Thursday, May 30, 2013

Where Vic Blogs About: Coffee Creations

I have scheduled this to post for Thursday at noon as I'm not sure if I'll feel up to typing by then.

After I graduated from WHHS, I spent a semester at USF before I moved on to BRSM, seminary school. While at USF, I did many things (some legal some... not so much-told you guys I am have not always been a good guy, I was troubled and did a lot of unsavory things when I was younger, things I can share with some people but not everyone because of either their past experiences or because I don't think they can handle it) to make money. I did hair, I would sell off my meal plan to people and then use the money my parents sent me for monthly expenses to buy food & stuff. I had a boyfriend that I helped to sell "stuff". But one of my best money making ventures (yep, you are learning a lot about The Vic today aren't you?) was my "Coffee Creations."

Quite literally, I and my friends would get up early in the morning and for all of those exhausted college students we would make them coffee and sell it from my dorm room (best thing about my roommate, her girlfriend and her boyfriend being together? They slept over at her boyfriend's apartment, giving me a room to myself). But this wasn't just your basic run of the mill coffee that you would put cream and sugar into. I "created" coffee experiences.

I have a nose for what spices when blended together will taste good. When I was younger and we had food in the house, I used it to jazz up the different meals I'd make for my brother and sisters. In college, I used it to jazz up the coffee. I made a lot of money with that and I thought I'd share some of the recipes with you all, so you can try it and tell me what you think.

Now, just so you know, I don't use measuring spoons or cups or anything like that. I just "feel" how much I'm supposed to put in there, so you might have to try out different amounts until you find the one that suits you best.

Angelic Roast-(Angel's favorite, very sweet with a kick)
Make a pot of Italian Roast coffee.
In each individual cup pour a splash of Imitation Vanilla Extract
Two shakes of Ground Cinnamon
A sprig of mint
And one-two shakes of Cayenne pepper
Add sugar and cream

The Morning After-(My drink of choice after a night of hard partying)
Make a pot of Folger's black coffee
In each individual cup pour a splash of Imitation Almond Extract
Three shakes of Ground Cinnamon
One shake of Nutmeg
One shake of Cilantro
Add sugar and cream

Sexy Chocolate Rising-(I don't drink this one often, because I don't really like chocolate but it's great for chocolate lovers)
Make a pot of coffee
In each individual cup:
Two scoops of powdered Hershey chocolate
A splash of Imitation Vanilla Extract
One shake of cinnamon
A pinch of cilantro
Add sugar as needed

All Night Long-(We sold this one to the biology and chemistry majors the most because they said it helped them stay awake)
Make a pot of coffee
In each individual cup:
Two shakes of ginger
One dash of vanilla extract
A pinch of thyme
One shake of nutmeg
Small drop of red food coloring for color
Add sugar and cream

If you try the coffee creations, I hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think! Did the college students only like it because we were all broke and living on our own or is it actually good?

Have a good weekend everyone!

-Vicktor A. B.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Thank You to The Readers

Thank you.

I am so honored and humbled to have readers who stay up and stalk pages in order to buy my books. You guys are amazing. A guy like me couldn't ask for better, more loyal readers and if I was an emotional guy I'd be blubbering. Since I'm not, I'm going to offer you all fist bumpz, thank you for your continued support and continue to write.

Thank you for anxiously waiting for Elian to release and either pre-ordering or rushing out to buy it as soon as it became available. And even thank you those of you who emailed me (constantly) to let me know that you were waiting for the book to become available. As I said, I am humbled by you all.

I have considered giving up writing a few times because of different things, things that I am way too "Southern gentleman" to share and because my birth mother raised me well I will not go into details, but sometimes it gets to be too much. I've taken time off to regroup, to lick my wounds, to go on trips, etc. and each time I thought about giving up writing, I got an email or a comment, or a Facebook tag or tweet from a reader letting me know that they love my books, that one of my books helped them.

That they cried all the way through Unassumed and it taught them a lot.

You all have brought me back to this wonderful world of writing time and time again and each time it's more rewarding than the time before.

Thank you.

Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for buying my books and telling others to do so as well. Thank you for making it possible for me to do what I love.

Thank you for reading.

All My Love and Gratitude,

-Vicktor Alexander