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Coffee Time!

Now those of you who have followed this blog for any length of time know how much I love coffee. So, here is my annual post about coffee. Ah, enjoy while I sip my cup of joe. 😉




Why It’s Called a Cup of Joe (probably)

Coffee is commonly referred to as a cup of Joe and though many theories are circulated on the origin of this phrase, it is unclear as to exactly when it was coined as well as why.

One theory is that Joe came about as a misunderstanding of the French word chaud, meaning hot which is pronounced similar to Joe.

Another theory is the belief that it came from Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels who banned alcohol on ships, making coffee a popular beverage of choice, but some believe that the coffee reference was in place long before he held office.

Some believe that the word was derived from the word Java, which is a place in Indonesia where coffee was exported from, or it may have come from the shortening of the word jamoke, another term for coffee.

Regardless of where the term came from, it is a fun and interesting way to say you’re having a cup of coffee.



The little jewel above is sold for a whopping 18,000 dollars or so. Looks  high-tech and all shiny! Also, look at those tiny cups! Why I would be making millions of them every day. Those aren’t my size of cups at all!




I’m pretty useless until I have my first cup of coffee. I can get things done, but it’s not a pretty sight. haha!




Did you know that coffee was the first food that was freeze-dried? True!



Now for the best coffee cake recipe!


  • 1 1cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1teaspoons baking powder
  • 3cup sugar
  • 1cup butter, melted
  • 1cup sour cream
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Batter: Sift 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt together and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat egg until frothy. Beat in sugar and butter until combined. Add milk, sour cream, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture a little at a time and mix on low until combined. Do not over mix. If the batter is too stiff add a little more milk.
  2. Streusel topping: Combine last 4 ingredients (make sure your butter for the streusel is chilled) in a small bowl and mix together, then set aside.
  3. Put 1/2 the batter in an 8×8 – inch greased pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle 1/2 streusel over batter. Repeat. Bake at 350 degrees in a preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Topping with chopped nuts is also an option if you like nuts!





Do you like coffee? Love it? Hate it? Meh?