New Mornings, Same Delight

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Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All thoughts, opinions and woosaah's are purely my own. Y'all, why is it like mid-month already. Who is messing with my time turner?! WHO, I say?! This year is not letting up and part of me feels like I didn't really start a new year but rather, added a 13th month to my calendar.

The thing is, I've had to take the time. I've had to put the brakes on the crazy. If I don't do it, no one will. While I don't have resolutions (you guys know how I feel about those), I do have goals and aspirations.

My biggest one this month is to take time for me. I know the lesson, y'all. Why is it so difficult to execute? I don't have a history of self-care in my family so this is all new to me. Enter my new mornings.

I wake up before I need to get the kid up and out of the house for school. And I do two things:

  1. I mediate
  2. IDelight

If you're looking for a new drink in the new year, may I introduce you to chofee?! #IDelightI have some apps I use for meditation (haven't settled on just one yet).  And for the delight? Well, that's simple. Enter my C Squared aka caramel chofee! Let the record show that I have a 20 oz coffee cup. While I can drink out of this one cup all day, I only have this one cup. Here's the quick and yummy recipe.

I like to put 2 shot glasses of the hot chocolate and one shot glass of creamer into my cup, fill up the rest with coffee and then sit somewhere. While sitting, I invite you to look around in gratitude, breathe easy and enjoy what might be the only quiet moments of the day.

This drink feels luxurious to me because of the chocolate. Like, what's not luxurious about that? And if I'm feeling fancy and have  few more minutes to sit and enjoy the quiet, I drop some whipped cream on top because, it's 2016, folks! Let's live a little!!!!!

This is how I'm delighting in the near year. How about you?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mami's Memorial Day Magic {#InDelightIn10}

Disclosure: I am an International Delight ambassador. All opinions and coffee addiction are purely my own. With Memorial Day rounding the corner and the Frog Princess graduating from VPK (someone hold me!), I'll be having lots of company, visitors and celebrations. Which means I totally need a signature drink. Enter Mami's Magic! The lovely part is that there are a couple of different ways for you to do this.

I don't know about you but when I have a million folks going through my house, time is of the essence. This recipe is for a delicious and refreshing drink that will have the adults loving you and will keep you sane. Here's my 10 minute Mami's Magic with International Delight.

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[yumprint-recipe id='12']Now I make this with the French Vanilla creamer but I also make it with the Caramel Macchiato Iced Coffee though, full disclosure: I only make the coffee one for myself. Is that wrong? I don't think so.

I am looking forward to lazy mornings, busy afternoons and lots and lots of love and laughter. I am also looking forward to spending little time creating all the things my family loves, food and drinks. Because I'd rather spend my time giggling with the kids, having bed meetings with my sister in which we talk about all thing including ridiculous thoughts on our t-shirt business, planners, clothing items, HGTV and all things only sisters can talk about.

Do you have a special drink that you make during family outings and special events? Does it take 10 minutes like mine?

And PS: guess what, it doesn't even have to be special occasions. I love making quick drinks for those moments when I have an hour or two to relax. The key is that there can be magic  in all of your drinks. So long as it's quick and contains a little Delight!

Be sure to follow International Delight on Instagram and Pinterest for some great ideas for how you can find some #InDelightIn10, check them out.

This conversation is sponsored by International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

Pumpkin Pie Spice Cheesecake Delight

One of the things I love about the holidays is getting to spend time with my sister. We have been trading off holidays for well over 5 years now. Having a kid and having her in a relationship means that we have to do this dance of compromises with all those involved. But I think it's working. This year we got each other at Thanksgiving. Of course, ever since "the incident" we have settled into a routine of cooking together, which I love. For me, it's what defines our family, at least in part. During Thanksgiving, titi Q takes a hold of the Kitchen Aid and comes up with our pies and desserts for dinner.

This time around, pumpkin spice cheesecake delights were born and they weren't even on the menu.

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[yumprint-recipe id='9'] The best part was sitting around the kitchen table the next morning having a muffin and enjoying a cup of coffee (with pumpkin pie spice creamer) with some of my favorite people in the whole wide world.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Papi's Rice Pudding {#iDelight}

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post. All thoughts and feelings are purely my own. Papi_FP_SiliIt's no secret that I love food. In great part because food is connected to all of the happy memories in my life. But recently, I've come to the realization that in my family, food is used in another way: as an apology.

I have certain "go to" dishes for comfort. And then I have certain exclusive only-my-dad-can-make-that-for-me dishes. This is the case with rice pudding.

My only problem is, the man makes it in batches that can feed a platoon. Don't get me wrong, it's a good problem to have. But most days there's more than I can take in without putting myself in a sugar coma.

Things haven't been great with dad lately. Ever since Mom died, the balance of the family has been off kilter and his refusal to grieve takes things to another level.

But then there's rice pudding. I recall it being made for me in the middle of the night during hurricane Charlie when dad's anxiety over the weather wouldn't let him sleep. I sat on the couch watching the news and eventually fell asleep. I was woken up around 3:00 a.m. with a small tasting plate of rice pudding. It was made for me while I was pregnant, at my request. And at times, it spontaneously made its way into my refrigerator when he felt I needed it even though I had kept my heartaches to myself.

Batches of rice pudding are made when we argue or when he's done something that he knows has upset me. Rice pudding is the food equivalent to his "I'm sorry". He doesn't utter those words but in his making of foods that are near and dear to me, foods that will inevitably always tie me to him long after he's gone, he creates a ritual like none other. Instead, the words are formed inside whatever he is making. The secret ingredient that is mean to be a salve for my heart.

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With my love of the dish and my love of International Delight, I decided to create a more Delightful version. It is my hope that you create beautiful memories of your own with this dish. And that you don't let your dish speak your words but that you let the flavor color your memories in a delightful way.

I switched up the recipe and used Vanilla Caramel Crème  instead of milk. Next time, I plan on making it with the Fat Free & Sugar Free Caramel Marshmallow. Caramel theme? Definitely!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

*Please don't take me completely serious. Read the post regarding the new flavors to get the full effect of my humor