Erie Island Coffee in Cleveland, OH review

ErieIsland Erie Island Coffee in Cleveland, OH review

Erie Island Coffee

You all know that I’m a huge fan of that really popular coffee chain with the little circle green logo on the cups, however this local gem isn’t too far behind in my love for coffee book.  :)  I have been going and drinking Erie Island Coffee for about 4-5 years now and completely love it!

I first saw them on TV and when mom and I had a girls day in Cleveland one year, we stopped in and gave it a shot.  We have only visited the Rocky River location, and it is about an hour drive, but totally worth the trip!  It’s a super cute little place that is very cafe like.  Obviously they have all of the popular coffee drinks that one would like.  I however have only had the iced coffee.  They do have a rewards punch card system…you normally get the “card” with your hot drink.  If you like a dark roast or even a medium roast coffee, their Signature blend will hit the spot for you!  :)  I prefer a dark roast compared to mom liking a medium roast, and their coffee hits the spot for both of us!

They also sell their coffee so you can take it home to brew it yourself!  :)  I totally am guilty of purchasing at least 2-3 bags at a time!  LOL

A few years ago I found out that they’ve become so popular, that they now sell their bagged coffee in Cleveland location grocery stores!  SCORE!  We tend to go to Strongsville a lot (which is much closer than Rocky River), so we’ll stop in and grab a few bags!  :)  Erie Island Coffee is such a great, local coffee shop that you should definitely check out!

 

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Deliciously Amazing Irish Coffee Sheet Cake recipe

Irish Coffee Sheet Cake Deliciously Amazing Irish Coffee Sheet Cake recipe

Irish Coffee Sheet Cake

This Irish Coffee Sheet Cake recipe is so unbelievably amazing!  The original recipe claimed this was a brownie, however I feel this was more like a sheet cake.  I’m not a drinker, however I LOVED this recipe.  However, do be aware that if you’re serving this to kids, you can totally taste the alcohol…so…it’s not exactly a kid friendly dessert.  :)  ENJOY!

Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 and 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 3/4 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1/4 c whiskey
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee crystals
  • 1 c walnuts, chopped

Glaze:

  • 2 and 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp whiskey
  • 1 and 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp brewed coffee

Directions:

  • Heat granulated sugar, butter, and 1/2 c cocoa powder in a large saucepan over medium heat until butter melts; stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat lightly just until combined,
  • In another bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  • Stir together milk and 1/4 c whiskey; then stir in coffee crystals.
  • Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to the chocolate mixture, beating by hand after each addition.
  • Stir in nuts then pour into a greased 15x10x1″ baking pan.
  • Bake in a 350 degree for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile for the glaze, stir together powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon whiskey, and 1 and 1/4 teaspoons vanilla.
  • Then stir in 4 tablespoons brewed coffee until of drizzling consistency.

source: http://wesaturtle.net/recipes/?p=23

Link Up #56

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Healthy Carrot Soup recipe with the VitaMix

Carrot Soup Healthy Carrot Soup recipe with the VitaMix

Carrot Soup

I LOVE soup, especially when the weather is quickly changing to that sad season we all get annoyed with in Ohio.  LOL  I tried this healthy, yet delicious Carrot Soup recipe for lunch not too long ago, and it totally hit the spot!  :)  ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz bag frozen sliced carrots, thawed slightly
  • 1 c chicken stock
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/4 c onions, diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • salt
  • chopped pecans
  • honey

Directions:

  • In the VitaMix add the carrots, chicken stock, sour cream, onions, lemon juice, maple syrup, ginger, paprika and nutmeg.
  • Blend until smooth; if needed, add a bit more stock to loosen to the desired texture however this soup should be slightly thick.
  • Taste and season with salt; blend, taste again and season again if needed.
  • This is where you refrigerate it if needed.
  • When you’re ready to eat, just warm it up in a saucepan or in the microwave.
  • Top with pecans and honey!

source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/sunnys-quick-chilled-carrot-soup.html

The Best of Me movie review

BestofMe The Best of Me movie review

The Best of Me

I was able to catch The Best of Me movie over the weekend and I must say, going into it I had mix feelings about it.  I had read the book, obviously, and loved it.  When I heard they were going to make this into a movie, I could not have been more excited.  Then when I heard that Paul Walker was supposed to be the lead role, I immediately thought it was a perfect casting.  Well, we all know what happened with Paul Walker and the role had to be recast; it was given to James Marsden.  For whatever reason, I didn’t feel like he would have been good for the part.  I still saw him as Lon from The Notebook…so it just didn’t seem right that he would play Dawson from The Best of Me.  However, I may have changed my mind…

Obviously The Best is Me is another wonderful story from Nicholas Sparks.  It centers around Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole whom are high-school sweethearts that were forced to go their separate ways after a dramatic event.  Fast forward twenty years later, Amanda and Dawson return to their hometown for the funeral of the man who supported their high-school romance and was practically a father to Dawson.

This movie goes back and forth from Amanda and Dawson’s high school days to present time where time has past so much that while they have become two different people, living two different lives…when they’re together, they’re still Amanda and Dawson.  They both have been through so much in their lives and it doesn’t matter because the one person they can be themselves around, is each other.

The Best of Me will definitely pull at your heartstrings…but it’s definitely worth seeing.  :)

 

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