Generation Cedar

Didn’t someone say, “It’s the little things in life that matter”?  Well they should have.  “Cause I think it’s the little things in life that matter.  (Except when the big ones do, but I digress.)

Like cafe mochas.  Only those aren’t so little in my world.  A Starbucks cafe mocha is like a really big thing in life. Especially with chocolate.

I sighed and said (kind of at the same time) to my husband last night, “I wish we lived near a Starbucks.”

Because we don’t.  We don’t even live near a telephone pole.

And while I washed dishes I could hear him secretly scrambling around with the coffee  maker.  (Yesssss!)

He made me the best Cafe Mocha ever, Starbucks, decaf, of course, complete with a squirt of chocolate and a dollop of whip creme!

THEN, I begged him suggested he build a fire in the big dining room (adjacent to our living room–long complicated story) and line up a row of chairs covered with pillows and blankets to simulate a couch.  I had already told the kids we’d do that, so there was no turning back convincing the hubby.  (And since we’re patriarchal and all you know, I was in real trouble for not asking him first.)

I’m kidding.

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So we watched the fire, the brave ones rode around the dining hall on the rip stick (don’t know what that is?  Wish I didn’t either-oh, but the husband bought it on clearance, you know, “for the kids” *wink*), and it was just a nice little change from normal.  (The flash hides it, but it was dark.)

That’s all it takes for me the kids, every now and then, to build sweet memories.  And those not-so-little memories are the stuff of life.  I’d encourage you to build deliberate memories every now and then.  Ties the heart strings.

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Recipe for homemade Cafe Mocha:

Brew really strong coffee.

Fill coffee cup half full with milk.  Preferably rich, creamy, just-milked cow’s milk.  But if not, regular milk will do.

Microwave for 30 sec. or so.

Pour coffee in, stir in some chocolate syrup (or you could add some cocoa to the coffee grounds before brewing.)

Top with whip cream and enjoy!

29 Responses

  1. This post does my heart good- makes me smile. I just got back from a short, but oh so sweet week long visit with my parents (I live out of the country) and the whole week was made up of those kind of memories. I traveled for the first time with my two girls while hubby and son stayed back to hold down the fort…not only did god bless us with sweet time with my parents without a long list of commitments as usually accompanies our time back, but sweet memories between Mommy and her two little princesses 🙂 Thanks for sharing your special memory, Kelly. Looks so relaxing! :)Cafe mocha’s are my favorite, too 🙂

    So happy to say I was able to try the Gingerbread latte and the Peppermint mocha while back thanks to the Starbucks gift card my mom gave me 🙂 YUMMY!

  2. I have needed a good fancy-pants coffee for SO long, my mouth actually watered when I saw that first photo. Thanks for the sweet (and funny) post.

  3. Oh Kelly, this is too weird!
    I had to go grocery shopping this evening for some essentials. You know what I was out pricing? Coffeemakers!! And, of course, I haven’t really done that in like, forever!
    Lately I’ve felt like I wanted to have a really, really good cup of coffee, but I can’t see spending a couple of dollars on something I can make myself for a few cents.

    I’m glad you got your mocha, though!! Enjoy! (And love the joke about asking hubby first, hee hee!)

  4. That fire looks so inviting, especially since it is freezing up here! And anything coffee&chocolate is enough to make me happy.
    Have you seen all the yummy creamers they have out now??? That’s one of our splurges around here!

    I’m snickering over the patriarchy remark…

  5. I forgot to mention that I went on the coffee-maker search expidition BEFORE I saw your post.
    Ya know, this isn’t the first time we’ve been of one mind. I’m beginning to wonder if you’re like a cousin or something!!!:-)

  6. Amelia and I have become addicted to the Starbucks mint mochas this holiday season… oh my gracious! Are they ever good! Even with skim milk and no whipped cream;) Our closest Starbucks is two towns south, and we’ve been known to head over there just to go to Starbucks, lol.

    You know, I did a post a while back about almost this same sort of thing, and that post featured a Starbucks as well. Here’s the link, if you’d like to compare technique. hehehe;)
    http://tomatosoupcake.blogspot.com/2009/05/making-fun.html

  7. “Because we don’t. We don’t even live near a telephone pole.”

    Hahaha! You have such a way with words! 😛
    I love my French press, but speaking of fancy creamer (Kim M.!) I can’t find peppermint mocha anywhere! It’s Always sold out!

  8. Oh and gals, I just posted our simple recipe. But you could always add your favorite stuff like a splash of mint flavoring or whatever. It’s fun to add the flavors to the coffee grounds before brewing too.

    And if you don’t grind whole beans, you should try it! And if all that’s not fun enough, we get our WHOLE BEAN STARBUCKS coffee at our “bent and dent” grocery store for $3.00!!!

  9. Ok, I’m not usually a coffee person. But I find myself craving one this morning. I think I will have to try your recipie 🙂

  10. “It’s fun to add the flavors to the coffee grounds before brewing too.”

    I like to add cinnamon before brewing. You can do it afterward of course, but if you do it before it doesn’t stick to the inside of your mug and be so annoying to wash off.

  11. I love the picture of your family by the fireplace! We have a fireplace in the middle of the house and we have been using it to heat with (we haven’t turned on the heat yet this year, yes it is cold here in Wisconsin). Every morning the children crawl out of bed and come sit by the fire to warm up. I know those are memories I will cherish, and I’m sure they will to. Saving money is just the added bonus!

  12. Love me some Starbuck’s white choc. mocha on occasion. Our little town got a Starbucks last year. It’s a nice treat every once in a while. I’ll tell you about something really good, Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, awesome stuff. It’s a seasonal offering, but we have been making our own too. The grocery carries International Delight pumpkin spice creamer. Make your strong coffee, a couple table spoons pumpkin spice creamer, top with redi whip and a sprinkle of cinnamon/sugar. McCormick cinn./sugar spice grinder works great for sprinkling the topping. Enjoy!!!

    Brandi

  13. Lori,
    Our Walmart carries a ton of creamers but they always have them in a separate case- maybe yours has them too.
    WW, thanks for the recipe and the tip to flavor the grounds before brewing.

  14. Why do I still read of sooo many health conscientious families using microwaves? (we are not even that health crazy but have throw the microwave out years ago and do not miss it 1 moment) Have any of you done some reading on how BAD they are to your food not to mention your bodies? Just asking…

  15. Hey Petra,

    I was thinking the same thing about the microwave. We haven’t had one in like 10+ years and don’t miss it. Well, my hubby use to because he liked to heat just water for coffee but now we just boil some or run just water thru the coffee maker. He drinks lots of instant coffee. I am sure that isn’t too good for us either. lol.

  16. Petra,

    Good question…why do we still use a microwave? Convenience? Not wanting to believe it’s really as bad as they say?

    If there’s any redeeming quality in it, we don’t use our microwave often, we NEVER microwave plastic, and we keep it in a separate room which we leave while using.

    But getting rid of it would make better sense…I think we might!

  17. Kelly, did you change your font for your site, or is it just my lovely computer? It is super tiny for me.

    As a side note, microwaves do not have radiation. In addition, all food looses nutriens with any amount of cooking. Nuking is prevelant term, but not an accurate one. I am a health freak, but I don’t eat all raw food. Just most without artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and refined anything. I still use the micro on real plates. What is the difference,Petra, in your estimation of microwaving and stove cooking?

  18. Cooking and microwaving are NOT the same process. “This is contrary to conventional heating of food, in which heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat.” Research have even proved that your blood composition (even increase in bad cholesterol) changes after consuming microwaved food! Other facts: “This radiation results in destruction and deformation of molecules of food, and in the formation of new compounds (called radiolytic compounds) unknown to man and nature.” On infant milk: “Heating the bottle in a microwave can cause slight changes in the milk. In infant formulas, there may be a loss of some vitamins. In expressed breast milk, some protective properties may be destroyed.” Other research indicated that some aspects of infant formula turned toxic. The report went on. “Warming a bottle by holding it under tap water or by setting it in a bowl of warm water, then testing it on your wrist before feeding, may take a few minutes longer, but it is much safer.” (Research by Hertel and Blanc.) Russia found the device after war with Germany. They took it back home, scientists researched it and they found it harmful enough to ban it in Russia for many many years. The easy short understandable version is: If you put milk/squash/carrot into the microwave, low or high heat does not matter, it might look like milk/squash/carrot when it comes out, but ain’t milk/squash/carrot any more (due to cell-level/ composition change). And if you are still not convinced: “In Dr. Lita Lee’s book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation – Microwave Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter, she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products. Further research summarized in this article reveal that microwave ovens are far more harmful than previously imagined.” Therefore, no use buying organic if you zap it in the microwave! Not much difference whether you use glass or plastic, it’s the food itself that is harmed. I can give you lists and lists of proof and diseases/bad side-effects and start a whole blog on the subject, but PLEASE do your own research, the Bible warns: (Hosea 4:6) my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge!

  19. Just did a whole reply and lost it all with the push of a button! Here goes again. From a report by Anthony Wayne and Lawrence Newell: “Radiation, as defined by physics terminology, is “the electromagnetic waves emitted by the atoms and molecules of a radioactive substance as a result of nuclear decay.” Radiation causes ionization, which is what occurs when a neutral atom gains or loses electrons. In simpler terms, a microwave oven decays and changes the molecular structure of the food by the process of radiation. Had the manufacturers accurately called them “radiation ovens”, it’s doubtful they would have ever sold one, but that’s exactly what a microwave oven is.”
    Research from Hertel & Blanc: “This is contrary to conventional heating of food, in which heat transfers convectionally from without to within. Cooking by microwaves begins within the cells and molecules where water is present and where the energy is transformed into frictional heat… they can also deform the structures of molecules and have qualitative consequences.” They even conducted blood tests on people – same people; same food; microwaved half, conventionally cooked the other half. Results: change in blood composition, even a rise in bad cholesterol! There are lists and lists of dangers/side-effects and illnesses due to microwave usage. History states that the Russians found the first microwaves in war time when German troops pulled out. The Russian scientists had a look at it and declared it unsafe for use due to health hazards, both biological and environmental (and it had been banned in Russia for many, many years). Not convinced, this is what another Dr had to say: Dr. Lita Lee of Hawaii reported in the December 9, 1989 Lancet: “Microwaving baby formulas converted certain trans-amino acids into their synthetic cisisomers. Synthetic isomers, whether cis-amino acids or trans-fatty acids, are not biologically active. Further, one of the amino acids, L-proline, was converted to its d-isomer, which is known to be neurotoxic (poisonous to the nervous system) and nephrotoxic (poisonous to the kidneys). It’s bad enough that many babies are not nursed, but now they are given fake milk (baby formula) made even more toxic via microwaving.” “In Dr. Lita Lee’s book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation – Microwave Ovens, and in the March and September 1991 issues of Earthletter, she stated that every microwave oven leaks electro-magnetic radiation, harms food, and converts substances cooked in it to dangerous organ-toxic and carcinogenic products. Further research summarized in this article reveal that microwave ovens are far more harmful than previously imagined.” The short version: You put an organic carrot in microwave, zap it, it might still look like a carrot, but it is actually not a carrot anymore (no matter if you used glass or plastic in the process)! This can turn into a blog site all its own! Please continue to do your own research, the Bible warns: (Hosea 4:6) my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

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