Fall Changes

I know it’s been a few weeks since I wrote a blog post. Although the temperatures may be hovering around three digit heat, everything is changing as we approach fall. I dog sat for the first time in my life and just started a new job. After a quick afternoon nap, I’m back in the kitchen cooking up new recipes to share with you.

Today’s post is inspired by Starbucks. Last week, the fall specialty drinks reappeared on the menu. My personal favorite is Salted Caramel Mocha but I also love Pumpkin Spice Latte. For those of you who love the winter holiday drinks, today’s copy cat recipe is for you. Although this isn’t one of my usuals, it is one of my sister’s favorites. I think it taste pretty close to the Starbucks drink.

Caramel Brulee LatteCaramel Brulee Latte from Pinterest
2 T. caramel sauce
1-2 oz. vanilla syrup
4 oz. espresso
8-10 oz. steamed milk
whipped cream
toffee bits and caramel sauce

Place caramel sauce in cup. Add vanilla syrup. Top with coffee and milk. Garnish with whipped cream and toffee bits.


  • I used half a shot glass of sugar free French vanilla syrup (1 oz.)
  • I don’t have an espresso maker so I made the Starbuck Blonde K-cup with 6 oz. of water.
  • I used 10 oz. of steamed skim milk.
  • I make froth from skim milk and skipped the whipped cream, toffee bits, and extra caramel sauce.

Black Bean Brownies

A few month ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure added a health recipe section to their website (click here for Komen recipes). One of the reasons is because living a healthy lifestyle (exercise and maintaining a healthy weight) can help reduce your risk for breast cancer. As someone concerned about these things, I decided to give a few of the recipes a try. This is one I just made for my co-workers.

Black Bean BrowniesBlack Bean Brownies by Komen.org
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
4 eggs
1/2 c. granulated artificial sweetener
3 T. cocoa powder
2 T. strong coffee
1 tsp. baking powder
2 T. olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using cooking spray, coat an 8X8 baking pan. Add all ingredients into a food processor except for the beans and blend. Add the beans and blend thoroughly. Pour brownie batter into the baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let the brownies cool before cutting.

Nutrition (per serving – 16 servings) Calories: 79 cal, Total fat: 3g, Saturated fat: 1g, Monounsaturated fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 46mg, Potassium: 126mg, Carbohydrate: 9g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 4g.


  • Although it didn’t really taste like black beans, I did find the sugar substitute to leave a little bit of an after taste. Just be aware if you don’t normally drink diet pop (soda).
  • They are very moist but without preservatives get moldy quickly. If you don’t eat them in three or four days, be sure you keep them refrigerated.

Cappuccino Flavor

I’m a sucker for recipes that look cute in shot glasses. That’s probably why this recipe caught my attention. Not only is this recipe super easy to make but it also is low in calories. I hope you enjoy it.

Cappuccino DessertCappuccino Dessert by Kraft Magazine
1 pkg. (1.5 oz.) Jell-o Brand Vanilla Fat Free Sugar Free Instant Pudding
2 tsp. instant coffee
2 c. cold skim milk

1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. fat-free whipped topping

Mix together pudding ingredients. Pour into dishes and refrigerate for one hour. Mix together topping ingredients. Spoon over pudding and serve.

Carli’s Chili

A few months ago, we did a soup fundraiser at our Komen office for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. My boss made this yummy chili recipe. I think the trick to the success of this recipe is beer, coffee, and brown sugar.

Komen staffChili by Carli Good
2 T. vegetable oil
2 onion, chopped
3 cloved garlic, minced
1 pound ground beef
3/4 pound beef sirloin cubed
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can of dark beer
1 c. strong brewed coffee
2 cans (6 oz.) tomato paste
1 can beef broth
1/2 c. brown sugar
3 1/2 T. chili powder
1 T. cumin seeds
1 T. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. salt
4 cans kidney beans
4 fresh hot chili peppers, seeded and chopped

Heat oil in a large sauce pan. Cook onion, garlic, ground beef and cubed sirloin in oil for 10 minutes. Mix in diced tomatoes with juice, beer, coffee, tomato paste, broth. Add seasonings, 2 cans of beans, and hot chile peppers. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Stir in 2 remaining cans of beans and simmer for another 30 minutes. (Copyright Allrecipes.com)

Notes: When I made it for myself, I replaced beef sirloin with ground beef. I added water in place of beer. I didn’t have any peppers so I omited them. I also used three cans of beans. I thought it still tasted good.

Homemade Irish Cream

My aunt Kathy and her family are die hard Irish fanatics. Not only do they enjoy eating at Browne’s Irish Marketplace and watching The Elders, but they are also very involved in Irish events. A few of Kathy’s siblings have chaired Irish Fest and Kansas City’s St. Patty’s Day Parade. A few years ago, my aunt event started a St. Patrick’s Day parade in her hometown – Troy, KS. In this small town of 994 people, the parade takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. My aunt usually carries an Irish flag while my uncle Kermit drives their vehicle with Kermit the Frog riding shotgun. But my family’s philanthropic commitment comes through as they ask attendees to bring canned goods to the parade to support their local charity.

I found this Irish inspired recipe in a recent Taste of Home email. It gaves me a chance to use my Keurig so I thought I would give it a try. I liked and I hope you will enjoy it.

Homemade Irish Cream by Marcia Severson

1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. sugar
2 T. chocolate syrup
1 T. instant coffee
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. almond extract

In a blender, combine the ingredients and process. Store in refrigerator. When ready to serve, mix 1/3 c. Irish Cream mix with 1/2 c. brewed coffee. Heat mixture in microwave if desired. Entire recipe makes enough for 10 servings.

Nutrition facts (per serving): 165 calories, 11 g. of fat (7 g. saturated fat), 53 mg sodium, 12 g. carbs, and 3 g. protein.


  • The editor’s noted you can add Irish whiskey.
  • I used skim milk. I think you could also use a sugar substitute and it would still taste good.

Healthier Tiramisu

My ex-boyfriend P and I were trying to eat healthier. We both loved Italian dishes and dessert. Hope you enjoy this recipe for found in Kraft Magazine for tiramisu. I’ll not going to lie, it isn’t the real thing but it taste pretty good.

Easy Tiramisu for Two

1 tsp. instant coffee
2 T. hot water
4 Snackwell’s Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies, crushed
2 Jell-O Vanilla Flavored Sugar Free Reduced Calorie Pudding Snacks
1/4 c. Fat Free Cool Whip, thawed
1 tsp. cocoa powder

Mix coffee granules and hot water until coffee is dissolved; set aside. Sprinkle crushed cookies evenly into two dessert dishes; dizzle with coffee. Top with contents of 1 pudding snack each. Cover whipped topping; sprinkle cocoa powder. Serve immediately.

170 Cal, 5 g. Fat

Note: I think we used a 100 calorie packet the Keebler shortbread cookies instead of the Snackwells.