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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.

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

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:

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

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:

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

  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:

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

  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.

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

  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.

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

  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.

Center Stage: How to Create a Perfect Coffee Nook by Driven by Decor for Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

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

 



Easy Fudgy Chocolate Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Holiday baking is so much fun, and blogs and what’s better than receiving a gift of homemade goods? But sometimes, there’s not a lot of time to bake or join an intimidating cookie swap. That’s why we came up with 5 easy ways to dress up our favorite made-from-scratch chocolate brownies for the holidays. They’ll make everyone believe you’re really an elf or were trained by Mrs. Claus herself.

  1. Frozen Snowflake Brownies

Channel eternal winters, snowy kingdoms, ice princesses and hilarious snowmen with these frozen snowflake brownies. Make fudgy brownies and top them with DIY snowflake picks and a dusting of confectioners’ sugar.

Frozen Brownies will be every kid's favorite dessert this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog at @hamiltonbeach

  1. Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies

Crush candy canes in a food processor or food chopper, then sprinkle on fudgy brownies in the last few minutes of baking. When they are finished and still hot, add a few more sprinkles of peppermint to the tops. You don’t need to add a lot; just a little sprinkle goes a long way.

Peppermint Candy Cane Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. White Chocolate Cranberry and Pistachio Brownies

Nothing says the holidays like red, white and green. Cranberries, white chocolate and chopped pistachios are a festive addition to fudgy brownies. Just bake the brownies, then top them with melted white chocolate morsels. While the chocolate topping is still melted, sprinkle them with dried cranberries and pistachios. When the brownies cool, the chocolate topping will create a white chocolate bark perfect for the season.

Pistachio Cranberry White Chocolate Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. North Pole Brownies

Make brownies instead of cookies for Santa’s visit this year, and truly bring out your inner elf. First, make the North Pole signposts by topping straight peppermint sticks with a red hot candy (and icing to help it stick). Then, use return address labels to print North Pole signs and attach a tiny sprig of rosemary to resemble festive pine decorations. Dust fudgy brownies with confectioners’ sugar, cut them into squares and add a North Pole sign to each brownie.

North Pole Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. Santa Hat Brownies in a Sleigh

Use a mini muffin tin to cook fudgy brownies, then top them with simple vanilla frosting and strawberries to create these adorable Santa hat brownies everyone will love. (To create a sleigh, place a few in a small, rectangular dish and place in a couple candy canes.) These Pinterest-perfect brownies are great for Santa snacks, bake sales and holiday parties.

Santa Hat Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

  1. Salted Caramel Brownies

The tried-and-true flavor of salted caramel mixed with chocolate really comes to life with these easy and delicious brownies. Just bake the fudgy brownies as normal, then drizzle with your favorite caramel sauce and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. These are a huge crowd-pleaser.

Salted Caramel Brownies from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach



Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

If your holiday shopping list looks anything like mine, you probably have a few food lovers or enthusiastic cooks to shop for. But what is a good gift for someone who loves to cook? We think themed gift baskets combining your favorite kitchen gear, accessories and snacks make excellent presents for everyone on your list.

Slow cookers are ever popular and can make a cook’s life much easier. Not only is it the perfect time of year for soups and pot roasts, slow cookers come in many different sizes, colors and patterns and have a variety of features. Does your mother-in-law’s kitchen have a gray backsplash or does your neighbor have blue walls? Find a slow cooker to match, and add various cookbooks, dish towels and spices to create a themed gift basket anyone will love.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Moms, aunts and girlfriends aren’t the only ones who might enjoy a food-themed gift basket. Coffee lovers of all kinds, including dads, husbands and brothers, will love a brand new coffee grinder to prepare their favorite beans for brewing. With easy cleanup and settings for any type of brewer, coffee grinders make excellent gifts for coffee lovers. Just add some flavored syrups, a travel mug or some beans for a gift that’s sure to please.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

It’s the most important meal of the day, but so many people skip breakfast! Make mornings easier by gifting a Breakfast Sandwich Maker in a breakfast-themed basket. Include your favorite breakfast treats, some English muffins, a mini spatula and a perfectly sized storage container for quick and easy breakfasts your friend can prepare in five minutes. More than one person in their home? Consider gifting a Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker so they can make two breakfast sandwiches at once.

View our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide for even more great gift ideas.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Single-serve coffee makers are one of the year’s best-selling kitchen items, as people love the convenience of sidestepping a whole pot. Let your loved ones know they are on Santa’s nice list by providing them with the flexibility of making a single-serve coffee with either fresh grounds or single-serve packs in the FlexBrew Coffee Maker. Add a pretty mug, some seasonal syrups, stirrers and a bow, and you’re all set.

Easy DIY Holiday Gift Sets for Food Lovers and Cooks - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Who’s the health nut in your family? In mine, it’s my brother. Without fail, his Christmas list includes protein bars, health shake mixes and whatever new contraption will help him succeed in his next triathlon. A great option for these fitness wunderkinds is a Personal Blender. These blenders feature a single-serve jar that doubles as a travel mug, making healthy choices easy for anyone with an active, on-the-go lifestyle.

Share these great gift ideas with your friends on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter – or add them to your own holiday wish list!

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Want a chance to win your own FlexBrew or Breakfast Sandwich Maker? Enter our #BreakfastBlitz contest today.

 



Frozen Brownies will be every kid's favorite dessert this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog at @hamiltonbeach

Idina Menzel got every little girl and boy in the nation to dance around with their arms spread wide singing “Let it go, let it gooooooooo” until they were out of breath or dizzy from spinning. I saw it happen in homes, parking lots and even airports. The animated movie’s fans were obsessed with everything blue, everything snowflake and everything resembling frozen snow – and they STILL are. Everyone is still obsessed with the year’s biggest blockbuster, so why not celebrate it with Frozen Brownies fit for an ice queen..

Frozen Brownies will be every kid's favorite dessert this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog at @hamiltonbeach

Use your favorite chocolate brownie recipe for these Frozen Brownies. Simply sprinkle them with confectioners sugar and cut them into squares, then top with the decoration. To make the frozen snowflake decoration, use a regular cocktail toothpick with a blue top. Add a scrapbooking sticker from a craft store, then tie a glittery blue ribbon underneath. It’s all you need to make the perfect Frozen Brownies any kid (or kid at heart) will love.

We’ll be sharing our favorite chocolate brownie recipe soon, along with our favorite ways to decorate them for the holidays. But we just couldn’t wait to show you these Frozen Brownies as a sneak peek of what’s to come.

Frozen Brownies will be every kid's favorite dessert this year! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog at @hamiltonbeach



Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Only a few times a year does a holiday worthy of a grand table setup arrive. Thanksgiving is definitely one of those special holidays, and some people work for days (or weeks!) to plan the perfect tablescape. This year, we wanted to add something special to the spread, so we created beautiful iron-on printables anyone can use at home with a few light colored napkins and a good iron. We rely on our line of Durathon irons for craft projects like this, and can’t live without it for everyday clothes ironing, too. In addition to the iron-ons, we included some printables you can use for table decor or pie decorating. The PDF download is available here.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

First, you’ll need to download the PDF. Using a printer that can flip an image (meaning mirror it or print it in reverse), print it onto iron-on transfer paper designed for light backgrounds. (We used Avery brand for our napkins.) In our printer settings, this Layout option is called “Flip Horizontally.”

This napkin design is page 2 of the PDF. Once printed, cut out each segment as close to the lettering as possible. Make sure you have a hot iron ready.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Iron the napkin so it lies flat, then lay the iron-on face down where you’d like to place it. We chose the corner because we knew we wanted to pull the napkins through rings.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Make sure to be careful, and press the iron-on with the iron.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Don’t let the iron-on slip on the napkin. Try to keep it steady and follow the instructions on the iron-on transfers package. When it’s ready, lift the iron from the napkin and allow it to cool to the touch.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Carefully peel back the iron-on transfer backing from the napkin. The design should stay on the napkin. Discard the paper backing.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Repeat the process for each napkin.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

When you’re finished, you can fold your napkins, place them in napkin rings or – if you’re extremely ambitious – fold them into a turkey shape.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We decided to go with napkin rings. It’s a faster, easier choice than advanced napkin folding.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We placed a napkin on top of each place setting. The table was decorated with other warm, autumn colors that matched our new napkins.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Gold napkin rings and chargers added a little shine and sparkle to our holiday table.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We printed out the other pages of the PDF on regular printer paper. We framed the first page and placed it next to our pie. We cut out the images on page 3 and used them to decorate our table and top our pies.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

We then added a few candles and pumpkin decorations in orange, brown and red to match our printables.

Thanksgiving Napkin Iron-On DIY with Free Printables from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The pumpkin pie looked gorgeous topped with a sweet reminder to give thanks. After all, that’s what Thanksgiving is all about. Well, that and the pie, of course.

You can download all the printables for free here. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

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