Whatcha Reading??

I enjoy reading and also love delving deeper with those who share the same passion and ideology as I do. You all know that I am big on Families: Marriages and Parenting. I am led to believe that if we as a church body train up parents to be Biblical Parents and train up Husbands and Wives to fulfill their Biblical Roles as set forth in scripture, our children would be the ones to reap the benefits. Just sayin’
So as I was going thru my Feedly this morning, my Blog Reader, I felt that I should share some of the blogs and web sites that I personally have been blessed by their articles and insights.
For Marriages:
Dave Willis-  http://davewillis.org/
Kirk Cameron-  http://kirkcameron.com/
The Generous Husband-  http://www.the-generous-husband.com/
The Unveiled Wife-  http://unveiledwife.com/
The Peaceful Wife’s Blog-  http://peacefulwife.com/
For Parenting:
Joyful Mothering-  http://joyfulmothering.net/
The Source for Parents-  http://www.thesource4parents.com/
Enjoy reading or at the least, surfing the web at all these sites!
Do you have some sites or Blogs you would like to add/share?

35 Unspoken Starbucks Recipes!

Came across this article and just had to share. Kerry is not a big coffee drinker, but loves the frozen treats, so these recipes are right up her alley. Enjoy!

35 Secret Starbucks Drinks You Didn’t Know You Could Order

Most people don’t know this, but Starbucks has a secret menu created by dedicated baristas and enthusiastic customers. It’s not listed anywhere, and most of the drinks are region specific. But if you know the recipe–you can ask for them anywhere!
Ever notice custom frappuccino suggestions scrawled on blackboards in the store, with a barista’s name as the creator? That’s where these come from! Some of these have become popular and wide-spread, but you should know the recipe as asking for a drink by name will NOT be familiar to almost all baristas.
Please be respectful to your Baristas; none of these items are on the actual menu, and are instead creations/customizations by enthusiastic customers and baristas from throughout the world. If you’d like a drink you see here, don’t ask for it by name; ask for it by the recipe! And please be mindful of seasonal ingredients in some of the drinks when that is noted.
1. Caramel Apple Frappuccino
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This one can taste like caramel dipped apples, or even like a slice of cinnamon-scented apple pie topped with caramel. Delicious! For a more pronounced caramel flavor, try ordering (if the caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino’s dark caramel is available):
Apple juice to the first line
Whole milk to the second line
Cream base (4 pumps for venti, 3 pumps grande, 2 pumps tall)
Dark caramel (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1 pump for a tall)
Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1 pump for a tall)
Caramel ribbon crunch pieces
Caramel drizzle
Get it with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce topping
If that seems like too much caramel for you, try asking for:
Cream base to the first line
Apple juice to the second line
Caramel syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, and 1 pump tall)
Cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, and 1 pump tall)
2. Orange Creamsicle Frappuccino
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Orange and vanilla go so well together. What’s not to like? When summertime refreshers are available, try ordering a Valencia orange refresher blended with the vanilla bean frappuccino base. Whipped cream on top goes well here. Very simple to order, but only available seasonally.
For other times of the year, try asking for:
Orange mango juice to the first line
Milk (soy, dairy, whatever you prefer) to the second line
Cream base (4 pumps for a venti, 3 pumps grande, and 2 pumps for a tall)
Classic syrup (4 pumps for a venti, 3 pumps grande, and 2 pumps for a tall)
Scoop of ice, then blended together
Get it with whipped cream on top
3. Nutella Frappuccino
nutella
For the numerous Nutella lovers out there, order:
Coffee frappuccino
Hazelnut syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump for a grande, half a pump for tall)
Mocha syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2 pumps for a grande, 1 for tall)
Whipped cream blended in
Top it with whipped cream and/or caramel if you so desire.
4. Spiced Apple Chai
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This one is delicious and simple to order. You can have it either hot or iced. It tastes like a spiced apple cider, and it’s very refreshing when iced. I’ve actually been able to just ask for an iced/hot apple chai at most places and the baristas know what to do, but I’ve run into a few locations where they’re a little confused.
If the barista is unfamiliar, just tell them it’s a chai infusion in apple juice after asking for it hot or iced. That’s how most ring it up on the register, too–although I’ve also seen some do a chai latte minus milk and with apple juice, which will be a bit more expensive. It varies depending on location. Try it with caramel drizzle and whipped cream on top if you’re getting it hot.
5. Mint Chocolate Chip Frapuccino
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You can try this flavor a number of ways. Our favorite is a mocha frappuccino with peppermint syrup (number of pumps according to your taste) and java chips blended in! You could also try:
A green tea frappuccino
Peppermint syrup (1-4 pumps, adjust for taste and size)
And java chips (1-4 scoops)
Alternatively:
A green tea frappuccino
Java chips
Mocha syrup (3 pumps for a venti, 2 for grande, and 2 for tall)
Peppermint syrup (2 pumps for a venti, 1 pump for grande and tall)
If the green tea is too strong, just ask for less green tea powder in the future. Find out which combination is your favorite!
6. Peach Ring Tea
peachring
Remember those sugary circular peach ring candies? This reminds us of those. Make sure it’s summertime and refreshers are available.
Ask for:
Half Valencia orange refresher and half passion tea
No water
Peach syrup (6 pumps for trenta, 5 for venti, 3 for grande, and 2 for tall)
7. Caramel Snickerdoodle Macchiato
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This one is reminiscent of a caramel covered snickerdoodle cookie. Ask for an iced soy caramel macchiato, upside down (this makes it so the flavors blend together better) with vanilla syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 for grande, and 1 for tall) and cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps venti, 1.5 grande, and just one for tall).
8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frappuccino
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This dessert drink is as close to cookie dough as you can get with Starbucks. It’s a bit complicated.
Here’s what you order:
Chai creme frappuccino
Get it with with soy milk
Whipped cream blended in
Java chips blended in
Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps for venti, 2.5 grande, and 2 for a tall)
Chocolate whipped cream on top
Mocha drizzle
9. Ferrero Rocher Frappuccino
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I can’t get enough of those hazelnut chocolate sweets, and now I can have them in drink-form!
Double chocolate chip frappuccino (or java chip if you want the caffeine)
Hazelnut syrup (2 pumps venti, 1.5 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
Mocha syrup (3 pumps venti, 2.5 pumps grande, 2 pumps tall)
Hazelnut drizzle on top
If you happen to carry around any of the candies, you can drop them in when you get your order! The whipped cream on top is your choice.
10. Caramel Popcorn Frappuccino
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This sweet drink is buttery and tastes like cracker jacks! It’s very simple, too; especially if it’s when they’re serving salted caramel drinks. Just order a toffee nut frappuccino with caramel drizzle & whipped cream on top, and top with sea salt (somewhere between one and two packs depending on taste and size).
11. Nutter Butter Frappuccino
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You know, the cookies shaped like peanuts with a peanut butter filling? This tastes oddly similar. Order:
Hazelnut frappucino
Blend in a whole banana
Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps for a venti, 2 pumps grande, 1 for a tall)
Toffee nut syrup (3 pumps for a venti, 2 pumps for grande, and 1 for tall)
With or without whipped cream on top–this nutty drink is tasty.
12.Peach Cobbler Frappuccino
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The icier version of a hot slice of peach cobbler. This drink is all about the mix of vanilla, cinnamon, and peach flavors. Mm-mm. Order:
A vanilla bean frappuccino
Cinnamon dolce syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, and 1 pump for tall)
With peach syrup (4 pumps for venti, 3 for a grande, and 2 pumps for a tall)
Whipped cream blended in
Cinnamon dolce drizzle on top
Get it with whipped cream on top
Add a pump of classic syrup if it’s not sweet enough for you.
13. Blackberry Cobbler Frappuccino
blackberrycobbler
This fruity drink is pretty and it tastes great! This is one of the combinations that is thanks to Starbucks introducing their fruity summertime refreshers. Order:
A vanilla bean frappuccino
White mocha syrup (2 pumps for a venti, 1.5 for grande, and 1 pump for a tall)
And a scoop of freeze-dried blackberries blended in
Top with whipped cream if you’d like!
14. Cadbury Creme Egg Frappuccino
cadburyegg
Ugh, the cloyingly sweet fondant of Cadbury Creme Eggs is my arch-nemesis. And now I can gorge myself on this drink year-round! Here’s what to order:
Java chip frappuccino
2 shots of espresso for venti and grande, 1 shot for tall
Vanilla bean powder (4 scoops for a venti, 3 scoops grande, and 2 scoops for tall)
Caramel syrup (1 pump for a venti-sized drink, and .5 pumps for grande and tall)
Vanilla syrup (2 pumps for venti, 1.5 pumps grande, and 1 pump for a tall)
Whipped cream on top is optional, but recommended. Likewise for the caramel drizzle on top.
15. Rainbow Sherbet Frappuccino
rainbowsherbet
I love rainbow sherbet in the summer. This one is for those with a sweet tooth. It’s only available while Starbucks is doing their refreshers. For a grande, order:
A strawberries and cream frappuccino made with orange refresher instead of strawberry purée
3 pumps of cream base
A scoop of vanilla bean powder
A pump of raspberry syrup
A pump of peach syrup
Add ice and blend it all up
Again, this is one of the drinks on our list that is only available seasonally.
16. Black Forest Frappuccino
blackforest
Berries and chocolate is such a tasty flavor pairing. And now you can have it in drink form! If mocha cookie crumble frappuccinos are available, order one of those and add raspberry syrup (2.5 pumps for venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1.5 pumps for a tall) rather than the vanilla syrup it normally has.
17. Banana Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
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A thick & delicious dessert beverage. Try getting it with whipped cream on top! Order:
A vanilla bean frappuccino
With java chips (3 scoops for a venti, 2 scoops grande, and 1 for tall)
And a whole banana blended in
18. Caramel Macchiato Frappuccino
caramelmacc
Now you can have your favorite two-layer drink in frappuccino form (albeit without the two distinct layers). Try:
A vanilla bean frappuccino
With 2 shots of espresso
Extra caramel drizzle on top, whipped cream optional
19. Key Lime Pie Frappuccino
keylimepie
Perfect for a tart treat in the summertime, this one will only be available when their refreshers are on the menu. It’s a long one; here it is:
Cool lime juice to the bottom line
Whole milk to the second line
Cinnamon dolce syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump grande, and .5 for tall)
Vanilla syrup(3 pumps for a venti, 2 pumps for a grande, and 1 for tall)
White mocha (3 pumps for a venti, 2 pumps for a grande, and 1 for tall)
Whipped cream blended in
Add toasted coconut flakes if those are available on top, along with whipped cream to top it off!
20. S’mores Frappuccino
smores
This popular campfire snack is now in beverage form! Try ordering:
A java chip frappuccino (double chocolate chip works if you’d rather not have the caffeine)
Toffee nut syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump grande, .5 pumps for a tall)
Cinnamon dolce syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump grande, .5 pumps for a tall)
Whipped cream blended in
Whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top
21. Red Velvet Frappuccino
redvelvet
This one is simple and delicious. Order a half white chocolate mocha, half regular mocha frappuccino with 2 pumps of raspberry syrup (or 3 for a venti) and top with whipped cream!
22. Neapolitan Frapuccino
Neapolitan
Triple the flavor in this creamy treat. Order:
A strawberries and cream frappuccino
Mocha syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 grande, and 1 pump for tall)
Vanilla bean powder (1.5 scoops for venti, and 1 scoop for grande and tall)
Get it with chocolate drizzle and chocolate whipped cream (if available) on top
23. Oreo Frapuccino
oreo
This is super simple to order. Just ask for a double chocolate chip frappiccuno with white chocolate mocha in the place of the regular mocha syrup.
24. Zebra Frappuccino
zebra
Do you like white chocolate and regular chocolate? For the best of both worlds, try asking for:
A mocha frappuccino
Made with half white chocolate mocha and half regular mocha
Add java chips
You can also try this combination (with or without the chips) in non-frappuccino iced drinks, or even hot drinks!
25. Butterbeer Frappuccino
butterbeer
As if it came from Hogsmeade, try ordering:
Creme frappuccino base with whole milk
Toffee nut syrup (4 pumps for a venti, 3 pumps for grande, and 2 pumps tall)
Caramel syrup (4 pumps for a venti, 3 pumps for grande, and 2 pumps tall)
Add caramel drizzle
Get it with whipped cream if you’d like.
26. Cake Batter Frappuccino
cakebatter
This one might sound weird, but it works and is very simple to order. It’s just a vanilla bean frappuccino with almond flavoring added. Alternatively, vanilla bean powder added to a vanilla frappuccino with added almond flavoring. Unfortunately, the almond flavoring isn’t always available anymore.
27. Cinnamon Roll Frapuccino
cinnamonroll
The frozen, drinkable version of a cinnamon bun:
Vanilla bean frappuccino
Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
White chocolate mocha syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
Cinnamon dolce powder sprinkled on top
Or if you want something easier to order, ask for a vanilla bean frappuccino with cinnamon dolce syrup added.
28. Banana Split
bananasplit
The frappuccino version of a favorite sundae, order:
A strawberries and creme frappuccino
A whole banana blended in
Vanilla bean powder
Java chips blended in
Get it topped with whipped cream and mocha drizzle
You can even add caramel drizzle on top of all of that for an even tastier dessert.
29. Creamy Dark Caramel Espresso Frappuccino
bomb
This one is deliciously rich and thick. It’s different than the preparation of most other frappuccinos, so be very clear in your requests. For a grande:
Get heavy whipping cream (different from whipped cream) blended with just ice and cream base
Add 3 pumps of dark caramel sauce to the bottom of the cup, then pour the blended mix into the cup
Add a shot of espresso
With whipped cream and cookie crumbles on top (when available)
30. French Vanilla
frenchvanilla
Sweet and creamy. For a grande, ask for:
A vanilla bean frappuccino
2 pumps of toffee nut syrup
2 pumps of vanilla syrup
Extra caramel drizzle blended in
Top with whipped cream
You can also order any drink with a french vanilla flavor just by ordering something with half vanilla and half toffee nut. Go wild!
31. Turtle Frappuccino
turtle
Tastes just like the holiday chocolate turtle candies, and is a nice substitute if you’re missing Caribou Coffee’s frozen turtle mocha drink. Here’s what you order:
A java chip frappuccino
Toffee nut syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1 pump tall)
Whipped cream on top
Caramel and mocha drizzles on top
32. Twix Frappuccino
twix
Inspired by the chocolate coated caramel cookie candy bar, this is another drink with a few variations. Try:
Caramel frappuccino
Java chips
Hazelnut syrup (2 pumps venti, 1.5 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
Whipped cream blended in
Coat the cup with caramel sauce
And add mocha drizzle on top
Alternatively:
Caramel frappuccino
Chocolate syrup (adjust amount of pumps with drink size and taste)
Whipped cream on top
Topped with caramel and mocha drizzles
Sprinkled with crunchy caramel pieces (either from their holiday-time brûlée drinks or the summertime caramel ribbon crunch)
Or you could even ask for (grande size):
Java chip frappuccino
Add a pump of caramel syrup
Blend in half of a chocolate caramel pretzel (from their pastry selection if available, and not all locations will blend in whole food items like this)
Whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top
Add in the rest of your pretzel to stir with
33. Horchata Frappuccino
horchata
If you’ve never had this spicy traditional Latin American/Spanish drink made with rice milk (or tigernuts in Spain), then you’re missing out!
For the frappuccino version, try:
Chai creme frappuccino
Cinnamon dolce syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
Vanilla syrup (1.5 pumps for venti, 1 pump grande, half a pump for tall)
Chai (4 pumps venti, 3 pumps grande, 2 pumps tall)
Sprinkle cinnamon on top
Or for a simpler version, order a chai tea frappuccino with cinnamon syrup added, and garnish with cinnamon powder on top.
34. Caramel Nut Crunch Frappuccino
caramelnutcrunch
This one is crunchy, nutty, and packed with caramel flavor, but not as strong of a caramel punch as the caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino. It’s just about as sweet, though.
Order:
A vanilla bean frappuccino
Toffee nut syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
Caramel syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, 1 pump tall)
Add in the caramel ribbon crunch pieces to the bottom of the cup before pouring in the blended mix
Add whipped cream and caramel drizzle on top
With more caramel crunch pieces on top
Enjoy!
35. Snickers Frappuccino
snickers
Just like the candy bar. Ask for:
A java chip frappuccino
Toffee nut syrup (3 pumps venti, 2 pumps grande, and 1 pump tall)
Whipped cream on top
Caramel drizzle lining the cup and on top
Add mocha drizzle on top for even more chocolate flavor (optional)
One drink that sadly lacks a frappuccino version at present, is Thai iced tea. We wrote up a simple step-by-step guide to making a Thai tea concentrate at home which you can then use to flavor your own at-home frappuccinos in a blender!

God’s Love Demonstrated…

In this week, majority of us will be celebrating Valentine’s Day. For some, it is a painful reminder that they are single. Yet others will feel the pain of love lost or love not received. Either way, the pain is real.
Let me share with you a truth we can all live by, not only this week, but every week. The Apostle John summed it up well in 1 John 4:7-10. To sum it up, we love Him because He first loved us. Simple and to the point. God showered us in love first when we did not deserve it. So much love that He sent His Son to be the covering for our sins. His Son, Jesus, went all the way to the cross for each and every one of us. That’s love. That’s sacrificial love. Giving of one’s all and expecting nothing in return. God’s love did whatever was necessary to bring us into His righteousness. That is love.
Let me share with you a story that may help to bring a tad bit more clarity to what I am sharing.
“There was this 2nd grade boy who was smaller than the rest of his classmates and not as coordinated. Often he was made fun of and dismissed during games and recess activities. It grieved his mother’s heart. She knew he had a heart of gold and was always there to encourage anyone who was in need. She asked herself, ‘Why can’t the other children see his love and accept him? Why must they always reject him and push him aside?’ This upcoming Friday was Valentine’s Day. The mom seriously contemplated keeping her son out of class that day, so as to spare him any hurt because of not receiving cards or being a part of the activities for the day. His father stopped and prayed for his son. He prayed for his wife. Knowing that there may be pain and heartache, both the father and mother made the decision that their son would go to school that Friday. The boy was excited and eager to get going on his Valentine’s cards for each of his classmates. He spent hours hand making each and every one. He made sure to correctly spell each name and to add something special about each classmate. He carefully placed them all in his backpack the night before. His joy for the next day made it hard for him to sleep.

The next afternoon, after school, his mother was there to pick him up. She prayed silently as he approached the car. Her heart was in knots for her son. As he slipped into the back seat, she asked him how his day went. She caught her breath as she listened to his response, ‘Not one. Not one…’ She felt tears welling up in her eyes but those soon turned to joy as he finished his sentence. ‘Not one of my classmates did I forget!! I remembered each and every one of them! I love Valentine’s Day!’”

What are we doing to show Christ’s love this week? Are we waiting on someone else to bring you love or should you shake it off and be the one bringing love to another?

Panic Time!!


The snap seen by so many last week will more than likely been seen as the “tempo” set for the Broncos that fateful Super Bowl night. It gives us a glimpse into our parenting and marriages. Less than 12 seconds into the game, the first snap was a mis-communication between Peyton Manning and his center and from that point on, it seemed that panic ensued.

So what does this have to do with raising children or building strong marriages? Trust me, it has so much to do with those two facets. Let’s see what the end result of Super Bowl 48…Seahawks 43   Broncos 8. It was suppose to be the perfect match-up, the best defense against the best offense. Instead, due to many miscues and admitted panic by Denver’s starters, it ended up being a complete meltdown and destruction of the Broncos.

Are ya getting a picture? In our relationships, we so often will choose to press the panic button at the start of conflict. We seldom slow down and take a deep breath. We choose to react to the situation at hand instead of interacting with the problem and asking God to guide us to His solution.

Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry and equipper of parents and Youth Ministers everywhere, will so often encourage parents to, “Interact…don’t Overreact.” It’s a great and simple message, not only for parents but for husbands and wives also.

How many times do we find ourselves overreacting to something that was said or done by our children? How about an insensitive comment from a spouse? We revert to survival mode and lash out as a defensive mode and after the fall-out has settled, the damage is done.

Let’s look at King Hezekiah. A man who truly loved God and feared God. Yet, when the threat of war by Assyria fell on his ears, he panicked and gave into fear and try to “buy off” the Assyrian King. Even then, the King of Assyria decided to attack. Hezekiah then went to the Temple and prayed to God. At that moment, he chose to interact with God, not overreact to the threats of the Assyrian King. (2 Kings 18,19)

So here’s my challenge for each of us. What event in the near past did you overreact to? What was the result? Is there someone you need to go seek forgiveness from? Now, take time to pray and ask God to grant you the ability to stop, listen and understand the situation around you, before reacting to it.

Again, let’s Interact and stop Overreacting…