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How to Make Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee Concentrate

How to Make Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee Concentrate

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 in Beverages

Ahh. Iced coffee. Deep, rich, cool, and creamy. Even chocolaty. There’s nothing like it. And it’s so easy (and inexpensive!) to make at home. I even created a handy-dandy little infographic to show just HOW easy and inexpensive!

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Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Cinnamon Dolce Iced Coffee

Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 in Beverages

I’m proud of myself. In 2014, I’ve really cut down on my Starbucks habit. I drop by maybe once per week, which is a huge improvement over my previously daily habit. Okay, maybe twice per week. Okay, okay – occasionally three times.

But still! I’m doing better.

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How to Make Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

How to Make Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Beverages, Foundations

Fact: I need cream in my coffee. I cannot drink it black. For the most part, I find plain black coffee vile, watery, and bitter. But a nice splash of half-and-half transforms it into a creamy, warm, soothing, comforting elixir of the gods.

So yeah. I need my cream. But my thighs do not need it. And so that’s why we’re here. That’s why I figured out how to make almond milk coffee creamer, a healthier, non-dairy alternative to half-and-half. And I’m so excited about it, now I’m going to share with you!

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Baileys & Coffee Blondies

Baileys & Coffee Blondies

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Happy Endings

Our 2-year-old has a new habit lately, and I worry it’s something she learned directly from her parents.

“Daisy! No eat the house!”

“Daisy! No hit the CARS!”

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Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in Beverages

I’ve got a definite thing for smoothies lately, and a definite definite thing for coconut smoothies. I mean, coconut is good in just about anything, but when I add it to a smoothie in any form – milk, water, flakes, toasted flakes – I feel like I’m drinking a milkshake.

A smoothie that’s pretty healthy overall, but still feels indulgent? Win. And I’ve got a definite definite DEFINITE thing for this Toasted Coconut Coffee Smoothie.

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Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate Mocha

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 in Beverages

My first foray into coffee anything was many, many years ago. Okay, well before that, as a kid, I took a sip of my Gran’s black coffee and thought I was going to hurl. How could something that smelled so great taste so vile?

But then at around age 17 or so, I discovered iced mochas.

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Maple Vanilla Iced Coffee

Maple Vanilla Iced Coffee

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 in Beverages

How did I live life before iced coffee? Granted, with a young toddler in my life, I sleep less than ever these days (yeah, I totally know that’s the 500th time I’ve mentioned it), so maybe that’s why I can’t imagine a life (and especially a morning) without a frosty glass of the stuff clutched between my desperate hands.

Who knows, though. Maybe the sleep deprivation thing is an excuse. I mean, either way, I just plain love the stuff.

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Crock Pot Eggnog Lattes

Crock Pot Eggnog Lattes

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 in Beverages

I guess there’s no hiding it. I’m pretty much obsessed with hot drinks made in the Crock Pot.

I can’t help myself. They’re so wonderfully hands-off, especially when it comes to this recipe. Pour all the ingredients in, give ‘em a stir, wait a couple of hours. Then turn your Crock Pot to low and enjoy wonderful hot drink after hot drink all day long if you want. All day! For a heckuva lot less than it costs for the same thing at Starbucks! Yay Crock Pot!

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Slow Cooker Peppermint Mochas

Slow Cooker Peppermint Mochas

Posted on Thursday, December 6, 2012 in Beverages

I’m as much of a Starbucks fiend as the next person.

Okay, more. Maybe a lot more. I’m slightly recovered from my three-a-day habit (I live in Seattle! There were three within close walking distance from my office and I needed the caffeine!), though I must admit the addiction has seen a bit of a resurgence since I’ve recently discovered that, indeed, it is difficult to get much sleep when you have a baby, even when the baby is nearly a year old. This discovery goes hand in hand with how I’ve really discovered the true beauty of the Starbucks drive-thru for new moms … so convenient when you’ve got a sleeping baby strapped in the back (oh now she sleeps).

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake

Posted on Monday, October 22, 2012 in Happy Endings

My guy and I have recently recommitted to a healthier lifestyle. We’re getting older, we’ve got a daughter now, and it just sort of needs to be done.

We’re eating less processed foods and more whole foods. We go out for walks every evening, and we’re talking about working towards taking part in a 5K come spring. And we’re enjoying indulgences like this Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake.

Say what, you say?

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Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee

Posted on Sunday, September 2, 2012 in Beverages

This is a fairly new blog, but my love for coffee is already solidly documented. I mean, it’s delicious, it’s versatile, and it gives you a good jolt. What more can a long-time caffeine addict (and sleep-deprived new mom) ask for?

Iced coffee is pretty much an obsession of mine. When March rolls around, it’s not spring that’s around the corner. It’s Iced Coffee Season, and I’m a happy bean. Conversely, when autumn closes in, I clutch my glass of iced coffee a bit tighter, not ready to let it go.

This year, I decided to ease myself into the transition to hot coffee and lattes by making Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee. My beloved cold-brewed iced coffee spiked with all the  cozy flavors of fall. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon … perfection.

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Iced Coffeetini

Iced Coffeetini

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Beverages

It’s official, I guess … I am on even more of an iced coffee kick than usual. This time I’ve whipped up a beverage that’s more for the PM than the AM: an iced-coffee-inspired martini. It’s just as rich and creamy as its tamer, non-alcoholic namesake, just with less caffeine. And, you know, alcohol.

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