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My first week at The Loco Bean

12 Jul

I don’t think I will ever have to say “I’m bored” ever again. This week has been so crazy and busy that I have literally been falling in bed every night and passing out from exhaustion…..but I love it! Its so exciting and scary at the same time to start a new business but I love setting things up the way I want. I opened the coffee shop officially this last Tuesday and I already have regular customers! Its been fun meeting new people every day and creating fun new drinks to try out. 

Some of the best drinks and desserts are created from mistakes and accidents and we’ve definitely had a few of those. Yesterday instead of house coffee, we put Chocolate Macadamia Nut coffee in a mocha frappe and it was so good that we are adding it to the menu. 

I also forgot how much I loved working downtown and I’m so glad to be back there again. There is never a dull moment and I work in front of huge windows so I get to watch and see everything going on. 

My favorite compliment today was when a woman ordered an iced mocha and said she loved it and it was better than where she usually gets it from. I hope each week can be like this one and that we continue to meet new customers so we can stick around for awhile!  

When things settle down a little, I will be posting from the coffee shop and taking pictures of drinks I create and hopefully some new desserts also. I’m thinking the color of the place is a little too calm for my liking so my next post will probably be pictures of the new paint…..because I had too much extra time on my hands 😉


A healthy muffin & a new toy.

6 Apr

I don’t know what it is about Spring, but it makes me want to redo my entire house…..paint, clean, reorganize etc. I don’t have that kind of time right now so I settled on the kitchen. I decided Wednesday night that it was finally time to repaint and by Thursday morning I was done. Goodbye ugly green kitchen and hello slightly less ugly blue kitchen. Half a day to paint and clean an entire kitchen, but 6 months to renew my license….but we won’t go there.

I’ve also been busy playing with my new toy – it’s beautiful people! I have a weakness for all things electronicy, gadgety, and of course Apple. For weeks, I tried to convince my husband I NEEDED this, stalked Best Buy for a few days, looked up everything about it online, and of course dreamed about it. It turned out my husband didn’t need much convincing….he may love it more than me. This is definitely going to help get this cookbook done – or so that’s how I’ve justified it to myself.

I figured I would combine my new toy & my muffin….yes, I’m a dork. But isn’t it pretty??

In the midst of my chaos, I threw together some carrot muffins that turned out pretty good. They are perfect for a quick snack and the kids love them for breakfast.



3/4 cup sugar

5 tbsp butter

2 large eggs

5 large carrots, peeled and grated

1/4 cup soy milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350 and grease muffin tin (or use papers). Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs mixing well after each. Add grated carrots, milk, vanilla,cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. In separate bowl, mix together  flour, baking soda and salt and add to carrot mixture. I like to add a tsp of cayenne pepper to my carrot cakes and breads, but it’s optional. Pour batter into muffin tin and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and remove.


These are pretty good. Next time I would probably add raisins or nuts and maybe a bit more cinnamon. They were nice and moist.

The kids really liked them and chose the muffin over sugary crap and I guess that’s all you can ask.

Tim tried it hesitantly,he’s not a fan of low fat or healthy food, but he said they were good.

These are definitely going in the cookbook.