3.30.2016

How to become a morning person in two easy steps!


Like many households around the country, mornings at mine can be sheer madness.  Backpacks and sports bags and instruments need to be packed.  Children rush around, choosing outfits and deliberating over hairstyles.  


Seriously!  Doesn't it look like we're packed for a weekend away?

Well, we're not.  Around here we just call that Tuesday.  

(It's enough to make me want to go back to bed!)

Thank goodness for my Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker.  

If I had ever finished the (long neglected) blog series about things that make me happy, the Inissia would definitely have made the list.  

(Hectic mornings are so much more pleasant with a cappuccino in hand.)

That's mine pictured below and it is one of the best purchases I have made in a long time!

Like a Keurig, a Nespresso machine uses pods to make individual cups of coffee—but that's where the similarities end.  This is not a glorified Keurig.  This stuff is good—really, really good—so good, in fact, that I no longer feel tempted to make regular trips to Starbucks or the Coffee Bean. 


Because why go to Starbucks when you can stay home in your pajamas, engulfed in the chaos of the morning?

(Maybe I just answered my own question?)

But for those of you whose answer included the need for some instagram-worthy milk foam, well, let me introduce you to the Inissia's little companion: the Nespresso Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother


This bad-boy makes the. best. froth.  (With almost zero effort on my part—as in, pour the milk and push the button—which is great on a hectic morning.)


 Seriously, look at that!


It's almost enough to turn you into a morning person.


While the above post was sponsored by Wayfair, all opinions are my own.  

As in—I would totally have written about it anyway.  

And if you lived in my neighborhood I would invite you over to have a cup.  

(Because I love introducing people to cool stuff!)

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3.04.2016

Easy Raspberry Brownie Bites

Want to know a secret?

I am a cheater.  

It's true.  I'm a Cheater McCheaty Pants.  

Don't worry, it's nothing sinister.  I'm not cheating elderly people out of their social security checks or anything like that.

It's just that... well... I'm the kind of gal who wants all the glory and none (okay, very little of) the work.  

Is that so wrong?






Those beautiful little confections you see above?  Those are a prime example.  Easiest thing in the world to make but, when I do, people act like I'm some kind of genius.  

So to atone for the sin of cheating, I'm going to do something incredibly kind and selfless:  I'm going to share my "recipe" with you.  

(Okay, truth be told I already shared this recipe with you back in 2012.  You can find that HERE.  So why am I sharing it again?  Because I've made it even easier than before.)

And now you too, can be the belle of the potluck (without even breaking a sweat).

(You're welcome.)

Okay, first thing you need to do is gather the following "ingredients":

One container of pre-made brownie bites (found at most grocery stores including Costco)

One jar of seedless raspberry jam (whichever brand you'd like)

One container of raspberries (washed and dried)

One bar of milk or dark chocolate (which will ultimately be broken up and melted in the microwave)

One bar of white chocolate, also melted (I often have to go to the baking aisle for this)

In order to make those five ingredients...


... look like this....

... just watch the video below:

And now you can be a cheater just like me!

Again, you're welcome.  



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