What makes it better for you? My ‘go to’ drug of choice is coffee, liquid gold if you ask me! In fact I usually just start my day with it no matter what and that way I can handle the curve balls much easier! Now, I usually drink creamer in my coffee, unless I am having something sweet. French Vanilla is my normal stand by…
I was recently challenged to get outside my comfort zone and look outside the box when it came to my coveted creamer. I looked up some other options for coffee creamer and I was stunned by all the possibilities I picked two recipes that looked great to me and headed to the store to get what I needed…
I took my oldest two and my adorable niece, they were a happy bunch! You can see my entire shopping trip in my Google+ album.
I went with these two: (oh, and you can get a coupon HERE for $1.00 off your purchase)!
When I got home I started on the first recipe, AND my first try at making a cheesecake. I hesitate to add the link to the recipe due to the fact that I had to improvise, A LOT, but I will do so to appease the masses!
Crushing the Oreo’s using my heavy marble rolling pin was a bit of a stress reliever! (as was eating a few of them).
This is where the improvisions came in to play. First of all I didn’t have instant coffee grounds, so I used cocoa instead. Secondly, I forgot to borrow my sisters kitchen aid mixer and spring form pan. My little 5 speed mixer was a bit tired after all that mixing, and making mini cheesecakes turned out fine except you don’t have to bake them for as long as you would if you were baking a full size one. 😉 Thirdly, I didn’t have white chocolate chips for the icing, so I used chocolate chips instead.
Pay NO attention to the missing cheesecake in the middle photo…I needed to make sure that they tasted good before I headed off to my lunch date!
Lunch with my dear friend Ellen. It was a great way to relax in the middle of the work day! We whipped up Hazelnut mudslides (sans alcohol), and they were DELICIOUS! I wasn’t excited about using Hazelnut because it just sounded like a flavor that I wouldn’t like…I was pleasantly surprised!
VERY easy recipe:
1 cup your favorite Flavor NESTLÉ COFFEE-MATE Liquid Coffee Creamer
4 teaspoons Instant Coffee Granules