Apr 142016

I love rewards programs. I mean, why not get something back for actions or purchases I’m already planning to make, right?

Sign up for the Dunkin' Donuts DD Perks program and earn free beverages!

And when the rewards program you’re talking about happens to be the DD Perks program, some of those rewards happen to be free coffee. And if there’s anything better than coffee, it’s free coffee. Continue reading »

Dec 012014

This DIY guest welcome basket for entertaining shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidayMadeSimple #CollectiveBias

A few weeks ago I suggested to my Mom that it would be great if they could come out this year for the holidays.  We bounced back and forth between Christmas and Thanksgiving, and due to work schedules we settled on Thanksgiving.  By choosing to come in November, it meant that my brother Jeff was also able to come, an extra treat!

DIY Guest Welcome Basket for Entertaining House Guests #HolidayMadeSimple

As soon as I knew they were coming, I started working on prepping the guest room.  Just because it was my family coming doesn’t mean I didn’t want to make their visit special for them.  So one of the items on my to-do list was to make a DIY guest welcome basket. Continue reading »

Dec 182013

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sturm Foods, Inc. I received a promotional item and product samples to create my hot chocolate bar as a thank you for participating.

One of the things I look forward to most with cold weather is the chance to drink hot chocolate and other coffee drinks.  Granted I do indulge in these other times of year, too.  But there’s just something about wrapping your hands around a warm mug on a cold day.

I like to serve hot drinks to our guests during the holidays, too.  We have planned guests, but we get a lot of drop-in family members that visit.  So this year I decided to set up a permanent hot chocolate bar so we would always be ready to entertain.

Hot Chocolate Bar

How to Create a Hot Chocolate Bar #MC

Fortunately with single-serve coffee machines creating something like this is easy.  Just pick a spot and set up your machine, then surround it with lots of Caza Trail coffees and Grove Square hot chocolate and cappuccinos.  Then add in your favorite mix-ins, toppings, and a few treats and you’ll have a beautiful hot chocolate bar. Continue reading »

Nov 182013

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Green Mountain Coffee.  The opinions and text are all mine.

The first thing I would like to reach for in the mornings is coffee.  I’m bleary-eyed and a little fuzzy-brained when I wake up, and my brain calls for coffee.  The only problem is that I generally get up a couple of hours before Bubbles does, and as she’s a very light sleeper, I’m afraid to run the coffee machine until she wakes.

There is a new alternative, though, that I recently tried that makes me quite happy.  Green Mountain, one of my favorite coffee brands, now offers Espresso Roast Iced Latte.  A refrigerated beverage, there’s no brewing involved so I don’t run the risk of waking anyone up in order to pour myself a glass.

Green Mountain Iced Lattes #GMIcedLatte Continue reading »

Jul 112013

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

I’ve always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen.  There used to be a TV show that was called something like “Just Like Mom” where kids would “cook” by making up recipes the way they thought they should be.  It was a funny show – ketchup was used in cookies more often than you would think.

In middle school I started experimenting with both different flavor profiles as well as ingredient substitution.  One of my first attempts at creating something different was with fruit muffins.  I tried different juices in place of the other liquids in muffin mixes to see if I could amp up the flavor.  For example, cranberry and blueberry muffins had cranberry juice mixed in.  From there I learned that flavored liquids could really change the overall taste of whatever I was making.

Chocolate-Toffee Fudge Recipe with International Delight Heath Creamer #whatsyourid Continue reading »