This past week has been a bit of a struggle for me. Between dealing with injures, combating burn out (I haven’t had more than 1 day off/week since August) and getting ready for Christmas I haven’t been blogging. This week is/was (the work week is not quite over for me yet) the last week of teaching 12 classes until January. Next week I’m down to 9, and the following week 8 and then…pause for angels singing…I’m on break for Christmas. Lemme tell you, my battered up body is really excited to have a full week off from exercise.
One thing that has kept me going (quite literally) this past week is peppermint mochas. Last weekend I had a couple of the McCafe Peppermint Mochas when they were on sale for $1, and I was totally hooked. They are so darn tasty!
In fact, you could say I’ve become obsessed. So imagine my dismay when I pulled through one of our local McDonalds drive thru’s and ordered a small peppermint mocha only to be informed, “We don’t have McCafe items at this location.” Wha—–??? (For any of the locals reading this, it was the Coldbrook location, so don’t go there looking for fancy coffee)
I think what upset me the most is that I had to cross traffic to get to McDonalds, and had to cross again to get back on the road, and as anyone familiar with the area knows, it’s a terrible place to have to do that (of course all you city folk would laugh at my idea of a busy road, but I digress).
As I drove home thinking about how much I wanted a peppermint mocha, a realization came to me. There might not be a McCafe in Coldbrook, but there is one at Cafe McFevens!
Just last week McCafe sent me a bag of their new McCafe Premium Medium Roast take home coffee and a mug that was just sitting there waiting to be brewed.
So my friends, I’ve done the hard part for you and taste tested this recipe on numerous occasions throughout the week, and while it’s still not quite as good as the official McCafe peppermint mocha, it will certainly fill the void
Did I mention it’s dead easy?
Brew a cup of your favourite coffee (obviously I’ve been using the McCafe Premium Medium Roast which I really, really like), before adding coffee put 1 1/2-2 Tbsp of hot chocolate mix (I use Nestle Carnation Hot Chocolate mix, but any will do) into the bottom of your mug, then add the coffee. Next add approximately 1/8 tsp of pure peppermint extract (available in the spice/baking section of any grocery store) and mix to combine.
If you are really fancy you can whip up some real whipped cream to top your mocha, or you can do what I did and top your mocha with some of the faux-whipped cream (in this case Cool Whip), or enjoy it au natural without the whipped topper.
Clearly I need to get some of those little candy cane sprinkles to put on top to make it look “official” but I’m still pretty happy with the result
If you are interested in purchasing the McCafe Premium Roast take-home coffee you can do so at all participating McDonald’s locations across Canada.
It is currently available for a special introductory price of $6.99/340g.
Disclaimer: I was provided the McCafe mug and coffee as compensation for my review. All thoughts and opinions in this post are 100% my own, nor was I asked to come up with a recipe to share, I simply wanted share my peppermint mocha love with you all
I received the November Glossy Box today. I decided to pay for this month’s box in order to get enough points to get the December box for free before cancelling. What can I say, I like free stuff Plus, I had an idea that the holiday box might be a good one and I wanted it!
When I opened the shipping box I found this
A Glossy Box magazine. I’m assuming they are including this with each month’s box to help justify the hefty price increase. I haven’t really looked at it yet but here is a peek inside
As for the box itself, it was all decked out for the holidays. I’m a weirdo that reuses everything so I was pretty stocked to find this boxes festive tissue paper.
And I was right about the holiday box being a good one, at least I was really pleased. Here is what I got:
And the info card:
I really love the nail polish colour, the lip gloss and the blush – all of which are full size products. The shower gel is a good size and smells awesome, and I’ve used Curel before and really liked it. My hair is a snob and seems to only like Aveda products but I will certainly use the Nexxus shampoo and conditioner before buying my next batch at Aveda.
I’m not really sure what Uber is, I guess I need to investigate it a bit more.
This was a great box, but again I’m not sure it is worth the $21 price tag. They’ve got one more box (my free box) to convince me, but it would have to have something pretty crazy awesome in it to make me reconsider cancelling my membership.
Did you get this month’s Glossy Box? Would love to hear if you got any different products or a different colour lip gloss or nail colour!