Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie

 

 

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious!

 

 

What the heck is coffee pie ?  From Author Hayley Parker, read on:

It’s so unapologetically creamy and dreamy and brimming with amazing coffee flavor. It tastes like a latte almost, with that slight milky undertone with that warm, aromatic coffee flavor. And of course, there’s a chocolate crust because chocolate + coffee = BFFs. Like the Rachel and Ryan of the food world (and yes, I’m still holding out for Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams to rekindle their love. I’LL WAIT FOREVER FOR YOU, RYRA.)

Making this pie is a cinch. Just whisk together some cold brew coffee concentrate, a little milk and some instant pudding mix into a bowl until it’s nice and thick. I also added in some coffee extract because I really wanted to drive home the coffee flavor. This extract is a total must-have if you want a delicious coffee flavor in your baked goods, and it really ramps up the flavor here.

Once the mixture is good and thick, fold in some Cool Whip. I know, some of you detest the stuff but man, there’s no substitute for it. It’s more stable than whipped cream so I like it for no-bake pies like this. Once it’s good and combined, pour it into the prepared Oreo pie crust.

Then you must wait for it to chill. It’s excruciating, I know, but if you don’t let it chill, it will be a disastrous mess. Trust.

Once it’s sufficiently chilled, it’s time for EATING, Y’ALL. Pipe on some whipped cream if ya fancy, and add some dark chocolate-coated espresso beans for a fancy schmancy garnish. Voila!

Coffee lovahs, this one’s for you!

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! *adapted from my Root Beer Float Pie recipe

5.0 from 5 reviews
Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel
Recipe type: Pie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
This frozen, no-bake Cold Brew Coffee Pie is PHENOMENAL. Creamy, smooth and packed with coffee flavor, it’s perfect for a hot day and for any coffee fanatic!
Ingredients
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT vanilla pudding mix
  • ¾ cup cold brew coffee (any brand is fine; I used sweetened cold brew coffee but unsweetened will work)
  • ½ cup milk or cream
  • 1 Tbsp pure coffee extract (or less if you want a less strong coffee flavor)
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 prepared Oreo cookie crust
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Dark chocolate-covered espresso beans, for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding dry mix, the cold brew coffee, the milk and the coffee extract. Whisk until combined and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip completely, making sure to get the bottom!
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, pipe on whipped cream and garnish with dark chocolate-covered espresso beans. Cut into wedges and serve!

This Cold Brew Coffee Pie is fantastic! Creamy, smooth and chilly with a chocolate cookie crust, a dreamy no-bake coffee filling and whipped cream. Easy, impressive and delicious! I think you guys are going to love this Cold Brew Coffee Pie! Serve it up with a glass of iced coffee, natch. 🙂

My gosh, such an unhealthy sounding recipe, I can’t wait to try it on Black Friday !

https://thedomesticrebel.com/2016/07/20/easy-cold-brew-coffee-pie/

 

 

Prague Christmas Market Guide

 

What is the best thing about December in Prague? Cozy pubs? Mulled wine? Seeing the beautiful buildings covered in a light dusting of snow? While all of these things are great, nothing screams Christmas joy and festive spirit like a Prague Christmas Market.

While the Czech Republic isn’t necessarily a religious country, they are indeed a traditional people and they sure know how to get into the Christmas spirit when the season rolls around.

Prague’s Christmas markets are unlike anything you’ve seen before, even if you’ve explored other Christmas markets around Europe. With traditional Czech food and drink, handmade souvenirs and gifts, and, of course, seasonal alcohol galore, Prague’s Christmas markets will show you a whole new side of the city.

Old Town Square Christmas Market 

prague old town square christ market

  • Location: Old Town Square
  • Dates: December 1, 2019 – January 6, 2020
  • Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

No better place to start than the largest Christmas market in Prague! This Prague Christmas market is located right smack in the center of Old Town Square, sprawled around the Jan Hus Memorial in front of the Astronomical Clock. Because of the location, this also tends to be the most crowded market, so be sure to utilize those tricks and tips we gave you for this one, and keep your bags close!

This market is the biggest and the most popular for a reason. It’s got a lot of extras that the smaller markets simply don’t have.

First off, this market hosts the Prague Christmas Tree and nativity scene. The huge, real tree is the centerpiece of the market and stands in front of the Church of Tyn so you can get some great photos. The tree is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments and really comes to life after sunset, when you can see it in all its lit up glory.

 Prague Old Town Square Christmas Market evening

We recommend checking out the first tree lighting, which takes place the first day the markets are open and starts at 16:30 with the lights animated to music, and is repeated on a loop after that until 21:30.

The Prague Xmas market in Old Town Square also has a stage to host caroling, concerts, dance performances, and other live Christmas shows for visitors of all ages to enjoy. There are also some special events for kids as well as St. Mikuláš (or St. Nicholas to Westerners) and New Year’s celebrations.

This year, the market at Old Town Square will be open from December 1, 2019 until January 6, 2020. You can buy gifts and other trinkets from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm and you can enjoy the food and drink from 10:00 am until midnight.

 Prague Christmas Market Old Town Square

Wenceslas Square Christmas Market

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  • Location: Wenceslas Square
  • Dates: December 1, 2019 – January 6, 2020
  • Times: 10:00 am – 12:00 am

Located just a short walk from the markets in Old Town Square, the Prague Christmas market in Wenceslas Square is another one of the most popular and crowded ones in the city. The main part of this market is located in the larger space at the lower end of the square opposite the National Museum, but slowly over the years the stalls have begun to trickle further down towards the museum.

The Wenceslas Square markets also have a Christmas tree, although not as big as the one in Old Town Square. The tree also has light animations though, running from 17:00 until 21:00 every night. In front of the tree you will also find a nativity scene. As for gifts, there aren’t as many options as there are in Old Town Square but the vendors here typically specialize in handmade wooden and steel gifts, so you’re still able to find something unique.

This market in Prague is also open from December 1, 2019 until January 6, 2020 with the food and shop stands having the same opening hours as the ones of Old Town Square: refreshments open from 10:00 am to midnight and goods open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Havel’s Christmas Market

  • Location: Havelská 13, 110 00 Staré Město
  • Dates: Year-Round
  • Times: Monday – Friday (6:00 am – 7:00 pm), Saturdays (7:00 am – 7:00 pm), Sundays (8:00 am – 6:30 pm)

Located right in between the Old Town Square markets and the Wenceslas Square markets, this year-round shopping center dates back to the 1200s and is one of the oldest shopping markets in Prague. While you can shop at it all year round, it really dedicates itself to Christmas when December in Prague rolls around so it makes it on this list.

Because this market is permanent, you’ll probably find some different products at this one than you will at the other Christmas markets in the center. For example, they won’t have the same hot food options and alcoholic drinks available, but there is a produce section where you can get some healthy snacks if that’s what you fancy.

As for souvenirs, you’ll find a lot of the typical touristy stuff like mugs, jewelry, and toys but they will add Christmas ornaments and other decorations during December in Prague. And of course, they will still offer the toys they’re famous for: the screaming witches.

Havel’s Market is open daily Monday through Friday from 6:00 am until 7:00 pm, Saturdays from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sundays from 8:00 am until 6:30 pm.

Náměstí Míru Christmas Market

namesti miru prague christmas market

  • Location: Náměstí Míru, Vinohrady
  • Dates: November 20, 2019 – December 24, 2019
  • Times: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Located in front of the Church of St. Ludmila, this is usually the first Christmas market of the season, opening even before the main markets in the city center. This year, this Prague Christmas market will open on November 20 and shut down on December 24 and will be open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm each day.

This Christmas market is one of the bigger ones in the city, usually hosting about 60 stalls full of all the traditional Christmas necessities: Advent wreaths and calendars, candles and candle holders, gifts and souvenirs. This market also has a beautiful tree and a hand-painted nativity scene and holds events for families of all ages.

It is also located on the very edge of one of our favorite neighborhoods in Prague, Zizkov. We highly recommend visiting Zizkov if you want to experience a bit of Prague off the beaten path.

Tylovo Náměstí Christmas Market

  • Location: Tylovo Náměstí near I.P. Pavlova metro

Located just a short walk from Náměstí Míru close to the I.P. Pavlova metro station, this is the smallest Christmas market in Prague – which means less people! This is the perfect place to go to find some Christmas gifts without having to fight your way through a crowd to see the stalls. You can still get the basics: wooden toys, jewelry, glass figurines and Christmas decorations, as well as some delicious food and warm drinks to enjoy while you browse.

Jiřího z Poděbrad Christmas Market

  • Location: Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, Vinohrady

A bit farther away from the central markets, this Prague Christmas market will be cheaper than the ones in the center with a lot of the same products. Jiřího z Poděbrad hosts a popular farmer’s market during most of the year, and during December in Prague it is transformed into a festive Christmas market.

Less crowded than the center and a bit more family-oriented, the Christmas market at Jiřího z Poděbrad also hosts a regular program of events, including concerts, theater performances, workshops for kids, celebrations, caroling, and even some creative workshops where you get to create your own Christmas decorations.

Anděl Christmas Market

  • Location: Pedestrian area outside Anděl metro station
  • Dates: Nov 30th – Dec 25th

Located right on the pedestrian strip outside the Anděl metro station, this smaller Prague Christmas market is a bit less dressed up and therefore a bit more authentic than the ones in the center.

At this market, you’ll find a wide variety of goodies and treats just like at the other markets, but you’ll also most likely find something we haven’t mentioned yet: carp! There is a Czech Christmas tradition where they kill and eat carp for Christmas dinner, and so the Christmas markets can sell them. The carp stands aren’t terribly common as they’re a bit gruesome and smelly, but it’s definitely an authentic Czech experience.

Výstavište Holešovice

  • Location: Exhibition grounds at Výstavište in Prague 7

Located at the exhibition grounds at Výstavište in Prague 7, this Prague Christmas market is less well-known since it’s a bit farther off the beaten tourist path, but it’s big! This is the only Christmas market with an admission fee, though: 25 Kč per person and the official name is Advent na Výstavište.

This market also hosts an entertainment program for both kids and adults on the weekends. Usually opened with a festive procession at the start of the Advent season, it includes markets, Christmas workshops, live music, and more.

Be sure to check out each of these Christmas markets to make the most out of December in Prague! It might be cold, but it’s beautiful and you won’t want to miss out on Prague in all of its winter glory.

Article by Just a Pack Contributor: Brittany Muldoon

https://www.justapack.com/prague-christmas-market-guide/

Regional Gardening Gift Ideas for Holidays 2019

Give the Gift of Gardening This Holiday

Get the gardeners in your life exactly what they’ll love this holiday season

It’s that time of the year again.

We know that the gardener in your life may be particularly hard to buy for during the holiday season. How does one buy a beloved plant variety in the winter? So we put together this handy shopping guide with tools, gear, garden decorations, and more. We’re sure your favorite gardener will love anything (or everything!) on this list. Below, see suggestions from our sponsors.

Holly Jolly Decorated

Stay in their thoughts for seasons to come with this festive, fully decorated tabletop tree. A wonderful gift for a family with children or for a favorite grandparent, this live Alberta spruce tree features unique decorations as part of our exclusive Holiday Collection. After the holidays, your recipient may plant this tree outdoors. Height: 18–20 in.

Price: $79.95

Source: jacksonandperkins.com

Holly Jolly Decorated

Alitex


A Victorian Greenhouse—the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Give someone the gift to grow all year-round with an Alitex greenhouse. Some spend months or even years searching for the perfect greenhouse—that’s where we come in. Manufactured to the highest quality and standard, in powder-coated aluminum, our greenhouses give gardeners the best growing environment for helping to bring gardening dreams to life.

We work closely with our clients to ensure that our greenhouses fit every need. With its sheer strength and durability, aluminum creates finer, more elegant frames, allowing more natural light in and offering a low-maintenance solution for today’s busy lifestyles.

Price: From $20,000

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Alitex greenhouse

Charleston Gardens


Charming Garden-Related Decor

Give a gift this holiday season from our large offering of garden-related items and seasonal decor. You’ll find gifts for gardeners, bird lovers, and children. Decorate your home with our wreaths, tabletop trees, unique ornaments, and other decorations.

Wonderful World Wall Art: $245

Cardinal Bird Feeder: $85

Climbing Frog: $40

Personalized Watering Can Sign: $90

Friends Are the Flowers Sign: $65

Charleston Gardens garden decor

Corona®


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CoronaForged Aluminum Bypass Pruner

A well-made hand pruner is essential for every gardener. The CoronaForged Aluminum Bypass Pruner is ideal for cutting branches and limbs up to 3/4 inches in diameter. It’s made of lightweight materials that will provide years of use. Whether you are making one cut or hundreds, this ergonomic pruner is designed to fit comfortably in your hand, and the angled head helps keep your wrist straight while making cuts. The blade can easily be sharpened when it dulls, and replaced should it ever wear out or get damaged. With a limited lifetime warranty and replacement parts, it’s the single best investment for a quality garden tool that is easy on your hands and your wallet.

Price: $50 [FG $35]

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Corona FlexDIAL® Adjustable Bypass Pruner

The internationally acclaimed Corona FlexDIAL Adjustable Bypass Pruner has gardeners everywhere raving about this custom-fit hand pruner. Whether your hands are small or extra large, you can dial in a custom fit for every pruning job. The easy-to-adjust dial lets you set how wide the tool opens—1 for smaller jobs such as deadheading and harvesting, 8 for larger jobs such as branches and stems up to an inch in diameter. The soft ComfortGEL® handles provide lasting comfort for all-day pruning jobs and reduce hand stress and strain on your wrist. A resharpenable blade with protective coating helps prevent rust and sap buildup so you can maintain maximum cutting performance season after season.

Price: $36 [FG $27]

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Corona FlexDIAL Adjustable Bypass Pruner

Corona Folding RazorTOOTH Saw®

Empower your favorite gardener to tackle larger pruning jobs with the Corona Folding RazorTOOTH Saw. A fast-cutting pruning saw is a must for removing deadwood and limbs and branches up to 6 inches in diameter. RazorTOOTH cuts two times faster than standard saw blades by leveraging the power of each pull stroke, while keeping the cutting channel free from sawdust and debris. You’ll power through cuts with ease with its extremely sharp blade that cuts fast and efficiently. The steel blade goes through four hardening processes to stay sharp for years of performance, and it can be replaced when you need it. The RazorTOOTH Saw helps make cleaner, healthier cuts on fresh tree limbs. Its compact size also makes it ideal to fold up and toss in outdoor recreation backpacks for use out on the trails.

Price: $32 [FG $24]

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Corona Folding RazorTOOTH Saw

Burgon & Ball™


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Hip-Trug™

Hip-Trug from Burgon & Ball is an ingenious helping hand for every gardener. It’s a lightweight container in a flexible holster that simply clips to clothing, leaving both hands free for gardening jobs. Hip-Trug solves the common problem of overloaded hands when deadheading, harvesting, or simply pottering in the garden. It’s like having an extra pair of hands! No more trying to carry more produce or debris than your hands will comfortably hold, and no more bending down to a trug or basket on the ground. The soft neoprene band clips easily to pocket, belt, or waistband, holding the container firmly in place, even when kneeling. When it’s full, simply slide the tough, food-safe, and microwaveable container from its holster for easy emptying. Available in select colors, Hip-Trug is a clever new idea to make gardening easier—the perfect hands-free wearable garden trug.

Price: $32 [FG $24]

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Burgon & Ball Hip-Trug

 

Kneelo™ Knee Pads

Kneelo knee pads from Burgon & Ball offer the last word in comfort. At the heart of these knee pads is a core of lightweight shock-absorbing EVA foam surrounded by luxurious twin layers of cushioning memory foam. The unique registered design, together with soft elastic material, offers the wearer unbelievable comfort in use. The cut-out above the knee eliminates any digging-in at the back of the legs when kneeling, as well as uncomfortable pressure at the front when standing. The knee pads are water-resistant, too, with a durable neoprene shell and quick-dry nylon coating. Sturdy hook-and-loop fastenings keep the knee pads securely in place, however active you are as you work. Keep a pair in the garden shed and another inside for cleaning and maintenance jobs.

Price: $32 [FG $24]

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Kneelo knee pads

 

Bluestone Perennials


Bluestone Perennials Gift Certificates

Give the gift of gardening with a Bluestone Perennials Gift Certificate. Bluestone grows and ships over 1,200 varieties of perennials, ground covers, and shrubs, from beloved garden classics to unique and hard-to-find specimens. All plants have a 100% guarantee to grow and thrive.

Price: $25 to $500

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Bluestone Perennials Gift Certificates

 

Jung Seed


 

Organic Vegetable Seed Collection

Looking for a great gift for the gardening enthusiast? The Organic Vegetable Seed Collection is the perfect gift to start your garden. The collection includes eight of our most popular, best-producing vegetables. Our high-quality seeds are organic and non-GMO. Enjoy the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season. Jung Seed is family owned and operated since 1907. From our garden to yours, we wish you happy holidays.

Price: $27.95

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Jung Organic Vegetable Seed Collection

 

https://www.finegardening.com/article/give-the-gift-of-gardening-this-holiday

Holiday Bruschetta

Pinterest image of Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta holiday appetizer

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas parties will be here before you know it! I know many of us are thinking now what to serve at our Thanksgiving celebration and holiday parties; this Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta recipe will be perfect for both!

Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta

The taste of sweet pomegranate seeds mingled with tart cranberries… a pop of basil… the kick of serrano (which you may leave out if you must)… the creamy cheese and the crunch of crostini… all of these elements combine for perfection. REALLY!

Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. POMEGRANATE AND CRANBERRY RELISH
  2. 1 pound fresh (or frozen) cranberries, washed
  3. 1 cup sugar
  4. 1 serrano pepper (more if you like spicy, less if not)
  5. ½ cup roughly chopped fresh basil leaves
  6. ¾-1 cup pomegranate arils or seeds (reserve a few for garnish)
  7. finely chopped fresh basil, for garnish
CROSTINI
  1. 1 thin, good quality baguette, sliced about ¼ inch thick
  2. ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. Sea salt
  4. Freshly ground black pepper
  5. 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
Instructions
  1. Place the cranberries, sugar, and seranno peppers in a food processor
  2. Pulse on and off several times until cranberries are coarsely chopped. Don’t over-process
  3. Add basil and pulse a few more times. Not too much, you want basil bits to be visible in relish
  4. Transfer to a storage container and add pomegranate arils
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or till ready to use.
  6. For the crostini, preheat oven to 350˚F.
  7. Place baguette slices on prepared pans
  8. Brush lightly with oil
  9. Sprinkle lightly with salt and a grind of pepper (don’t leave this step out!)
  10. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until golden, rotating pans halfway through baking time.
  11. To assemble bruschetta, whisk cream cheese until creamy
  12. Spread about ½-1 tablespoon on each crostini
  13. Top with a scoop of the relish.
  14. Garnish with basil

This recipe literally bursts with vibrant flavor!

Plus it’s so versatile; in fact, you can serve the relish on top of a block of cream cheese and eat with crackers. Or, substitute cream cheese on the crostini with a slice of brie and prosciutto. You could even add a bit of olive oil, salt and vinegar to about 1/4 cup of relish for an amazing salad dressing. The possibilities are endless! Be sure to let me know if you come up with some other creative ideas.

Pomegranate and Cranberry Bruschetta

 

This recipe brought to us by Andrea of Party of two

http://www.tablerpartyoftwo.com/pomegranate-and-cranberry-bruschetta/

Cyber Monday Explained

 

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Photo by hip2save

This is what Cyber Monday is all about. Would you rather be the shopper on the left or on the right ? If you said right, then you are a true Cyber Monday shopper. It’s all about using cyber space to shop rather than fighting the crowds in now extremely crowded stores and malls.  Are there deals to be had ? You bet there are.  It’s why this day is almost as popular as Black Friday.    And guess what ?  It’s not just an American phenomenon.  It’s also popular in Australia, The U.K., Japan, Russia, Israel, Argentina, Uganda and dozens more countries.

Why so popular ?  It offers a way for smaller retail websites to compete with larger chains.  Since its inception, it has become an international marketing term used by online retailers across the world.

In 2017, Cyber Monday online sales grew to a record $6.59 billion, compared with $2.98 billion in 2015, and $2.65 billion in 2014 with the average order value being $128.

The New York Times reported: “The name Cyber Monday grew out of the observation that millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked.”  So the picture of the woman above is likely her at work using her company’s computer to order some holiday presents, at a discount of course.

Cyber Monday appears to have taken hold in shopping history and will likely continue as long as there are shoppers, and high-speed internets.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber_Monday