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signs of summer?

cheese and rice, it has been a while since I last posted……… dreadfully sorry about that. however, I have some incredibly INTERESTING news. it is totally hot today, hot as in “get in ya pool and get a nice tan” hot. God has blessed today for sure. but with heat, comes a need for a cold drink, so once again I grant you all with wonderful cold drink recipes. and they are all coffee because I LOVE coffee. enjoy enjoy enjoy!

until the sun comes back out,

elle aka. drowsy

 

Iced Caramel Macchiato

servings: 1

ingredients:

1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla syrup

1 cup of large ice cubes

1 cup of milk, cold

2 shots of espresso

1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon of caramel sauce

directions:

  1. in a serving cup, add ice, vanilla syrup, cold milk, and espresso.
  2. blend until smooth.
  3. finally, drizzle caramel sauce on top.

recipe from: http://eugeniekitchen.com/

Condensed Milk Iced Coffee

servings: 6-8

ingredients:

4 cups of very strong coffee, hot
¼ cup condensed milk (to taste)
 2 cups whole milk
directions:
  1. in a serving pitcher, add the hot coffee and mix in the condensed milk.
  2. let the coffee cool. once cooled, add the whole milk.
  3. place it in the refrigerator until really cold.
  4. serve over ice.

recipe from http://deliciousshots.blogspot.com/

Easy Iced Coffee

servings: 1

ingredients:

8 – 12 oz. brewed coffee, refrigerated

coffee ice cubes

1/2 ounces flavored syrup

1/3 cup of milk or half & half

directions:

  1. brew desired amount of coffee
  2. store coffee in the fridge until completely cooled (overnight is a good idea)
  3. brew an additional amount and pour into an ice cube tray. Freeze
  4. add ice cubes into a cup when you are ready for the coffee, and pour the cold coffee over
  5. pour syrup and milk into coffee
  6. stir and enjoy

recipe from: http://delightfulemade.com/

Cold Brew Iced Coffee

ingredients:

1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans
4 cups cold water
half & half or creamer
directions:
  1. place the ground coffee in a large pitcher or container. pour the cold water over the top.
  2. stir slightly to make sure all the grounds are submerged. let stand at room temperature, or in the refrigerator, for 12-15 hours to brew.
  3. after brewing, pour the coffee through a cheesecloth or coffee filter several times until the grounds are gone
  4. Serve over ice and mix with cream or half & half and/or flavors of your choosing.

recipe from: http://www.newblooming.com/

Caramel Iced Coffee Frappe

servings: 2

ingredients:

6 ounces cold-press coffee

2 ounces of creamer

½ cup yogurt or ice cream (dairy or non-dairy) in plain, vanilla, coffee, chocolate or caramel flavor

½ cup ice cubes (or cold-press or coffee ice cubes)

directions:

  1. place two small glasses in the freezer 5-10 minutes before making the frappé.
  2. add all ingredients to blender, pouring the liquid in first.
  3. blend just until smooth and pour into glasses.

recipe from: http://helloglow.co/

 

 

simple study solutions

WARNING THIS IS GEARED TOWARDS STUDENTS. if you are a student, proceed 🙂

I liked to believe I was incredibly smart. however, over the years I have noticed that I am actually just slightly above average. no mega genius inside this brain. but I work hard for the subjects I enjoy. this past semester was rough for me. I took a challenging math class that I did not give myself a chance to succeed in. I am incredibly awful at math so these contributing factors led to a semester full of misery for myself. my new years resolution was to stop procrastinating and become the student I have the potential to become. my solution? I deleted twitter, facebook, any kind of social media I could procrastinate on. except for instagram because I never use it, and snapchat because I did not have it in the first place (strict parents). then I had to change one MASSIVE habit of mine. my sleeping one. I used to go to bed in the timespan between 1 and 3 am. You can now find me sleeping from 10:30 to 11 o clock. Of course this is because I am not up doing homework I should have been doing while I was napping. All of my changes have led to more free time to read, draw, and simply enjoy my junior year of highschool. Learning is so far, fun again because I am not cramming before quizzes or tests. So without further ado, I present you, Elle´s List for Success. By the way, I have not even been doing this for a month so do not take my word for gospel. This is a slow change for me.

  1. Minimize social media time: This one seems obvious, but so far it has worked well for me. Who needs it when you can talk to people?
  2. Do not take a break when you get home: Similar to the idea that walking during a run will cause you to evade running again, if you take a break when you get home, studying will seem less and less appealing. You will also lose that motivation you had at school for studying.
  3. Prioritize: Realize what is important, and do those things first. Do not spend your time on homework that is due the next week until you have finished what is due at 12 that night.
  4. Sleep 8-10 hours: This will dispel the need for coffee and cause you to be awake for class (something I struggle with immensely); therefore, you can be attentive to your teacher and the lesson.
  5. Invest in a planner: HUGE HELP. Always have it out during class and copy down your assignments so you are not left confused when they are due because you did not remember. Or write anything you have that week, being organized is a virtue (haha).

So far, these have been the changes I have made. If I come up with others you all can guarantee that they will be posted on here. In addition to updates about my resolution.

Until the next cookout,

Elle aka. Drowsy

texas chocolate sheetcake

okay real talk. who doesn’t like chocolate? a lot will say “what the heck, is that even a question?” and yes it is because I actually am not a fan. chocolate used to appeal to me, but lately (past seven years or so), it has not. so speaking from a non-chocolate lover standpoint, anyone will love this cake. if you’re Texan you must of course (just kidding you actually don’t have to) but if you happen to be from another state you too will come to love this delectable treat. it is moist, creamy and all around a wonderful treat to bring to parties. I can assure you that you need not worry about sneaking bites as you walk by because when you take the dish home from the party, there will be nothing left. anyways I know, another recipe, but it is simply delicious and I had to share.

Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake

Serves 24 


Ingredients:

*2 cups of all-purpose flour

*2 cups of sugar

*1 teaspoon of baking soda

*1/4 teaspoon of salt

*1 cup of butter

*1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

*2 eggs

*1/2 buttermilk or sour milk

*1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting:

*1/4 cup of butter

*3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa

*3 tablespoons of buttermilk

*2 to 2 1/4 cups of sifted confectioners sugar

*1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

*1/2 cup of chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

Cake:

Grease and flour a 15X10X1-inch or jelly roll pan or a 13X9X2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup butter, 1/3 cup cocoa, and 1 cup of water. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. With an electric hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat chocolate mixture into the dry mixture until thoroughly blended. Add eggs, 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat for 1 minute (batter will be thin). Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in a 350° oven about 22 to 25 minutes for the 15X10-inch pan or about 30 to 35 minutes for the 13X9-inch pan, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Pour warm chocolate frosting over the warm cake, spreading evenly. Place cake in pan on a wire rack; cool thoroughly before cutting. 

 

Frosting: 

In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup butter, 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons buttermilk. Bring to a boil, stirring, over medium heat. Remove from heat; add 2 cups confectioners’ sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add more confectioners’ sugar or a little milk or more buttermilk, if needed, for a spreadable frosting. If desired, stir in 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans. Spread the warm frosting over the cake.

 

enjoy enjoy enjoy!  

until the next rodeo,

Elle aka. Drowsy

 

 

recipe: my church cookbook!        cover image: cookdiary.net

 

sneezy n sniffly, so solutions!

alrighty folks. so today was EXTREMELY miserable for me. I woke up around 7:50 because my puppy pounced on me and I was not about that, so I promptly went back to bed. or I attempted to go back to bed because my sinus problems decided to hit me. right there in my place of comfort! how dare they! anyways, I fell into that sleep/awake cycle where it was awful and my thoughts were like “elle, just wake up and smell the roses.” and I got a massive headache and my nose was drippy, yet somehow I fell back asleep. only to be awakened by my 12-year-old sibling yelling at me to wake up because it’s 10 o clock. yeah, not fun. so I took some good old Mucinex and name brand allergy pills and went on my merry way. HOWEVER, today they so totally sucked as I am still sniffling. I have resorted to that awful habit of wiping my nose with my shirt (which is disgusting by the way). oops just did it again like a second ago. point is, sometimes the things meant to give you comfort and a relatively relaxing day, don’t. that is apparently the fact of the matter and I’m not cool with it. so I’ve compiled a list of trusty, fail-safe, and consistent ways to relax in a situation where you really need it. aka. finals week, flu/cold, period, any stressful situation. enjoy!

  1. hot tea-lol this is so cliche, but trust me, this crap works. just the idea of sitting down in a large, plushy chair relaxing with your puppy/cat and sipping on a preferred tea is literally so aesthetically pleasing I almost die when I imagine it. not really, that was a hyperbole but you get my point. however, it is also a placebo. because when you imagine it, you imagine comfort embedded in it. and you know how placebos work, plus if you don’t google it. I’m not smart enough to explain it. moving on.
  2. hot bath-throw in some table salt (sea or Epsom actually), light a yummy-smelling candle, put on the sound of raindrops (actually, don’t do this. WARNING: you will fall asleep. play indie music. or any for that matter) and watch your stress swirl down the drain. I have no idea if this is proven to work but if Pinterest, Tumblr, and I aren’t sources of trust enough, then okay I understand. For one, you don’t know me (plus this is my second post, gotta prove myself) also don’t believe the media. they tell lies. but, who doesn’t love a good WARM bath? don’t do hot, I promise you will sweat. it is not fun.
  3. working out- okay, okay. I realize some people are not into working out. and if you aren’t, that is cool skip to numero four. but if working out is fun for you,  I encourage you to work out. it does not have to be intense or something. just go for a walk with your dog/cat, go on a light jog, search up a yoga video (yoga is hard by the way), and your stress will be relieved for a time. also, this works super well when you’re on your period (ew gross, TMI) because your muscles will be relaxed leading to less painful cramping. I have no idea if this will work for you, it works for me and I love it.
  4. spa day!- so I realize not everyone is rich and can afford manis and pedis, so the solution is super easy spa stuff! if you can move your hand, you can paint at least your non-dominant hand. if you don’t have nail polish I am sorry I cannot help. but if you have the average food items in your pantry. I may!

Oatmeal Face Mask-

  • Mix 1/2 cup of hot water (not boiling) with 1/3 cup of oatmeal. After two minutes, mix in 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and 1 small egg white. Apply to face and wait 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.  http://www.rd.com

this is just one example, but there are literally bazillions of DIY’s on the internet that do not require a lot of time, fancy ingredients, or a lot of money.

 

oke doke. that is all I have in the tank. I hope you are gaining a general basis of what I’m suggesting. I hope you are picking up what I’m putting down. notice, however, that I did not say binge watch Netflix and vedge. if you feel like me, miserable and headache-prone, I do not suggest a screen. typing this is giving me a headache in itself. also, vedging out, while it may feel awesome at the time, will just give you a massive stomachache and leave you feeling bloated and gross. not that I don’t vedge, I just don’t suggest it when you are feeling particularly awful. I really hope you all enjoyed this immensely because I had fun splurging about it (is that a word?). anyways hang loose mis amigos.

until the next square dance,

Elle aka. Drowsy

raspberry-lemon sweet tea

in the summer, the sweltering heat in Texas is enough to make one pass out. temperatures can reach triple digits, and if they do, they are maintained for at least three days. so the only thing that can simultaneously quench thirst and cool down is a large glass of ice cold sweet tea. flavored tea is my absolute favorite and this recipe is one of my go-to recipes!

Ingredients

  1. 4 quarts water, divided
  2. 1 cup of sugar or a substitute
  3. 10 tea bags
  4. 12 ounces of frozen, unsweetened, thawed raspberries
  5. 1 lemon, halved

Directions

In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in sugar (or substitute) until dissolved. Remove from heat.

Add tea bags; steep for 5-8 minutes

In another saucepan, bring raspberries and remaining water to boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Strain and discard pulp. Add raspberry juice and lemon halves to tea.

Transfer to a large pitcher and refrigerate until chilled.

Yields 15 servings

until the next barbecue,

Elle a.k.a. Drowsy

adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com

a new beginning

Well, folks, I have finally done it. I finally started a website/blog. I have been meaning to make, manage, and maintain a blog for years, so technically l haven’t actually completed the task but I am hoping to. I hope to give you insight into the life of an adolescent living in the  Big D and in the twenty-first century. So welcome to my drowsy, dazed and delightful life.

until next time,

Elle  a.k.a. Drowsy