Virtual Coffee Date

Virtual Coffee Date

Hi there!

Long time no talk.  Since it’s been awhile, I thought it might be nice to have a little virtual coffee date.  So grab a Cup o’ Joe and get comfy, let’s chat!

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Let’s Have Coffee and Chat

Let’s Have Coffee and Chat

Good morning!

Hope you all had a fun weekend.  Ours was rather boring so rather than give you the same play-by-play of this and that, I thought I’d switch things up a bit for today.  I’ve seen bloggers doing this “Virtual Coffee Date” a lot lately so thought I’d finally join in with one.  For one because I’ve been LOVING coffee lately.  Deaf of course.  For two it’s a fun way to catch up and chat about random stuff.  Which is what we’d be doing if we were having coffee 🙂

So grab a cup of coffee or tea, find a comfy spot and let’s chat!

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Why I Stopped Drinking Caffeine and the Delicious Drink I found to Replace it!

Why I Stopped Drinking Caffeine and the Delicious Drink I found to Replace it!

There’s nothing better than a warm cup of coffee in the morning to start the day.  I just love it!  The smell, the warmth, the comfort, the taste.  I’ve just always enjoyed it.  While I’ve never been addicted to caffeine or anything I definitely would look forward to at least one cup of coffee each day.   Not only for the boost of energy, but just the sheer comfort of sipping a  warm, soothing beverage in the early hours of the day.

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Virtual Coffee Date

Virtual Coffee Date

Good morning!

I often see other bloggers doing these coffee date posts and find them fun to read.  So I thought I’d jump on board and invite you all to enjoy a cup of joe with me on a virtual coffee date!

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MIMM – Keurig Giveaway!

MIMM – Keurig Giveaway!

Good morning and happy Monday to you all!

For today’s Marvelous in My Monday post I have something that I think is beyond marvelous.  No, I’m not pregnant and we are still in the hotel, but this is something that I know will come in handy when I do have that newborn.  It would be the perfect gift for any new mom.

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Flavoring your coffee

In the past I used to start by day by adding coffee creamer to my cup of joe.  You know, the really yummy ones like Creme Brulee, Cinnamon Bun, White Chocolate Raspberry.  Mmm… they were good!  I always knew it wasn’t all that healthy but I figured since it was just a little bit and it was non-dairy it wasn’t doing much harm.  Then I began to learn a little more about the creamy coffee addition I used daily.

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Gevalia Coffee and Playdate!

Gevalia Coffee and Playdate!

Have you guys tried Gevalia coffee before?

I hadn’t until recently and let me tell you, I was missing out!

I had the opportunity to host a get together at my house sponsored by Gevalia the other day.  I always jump at any opportunity to have some girl chat while watching the kids play 🙂

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Which is exactly what we were all doing until this guy showed up,

Haha, J/K!  The commercials pretty funny right!?!

A little about Gevalia before I get into the details of our morning.

  • Gevalia began brewing coffee in Gavle, Sweden in 1853, where traditional cast-iron roasting developed its distinctively rich, smooth taste that’s never bitter.
  • Gevalia is expertly made with carefully selected beans and ground extra-fine to produce a rich coffee experience.
  • Gevalia now comes in single serve cups for your Keurig® K-Cup® Brewer, perfect for a quick Gevalia fix.*

Okay, details.  It was such a gorgeous day that I set us up to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

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I purchased a few different kinds of Gevalia coffee.  Their Colombia blend and their Chocolate Mocha blend.

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The Chocolate Mocha I brewed the day before and refrigerated it overnight so we could enjoy it iced.  It was delicious!  I put out a bunch of different sweeteners but I didn’t think it needed any at all.

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I along with a few others also enjoyed a nice warm mug of the Colombia blend.  I added a little homemade almond milk while a few others tried the coconut milk.  The Colombia blend had a wonderful rich, caramel flavor but wasn’t too dark to enjoy on its own.

Along with the delicious coffee, I put out a few snacks for us to enjoy.

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Fresh fruit, cereal and raisins for the kiddos, coffee cake muffins and these delicious deviled eggs,

Sun-Dried Tomato Deviled Eggs

Sun-Dried Tomato Deviled Eggs

Ingredients

  • 6-7 hard boiled organic eggs
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I used the bagged ones but if using oil packed skip adding the olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut chilled, hard boiled eggs in half and scoop out the yolks.
  2. Place the yolks, mustard, vinegar, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil into a food processor and pulse until chopped and somewhat combined.
  3. Scrape down the sides and begin blending again.
  4. Add the olive oil then salt and pepper as needed.
  5. Continue processing until blended smooth and creamy. You may need to add more oil depending on the size of your yolks.
  6. Scoop into the egg whites and enjoy!
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They are so good and since they are mayo free, are also Paleo friendly 🙂

We mostly enjoyed the coffee though and just the chance to relax, chat and watch our kiddos play.  We will definitely be doing another play date soon and of course will be serving Gevalia coffee!

QUESTIONS –

  • Have you tried Gevalia? 
  • Do you like deviled eggs?  If so, have you had them without mayo?
  • What’s your favorite blend of coffee?  I like the dark, caramel flavors!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

*Kraft Foods is not affiliated with Keurig, Inc. KEURIG and K-CUP are registered trademarks of Keurig, Inc

 

What I Ate Wednesday + Two Tasty Recipes!

Good morning!

It’s Wednesday which  means I’ll be linking up with Jenn for another round of What I ate Wednesday. 

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I was much better at taking pictures of my eats yesterday so this should be fun!  Plus, I’ve got a yummy recipe for you guys! 

Yesterday’s morning I was up early and headed to the gym drinking a Fitmixer aminos on the way and while I was there.  I seriously love this stuff and was beyond sad when our supply ran out.  Not only was I missing the yummy flavor and energy burst it give you, but my muscles were much more sore than they had been after a few days of exercise without it.  I’m telling you, this stuff works! 

After the gym, I came home, showered, and whipped up a warm homemade pumpkin spice latte. 

So easy and it tasted just like the higher calorie Starbucks version.  Okay, probably not JUST like it, but very close! 

Pumpkin Pie Latte

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 tbsp pumpkin puree

1 packet of stevia

1/2 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 cup of dark blend hot coffee (I used Starbucks Sumatra blend)

In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat.  Add in the pumpkin puree, stevia and pumpkin pie spice.  Whisk until combined well and the mixture is warm and bubbly.  Pour into your mug of hot coffee and enjoy! 

For breakfast I popped a frozen flaxseed waffle into the toaster and mixed up some greek yogurt, almond butter, and protein powder.  I spread that over my waffle then topped it with a few thinly sliced apples and cinnamon.  Yum! 

We had plans to meet a friend at the Fountains to play so we were rushing out the door after breakfast.  I didn’t grab a snack for myself but did have time to run into Peet’s and order a Peppermint Mocha with soy 🙂 

I enjoyed my Mocha, while the Love Nugget played with his friend Keenan at Me Gusta and I visited with Keenan’s mom Melissa.  She has a wonderful blog called Fit ‘N’ Well Mommy and if you haven’t checked it out yet make sure you do, it’s great! 

After playing at Me Gusta, we took a little train ride which is always a hit with the boys 🙂

It was getting late and the Love Nugget was fading so I ran into Whole Foods to grab him some lunch before heading home.  Unfortunately he wasn’t really having it so we packed it up and made our way back home for nap time. 

While he napped, I made myself a simple lunch of Toast smeared with goat cheese and avocado along with celery and sugar-plum tomatoes.  Love that combo! 

It’s time for Foodie Pen Pal so I needed to make a batch of granola to send in my package. 

This is the recipe I wanted to share with you.  So tasty and extremely quick and easy to make! 

So good that I may have snacked on WAY too much of this after it came out of the oven and as I snapped photos of it.  Ooops! 

Luckily I had made extra just in case that happened 🙂

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

1 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1/4 cup chopped almonds

1/4 cup coconut (optional but I love it!)

2 tbsp Almond Butter (I used Maranatha all natural)

1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

3 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a stand mixer or by hand until combined well and the mixture is clumpy.  Scoop onto a baking sheet and pack down into a large, flat, pile.  I like to do it this way rather than spread it out so that the granola bakes in chunks rather than smaller pieces.  Bake for 10-12 minute flipping halfway through.  when you flip try not to break it apart too much.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before gobbling it up!  Enjoy!

Dinner last night was supposed to be Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie but I switched things up since I had purchased Tilapia at the store that day.  I made this Tilapia recipe and topped it with an apricot dijon sauce.  We also enjoyed some steamed carrots tossed with a little coconut butter, honey and sea salt.  It was tasty! 

 Sorry!  Horrible lighting in our dining room! 

After dinner I fixed a mug of my newest tea obsession.

If you like Sleepytime tea, and vanilla, you’ve got to try this!  So good! 

Later, the hubby and I shared this bowl of deliciousness.   

Non-fat greek yogurt mixed with a tbsp of almond butter, honey, cinnamon, chopped apples and topped with hemp seeds.  Perfect way to end the day! 

 Okay, off to start the day today!  Hoping the Love Nugget will want to go to the gym today so I can take Spin and Piyo.  Wish me luck! 

QUESTIONS –

  • Do you make your own granola?
  • What’s one yummy thing you ate yesterday?
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