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Food n' FocusApril Aceto is the author of Food n’ Focus, a blog devoted to bringing a variety of cuisines together in one photogenic place. She works in advertising sales by day and behind her camera at night. Her passions for food and photography come from her extensive travel around the country and the world, exploring new cuisine and landscapes. April can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Flickr.

For as long as I can remember my mom has always been the type to put the needs of others before her own. She always is willing to lend an ear or hand when someone is in need and goes out of her way to make someone’s day a little extra special. I like to think this is a quality I received from my mom.

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I think this character trait is what makes my mom really great at hosting and entertaining guests. When I was a child my mom would always throw the best themed birthday parties, paying attention to each and every detail all the way down to the smallest of details. I also like to think this is a trait she passed along to me.

Center Stage: Mother’s Day Gift Guide and Espresso Juleps with Food n’ Focus1. Espresso drinks scream “party” for hot or cold drinks, cocktails and more. The Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker ($90, hamiltonbeach.com) is perfect for entertaining. 2. My mom always taught me a sweet smelling home sets the stage for the perfect party, so she’d love this Capri Blue Jar Candle in Volcano ($28, anthropologie.com). 3. My mom would love this Blanc Cake Stand ($30, surlatable.com), because every party needs dessert. 4. We’re from Wisconsin, so cheese served on a Slate Cheese Board ($20, 12” x 12”, crateandbarrel.com) is a requirement at any social gathering. 5. These Apilco Octogonal Porcelain Serving Platters ($60-70, williams-sonoma.com) are perfect for serving appetizers, entrees or desserts. 6. My mom could throw great summer parties on the patio with this book of 101 Sangrias & Pitcher Drinks ($17, worldmarket.com). 7. These Kate Spade Larabee Dot Balloons Wine Glasses in Clear ($50, set of four, katespade.com) would be perfect for cocktail parties. 8. Every hostess needs an apron as cute as this Botanist Knoll Apron in Multi ($28, anthropologie.com).

With Mother’s Day coming up I have been thinking about what the perfect gift would be for the mom that loves to entertain and host, must like my own mom does. Browsing the internet, I came up with a variety of pretty little gifts perfect for hosting any kind of party or event. On the top of the list is the Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker. Whether you’re hosting a brunch or serving cocktails at a party, this is the ideal gift for the entertaining mom. More on that later!

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There are a few key items I think every host should have: a fancy set of wine glasses, beautiful serving platters and a pretty little kitchen apron. The apron should be something that puts you in the mood to cook and also looks cute even if you’re still wearing it when your guests arrive! Hosting to me is such an art. It’s not just about what you’re serving, it’s about how you’re serving it and your guests will notice if you put in the extra effort.

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These Espresso Juleps were inspired by the Kentucky Derby this past weekend but I thought they would be nice to serve at a brunch or as an after-dinner cocktail if you wanted to include a coffee liqueur or vodka. The light flavors of mint and basil in the simple syrup make them the perfect summer sipper. By using the Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker, it was really easy to put together two drinks. Since you are serving these drinks chilled, you can easily make enough espresso ahead of a large group party and chill it in a pitcher in the refrigerator.

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If you have a mom that loves to entertain much like my own does, you should consider some of the fun items included on my gift guide. And of course, if you get her the Espresso Maker she can try out these drinks for herself.

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Espresso Juleps
SERVES: 2

Ingredients
4 shots of espresso, cooled
1 cup whole milk, divided
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup torn fresh basil leaves
¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves
1 ounce espresso liqueur or vodka (optional)
Ice cubes
Mint and whipped cream to garnish
Instructions
Prepare the simple syrup by heating the sugar, water, mint and basil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until the sugar melts. Cool and strain the mint and basil from the sugar syrup and refrigerate until ready to use.
Divide the espresso and milk evenly between two glasses. Stir in 2 tablespoons of simple syrup into each glass. Add in ice cube to fill the glasses and garnish with mint and whipped creaming if desired.
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Center Stage: Creating the Perfect Coffee Nook in Your Kitchen with Driven by Decor from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Kris Jarrett of Driven by Decor is a home design and lifestyle blogger located just outside of New York with her family. She created her blog to share her DIY adventures, home tips and functional, affordable decorating ideas. Kris can usually be found hanging out with her sweet rescue dog or drinking a hot cup of coffee while she strolls the flea market, but she’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

 

Coming from a girl who loves a good cup of coffee, it’s no surprise that our coffee nook is my favorite spot in the kitchen.

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Creating a coffee nook that’s both eye-catching and functional is actually pretty simple. In five easy steps, I’m sharing my how-to tips for creating your own!

  1. Start by choosing a coffee maker that fits both your space and your lifestyle. The FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffee Maker is a great choice if you’re creating a coffee nook in a space with cabinets above it because of two great features. One is that the water reservoir is removable. Instead of having to pull the coffee maker out from under your cabinets to fill it with water from the top, you simply remove the water reservoir from the back of the coffee maker and fill it in the sink. The second feature is that the coffee basket pops out at the front to fill with either K-cups or ground coffee instead of opening from the top:

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And the FlexBrew is a great lifestyle fit if you have a family like ours where one person likes tall travel or ceramic mugs and the other likes smaller coffee cups – the FlexBrew easily accommodates both:

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  1. Now let’s add in a few more of the basics! If you like to use non-dairy creamer, sugar, or spices in your coffee, place them in small containers or shakers to add to your coffee nook. I love sugar and a dash of cinnamon in my coffee so my coffee nook includes both of those in inexpensive salt and pepper shakers. You’ll also need an attractive, airtight container for storing your coffee beans or grounds. I use a small white canister for ours:

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  1. Next, find a unique, decorative container for your coffee filters or K-cups. Our coffee nook includes a small trophy cup that can hold filters for a typical carafe coffee maker or K-cups for a single-serve coffee maker like the FlexBrew.

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  1. Now’s the fun part! Add a few purely decorative items to personalize your coffee nook and make it your own. I added a small chalkboard art print, a woven tray to corral all of my coffee nook supplies, and a cute heart-shaped measuring spoon for scooping coffee grounds.

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  1. The final step is to place your favorite coffee mugs nearby. I simply keep a few of mine on the countertop but you could also hang them on hooks or store your mugs in nearby kitchen cabinets.

It’s as simple as that to create the perfect coffee nook! Now you just need to find a few minutes of time to relax and enjoy your morning coffee. While I tend to grab my coffee and go on weekdays, on weekends I love getting snuggled into our living room couch with a cup of coffee and breakfast treat within reach.

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Where is your favorite spot to relax and enjoy your morning coffee?  

 



Torani Skinny Vanilla Latte from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

If you love indulging in flavored coffee drinks, but want to cut back on sugar, don’t feel like you need to compromise on flavor. Rather than deprive yourself, try substituting your regular coffee flavorings with a low- or no-sugar substitute. This way, you don’t have to give up the premium drinks made with rich, flavorful coffees and creamy milks, and you can still keep your bikinis for summer.

Torani Skinny Vanilla Latte from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

You can customize the Torani® Skinny Vanilla Coffee Latte to your diet by using a nonfat milk, a sugar-free or low-sugar whipped cream (or no whipped cream at all) and changing the flavor of the sugar-free syrup. In the summertime, experiment with new coffee beverages by pouring the skinny vanilla latte over ice to make an iced coffee or blending it with ice in your blender for a delicious low-calorie frappe.

Torani Skinny Vanilla Latte from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

 


Torani® Skinny Vanilla Coffee Latte
SERVES: 1

TORANI® is a registered trademark of R. Torre & Company.
Ingredients
8 ounces brewed coffee
1 to 1 1/3 oz Torani® Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
Milk or cream to taste
Instructions
Pour freshly brewed hot coffee. Add vanilla syrup and stir well.
Add milk or cream to taste.
Notes
Try this recipe using your Torani® Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup and other delicious flavored syrups. We recommend using the BOLD setting on your FlexBrew® for making stronger coffee that gives a more “authentic” coffeehouse flavor.
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Torani Skinny Vanilla Latte from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

For brewing a personal cup of coffee at home or on-the-go, nothing’s better than a single cup coffeemaker. The FlexBrew® Single-Serve Coffee Maker with removable water reservoir allows the flexibility of brewing freshly ground coffee one minute or a single-serve pack the next. Choose from 2 cup sizes or a travel mug, so you can enjoy maximum brewing flexibility. Use your favorite brand of freshly ground coffee or any K-Cup®* pack you like. A 40 ounce removable water reservoir lets you brew several cups without refilling with water every time.



Center Stage: Mocha Mousse Parfaits with The Suburban Soapbox on Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach #FlexBrewKellie Hemmerly of The Suburban Soapbox is a former cubicle dweller turned stay at home mom, lover of wine and self-taught cook. She created her blog to share her kitchen and dining experiences with friends and family. Kellie lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband and two kids. She can usually be found swimming in butter, but she’s also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Hi everyone! I’m Kellie with The Suburban Soapbox and I’m thrilled to be posting here at Everyday Good Thinking. I’m a big fan of sweets, especially those with a little hint of coffee in them. Paired with chocolate … my knees usually start to buckle with just one bite. Like these easy Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Baileys® Whipped Cream, they are seriously swoon-worthy.  

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I don’t frequently make desserts with coffee because I always make too much and then have a ton leftover, which I then tend to drink because … why waste it? And I definitely don’t need that much caffeine in my life, I should stop at two cups. That’s why I’m in love with the 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker. This is the perfect appliance for my household because we drink coffee all the time. A little, a lot … all day long. In the evening, I set it to make a big pot in the morning. And then in the afternoon, I can make just one cup with the single serve side using either my favorite ground coffee or a single-serve pack. This also allows me to make just enough coffee for my favorite desserts.

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These Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Baileys® Whipped Cream only use half a cup of coffee, so you only need to use half a cup of water in the single-serve side with enough grounds for half a cup. No waste, no ridiculous caffeine high from excessive amounts of coffee.

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The mocha mousse is rich and dense, unlike most mousse recipes that are light and fluffy. It’s the perfect dessert for sharing because of its deep chocolate flavor. The slightly sweetened Baileys® whipped cream is the perfect contrast to the decadence of the mousse, and the crisp cookie crumbs add a great texture to the parfait.  

These are super easy to make and can be made up to 24 hours in advance. A great and impressive addition to a dinner party or perfect for a laid-back sweet treat on a lazy Saturday night.

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Mocha Mousse Parfaits with Baileys® Whipped Cream
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, broken into 1/2-ounce pieces
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
2 tablespoons unsweetened dutch process cocoa
5 egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
1 3/4 cup heavy cream, divided
4 tablespoons Baileys® Irish Cream
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
10 chocolate wafer cookies
Instructions
Heat 1-inch of water in the bottom half of a double boiler over medium high heat. Place the chocolate, coffee and cocoa in the top of the double boiler and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Heat the chocolate until melted, approximately 4-5 minutes. Remove the plastic wrap and stir until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and let it cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the egg whites and mix on high speed until soft peaks form, approximately 1 minute. Continue to whisk while slowly adding the 2 tablespoons of sugar. Whisk until firm peaks form and set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk 3/4 cup of the heavy cream in a well-chilled bowl until stiff. Fold 1/4 of the egg whites into the melted chocolate mixture and then fold in the whipped cream. Fold in the remaining egg whites. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining cream, Baileys® and confectioners’ sugar until well whipped (between soft and stiff peaks … don’t over beat.) Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor, add the chocolate wafers and process until fine crumbs form. Set aside.
To assemble the parfaits, add a tablespoon of the crushed chocolate wafers to a parfait glass, add 1/3 cup of the mousse on top of each layer. Top the mousse with 1/3 cup whipped cream. Repeat the process once more. Top the last layer with chocolate shavings if desired. Serve immediately.
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Flexibility defines every coffee maker in the FlexBrew® line. FlexBrew® coffee makers allow you to brew a delicious cup of coffee using single-serve packs such as K-Cup® packs* or your favorite ground coffee.

With a FlexBrew® Coffee maker in your kitchen, you’ll enjoy maximum brewing flexibility. You can brew into a cup or travel mug, enjoy up to 10 oz. of coffee with a single-serve pack, or brew up to 14 oz. with ground coffee. With the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffee maker, you can brew a single cup or a full carafe, or even program your pot of coffee to be ready when you wake up. With all this flexibility, you’re sure to find the FlexBrew® coffee maker that fits your needs.

 

 

* Compatible with K-Cup® packs. K-Cup® pack is a registered trademark of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Use of the K-Cup® trademark does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.


 

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For brewing a personal cup of coffee at home or on-the-go, nothing’s better than a single cup coffeemaker. The FlexBrew® Single-Serve Coffee Maker with removable water reservoir allows the flexibility of brewing freshly ground coffee one minute or a single-serve pack the next. Choose from 2 cup sizes or a travel mug, so you can enjoy maximum brewing flexibility. Use your favorite brand of freshly ground coffee or any K-Cup®* pack you like. A 40 ounce removable water reservoir lets you brew several cups without refilling with water every time.

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Use the “Bold” setting on your FlexBrew to brew a stronger coffee that’ll give you more of a coffeehouse flavor. Mix in the chocolate sauce, vanilla syrup and milk, then prepare your whipped cream. We always recommend using the whipped cream recipe from our How to Make Perfect Whipped Cream blog post. But since it’s St. Patrick’s Day and we’re feeling festive, we want to dress it up by making our already delicious whipped cream green. Kids love topping hot cocoa with it, and it’s great for “green eggs and ham” breakfast days, too.

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Just follow the normal whipped cream instructions but add a couple drops of green food coloring to the cream when you first start to blend it. If you want to add flavors like mint or almond, add a drop or two of flavoring or extract when you add the sugar and vanilla to the cream. Taste test when your whipped cream reaches soft peaks so you can extra colors and flavorings (if needed) before over-beating your mixture.

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Torani® Mocha

TORANI® is a registered trademark of R. Torre & Company
Ingredients
2 Tablespoons (1 oz.) Torani® Chocolate Sauce
1/3 to 2/3 oz. Torani® Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
Milk or cream to taste
Instructions
Mix chocolate sauce with brewed coffee. Add vanilla syrup and stir well.
Add milk or cream to taste. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
Notes
Try this recipe using your Torani® Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup and other delicious flavored syrups. We recommend using the BOLD setting on your FlexBrew® Single-Serve Coffeemaker for making stronger coffee that gives a more “authentic” coffeehouse flavor.
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