Fauxbux Passion Iced Tea Lemonade

Yesterday I promised this recipe. If you can even call it a recipe. It is a no brainer, really, but that doesn’t stop me from pulling into the drive-thru and paying $4 for a refreshing cup of this summery goodness.

So this is really more of a method post, than a recipe post.

I start the process when I wake up (or if I plan ahead, right before I go to bed) – boil 8 oz of water and let my passion tea bag steep for 4 minutes. Any more and it will be bitter. Smash bag with a spoon and pop it in the fridge for a few hours. I like to top my cup with a ventilated lid so my fridge doesn’t get covered in steam. If my fridge wasn’t tiny I’d brew up a big batch of tea, but that is sadly not the case.

If you like your tea sweetened you should stir in a teaspoon of sugar before letting it cool. You can also whip up a batch of simple syrup (water to sugar in a 1:2 ratio, boil water, add sugar, and once sugar is dissolved remove from heat. Let cool and store in the fridge.), but I find regular sugar to be just as effective. The benefit to simple syrup is that you can easily stir it in cold drinks.

Once your tea is cold, stir in 1/3 cup lemonade and pour over ice. I like mine with raspberry lemonade. Julie subs the lemonade for pineapple juice, which I think is a brilliant idea!

What is your favorite summer drink?

Starbucks Faux-ccino

I love coffee. Iced, hot, blended, it doesn’t matter. I prefer local shops to big chains, but sometimes the green Siren calls to me. It might have something to do with the $2 treat receipts, or the fact that I know exactly what I am getting, no matter where I am.

On a hot afternoon I am often drawn to a Frappuccino.

(source)

But I don’t like the $4.50 price point. And even if I am using my $2 treat receipt, I still have to spend about $4 before two p.m. just to get this frozen goodie. While I don’t mind spending a few bucks at the bux when I have a gift card, I do mind when its my own money.

A week from tomorrow is my first day of school (!!), and Thursday is my first official day back, (staff mtgs/Open House). I used to pass a few coffee shops, and two Bux’s, on my way to work, providing multiple opportunities to waste money. But my new route only takes me 5 minutes by foot, where I only pass a church and a hardware store.

So I got creative.

I’ve been making coffee ice cube for years. They are very simple to make: brew a pot of strong coffee, fill ice cube trays, freeze, pop out and store in a gallon sized freezer bag.

Easy, eh?

They are perfect for iced coffee and coffee protein shakes, aka Faux-ccino’s.

Faux-bux Vanilla Faux-ccino

Serves 1

Nutritionals: Cal: 129, Carb: 11g, Pro: 11g, Fat: 4g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g

Ingredients

1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or regular, or soy milk)

1 TBS instant coffee (I used Foldgers)

1/2 scoop GNC vanilla whey protein powder (or protein powder of your choosing)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

10 coffee ice cubes

1.5 tsp granulated sugar

Directions

Throw all ingredients in blender. Blend.

Enjoy, preferably with a siphoned straw from the bux.

(See book club girls, there IS a reason to have a straw in your purse at all times!)

Loopty-loo-Leila

Like most people, I thrive on routine. Lately my routine has been thrown off due to conference week. Yes, I am probably the only librarian you’ll meet that does parent-teacher conferences.

How do I handle late nights + lack of sleep?

No water soy chai’s + petite vanilla scones,

50% off Amy’s frozen meals (if you must go frozen, you must go Amy’s),

giggling at advertising techniques on my commute home,

breaking out the “white girl” dance moves for spontaneous dance parties with my students in the hallway and backing out of drive-through lines with my co-worker when we’ve already ordered, only to pass the order box and have the girl inside ask if she can take our order.  Tears erupting as we laugh and say, “no thanks, we’re good,” and continue on our way.

Yes, I’m loopy, and am very ready for Saturday, when I can sleep in. But I’m happy to report I’ve powered through and only have one conference left.

How do you power through when you’re lacking sleep and energy?