“Hello Darling” Kahlua Coffee Comfort drink

Well, that name pretty much describes it.

But let me start over.

Today I could use some comfort to ease the madness I’m going through now. You see, I just found out that my other design blog which I’ve been working on so hard (like the rest of us), for a few years now, is hacked. I do not know how long but I believe it’s been hacked for a while and I do not know how much damage has been done.

Maybe it’s my fault that I haven’t written on that blog for a couple of months since life became so demanding and I did not have a chance to change password or give the website a routine checkup. So yes, I could use some comfort here because just the thought of damaged files…what a headache.

As my eyes scrolled down the strange-looking page of what is supposed to look like my design blog , I immediately thought about my other blog, this one, and rushed to log in making sure everything is o.k. and everything here is o.k. thank god.
So I took a deep long breath even though deep inside my heart swirled in one big storm.

We can all use a bit of comfort when we get distracted by something so unexpected and because it happened during the day and I was home alone, I walked away from my computer to put some thoughts together but also felt the need to make something. To create. I ran down stairs and spontaneously made this creamy delicious winter drink. It made me feel better, way better. It was a combination of a lot of things: the delicious taste of freshly brewed coffee, the soft texture of the cream, the process of making something, and the insane aroma that followed. Sip by sip I had to sit, enjoy the drink and slow down. Really slow down – Hello Darling – what a treat.

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

Regardless of our mental being at certain moments in our lives this delicious hot Kahlua coffee is so grown up you’d want to have it any time of the day especially you, night owls out there.  And it’s perfect for cold winter days our country is suffering from as I write this post. But again, here in South Florida, it’s always beautiful and never freezes, which is a problem because I can’t wear my favorite fake fur coat.

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink recipe

I made my full cup-load of creamy Kahlua coffee drink using fresh ground whole coffee beans. If there’s one think I’m happy to own in my kitchen is this amazing cappuccino machine that basically does almost everything but walk.  More on that in another post.

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

hello darling creamy kahlua coffee drink

This drink recipe is perfect for girls night in, Men’s night in (maybe it’s not such a good idea), or any excuse you wish to use.

Don’t wait, don’t answer the phone, don’t watch T.V., don’t Instagram –  just make “Hello Darling” and drink.

ingredients:

1 cup freshly brewed coffee
small shot of Kahlua (I used 2 tbsp for this recipe)
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1 vanilla pod, scraped
Cinnamon stick
pinch of cardamom powder

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Make your own coffee with freshly ground beans. If that is not possible then any good freshly made coffee will do.

Combine the heavy cream and the scraped vanilla and whisk on low then high speed for 3 minutes, until softly whipped. Do not over-whip.

Pour the hot coffee into a pretty glass coffee mug about 2/3 full, add the shot of Kahlua. Top it off with a dollop of the freshly whipped cream. Inset the cinnamon stick and sprinkle with cardamom powder. Damn delicious.

p.s.:

If you’d like to make more then one cup simply double the amount called in the recipe.

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Worry less cook more – My Adventure in Lake Tahoe

Hello everyone,

This morning when I opened my email box for the first time after ten days being away from the screen, which was a much-needed break, I found lots of emails containing new year resolutions from pins, clients, friends. Honestly, I did not want to pay too much attention to my email box (just today) since most of the emails repeat themselves but it gave me food for thought.

I have a different take about this whole “resolution” thing people are so hooked about this time of year. I’m the kind of person who makes promises only if I know I am going to keep them. Sometimes challenging but doable. And so I decided to declare, and as a promise to my other half, my short to the point goal I should call it, not only for the new year but for each new day that is given to me. A promise that’s easier said then done. But I will do my best to keep it.

Dedicated to me, the Mr. and my family:

i will worry less.

i will worry much less.

and everything else

will pretty much fall

in the right place.

This is also the perfect time to share something special – a place I just visited for the first time and heard so much about  – Lake Tahoe. Let me tell you – This. Place. Is. A.MAZING

Besides of the fact that we had to deal with a lot of ice, the change of scenery was like a fresh breath…and a cold one too. It was particularly surprising to me that Lake Tahoe remained sparkly and crystal clear as if it was a sunny summer day and at the same time surrounded by gorgeous white blanket of ice. In the morning a subtle layer of fog would cover most of the lake as I watched houses that were build right on the edge of the surroundings hills and imagine my house having a view just like that. I’m speechless.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking:

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful lake tahoe trip

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

beautiful images of lake tahoe

Now here I have to speak. Here not only did I worry less, I cooked less. We stayed at a beautifully constructed hotel that has a touches of modern and eclectic mix. Natural stone floors with muted color hand-made rugs. What a chic contrast. Bee-utiful. And of course, I always look at how food is presented and here is no exception – oversize dining table filled with desserts and sweet goodies. Not that I ate any of them.

I made no secret of the fact that I love to wash my eyes with beautiful food and beautiful things. I love the idea of designing food but not to a point where it becomes a museum piece, oh no. But home-made casually yet attractively placed and showcased, to make me want to touch it and eat it too. It was a delight to my eyes. (and no, I’m not on a diet).

Happy New Year

happy new year

I’m vacationing in Lake Tahoe as I write this post, and am just popping in quick to wish you all a Happy New Year. 2014! Wow,  so fast.

I wonder what the new 2014 will bring. .. all good and happy.

More soon.

Xo,