Turn A K-Cup® Pod Into A Flower Pot

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Everyone who knows me knows that Starbucks® coffee is one of my favorite things. I’d probably list it right under my family, my friends and days spent at the beach. I drink a cup of this heavenly concoction daily and it just puts me in a better mood.

I was really excited to find out that I can now make delicious Starbucks® latte drinks in my own home with their new line of Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods that are available in my local grocery store. These new K-Cup® pods are made from milk, with no artificial flavors, and they come in 3 great Starbucks® signature flavors (Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla) and 2 Starbucks® seasonal flavors (Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha, available for a limited time).

It’s easy to do, too! Just pour the flavor packet into your mug and place it on the drip tray of your Keurig brewer. Using the 8-oz. setting, brew the K-Cup® pod into the mug and stir. It’s a delicious treat on a cold day!

When you are done brewing and enjoying your coffee don’t throw out that K-Cup® pod! You can reuse it! There are dozens of ideas online but I want to share one you may not have seen before! I made a mini flower pot from the K-Cup® so I could bring some outdoor beauty into my home. It’s perfect for a table setting at a party or just sitting on your nightstand as you enjoy a morning coffee. Plus, it uses the coffee grounds so you can savor that coffee scent for a bit longer.

Materials needed:

  • Used K-Cup®
  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Flowers (I used some mums from a potted plant)

Directions: Take the foil cover off of the K-Cup®.

Cut a piece of burlap to cover the white part of the K-Cup® and wrap the piece of fabric around the K-Cup®. Use glue to secure the burlap. Then use a piece of burlap string to tie around it to secure the burlap even more.

Once the flower “pot” is made, it’s time to put the flowers in. You can use soil instead of the coffee grounds and plant seeds but I chose to reuse the coffee grounds and use fresh flowers. I cut them from a potted plant of mums I had and pushed them into the K-Cup®, one at a time.

This was such an easy DIY craft and a really affordable way to add some color to my house.

Once you have your coffee in hand what do you enjoy doing? Maybe you like to craft? Or do you have a book you’ve been wanting to read? I encourage you to take time out of your day and do something for yourself. If you are not sure what to do with this magical “me” time, here’s a list of 50 “me time” ideas for moms to get you started :)

Which flavor of Starbucks® Caffè Latte K-Cup® pods will you try first?

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Celebrating National Coffee Day With Gevalia {Giveaway}

This post is brought to you by Gevalia Coffee from Kraft Foods and The Motherhood. I received a sample of Gevalia Coffee and I’ve been compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

Tomorrow is one of my favorite made-up holidays..it’s National Coffee Day! To celebrate I used my Keurig to try Gevalia’s new Cafe-Style Beverages.

Keurig owners who enjoy authentic café-style beverages made from real milk can conveniently prepare them in their own homes with an existing Keurig K-Cup brewer; no special espresso machine or coffee shop needed. Gevalia has 3 different flavors: Mocha Latte, Caramel Macchiato, and Cappuccino. Mocha Latte is a creamy blend of cocoa and coffee topped with a velvety layer of froth. Caramel Macchiato is creamy and smooth with the indulgent flavor of caramel, made from real milk. The Cappuccino flavor is smooth, mildly sweet, with subtle roasted notes and made from real milk.

I had a hard time deciding between the mocha and caramel flavors but decided to try the Caramel Macchiato flavor first. The new Gevalia Cafe-Style Beverages come with two parts- a packet for the froth and a k-cup with the espresso.

To make the drinks you first empty the contents of the froth packet into the cup. This is what gives the drinks the froth at the top, just like you’d get on your coffee if you ordered it in a coffee shop.

The next step is to put the k-cup in your Keurig and brew it like you would any cup of coffee. The hot coffee activates the powder at the bottom of your mug and when it’s done you have a delicious coffee treat.

I’m generally an Iced Coffee drinker but this Caramel Macchiato was really good. It tastes just like my drink I’d get at the coffee shop only it’s much cheaper and I can make it from the comfort of my home.

To learn more about Gevalia Cafe-Style Beverages visit FoamAtHome.Gevalia.com.

GIVEAWAY:

One reader will win a box of Mocha Latte 2-Step Beverage Packets/K-Cups

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Giveaway ends October 25, 2013 at 11:59pm CST. Must be 21 or over and a US resident to enter.

What Do You “Give A Cup” About?

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.)

Peet’s Coffee is asking, “do you give a cup?” Each week they are asking this of a particular question to get America’s opinion on where they should hold their next tasting event. This week’s question is about summer as a verb. Do I “give a cup” about summering? Nope. Vacations are fun and all but you will not hear me say that I am “going summering”.

Another week’s question was on deep dish pizza. Now that is a topic I have an opinion on! As someone who has lived in the Chicago area most of my life, and tried pizza in different places I have traveled to (including New York), I can definitely say that you haven’t had “real” pizza until you have tried deep dish pizza from Chicago! Whether you like your pizza cheese only, full of meat, or topped with veggies, I think you will enjoy deep dish pizza.

Want to give your opinion on this week’s topic? Head on over to Peet’s Give a Cup website and weigh in! Do you #GiveACup or not?

 

Tassimo Home Brewing System Review and Giveaway

I love going out for coffee but it gets to be expensive so I was excited when Tassimo asked me to review their T20 Home Brewing System.

I love that the Tassimo has accessory kits to personalize the brewer. The company sent me red but they have other color options as well.

Isn’t that fun? Adds a shot of color to my otherwise neutral colored kitchen. The Tassimo T20 brews over 40 varities of hot and cold beverages including coffee, chai latte, cappucino, tea and more. It’s compact in size and there is zero cleanup after making something to drink.

I tried the Starbucks® Cappuccino Primo and added some chocolate syrup and Truvia sweetener and it was a yummy afternoon treat. Searching their site I found some other drinks I’d like to try including the Gevalia Caramel Latte Macchiato and the Gevalia Sweet & Creamy Iced Coffee. They also have a recipe page on the website.

GIVEAWAY:

Tassimo is sending one lucky winner a Tassimo T20 Brewer!

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Giveaway ends on January 13, 2o11 at 11:59pm.

(Disclosure: I was given this Tassimo brewer to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Making Mornings Better With Truvia #maptruvia

You all probably know that I love going out to get Iced Mochas (I even made them one of my top favorites of summer) so I’m sure it’s  no surprise that I jumped on the chance to make some coffeehouse-inspired drinks at home. I wanted to stick with something easy because as a mom if something is complicated I will not take the time to make it for myself. I chose two delicious mixes, one tea and one coffee, and show how in only a couple of minutes you can make something special for yourself. Check out the whrrl story below to find out how to make your mornings better with Truvia:

In addition to these two drinks I also created an Iced Vanilla Coffee using Truvia a few months ago and that recipe can be found here.

Share this post/link at maptruvia.com to get a free sample!

(Disclosure: Collective Bias compensated me for this shop but all opinions are my own.)