briefly

I can’t remember exactly when or why Lancelot and I started doing the Lego Mini-figures together, but we have for as long as I can remember. We haven’t picked any up for awhile but last weekend at Target I grabbed two packages on impulse in the check out aisle. (it worked!) I don’t recall ever getting the exact same figure at the same time, but we did. And it had the ability to be either male or female, so we did one of each. Now we’ll really fly together forever.

Anyone who knows me at all knows that I am an iced coffee junkie, and I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to create the Perfect Iced Coffee. (caps for emphasis and utterly important, I assure you) I’ve done all kinds of variations, everything from mixing in Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup to using hot cocoa powder and doing cold brew coffee or whole milk – seriously, you name it. But I think I might have finally figured it out, thanks to doing the Noom thing.

I’ve realized that regular dairy milk has more calories that I’m comfortable allotting in my daily budget, so I’ve primarily switched to unsweetened coconut milk. I will occasionally use unsweetened almond milk in smoothies, but I can’t drink that stuff straight. Yuck.

Anyway, the coconut milk has the right texture, just a little coconut flavor, and way fewer calories. So I’ve been using the following procedure…

  • Brew a 12C pot of coffee; lately it’s been a light roast Toasted Coconut flavor from Target
  • All that to cool and then pour into a pitcher with 1/2C Splenda
  • Chill in the fridge until ready

I do this at least once a week, sometimes twice. When I’m ready to make my drink it goes something like this…

  • 1 1/2C unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 1/2C cold coffee
  • 2Tbsp half & half
  • Pour over ice in a large insulated cup

That’s it. Super simple, very yummy, and a whole 90 calories for a little more than 3C of coffee nirvana. Ain’t gonna get that at the coffee shop, especially for the price. It’s waaaaaaaay cheaper to make at home.

One last picture for today. This is a shawl that I made last year but haven’t worn yet. I really am trying to wear my pretty stuff because who the hell knows when the opportunity is going to legit present itself. Anyway, I can’t remember the pattern or if I was even using a pattern, but the colors are just so amazing. And since the weather here today is so utterly cold that the power utilities are doing mandatory, scheduled, rolling blackouts it seems appropriate to wear something bright. Fake it ’til you make it darling.

4 thoughts on “briefly”

  1. Love the colors in the scarf. I’ve found I feel the way I dress. Odd, I know but if I’m feeling drab, adding color changes how I feel. You are wise to it and I’m sure the scarf helped. I don’t care so much for iced coffee as I do for Frappacinos. I may get one a year as they are so sugar ladened. I tried to duplicate them at home with no luck. I like the idea of going with the coconut milk though. I may try again when I can get back home.

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  2. Ooh, I will need to try that iced coffee recipe! I bet it isn’t very many Weight Watchers points. πŸ˜‰ Love the shawl! And I hope your rolling blackouts were actually rolling and not a train wreck like they were here! (We came out on the good side of the train wreck, since our power was only out for less than 24 hours, but still…)

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    1. We only ended up without power for 30 minutes and just the once, so I consider us incredibly fortunate. I can’t imagine what it would have been like having to go longer. The coffee recipe shouldn’t be too many points; the unsweetened coconut milk is only 50 calories per cup, at least the kind I get is. And of course the half and half is totally optional. I hope you like it!

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