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Introduction

          Hello there! Welcome to Riding With Esther! My name is Amelia, and I will be your guide through this blog. The life that I live is crazy, exciting, and delicious. I like to ride horses and watch sunsets. My favorite weather is rainy and cloudy, and my favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough. I hope you enjoy reading about my culinary adventures. The goal I have for this personal blog is that you, whoever and wherever you are, will find my recipes helpful and maybe just a bit inspiring 🙂

 

  P.S. I love watercolors,  horses, sunsets, rainy weather, overnight oatmeal and smoothies, anything that is bite sized, hummingbirds, truffles (the candy, not the mushroom), no bake cheesecake, blogging, pastel colors, grayscale colors, and lattes.

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Cafe au lait

Coffee with milk. Sometimes the simplest of recipes can turn out the most delicious. This recipe is so easy, it can hardly be called a recipe. This is one of my go to beverages for Mondays. There’s enough coffee to get my caffeine fix, but with the creamy component of milk added, it’s drinkable for those of us who aren’t quite coffee purists 😉 I like to add a dollop of foam on mine, just for interest, but since the foam almost immediately melts, it may not be worth it for you. You can add a little bit of sugar if you want, but I like to use good coffee and let the milk give it all the sweetness it needs.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk (Use dairy for the best flavor profile, but you can use non-dairy as well)
  1. Heat the milk in the microwave or in a sauce pan until hot, but not boiling. Whisk lightly to gently aerate it, or leave it.
  2. Pour hot coffee into a mug. Add the hot milk. Top with a dollop of milk foam if desired.

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Coffee Smoothie

Coffee Coffee! Coffee coffee, coffee “coffee”. Coffee coffee coffee? Cof- oh wait. I forgot. I’m supposed to speak english in this blog. I can’t believe I forgot that again (long story)! Whatever. The point is- Coffee is awesome. This smoothie is the protein-packed version of your favorite iced drink. Seriously. Frappuccinos were huge, but then BOOM iced coffee became the next big thing. I’m not objecting though ;). Enjoy this smoothie as a filling brekkie or a post-workout snack with a punch of protein. Let’s get right to it!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (I use almond milk)
  • 1 T peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (chocolate would be good too…)
  • 1/3 cup cold coffee
  • 3/4 of a frozen banana
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 packet splenda (optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need to add a bit more milk or coffee.
    1. ENJOY! (This is the most important step!)

~ Amy & Esther ❤

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3 Ingredient Smoothie

With summer practically here, there is no better time to learn the basics of smoothies. These treats are my favorite breakfast of all time and can be as simple as you need them to be. With your imagination, you can create virtually any smoothie you like. Feeling green? Try whipping up a kale and apple smoothie. Fruity? A triple berry blast smoothie should keep you on your feet. Sweet? Peanut butter chocolate smoothies are perfect in every way.

  • 1/2 cup fruit (blueberries, strawberries, frozen banana coins, apple, mango, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, etc.)
  • 1 cup ice (ice cubes, chunks of frozen water, water that is below 32 degrees fahrenheit, etc.)
  • (optional) add ons such as seeds, nut butters, protein powder, spices, etc.
  1. Blend allllll ingredients together until smooth.

Enjoy!
~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Mango Blueberry Blast Smoothie

With so much change going on, sometimes something as comforting and familiar as a smoothie can help you stay anchored to reality. This thick and creamy smoothie has a fresh fruity flavor, a not so fresh color, and plenty of protein to keep you going throughout the day😋 Feel free to omit the protein powder or anything you’re not sure you will like. Likewise, add anything you think might be good in this smoothie.

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (I used oat milk)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp honey for added sweetness (optional)
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1/3 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/4 cup ice (optional)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  1. Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. The chunks of blueberry are perfectly fine 🙂

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Apple Cinnamon Blueberry Water Detox

This may not be the most creative recipe I’ve ever come up with (Remember my CinnaBanilla Protein “Milkshake”?), It certainly is one of my favorites! Detox waters, also known as fruit waters, flavored water, detoxes, infused water, and about a bajillion other names, are simply mason jars of water (for some reason it’s always a mason jar 🤔) with fruit. The fruit infuses the water with some of its’ flavor and nutrients. Water alone makes a fabulous detox because it flushes toxins from your body, but combined/flavored with fresh fruit, it becomes twice as amazing. It surprised me how flavorful this water became!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup cold water.
  • 1/2 an apple, fancily sliced into chips. (Or noodles, or cubes, or just plunk the apple half right in there (if it fits).
  • Cinnamon sticks (I used 2, but they are very strong once they sit for a bit. You may want to start out with one and see how you like it 🙂 )
  • 1/4 cup blueberries (I tediously poked each one with a toothpick to get the full flavor :D)
  1. Simply plop all ingredients into the cold water and let sit for your desired amount of time. Half an hour will give it a very subtle hint of flavor, 24 hours will make it strong enough to make you cry (especially if you add 2 cinnamon sticks).

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Iced Dirty Chai Latte

Dirty chai lattes are my absolute favorite iced beverage. A dirty chai is a combination of cold coffee, chai tea, and milk. Just as refreshing as the starbucks beverage, but you don’t have to step outside your door.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup cold coffee, double strength
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup cold water.
  1. Pour the cold water over the tea bag in a glass.
  2. Let steep for around 5 minutes. It takes longer than hot water.
  3. Remove tea bag and add ice to glass (be careful, it splashes :D)
  4. Pour coffee and sweetener in and give it a quick stir.
  5. Add milk and let the milk cascade throughout the cup.

Enjoy and stay well!
~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Greek Yogurt Bark

This treat is easy to make and is healthy too! With 2 ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Enjoy 🙂

Ingredients

– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

– 2 T honey or maple syrup (or other sticky sweetener)

1. Simply stir both ingredients together until combined.

2. Spread onto a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Spread until thin and add any toppings you may want (fruit, nuts, seeds, chocolate).

3. Place sheet in freezer and let freeze for 2 hours. Take it out and snap it into pieces. Put pieces in a bag and enjoy one any time you want a quick treat 🙂

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤️

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Vanilla Steamer

Now that the holidays are gone (Oh how I miss them *dramatic sigh*) the craving for fluffy blankets, steaming beverages, and hot soups is bigger than ever. Vanilla steamers are ever-so-popular, and for good reason. The two big downfalls, however are the price and the sugar content. A grande vanilla steamer contains almost 37 grams of sugar. That’s already over the amount of sugar you are supposed to have in a day. Luckily, there is a better, healthier, (cooler) option. Using only a french press, you can create a thick, creamy layer of foam. Let’s get started.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2-1 cup milk. (I’ve tried with almond and whole milk)
  • 1 T Torani Vanilla Syrup
  1. Start by heating your milk in the microwave for approximately 40 seconds. (this depends on your microwave)
  2. Pour your warm milk and your syrup into your french press. Without bring the plunger above the surface of the milk, punge the top up and down rapidly. Be careful not to splash.
  3. Pour your foamy milk into a mug and enjoy 🙂

Enjoy!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Snow Ice Cream!

Now that the snow is rolling in, it is the perfect time for snow ice cream! This treat is very fun to make (if a little messy) and takes no time at all. Mixing a bit of milk, sugar, and snow together creates a fluffy treat that your kids (and you of course…) will love! Plus you can kick the kiddos outside so they can gather their own bowl of snow. (Use snow at your own risk, finely ground ice works too)

The ice cream melts fast, so be prepared!

Ingredients 

  • 2-3 cups of freshly fallen snow (scrape the top fluffy layer off the snow, make sure it is smooth and there is no debris)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup milk (or half cream if you want to be indulgent)
  • Sprinkles (this is NOT optional 😉 )
  1. Start by mixing together the milk/cream and vanilla.
  2. Drizzle over the snow and stir. Don’t overstir or your ice cream will melt!
  3. Add sprinkles and enjoy right away!

~ Amy and Esther ❤

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Easy Mocha

I love mocha. It’s caffeine and chocolate. Together. How can it get any better? Well, for one thing, it could get a bit cheaper. A grande starbucks mocha is over 4 dollars. Seriously? Luckily, there is an easy method to creating the chocolate lovers’ favorite coffee at home. Simple enough to whip up at 5 in the morning., yet delicious enough to make for a friend, this mocha will have you praying for the colder weather. (Oh wait, it’s already here!). Time to get started.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup milk (I recommend whole milk, but you can try any kind you’d like)
  • 1 T chocolate syrup (Hershey’s works, or you can make your own)
  • 1/2 T granulated sugar (or the equivalent of stevia or another sweetener)
  • 1 tsp hot water
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee or 1 shot espresso
  • 1 French Press or mason jar with lid
  1. Start by microwaving your milk in a glass measuring cup. Microwave for approximately 50 seconds so it becomes very warm.
  2. While the milk is in the microwave, in a small glass bowl, mix together the chocolate syrup, sugar, and hot water. This should turn into a smooth paste.
  3. Pour the milk into the french press if using and pump the handle up and down until the milk is frothy. If you don’t have a french press, pour the warm milk into a mason jar and screw the lid on tight. Shake until frothy. Swirl a few times around the french press or jar. This should pop any large air bubbles.
  4. Gently stir your chocolate mixture and your brewed coffee or espresso. Pour in your frothed milk, holding the foam back with a spoon and then topping with the foam.
  5. Garnish with chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, or whipped cream. (whipped cream on foam! 😱)

Enjoy!
~ Amy and Esther ❤