Nearly Starbucks….

Nearly Starbucks….

During our dog days of summer it's been really tempting to lose a few dollars in the Java City or the Starbucks on some decadent, cold, wonderful, smooth, blended coffee or iced mochas. I just can't afford that and I'd rather not give those corporations my hard earned cash. The following recipe are EXACTLY the same as those name brands and you will have trouble telling the difference, except where it matters the most - your wallet. Nearly Starbucks Frappuccino 3 ounces hot espresso (if you do not have an espresso maker, brew double-strength coffee by doubling the amount of grinds. Starbucks uses Italian Roast.) 1/4 cup of granualted sugar 2 1/2 cups of milk (low fat is ok) 1 Tablespoon of dry pectin (this is Starbucks' SECRET ingredient!! Look for pectin in the baking aisle of the grocery store. Pectin is used in home canning to thicken jellies and jams.) 1 cup of ice Whipped cream (optional) Stir the sugar into the hot espresso. Allow to cool. Stir the milk and pectin into the espresso mixture until dissolved. Fill a glass with ice and pour the mixture over or pour all of these ingedients into a blender and process on "frappe" for 45 seconds. Pour into glasses and top with whipped cream.
my little bitty

my little bitty

Ok, I did it…

Ok, I did it…

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My room.

My room.