yummy. Great picture of the finished product, too...I'm drooling!

    I'm wondering something...when Mimi hits McDonalds for the BOGO, is she drinking BOTH coffees, or are her kiddos drinking coffee now??? Hmmmm.... LOL (Just kidding, Mimi!)

  24. I have tried my whole life to drink coffee ... but it will never happen ... :(
    I do work at the espresso cart at church though and I make a MEAN ESPRESSO/mocha/Italian Soda/etc. :)
    And I get to smell coffee on my fingers for the rest of the day ... it doesn't wash off. And the smell is so much better than the taste and the acid. I think the acid bothers me most.
    But I applaud all you who LOVE the stuff. :)

  25. Starbucks is kind of a drug. No matter how many times I swear off sugar and coffee, Starbucks tempts me, and the resolutions go out the way if I drive by Starbucks at the right (wrong?) time. It get me every.single.time.

  26. Miti thank you thank you thank you.

    The coffee cube idea is so simple,yet brilliant.

    Cannot wait to try it!

  27. Oooh, thank you for the recipe!! :D Sounds delish!

  28. As long as it has chocolate in it, I'll probably drink it.



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