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Homemade Kahlúa!

It’s one of my favorite unique gifts to provide during the holiday season. Great for family, friends, neighbors, work partners and my personal favorite, the wrapped gift for a white elephant game!

If you want to get fancy with a long list of ingredients and a lengthy process, I suggest going online and searching recipes. However here, you’ll find a simple list of 4 items and easy approach that’ll make a quality liqueur you’ll be proud to share!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Cups – Your favorite vodka! (only 1 cup if you want it less strong)

1 1/2cup – Richly roasted dark coffee (I use locally roasted beans)

1 1/2 Cups – Organic cane sugar (use up to 2 cups if you like sweeter)

2 Tablespoons – Organic Vanilla extract (I use Madagascar Vanilla for a rich flavor)

Step 1. Brew your strong coffee.

Step 2. Add the sugar while your coffee is still hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved then add the vanilla.

Step 3. Let cool to to room temperature before adding the vodka.

Step 4. Funnel into a large container (I love using mason jars) so it can marinate as long a you need it to before distributing into adorable bottles that seal. While your masterpiece is developing into beautiful flavors, feel free to create artistic labels. If you’re gifting it, selling it or keeping it, labels just make it seem to take it up a notch. I like to use non adhesive tags so my recipients can re-use the bottle for something different once it’s empty.

So there you have it, a simple and delicious way to spread some love to those around you! I like to let mine sit for at least 48 hours before distributing, however if you’re in “need now” crisis, feel free to enjoy immediately!

Just in case you’ve never experienced the splendor of a coffee liqueur, here are some tasty ways to enjoy your new bottle in the cabinet!

-mix with milk over ice (and a splash more vodka if you want an extra kick!)

-freeze to make cubes and drop in, well, any beverage! Whiskey, chocolate milk, etc.

-top over ice cream

-use with coffee and creamer

-layer in a shot glass starting with Kahlúa, then Baileys and topped with triple sec

-splash with hot cocoa and top with whipped cream

-throw it in a blender with cream, ice, whipped flavored vodka

-add to recipes! Tiramisu, brownies, cheesecake, coffee cake, truffles, cupcakes, cookies, pie, fudge, frozen yogurt… you get it!

Disclaimer: I didn’t make any of the recipes below nor did I take any of the photos. I just want to show you a few of the several variations this delightful drink can provide.

Although most of the ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store, here are two links to the non-edible items from above.

Glass Flip-top Bottles

Labels with twine

Enjoy! Eat, drink and be Merry!

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DONATIONS… With our powers combined!

Back in 1982, Thanksgiving fell on November 25th and at some point during that blissful day instead of eating turkey, my dear mother was giving birth to one. Ok, enough about me.

I’m writing you with confidence that with our powers combined, we can create a unique gift to give to others whom would otherwise be out of reach. By “our powers” I’m implying your pocket book, my traveling toes and our desire to spread love.

Instead of beating around the bush or fluffing your skirt, whatever that means, I’m going to lay it out simple and straight.
From November 25th through December 31st, 2013 I’ll be gratefully accepting donations to be used in the ways described below.

I will personally match 50% of what’s received and put it directly towards the program of my next adventure. I haven’t decided where or what this will be, but I do know it’s time I temporarily put down the backpack and tune into something stirring deeper within me.

The other 50% will go into the growth and development of herhappytrails. Whatever do I mean?! A book, a documentary, another chapter in the blog, a trip to The Ellen Degeneres Show (wishfully creating that one). Truthfully, I’m not entirely sure what the next step is…
Do we ever really know? I suppose that’s the beauty of life or at least mine anyway.

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So in the next 30 days, maybe you choose to save $0.75 and skip the extra shot of espresso in your holiday-spiced-fluff coffee (that we all love) or possibly pass on the $8 car wash, you know it’s going to rain anyway. How about sending the kids on a coin hunt throughout the house. Ready, set, go!

I know what your thinking, “…but Erika, how ever do we get this gift to you?” No need to worry, there are several options!

1. Tech savvy? Click here to directly transfer funds through a secured Paypal account.
When it asks for my email, please use: universalaughter@yahoo.com

2. Have a blank check? Feel free to drop it off at any of the following locations:

Jamie at Elliot’s health food store @ 641 E Bidwell St, Folsom – Phone 916.983.9225
Kira at Tricks Gymnastics @ 370 Auto Plaza Dr, Folsom – Phone 916.351.0024
Tiffany at SugarMama’s Skin Studio @ 722 Sutter Street, Folsom – Phone 916.672.2144

3. If you live in the Sacramento area, I’ll be in Folsom from November 29th-Dec 4th. I’d be honored to meet you anywhere within running distance.

4. If you reside in Oklahoma, you know where I’ll be. I’m sure my family will lend me their vehicle to connect with you.

5. If none of the options above are a good fit, please contact me through herhappytrails.com, Facebook or email.

Other types of support are equally welcomed and will also be delivered worldwide; hugs, high-fives, positive comments, smiles… Whatever your heart feels necessary!

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My dear compassionate friends, family, clients, fellow backpackers, hosts and new members of herhappytrails.com, I now complete this message with gratitude and much love for all of your generosity.

Still on a journey led by a smile,
Erika Mae Young

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