Entertaining

Entertaining with Keurig + Giveaway

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Hello friends! This past week has been so very relaxing, reconnecting with family and finally finishing a few wonderful books that have sat on my nightstand for months. I’ve stayed up until midnight savoring each text while tucked under the covers with no deadlines to fret about and then I sleep in past 8 a.m, it’s such a luxury! Taking time off makes me feel so refreshed and excited for the new year.

I’ve always been old school in my approach to my morning cup of coffee. I drink 1-2 cups each morning and sometimes I indulge in the occasional afternoon cappuccino with a friend. For me it’s always been either brew a big pot at home or swing by the coffee shop in the afternoon.

I started noticing the Keurig popping up everywhere, my sister has one, I spied one in a friend’s craft studio, I see them in retail shops or small offices and I wondered what the big deal was. How convenient that Keurig contacted me and offered to send me one to try it out for all the holiday entertaining we were doing, so I was grateful to accept.

After two weeks of making coffee and other beverages with the new Keurig 2.0, I’m loving it. I rearranged my baker’s rack and set up a little breakfast/beverage station for guests to grab whenever they wish – it really is such a fabulous appliance for single beverage hospitality.

keurig breakfast station

We’ve been living without a kitchen during our stay here since we’re renovating so we’ve been making all sorts of hot concoctions with it. Coffee obvs but so much more!

keurig coffee station

 

The Keurig 2.0 has a 80 oz. water reservoir and hot water function so we can heat instant oatmeal, yes!

hot oatmeal keurig

My children love the hot cocoa function: set the dial, press the button, boom, it’s ready. The little Swiss Miss pods make fab hot chocolate, incomplete without whipped cream.

hot chocolate with keurig

I’m not embarrassed to say – I was a big Star Trek The Next Generation fan when I was in college, I watched it daily with fellow Trekkies and always loved when Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard ordered “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot” from the replicator and it appeared in 5 seconds. With the Keurig it takes 45 seconds but it reminds me of those scenes. And yes you can make any hot tea with it too!

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Backyard Harvest Party

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

*Sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens Products at Walmart.

It seems just as Halloween passes, we all rush to get ready for Christmas and forget that fall is still very much a season to be savored. Right now the wineries in our area are so crowded with tourists so instead of gathering there we invited a group of friends over for Harvest Party to celebrate the flavors of autumn and share some of our wine with friends.

Every two months, I have the opportunity to work with a few Better Homes and Gardens products so a backyard harvest party seemed the perfect occasion. I snapped a few photos of the table layout before our guests arrived.

backyard harvest party

I gathered up some old favorites along with the new, including amber vases filled with leaf clippings, white platters, and my favorite wood salad bowl. Our potting bench again served as a casual bar.

potting bench bar

 

appetizers harvest party

  

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