Iced coffee sundae – the easy way

 

iced coffee sundae

When I lived in Italy for all of those years I got a special liking to Iced Coffee otherwise known as Eis Caffè. A special treat on a hot afternoon was to go to the local bar and order an Eis Cafe, to sit back, enjoy and watch the world go by.

I make them at home and to avoid having to make a jug of coffee for one Iced Coffee Sundae I came up with a life hack – how about storing the coffee in ice cubes and using them when needed?

Ta-dah!

filter coffee ice cubes

As you can see here I made one jug of filter coffee, waited for it to cool and then popped them in the freezer for future Iced Coffees.

And here is one I made earlier …

 

So what do you need to make a proper delicious Iced Coffee Sundae that is quick and easy?

Iced coffee sundae

Ingredients:

3 filtered coffee ice cubes
2 scoops of cream or vanilla ice cream
Squirty cream
chocolate sprinkles

Method:

Take out a couple of coffee ice cubes and place in your serving glass.

The third coffee ice cube place in a small bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds until melted and warm.

Add two scoops of ice cream to the serving glass.

Pour over the hot coffee from the microwave.

Squirt cream on top and add sprinkles.

Serve with a spoon and a straw.

Sit back and watch the world go by.

Kumala, the south African wine people have been putting their heads together and coming up with a fabulous list of Life Hacks as they want to make our lives easier.

They want to free up some of our time and I don’t know about you but I am constantly pushed for time. The genius behind these simple tricks is so awesome that you’ll soon be doing them all. Take a look at their Facebook page and keep an eye out for #GeckoHacks to make sure you get to see them.

Take a look at this one for an example:

Packing a picnic – Wanting to enjoy a picnic in the sun but not a broken wine bottle when unpacking the basket?  Simply cover your Kumala wine bottle with a clean sock to ensure it arrives at your destination in one piece!

Kumala_LifeHacks- Packing a Picnic

Genius!

Well as you can see from the top photo, I thought it was a brilliant idea, I dug out my walking/ski socks (clean ones by the way) and put them to good use for the photo here BUT it’s such a good idea I will most definitely be using this for picnics this year as it’s not just for wine but any glass bottle that needs protecting.

Life hack - wine bottle in sock

So I had a think about a good life hack to share with you and I came up with a ‘really good idea‘.

 

Win a case of Kumala wine with YOUR life hack

Kumala are giving me a case of their delicious wine to give away to my favourite life hack that you suggest. Describe your favourite life hack in the comment box below and I will choose my favourite hack to win a case of Kumala wine for the ultimate Me Time Moment.

The competition is open for one week the idea is about putting your feet up and having some great me time so get brain storming and let me know what works for you.

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125 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    May 1, 2015 / 8:22 AM

    Sticky Post-it Notelets – I run them between the keys on my laptop and they pick up all the crumbs!

  2. Lorna Kennedy
    May 1, 2015 / 8:42 AM

    I’m having a love affair with lemons at the moment. I’ve found that microwaving them for 20 seconds makes them much easier to squeeze and gets much more juice out. (Works with limes too). Also, if you put half a lemon in a small bowl of water and microwave it for about 10 minutes, you can clean your microwave with a quick wipe. Crikey, I sound like Kim and Aggie :-), but I like things that make life easier!

  3. Iris
    May 1, 2015 / 8:48 AM

    Not sure if thats called a hack, but I use Quark for all sorts of things, like joint pains, sprains or sore throat. Use a piece of old cloth and make a small parcel filled with quark and put on the affected area. Works wonders and helps the inflamation to calm down.
    My ither one would be I always keep sliced bread in the fridge lasts much longer.

  4. Paul Wilson
    May 1, 2015 / 9:01 AM

    Having a ton of food, virtually ready to eat, growing in the garden.

  5. Karen Barrett
    May 1, 2015 / 9:10 AM

    My diary, It keeps me sane and and in control, I leave it open in the kitchen for all the family to share and enter details

  6. mark cameron
    May 1, 2015 / 9:16 AM

    my life hack, when reheating last nights take away pizza, put a small cup of water in the microwave too. it will come out fresh like it had just been delivered.

  7. Tracy Hanley
    May 1, 2015 / 9:34 AM

    Roll your clothes up when packing your suitcase, because it’ll take up less space

  8. Liz Slade
    May 1, 2015 / 9:37 AM

    Keep a car windscreen squeegee in the shower and use to clean the water off glass doors after every shower. Been doing this for eight years and my shower doors still look like new.

  9. Anthony Harrington
    May 1, 2015 / 9:37 AM

    use white vinegar for cleaning limescale, saves time and money

  10. Frances Heaton
    May 1, 2015 / 9:40 AM

    Place a rubber band round an open paint can. You can wipe excess paint off the brush against the band, rather than messing up the sides of the tin.

  11. Emily Hallett
    May 1, 2015 / 9:43 AM

    When I finish work late, I take a shower whilst my dinner is cooking.

  12. Fiona K
    May 1, 2015 / 9:47 AM

    Buy perishable food at the supermarket at then end of the day when it can be up to 90 per cent discounted and store it in the freezer

  13. David Prince
    May 1, 2015 / 9:48 AM

    People who run Blogs they are so far up their own a**e it is unbelievable.

  14. Gavin
    May 1, 2015 / 10:05 AM

    Put a ring pull from a can of fizzy drink over the hook of a coat hanger and hang a second hanger on it making more space on the rail.

  15. Laura Kilby
    May 1, 2015 / 10:31 AM

    Tape a lavender sachet to the inside of your linen basket lid to prevent dirty clothes from whiffing out your bathroom/bedroom. This also works for dirty clothes in your suitcase on holiday – pop them in a plastic bag with a lavender sachet inside :)

  16. Andrew Petrie
    May 1, 2015 / 11:02 AM

    I make large easy to freeze meals which can be split into a number of portions.This is economic in time and money.

  17. claire nutman
    May 1, 2015 / 11:12 AM

    Making my own curry pastes!! Its so addictive and is healthier and tastier than anything you could buy, It has sparked a new interest in home cooking and healthy living………….give it a go!!

  18. Tom Morrison
    May 1, 2015 / 12:03 PM

    Pottering about in the garden and greenhouse helps me wind down

  19. May 1, 2015 / 12:33 PM

    My slow cooker is amazing, just bung everything in and it comes out tasting great.

  20. Jacqueline Roberts
    May 1, 2015 / 12:41 PM

    Buying cheap shorted dated fruit and making great smoothies

  21. Phil W
    May 1, 2015 / 12:59 PM

    I’m a fan of alternating cleaning things with Vinegar or Baking Soda. If one doesn’t do the job the other likely will.

  22. Jo m welsh
    May 1, 2015 / 1:01 PM

    Get school bags ready the night before saves a lot of hunting in the morning

  23. John
    May 1, 2015 / 1:13 PM

    Meal planning saves loads of money on waste!

  24. Zoe G
    May 1, 2015 / 1:29 PM

    Mine is to make scrambled egg in the microwave, so much quicker and it doesn’t stick to the pan!

  25. Ashleigh Allan
    May 1, 2015 / 1:36 PM

    Get a swimming noodle and put it under the fitted sheet on your child’s bed – it helps stop them falling out of bed (and once they get a bit older it will help teach them to swim)!

  26. kelly mobbs
    May 1, 2015 / 1:44 PM

    bicarbonate of soda and a dash of a fragranced oil makes a great carpet freshener. Who needs shake and vac!

  27. May 1, 2015 / 2:03 PM

    Re-using envelopes & stamps, saves small fortune! :)

  28. Louise Comb
    May 1, 2015 / 2:15 PM

    I always do exactly what I want to, at the exact moment I want to do it – unless there is a seriously good reason not to :)

  29. Tracy
    May 1, 2015 / 2:18 PM

    I love ice cream,but not the calories/fat content, so i freeze tubs of cheap, low-fat fruit yoghurt and then enjoy them as a type of low fat sorbet – need to leave them out of the freezer for about 20 mins before eating though, as they can be too hard otherwise.

  30. Danika Lloyd
    May 1, 2015 / 2:44 PM

    storing cleaning supplies in a hanging shoe rack!

  31. laura banks
    May 1, 2015 / 2:59 PM

    re using my envelopes saves me a fortune

  32. Roraima
    May 1, 2015 / 3:34 PM

    A case of Kumala: every Spring I get very hungry and I find it very sad to eat without a good red…Kumala!

  33. clair downham
    May 1, 2015 / 3:58 PM

    emergency box handy with matches torch candles etc for power cuts

  34. George Brabyn
    May 1, 2015 / 4:25 PM

    Vouchers, use vouchers for everything!

  35. Lisa Everaert
    May 1, 2015 / 4:33 PM

    Dont pay for postcards, grab some free from your local library x

  36. Heather T
    May 1, 2015 / 4:44 PM

    Write lists and stick to them

  37. kellyjo walters
    May 1, 2015 / 7:20 PM

    items that are on offer buy in bulk and stock up

  38. Edward Guerreiro
    May 1, 2015 / 8:35 PM

    Save your junk mail, and use it to line the bottom of your bin bags. It will soak up any fluids you add, and stop the bag from leaking horrid juices.

  39. frances hopkins
    May 1, 2015 / 8:44 PM

    Hang up things straight away so they don’t need a lot of ironing

  40. Lisa Wilkinson
    May 1, 2015 / 9:45 PM

    Getting everything prepared the night before – clothes, lunches, even dinner prep.

  41. Natalie Crossan
    May 1, 2015 / 10:35 PM

    Half price offers = stock the cupboards :)

  42. Kim Neville
    May 1, 2015 / 10:56 PM

    When there is an offer on something we use I buy lots to last us. Will run out of space soon :-/

  43. Paul T
    May 1, 2015 / 11:36 PM

    Stock up on household essentials when they’re on offer.

  44. gemma brown
    May 2, 2015 / 10:31 AM

    bulk make meals, and freeze in portions

  45. Michelle Carlin
    May 2, 2015 / 12:13 PM

    Keep on top of tidying etc, then every day just needs a quick going over. It means it never feels like a huge task

  46. Janet Dring
    May 2, 2015 / 2:15 PM

    Always keep baby wipes in the car, no matter how old your children are they always come in handy

  47. jennifer thorpe
    May 2, 2015 / 2:32 PM

    cook double the amount of vegetables on one night so you haven’t got to do it the next one

  48. laura jayne bates
    May 2, 2015 / 4:07 PM

    buying reduced meat in the supermarket because its due to go out of date you can get it as cheap as 10p throw it in the freezer it saves a fortunate then make a huge stew with it to eat through the week

  49. Vanessa Cox
    May 2, 2015 / 4:27 PM

    I prepare individual bags of fruits and seeds and store them in the freezer. Each morning I use one bag in the mixer for quick smoothie for our breakfast.

  50. m knight
    May 2, 2015 / 4:53 PM

    I re use stamps that haven’t been franked, saved loads

  51. Lori Mckillop
    May 2, 2015 / 6:28 PM

    Drinking a glass of water while drinking coffee will protect your teeth.

  52. May 2, 2015 / 6:41 PM

    Twist the end of carrier bags tightly to undo thm more easily when knotted

  53. Linda Welch
    May 2, 2015 / 7:05 PM

    Like a slice of lemon or lime in your soft drink but never have one to hand? Open-freeze slices of lemon or lime, then put them in a freezer bag. Use them individually to flavour drinks and cool them at the same time.

  54. Tara Smith
    May 2, 2015 / 10:17 PM

    When planning a day out with kids, always have ‘escape plans’ up your sleeve

  55. Leanne Lunn
    May 2, 2015 / 10:59 PM

    Throwing something away everyday is helping me declutter without spending hours doing it.

  56. sharon mead
    May 3, 2015 / 10:09 AM

    freeze wedges of lemon and limes, ready for g&t and cold drinks. You look super organised and no need for ice, so drinks not diluted.

  57. emily omara
    May 3, 2015 / 10:55 AM

    clean as u go along!

  58. David Paterson
    May 3, 2015 / 1:02 PM

    Find half price joint in supermarkets and freeze

  59. Jackie Stevens
    May 3, 2015 / 1:18 PM

    Write a list and stick to it when you go to the shops. It saves so much money!

  60. Hilda Hazel Wright
    May 3, 2015 / 1:51 PM

    I save plastic tubs with lids for re-using for picnics. The hummus ones we get are particularly brilliant size wise for making up lots of salad portions. As well as saving on the cost of buying tubs especially, its good where you want to just dispose of everything after eating rather than carry your picnic gear around afterwards…when you’re taking food with you to the airport while waiting to catch a flight for example!

  61. May 3, 2015 / 2:10 PM

    Hang clothes straight from the tumble drier – much less ironing

  62. Chris Bell
    May 3, 2015 / 3:36 PM

    Cook Large portions for your dinners and then you can freeze the leftovers, or if theres not a lot left at least you have a nice lunch for the next day rather than another sandwich!!

  63. Sheila Sloan
    May 3, 2015 / 3:47 PM

    Procrastination is the thief of time.

  64. Kristy Brown
    May 3, 2015 / 5:38 PM

    I make large portions of homemade cooking so always ensure I freeze a couple so that if I’m running late in the week the kids/hubby still have a nice homemade meal

  65. May 3, 2015 / 9:08 PM

    a cup of water to help clean the microwave after cooking!

  66. Suzanne McC
    May 3, 2015 / 10:40 PM

    Adding little bits of exercise to your daily routine, eg. 10 squats whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, all adds up and can be just as effective as going to the gym.

  67. Lucy Robinson
    May 4, 2015 / 7:56 AM

    Keep a bag on you. So many shops charge now. x

  68. Helen
    May 4, 2015 / 9:20 AM

    The internet

  69. Ali Johnson
    May 4, 2015 / 7:38 PM

    Wine racks aren’t only great for storing bottles of Kumala but they also make super towel organisers.

  70. Helen Allan
    May 4, 2015 / 7:47 PM

    Clean rooms as you use them. I do this and never have to do a big house clean, just a daily hoover.

  71. Barry Gorman
    May 4, 2015 / 7:48 PM

    A good fresh air walk really recharges my batteries!

  72. Paula Phillips
    May 4, 2015 / 9:07 PM

    I have a mini sort out of one room each week, it helps keep things clean and tidy without too much effort.

  73. Maddy
    May 4, 2015 / 9:11 PM

    Frozen grapes for my wine,
    Frozen fruits so always have the means to make Pimms!
    A slowcooker and takeaway tubs to batch-cook soups for the freezer

  74. Gill Mitchell
    May 4, 2015 / 9:18 PM

    Freeze slices of lime then you always have some in to add flavour to a g & t or any soft drink

  75. Kat Allinson
    May 4, 2015 / 10:22 PM

    Slice a lemon and put the slices in the freezer, you have instant lemon ice cubes for cold drinks

  76. Steph
    May 5, 2015 / 8:47 AM

    i input all my meals into myfitnesspal when ordering online shopping. therefore nothing is thrown out and i dot waste time in the evening wondering what to cook

  77. Christine Constable
    May 5, 2015 / 9:16 AM

    When making chilli I cook a lot more than I need and then freeze portions for the future. The flavours seem to develop with keeping and it just needs reheating for a quick meal in the future.

  78. Amy Skinner
    May 5, 2015 / 10:45 AM

    I do online food shopping so we aren’t tempted by picking up unnecessary items and having a huge bill at the end

  79. Pete
    May 5, 2015 / 11:20 AM

    Hull strawberries by pushing a plastic straw up from the bottom towards the leaves.
    Don’t forget to squeeze out the mush between fruits!

  80. Sarah Mills
    May 5, 2015 / 11:49 AM

    my diary where would I be without it!

  81. Fiona
    May 5, 2015 / 12:29 PM

    I get milk delivered – it saves me lots of time nipping to the shops and also saves money as I always end up buying more when I’m there

  82. May 5, 2015 / 12:53 PM

    Batch cooking! Whip up a bigger batch than usual of chilli con carne, bolognese, casserole or other dishes when you’re cooking – it won’t take much longer than normal, and you’ll have loads of leftovers to freeze for the days when you really don’t feel like cooking. Buying and cooking in bulk saves loads of money too :)

  83. Gemma Poulding
    May 5, 2015 / 12:54 PM

    Saving coupons and also entering competitions!!

  84. Selina
    May 5, 2015 / 12:56 PM

    I have a shared gmail calendar on our phones with my hubby which keeps us and all of the family in order. So much easier organizing family!

  85. Keshia Esgate
    May 5, 2015 / 1:05 PM

    cook in larger batches and freeze portions to save time on cooking in the week

  86. Rachael Marsden
    May 5, 2015 / 1:36 PM

    Always plan your meals in advance, saving time and money and love your freezer

  87. Donna Towner
    May 5, 2015 / 2:41 PM

    I use bulldog clips to stop the charging wires falling down the sides of units. Slip the charging wire through the metal loops of the clip and then clip the bulldog jaws to the table top.

  88. donna l jones
    May 5, 2015 / 3:16 PM

    doing my gardening

  89. Linda Thorn
    May 5, 2015 / 5:13 PM

    add mustard in cheese sauce using mild cheese gives it a strong taste

  90. Ali Thorpe
    May 5, 2015 / 5:29 PM

    I use (clean) socks for cleaning. Pull one over a hanger to dust behind radiators and in high places, dampened to wipe down dust-prone surfaces etc.

  91. May 5, 2015 / 5:50 PM

    my recycle bin! …. in short it saves me everytime theres a rainy day (junk modelling with the kiddos) and everytime we have to do a quick change of plans at our beavers group due to rain (loo rool monsters anyone?)

  92. Hannah Cummings
    May 5, 2015 / 7:28 PM

    Always have everything ready for work before the morning, ie ironing, lunch box etc

  93. Lindy Hine
    May 5, 2015 / 8:29 PM

    Organise your wardrobe – hang your clothing in colour co-ordinated order and create entire outfits ready to just grab and wear. Saves time when you’re getting ready and saves thinking “what can I wear” at the last minute!

  94. Amy Davis
    May 5, 2015 / 8:31 PM

    My life hack is to take a picture of the inside of your fridge and/or food cupboard before you go shopping. I always forget something and so a picture is so much quicker than a list to take and to check.

  95. Maria Jane Knight
    May 5, 2015 / 9:12 PM

    Run out of shaving gel/ foam…use hair conditioner! It also leaves your legs silky soft!

  96. Claire B
    May 5, 2015 / 9:57 PM

    if your on a water meter get a water butt and also fill it with water from drawer of condenser tumble dryer

  97. Dawn Totton
    May 5, 2015 / 10:01 PM

    A bag for life works out much cheaper then having to buy plastic carrier bags every week when shopping.

  98. Gillian Hutchison
    May 5, 2015 / 10:03 PM

    put a bowl with vinegar and water in the microwave for 2 mins before cleaning, makes cleaning much easier!

  99. Marjoleine Kok
    May 5, 2015 / 10:04 PM

    I always place a wooden spoon across any pans when cooking – It stops them from boiling over= no messy stove tops :)

  100. katy
    May 5, 2015 / 10:13 PM

    A slow cooker is a hungry families lifesaver!

  101. Emily Jayne Phipps
    May 5, 2015 / 10:18 PM

    I use my slow cooker to cook every joint of meat! It comes out perfect every time and I don’t even have to turn the meat!

  102. May 5, 2015 / 10:21 PM

    Use your used-up coffee grounds (after you’ve made your coffee ice cubes for your Eis Cafe!) or your teabags (open the bag first!) to top off your plants, or mix it in with the compost.

    This will give them great nutrients to help them grow, by improving the nutrient-content of the soil they’re in.

    So you’ll get better plants, spend less money on plant food, throw out less waste, and you’ll have a perfect additional excuse for brewing up another batch of Eis Cafe ice cubes because you’ll be feeding your plants at the same time as making that fabulous drink to congratulate yourself for saving the planet with!

  103. Aimee Wright
    May 5, 2015 / 10:37 PM

    Magnetic strip to keep hair pins on otherwise I’m forever losing them!

  104. James Donovan
    May 5, 2015 / 10:42 PM

    Never go food shopping on an empty stomach you always pick up stuff you dont’ need. Go after you have eaten, you will only pick up what you require.

  105. May 5, 2015 / 10:44 PM

    Fabric sheets are a fab item for housecleaning. I use them to wipe up dust and it keeps it from sticking for a long time again

  106. Diana
    May 5, 2015 / 10:46 PM

    I don’t think I use any hacks.. yet! But here found few very that going to be very useful :)

  107. Mary Chez
    May 5, 2015 / 11:03 PM

    Cook in large batches and freeze

  108. Jonathan Mason
    May 5, 2015 / 11:31 PM

    Buy the best shoes you can afford – they will last a lot longer than cheap shoes and are much better for your feet. Always get new shoes soled and heeled – makes them last even longer.

  109. Mr James Holyland
    May 5, 2015 / 11:34 PM

    I like to wash up while the kettle is boiling

  110. Jane Middleton
    May 6, 2015 / 12:44 AM

    shop around for the best price

  111. Caroline H
    May 6, 2015 / 1:57 AM

    My husband (claims) to have a bad memory – so on the kitchen noticeboard, he’s got a star chart too with his “to-do” list. As he’s a little competitive it really works!

  112. leanne weir
    May 6, 2015 / 7:42 AM

    Roll your clothes up when packing your suitcase as you get more in your case

  113. Angie Hoggett
    May 6, 2015 / 8:27 AM

    Buy a homemade yoghurt maker, I always keep yoghurt in fridge as it comes in handy for so many things and provides healthy alternatives to thinks like mayonnaise, cream and ice cream. I use it for breakfast, stirring in curry’s, to make dips and it comes into it’s own when friends come over and you have nothing for dessert a homemade yoghurt sundae goes down a treat!

  114. sallyann johnston
    May 6, 2015 / 8:27 AM

    Recycling! Use shop carrier bags for small bin liners, Feed food waste & veg peelings to our chickens, yoghurt pots & empty cartons for planting seeds, old fat from fyer to make fat balls for birds & use old sheets & towels as cloths & dust sheets! Have the kids recycling too now which is important thinking of new ways to reuse diffrent objects instead of just throwing away x

  115. Stephani Whitehouse
    May 6, 2015 / 10:40 AM

    Lowering your standards makes life easier

  116. Laura Elizabeth Davies
    May 6, 2015 / 11:13 AM

    Finding online vouchers to use for discounts and also shopping through cashback sites.

  117. Tracey Belcher
    May 6, 2015 / 11:24 AM

    When cleaning I wipe radiators and lamp shades with strong zoflora then when the heat is on they let off a lovely fragrance better and cheaper than air freshener

  118. Francesca
    May 6, 2015 / 12:24 PM

    Wrap a bottle of wine you want to chill quickly in a wet paper towel and pop in the freezer for ten minutes It’ll be nicely chilled.

    Even quicker is to pop three frozen grapes into your glass of wine. Chilled to perfection in about 3 minutes!

  119. angela sandhu
    May 6, 2015 / 1:30 PM

    I use newspaper for cleaning the windows and glass table. It comes out streak free.

  120. antonia richardson
    May 6, 2015 / 2:38 PM

    I Grow my your own vegetables

  121. May 6, 2015 / 2:44 PM

    Freeze a bottle of water for going on a picnic, it will keep food cool and you will have lovely cold water to drink

  122. Darlene
    May 6, 2015 / 3:16 PM

    I’ve never tried Kumala wine but I would certainly be willing to give it a go!

  123. Diana Cotter
    May 6, 2015 / 3:32 PM

    Keep a stock pot on the go and toss in all those leftover oddments – bacon rinds and chicken bones, onion peel and carrot tops. If you’re lucky, there might be just a glug of wine you can throw in. Much more fragrant and tasty than rotting remnants in the rubbish bin. When it’s suitably mature, strain and serve with French bread and melted cheese.

  124. Suzanne Cooke
    May 7, 2015 / 7:19 PM

    We keep out used yankee candle jars, some have fairy lights in, other have shells we collect from all the seasides we visit to remind us of our days out.

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