Oh, What a Cute Turtle !

Turtle Coffee Cocktail- How gorgeous is this!!!!! YUM!


Turtle Coffee Cocktail Ingredients {for one drink}:

1/4 cup {2 oz} brewed coffee – we used Pike Place, which is a medium roast
1/4 cup {2 oz} Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
1/2 cup {4 oz} milk
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
chocolate and caramel syrup
whipped cream
crushed pecans

Pour coffee (make sure the coffee is cold, or throw some ice in), Bailey’s, and milk into a blender and add 2 scoops of ice cream.  Squeeze chocolate and caramel syrup in, as much as you like.  Blend until smooth.  Drizzle chocolate and caramel syrup on the inside of your glass, then pour the mixture in.  Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate and caramel syrup, and crushed pecans.

How can you not love this turtle ?  Coffee, chocolate, ice cream, whipped cream, caramel, pecans, wow !  Thanks to Amy Latta (hmm) for concocting this beverage.


Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Ok, you asked for it (no you didn’t) and here it is !  A coffee AND chocolate breakfast smoothie.  Just disregard the breakfast part, this beauty can be quaffed at any time of the day or night (unless your caffeine intolerant, then stick to breakfast). And don’t forget the whipped cream topping.



How to Make A Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

(This is seriously easy, you’re going to love it.)

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

First, pour your 1 1/2 cups ice into a blender.

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Next, add 1/4 cup chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Then throw in 5 oz vanilla greek yogurt (about one of those little single-serving cups).

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Then add 4 tbsp chocolate syrup.

Or so, I won’t judge… 

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Then 3/4 cups of cool, bold-brewed coffee.

This is a great way to use up the coffee leftover in the pot, just refrigerate until the next morning! 

Then, blend away until smooth!

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

Pour that beautiful breakfast smoothing into a big ole’ glass.

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast SmoothieTop with whipped cream…

Now it’s getting good!

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

And as much chocolate syrup as you can stand!

Drink up!

Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie

If you like this recipe, be sure to follow me here on Pinterest! 

3.5 from 4 votes
Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie
Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
Creamy vanilla greek yogurt, sweet chocolate chips, and ice combined with bold coffee to create the perfect Chocolate Chip Mocha Breakfast Smoothie. It’s healthy protein and sweet, sweet caffeine rolled all into one tasty morning treat. This is seriously the easiest breakfast you’ll make all week!
Author: Jacqui @ DishingDelish.com
For the Breakfast Smoothie
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee bold
  • 5 oz vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp chocolate syrup
Optional Toppings
  • Additional tbsp chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream
  1. Add ice, chocolate chips, greek yogurt, chocolate syrup, and coffee to a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

It’s August and I can’t Believe it

Our summer in Chicago has come and is almost gone.  Not quite gone, but kids will be going back to school in 2 or 3 weeks, vacations are or will be over, and August in the Midwest has been called, “the Dog Days of Summer”.  Hot, humid, buggy, and so hot even dogs don’t want to move.  Lucky southern hemispherians (sp).  Your winter is ending and your spring is springing.  (I love Sydney by the way.)

So sunscreen, bug spray and iced coffee will rule the month of August.  Oh, another iced coffee recipe will be forthcoming shortly.  Coffee and Chocolate lovers stand by.

Before I get serious about blogging as tutoringyou.blog (ugh) this month, I would like to thank some fine writers for nominating me for various awards.  I really appreciate the honor you have given me, but thinking about my style of blogging has led me to believe that I should not participate in the process.  It’s like this.  I don’t consider myself a writer, as I consider all of you.  I’m an Ed Sullivan (Google him) type, more of a presenter of facts, ideas, various sayings all created by someone else.  Not me.  I’m just the conduit presenting these things to you while, of course, giving credit to the originators of the article, or photo or saying, etc.  It’s part of my role as a real tutor, a volunteer tutor, that I love to bring to the blogging world.  I tap into some exceptionally creative material and present this material for your enjoyment, education, motivation and thought-producing because that what a tutor does.  And I love doing it.

That being said, thank you to KatieKay c17princess, Lydia Potter, and Fisherofmen who have nominated me for awards.

And with that being acknowledged, August awaits tutoringyou.blog (ugh)

9 Questions to Help You Find Your Purpose

If you are struggling with who you are and what your purpose in life could be, Jennifer Carroll has put together a list of 9 questions to help you find your way.  Here they are:

Question 1: What do you like to do in your free time?

Question 2: If money was not a factor, how would you choose to spend your time?

Question 3: What topics do you regularly discuss with family and friends?

Question 4: What does your typical daily schedule look like?

Question 5: Is there an issue or subject that you are avoiding facing?

Question 6: What is your greatest strength? What is your biggest weakness?

Question 7: What are you most grateful for?

Question 8: What do you want your life to look like in a year?

Question 9: What do you want your life to look like in five years?

What Next?

Write out your answers and know there are no wrong answers.

No one will see what you are writing, so take this opportunity to be honest.

What other thoughts rise up?

Answering these questions (and others like them) gave me insight into where I am right now and where I want to go.

Because I stopped and thought about my daily life and my choices, rather than continuing to be swept up by the busy-ness of my life, I saw a much clearer picture of what is happening and what I am dreaming of.

I was able to find my heading!

Today, I pray that God will use these 9 Questions to Help You Find Your Purpose and to prepare your heart.

That He will reveal His truth and more of His plan for you, so that you are one step closer to honestly living a life you love.

Check out Jennifer’s web site for more info.



PTSD: The Best Medicine? Focus on What’s Bothering You

Treatment Can Help You Heal

It’s common to hope that PTSD symptoms will just go away over time, but this is unlikely if you’ve had symptoms for longer than a year. Even if you feel like you can handle your symptoms now, they may get worse over time. Seeking treatment and talking about a traumatic event may seem hard, but confronting difficult memories can help you heal and move forward.

Trauma-Focused Psychotherapies

With trauma-focused psychotherapy you work with a trained provider to face exactly what is bothering you.

There are three specific treatments that have the strongest scientific evidence showing they are safe and proven to work. These therapies are:

·         Cognitive Processing Therapy

·         Prolonged Exposure

·         Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Each therapy is different, but they all teach you how to process your trauma-related thoughts, memories, and feelings so that you can move on. For more on how these therapies work and evidence based treatment watch our short, informative videos.

Treatment: What to Expect

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

After a trauma, it’s common to have negative thoughts — like thinking what happened is your fault or that the world is very dangerous. CPT helps you learn to identify and change these thoughts. Changing how you think about the trauma can help change how you feel.

“Before, I had my blinders on and I’d see all the things I had [done] wrong. And now, when I go through it, I see the experience as a whole… The way I think about this completely changed.”

– Christopher J. Tyler, US Army (1996-2004)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

People with PTSD often work hard to avoid traumatic memories and things that remind them of the trauma. This can help you feel better in the moment, but in the long term it can keep you from recovering from PTSD by preventing you from processing what happened to you. In PE, you expose yourself to the memories, feelings, and situations that you’ve been avoiding. It sounds scary, but facing things you’re afraid of in a safe way can help you learn that you don’t need to avoid reminders of the trauma.

“It unlocks the ugly stuff. It’s in there eating away at you anyway, so it’s better just to purge it in your therapist’s office. Honestly it felt like a weight off of my shoulders. It was phenomenal.”

– Sarah Humphries, US Army (1994-2012)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR can help you process upsetting memories, thoughts and feelings by having you focus on images of the trauma. At the same time, the therapist introduces brief sets of back-and-forth eye movements, taps or tones. This helps your brain work through the traumatic memories. Over time, it changes how you react to memories of your trauma and how you feel about yourself.

“My traumatic thoughts don’t come to the forefront of my everyday life and consume my thoughts…they have been processed and placed into long- term memory, where they belong.”

– Rogelio “Roger” Rodriquez, Jr., US Navy (1987-1993), US Air Force (1993 – 2013)

AboutFace: Veterans Talk About Getting Help

To hear more about these and other Veterans’ experiences with trauma-focused psychotherapies visit AboutFace, where Veterans who have been through them, will tell you about their experience.

How Can You Decide Which Treatment is Right for You?

The online PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is a great way to learn about your options and consider which treatment is right for you. You can watch videos of providers explaining how treatments work, then build a personalized comparison chart of the treatments that appeal to you. You can share a printout of the chart with your provider as you decide together which treatment best meets your needs.

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Produced by VA’s National Center for PTSD

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