A guest post by USA Today Bestselling Author, Jamie K. Schmidt
It was a chilly morning in Connecticut today. I broke a cardinal rule in the house, which was not to turn on the heat until November 1st.Â But it was 56 degrees this morning and I wasn’t getting out of the bed and into the shower unless the house was at least 10 degrees warmer.
Another cardinal rule we have is no pumpkin spice coffee until October first. Yeah, I never make it that far. Unfortunately, too much pumpkin spice gives me heartburn so I’m usually one and done with that anyway.
This week, my publisher put my romance novel, STUD on sale for .99.Â The heroine is a barista at a local coffee shop, so in honor of the sale and because we could all use some new hot coffee recipes, here are a few of my favorites.
OK, the first one isn’t a recipe, it’s basically brew coffee and pour stuff in it. My sister-in-law bought a jar of Reeses Peanut Butter cup creamer. Holy smokes. If you pour a glug of that in your coffee, it’s like drinking the candy! No lie. I haven’t been able to find it in the dairy case in my local store, but she also turned me on to the Girl Scout cookie creamer too, which takes just like a Thin Mint. Â Sugar free syrups like Toraniâ’s also provide interesting flavor to spruce up a cup of Joe. And I suppose it goes without saying, if we’re glugging stuff into coffee I’m a big fan of Frangelico, whiskey, Kahlua, and Bailey’s. I also like my coffee light and sweet, so if you don’t be warned these will probably taste like dessert to you.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee: Add one tbsp. of canned pumpkin, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice to a hot cup of coffee and stir really well until pumpkin has melted in. Add sweetener and milk/cream/creamer to taste.
Lazy Mocha: Make a packet of instant hot chocolate. Add half to a half a cup of coffee. Or make one big mug â€“ I won’t judge. Add milk/cream/creamer to taste. You may not need it. You probably won’t need additional sweetener with this, but if you do â€“ use a squirt (warning technical term) of Hershey’s syrup. Go big or go home, right? To give this a more holiday flare, stir and serve with a candy cane.
Here’s a weird one. It’s based on the Bullet-Proof Coffee recipe, except you can make it with any kind of coffee and any unsalted butter. Yes. Butter. First, brew a cup of coffee. Add a pat of unsalted butter and a teaspoon of coconut oil. Then whir it in the blender and drink. Don’t let this get cold. It tastes oily and gross. But hot and freshly whirred from the blender, it’s creamy and delicious. This is a great cup to have if you can’t have milk or cream in your coffee.
Like these? Here are another few from my favorite celebrity chefs:
The Pioneer Woman’s The Spicy Cowgirl: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/the-spicy-cowgirl-3691506
Ina Garten’s Viennese Coffee: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/viennese-iced-coffee-recipe-3381652
And while you’re sipping your coffee drink, may I recommend my book, STUD, which is on sale for .99 this week. It has over 100 four and five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
Large. Hot. With a pump of sexual tension.
When the barista next door teams up with a slick ad executive in this steamy standalone novel from USA Today bestselling author Jamie K. Schmidt, they both get a taste of unexpected love.
Terri Cooke wishes she could give Mick Wentworth a piece of her mind. The infuriating stud muffin walks into her coffee shop every morning expecting his regular order at 8:57 on the dot, without ever acknowledging Terri’s presence” except for staring at her cleavage. And yet she can’t deny that Mick Wentworth has an animal magnetism that’s stronger and richer than any espresso . . . which explains why Terri says yes when he suddenly, inexplicably asks her out. After the morning coffee run, Mick’s day is all downhill from there. His family’s marketing firm is dysfunctional in more ways than one, so to save the business, Mick desperately needs to impress their newest client. When he learns that Terri’s a fan of their trendy product, he tries to get inside her head. It doesn’t hurt that she’s the barista he’s been lusting after for the past five months. But as things heat up with Terri, Mick finds that a little steam is just the jolt he needs to turn his whole life around. Praise for Stud Stud is outrageous, sexy, heartwarming, and angst-fueled. Harlequin Junkie [Stud is] my first book by Jamie K. Schmidt and it was pretty awesome. I enjoyed this from beginning to end. It’s also a bit of a gamer romance. So if you are into games this is definitely up your alley. Island of Reading start with the book title” it definitely suits the hero. . . . Stud is just a drool-worthy and steamy read. Self-Professed Book Hoarders I loved the sexual tension that Mick and Terri had. Right from the first page, it was there and it kept building. Life of a Crazy Mom This is a super cute and creative story. . . . There are twists and turns . . . but the way it’s written and brought together is seamless. If you’re a gamer, you’ll especially enjoy this book.
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