Tag: drinks

Link Roundup: Last minute holiday help. We’re here for you!

We’re winding down around here for the holidays because hey, we’ve been so busy putting together helpful posts for all of you, we have our own families to start tending to! If you’re like us, and still scrambling a bit, we hope these links can help you out.   Easy treats for Santa so quick, the kids can help make them too. Need a great gift for a kid? Check out the best books for kids of 2013. Free printable gift tags and gift wrap. 14 Creative gift wrap ideas… and then 12 more gift wrap ideas. Holiday Pinterest boards filled...

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6 last-minute treats for Santa that the kids can help make

The big man is set to arrive in just less than 48 hours! Word from the North Pole is that if you leave Santa something extra tasty, he’ll throw in a little extra something for mom. That — and having “leftovers” — is reason enough to make one of these 6 delicious holiday snacks. So pull the kids into the kitchen: it’s time to make treats for Santa! Cookies are traditional, but these chocolate and caramel dipped marshmallows (above) from One Charming Party are chic and modern. Easy to make, too. (No oven!) These are fun to make with the kids...

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The ultimate guide to the best holiday cocktail recipes and winter drinks. Because you’ll need these long past Christmas.

We’ve covered so many fantastic holiday cocktail recipes over time, we thought we’d put them together in one handy guide to our very favorites. Find links to more than 30 of only the very best recipes, both boozy and non-boozy. And don’t be thinking we won’t be drinking that candy cane martini well into February. What else are leftover peppermint candies good for, anyway?   8 Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Toast the Holiday Season: From candy cane martinis to the perfect mulled wine. 5 Apple Cider Recipes including variations for mean mocktails, for those abstaining this holiday. Cheers to...

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7 eggnog recipes for everyone (even people who think they don’t like eggnog)

Sure, there are lots of reasons why you might not like eggnog. It’s made with raw egg (which makes it hard to share with the kids), can be overly sweet, and tends to be heaaaavy. But I’ve got 7 reasons to love it, even if you think you don’t. As an eggnog fan, I’m out to prove that there’s a nog for everyone. So for every eggnog complaint, I’ve found a delicious eggnog recipe solution. These recipes are, uh, the cream of the crop. So whip out the blender and get ready to cheers with nog this December 25th,...

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Hunger Games chocolates by Vosges: I volunteer as tribute!

Are you hungry, Hunger Games fans? Don’t be prim–just dig right into this gorgeous box of gourmet truffles from Vosges,  inspired by the Capitol of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games world. Opulence, trinkets, and accoutrements wait within. But no screaming jabberjays. We checked. Of course the Capitol is meant to represent all that is shallow, selfish, and dangerously narcissistic in our culture, but it’s just so darned pretty, just like the Capitol Truffle Collection from the new collection of Vosges Hunger Games Chocolates. If you live in District 1 and have the wealth (because wow, it’s pricey), you’re sure to get your Effie on...

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Sweet and simple: Apropos Roasters gifts and stocking stuffers

If you’re like me, there’s a bunch of people to whom you’d like to give a little something for the holidays, but they aren’t quite up to the level of say, a cashmere sweater. I usually whip up some handmade holiday food gifts in the kitchen, but to save time this year I might let Apropos Roasters do some of the work for me instead. I love their selection of individually packaged coffee, tea, and hot chocolate gifts, wrapped in plain brown paper and adorned with cheery stamped images and messages. So great for holiday gift giving to co-workers, carpool,...

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Keep it Down Tea: As the name implies, give the gift of not barfing.

We love fun, indulgent gifts from time to time, but sometimes a practical present can be a lifesaver. If you know a pregnant mom who’s experiencing morning sickness, here’s how to be her holiday angel. And don’t worry–you can still place it in an adorable mug and tie it with a big red bow. Keep It Down Tea by Anna Naturals is specially formulated to help ease nausea and morning sickness, thanks to ginger. But unlike some other morning sickness preparations, the ginger isn’t overwhelming, and the taste is surprisingly fruity and pleasant. It’s a Christmas miracle! I’m not pregnant–...

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Coffee mavens, rejoice! This groundbreaking coffee maker will revolutionize your favorite drink.

I still remember when I got my first espresso machine for Christmas in high school. That’s right, I was hooked on lattes before I could drive, and I was the first person I knew with the magic of a frothing wand at my fingertips. If you’re that kind of coffee hipster, you’re going to love this Kickstarter project. Anyone can currently grind and brew their own coffee, but if you get in on the ground floor, you’ll be the first person who roasts their own beans, too. The Bonaverde roast-grind-brew coffee machine might not be the final name, but...

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Downton Abbey teas: A holiday gift of which even Lady Grantham would approve.

Nanny always said sweet tea is the thing for frayed nerves. (And we think Black Friday weekend might fit the bill, eh?) That means elegant teas are a fantastic gift for the holidays, especially when troublesome relatives like Cousin Isobel are involved. If you have a Downton Abbey fan in your life, they’ll be sure to enjoy a hot cuppa inspired by everyone’s favorite period drama. And it’s perfect to sip on a weekend — whatever that is. The new Downton Abbey teas from The Republic of Tea are the perfect gift for the Anglophile or BBC fan on...

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8 delicious holiday cocktails to toast the holiday season

We’ve been talking a lot about holiday food, from make-ahead Thanksgiving dishes to once in a lifetime Thanksgivukkah recipes. Now it’s time to raise our glasses — filled with holiday cocktails, of course! Simple to make and elegant to hold, these eight holiday drinks make any  gathering more festive, whether a cocktail party with friends or small family gathering around the fire (or, you know, the coffee table). And did I mention that they are delicious? Each is brimming with holiday flavor and cheer, even the one without booze. -Stacie  I love the festive combination of flavors in the Cranberry...

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How to make Butterbeer. Or just buy it yourself at Starbucks.

One of the great questions, since the first Harry Potter book (or at least the launch of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando), is how to make Butterbeer. And now we have the Butterbeer recipe. The Starbucks Secret Menu blog offers this suggestion for ordering an off-the-menu Butterbeer at Starbucks without even needing Floo Powder or a trip to Hogsmeade. -A Creme Frapuccino base with whole milk. Sorry dieters. -3 pumps of caramel syrup -3 pumps of toffee nut syrup -Top with caramel drizzle Note: there is no beer in Butterbeer. Fear not parents. Now clearly this is...

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Coffee rings that prevent coffee rings

Need a clever coaster for that grande pumpkin spice latte? We’ve got you covered. We love how Coastermatic can turn any of your Instagram photos into coasters. But we also love the way photographer Jennifer Daniels has turned her images of disposable coffee cup lids into actual kiln-fired ceramic coaster art. Because what better way to protect your table from coffee rings and drips than images of coffee lids with drips? Oh, irony. You’re delicious. Especially with extra cinnamon. Find Coffee Lid coasters by Jennifer Daniels at Coastermatic. [h/t swiss...

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3 healthier drink boxes for kids: half the sugar, none of the guilt

I admit it, I’m a bit of a loudmouth about the benefits of skipping juice for kids. Most options are packed with sugar–like 20 grams per single-serving box, nearly the same amount of sugar in a full-sized Hershey’s bar. Whoa! I know, I know. An occasional sugary drink never hurt anyone (hello, homemade lemonade!). Thanks to these 3 new delicious juice boxes, though, I can get down off my sugar soapbox. Fewer than 10 grams of sugar each, and the kids love the taste. Score. –Stacie   We’ve always been fans of Honest Kids by HonestTea (above), but when the...

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Peet’s Coffee comes home with you. One at a time.

It’s only from years of business travel to LA that I got to know the delight that is Peet’s coffee. And now that I don’t have access to their coffee shops in NYC (sniff), I’m glad that now it’s even easier to bring it home. Peet’s K cups are here (oh sorry…let’s use the generic “Peet’s single cups”) so rejoice all ye Keurig users. Yes it took a while, but evidently the company has spent 5 years getting it to where they want instead of settling for meh. I have to respect that. You can get five of their...

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Delicious recipes using overripe fruit. A.K.A. kids can’t complain about the “mushy part.”

I feel like the most awesome mom when I bring home bags of fresh fruit–until I realize the bananas have become overripe in two days, and the mangoes and strawberries are threatening to do the same unless I use them, stat. Morning smoothies have become a staple, but I’m so grateful there are other wonderful recipes to help me use all that fruit…even after it’s less than perfect.   Overripe Banana RecipesThanks to Serious Eats, I’ve got 17 ideas for what to do with overripe bananas, as in the three brown ones sitting in my fridge right now. I’m...

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Web Coolness: DIY tricycle car wash, the “selfless” mom, and Barbie resized

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too. How cute is this DIY Tricycle Car Wash? Even better, just follow the instructions to make for your own kids! What do you want your kids to remember about you? Such insightful, lovely comments on this post over at Mom-101. This trio of family crafts is perfect for the next rainy day indoors.  Why the “selfless mom” should rest in peace.  This cardboard box becomes an adorable playhouse with a little time and imagination. Summertime is such a great time for the kids to...

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Web Coolness: Vintage Sesame Street, July 4th eats and cool IKEA hacks for kids

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too.   When Oscar was orange: Design Mom takes us back with the first Sesame Street episode. A great post from our editor Liz in defense of kids’ music. (The good kind.) And we love Stefan Shephard of Zooglobble’s A Kindie Manifesto–which lays out why kids’ music IS important for kids.  This Summer Camp Word Game printable will make for some zany Mad-Libs type notes from your little camper. Our Editor Kristen shares what she thinks is the best lesson you can teach...

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6 bacon-tastic recipes for Father’s Day, from breakfast to dinner to cocktails

Father’s Day is this Sunday, so we’re talking bacon. I know: so predictable, so genderist, and yet…so right. Take one look at these six recipes using bacon and try telling me otherwise. (Coffee Bacon Waffle Sandwich? C’mon, daddy!) Let me say that again: Coffee Bacon Waffle Sandwich (above). This thing of beauty from Bakeaholic Mama, and adapted from a Coffee Bacon Sandwich by one of our favorites, Joy the Baker, works for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Because, lets face it, candied coffee bacon is an all-the-time food. If you’re looking for a non-traditional Father’s Day breakfast idea, these Beer and Bacon...

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The multitasking mug for moms

Coffee to wake up with in the morning. Wine to relax with at night once you’ve sung your last lullaby. Luckily, this mug is perfect for the yin and yang of beverages. Of course, this adorable mug from ChantillyStay on Etsy wouldn’t work for me, because my voracious reader would let the secret out. Still, one opaque mug that handles my morning coffee IV and my evening wine session is a pretty good deal.  Each 14-oz ceramic mug is hand-stamped with shhh…there’s wine in here, or another quote of your choice, including the substitution of your favorite spirit in...

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Bigger, stronger, hotter. Yes, coffee.

I like it hot, strong, and bigger than usual. And a little on the sweet side. And now I can have it all with one press of a button, just the way I like it. Coffee has never been hotter with this very clever new offering from Keurig. And Dad might like it, too. We tried (and loved!) the original Keurig, thanks to the way it can replicate your favorite fancy beverages at home in seconds. Now we’re digging on the new Keurig Vue, which allows you to brew your drink in a broader range of sizes and strengths....

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