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The Way To My Heart, Is Through My Coffee Cup

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Roses and chocolates may be what a girl should expect for Valentine’s Day, but this girl prefers something a little richer. Coffee.

Impress your sweetie this Valentine’s Day with a sweet indulgence—a gourmet coffee drink you can make for breakfast in bed or a dessert delight. I prefer my coffee treats after dinner, but that’s just the night owl in me. Eight O’Clock Coffee released their new Chocolate Cherry Coffee recipe, with swirls of creamy chocolate and tart cherry to tickle the taste buds.

Chocolate Cherry Eight O’Clock Coffee

Ingredients
1 rounded tbsp Eight O’Clock Coffee Original or Colombian Coffee per 6 oz cup (for brewing) OR
1 Eight O’Clock Coffee Original or Colombian Keurig® K-cup pack
2 chocolate covered cherry candies (such as Cella’s)
Whipped cream and maraschino cherry (optional)

Preparation
Place the chocolate covered cherry candies at the bottom of the mug. Pour freshly brewed coffee from pot over candies, or, if using a Keurig® brewer, brew coffee over candies, and stir until chocolate has melted. Cream or milk is optional as this gets sweet and creamy all on its own. Top with whipped cream and a cherry for an added touch.

Make this coffee for two at the end of dinner, and who knows what the rest of the week/end holds.

xoxo

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Holiday Food Fun – Yum, Fondue

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It’s the holidays!!! That means being overwhelmed and not wanting to do anything, let alone cook yet another big dinner.

Let me tell you, one of my favorite ways to take the stress out of dinner, and not just for the holidays. Fondue. I do mine with LOTS of chopped fruit, dried and fresh, and of course some french style bread. I can eat this alone after a long day, as a date night, or with my friends’ kids on the floor.  I love love love cheese fondue, and have just found the chocolate fondue by Emmi in my grocery store.

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THIS would be PERFECT for Christmas Eve late night dinner/dessert, or even a casual New Years Eve. You can do this as fun or romantic, just depending on who you are with. I am child free, but I KNOW a lot of you have kids. What better way to get them to eat fruit in a new fun way?! Dipped in chocolate or cheese, or both in one night.

Here are a few tips on how to make this a great holiday treat for you and yours.

  • Let children each pick a dipping item you will serve, with so many possibilities from veggies and fruits to breads and meats – everyone will find a combination they enjoy
  • While wine is a suggested beverage pairing for adults, sparkling cider, grape juice or ginger ale served in a special glass and garnished with fruit is a treat for the kids
  • In the Swiss tradition, if a woman drops her bread into the cheese, she must kiss the person next to her; for kids, have whomever drops their bread do a silly dance or sing a song for the table
  • Play a game where the person who tries the most adventurous or unique combination (like dipping broccoli into chocolate fondue) wins a prize
  • Ready for dessert? Dip holiday cookies or gingerbread men into chocolate fondue or build “fondue s’mores” by dipping marshmallows into chocolate fondue before sandwiching them between graham cracker pieces.
  • With just a few forks and one pot, preparation and cleanup is a snap so you can relax and enjoy time with loved ones

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I love fondue, and I found the chocolate dessert fondue in the deli section in Vons/Safeway.  If you don’t see it, just ask for help.

You could also do this for entertaining with friends on New Years Eve!  Put on a pot of Eight O’Clock Coffee and you will be the most relaxed host on the block!

RELATED: Add Some Holiday YUM To Your Coffee

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Song Of the Day: Madonna – Erotica

Have a great weekend ;-)

Madonna – Erotica

I always forget that this came out the same time as her infamous “SEX” book. *clutching my pearls indeed!*

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Jennifer Aniston Celebrates Birthday in Mexico with Friends

Actress and tabloid darling, Jennifer Aniston headed out of town with some famous friendsfor to celebrate her birthday early. Jen flew down to Cabo, Mexico with Courteney Cox and Sheryl Crow. (Sheryl and Jennifer share the same Feb. 11 birthday).

They all lounged outside the hotel having a great time. But they did spot the paparazzi. Bummer.

Also spotted at the same resort? Jen’s Bounty Hunter co-star Gerard Butler!

See TONS of photos of the famous friends after the JUMP! [Read more...]

Bradley and Renee Spotted Checking into Beverly Hills Hotel Together

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I’m not saying these two are dating, but Renee Zellweger and Bradley Cooper pulled up and checked into the Beverly Hills Hotel together this weekend.

Photogs followed Renee from Starbucks where she picked up a few drinks, then headed to her own hotel to change. She was then picked up by Bradley Cooper, a big bag and her coffees in tow. The possible engaged couple then made their way to the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Bradley doesn’t look like he’s enjoying the attention from anyone. Not even the guy working the front of the hotel. Whereas Renee says hello as she walks into the building.

I hate to break it to you, Bradley, but you’re a rising star now. If you don’t want the attention from the paparazzi, don’t date a woman more famous than you are!


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