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How to Pick the Perfect Pairing: Coffee & Pastries #DeliciousPairings

“Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe, help to make the season bright…” – Well, you know what else makes the season bright, in MY house? Delicious coffee, freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and good conversation with awesome people. Because, really, the best thing about Christmas is the people you love sharing it with you, right?

Delicious Pairings: Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee and Walmart Bakery cinnamon rolls

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” – Peg Bracken

This week, I decided to put together a little surprise brunch for my mom. She is absolutely amazing, and has been my very best friend in the world since I was a little girl. And since I became a mother myself two years ago, I now have even more appreciation for how awesome she is – now that I know how hard motherhood can sometimes be. So, since she was coming over this morning to take Abby and I to a great Christmas Party for kids that I help volunteer with, I wanted to pick up some surprises for her while we were out shopping at Walmart yesterday. {See the whole trip here, on Google+, to get some ideas of your own.} As I shopped the bakery, I noticed this big Starbucks sign, talking about #DeliciousPairings, which I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about…

Starbucks Coffee - choosing the perfect blend

Picking the Perfect Starbucks Blend to Pair with Christmas Treats

Ok – where has this been my whole life? The Delicious Pairings display is amazingly helpful! It shows you how to pair your favorite Starbucks coffee with the perfect pairing of sweet treat. Since each coffee has different notes and undertones, they’ll each pair differently with specific flavors. Just like when you go to a wine tasting, and the same wine can taste totally different when paired with certain cheeses, or dark chocolate – coffee works the same way! Since I was picking up some super duper crazy-delicous looking cinnamon rolls to share with mom for a little surprise brunch, I headed to the coffee aisle to pick up the Starbucks Holiday Blend.

Christmas Flowers for Mom

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W. T. Ellis

As I wandered the aisles towards the coffee section, I couldn’t help but pick up these absolutely gorgeous flowers for my mom too. I was amazed at what a beautiful selection they had, and how affordable they were – this pretty bunch was only $7.99! And it’s so festive for the holidays – I knew it would make her day feel a little more special. My mom is an amazingly talented gardner, and really enjoys flowers and greenery. Perfect.

Cream Cheese frosted cinnamon rolls

Trying out our Perfect Pairing – Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls & Starbucks Holiday Blend

Ok, so I told you that to make the morning a little brighter and sweeter for my wonderful ol’ momma, I was surprising her with a pretty little brunch – just her, and I, and Abby. A “girls morning in”, if you will. {Quite different from my “girls night out” adventures of my pre-motherhood years…} Well, this is as deliciously sweet as you can get – a freshly baked cinnamon roll from the Walmart Bakery, smothered in a delicious cream cheese frosting. Mmmm…. We both took a bite, and seriously – it’s hard to believe these weren’t homemade. Sooooo good, even on their own. But – then it was time to try them with the coffee too, and see how the flavors combine together…

Starbucks holiday blend coffee with marshmallow dippers

“At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes

The complimentary notes for the Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee are: ginger, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, and cloves. Sounds good already, right? Well, lemme tell ya ladies – paired with the cream cheese, flaky & buttery pastry of the rolls, and the flavors in the cream cheese – this was sooooo good. It does seriously remind me of choosing the right wine – swirl a bit of that coffee around in your mouth to really enjoy that mix of scents, and savor the flavors. {Yes, I said “savor the flavors” – this is serious holiday magic here.} Then when you take another bite of your pastry, you’ll love it even more than that first bite on it’s own. My mom thought I was just so smart and classy – giving her this fancy pairing, at a beautifully festive holiday table – including her gift of that perfect Christmas bouquet. Definitely was a hit – and it made me feel amazing to do something nice for my mom, to tell her thank you for all that she does for us….

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale

Now that we’ve wrapped up our lovely ladies brunch, we’re headed out to the Christmas party. I love helping to host these great annual events, and can’t wait to see how happy all of the kiddos are. We’ve had a challenging year as a family – with Abby’s seizures and treatment, daddy being out of work, and the rest of the usual stress. But after the tragic events of yesterday, I’m all the more joyful and grateful for what I have, and will be hugging all of the kids today a little tighter than usual. Happy holidays to all!

Let’s Chat: Do you plan to check out this Delicious Pairings display at your own local Walmart too? {Follow the #DeliciousPairings tag on Twtter to see more!} Who would you surprise with a special gift like this? Share some comments!

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Coffee Lovers – Win a Keurig!! {WW #Giveaway}

So… You ladies know that I need coffee to live. {I once ran out of coffee, and gave up on everything…} And, I’m also all about being a frugal momma, so skipping the coffee house and making coffee drinks at home is a must for me too. That’s why I’m super excited to join forces with Robin’s Sweet Confessions and Donna’s Deals and More, to team up with some other fabulous bloggers, and bring you a crazy-amazing giveaway. Ready for it? One lucky reader will win a Keurig B40!!

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Tall & Skinny? Hot & Sweet? 50 Shades – Pick Yours….

Ok ladies, I’m guessing that all of you have by now heard of the guilty pleasure on women’s night stands across the country – Fifty Shades of Grey. Just in case you’ve been hiding out in a mountain cave for the past few months, and haven’t heard of it – it’s a trilogy of books, featuring some rather racy content that women have made into a crazy-popular brand. Well, there’s also another set of “shades” to take a look at, that are just as hot and steamy as your favorite books….

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Coffee Junkies Unite – It’s Party Time

“A morning without coffee is like…. sleep.” – Unknown… Yes, I admit it – I am a coffee junkie. I drink it all day long, year round, and without it, I’m just like a slithering jellyfish – accomplishing nothing, just floating mindlessly through my days. {I ran out of coffee once, so I just gave up on everything.} But WITH coffee, I am an amazing superwoman, able to leap tall laundry piles in a single bound. There used to be a time that I would pick up an iced coffee at the little local coffee place down the road, or grab a Starbucks as we ran errands around town – but that is a big chunk of money that’s wasted each week. {Although, is any money spent on coffee ever really a waste??} Then I was introduced to International Delight Iced Coffee in a carton – the very first prepackaged iced coffee ever that I actually liked. So I switched – I used these cartons to mix up my own coffee drinks at home, and saved over $100 bucks in that first month! Since I’m such a big fan of them, I was excited to put together a great sponsored party to share my faves with my other mom friends, and totally change their lives….

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Homemade Chocolate & Pumpkin Spice Swirled Fall Dessert Bread

How many times have I told you guys how much I love, love, LOVE the cartons of Iced Coffee from International Delight? Well, let me count the times…. I saved a ton of money when I did a month-long challenge to initially try this stuff out, switching from coffee house drinks to enjoying this amazingly creamy drink at home. {I saved over $100 bucks!} And I’ve showed you how you can use it in recipes like Candy Bar & Cookie Coffee, or Irish Cream Mocha Brownies. And now, I have another sweet idea for using these amazing cartons of coffee for more than energizing my mornings – Homemade Chocolate & Pumpkin Spice Swirled Fall Dessert Bread. SO good!

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Homemade Irish Cream Mocha Brownies – #IcedDelight

Amp Up Your Iced Coffee with International Delight… Last week I shared a recipe with you ladies – my fave way to enjoy iced coffee at home with simple prep, the Candy Bar & Cookies Iced Coffee drink, made with International Delight Iced Coffee and creamers. Sooooo good, especially when it’s been so super hot out every day. It’s the perfect partner for my morning routine – I head out to the patio, with my drink and my laptop, to get some work done before the kids get up. And, since I am a total coffee junkie, and love how versatile these yummy iced coffee cartons are, I decided to use them to jazz up one of my fave brownie recipes too.

homemade Irish Cream Mocha Brownies

Homemade Irish Cream Mocha Brownies

I made these amazing brownies yesterday for a BBQ that we had – and they were ALL gone within a few minutes. I’m bummed looking at these pics again, because they’re all gone. Definitely a recipe that I’ll be making again! They were perfect – just a hint of crispy chocolate crunch at the edges, and soft and gooey in the middle. I’m hungry just telling you about them!!

tons of iced coffee

International Delight Iced Coffee

I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the International Delight creamers, right? Super delicious must have’s for any coffee-lovers kitchen. And now there’s an awesome new option from International Delight too – Iced Coffee in a carton, so you can save money by having your own perfectly blended iced coffee drink at home. I had NEVER liked any pre-made coffee drinks from the grocery before – too sweet, too artificial, or too bland. But these cartons are so great – I buy a couple of them every week now. If you haven’t tried them yet, you are so missing out.

recipes using iced coffee and coffee creamer

Cooking with Iced Coffee and Creamers!

There are so many awesome ways to use iced coffee and coffee creamers in your favorite recipes – and there are SO many flavors of creamer that you can create a ton of fun new flavor combinations. I use creamer when I make french toast, to add an extra twist. I love mixing creamers or coffee into boxed cake mixes too – That Peppermint Patty was crazy-good when mixed into a chocolate cake mix and topped with peppermint frosting. Check out the #IcedDelight tag on Twitter too, to get more baking inspiration. Amazing ideas.

irish cream brownies with coffee and coffee creamer

How to make Homemade Irish Cream Mocha Brownies

If you have your own favorite brownie recipe, you can use that – just substitute the water with creamers and iced coffee instead. Or, follow my easy peasy recipe here to create these super delicious brownie bites – but you might want to double it. These go fast!

Homemade Irish Cream Mocha Brownies

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons Mocha flavored International Delight Iced Coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup of International Delight Irish Cream Creamer

Instructions

  1. Heat over to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan over low heat.
  3. Remove from heat, and then stir in sugar and cocoa.
  4. Add the egg and iced coffee; mix well.
  5. Add baking powder and baking soda; mix well.
  6. Then add flour and 1/2 cup coffee creamer, mixing well after each one.
  7. Fill cupcake liners with batter. Bake for 22-24 minutes. Eat & Enjoy!
http://sunshineandsippycups.com/2012/07/homemade-irish-cream-mocha-brownies-iceddelight/

Quick tip: Using an ice cream scooper to put batter in the cupcake liners makes your job SO much easier!

There you have it – an easy peasy recipe featuring my fave iced coffee and creamers – perfect for any occasion. Make sure to follow International Delight on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on new products and promotions. And check out the hashtag on Twitter too – #IcedDelight – for more creative recipe ideas.

If you loved this recipe – don’t forget to pin it to Pinterest, or share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

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Mix it up! Simple Summer Iced Coffee Drink Recipes

Amp up your Iced Coffee this summer… So by now, you all know that I am a full-fledged coffee junkie. Yep,it’s true. Without it, I’m just a floppy jellyfish, slithering out to the kitchen to get my first dose of caffeinated deliciousness. But with coffee, I’m able to transform from a mindless jellyfish into a total Super Mom….  “Faster than a speeding toddler, more powerful than those tough-to-reach dust bunnies, able to leap tall piles of laundry in a single bound….” Yep, coffee is what I’m all about. And, while I drink and love coffee in any form, from a basic home-brewed cup o’ joe, to a beautifully blended espresso drink at a coffee house – my favorite way to drink it is a homemade iced coffee drink. So I’m going to share a few of my favorite mixes with you ladies today!

candy bar and cookies iced coffee recipe

 “A MORNING WITHOUT COFFEE IS LIKE…. SLEEP.” – AUTHOR UNKNOWN

There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make cold-press iced coffee at home – but they are kind of complicated, and I didn’t always get perfect results each time. Plus – how I am supposed to follow so many steps in the morning BEFORE I’ve had any coffee, right? A muuuuuch easier solution for busy moms is to pick up a carton or two {or three…} of the new Iced Coffee by International Delight. Seriously – I have never been a fan of any type of pre-made iced coffees before, but this stuff is perfection in a carton. No lie. And while I could chug buckets of it straight any day, it’s also fun to Mix It Up – and make some fun flavor combos using International Delight’s line of creamers, plus a few other simple ingredients. My VERY favorite is my Candy Bar & Cookies Iced Coffee – the recipe is coming, just wait…

tons of International Delight Iced Coffee cartons

“BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IS A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF COFFEE.” – STEPHANIE PIRO

First step – Head to your local grocery store to pick up a carton of this awesome iced coffee from International Delight. There are three flavors to choose from, Mocha, Original, and Vanilla. I love ’em all – and any of them will work just great in these recipes. So – I use Original. If you want it a little sweeter go with Vanilla, if you want it a little more chocolaty, then grab the Mocha. You’ll find these in the dairy section of the store – they’re usually in the cases next to the milk and coffee creamers. But – I LOVED this giant bay of iced coffee at Walmart last time I shopped – so many glorious cartons of coffee…. total #IcedDelight.

candy bar flavored creamers

“COFFEE IS A BEVERAGE THAT PUTS ONE TO SLEEP WHEN NOT DRANK.” – ALPHONSE ALLAIS

Next step is to grab some creamer… As you can see, there are a TON of awesome flavors of International Delight creamers to choose from. For the Candy Bar and Cookies recipe, I used the Peppermint Patty flavor – but there are a bunch of other super yummy candy bar flavored creamers that would work great too – Like Heath Bar or Almond Joy. So grab a few – and experiment with some mix’en and match’en.

simple candy bar and cookies iced coffee recipe

“No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.” – Sheik Abd-al-Kadir

By now your taste buds are shouting – “Get to it lady! Show us the goods – give us the recipe for this sweet iced coffee awesomeness already!” – am I right? So, drum roll please…. Follow these easy peasy directions to make your own totally amazing Candy Bar & Cookies Iced Coffee drink this summer too:

Candy Bar & Cookies Iced Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • Crushed Ice
  • International Delight Iced Coffee - Original Flavor
  • International Delight Creamer - Peppermint Patty
  • Oreo Cookie Ice Cream - One Scoop
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Oreo Cookie for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a great big ol' glass with crushed ice.
  2. Pour the International Delight Iced Coffee over ice, until the glass is about 3/4 full.
  3. Add a bit of the creamer {more or less, depending on your preference} - stir it up.
  4. Scoop up a big spoonful of Oreo Cookie ice cream, and add it on top of your drink.
  5. Spray a bit of whipped cream, shake on a few chocolate sprinkles, and add an Oreo cookie as a garnish.
  6. Drink it all... Then make another!
http://sunshineandsippycups.com/2012/07/mix-it-up-simple-summer-iced-coffee-drink-recipes/

mix it up - iced coffee recipes

“Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.” – Terri Guillemets

Like I said earlier – Don’t be afraid to Mix it Up, and amp up your summer with some cool iced coffee creations. With so many awesome flavors of iced coffee and new creamers from International Delight, it’s super easy to mix up great recipes to enjoy in those rare moments you can sneak away for a little “me time” on the patio- and they’re perfect for summer entertaining. Here are a few other ideas to help inspire your own iced coffee creativity:

  • Iced Coffee Milkshakes: Crushed Ice, Iced Coffee, Creamer, and 1/3 package {small size box} of instant pudding mix, blended up. Soooo good! Use any flavor combos: I like to use Original Flavor Iced Coffee, white chocolate pudding mix, and Caramel Macchiato creamer.
  • Cinammon Roll in a Glass: Vanilla iced coffee, Southern Butter Pecan creamer, and a dash of cinnamon mixed up over ice.
  • Coffee Ice Cream Soda: This rocks – Fill glasses 3/4 full with iced coffee. Pour your choice of creamer in – just a dash. Drop a spoonful of ice cream to your glass. Pour club soda over to fill and fizz. Then top with whip cream and a cherry.

See what I mean? Once you get into it, there are SO many combos you can come up with! If you experiment with these flavors, leave me a comment letting me know what recipes YOU come up with! I’ll share some favorites on my Facebook page – so let me know in the comment if it’s ok to use your name, and leave a blog link if you have one :)

 For more great ideas be sure to follow International Delight on Facebook and Twitter too!

Collective Bias - Social FabricI am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and International Delight. #IcedDelight #CBias #SocialFabric. All photos, recipes, and opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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