Red Velvet Espresso & Cream Swirled Brownies Recipe

Red velvet Espresso and cream swirled brownies.


Cream Cheese Swirl Layer

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1 egg

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon vanilla

Brownie Layer

1 box Betty Crocker™ Original Supreme Premium brownie mix

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on brownie mix box

2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder

1 bottle (1 oz) red food color

1 Heat oven to 350ºF (325ºF for dark or nonstick pan). Grease bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with shortening or cooking spray. In small bowl, beat cream cheese swirl layer ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Set aside.
2 Make brownie batter as directed on box, using water, oil, eggs and adding espresso coffee powder and red food color; mix well until batter turns a rich red color. Spread batter in pan.
3 Dollop cream cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls evenly on top of batter. With knife, cut through mixture a few times to marble.
4 Bake as directed on brownie mix box or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into 5 rows by 3 rows. Store in refrigerator.


The Top 5 Bands We Saw @ ROCK ON THE RANGE 2014


Bit O Java‘s Jessica & Russ were on location at the biggest rock festival in the US , ROCK ON THE RANGE May 16th, 17th & 18th. This year’s festival brought headliners Guns N Roses, Avenged Sevenfold & Kid Rock to Crew Stadium in Columbus , Ohio. It was an amazing weekend filled with great music & great people, as fans from all over the world were in the pit & ready to rock out. \m/ \m/



#1. Alter Bridge

Myles Kennedy was by far the best vocalist at this year’s ROCK ON THE RANGE. Alter Bridge took the stage Sunday evening &  had a seven – song set list full of hard rocking, guitar fueled hits from previous albums as well as singles from their newest record, Fortress. As Alter Bridge wraps up their tour, Myles is set to head out with Slash on their tour with Aerosmith, which starts in July.


  1. Addicted to Pain
  2. Come to Life
  3. Cry of Achilles
  4. Metalingus
  5. Blackbird
  6. Rise Today
  7. Isolation

Our Favorite Song Of The Show: “Addicted To Pain”

On Our Wish List: “Watch Over You”


Photo Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

#2. Guns N Roses

Guns N Roses is the reason I started playing guitar , so one could say I was more than a little excited for their set @ ROCK ON THE RANGE. The evening’s lineup consisted of guitarists Bumblefoot, Dj Ashba (also of Sixx AM) & Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed (who has been with the band since the 90s), bassist Tommy Stinson ( also of The Replacements) and of course Mr. Axl Rose (the only remaining member of the Appetite For Destruction lineup in the band). I had the pleasure of meeting Dj before the show, and needless to say he is an extremely nice person and crazy talented guitarist. The band rocked Crew Stadium until well after midnight, playing hit after hit, keeping the crowd entertained with covers and solos from each band member throughout the set. It ROCKED!


    1. Chinese Democracy
    2. Welcome to the Jungle
    3. It’s So Easy
    4. Mr. Brownstone
    5. Estranged
    6. Rocket Queen
    7. Better
    8. Richard Fortus Guitar Solo
    9. Live and Let Die
      (Wings cover)
    10. This I Love
    11. Holidays in the Sun
      (Sex Pistols cover) (Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with band introductions)
    12. Dizzy Reed Piano Solo
    13. Catcher in the Rye
    14. You Could Be Mine
    15. DJ Ashba Guitar Solo
      (La Bella Vita)
    16. Sweet Child O’ Mine
    17. Jam
      (“Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin)
    18. November Rain
    19. Abnormal
      (Bumblefoot cover) (Bumblefoot on lead vocals)
    20. Don’t Cry
    21. Whole Lotta Rosie
      (AC/DC cover)
    22. Civil War
    23. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
      (Bob Dylan cover)
    24. Nightrain
    1. Encore:
    2. Jam
    3. Patience
    4. Used to Love Her
    5. The Seeker
      (The Who cover)
    6. Jam
    7. Paradise City

Our Favorite Song Of The Show: (I can’t really pick just one…) “November Rain”, “Civil War” & “Don’t Cry”.

On Our Wish List: “14 Years” WITH Izzy Stradlin (:


#3. Avenged Sevenfold

We were psyched for this set. The Orange County based band kicked off their set Saturday night with a freezing crowd , lots of fire and their newest single “Shepherd of Fire”.  First off, Synyster Gates is a seriously underrated, extremely talented guitar player. The 5 minute guitar solo he did during the set was one of the best guitar solos I’ve ever seen. Avenged Sevenfold blew through 13 of their greatest hits, including “Seize The Day”, “Nightmare”, “Hail To The King” & “This Means War” , the set ending with an encore of “Unholy Confessions” & fireworks.


  1. Shepherd of Fire
  2. Critical Acclaim
  3. Bat Country
  4. Hail to the King
  5. Doing Time
  6. Buried Alive
  7. Seize the Day
  8. Nightmare
  9. Burn It Down
  10. Guitar Solo
  11. Afterlife
  12. This Means War
  13. Almost Easy
  14. Encore:
  15. Unholy Confessions

Favorite song of the show: “Seize The Day”

On Our Wish List: “Dear God”


Photo Credit: Jason Squires/AEG Live

#4. The Pretty Reckless 

If you haven’t heard of The Pretty Reckless yet, you are missing out on one of the best rock bands of today. Heavily influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Kurt Cobain & The Beatles , amazing chemistry and already having chart topping hits under their belt, the Taylor Momsen (of Gossip Girl fame) fronted band may just be the best rock band of the decade. They took the Ernie Ball stage at 6:00 Saturday, starting with Follow Me Down off of their new record , Going To Hell, which dropped last month. This was their first time playing Rock On The Range and they were easily one of the biggest crowds at the Ernie Ball stage.


  1. Follow Me Down
  2. Since You’re Gone
  3. Sweet Things
  4. Cold Blooded
  5. Heaven Knows
  6. Make Me Wanna Die
  7. Going to Hell

Favorite song of the show: “Heaven Knows”

On Our Wish List: “House On a Hill”


Photo Credit: Jessica Howell

#5. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience was the last band to take the Ernie Ball Stage at this year’s ROCK ON THE RANGE. This was also the second time @bitojavaruss & I saw Jason Bonham live, the first time being when they opened for Heart at the Blossom Music Center in Cleveland last year. For those of you who don’t know, Jason is the son of original Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham, for whom the show serves as a tribute to. The band’s set list was filled with some of Led Zeppelin’s greatest hits (Whole Lotta Love, Black Dog, Kashmir, etc..) and it was by far the biggest crowd at the Ernie Ball Stage all weekend.


  1. Immigrant Song
  2. (Led Zeppelin cover)
  3. Black Dog
    (Led Zeppelin cover)
  4. The Ocean
    (Led Zeppelin cover)
  5. Over the Hills and Far Away
    (Led Zeppelin cover)
  6. When the Levee Breaks
    (Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe McCoy cover)
  7. Kashmir
    (Led Zeppelin cover)
  8. Whole Lotta Love
    (Led Zeppelin cover)

Our Favorite Song From The Show: “Whole Lotta Love” (duh)

On Our Wish List: “All My Love” & “Stairway To Heaven”

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Photo Credit: Jessica Howell

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A Review of Javita Weightloss Coffee & Tea

I’m not usually an instant coffee drinker, but when Sandi from Javita was kind enough to send me some samples, I was more than happy to give it a try.  She sent me the Burn + Control, Energy + Mind and Lean + Green.

Javita three pack

Javita Coffee comes  in nice single serving packets.  The top is easy to tear off.  Each of them have a slightly different smell.  The powder is very fine and it looks like each one of them will easily dissolve in the water.  I tried several different methods of mixing the coffee with water.  (Hot water, Cold water and mixing it into hot coffee.)

The first packet I tried was the Energy + Mind.  I thought that this would be a good choice since I am getting up there in age and they always say the mind is the first thing to go. Since I need more energy in the morning, I thought that this would be the best time to try Javita and that the mind helping effects would help me through out the day.

It is a good thing that the packets are easy to open since I am not at my best when I first get up in the morning.  I put the powder into a coffee mug and added the water to it.  The water was hot but not boiling.   As soon as the mug was filled with about 8 oz. of water, the powder had already started to dissolve on its own.  There was still a little powder on top so I stirred it for about 30 seconds and the rest of the powder dissolved into the water.

The first sip had a little bit of a bitter taste to it.  After that it seemed to mellow out a bit. The taste was kind of a mix between coffee and tea.  It didn’t take long for the energy effect of the tea to kick in.  Before the cup was half way gone, I was fully awake.  After drinking the rest of the cup, the energy effect that I was feeling stayed the same, lasting for at least a few hours.  The only complaint that I had was that first sip tasted bitter to me, which may have been an after effect of my stirring method.  The next day my method for mixing the powder was the same except rather than water I used hot coffee.   The bitter taste from the first sip was not there and the energy effect was the same as the day before when I only used water.

Next, I tried the Lean + Green.  Of the three this was my favorite one.  I used the same method of preparation as I did with the Mind + Energy.  With the Lean + Green, there was no bitter taste on the first sip and the flavor stayed strong through the whole mug.  The Energy boost was there but not quite as strong as the Mind + Energy.  If you are a drinker of Green Tea, you will really like this one.

The third packet I tried was the Burn + Control.  This Coffee helps you speed up your body’s fat-burning processes & help you control your appetite.  Again, the packet when dumped into the hot water dissolved completely very quickly.  On the first sip it did have a slightly bitter taste like the Energy + Mind.  On further sips, the bitter taste lessened.  The energy boost from the Burn + Control was significant.

I would recommend all three of these, especially if you are in a hurry in the morning or if you are just looking for a good taking energy pick me up through out the day.

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Iced Mocha Recipe

 Iced Mocha Recipe


Ingredients :
Original recipe makes 4 servings

1 1/2 cups cold Bit O Java coffee

2 cups milk

1/4 cup chocolate syrup

1/4 cup white sugar


Pour coffee into ice cube tray. Freeze until solid, or overnight.
In a blender, combine coffee ice cubes, milk, chocolate syrup and sugar. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.