Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{weekday breakfast with starbucks & keurig}

I am so excited to partner with Starbucks for a 3 part series about their flavored K-Cup® Packs because let’s face it lifeblood before noon revolves around coffee. We’ve had a Keurig machine for almost 3 years now ever since we received one off our wedding registry and it really satisfies my push of button instant gratification needs (read: I’m a bit lazy in the morning so anything that takes significant effort or laborious clean-up isn’t going to work).

Today’s post is all about my favorite breakfast pairings. My dream breakfast situation (besides going out for a boozy Sunday brunch) is a leisurely morning spent cooking (probably this French toast) and maybe even getting back in bed to eat it, but most days that’s not a reality.  So today I thought it would be fun to show two of my favorite go-to breakfasts for quick weekday mornings: a super-food packed acai parfait and avocado toast using my secret ingredient!

Most mornings the very first thing I do (after taking out our high maintenance dog) is brew a cup of coffee in our Keurig and add a splash of cream.  I enjoy that cup of coffee while getting ready, watching the news, trying to make myself presentable to leave the house, etc.  I always drink that first cup of coffee like it’s my last and it disappears in about 15 minutes, so I’ll brew a second cup to enjoy with breakfast.  I usually just add a splash of cream to my coffee so I was excited to try out the flavored Starbucks® flavored K-Cup® Packs hoping that the sweet flavors like Vanilla or Cinnamon Dolce might prompt me to use less cream (which they did! win.).  Scroll down for my secret avocado toast ingredient and simple acai parfait recipe that I pair with my morning coffee!

{custom coffee sleeves with our wedding crest from here}

{sugar bowl from here & gold tongs from here}

{you guys. this Tajin Seasoning is the secret ingredient to out of this world avocado toast. trust.}

Simple Acai Parfait:

what you need:

  • acai smoothie packet (I like the unsweetened version from here - and you can find it cheaper at your local Whole Foods or Costco)
  • 1/3 cup granola 
  • 1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk
  • 1 cup kale (or leafy greens like spinach)
  • 1 half banana, chopped
  • 5 strawberries, sliced
  • toasted coconut flakes
  1. Place granola in bottom of glass or bowl. 
  2. Chop bananas and strawberries. Set aside.
  3. Place acai packet, kale and soy milk into a blender.  Blend until smooth and then place contents on top of granola.
  4. Top acai blend with strawberries, bananas and coconut flakes. 
  5. Enjoy!

The rich aromas and sweet flavors you love from Starbucks®,now brewing at home. Introducing two new K-Cup(R) flavors for fall, inspired by our café favorites.

LEGAL: Developed in partnership with Starbucks Coffee Company and their new Starbucks® K-Cups® packs. K-Cup® packs for use in Keurig® K-Cup® brewing systems. Keurig, the Cup and Star Design, Keurig Brewed, K-Cup and the Keurig brewer trade dress are trademarks of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., used with permission.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Starbucks Coffee Company, via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Starbucks Coffee Company.

Friday, October 17, 2014

{jalapeno caipirinha}

Caipirinhas are one of my favorite sun-lounging cocktails (besides of course a spicy marg).  Filled to the brim with ice and a zesty tang from the limes there truly is nothing better to sip on while doing nothing other than re-applying sunscreen and reading US Weekly.  This past Sunday we whipped up a batch of spicy caipirinhas utilizing some of the leftover jalapeño peppers from this ceviche.  This recipe was the perfect accompaniment to the refreshing dish and a lazy end to the weekend. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

{what i loved this week}

on instagram: Dying over this "almond in case of emergency" pocket in this purse.  Living vicariously and missing Paris dearly by looking through Corals & Cognacs travels there right now.  A great idea for a Halloween party- have a simple costume bar for those who refuse to show up in costume.  Carole Radziwill is by far my favorite housewife and this sweatshirt makes me love her even more!  I need this shirt. Dreamy outdoor wedding/dinner in Palm Springs captured by Rachel Castillero. 

on pinterest:  Love the simple drama of these magnolia blooms- now I just need to hunt down a magnolia tree to steal some from!  Probably the ultimate fall meal- white bean and sausage soup in a pumpkin bowl

on the blogs:  Bridal week just hit NYC this past week and even though I have no need for a wedding dress in my life, I still love to swoon over all the gorgeous gowns!

on my wishlist:  Today is the last day of Shopbop's Friends & Family sale.  All these items are 25% off with the code FAMILY25.  Love this double duty reversible Rachel Pally dress.  A great over-sized bag for work or travel.  Shopbop has a good selection of gift items including a solid offering of Joanthan Adler's ceramic frames and canisters- this frame is perfect to stock up on for gift giving!