Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday morning bike ride & a coffee frostie ♥

Good Morning Friends! I'm just back from an early morning bike ride.  It's such a beautiful day that I snapped a few photos along the way to show you. These trees are too gorgeous to keep to myself! ♥
I tossed my bike in the trunk and headed to a local park, about 15 minutes from my house.  The paths here are right along the water. As I was riding I could smell the ocean air and see the ferry boats heading into Boston.  What a beautiful day!

Here is one of the paths I rode.  It's a little rocky, but my legs got a good work out! The pretty trees and ocean views took my mind off it.  LOL!
My husband grew up in this part of town and he's the one who first took me here.  Before my son was born we used to walk miles and miles, just talking and watching the boats.  There are benches along the paths as well, so if you get tired you can stop and take a rest.  We take my son here now for picnics. He loves to watch the boats and throw rocks in the water. 
See those buildings off in the distance?  That's Boston! This is a perfect view for July 4th fireworks! ♥
I hope to be back here a few times a week throughout the summer.  I'm not a huge exercise person (that's for sure!) but somehow bike riding doesn't seem like exercise to me.  It's therapeutic.  I really love it!

Now that I'm home, showered, and all cleaned up I want to share with you a perfect treat for a hot day.  If you a fan of Dunkin Donuts this drink will remind you of their Coffee Coolata, which I am very familiar with : )

I tried this for the first time over the weekend and loved it.  Now I'm hooked.  Just put aside a cup of your morning coffee to cool.  When your ready for an afternoon pick me up - go for it!

(Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker's Coffee Smoothie)

1 cup brewed coffee, cold
1 cup milk
2 heaping tablespoons instant vanilla pudding (I put the remainder of the pudding in a little glass jar for next time)
1-3 teaspoons sugar, depending on how sweet you like your coffee
2 cups of ice cubes
2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, optional but why not?!

Joy also suggests that you can add a teaspoon of instant coffee (to boost the coffee flavor!) or half a frozen banana to thicken it up even more.  I am definitely going to try that next time. 
Put everything into a blender and blend until smooth! Enjoy! ♥
If you follow me on instagram you'll know that I did some baking this weekend.  Check back soon for a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe : )  
Have a great day! xo

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