Four Great Gifts for Coffee Drinkers


I like to think I appear as a really put together mom with super powers. I am able to get through carpool in a single lane and I can whip up a dessert for my Daisy troop in the blink of an eye. I can clean a house that looked like a small tornado went through it and I can cook a meal that tastes like it came from a chef’s table when it really came from some stuff in my pantry. Want to know my super power? Coffee! Yep, I love me some coffee and could not get through the day without it! I am being compensated by Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods for this post as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

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Do you have a coffee lover on your gift list? Here are a few gifts for coffee drinkers:

Personalized Cup:

I am one of those people who drink on the run, so a nice portable cup with my name on it would be a welcome gift. It’s been on my own wish list for a while.  Perhaps this will be my year!

French Press:

If you like your coffee dark, this is a great way to get the café style brew at home.

K Cup Machine:

I love the choice to brew just one cup, and with a K cup machine, I have that flexibility.

K Cups:

If you have a K cup machine, you need some K cups, right? My favorite? The Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods are my new must have in the coffee department. I have been a Dunkin Donuts addict for about as long as I can remember. Of course you need a few dozen for the troops on the weekends! I am so excited to be able to bring the taste of Dunkin home with the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods. This enables me to have a fresh cup of the amazing Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee whenever I want. Oh and the smell of that the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® while it is brewing in the kitchen!

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Can you believe these the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods are now available in the coffee aisle of the grocery store! (Or on the end cap, because they are new and awesome!) And there is no measuring or filters, with these convenient K Cup pods. You just pop your favorite Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pod in your Keurig brewer and you can enjoy a delicious, flavorful cup in no time at all! You can find the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods in the Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut flavors.

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With Graduations, Father’s Day, and Memorial Day around the corner, it is a treat to have the Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods on hand. Oh, and what a better way to celebrate the Dunkin’ Donuts 65th birthday on May 15, than to have one of their the Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee K-Cup® Pods ! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DUNKIN’!

Mocha Cornflake No Bake Cookies

I found a fun, quick and simple little treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth and may even give you a little pep in your step! A little bit of coffee adds a great mocha flavor to these no bake cookies.

Mocha Cornflake Cookies



no bake mocha cornflake cookies

Ingredients –

4 cups cornflakes, any brand

1/3 cup light corn syrup

4 tbs. butter

½ cup sugar

½ cup peanut butter

1/3 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder

2-3 tsp. instant coffee

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Directions –

#1. Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper or foil.

#2. In a medium saucepan melt the peanut butter, cocoa, butter sugar and corn syrup on low heat until melted. Add in the 2-3 tsp. of instant coffee. Stir well until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the 4 cups of cornflakes. Stir well to completely coat the cornflakes.

*Makes approximately 1 dozen cookies. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Total prep time = 45 minutes.

Mocha Cornflake No Bake Cookies
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups cornflakes, any brand
  • ⅓ cup light corn syrup
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2-3 tsp. instant coffee
Instructions
  1. #1. Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper or foil.
  2. #2. In a medium saucepan melt the peanut butter, cocoa, butter sugar and corn syrup on low heat until melted. Add in the 2-3 tsp. of instant coffee. Stir well until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the 4 cups of cornflakes. Stir well to completely coat the cornflakes.
  3. *Makes approximately 1 dozen cookies. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Total prep time = 45 minutes.

Hello, love. #HelloKeurig #Giveaway

Ask my kids what happens before mommy has coffee in the morning.  All three will tell you that NOTHING happens before mommy has coffee.  I’ve often heard whispered conversations trying to figure out if I have indeed had any or all of my first cup of coffee, or if the question is better left unasked until later.

I wasn’t always this way.

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But 9 years of crappy sleep cycles will wear on you. My kids aren’t good sleepers, I work from home and am often working late after the family goes to bed.  Now, I’m working on the set hours for blog work thing and am trying to NOT work at night once the kids are home from school or in bed. Not always possible, but I’m finding I can do it- and ENJOY it- more and more often than not as we settle into our new school and work routines.

 

But I still love my coffee.  Oh, and tea.  And quick hot water, at the perfect temperature for the kids’ oatmeal in the morning.  Just hot enough to cook the oatmeal, just cool enough to eat right away.

And now I have a new way to get my coffee, my tea, hot cocoa, and hot water.

Look! You can see me about to have my coffee!!

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With the touch of a button.

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Well, a new version of an old love. But the love’s been redirected almost all the way into this new Keurig. The 2.0. Why?
It’s the carafe. If I have friends over, or want to indulge in a pot of, say, tea, while curled up with a fabulous book, I can fill the carafe and have multiple servings from the fab new Keurig.

The only reason the new Keurig 2.0 hasn’t pulled me all the way over to full on obsession is that is currently no way at all to have a reusable KCup for this machine.  We do buy KCups in many varieties, but the coffee my husband drinks is not available in KCups and he’s not able to enjoy his brew from the new machine. I also like the ability to reuse the cups and not send so much to recycling each week. I really miss that ability in the new 2.0 and am quite hopeful that the reusable cups will not only be OUT before Christmastime, but that there will be one or two in my stocking on Christmas morning.

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It’s not just the carafe feature that’s new on the Keurig 2.0.  There’s a lot new!

Product Features:

  • Keurig 2.0 system brews a single K-cup or a 4-cup K-carafe pack.
  • Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology reads the lid to deliver a perfect beverage every time.
  • Strength Control setting lets you brew a stronger cup.
  • Removable 80-ounce water reservoir offers easy filling and cleaning.
  • K-Cup Portion Pack allows you to enjoy a single serving.
  • K-Carafe Portion Pack brews a 4-cup pot.
  • Hot Water On Demand function is perfect for tea, soup, oatmeal and more.
  • Large 2.8-in. color touch display makes it easy to customize settings.
  • Programmable digital clock lends convenience.
  • Customizable night light in the water reservoir adds stylish appeal.
  • Energy-saver mode and brewer maintenance alerts ensure long-lasting use.

What’s Included:

  • Keurig 4-cup carafe
  • 6 K-Cup packs
  • 4 K-Carafe packs
  • Water filter handle
  • Water filter cartridge

Win Free Coffee for a Year When You Say Hello to Keurig 2.0!

Customers who purchase a Keurig 2.0 brewer at Kohl’s / Kohls.com can enter to win free coffee for a year!  (There is a no purchase necessary mail-in form of entry as well) Contest site goes live on Aug. 24 and the contest ends Sept. 17. Enter: kohls.com/keurig/sweeps.shtml

 

Also? One lucky reader will win a $200 Kohls Gift Card to use towards a fabulous Keurig 2.0! 

 

Enjoying Hot Coffee when Camping

Whether you are camping in a tent or a camper, a great way to start the day is will a hot cup of coffee.  Some may say that hot coffee when camping is a luxury, I might argue that it’s a necessity.  Enjoying a cup of coffee outdoors surrounded by nature is a pretty amazing way to start the day!

Cuppow sent me the Perk Me Up! Ultimate Coffee for One Gift Pack to to try out and I LOVE it.  Everything is reusable, BPA free and it makes a great cup of coffee that I can drink while listening to nature.Camping Coffee Cuppow The Perk Me UP Cuppow  set (retails for $40) includes one of each

    • #2 Organic cotton CoffeeSock Filter (2-Pack)
    • Wide mouth jar Pour-Over Cone
    • Wide mouth Cuppow (Colors options: Clear, Orange, or Mint)
    • 16oz or 24oz Wide mouth Ball Jar
    • Cuppow Freaker Jar Insulator!

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This set is so easy to use.

While your water is brewing place the brewing cone and filter on top of your jar.  Scoop in your favorite ground coffee.  When the water is ready slowly pour a bit of water on the grounds to get them wet.  Once they are wet continue to pour in the hot water and watch the coffee greatness drip in to your jar.

drip brew 1 cup coffeeIt is as simple as that.  No electricity needed, no disposable cups and truly great coffee.  I don’t just use this when camping, I also use it for a nice afternoon brew.

coffee with almond milkCuppow has many other great items to offer so head on over and check them out.

What Every Camper Needs

Cuppow provided me with the set to facilitate the review.  All opinions are my own.

Cuisinart Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker Great for Hosting

Cuisinart sent me their Perfec Temp 14-Cup Coffeemaker to try out.  It is amazing now much the temperature that coffee is brewed at can change the flavor and the entire coffee drinking experience.  We were used to a bland brew from our old maker.  This Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker brews a wonderful and hot cup of coffee.

Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker

About the Cuisinart Perfec Temp 14-Cup Coffeemaker
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker retails for $99.95 and features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel.

Features

14-Cup Glass Carafe with decorative stainless steel handle

Control Panel and Extra-Large LCD Display that clearly indicates selected functions

Fully Automatic with 24 hour programmability, self clean, 1-4 cup setting and Auto- Off (0-4 hours)

Hotter Coffee with expert coffeemaking technology to ensure hotter coffee temperature without giving up flavor or quality.

Brew Strength Control allows you to select Regular or Bold coffee flavor

Easy-to-View Water Window for accurate filling

Brew pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle has finished

60-Second Reset recalls settings and position in the brewing process in case of loss of power

Gold-Tone Coffee Filter and Charcoal Water Filter

Limited 3-Year Warranty

BPA Free

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The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpufThe Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf

My Experience

We have been using our Cuisinart Perfec Temp Coffeemaker for a few weeks now.  It has been wonderful to wake up each morning to a steaming hot pot of coffee.  The filter is easy to clean and and the coffeemaker is easy to fill.  This new coffeemaker is superior to our previous one.  I look forward to years of daily use from this great product.

How do you like your coffee?

 

 

 

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf

The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
The Cuisinart® Perfec Temp® 14-cup Glass Coffeemaker features state of the art coffeemaking technology that turns up the temperature to deliver hotter coffee, while retaining coffee’s full flavor and quality throughout the brewing process – because temperature is as important as taste! Ideal for coffee lovers who prefer hotter coffee. The oversized digital display illuminates the full range of programmable options, including regular and bold flavor settings. The styling is sleek, with elegant angles and a new high-tech look with an extremely user-friendly control panel. – See more at: http://www.cuisinart.com/products/coffee_makers/dcc-2800.html#sthash.gUO13qid.dpuf
Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker
Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker
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Perfec Temp® 14-Cup Coffeemaker

My House Rules for 2014

Happy New Year’s Eve, my friends. I can’t believe that 2013 is coming to a close! Our year was full of ups and downs as each year has been, but nothing overly exciting.  Which is a good thing. Many of our friends had some devastating  years and for them, I hope 2014 brings a quieter year full of peace and healing.  2014 will bring changes in our lives, that’s for sure- we’ve been purging and organizing like crazy this past week and I think we’re finally ready to start saving towards our next big change- adding on to our home so that we aren’t pushing the seams of this house to the limit like we are now. Of course, no planning or discussion happens in this house without coffee.  Especially in the early hours of the day (any before noon).  I’m not sure I can function anymore without coffee in hand in the morning hours!

This post about our house rules is brought to you by our friends at Lunchbox.  Opinions are my own. 
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Big Taste in a Little Cup

Your favorite “good to the last drop” coffee is now available without ever leaving your home. All new Maxwell House Café Collection Single Serve Cups are easy to use and the perfect pick me up in the morning. You can find these new single-serve cups at Walmart for an everyday low price!

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…and that size is LARGE!

House Rule: The best cup of coffee is one that’s on the house.

Maxwell House rules will help you get back to coffee basics. Visit see.walmart.com/maxwell-house to create your own house rule on the Maxwell House magnet board. Please share the link they give you so we can all see!! It’s fun to make them. I’m actually going to print ours and hang it on the fridge later today (It needs to be cleaned first)

 So tell me, what are YOUR House Rules?

 

My Favorite Things Giveaway- Coffee! #MyFavoriteThings

I am so excited to welcome you to OUR FAVORITE THINGS GIVEAWAY!! 

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There are 19 of us who have collaborated and each of us has created a wonderful prize pack of OUR favorite things- for YOU, our readers!

Here’s what to do:

  • Check out the gorgeous collage of awesome above
  • Scroll down to see my prize up close and personal
  • Enter to win MY favorite things using the giveaway widget at the end of this post
  • Hope on over to all of the other sites to enter to win their gorgeous prize packs!
  • Check out the sites of the 19 creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!

 

Enter to win ONE or ninteen, what ever looks fun to you.  There’s such a great variety from all the bloggers.  There’s something for everyone!

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Coffee is one of my FAVORITE things in the world.  I love it.  So for my favorite things giveaway prize pack, I chose 4 lbs of holiday flavored coffees, my favorite Thermos travel mug (it keeps your warms WARM and your hots HOT), some Godiva chocolates because who doesn’t love chocolate? AND an Amazon Gift Card because gift cards are marvelous.  my-favorite-things-giveaway-coffee
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eKoffee Fresh Roasted Coffee Giveaway

A few weeks ago, while camping and having my first cup of coffee, I struck up a conversation on Twitter with the owner of eKoffee. Jason agreed to send me some coffee to review.  A few days later 2 lbs of the “Coffee Blends” sampler showed up at my front door. That is right, fresh roasted coffee delivered right to my front door.  The coffee was fresh roasted in New Jersey at the Booskerdoo fresh roast coffee co. and the label showed the date it was roasted.  I received one bag each of the following roasts; After Dark, Black and Tan, Bottle Rocket, and Jersey Diner.

Fresh Roasted Coffee Delivered

The coffee arrived in a box and came with a fun burlap coffee bag and a sticker.  This would make such a great gift.

About eKoffee.com

eKoffee.com is a Colts Neck, NJ based online specialty coffee marketplace where quality and freshness is tops, but value comes in as a close second. We saw the rising popularity of K-cups and with them the overinflated prices people were paying to brew a cup of coffee at home.  We knew it was possible to brew a much better cup at a better price.  You’ll find that our specialty coffees deliver a significant increase in freshness, quality, and cost savings per pound versus a K-cup.

Booskerdoo is THE hidden gem of Monmouth Beach, NJ and their coffee is roasted to perfection for your enjoyment. Booskerdoo believes great coffee should never sit in a warehouse, which is exactly why they don’t use one. Roast-master James roasts the earth’s finest beans, packages them straight out of the hopper, and immediately ships them out directly to you. Fresh coffee makes all the difference and Booskerdoo coffee is definitely coffee worth waking up to!

I read a great blog article written by Booskerdoo about using a french press to brew coffee.  So, I broke mine out and got to making an incredible cup of coffee.

French Press Coffee

I enjoy the ease of an electric coffee maker but what a treat it is to have a cup of freshly brewed coffee from a french press.  They are easy to use and easy to clean.  You can boil your own water and get it to a better temperature for brewing.

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Truly delicious coffee.  All 4 blends I received are ones I will order again for myself or send as a gift.   eKoffee.com would make a great Father’s Day Gift. The customer service was friendly, the shipping was quick and the product is very high quality.
eKoffee.com is offering all ThisMamaLoves.com readers a 10% discount on any roasts when you use the discount code MAMALOVESCOFFEE. I will be using that code to try some of the Red Rooster blends this time.
Who wants a chance to win some Ekoffee.com fresh roasted coffee?
You can enter to win one of two prizes.
The first will be 3lbs of fresh roasted coffee that you get to choose from eKoffee.com .
The second winner will receive $20.00 in gift cards to use at eKoffee.com .

I was provided with samples to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

50 Shades of….International Delight!? #50shadesofID

I don’t do much without having had my coffee first these days.  Lately, my little treat has been some International Delight in my coffee.  I’m loving all of the fun flavors, and the variety they bring to my coffee.  So delicious.  Maybe too delicious.

One thing i love to do when I have some coffee is to sit down and read a good book.  While I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey yet, clearly someone at International Delight has, because they have come up with a really fun new Pinterest promotion called 50 Shades of I.D.!  I chose my favorite of the 50 Shades- have you chosen yours?

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Of course, that’s my favorite this morning. It changes. Maybe as often as the weather does here in Connecticut, but it does change a lot. Sometimes I’m lighter, sometimes I’m darker, and often, I’m right in the middle of the color arch. Really, as long as my coffee has some International Delight in it, I’m happy. Now, if you will excuse me, I have some coffee to drink….

Which shade are you? Go to Fifty Shades of International Delight on Pinterest and find and share your shade of I.D.!

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

Love coffee? Come join me today for a virtual coffee chat! Free coffee all week! #McDCoffeeChat

This morning, at 10am, I’m attending McDONALD’S® LIVE VIRTUAL COFFEE TASTING EVENT.  I’ll be sipping on some delicious Newman’s Own Organics coffee brewed in my Keurig while attending and I’d love for you to join in!

FEATURING NELL NEWMAN, PRESIDENT OF NEWMAN’S OWN® ORGANICS

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Virtual Coffee Tasting Event: Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. EST

Event Link: Livestream.com/VermontLive— I’m embedding it here, too if you’d like to follow along.

Watch live streaming video from VermontLive at livestream.com

Follow on Twitter: @McD_CTWMA

Hash tag: #McDCoffeeChat

What Else: The live virtual coffee tasting event will feature Nell Newman, president of Newman’s Own Organics along with local McDonald’s Owner/Operator Wayne LeBrun and Green Mountain Coffee experts, will cover:

The history of Newman’s Own Organics coffee with McDonald’s in New England

Behind-the-scenes info and tour of the Green Mountain roasting plant in Vermont

Roasting process and taste of Newman’s Own Organics McDonald’s blend

As a thank you to our customers, the live webcast coincides with a week of free small Newman’s Own Organics coffee at participating McDonald’s from September 23-29National Coffee Day is September 29.

 

I will update this post with what I learn after the chat!  Also, head over to A Year with Mom and Dad to enter to win a year of FREE coffee! (New England giveaway)