Creative Coffee Recipes


Coffee happens to be my favorite food group. It’s true. And since today is National Coffee Day, I guess that means I have to celebrate. Darn. ;)

If you’re looking for creative coffee recipes, try my go-to coffee smoothie, these iced coffee shots, or these coffee martinis.

For other awesome coffee recipe ideas, be sure to follow this Pinterest board:

Follow Tori Tait :: Thoughtfully Simple’s board Coffee Queen on Pinterest.

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4 Reasons Why Periscope Will Replace Twitter Chats

Raise your hand if you’ve participated in a Twitter chat over the years (also commonly referred to as Twitter parities)? I’d guess that you have either:

1) joined one 2) hosted one or 3) passively lurked in one.

I do all three, quite often –hosting my first one in early 2008. The value of Twitter chats is now crystal clear seven years later for participants, hosts, bloggers, and brands. These chats are an obvious way to gather a group of people focused on a shared topic or engaging around a new product or service. The direct, real-time exchanging of ideas and advice….. GOLD right?

Well, here’s the thing….I think Periscope is WAY better for this.

Periscope for Bloggers and Brands

If you haven’t yet joined Periscope don’t tune this out. There are currently over 15 million people on the platform who are engaging even more directly with one another around common topics. The sharing of ideas, talking about business, and dishing about real life is happing 24-7 just like on Twitter. BUT … with video!  (more…)

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Chicken and Waffle (Fries) Sliders

This post is sponsored by Alexia Foods.

We’re a couple weeks into the school year and our house is already buzzing with after-school activities, sports, and jam-packed weekends. This means I have less time to be in the kitchen preparing meals and weekend snack –but that doesn’t mean I still don’t want to serve memorable food. To make it all work, I try to plan quicker meals and get the family to help out in the prep and cooking. This weekend, we all pitched in and made these DELICIOUS chicken and waffle fries sliders!

chicken and waffles sliders

These two-bite sliders were bursting with flavor and a mini meal that we all enjoyed. We used tomatoes and jalapeños growing in our garden which added a nice fresh flavor. Alexia Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries sandwiched slices of breaded chicken, topped with a maple-mayo (don’t skip this part!), fresh tomato, and a slice of jalapeño (which added just the perfect amount of spice). (more…)

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DIY Color Block Coasters

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I love a good simple project. I also love anything that has to do with cocktail hour. These DIY coasters are a fun way to add a little color block-flair to your coffee table or bar cart.

What you will need: blank DIY coasters, Craft Paints in 2-3 Colors, Paint Brushes, Painters Tape


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Make It :: Paint Dipped Pencils

I prefer to write with pencils over pens –especially if it’s a cute pencil! Being in the back to school mode over here I thought why not make my own cute supplies? That’s when these paint dipped pencils were born. You probably have all the supplies on hand to make these today!


All you need is pencils….and paint!


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Pineapple + Pretzel Chocolate Bark

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It’s not unusual that I get a weird idea and then head to the kitchen. That’s exactly how this chocolate bark assembly began. I thought … hmmmm what if I made a salty-sweet bark and tossed in some candied pineapple for good measure. Heck, why not?!

make chocolate barkHere are the goods to make the chocolate bark :: Chocolate and white chocolate melts, candied pineapples, pretzel sticks, and white sprinkles (not pictured)


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