Skip the Fancy Coffee Shop, and Make Your Own Delicious Brew

With a four month old up feeding throughout the night, an early-to-rise toddler to chase after, and a seven year old who needs to be chauffeured to and from camp and sports and activities and play dates, suffice to say: Mama is tired. 

It's all good, I love the go-go-go pace of motherhood and the constant activity and commotion keeps me on my toes. But, still, every day at 4 PM I hit a wall. Exhaustion hits like clockwork, and that's when I need a pick me up. 

For a while I was stopping at the drive-through coffee shop for a frozen caffeinated treat every day on the way home from camp pickup. Needless to say, that daily habit was started to add up. So I decided to step up my own coffee brewing sklls and elevate my afternoon java game. Turns out it's easy to make a delicious and refreshing cokd coffee drink without spending extra bucks. 

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Brew a Full Pot in the Morning to Use Later. I used to make a two-cup pot for myself in the morning. Now, I make a full pot every AM and put the leftovers in the fridge--half the work is done for me later on the in the day when I can barely keep my eyes open.

Put a beer mug in the freezer every morning. You'll thank me at 4 PM when you can pour your cold coffee in a frosty glass.

Double the caffeinated power by freezing coffee in trays. Instead of ice cubes, you'll have coffee cubes

Concentrated cold brew coffee is another way to get a quick fix in the afternoon. Even better--replace the milk or creamer with this ultra-rich chocolate milk from Trader Joe's.

Make your own mocha frappe--blend those nifty iced-coffee cubes with chocolate milk. Delicious! 

Want more coffee? Check out our favorite recipes using coffee and cold coffee treats we love.

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