Key To My Heart Coffee ~ 🗝 2 My ❤️ ☕️

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The way to some women’s hearts is by gifting her a sparkling diamond. 💍 Some can be wooed with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. 💐 Some are ecstatic when they receive a heart shaped box of chocolates. 🍫 Others might find the perfect gift to be something a little more intimate. 👙 Now don’t get me wrong…these are all lovely gifts…ones which I’ve been lucky enough to have received!  But now that I’ve gotten older, and I’d rather not have more “stuff” there is still a way to my heart that doesn’t involve a lot of money or even shopping for hours to find the perfect gift!  The way to this girl’s heart is through her stomach, and anybody who knows me knows there are 2 sure-fire things that’ll have me gushing with thanks and adoration…COFFEE & CHOCOLATE!!! Throw in a shot of bourbon and I’m yours for life!

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Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, and no matter whether you’re celebrating with a special someone, spending Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, or whooping it up by treating yourself, if ever there was a holiday that deserves a splurge, it’s this one!  I happened to be perusing (please don’t judge) the alcoholic beverage section of the grocery store a few weeks ago when I spotted this jug of Bourbon Cream!  Be still my heart!  What could possibly be better in my celebratory mug of coffee than bourbon cream?!?  But then I thought…ya know…if we’re talking celebrating love and devotion and all things mooshy, then I sure as heck better add some chocolate to this 🗝 2 My ❤ ☕️!  

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I started by making some dark chocolate (cause it’s healthier) and milk chocolate (cause it’s milkier) spoons in my handy dandy silicone spoon mold.  Once the spoons were set I drizzled them with melted white chocolate (cause it’s pretty) and sprinkled them with crushed dark chocolate covered espresso beans!  These would also be fun for the kiddos by replacing the espresso beans with sprinkles and putting one in a cup of hot chocolate for their Valentine’s treat!  Obviously the spoons are optional, but if you’ve got – or want to get – a spoon mold, then go for it!  It’s a little touch that goes a long way toward the specialness of this drink!

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The drink itself is super simple to put together….a shot (or two) of the Brown Jug Bourbon Cream in a pretty mug, fill to near the top with good strong coffee, top with a squirt of whipped cream, sprinkle with shaved dark chocolate or crushed espresso beans, and serve with a chocolate spoon!  I know this is an indulgent coffee, and clearly not one I’d drink on a regular basis, but Valentine’s Day is most definitely a day to indulge and to share a little love with someone special!  And for me…nothing says love like coffee and chocolate…except coffee, chocolate, and bourbon of course! 😉

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Here’s wishing you all an especially indulgent Valentine’s Day surrounded by those whom you love the most!  ❤️

Key to My Heart Coffee ~ 🗝 2 My ❤☕️
Serves 2
An indulgent coffee drink perfect for sharing with your favorite someone special!
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Total Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
375 calories
18 g
48 g
21 g
4 g
13 g
374 g
17 g
13 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
374g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375
Calories from Fat 183
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g
32%
Saturated Fat 13g
63%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 48mg
16%
Sodium 17mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 13g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
8%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups strong brewed coffee
  2. 2 shots bourbon cream
  3. 2 squirts canned whipped topping
  4. 2 tbsp crushed chocolate coated espresso beans
  5. 2 tbsp shaved dark chocolate
  6. Chocolate spoons ~ optional
Instructions
  1. Pour 1 shot of bourbon cream into each of two coffee mugs.
  2. Add 1 cup of coffee to each mug.
  3. Top with a swirl of whipped topping and crushed chocolate coated espresso beans or shaved chocolate.
  4. Serve with chocolate spoons if desired.
Notes
  1. Certainly add more or less bourbon cream as desired.
  2. If you prefer a sweeter drink, a drizzle of maple syrup is wonderful in this as well!
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Cranberry & Lime Spritzer

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I love Christmas – I love having our house decorated, I love having friends and family filling our home with love and laughter, and I love giving and sharing with those I hold dear!  I love the food, the smiles, and of course, the many excuses to indulge in an occasional, or not so occasional, adult beverage!  I’m not a wine or beer drinker – I’m more of a whiskey kinda girl, but recently my BFF and I discovered hard seltzer water on one of our weekly Sam’s Club excursions!  We both really like the lightly flavored, low calorie, all natural, 100 calorie treat!  So when we decided to have our workplace Christmas Party at my house, I knew I needed to come up with a lighter cocktail featuring our new fave alcoholic beverage, and the delicious result is this Cranberry Lime Spritzer!

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This particular group of co-workers is a unique bunch!  Two of us are the owners of the quilt shop, two of us are the owners of the longarm quilting service, two of us are regularly scheduled employees of the shop, and then we have a couple former employees who fill in when we need them.   Of course all of us came from other careers before working the quilt shop…we’ve got 2 retired teachers, a former hair stylist, a former x-ray tech, a farm wife, and a retired nurse!  On top of that we’re all moms, and many of us grandmas too!!!  Add in spouses – a retired teacher, another who works from home and also does our sewing machine repair, a city building inspector, a plant controller, a retired police officer, and a farmer (sounds like the start of a joke 😉) – and somehow this diverse group of people just clicks…and we always enjoy our time spent together!

I’ve tried two different kinds of hard seltzer, or sparkling water in this Cranberry Lime Spritzer…both of which is readily available at either Sam’s Club, your local grocery store, or liquor store.  We first found the White Claw at Sam’s…we love the 18 pack that features 3 flavors…Natural Lime, Black Cherry, and Ruby Grapefruit.  The Truly Spiked & Sparkling brand is available in 4 different flavors….Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, and Sicilian Blood Orange.  I’m not the least bit ashamed to say I’ve tried them all – and they’re all equally delicious!  However, for this cocktail I’ve used only the lime flavors, and both brands are equally as tasty in the finished spritzer!  

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What I really like most about this cocktail is it’s light refreshing flavor and that it’s not overly sweet!  How often can you enjoy a cocktail for only 100 calories?!?  C’mon…this is fantastic!!!  The slightly acidic flavor of the lime seltzer water combined with the sweetness of the cranberry juice, and the extra little punch of lime flavor from the fresh squeezed lime juice along with the Rose’s Lime Juice results in what I think is a perfect holiday cocktail! Not to mention the fact that it’s just such a beautiful drink…the bright red color is perfect for Christmas celebrations!

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Cranberry & Lime Spritzer
Serves 1
A light refreshing Cranberry & Lime Spritzer cocktail perfect for Christmas celebrations!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
100 calories
28 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
654 g
18 g
22 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
654g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 18mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 28g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 22g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
60%
Calcium
7%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 6 ounces Unsweetened Cranberry Juice, chilled
  2. 6 ounces Lime Hard Seltzer or Sparkling Water, chilled
  3. 1 tsp Rose's Lime Juice
  4. 1 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  5. Frozen fresh cranberries ~ optional
  6. Ice
  7. Lime slices
Instructions
  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour in cranberry juice, then hard seltzer water.
  3. Add Rose's Lime and fresh lime juice, stir gently.
  4. Garnish with lime slices and a few frozen fresh cranberries, or as desired.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Please remember to drink responsibly!!!!
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Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte

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On Monday I shared a recipe for Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce and I promised a dessert recipe using that most delectable tart and tasty sauce…drum roll please…here she is…Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte!  Isn’t she BEAUTIFUL?!?   Ok…so yeah I’m probably a little biased, but I just get so excited when something turns out exactly even better than I imagined!  And just take a gander at that crust to filling ratio…I love my crust!!! 😉

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So not only is this dessert show-stopping gorgeous, and devastatingly delicious, it’s also vegan, sugar-free, and no-bake!  C’mon…it just doesn’t get any better than that!  With a little advance prep work like making the Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce, and the Honeyed Orange Peel, assembling this dessert is a cinch!

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Do you remember eating those orange slice candies that come in a 2 for $1.00 bag?  The kind you get at the farm supply or convenience store?  I loved those candies growing up.  My grandpa always had a bag in the glovebox of his car and every once in a while, my grandma would reach in and hand my brother and I one of those little gummy jewels!  I loved the fresh taste and the way they made my tongue tingle just a little bit!  I wanted to recreate something similar in taste and texture, but since I don’t use sugar I had to find an alternative method to and make “candied” orange peel.  In the end I came up with Honeyed Orange Peel.  It’s a little – ok lot – stickier than the kind made with sugar and water, but the taste is spot on, and even though the peels are sticky, they’re perfect in this recipe!

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Once the cranberry sauce and orange peel is ready, it’s a pretty simple assembly process.  The crust is made in the food processor by combining pecans, almonds, walnuts, and dates with a little orange juice and zest and a splash of vanilla.  The spiced orange filling is made in the blender from soaked and drained cashews, orange juice and zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, honey, and our honeyed orange peel!  Since it’s a raw dessert the only real thing you need to keep in mind as far as prep time is that it does need a at least a couple hours to set up in the freezer, and preferably overnight if possible.

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This Thanksgiving instead of making 2 separate desserts – one for the vegetarians/vegans at your table, and one for everyone else – simplify your menu by making just one dessert.  This Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte is so delicious that absolutely everyone will be praising your dessert skills!  And unless you tell them – they’ll never even suspect you fed them a raw vegan dessert!  One dessert to please everyone…now there’s something to be thankful for!

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Spiced Orange Cranberry Torte
Serves 14
A Thanksgiving dessert to be especially thankful for as it's sure to please everyone - from the carnivores to the vegans - at your holiday table this year!
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
464 calories
57 g
0 g
26 g
8 g
4 g
143 g
94 g
43 g
0 g
21 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
143g
Servings
14
Amount Per Serving
Calories 464
Calories from Fat 220
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 94mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 57g
19%
Dietary Fiber 5g
22%
Sugars 43g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
24%
Calcium
8%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Honeyed Orange Peel
  1. Peel of 3 Valencia oranges, cut into 1/4" strips
  2. 3/4 cup honey
  3. 1 cup water
For the crust
  1. 1 cup pecans
  2. 1 cup walnuts
  3. 1 cup almonds
  4. 2 cups medjool dates, pitted
  5. Zest of 1 orange
  6. 2 tsp vanilla
  7. 2 tbsp orange juice
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
For the filling
  1. 2 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water at least 2 to 3 hours, then drained
  2. 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  3. Zest of 1 orange
  4. 1/2 cup chopped Honeyed Orange Peel
  5. 1/3 cup honey
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. Pinch each of nutmeg & cloves
  9. 1/4 tsp salt
  10. 1/2 cup Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce ~ link to recipe in body of blog post
For the Honeyed Orange Peel
  1. Place orange peel strips in large saucepan and cover with water.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat, drain, and repeat 4 more times.
  3. After 5th boiling process return softened peels to the pan, add 3/4 cup honey and 1 cup water and stir to combine and coat the orange peels.
  4. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 1 to 1 1/2 hours until peels are translucent.
  5. Watch closely last 30 minutes of cooking time so as not to simmer away all the liquids in the pan and burn the peels.
  6. When translucent, remove peels from pan to cool, then store in refrigerator.
  7. Reserve any leftover orange honey from the saucepan to include in the torte filling!
For the crust
  1. Combine all crust ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles crumbs and sticks together when a small amount is rolled in your hands.
  3. Pour crust mixture into a 9" springform pan lightly greased with coconut oil.
  4. Smooth and compress crust into bottom of pan.
  5. Place in freezer to set up slightly while preparing the filling.
For the filling
  1. Combine all filling ingredients except Cranberry Sauce and Honeyed Orange Peel in the pitcher of a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until completely smooth, adding more orange juice if necessary.
  3. When filling is smooth add chopped honeyed orange peel and pulse just a couple times to incorporate the peel.
  4. Pour filling into chilled crust.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and return to freezer for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight, to completely firm up.
To serve
  1. Remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving.
  2. Remove rim of springform pan, spread 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce on top and garnish as desired.
  3. Cut into 12 to 16 small pieces with a very sharp knife. It's a very rich dessert - a little goes a long way!
  4. Store leftovers in freezer.
Notes
  1. As an alternative to spreading cranberry sauce over the entire torte, you could dollop a small amount on each individual piece. The leftovers are delicious even with the frozen cranberry sauce, but it stays frozen well after the leftover torte is ready to be served!
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Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce

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Thanksgiving Dinner must-haves for me include the usual suspects…turkey, potatoes, stuffing, Apple Wheat Berry Salad, Green Bean Casserole CEBH Style, some kind of bread, a delicious dessert like the one coming up in my next post, and cranberry sauce.  Unfortunately, in my immediate family I’m the only cranberry sauce aficionado…but that has never stopped me from making it just for myself!  So today I’m sharing my recipe for a simple Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce that you can make days ahead and check at least one item off your to-do meal preparation list!

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When I was growing up my mom made what she called cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.  In reality what she made was actually a cranberry relish since it wasn’t cooked.  I remember her clamping the old fashioned grinder onto the end of the counter, then cranking the handle like crazy to grind a bag of frozen cranberries and a couple oranges into the bowl which I was tasked with holding.  It was a big responsibility for me to make sure I held that bowl still and didn’t let any of the juices dribble onto the floor!  Then she added sugar – what seemed like mounds of sugar – to sweeten that tart relish.  After that, she’d pop it into the fridge to chill and macerate for a day or two before our Thanksgiving feast.  

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This recipe borrows the basics ~ cranberries and oranges ~ from mom’s cranberry relish, but omits the sugar, and instead, sweetens the sauce with maple syrup and honey.  Then I spiced things up just a little bit with cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.  And finally to add a little depth of flavor I splash in some vanilla.  The ingredients simmer in a crockpot over low heat for just a couple hours, until the berries are softened.  About 90 minutes into the cooking process I mash the berries with the back of a spoon until they’re somewhat crushed, but still have plenty of texture.  I let it continue to cook about 30 minutes more, transfer the sauce to a storage container, and pop it in the fridge until ready to serve.  The sauce will thicken as it cools and be the perfect texture to accompany your expertly roasted turkey, to top a luscious dessert (subscribe so you don’t miss the next post for just such a dessert), or as a condiment on your leftover turkey sandwiches!

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Whats your favorite food related Thanksgiving memory?  Tell me about it in the comments…I really do love to read them all!!! 

Crockpot Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce
Serves 24
Here's the easiest, most delicious, make-ahead Cranberry Sauce recipe you've been looking for to round out your Thanksgiving menu!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
60 calories
15 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
61 g
2 g
12 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
20%
Calcium
2%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, rinsed and drained
  2. 2-3 oranges, zested and juiced for about 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. Scant 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  5. Scant 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  6. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  8. 1/4 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot, stir to combine and replace lid.
  2. Set heat to low and simmer for a total of about 2 hours.
  3. After 90 minutes cooking time has elapsed, stir sauce.
  4. Using the back of large stirring spoon, mash the berries until there's a good mixture of textures - including a few whole berries as well.
  5. Replace lid and cook another 30 minutes, then stir again.
  6. Mash the berries more if desired.
  7. Transfer to a covered dish and store in refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Notes
  1. The sauce thickens and the flavors meld as it chills in the fridge. This is one more reason to make it a couple days in advance.
  2. Use as an accompaniment to turkey, as a sandwich condiment, or in desserts as desired
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