Gingerbread Café au Lait

Gingerbread Latte Starbucks inspired

Thanks to Lauren over at Healthy and Delicious for this wonderful recreation of the Starbucks seasonal Gingerbread Latte. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this hot beverage. It was so good, I couldn’t stop myself from drinking the whole cup… my first FULL cup of Joe in over 16 months (because of baby boy). Oh, did I ever need caffeine today! My babe is waking every 2 hours again because he got his first tooth, yippeee! Did you know that baby teeth grow the most while your baby is sleeping?
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Nice Lime Ice (Hold the Mice!)

Nice Lime Ice Beverage You can learn about ice. You can learn about mice.
Mice on ice. And ice on mice…
Nice ice for sale. Ten cents a pail.

From I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!
Pail of Nice Lime Ice, Dr. Seuss inspired Nice Lime Ice Beverage Pail of Nice Lime Ice, Dr. Seuss inspired
If you saw my last post about Blueberry Bumplings, you know we have been making wonderful concoctions in the kitchen from the The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, all recipes inspired by Dr. Seuss books. Nice lime ice is a really great recipe that I wanted to share because it was fun to make and its pretty versatile. The kids loved the ice pail tower (my son ate them right off the toothpicks). This recipe would make yummy popsicles just use in popsicle molds.

Everyone can enjoy this ice in sparkling mineral water with slices of lime. The ice provides non-stop limeade power… so as you drink toward the bottom your beverage gets a little sweeter. When your drink gets low, just refresh with more sparkling water. I drank 3 glasses during dinner before needing to refresh my ice! Adults could spike the drink to make a lime spritzer.

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Recipe: Nice Lime Ice (Hold the Mice!)

Summary: Adapted from the Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook by Geogeanne Brennan


  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (about 7)


  1. In a saucepan, combine water, sugar and salt. Bring to Boil over medium heat, stir often. Boil until sugar has dissolved and light syrup has formed (about 2 minutes).
  2. Remove from heat and let cool, refrigerate covered until chilled.
  3. Combine syrup with lime juice in a pitcher, stir well.
  4. Pur into ice cube trays and freeze for about 45 minutes. Then stick in toothpicks (if desired). Freeze for 4 hours more.
  5. Make the towers by sticking the cubes together using the toothpicks.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 hour(s) freezing

Number of servings (yield): 72 ice cubes

Mango Jasmine Bubble Tea

Mango Jasmine Bubble Tea
Fruit meets floral with this mango jasmine bobalicious beverage. This was a cool and creamy treat, and since lately we are enjoying ice cream with basically everything (morning coffee!), we threw a scoop right into this too which made it more like dessert.

If you read my past post on Thai Bubble Tea, you read how bubble tea got its name from when the Chinese street tea vendors would shake up some fruit with tea to create a bubbly beverage. They did this to entice the school children over to their tea carts. They were right, the fruity smoothie was quite bubbly.
Mango Bubble Tea with scoop of vanilla ice cream
Although I enjoyed this drink, it doesn’t feel like you are drinking tea. I find it on the same level as all the sweet additions to some of the fancy coffee drinks available at Starbucks. While delicious, they kind of take away from the original coffee. Ultimately, I could have this drink with or without the tea, it just adds a little Jasmine flavor. I would call it more of a Mango smoothie than a tea.

Next time I might add a little more milk or more tea to lighten the drink. I noticed that the tapioca kind of float around the bottom rather than just stay at the bottom. It didn’t bother me, but its something to remember if you are going for a nice presentation.

The fun does not stop here, check out cake student again because I will be trying out some new flavors soon. My package of pearl tapioca is still half full!
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