Happy National Coffee Day!
Oh coffee, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. 1… 2… 3 million. If you’re anything like me, you survive off of coffee. You cannot function without coffee. A day without coffee would be like a day in hell (for both you and everyone around you). So on today, one of the greatest of all holidays, I’d like to share with you a delicious recipe for Brownie Coffee Milkshakes. But first, I’ll take a moment to pay tribute to the liquid gold that is coffee.
You smell amazing; you look amazing. Your taste compares to nothing. There’s nothing like that feeling I get when you first touch my lips every morning. It makes my soul sigh in relief. You give me energy when I’m drained. You give me patience when I’m frazzled. You calm me in times of stress. You pair well with everything from doughnuts and chocolate eclairs to chicken nuggets and french fries. There is never a bad time to enjoy you.
You’re best in the mornings, and excellent in the afternoon. After dinner is a rare, but always delicious, treat. I love having you with me when I’m giving the kids breakfast, and when I’m crafting. My favorite thing to do with you is cuddle while reading.
Coffee, you keep me going on days after I’ve been up all night with teething babies. You keep me going on days when my three-year-old is pushing my last button. You are comfort in a mug. You remind me of beautiful, sunny mornings on the porch, and of long-lasting hugs. Just thinking about you makes me smile.
There are other drinks that can caffeinate me, but none that can satisfy me like you do. I’m never ready for you to be gone, and I’m always looking forward to meeting you again. From the bottom of my heart, thank you, coffee. Without you, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I would never get anything accomplished. My days wouldn’t be nearly as bright. You are happiness, comfort, and love in mug.
I love you.
Okay, so that might be a little over-dramatic, but then again, it’s really not. I have been a lover of coffee for as long as I could remember. My mom told me that when she went into labor with me she made sure to make a pot of coffee before going to the hospital.
When I was little, she would make me coffee milk. To a tiny me, it was my very own cup of coffee, but in reality, it was mostly milk with a splash of coffee. I love doing the same thing for Monster now. It makes my heart smile when he asks for his own coffee milk.
As I got older, I remember memorizing how my mom made it so that I could make it for her. I’d very carefully count the spoons of sugar, pour the coffee in (most of it made it in the mug), and then cross my fingers that I added just the right amount of cream. Carrying it down the hallway without spilling any was another feat. I don’t know how many terrible cups of coffee I made for her, but she smiled the whole time and drank all of it (as far as i know) because I was so proud of myself.
My first real job after high school was being a barista. At first remembering all the different recipes was intimidating, but it didn’t take long before it became second nature. Making coffee for people felt like making happiness for them.
A few years later I went on a date with this handsome guy I knew in high school. After seeing a movie we spent hours talking and laughing over coffee. Almost nine years later, our favorite way of saying I love you in the mornings is making coffee for each other. My favorite thing is when I step out of the shower and there’s a hot cup of coffee waiting for me on the bathroom counter. Or if Hubs has to leave for work before I get up, he brings me a mug when he comes to wake me up and tell me goodbye. So yes, you could say my love of coffee has been lifelong.
I love coffee in all forms: hot, iced, spiked with booze, or blended. Drip coffee, espresso, latte, frappe – it’s all delicious. Tonight as I was thinking about how much I love coffee, I thought I’d try something new: a coffee milkshake. I had never made one before, and I have to say it came out sooooo good. The secret ingredient: BROWNIES.
So, lovely readers, why do you love coffee? Tell me in the comments below, and let’s all celebrate National Coffee Day together!
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- 1 1/4 cup milk
- 3 Tbsp instant coffee
- 1 cup brownie chunks, frozen
- Dissolve instant coffee in milk.
- Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve topped with whipped cream.