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Aside 18 Dec

So it has been a really ridiculous amount of time since I’ve written anything on here and I don’t even have an excuse! I can’t say its because I don’t have any time because I found time to make my own tree skirt. Yes, I said make my own tree skirt. Never in a million years would I have thought those words would come out of my mouth, but here we are. I’ve also been crazy at the coffee shop getting ready for Christmas and making up lots of baskets and goodies to sell. Of course I will be providing pictures of all of this madness soon.

I need to finish wrapping christmas presents, bake and decorate cookies for teachers gifts, clean house from top to bottom, make up 20 more baskets for work, make a cake for my daughter’s 16th birthday(Christmas Eve), have a birthday party and I’m sure other stuff. I’m just now realizing I may need more than 5 or 6 days to get this all done. But hey, that’s what coffee is for right?

I will be back, hopefully very soon, with some pictures and maybe a tutorial on the tree skirt. 

 

New changes…..and lots of confusion.

27 Jul

I’ve been chatting back and forth with my friend David, and he motivated me to write on here today. I will be sharing his new adventure with you very soon….hint hint – it involves coffee! I love when a new place opens up in town, but when its people you know and like, its just that much more exciting! So, be on the lookout for details later!

Ok so if you guys have been following along (like I know you have 😉 ) , you know that my coffee shop has been open for a few weeks. The original name was Loco Bean, but due to lots of different reasons I had to change it. One of the big reasons is that I share space with B.Loco, a mexican restaurant and I kept getting phone calls to place orders for burritos and when people walk in they are super confused about where to order what. Anyway, this is one of the many reasons I’ve renamed the coffee cart. It is now:

Espresso Yourself and the tagline is,  The place to BEan.

Yes, I know I’m a dork. I can’t help it though, I amuse me.

The name change will go into effect next Wednesday once my signs go up on the windows and the canopy is painted on my cart. Yes, I will post pictures as soon as I get them.

I’m still planning on having a separate blog for the coffee shop, but I’m not starting it until all the changes are made…..and until I get some sleep. Oh, glorious sleep, how I’ve missed you!

You can like Espresso Yourself here on FB so you can follow along with us!

 

For now, until the new blog is ready, I’m posting about a delicious drink I made at the shop. I call it

Apple Pie a la Mode Latte

It is delicious! I’m not a huge fan of sweet coffees but this has the perfect blend of coffee and sweet and will be amazing to drink in the fall.

I used espresso and steamed milk and then added some apple pie and vanilla syrups. And of course you can’t have the a la mode without the whipped cream! This may be my favorite…so far. If you are in the downtown Canton area M-F 7am -2pm and want a delicious treat, stop in! I’m always getting new syrups and stuff to play around with so order something on the menu or if you are feeling adventurous, create one yourself and I will make it for you.Image

My New Venture…..join me won’t you?

17 Jul

As most of you may know, I just opened up a coffee shop in the downtown area of my city. I want to be able to blog about what’s going on and I decided the best way to do that is to add another blog that’s dedicated just to Loco Bean Coffee Shop. I will still be writing over here at Geli’s Goodies, but when I have coffee shop related information I will be using that site.

I would love if all my current readers would consider following me at my new page.  There isn’t anything set up yet but I would like to have everything up and running by next week. I hope to see you guys there!

The Loco Bean

7 Jul

I can’t remember if I mentioned it here or not, but I’m opening a coffee shop! I’m sharing space with B. Loco, a mexican restaurant, and I thought “The Loco Bean” would be a perfect name.

This new venture is moving pretty fast and I may be open as soon as this week. I will be going in today to get my menu up on the board and I’m thinking I will use tomorrow as a trial run. The building we are in has eight floors so I’m hoping to have a lot of coffee drinkers. I will be adding things as I go along because I don’t want to start out with too much going on. For now it will be coffee, espresso drinks, iced coffees, teas, smoothies, frappuccino style drinks and pastries. That alone will keep me busy for awhile. The place is a little different than other coffee shops because I will be working from a coffee cart instead of a counter. It provides a few more space challenges, but its unique and more fun this way.

The way the place is set up will be very convenient not only everyone in the building, but the surrounding areas also. You can come in the morning and grab a coffee and muffin and at lunch time run in for some mexican.  It is set up similar to Chipotle and you have choices of wraps, fillings, etc. I sampled one of the burritos they offer and it was delicious!

Okay, back to the coffee 🙂 If you’ve been paying attention you know that I’m pretty much a coffee freak. I used to only drink brewed coffee or an unsweetened latte but lately I’ve been branching out and sampling all different kinds. I know, my job is so hard. My goal is to make and sample everything on my menu in the next couple days. The other night I went in and played around with some new things and they came out pretty good. My husband is going to have to peel me off the ceiling.

We will also offer muffins and other pastries that I will either bake fresh myself or buy from other local bakers. I may at some point offer a couple “diet-friendly” options, but the majority of my pastries will be made with sugar, flour, butter and of course a few secret ingredients. I think desserts should be mouth watering and special. Not that some low fat or sugar free can’t be good, but I would rather spend money on a rich, gooey piece of dark mocha cake and have to fit in an extra workout that week. I will however be continuing my search for a low carb cheesecake that not only doesn’t suck, but that is delicious.

Nerves are now taking over and I think I will head into the shop and get some things ready. I have a few pictures I took when I stopped in the other week and they aren’t very good but I promise to add more as soon as I get it together.

This is right after we moved the cart in and before I put any of my stuff in.

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Still no coffee……but a fun new project!

28 Mar

Two weeks of no caffeine.  I feel much much better than when I started. The headaches are gone and I’m starting to get a little bit of energy back. I’d like to say that all sorts of magical things happened once I quit coffee, but sadly that is not the case. I don’t really feel all that different than when I was drinking coffee, but its only been two weeks. 

I will be starting a new project soon – a coffee shop! Yes, I see the irony 🙂 I’m hoping it will be done and ready to go by early summer. I may also be selling pastries, cookies, etc. I’m really looking forward to this new adventure – and I will have new things to blog about. I’m thinking I will be able to work on the cookbook and run the coffee shop at the same time. Or maybe I will be so slammed with customers that I won’t have time for both. Either way is fine with me!

Now I’m off to find some good recipes for Easter dinner…..and maybe a cheesecake for dessert. Oh wait, I gave up sugar too. Damn.

 

Day 5

18 Mar

Today is day 5 of no caffeine. I feel like I’m starting to turn a corner and its getting a bit easier. The first day wasn’t so bad and I mistakenly thought maybe I would be that one person to avoid the headaches….I wasn’t. I’ve had a headache on and off for the past 4 days but its getting better and this morning I woke up feeling pretty good and wasn’t craving that morning cup of coffee. I’m still tired, but I was really tired even when I drank caffeine and even that is starting to get a little better.

The one thing I’m absolutely not doing great at is staying away from the flour and sugar. I’m hoping that today will be the start of better eating. But since I had a bite of brownie for breakfast, I’m a little skeptical.

So far so good

14 Mar

Day one of no coffee….ok so it’s only been 2 hours but still. I’m doing ok considering I would have had about 3-4 cups by now. Instead, I made some green tea and while it comes nowhere even remotely close to coffee, it does provide something hot to drink in the morning. So that’s something.

And now it’s time for breakfast….a green smoothie. I know some of you may be wondering why I’m torturing myself, but it’s for the best. I think.

In the past when I’ve made these smoothies I used vanilla soy milk to add a bit of sweetness but this time around I’m trying out green tea. Yum. So without further bitching I will share my recipe:

Green Tea Smoothie:
Put 5-6 ice cubes in bottom of blender & add:

1 cup brewed green tea(I added a little Splenda )
1 banana
1 pear
1 small or 1/2 large apple
1 tsp ground flaxseed
Baby spinach leaves – I added a couple handfuls

Blend until pourable consistency & enjoy.

It’s actually pretty good….I don’t miss the soy milk at all and the flax seed gives it a hint of a nutty taste. I can drink these every day with no problem.
Ok, I may be back later telling you I can’t live without my coffee….I’m hoping not though.

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