Peak Into My Life…Coffee Shop Photo Journey

Life has a way of moving at lightning speed! I thought today I would simply give you a picture journey into my life this past week. I had the privilege of going out for coffee with two friends. One on Monday and the other on Saturday. What is better than a cup of coffee with a good dose of girlfriend connection?

An elegant coffee shop in the heart of a historic town.

Which would you choose?

The coolest Asian lady owned this shop! She came bouncing in while my friend and I were there. Although she was quite disheveled, appearing as though she had just hopped out of bed; she had a dynamic personality. She spilled sunshine on everyone she came in touch with! I want to be like her! 🙂

My coffee fix-organic, single-origin, french-pressed coffee from Sumatra! It had a 95 rating out of 100 so it was considered a specialty coffee. Did you know Starbucks is rated at a 44 out of 100?! French pressing the coffee gives it a very smooth taste. Try it some time!

The morning chocolate cravings-fulfilled! 🙂

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Taste Tester Thursday

For all fellow coffee connoisseurs , here is a perfect recipe for you to try. My maid made these bars and their taste is exquisite!

“Espresso Brownie Bites”

1/4 c. butter

3 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate

1 1/2 c. sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/4 c. flour

Heat oven to 325*. Line bottom and sides of a jelly roll pan with parchment paper. Melt butter and chocolate in a two-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Beat in eggs, vanilla and flour with a spoon until smooth. Spread in pan and bake for 15-17 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Remove brownie from pan. Cut in half and spread filling over 1/2 and top with remaining half. Cut into bars and drizzle with white Betty Crocker cookie decorating icing.

Espresso Filling

1/3 c. butter, softened

2 c. powdered sugar

1 tsp. instant espresso coffee/ 3 tbsp. regular instant coffee

1 tbsp. water

1 tsp. vanilla

You will notice in  my picture I didn’t bother with the drizzle. They are rich enough without it:)