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Morning Coffee

April 27, 2016




When designing our kitchen, one of my priorities was to have a little “coffee nook” where I could keep all my mugs, coffee machine and a few other decorative items. As you all already know, coffee is my life blood and my day couldn’t start without a steaming hot cup of joe every morning, and a cup in the mid afternoon, and some decaf in the evenings after dinner. I mean, this blog is called Espresso and Cream for a reason!

We have a lot of ways to make coffee at our house (espresso maker, single-cup brewer, French press) but nothing ever really replaces the drip coffee maker for me. Single-serve brewers never make coffee quite strong enough for my liking, and the espresso machine only makes one espresso at a time – not ideal for a large group.

My drip coffee maker had been on the fritz for a while, leaking every time I used it and leaving a big puddle of water on the countertop. But I was so torn on what machine to buy that I just put a towel under the coffee pot each time I brewed coffee and called it a day. So when the Capresso team reached out last month asking if I would be interested in reviewing one of their coffee makers, I jumped at the opportunity.

I got the Capresso Coffee TEAM TS which has a built-in grinder so you always have freshly ground coffee for your morning cup of coffee. It’s also fairly compact so it doesn’t take up a large amount of space on the counter. This is by far the fanciest drip coffee maker I’ve ever owned, and I’m so in love. You can choose the strength of your coffee (anywhere between 1-10) and allows you to adjust the fineness of the brew based on the strength and type of coffee beans you use. To say my coffee game is much stronger these days would be an understatement.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about products with mom in mind. I would highly recommend this coffee maker for any moms in your life. Because what mom doesn’t need more coffee in her life?


*Capresso provided me this coffee maker free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Food & Recipes

Homemade Vanilla Eggnog Latte

December 1, 2015


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.


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
Recipe type: Drink, Coffee
Serves: 1
  • 1½ cups International Delight Very Vanilla Nog
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (if desired)
  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!)

Food & Recipes

What’s On My Coffee Table

September 29, 2015

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





Food & Recipes

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.


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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Food & Recipes

Coffee & Cream Pops

June 19, 2015

Coffe and Cream Pops (2)

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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