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Homemade Vanilla Eggnog Latte

December 1, 2015

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IMG_3765This week we got hammered with more snow and ice, and while I’m usually prone to complain about the winter weather, this year I’ve made it my goal to be more positive about winter, focusing on the coziness of the season, the special drinks and treats that we get to enjoy when the weather is cold and the fun snow-focused activities. Plus, is there anything more peaceful that a late-evening walk outside when the snow is falling and the streets are quiet?

I’m such a sucker for fancy seasonal coffee shop drinks. You know, the carmel brule, pumpkin spice and gingerbread lattes that cost an arm and a leg? Yeah those drinks get me every time. But now that we’ve moved to small town Iowa and Starbucks is an hour away, I’ve been missing out on some of my favorites this season. Good for my wallet but definintely a bummer when it comes to getting in the season.

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I figured making a homemade eggnog latte couldn’t be all that difficult – and I was right! Maybe I’ma little slow to the game on this one, but since eggnog isn’t my favorite I was never really compelled to make an eggnog latte. That is, until I discovered the Very Vanilla Nog from International Delight I was totally sold. It tastes like a vanilla milkshake in a glass in the very best possible way and makes a killer latte when combined with a couple shots of espresso.

Now, if you’re a total eggnog purist, this might not be the nog for you. It’s not all that “nog-like” in the sense that it doesn’t have many of the spices and flavors we’ve all come to associate with eggnog. For me, that’s totally OK, but if you love the real deal, I would go with the traditional version. Either way, it’s bound to be a hit!

Homemade Vanilla Eggnog Latte
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Recipe type: Drink, Coffee
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups International Delight Very Vanilla Nog
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Heat the nog in a large microwave-safe mug for 1 to 1½ minutes or until hot, stirirng once halfway through.
  2. Combine the hot espresso and a dash of cinnamon together and add to the nog. Stir once or twice to combine the espresso and the nog. Serve immediately. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.


**The coffee mug is from Homegoods (an early Christmas gift from my family!)

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What’s On My Coffee Table

September 29, 2015

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We are smack dab in the middle of my favorite season and I’m soaking up every minute of the crisp-yet-warm weather we’re enjoying in the Midwest. Our new house is slowly coming together, and although we won’t be officially done with our renovation until early next year, I’m trying to make our in-progress house feel as put together and cozy as possible in the meantime. That means chili on the stovetop, coffee brewing around the clock, fall-scented candles burning and lots and lots of football playing on TV.

Now that I’m working from home most days, having a creative, beautiful and inspiring place to work is important. Maybe it’s just me, but creating an environment that fosters creativity and inspiration is big for me. Every morning after I drop Ainsley off at her childcare provider’s house, I brew a pot of my beloved Lavazza coffee (anything dark roast is my friend!), light a fall-scented candle and get to work on my laptop or the kitchen, whatever the day happens to have in store.

I’m not an expert in decorating by any means, but I do like a fun and functional coffee table spread. My mom actually picked up this little wooden drink holder (?) from Homegoods a while back, and I decided it would make a great addition to our coffee table. I filled the glass jars with Lavazza coffee grounds and artificial succulents, as well as a couple candles. Then, I set the holder inside a larger wooden tray along with a stack of magazines and another candle. The extra holders in the centerpiece? Well, they make a great place to contain your remotes!

Thanks, Lavazza, for fueling this year’s coffee-themed posts! There truly is no better coffee, in my opinion. Read all the other Lavazza posts from this year here: My Morning Routine, Coffee + Cream Pops, Almond Flour + Coconut Flour Coffee Cake.

This post was sponsored by Lavazza as part of their Lavazza Passionista program. I received product and compensation for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. #sponsored

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Almond Flour + Coconut Flour Coffee Cake

July 27, 2015

This post is brought to you in partnership with Lavazza. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own.

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Happy Monday, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe around these parts. Truth be told, having a baby has hit my cooking game hard and I’ve been ever so slowly working my way back into the kitchen. Mornings have been all about quick, nutrient-packed smoothies and all the coffee, because Miss Ainsley still doesn’t have that whole sleeping through the night thing down. When you have a baby, it seems like everyone wants to talk about your baby’s sleep. “How is she sleeping?” is by far the most common question that I’ve received over the past five months. And when your baby isn’t sleeping great? Well it can feel a bit discouraging. In all fairness, Ainsley isn’t a bad sleeper or a good sleeper, just a very average sleeper. Now that I’ve accepted that fact, it’s easier to not be bothered by the night wakings and sleep deprivation.

When you have a baby, everything sort of comes to a halt in your life. My world? Totally rocked. I’ve been slowly “re-claiming” my life by venturing back into running and working out, cooking, spending time away from Ainsley and doing things I’m passionate about. It’s a balancing act to find the time to still be “you” while taking on this huge responsibility of mommy! Anyway, I digress…

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Coffee & Cream Pops

June 19, 2015

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Living in Minnesota, the summer months are treasured more than in most areas of the country. I mean, we only get a few truly beautiful months each year so not taking full advantage would be a tragedy. Sure, Minnesota can be awfully cold, but when it’s beautiful? It’s pretty much the best of the best. And perhaps my favorite part about summer is the food.

Frozen pops have always been a favorite sweet treat, and I love that people have been getting more creative with their flavor combinations in the last few years. They can swing anywhere from totally diet-conscious to downright sinful. These Coffee & Cream Pops I made? Well, they’re in the “sinful” category for sure. Hardly an every-day indulgence but worth every single cool, creamy, coffee-laden calorie when you’re looking to splurge on something truly tasty.  Continue Reading…

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My Morning Routine + Giveaway!

March 9, 2015

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One of my favorite blog series of all time is a series on Bon Appetit called “My Morning Routine” where celebrities and Bon Appetit editors talk about how they start each morning. I’m not sure why I find the column so fascinating, but it gets my attention time and time again. Does anyone else love hearing how people start their days?

I’m partnering this year with Lavazza, one of my favorite coffee companies, to promote some of their amazing coffee products. I’ve loved Lavazza since we traveled to Italy in 2013 and drank our fair share of their coffee and espresso. It was everywhere! I know some women are quick to give up coffee during their pregnancies, but I just couldn’t stand to give up my beloved morning cup of coffee and my afternoon cup of decaf. I took a little time before Ainsley arrived to write down what my morning routine looked like pre-baby and had planned on posting this before she arrived, but since our little lady arrived early, I never got it posted pre-baby. As you can imagine, my morning routine has changed quite a bit since Ainsley arrived; I’m not sure I even have a morning routine right now! But here’s a look at my pre-baby mornings.

COFFEE FIRST
I head straight for my coffee the minute I get out of bed. My method of coffee preparation takes different forms. We have a Keurig 2.0 that I’m partial to because of the convenience factor and the fact that I can make different coffee for myself and Joe. But on mornings when I want to make a really wonderful cup of coffee I gravitate to using my stovetop espresso pot or French press with some quality dark roast or espresso roast coffee grounds. Lately, I’ve been using the Lavazza Perfetto Espresso Roast coffee and it’s divine. My coffee has to be super dark and strong because I like to add a little whole milk or 1/2 and 1/2 without losing that good, strong coffee flavor. On the weekends when I have a bit more time I’ll use my Nespresso milk frother and make a cafe au lait.

FUEL FOR THE DAY
I’ve never been someone who can wait very long after I wake up to eat breakfast. It’s probably the reason I’ve always hated brunch! I usually wake up first thing in the morning absolutely starving, so I waste no time preparing breakfast for myself and Joe. Joe’s pretty easy to please as far as breakfast goes and will eat whatever I make. If he had strong preferences, I would probably tell him he was on his own! (I’m only sort of kidding…)

Breakfast has to be something healthy and balanced or I find that my whole day is thrown off and I tend to make bad food choices the rest of the day, although I have to admit that pregnancy has thrown my appetite off a bit this entire 40 weeks. Oatmeal is usually my favorite and I typically make it with some chia seeds or a little ground flax thrown in for good measure. I used to be a fan of stevia in my oatmeal, but once I got pregnant I started to think more about what I was putting in my body and switched over to using plain old brown sugar with a bit of almond or peanut butter for protein. Sometimes I’ll mix things up and make eggs and whole wheat toast or my current favorite, a mixed berry smoothie made with a little orange juice, milk, ice and frozen berries.

TAKING MY TIME
Joe and I have always had a bit of a habit of waking up earlier than we really need to in order to give ourselves a little bit of time to wake up, watch the news, talk about our mornings and do our devotionals. It’s amazing what an impact an extra half an hour in the morning can have on the entire day! I feel like that extra time gives us the opportunity to talk and make sure we’re on the same page about what we have going on. Sometimes sleep takes priority and we opt to hit the snooze button a few times rather than wake up early, but that’s rare.

LUNCH PREP!
My extra half an hour in the morning also creates a little time for me to pack a lunch for Joe. Once again, he’s not picky (thank goodness!) so the standard is kept pretty low. We eat a lot of leftovers for lunch since it’s just the two of us eating dinner each night. Otherwise it’s a rotation of sandwiches with yogurt, fruit and some sort of raw veggie like carrots.

EMAIL, EMAIL, BLOG
My work schedule lately has, admittedly, taken on a bit of a different routine. Instead of rushing off to work, I’ve been settling down to some time in front of my laptop, responding to e-mails and brainstorming new ideas for the blog and working on freelance projects that I have in the pipeline. Usually about halfway through the morning I’ll help myself to another cup of coffee, this time decaf. For me coffee is only partially about the caffeine and almost entirely about the taste!

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