Leaving Pocatello… Entering the West!

We had so much fun in Pocatello, Idaho!

Busy is good. That has been my refrain for years and years and years and years. And it’s true…. busy might not always be fun. But it is great to be in-demand, wanted, employed, needed, known as a go-to guy or a provider.

So when we completed visits to 9 Elementary Schools in two days… we were busy. And busy is good.

Here is a quick video… more after.

Our day in Pocatello started out great… with an awesome cup of coffee from this little drive-thru hut called “Double Shot”… I stick with plain old coffee, cream and pink sweeter, but these two menu items caught my eye:

Sooooo….. only our true fans are going to know the SECRETS hidden in these photos!

By the way, the manager (well, I think she was the manager…) got mad when she saw me whip out my camera and begin snapping photos of their menu. I promise— I’m not a coffee thief!! Although, the incident did bring to mind a song…

Otto Titsling, inventor and kraut,
had nothing to get very worked up about.
His inventions were failures, his future seemed bleak.
He fled to the opera at least twice a week.

Since I’m technically a Children’s Book author, I’ll stop right there. But I do thank Bette Midler for many great times.

Anyway, no– I wasn’t stealing recipes with these photos. But Joe and I were both giddy that there was a cupcake flavored latte… because our next book, Casey and Callie Cupcake, is slated to hit Amazon.com on November 6th, Election Day. On that day, when grown-ups are voting for President, kids can come online at www.PeteThePopcorn.com and vote for Casey or Callie.

Then— and kids that have heard a reading of Pete the Popcorn will know this— is the Grasshopper Mint biscotti! As they know, there is another book in the works for sometime in the future: Gilbert the Grasshopper!

So it seemed like our stop at Double Shot was destined! And the coffee was delicious!! If you girls (the manager?) we met there are reading this, thanks so much for a great story!

Thank you, Pocatello! We had an awesome time in your town and met some wonderful people. I certainly hope we can return in the future…

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Nick

 

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Christmas Drink Recipe.

Buckle your seatbelts. I’m going to share a family recipe with you…. and I’m sure you’re gonna love it.

My Dad would always make grasshoppers on Christmas Day.

And now I make them for my guests to enjoy around the Holidays.

Minty, creamy, smooth and… strong. Two of these will have you feeling just as warm as Grandma’s Eggnog.

Here is what you need:

1 Cup Creme de menth (make sure it’s the green kind… not the clear)

1 Cup Creme de Cacao

1/2 Cup Bourbon (Use something good… treat your guests well!)

1/2 Cup Whole Cream

1/2 Cup 2% Milk

OPTIONAL:

Vanilla Ice Cream

Melted Chocolate

Green and Red Sprinkles

This is so easy… Basically, pour all three liquors, milk and cream into a serving pitcher filled with ice. Stir well. Serve into chilled glasses.

Optional: Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to each glass.

Also, some folks like these drinks blended. If you decide to blend them, blend all ingredients except the cream with one cup of ice and one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Add the cream after blending– blending cream makes whipped cream. A chunky drink isn’t what we’re after.

Now, if you want to get all Martha Stewart-type-fancy on your guests, this will knock their socks off. You know how you rim a margarita glass with salt? Dip the rims of your glasses into melted chocolate, spin a little to drip off excess.. and then dip the chocolaty rim into a bowl of green and red candy sprinkles. A little bit of extra work for a slam dunk experience for your party guests.

Try this and thank me later. And your breath will smell nice, too.

Off to Pete the Popcorn I go! I need to see how many of you have signed up to help me out on February 29th, 2012! Remember, my very first Children’s Book is available on Amazon.com and I want everybody to help me create a stir by purchasing this book on February 29th, so it can make the Amazon Top 100 list!!

See you tomorrow… well, virtually.