5 Ways To Make A More Relaxing Cup Of Joe

Coffee has been a drink for many occasions and moods. It’s been typically cast as the speed drink as it gives us a lot of energy and helps us throughout the day. However, it’s not all that it does. It is also known as one of the best relaxants in the world because it can be changed to a different type of drink with a few small things. These are things that you can add yourself at home to make your coffee session a little calmer and more enjoyable.

Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is known to have a lot of good qualities such as relaxing your muscles. The additional cocoa in dark chocolate bars, has more flavonoids than some other foods. It will lower your cortisol levels which is the main component of stress. Dark chocolate is also great for your anxiety, as it’s known to have a slower release of energy and helps your digestive system to be more stable. To get the benefits from dark chocolate in your coffee, make sure it’s above 70%. Preferably you will have access to 80% cocoa with low sugar.

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Honey 

Rather than using sugar to sweeten your cup of Joe, we recommend you try honey. Honey is naturally good for your stomach and immune system. It can also help to soothe anxiety levels. It’s also common to have honey with a spice such as cinnamon. It tastes amazing and it gives your coffee a natural sweetness, with no way near a rise like sugar will give you. You won’t get such a high spike in sugar and that can only mean your system is not artificially boosted to a more active level.

Full fat

Full-fat milk is very good for you. You shouldn’t drink it all the time, but it’s definitely worth putting into your coffee at moderate levels. The full-fat milk has anti-inflammatory qualities, and lots of vitamin D. It’s something that rarely gets mentioned, but it can also help you if you have any kind of panic disorder. Lower levels of vitamin D have shown to increase stress and anxiety in people with a loose emotional balance. So next time you’re at the store, grab the kind with the most fat in it for your coffee.

A drop or two

CBD has been known to be one of the modern leading supplements in anti-inflammatory treatment. It can also lower your anxiety levels, especially useful after a tough day at work. These Vegan CBD Oils are just the right kind of concentration to be used every day when you feel like it. Just add one or maybe two drops to your coffee and you will feel the effects within a few minutes or so.

Oat milk

Oat milk is taking over from soy and almond milk because it has a great silky taste but with clearly better effects. Oats have complex nutrients and minerals that heal the body and slow your metabolism down a little. This makes for a slower energy burn and more stable system.

Coffee isn’t just tasty it can be very helpful too. These are just some of the things you can put into your cup of hot Joe to relax your mind and body after a busy day.

 

Friday Favorites Linky Party – Week 405

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great Christmas, and though it’s a few days early I wish you the best of luck in the new year.  Next week the party will be back in its usual format with features from each of our hostesses, so please be sure to link up your recipes and projects!  Till then, I hope you enjoy my feature pick for this week.  It is a creamy apple mock-tini for kids (and maybe for some of you adults too)!  Hope you enjoy!

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Celebrating College Football with Dr Pepper® and HOT POCKETS®

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I love this time of year.  Where I live, the temperatures were in the upper 80s and low 90s throughout September, so it didn’t feel like fall weather, but football season is definitely in the air, and that is a great thing! Dr Pepper®  is a sponsor of college football and the college football championship, and they are teaming up to offer shoppers great deals at Publix for all their football watch party and tailgating party needs.  Since our Saturdays are filled with football, family, and food, I have to keep a lot of drinks and snacks on hand, and I’m always happy to find deals on the snacks we love.  Today I’ll be sharing a few of my ideas for how you can take advantage of these great deals at Publix and make Dr Pepper and Nestle HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches a part of your football celebration.

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Dr Pepper can be found in the drink aisle at Publix. Be sure to be on the look out for the special limited edition 2016 College Football Packages. Publix also has great deals on HOT POCKETS® and other frozen snacks from Nestle.  Look for these in the freezer section.

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You will be the star of your own football party when you create your very own Dr Pepper Floats Bar.  This is such a fun and delicious idea!  You’ll of course need some and a couple of flavors of ice cream for the main ingredients of the floats.  Here I used French vanilla and butter pecan, but I have to tell you that chocolate ice cream is great for  Dr Pepper  floats as well!

And of course, you will need glassware.  I like to put out a couple of different sizes and types of glasses out, simply because in our family one person may want a large float, while someone else may want just a small serving.  You should also have some toppings and add-ins like chocolate syrup, whipped cream, cherries, and candy toppings.  And if you’d like to give your guests the option of blending their float, you should have a blender or hand blender on hand.

As you can see, it is a very simple, yet nice and presentable set up.

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Apart from floats, I absolutely love blended floats and shakes.  Today I’ve got a very simple recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes.

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Recipe for Dr Pepper Shakes

Ingredients:

1 cup french vanilla ice cream (or other flavor of your choice)

2/3 cup milk

1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

1/2 cup Dr Pepper

splash of Dr Pepper to create foamy top (optional)

Directions:  Blend together ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup.  Mixture should be pretty thick; if it seems thin, add additional ice cream and reblend.  Next blend in your Dr Pepper.  Pour shake up into a glass and add a splash of Dr Pepper to create foam at the top.

Other Topping Options and Substitutions:

  • Whipped cream and cherry.
  • Whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.
  • Whipped cream with chopped candies or sprinkles.
  • You can also leave the chocolate syrup out and go with plain vanilla, or use other syrups like caramel, butterscotch, and strawberry.
  • To change this recipe from a shake to a blended float, leave out the milk and add extra Dr Pepper.

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Just as the Dr Pepper can be used as part of a float bar, the HOT POCKETS® brand sandwiches can used in a bar of their own.  This works out great for us, because we  like to put out a number of finger foods and snacks so that everyone can come, eat, and go, as they please, and making your own HOT POCKET® is as easy as you can get!

Simply lay out a few of your favorite HOT POCKETS® flavor options.  I love Ham & Cheddar, but the rest of my family love the Cheddar Cheeseburger and the Pepperoni Pizza varieties.

Then add a few dipping sauces to add on the side.  A few suggestions I have are ranch dressing, ketchup, mustard, honey mustard, and barbecue sauce.  You’ll also need some ramekins for your sauce, food plates, and forks.

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In about 2 minutes anyone can fix up their own snack. (That means it can even be done during the commercials!)  And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a lot of time in your kitchen cooking while everyone else is enjoying the games.

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For more fun ideas for the college football season from Dr Pepper and Nestle, check out visit this site.

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Friday Favorites – Week 322 – With Morning Delight Breakfast Recipes

Hello Friends! Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. This week I have a collection of posts to share that I’m very excited about.  I’m excited because they all involve two things I love: Breakfast and Something Sweet!  I hope you’ll go over and check out these delicious looking recipes!

And as always, I invite you to share your recipes and projects using the linky at the end of this post.  If we like your post, you could be featured here or at one of the other host blogs!

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Friday Favorites – Week 308 – With Hot Chocolate Recipes

Greetings! Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Favorites. Before we get to this week’s party, I have a quick note. You may recall that we published an application last week to apply to be a Friday Favorites Co-Hostess.  If you applied, thank you so much!  We have some great bloggers who have applied, and so I’m still looking over all the applicants.  So if you applied, please watch your inbox for an email from me very soon!

Now on to this week’s party!  This week we have some delicious hot chocolate recipes! Hope you enjoy!

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Vanilla Hot Chocolate and a Valentine’s Day Hot Chocolate Party

Valentines Day Hot Chocolate Party

Today you are in for a treat…literally!  With the winter season in full swing and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it is the perfect time to have a Hot Chocolate Party!  Hot Chocolate is a delicious winter time drink, and thus, it is the perfect menu item to put at the centerpiece of a winter gathering for kids or adults.  Today I’m going to show you some simple ideas and tips for putting together a fun and sweet hot chocolate party! [Read more…]

Friday Favorites – Week 301 – With New Year’s Foods + My Thoughts for the New Year

Happy New Year!  And welcome to our last party of 2015 and our first party of 2016.  Woohoo!  In honor of the new year, today I’ve got some foods that are perfect for your New Year’s celebrations!

But  first I have a few thoughts on the new year and what’s to come.  First off, I want to say thanks to everyone who’s linked up here at any time during 2015.  Whether you’ve come by each week or just a time or two, your visits are much appreciated!

Secondly, although I’m proud of the work I did on my blog in 2015, and I feel I accomplished a lot, I have to admit that I feel like I slacked a bit on parties this year.  My husband was in the hospital last spring, and I had to help him in his recovery time.  And then we also had a number of household projects to tackle and other things that came up.  Long story-short, even thought I managed to get a party post up each week, I felt like some of them were just “thrown together” and I didn’t get to visit you guys and comment nearly as much as I would like.  BUT I promise I will be getting back on track with that in the new year, as well as some other things that I feel I’ve “slacked on.”

Now in honor of me “not slacking” I am planning some posts for January, which will be on setting goals and getting things done in the new year.  In fact, my words for 2016 are “simplify” and “focus,” which I will be posting about this weekend.  So you can expect to see a lot of posts on my blog this year that revolve around these two things, especially “simplify” because simplicity is at the heart of my blog, hence the name “SIMPLY Sweet Home.”  So if you love simple solutions or feel you just want to get back to the basics of life and homemaking, please join me here in 2016.  And as always, I invite you to subscribe to my feeds and allow along on all my social media pages!

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16 Favorite Foods of 2015

16 Favorite Foods of 2015

At the end of each year I like to look back and revisit some of my old posts, and one thing I always like to do is share a round up of some of my favorite food posts from the year.  Everything looks delicious, if I do say so myself, so I had to hard time picking these out, but finally I came up with 16 goodies!  I have everything from breakfast to dinner, snacks, appetizers, and of course, dessert.  Hope you find something here that you’d like to try for yourself in 2016!  Cheers! [Read more…]

15 Holiday Gifts for Coffee Drinkers

15 Gifts for Coffee Drinkers

Are you done with your holiday shopping?  I just love holiday gift giving, and I love it even better when you can give a gift that you KNOW someone will love.

Do you ever find yourself just buying gifts that require no thought at all?  Things like gift cards or general audience gifts that could be for anyone (or the “token gift” as I like to call it).  If so, then you should really reconsider your gift giving.  Whether you’re spending $5 or $50, it is the THOUGHT that counts.

Before buying another gift card or scented candle, think about what your gift recipient really loves.  What are their hobbies? What are they passionate about?  And if don’t know the answers to these questions, then find the answer by asking another family member or friend, or even by checking out the person’s Facebook or other social media profiles. [Read more…]

Glucerna Coupon Deal from Walmart

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Glucerna Shake

When you’re on the go, it is important as ever to get adequate nutrition and keep your blood sugar under control.  Ready-to-drink shakes like Glucerna are always on hand at my house for those days when I’m leaving the house and need to take something along to help keep me going.

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