Lazy Latte: Hazelnut Mocha Latte

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Hi nerds!

I have decided – and by decided I mean today I’m doing this but I make no promises – to start doing a new recipe type deal every Sunday. This week: a hazelnut mocha latte! This is probably the very wrong way to do it, but perfect if you’re as lazy as me. It tastes awesome and takes like 5 minutes.

Every year for Christmas my mom gives us these cute little gift baskets she puts together. Two years ago, it was a popcorn and movie basket, last year it was an ice cream sundae basket, and this year a coffee and cocoa basket! So, I had a packet of hot cocoa mix and mini chocolate chips from the basket that I used to make cocoa-flavored coffee last week.

A couple days ago, my husband got the idea to use french vanilla creamer in it. It was amazing – tasted totally like a mocha latte! I took it one step further by using hazelnut creamer instead, and of course adding the extra goodness on top. The hazelnut creamer has this nutty and seasonal flavor that makes it amazing.

Here’s your lazy hazelnut mocha latte!

What You Need:

  • Brewed coffee
  • Hazelnut coffee creamer
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)

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Instructions:

Start by putting a pot of coffee on to brew. I can’t help you here. I literally learned to make coffee like three weeks ago. I just throw in a bunch of coffee grounds until it looks like enough to keep me awake.

While the coffee is brewing, add a packet of hot cocoa mix and handful of chocolate chips to your coffee cup. I chose to add the chocolate chips because I happened to have them, and they make it extra chocolatey.

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Add some hazelnut creamer over the top of the cocoa mix and chocolate chips. You can add it at the end, but we liked how it worked by adding it first. If you want to be unnecessarily fancy, you can always warm it up like you’re probably supposed to.

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Pour in your coffee and stir well. When you stir, you feel be able to feel when the chocolate chips have melted. The last thing you want to do is get a drink of all chocolate chips. Unless you do, I don’t know. I’m not your mom. 

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Add your whipped cream and chocolate syrup, and voila!

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Caramel Banana Waffles: The Poor Man’s Bananas Foster?

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Here at the Magnesi household, we call these Bananas Foster. There isn’t actually anything even remotely similar to Bananas Foster, aside from the bananas. It is essentially a way to fatten up an already not healthy meal. Not only can I not cook all that well, but I’m lazy and don’t really want to. So, here are some fancy waffles that only require a few ingredients and virtually no cooking aside from using your toaster.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Waffles
  • Butter
  • Caramel Syrup (We used Smucker’s)
  • Chopped Peanuts

Directions:

  1. Toast your waffles.
  2. Put butter on them.
  3. Pour caramel syrup.
  4. Top with peanuts.

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Done. Your family will thank you for the borderline diabetes, and the paper plates really class it up. Yes, my husband is very lucky to have me.

Bye!

JennSig

How to Cut a Papaya

This is the {last} post being moved over from my old blog. 

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This past weekend I stopped by the local health food store to pick up some fresh fruit for our daily fruit smoothies, which happen to be the only way I can remember to give us anything even remotely healthy. After grabbing the usual – strawberries, mango, bananas, I decided to give papaya a go. Mostly because the fruit is pretty and it’s fun to say. I hesitated for a split second, realizing I had no idea how to cut a papaya, but my mom convinced me it should be easy to enough to figure it out. So if you’re like me and have no idea how to cut a papaya but want to be able to tell people you expertly made a papaya smoothie (or ate it raw), you have come to the right place!

Choose Your Papaya – Make sure you pick the prettiest one of the bunch and hold it up to your nose and sniff it so people around you think you know what you’re doing. I choose my fruit the way I choose wine – look at it quizzically and pretend I’m an expert. In actuality, the wine I choose is the bottle with the cutest label.

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Google It – Type in “how to cut a papaya,” choose the first result, study the pictures and skim through the directions for about 30 seconds until you’re 100% confident you have it mastered.

Cut Into It – Choose any knife that is clean, or at least semi-clean, preferably a small knife with a flimsy blade. This makes it fun and challenging. Cut your papaya in half lengthwise and admire how pretty it is.

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Scoop It Out – Taste one of the seeds because they look like little berries, realize they taste like bitter pepper, gag, spit it out, and scoop the rest of the seeds out in disgust.

Start Cutting – Cut each piece of papaya in half again so it’s easier to work with, but be sure to cut it off-center so you make it as difficult as possible. Realize one piece is much larger than the other, and cut it in half again.

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Finish Cutting – Hold up a piece of fruit and start hacking away at it until what you think is papaya falls onto the plate. Cut those pieces into awkward shapes that are slightly reminiscent of cubes and put them into a bowl or container.

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Cut the Last Piece Flawlessly – Yell obscenities at the stupid papaya and try to remember why you thought this was a good idea.

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Admire Your Work – Make sure you have much less fruit than what you thought, otherwise you didn’t do it right. Cutting your papaya is all about being lazy and doing with whatever fruit you got the first time around.

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Taste the Deliciousness – Take a bite and remember you don’t like papaya. Throw it out.