Sunday, September 29, 2013

It's National Coffee Day

It’s seems every day is National Something or The Other Day. However, today is a celebration I can truly say I honor, love, adore, and haven’t gone a day without in forever. IT’S NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! Oh, an entire day set aside to appreciate the little bean that wakes us up, gets us moving, and kicks our brain into gear. As a child watching the coffee bubble up to the clear top of my mother’s percolator I remember thinking, someday I’m going to like how that tastes. If I'd only known how much I would grow to love it. The smell has always made my mouth water. A local grocery store used to have a big red grinder on the coffee aisle and I’d go down the aisle just to get a nose hit. Who would have guessed that in the decades since that silver gurgling pot, we’d stand in line for a $4.00 cup of the same brew? Just like Bubba in Forrest Gump, I love coffee however it’s presented, hot brewed, Caffè breve, Americano, Café au lait, Iced coffees, Frappé, Cappuccino, Instant, French pressed, lattes, espresso shots, Macchiato, flavored coffees, coffee pods, and of course, chocolate covered coffee beans. What is missing from my list? That would be decaffeinated coffee because I don’t consider it coffee but a waste of time. I am one of “those” people that grind their coffee beans at home. It tastes better and the smell is just this side of Heaven. I wanted to put some great coffee drinker quotes in my post but there are so many great ones. Here are some of my favorites. "Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee." "Drink coffee, do stupid things faster with more energy." "My blood type is coffee." "Sometimes I write drink coffee on my To Do list just so I'm sure to accomplish something!" "You can't buy happiness but you can buy coffee and that's kind of the same thing." There are hundreds more but you get the idea, people love their java! A few years ago, I ran across a paper my daughter wrote in first grade. The subject was, “My Favorite Place.” She wrote that her favorite place was home and the smells she smelled were coffee. Twenty plus years later when she walks in the house it still smells the same. In honor of this life-giving elixir grab a cup of your favorite brew and enjoy a Happy National Coffee Day!

Crumb Coffee Cake
Ingredients List
2 cups - sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons - baking powder
3/4 cup – Sugar
3/4 teaspoon – salt
2 – eggs
1/2 cup - vegetable oil
1/2 cup – milk
Crumb Topping:
3 tablespoons - all-purpose flour
1/2 cup - chopped nuts (optional)
1 teaspoon – cinnamon
2 tablespoons - butter or margarine, softened
Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 9-inch square cake pan. Prepare Crumb Topping: In a medium mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, nuts and cinnamon. Using a pastry blender or fingers, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside. Prepare Cake: In large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Make a well in the center; set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine eggs, oil, and milk. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.