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Starbucks Schmarbucks! Make at home Frappe.

Published May 3, 2014 by Ashley Townsend

I have been craving iced beverages lately, what with the weather being about a BAGILLION degrees for a solid week in San Diego! Okay, more like 103 degrees, but with no air conditioning inside, it definitely feels like it’s in the bagillion digits. Anyway, my heat-stroked mind convinced me that a Starbucks frappuccino would be just the thing to cure me of my delusions of cheeseburgers dancing Zumba on the beach. And it was tasty. . . For about five minutes until it separated and I was sucking on nothing but milky foam. Ick! Since most of you know I can’t just sit idly by and not cook or concoct something, I was desperate to find a solution to my parched pallet and discovered a recipe online for the Starbucks Java Chip frappuccino. I was, however, a little disappointed to discover it was nothing but chocolate and ice and milk and sugar. 

So, of course, I had to make a couple minor adjustments. . . Like freezing coffee cubes instead of ice, using dark chocolate sauce inside the drink, nixing the white sugar, adding plenty of vanilla, and just a plash of milk to keep it smooth. The result is delicious! And it doesn’t get that funky separation because it’s nothing. but. COFFEE! Try it and see for yourself.

Oh, yeah, and we have also been remodeling our kitchen for about a week, which means we’ve been without a kitchen sink and counters for several days. . . which also means getting very creative with what we cook and where we do so. But it led to a great discovery! If these suckers can be made in a bathroom (I’m a germaphobe, so it’s completely sanitary), then they can be made anywhere. I.E.: Yes, YOU, dormroom kiddos, campers, etc. So long as you have a blender, you’re good to go! I mean, I guess if you were desperate enough, you could go all caveman on the cubes and chips and use a rock or something. *shrugs* If that’s your only option, then I would definitely explore it, because you don’t want to miss this. Be sure to check out my recipes on the upper left of the site.

The Step-Aside, Starbucks! Choco-Chip Frappe:



2 C frozen coffee cubes, apx. 16 cubes for an ice tray (any type of coffee it great!)

1/4 + C milk (add 1 TBS at a time, if you need more for smooth consistency)

1/3 C chocolate chips

3 TBS dark chocolate syrup

1 tsp vanilla (1/8 tsp of anything is an insult to extracts)

Caramel sauce for decoration

Dump everything in a blender or food processor (sans caramel sauce) and pulse it up to break up the chips and cubes, then blend smooth. I like adding everything in this order because sometimes the fudge sauce will solidify if dumped directly on top of the frozen cubes. If it’s too icy for your liking, just add a splash of milk at a time and then pulse until you get the right consistency (I like it pretty thick, because I enjoy eating it with a spoon). Drizzle a glass that has been in the freezer for 10 minutes with a little caramel and fudge for decoration. When the frappe is ready, pour into glass and drizzle the chocolate sauce and then the caramel over the top. And this tasty beauty melts slower than your favorite Starbucks frappe, too, because there’s no water added! The trick with the frozen glass helps a little, too. ~_^ Enjoy, and stay cool, my very cool friends!

NOTES: I used World Market brands for the caramel and chocolate sauces. They have great, smooth flavors. I make my coffee the day before and let it freeze in the trays overnight–that way you get a really yummy frozen texture and don’t have to deal with half-frozen cubes or excess liquid.






A Night with One Direction

Published August 5, 2013 by Ashley Townsend

Okay, officially BEST NIGHT EVER! My sister Liz and I went to One Direction’s Take Me Hour Tour stop in Chula Vista last night, and it was EPIC! We had so much fun and screamed for our favorite songs, though we couldn’t quite reach the pitch of the girls sitting next to us (yikes!); we’re not as young as we used to be! Traffic was insane getting there—it took us an hour and a half to get through the 1/2 mile stretch of road on the off ramp—but Liz and I agree that it was almost our favorite part of the night. One Direction fans are awesome, and we made friends with twenty or so cars. Everyone tuned their radios together while we were jammed in traffic, and we screamed the same 1D lyrics out to each other. Haha. It was such an experience! The guys were hysterical on stage, and the crowd went wild when Niall did his Irish jig. Definitely the best first official concert a girl could have. My legs are kind of burning from all the jumping and dancing, though, so I’m not quite sure how I’m going to wear heels to work . . . or answer the phones. But it was so worth it!

Here’s the song list from their Take Me Home Tour, and be sure to check out my Facebook page for the videos from the concert. And I feel I should warn you that my iPod picked up five tone deaf girls (one being myself) rather clearly, so beware! ^__^


  1. “Up All Night”
  2. “I Would”
  3. “Heart Attack”
  4. More than This
  5. “Loved You First”
  6. One Thing
  7. “C”mon, C”mon”
  8. “Change My Mind”
  9. One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)
  10. “Last First Kiss”
  11. Moments
  12. “Back for You”
  13. “Summer Love”
  14. “Over Again”
  15. Little Things
  16. Teenage Dirtbag(Wheatus cover)
  17. Rock Me
  18. “She’s Not Afraid”
  19. Kiss You
  20. Live While We’re Young
  21. What Makes You Beautiful
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