Saturday, June 22, 2013

Caramel Mocha Punch {Perfect for Summer Play Dates!}

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Even though we’ve lived in our town for seven years, I haven’t actually developed friendships here until a few months ago (since our church was in a town a half hour away, so were all our friendships). But now that I’m plugged in with a mom’s group, I’m loving having friends near by! Since the ladies I’m getting to know have kids my age, play dates are the way we develop friendships. And what better way to enjoy conversation with a new friend than over a cup of coffee? Between painful knees (I just started running!) and the craziness of repainting our downstairs, my house has been a bit chaotic lately. So what better place to enjoy a play date than at the park?

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Perhaps I was hoping to wishfully will some nice weather into existence or maybe just a craving for summertime, but I thought a cold coffee punch would be a great way to accompany some chatter while the kids play. I picked up some Gevalia Espresso Roast coffee (I wanted the leftovers for when I make my caramel lattes), caramel syrup, vanilla syrup, hot chocolate and Safeway Select chocolate and vanilla ice cream at Safeway. The night before our park play date I brewed up 12 cups of coffee (I was expecting a decent turn out of ladies despite a bad weather forecast). Mixed the coffee with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of hot chocolate mix. Then let that sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning I mixed the coffee/hot chocolate mix with 1 cup of vanilla syrup, 1 cup of caramel syrup and half a carton of each ice cream.

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I love my Safeway (I am a master of using their Club Card) and that you can always find something fun in the midst of all the groceries. I picked up this double decker drink dispenser for under $20. I was impressed that it’s sturdy and glass. I mixed up the Caramel Mocha punch in the top and some iced hot chocolate for the kids in the bottom (I figured they’d want a special drink too).

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I made some of my favorite oatmeal, butterscotch coconut cookies and at the park set out the punch, cookies, extra caramel and vanilla, cool whip, cups and a marker to write their names on the cup. Setting everything up on a couple of placemats helped class things up a bit.

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In typical Willamette Valley fashion it rained during the play date, but we still had a great time! The other moms loved their coffee and cookies and the kids had fun serving themselves their punch.

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I love being able to connect with other moms in my community, and be able to provide some yummy treats to accompany our time.

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The kids had a blast in the rain! They rode bikes, played on the playground and just had fun being wet.

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And, of course, I couldn’t resist making myself a hot caramel latte when I was home later. I really like the flavor of the Gevalia—rich, smooth and definitely not bitter. I think I’ll have to make more of this punch when we have sunshine again!

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