Saluting the Military with Red, White, & Blue Delight featuring Coffee-mate

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In honor of our military heroes, Nestle Coffee-mate is proud to partner with Operation Homefront. Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support for military families. We all have ideas of what goes on as a soldier. Along with creating a patriotic twist of a family tradition in collaboration with #CollectiveBias, I wanted to be able to share a soldier’s perspective to give you a personal look into what it was really like for “Rich*” (a family member).

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Let me share a story with you…

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“Rich” is the one going over the wall (Baghdad, Iraq)

“Rich” was in combat for about 30 months. During his time serving, Rich’s MOS (job) in the army was first as a combat engineer. Then he changed to a forward observer.

Brief summary from “Rich” on his experiences through his 30 months

Highlights during deployment to Baquba Iraq in 2005 -2006 are:

  • experienced first IED {improvised explosive device}
  • convoy escort
  • witnessed chow hall bombing
  • helicopter shot down
  • witness buddies dying
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“Rich” in Iraq 2008

 During  2007-2008 deployment:
  • hunted bad guys
  • lost buddies
  • did route clearance {Combat engineer units must clear obstacles, primarily improvised explosive devices (IEDs), from roads to allow freedom of movement for friendly forces and the indigenous population.}
  • caught a lot of bad guys. 

We caught a lot of bad guys and they said they were going to come and get me when they got out of jail. they are out of jail and im sure they are trying to find me. the VA calls it PTSD, I call it trying to stay alive. please don’t use my real name.

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Iraq 2008

About 2010 Deployment:
"Rich" received the Purple Heart

“Rich” received the Purple Heart

2010 was another deployment, but unlike the first 2 this was in Afganistan. I didn’t do the whole deployment. I got stuck in an ambush. My truck was destroyed, and I was air med evac{evacuated} out of the country to Germany. The rest is history.
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Our soldiers put everything on the line to fight for our country. It is an experience most of us can only try to imagine. Remember to thank them for their sacrifices with the little things every chance you get. 

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Keep an eye out for Coffee-mate limited edition bottles only available at Walmart while supplies last. Coffee-mate decorated their French Vanilla & Hazelnut liquid creamer bottles and their Original powder creamer in patriotic stars and stripes in honor of #CMSalutingHeroes.

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 Using our grandma’s “Cherrie Delight” recipe and Nestle Coffee-mate, I created a patriotic twist to salute our heroes. The crust is a simple graham cracker crust mixed with butter and brown sugar. If you need a gluten free graham crackers, try my homemade version found here.

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My grandma’s recipe is perfect as it is. However, sometimes you need a recipe with household staples to make it easier to whip up a dish last minute such as Coffee-mate.

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Red, White, & Blue Delight
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • Graham Cracker crumbs (about 1.5 cups)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • Filling:
  • ½ cup Nestle Coffee-mate French Vanilla creamer
  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Topping:
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • Fresh Blueberries
Instructions
  1. Mix crust ingredients in bowl. Then press into 9 inch pan.
  2. Using mixer, combine Coffee-mate French Vanilla creamer with cream cheese until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar.
  3. Place filling on graham cracker crust.
  4. Top with cherries. Then blueberries.
  5. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Please note: “Rich” is an actual person, but that his name has been changed in this post for his own protection.

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Comments

  1. Samantha K says

    Thank you so much for sharing his story. ‘Rich’ is definitely a true hero, I’m trying to hold back tears here.

    Your recipe looks amazing and perfect for July 4th. I can’t wait to try it! #client

  2. Deborah Caudill says

    Thanks for sharing your Red, White & Blue Delight recipe. It sounds delicious and would be great for a Valentine’s Day treat or a 4th of July cookout.

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