December 26, 2011

Key West Bound

We are off to celebrate the new year in one of my favorite places - Key West! See ya later!

December 24, 2011

Christmas Cookies Galore

Cookies!
Christmas time is the perfect excuse to bake up tons of cookies and not feel guilty about it. This year I made classic sugar cookies (not pictured because we haven't decorated them yet), peanut butter blossoms, gingersnaps, double-chip pecan (use this recipe and add in peanut butter chips and pecans), lemony slice & bakes, bourbon balls, butterscotch blondie bars and double chocolate peppermint surprises. I made a bunch of the dough ahead of time and put it in the freezer. Yesterday all we had to do was defrost the dough and put the cookies in the oven. I think I will use that strategy again, since it was virtually no mess and no stress. The surprise hit... lemony slice and bakes. Everyone was raving! What are your favorite Christmas cookies?

December 9, 2011

East Coast Cioppino

Cioppino is a fish stew invented in San Fransisco. The dish traditionally uses whatever was caught that day (think dungeness crab, mussels, haddock, squid, etc) and adds the catch into a wine and tomato based soup. I spotted a recipe for cioppino in Bon Appetit and had to try it. Being that I live in Florida and would rather cook with local ingredients, I figured I would switch the recipe around a bit and make a East Coast version of the classic. I hope you enjoy!









December 2, 2011

Santa's Little Helper... A Guest Post From Brewery Reviewery


I have a special treat for everyone today! Nate from Brewery Reviewery was kind enough to write today's post giving us all some great gift ideas for the craft beer neophyte. When you check out Brewery Reviewery you will see Nate knows his stuff!  The website is up to its 164th beer review! So without further ado, here are some great gift ideas from Nate....

November 29, 2011

Santa's Little Helper...Backpacking & Camping

I know some people consider it odd, but I am one of those people who actually enjoy camping. I even spent my Thanksgiving weekend camping on Cumberland Island (a post on that coming soon). If you know somebody who loves to camp, maybe they would enjoy some of these gifts.

November 25, 2011

Santa's Little Helper... Gifts for the Homebrewer

Do you have somebody in your life who wants to start homebrewing? Maybe you already have a homebrewer in your life and don't know what gadgets they may still need. Below I have outlined gifts any homebrewer would love at a range of price points so any gift giver can feel comfortable. As always, feel free to leave a comment with any questions you may have. These gifts are sure to bring a smile to someone's face, and if you are lucky, a few beers to you in return.

November 23, 2011

Santa's Little Helper...Travel in Comfort

Lets face it, airline travel has become one of the most undignified, uncomfortable and stressful parts of any vacation. You know something great is waiting for you when you hop off the plane, but first you have to run the gauntlet. Baggage fees, carry on allowances, damn it my perfume is 5oz not 3, palm swab (this is a new one but it actually happened to me last month), x-ray, strip searched,  buy a $5 bottle of water, wait a few hours since you got to the airport at the suggested time, settle in to your rock hard seat located next to crying baby/arm rest hog/sneezing guy (pick your poison), try unsuccessfully to nap, arrive (Yeah!), lost luggage (Boo!).... You know the drill! These gift ideas hopefully make the journey a lot more comfortable for your loved one (or you), so when they arrive they can start their vacation off on the right foot. Grab a few and make up a gift bag or stuff some stockings to bring joy to your traveler's face this season.

November 22, 2011

Santa's Little Helper





















Struggling with ideas for Christmas gifts? Over the next few weeks I will post "Santa's Little Helper" posts to hopefully give you some ideas for that person who has everything.


My Rescue Pup- Coby

And as a way to really celebrate the season, I have figured out a way to give back to a charity I love. Many of the links in my posts will be to Amazon.com. If you click through one of my links I will get a 'kick-back' from Amazon for ALL the purchases you make in that transaction.  It doesn't increase the price for you at all. These kick-backs are already built in to the price they charge, so if you don't click through my link Amazon will simply pocket the extra cash. And, here's the best part, all of the kick back money I get from my blog I will donate to the Humane Society! So if you plan to do any shopping this holiday season through Amazon, please consider linking to them through my blog and help out a great cause at the same time. Remember, you don't have to buy the things I recommend in order for me to get the kick-back.

Merry Christmas!

November 17, 2011

Marble Cheesecake

My assignment for this Thanksgiving is to bring the desserts. I will be making the traditional pumpkin pie, but wanted to try out something a little different as well. My recipe of choice is this marble cheesecake from foodnetwork. The only issue is that I have only attempted a cheesecake once before and it was a soupy disaster! I decided to do a test run just in case I made cheesy soup again I could come up with another plan. To my surprise, this one came out great! I did use a water bath (not called for) and tweaked the baking time a bit based on other recipes and cheesecake tips I read online (and out of fear I would under bake it again). I did get a few cracks on top but I consider this one a success none the less.

November 16, 2011

Calling all entrepreneurs

I am working on a series of blog posts focusing on Christmas gift ideas. I would like to make one of those posts all about my crafty and creative friends (or friends of friends) who make and sell their own products. Send me a message if you or somebody you know would like to be involved.
 

November 15, 2011

Butternut Squash Barley Risotto

I recently tried this Good Housekeeping recipe that was suggested to me by a great friend of mine. Turns out that even though it is super healthy, it actually tastes good too! Prepping the squash is a bit of a pain, but once you accomplish that, the slow cooker does the rest. I served it with grilled old bay seasoned shrimp, but it would be great plain, as a side or with pretty much any other protein you like.

November 11, 2011

A Pinch of Joy on Facebook

Just started a Facebook page. Click the Like button on the sidebar to follow me there. Please let me know if you have any issues getting it to work. Thanks :)

Washington DC

I have been traveling for work a ton lately so sorry for the lack of posts. One upside to work travel is going to places you have never been like the conference that recently landed me in DC. Amazingly, the closest I have ever been to DC was a layover in the airport. It seems like most people I talk to went there on some middle school field trip. I must have been absent when those permission slips were handed out! Ron was able to meet me up there for the weekend which made it even more fun! So without further ado, our trip to DC in pictures. PS - I forgot the camera so you get to see it all through the eye of my iphone.

November 6, 2011

Pumpkin Beer

Every year we brew a pumpkin ale. For the last 5-ish years we served it at the world's largest outdoor cocktail party - the Florida/Georgia game. This year I was in DC for work that weekend so the pumpkin ale had to wait until now. Each year we tweak the recipe slightly to play with spices, ABV, hops, etc.... Here is this years recipe. Should be ready in time for turkey day.

Ingredients
29oz can Libby Canned Pumpkin (make sure it is 100% pumpkin, not pie filling or anything added)
.5 lb carapils
1 lb amber candi sugar
1 oz cascade hops
1 oz hallertau
16 oz molasses
6.4 lbs golden light malt extract
Wyeast American Ale 1056
2.5 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp Irish moss

Directions
Steep grains in grain bag to 180. Turn off burner and steep 15 extra minutes. Bring water to boil. Add malt. Return to boil. 60 min - add cascade. 30 min - add pumpkin, .5oz hallertau & sandy sugar. 15 min - add spices, molasses and irish moss. 5 min- add .5 oz hallertau. Move to fermenting bucket. Pitch yeast when cool. Ferment at least 2 weeks.

OG - 1.050
FG - TBD
ABV - TBD

October 23, 2011

Empanadas

Empanadas. For some reason before taking an empanada making class I had never even thought about making them. They seemed tricky, like you had to have some special dough making skills passed down from your Latin American great grandmother. Of course, those skills wouldn't hurt to have, but for the gringos out there like me, I found out you aren't too far away from being able to make the fresh baked pillowy pockets. You can make them baked or fried and fill them with whatever your heart desires. I think this might just be one of those most versatile foods ever! Vegetarian? Fill them up with black beans and cheese or some fajita veggies. Have kids? Stuff them with cooked hamburger meat and cheese. (I know that's not traditional, but what kid and parent doesn't love their own hand held self contained dinner?) Below are 3 more ideas to get you started. The first 2 are from our class, the last one we made up. Have any filling ideas to share?

October 21, 2011

Living Social Adventure - Empanada Making and Wine/Cheese/Chocolate Tasting

Who wouldn't get excited about an unlimited wine, cheese and chocolate tasting and the bonus of learning to make empanadas!? Well, last Saturday that was our M.O. I purchased gift certificates from Living Social for the deal and off to Miami we went. Overall it was fun to get out of the house (remember I work from home, so getting out is always fun), have some wine, meet a few people and learn to make something I would have never even attempted on my own.  There were a few things I think Living Social could have improved on though. Read more to see my review of the event. In a future post I will share my new empanada skills so you can make empanadas yourself!

October 18, 2011

Win a Trip for Two to Costa Rica

Costa Rica's tourism board is holding a "Million Dollar Gift of Happiness" promotion. You can enter every day for your chance to win a themed vacation (think adventure or romance) to Costa Rica. To enter just visit Costa Rica's Facebook page. What type of adventure did you pick? Who will you take if you win? Good luck everyone!

October 17, 2011

Crock Pot Turkey Chili

It was a washout weekend here in Boca and the rain still hasn't stopped. Other than an empanda making class I went to in Miami (more on that in a later post) I was stuck inside and ended up doing a ton of cooking. I made pizza dough to freeze for easy weeknight meals, key lime cookies with a white chocolate glaze to use up some buttermilk I had in the fridge, banana bread and last but not least turkey chili. Chili just seems like the perfect match for a rainy day when you have football on the tube. I hope you enjoy!

October 12, 2011

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


I LOVE carrot cake. Well, let's be honest, I  love any cake, or anything sweet for that matter. But this carrot cake is probably one of the best I have ever had. And the frosting, WOW! Originally I made it exactly as described in the recipe, but I think this version is better. Hope you enjoy. And remember, it has both fruit and vegetables in it so you don't have to feel guilty eating it. Right?

October 10, 2011

Food Truck Pile Up

This Friday October 14th there will be a Food Truck Pile Up at JM Lexus Margate . Ron and I went to the last one and had a great time sampling all of the different food. The people watching wasn't bad either as many people, young and old, hit the dance 'floor'. If you are in the area you should definetly try it out. One tip, BYO beverage. Last time we spent a fortune on bottled water and drinks. (Legal disclaimer) I am not advocating brown bagging your beer or doing anything naughty, but I doubt anyone would notice if you had a nalgene full of your drink of choice.

What do you think of food trucks? Love or Hate? Any issue with eating food from the road side?

October 7, 2011

Oktoberfest Bites and Brews

The second part of our European adventure was spent in Munich for Oktoberfest. Some fellow beer guzzling fun loving friends of ours from high school (yes we still talk 14 years later) met us there for the party cultural enrichment. Before I get to the beers and food I wanted to share a few things about Oktoberfest that surprised me. First of all Oktoberfest is kid friendly. We saw tons of kids in the beer tents, playing carnival games, riding the rides, etc. They even have family nights where they discount the rides. Second, somehow they keep the bathrooms decently clean. I have been in bars with under 100 people that have bathrooms worse off than a port-o-potty, but somehow the Germans manage to keep the bathrooms used by thousands of beer drinkers clean. Amazing! Third, everyone is a happy drunk. In the US if a drunk guy standing on a bar bench spilled a liter beer on the unfortunate guy below him, I am pretty sure a fight would break out. At Oktoberfest the spiller hugs the spillee and invites him to join his table. We sat and talked with more strangers than I can count. At times we didn't even speak the same language but we were friends by the end of the night. I love happy drunks! :)

As far as beer goes, the Germans mainly still stick by the 'Reinheitsgebot' or German Beer Purity Law, that states beer can only be made with water, barley and hops.  You are not going to find any IPAs or Blueberry Wheat Beers at Oktoberfest. And the food, well it IS exactly what you imagine, Meat and Potatoes. The only green on the plate is usually a sprinkling of parsley over your Knodel (potato dumpling). I hope you enjoy the picture tour!

October 6, 2011

Crab Cakes

This was my first attempt at making crab cakes other than heating up the frozen kind and they turned out great. I served them with a remoulade sauce and steamed broccoli. I forgot to take a picture so you will just have to use some imagination. Or you could try out the recipe and send me a picture of your creation.





October 5, 2011

Amsterdam Bites and Brews

I'm back from my European adventure. Did you guys miss me? Since I have been doing a lot of eating and drinking and not a whole lot of cooking lately, I figured I could share some of what I tried while on vacation.

September 15, 2011

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Oooooeeey goooooeeey cinnamon rolls! The only problem with ‘em is you either have to get up at the crack of dawn to start them or pop them out of a can. I am not hating on canned cinnamon rolls, but they really don’t compare to the home made version. With these you do most of the work the night before and the morning of is stress-free and simple. 


September 14, 2011

Chick Beer? I Say Buy a Pink Koozie.


I saw this beer featured on the Today show yesterday and decided to google it and find out more. According to their website "Chick Beer is a craft-brewed light beer that doesn’t taste like a light beer.  The flavor is soft, smooth and full-bodied.  Yet Chick Beer magically has just 97 calories and 3.5 carbs." Their website goes on to point out the obvious fact that beer has historically been marketed to men even though women consume 25% of the beer sold in the US.  Chick Beer somehow thinks they are empowering beer drinking women by marketing to them with a pink beer bottle and little black dress label. I would rather women buy and drink beer based on flavor rather than a pink label. (To be fair, I have not tasted this beer and if women want to buy it because it has a cute label AND tastes good, so be it). I actually find this approach to be a bit degrading. To me it says that women don't care what their beer tastes like as long as it is dressed up pretty. What do you think? Is this company just as guilt as the big boy beer retailers they make fun of , marketing their beer to men using cheerleaders and football? Do you ever choose your drink based soley on the packaging? I say drink the beer you like and if you are worried about how it looks, just buy yourself a cute pink koozie.

September 11, 2011

The Elvis

On our way out of Savannah we stopped at Clary's Cafe for breakfast. One item on the menu that caught everyone's eye was called The Elvis. Sourdough french toast stuffed with peanut butter and banana! We all looked at it, drooled over it, but somehow out of the 7 people there nobody ended up ordering it. It has been on my mind ever since, so this morning it was copycat time. I must say, this stuff is delicious and not as hard to make as you might think. It is really filling too. I made 2 slices each for Ron and I and we both made it through maybe one and a half.  And if you are ever in Savannah you should check out Clary's. The food was great.

September 10, 2011

Frozen Key Lime Pie on a Stick (without the stick)

Key West is one of my favorite places on earth.  Whenever I am there I always get a frozen key lime pie on a stick.  If you have never frozen key lime pie on a stick, its exactly what it sounds like, except the whole thing is dipped in chocolate before its frozen. There are a few minor problems with these delicious pieces of chocolate covered goodness. First of all, I can only find them in Key West.  While I love to go there, I can’t just get up and drive 4 hours when a craving hits. Second, they are huge. It’s an entire slice of pie. I have a sweet tooth as big as anyone, but these are sugar overload. And splitting one turns into a melt-mess. So, I decided to do some experimenting and came up with my own version of this favorite treat. I miniaturized the pies and fancied up the crust by adding pecans to the mix. I also reduced the amount of chocolate by just using it as a topping rather than a coating. I think the pie/chocolate/crust ratio is much better now.  I hope you love them and that they take you in spirit to Key West.

September 8, 2011

Crock Pot Spiced Apple Butter





I adapted this recipe from the "Oven Apple Butter" recipe in Southern Living's 1001 Ways to Cook Southern. I figured if you could make apple butter in the oven you could easily make it in a crock pot and have less dishes to wash in the end. Always a bonus! And this stuff is delicious! It's up there with nutella on my "ok to eat by the spoonful when nobody is looking" list.





September 7, 2011

Mango Double IPA Update

My Mango Double IPA ended up winning 2nd place in its category at this weekend's Savannah Craft Brew Festival! In the past I have received complements from friends on the beer we make, but I always wondered if they were just being nice. It is kinda reassuring to have a professional judge try your beer and like it. I am still waiting on my score sheet and will share it as soon as it comes in.

September 2, 2011

Cheddar Dill Scones

My friend Taylor, who happens to write an awesome design blog called Perfectly Taylor'd, recently started offering her interior decorating and design services on her blog. She offers the full range from making over your entire room to answering simple questions like 'what color should I paint'? What does this have to do with scones you may ask. Well, if I ever get a house down here in South Florida I am going to have a ton of questions and Taylor said she would answer my questions in exchange for a fresh baked batch of scones! So, I figured I better start now and find some good recipes for Taylor. Ohhh, the sacrifices I make for my friends! Baking and testing scones is such a tough job ;)

August 31, 2011

A German Feast. Rouladen, Knodel and Red Cabbage with Black Forrest Cherry Cake for Dessert.

Oh yeah, we wore these while we cooked.

I have Oktoberfest on the brain! Last weekend Ron and I slaved away in the kitchen making a German feast. I am excited to compare it to what we have in Germany. We usually only make this meal for a special occasion like Christmas dinner but I just couldn't wait! If you have some time on your hands you should give this one a try. And a special thank you goes to Ron's parents who introduced me to this dish and taught me how to make it.


August 29, 2011

Beer + Vacation = Brewcation. A Dogfish Head Brewery 360 Degree Experience.

In honor of some upcoming trips I have planned (Savannah Craft Brew Fest and Oktoberfest) I wanted to share the Brewcation that started it all. Before this trip I had visited breweries while on vacation, but not until this trip had the ONLY purpose been to drink beer. What a great time!

The beer delivery truck guy actually pulled over to take this picture for us

August 23, 2011

It Takes 2 to Mango (Mango Double IPA)

My new mango obsession along with an upcoming trip to the Savannah CraftBrew Festival recently inspired me to brew a Mango Double IPA.  This morning I finally got the finished product into bottles and shipped off to  the homebrewers contest at the festival. I will let you know the results when the come in. I tasted a bit before I sent it off and I am very happy with the results so far (beer changes flavor a bit as it ages so hopefully it will still be awesome when the judges taste it). There are an INSANE amount of hops in this beer! I am a hop head though, so the more hops the better for me. The mango is pretty mellow and comes out more in the smell than in the taste. You can also taste the citrus hints from some of the speciality hops I used. Overall, its not too sweet and not to mango-y. I am even more excited than usual about this beer because this is the first beer I brewed all by myself (Ron was working late) and it is the first beer I will ever have professionally judged. Hopefully its a winner! 

August 22, 2011

Beer Can Chicken and Roasted Acorn Squash

Sunday Ron and I spent the day at the beach. When we got home all I felt like doing was drinking some champagne and reading my book. Luckily Ron felt like cooking (or should I say grilling?)! To my surprise, he even picked out acorn squash as our side. I have never had acorn squash before and it turns out it is great :)

Bellini

Perfectly simple...

Puree some peaches and simple syrup in a blender. Stir into a glass of Prosecco or Champagne.

August 18, 2011

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce and Artichoke Hearts

 
I love this combination of sweet butternut squash with the earthy sage flavored butter sauce. And the best part of this recipe is that the ravioli freezes REALLY well so you can make this when you have time and/or when it is in season and have the raviolis ready to go whenever you want an easy dinner night.  Just boil the frozen raviolis, make the sauce and voila, dinner in 5 minutes!




 

August 17, 2011

Camp Bagels


This idea came from a restaurant in DeLand, Florida where I went to undergrad. (Go Stetson!) I guess it is something they were served at camp when they were little.  It seemed like a strange combination of ingredients but I and everyone else who has tried them has liked them. You can even make these on those miniature bagels for a cute brunch or party food. I used to make them for my Christmas Cookie Swap brunch when I lived in Jacksonville (sniff sniff, miss you guys).

August 15, 2011

8 Trips for Animal Lovers

I had to share this great article I just read. Thanks to CNN and this article, 8 Trips for Animal Lovers, my bucket list for travel just got a lot longer.

My favorite trips mentioned include researching koalas in Australia (you get to hold them!), rehabilitating lions in Zimbabwe (walk and work with the lions), conserving sea turtles in Greece (monitor nesting, snorkel and a 2 day catamaran tour), volunteering with lemurs in Madagascar (helping an endangered species), washing elephants in Thailand (feed, bathe and learn about elephant families and communication) and saving sharks in South Africa (cage diving anyone!?). 

For some reason the trips focused on horses don't peak my curiosity at all. Maybe because I don't have to go too far to see a horse. Or maybe because I went horse back riding in Alaska and that stupid horse wanted to throw me off the mountain.  Who knows. But the rest of them are SO up my alley! And if you throw in a bit of volunteering it seems more meaningful somehow. Who's in?!

August 11, 2011

Grandma v. Good Housekeeping: A Banana Bread Bakeoff

I have always loved my grandma’s banana bread. It’s the one I grew up with and the one I judge all other banana breads against. As I was preparing to bake it I realized I had four bananas going brown on the counter and my recipe only needed two. So, I decided to put my grandma’s recipe to the test. I made both her recipe and one out of my GHK cookbook (circa 1965). While mixing up the dough I actually got pretty nervous. The GHK version looked so light and fluffy while my grandma’s looked dense and dark. After I baked them the nerves got worse! Again, the GHK version was a beautifully light yellow color that reminded me of yellow cake. My grandma’s was brown. Not a very exciting result for sure.  What had I done?! Had I just unintentionally insulted my grandma’s recipe?! Was she looking down from heaven chastising me with her look and signature phrase “Oh Boy”? Well, it turns out that beauty is in the eye of my belly.  That light & fluffy GHK recipe turned out to be unbearably dry and my grandma’s was just as good as I always remembered it, very moist with a great banana and vanilla undertone.  I asked Ron to do a blind taste test to make sure I wasn’t being biased and he agreed “the brown one is better”.  

 
So the winner of the first “Versus” challenge is My Grandma’s Banana Bread!  Oh Boy!
Ingredients
·         ¼ lb butter
·         1 cup sugar
·         2 eggs
·         2-3 bananas (smashed)
·         1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
·         1 teaspoon baking soda
·         4 tablespoons milk
·         1 teaspoon vanilla
·         ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
·         1 ½ cups flour (sifted)
Directions.  Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs. Combine powder, soda, vanilla and milk into butter mixture. Add bananas, nuts and flour. Crisco and flour pans. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350. 
Top is Grandma's / Bottom is GHK.
I really hope you enjoy! And if you want the GHK version just send me an email or leave me a comment and I will get it to you (but I don’t think you will like it, HA).

August 9, 2011

Savannah CraftBrew Fest



Still looking for Labor Day travel plans? You should check out the Savannah CraftBrew Fest, a three day festival set in the gorgeous city of Savannah, GA. What could be better than a long weekend, southern food and craft beer!? Some of the breweries (there are MANY more) attending are Abita, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Sweetwater, Cigar City, Left Hand and Terrapin. There is even a homebrew contest! I have a Mango Double IPA fermenting right now that I hope is ready in time to enter. (I will share that recipe later if it turns out like I planned.) Fingers crossed.

Will I see you there?!

August 8, 2011

Irish (Tennessee) Coffee Caramel Sauce

 I was watching food network the other day and the Barefoot Contessa was making caramel sauce for ice cream sundaes. It automatically triggered this odd habit I have. If I see a food that looks good and I have never made it myself I have to try to whip it up on my own. But plain ol' caramel sauce was not going to do it for me. I had to make this one my own. So the thoughts started going through my head of how to flavor this caramel sauce. Looking through recipes I saw whiskey flavored caramels and coffee flavored caramels so I figured why not combine the 2 and make an Irish Coffee caramel sauce?! And so, this wonderful creation was born. It is actually a Tennessee Coffee Caramel sauce (I was out of Irish Whiskey) but I think any whiskey will work.



Ingredients


1 cup granulated sugar


1/4 cup water


6 Tablespoons whiskey (I used Jack Daniels)


1/4 cup heavy cream


1/4 teaspoon salt


1 packet Starbucks Via Irish Roast Instant Coffee
(any instant coffee should work)
 

Directions
Bring sugar and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium–high heat. Some recipes say to stir. Some say you will screw everything up if you stir. I went with a 'swirl the pan' method and it seemed to work fine. There are also recipes out there that say to brush the sides of the pan down with a wet pastry brush in order to prevent the sugar from crystallizing on the sides. I tried this once and it seemed impossible to do. I gave up on that theory, and again, everything turned out fine.

    
Sugar water beginning to boil
While the sugar water is coming to a boil combine the rest of the ingredients. Stir to dissolve the coffee.


Continue 'swirling' the sugar over medium-high hear until it starts to caramelize. Be VERY careful! This stuff is HOT!

Sugar water caramelizing


Once you get a nice caramel cover turn off the burner and remove the pan from the heat. CAREFULLY pour in the coffee mixture. I would suggest using an oven mitt to hold the measuring cup (or whatever your coffee mixture is in). When you pour the coffee mixture into the sugar water mixture it steams and boils up rapidly and you could get burned. Stir the mixture together as best as you can. You may get a few lumps in there at this point but don't worry. Just mix it the best you can.

It turns really dark at this point because of the coffee

Put the saucepan back on the warm burner (don't turn it on) and stir until any lumps dissolve. You should end up with something like this.



Pour the sauce into a mason jar and let cool (until just warm).



Serve over anything you want! Or just eat it off the spoon. I won't judge. 
It is super sweet so a little goes a long way!

Irish Coffee Caramel Brownie Sundae



Recipe adapted from http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Irish-Coffee-Sundaes-with-Caramel-Whiskey-Sauce-365219#ixzz1URTX3HhW