Entertaining with Keurig + Giveaway

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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Merry Christmas to All

December 23rd, 2014

Christmas week hellos everyone! I’m taking the rest of the week off from blogging to enjoy the family fun and games here in Las Vegas. Opportunities are so few for me to see my cousins and siblings and my nieces and nephews since we all live in separate parts of the country. Our tree is decorated and we’re having so much fun together.

christmas tree

I like to treat this time of year as a season of rest as well. Sleeping in, enjoying long conversations over coffee, baking cookies and preparing meals together, the simple pleasures that come from slowing down, ignoring the clock and computer, and focusing on real connection.

eat drink and be merry

I want to thank each and every one of you for your visits to the blog whether you read every post or just stop by now and then to see what I’m up to, I appreciate your interest in all that’s going on in our lives, I’m so grateful for your online friendship!

We had a busy wonderful year, and I have big plans for 2015. We’re looking at buying another fixer upper and I’m working on a spring line of fabric patterns. There are two kitchen remodels in progress, and two bathrooms to update as well, I look forward to sharing it all with you next year.

bowl of blue ornaments

 

Wishing you all a blessed and beautiful Christmas!