IMG_4134This giveaway is closed – the winner is Kelly who said “My favorite coffee ritual is Saturday morning coffee with my husband (we both work M-F). It’s become tradition to make a pot of “Derek & Kelly” coffee which includes honey and vanilla flavored creamer”. Kelly, send me your address to eatdrinkpretty at gmail dot com and I will have the product pack sent to you. Congrats!

I’ve always been a huge coffee lover. As long as I can remember. My tastes have become more sophisticated over time (I think I stopped drinking cappuccino from gas stations in my early 20′s) and my love of coffee gets stronger over time. Maybe it directly correlates to getting older and having more responsibility (kiddos!) and becoming more and more sleep deprived.

But regardless, I love coffee. The hand warming mug, earthy smell as it brews and that first sip…oh it’s so good.

When I got pregnant (both times) I gave up caffeine for most of my pregnancies. Those were sad days (just the lack of caffeine, not the rest). I missed my caffeine boost like crazy but still continued having my coffee in the form of decaf because I love the taste so much. And that ritual of having my morning cup of joe…well, it’s pretty sacred. Going back to full caffeinated coffee (in my third trimester) was a serious cause of celebration. And now as a new momma to my 7 week old Rosie…one of the first things I do in the morning (after a diaper change and feeding the baby) is making my cup of coffee. I savor that cup so much. IMG_4149 So imagine my happiness when Lavazza invited me to become a member of their Passionistas network for the year. What an amazing partnership! I get free coffee (that is delicious by the way), get to talk about coffee and connect with other coffee lovers like myself (one blogger in particular is a new momma like myself). IMG_4156 Here’s a little history about Lavazza:

At the heart of Lavazza’s story is a single family’s passion for coffee. Beginning with Luigi Lavazza in 1895, four generations of the Lavazza family have devoted themselves to continuous improvement, innovation, and sharing of authentically Italian coffee experiences.

Luigi was the first to blend different types of coffees for distinctive taste and flavor consistency. Over 119 years later, Lavazza has perfected the art of coffee blending in order to offer a wide range of products suited to match every personal taste.

The #1 selling coffee in Italy, a global brand, and a recognized leader in Italian espresso – Lavazza is still family owned and operated, remaining as dedicated as ever to bringing people around the world the authentic Italian coffee experience.

IMG_4139 As soon as I received my welcome kit (I’m giving one away as well!! Be sure to enter at the end of this post.) from Lavazza, I knew I needed to have a friend over for breakfast and to share a cup of coffee with. A quiche recipe began forming in my mind and we got a date on the calendar.

On the menu:

Bacon, mushroom, spinach and potato quiche

Cinnamon coffee cake muffins

Lavazza coffee

I invited my good friend Libby as we’ve been talking about getting together and she’s been wanting to see Rosie. She helped me out and held my sweet girl while I got to work on breakfast. IMG_4159Baby smiles

IMG_4162My sleepy little Rosie-girl.

IMG_4169 In addition to coffee, a must-have on any breakfast menu of mine is always quiche. I am a huge fan of quiche. I love making it. I love eating it. I always order it when I’m out at restaurants. It’s easy, savory, filling and delicious. I kept this one crust less to save a few calories. Which were sort of negated when I added hashbrowns. IMG_4172 By the time the quiche was ready Libby and I had great conversation over our coffee, catching up on everything since we had seen each other last. IMG_4179This quiche was good. Crazy good. Just look at it. IMG_4184 Lavazza makes it easy to shop their products from drip coffee, espresso, K-Cups and equipment. If you spend $50 or more shipping is free.

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Now for the good stuff…Lavazza is giving away the following product pack to one lucky coffee lover (:

- 4 bags of Lavazza coffee

- 8 K-Cups

- A French Press (in an ideal world this is how I would brew my coffee every day)

- A Lavazza mug

- A Lavazza tote

- $20 gift certificate to shop Lavazza

The giveaway is open to US residents only and I will run from February 27 – March 5, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on March 6, 2015. To enter please leave a comment on this post with one of the following:

- Your favorite coffee drink or flavor

- How coffee is a part of your day

- Your favorite way to enjoy coffee (i.e. by yourself in your kitchen in the morning, with a friend over brunch, in a travel mug on your way to work, etc).

- Your favorite food to pair with your coffee

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bacon, mushroom, spinach and potato quiche
 
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 small shallots, diced
  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1 package (about 9 oz) mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup hashbrowns
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray a pie/quiche baking dish with cooking spray
  3. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and arrange the bacon closely together, but not touching. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until bacon is crisp. Remove and put on a paper towel lined plate.
  4. Reduce the oven to 375 degrees
  5. Add the olive oil to a large pan and sauté the shallots over medium heat until soft, for about 1. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 5 minutes, until softened. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from the heat and drain extra liquid.
  6. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, milk, cream, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese.
  7. To the quiche dish add the mushroom mixture, , add the hash browns, top with the bacon crumbles and then pour the egg mixture on top.
  8. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes until set.

Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Lavazza. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the products and brands on Eat Drink Pretty! 

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Tea partyThis post is a week late but better late than never, right? And I really think this postwas worth waiting for. I love all the bright, colorful photos…the bright, femininity of it all.

In my opinion, there isn’t a whole lot better than sitting around the table with family, sipping tea (or mimosas) and noshing on tea party fare. My mom is especially a big fan of tea sandwiches so I thought it was a perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

We kept things relatively simple with store-bought desserts, minimal decor and potluck style food. Everything turned out delicious and most importantly, we all had a great time.

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Tea partyI’m having a pretty normal work week but have been catching up on sleep big time. I put Juliet to bed by reading books to her (she always insists on reading “a looooot of books”) and then I lay with her until she falls asleep. This is a habit we started when she was around one and a half and have not been able to break. I’ll try to leave before she is asleep and she’ll awake immediately and hold her arms out and say “come back” and “momma lay down!!!”. Sometimes I end of falling asleep with her and wake up around 9ish super disoriented. A few times this week I actually fell asleep and never woke up until morning. So I chalked it up to needing the sleep and appreciated those nights I got 10+ hours.

Even though this week is back to normal hours wise for work, I’m still really glad that it’s Friday. I’m so excited for the weekend. Juliet and I are having all the ladies in my family over for a tea party on Saturday morning. We can’t all be together on Mother’s Day so we are celebrating a day early.

So the tea party….well, I’m pretty excited. You all know how much I love brunch and add a tea party theme and I’m totally in my element.

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Are you ready for fabulous Thanksgiving photo overload? Chris of Celebrations at Home submitted this absolutely gorgeous Thanksgiving display, including a wine and cheese appetizer table, the tabletop for dinner and an after dinner coffee bar. I’m not sure which is my favorite, they are all so unique and pretty. I’d love to be a guest at this Thanksgiving affair.  And if you are hosting Thanksgiving and still planning last minute details, look no further!

All the details as told by Chris:

“I wanted to inspires readers to think “outside the box” for Thanksgiving decorating and pull things from around their home, as well as use a more modern color palette.

I created 3 areas for entertaining: The Tabletop, the Wine and Cheese appetizer bar, and the after-dinner Coffee bar.

I used old news print along with scrapbook paper, craft punches, stamps, and other adhesive embellishments to dress things up and make them coordinate with one another.

For the seated table I used old books, small statues, and an array of collected items to make an interesting centerpiece. A bunch of flowers for $15 adds life to the table and each place setting is complete with a mini pie and a Lucky Wishbone to make a wish with, and pull apart with another guest.

The wine and cheese area uses interesting vessels and display items to serve the food from. This is also where I set up a “thankful branch” with tags available to write on.

The coffee bar is a great place to end the meal with special add-ins like flavored liqueurs and chocolate mold stir sticks. Everything is unified by the colors and vintage-inspired details.”


Head over to Celebrations at Home for all the details on how you can set up an event similar to this stunning soiree along with DIY details and recipes.

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{Photos taken with my iPhone, unfortunately}

Every spring, the ladies in my family gather for tea at my mom’s church. It’s an event I look forward to each year as it includes delicious, homemade scones, cakes, tea sandwiches and warm, cozy tea which we drink out of fabulous little tea cups. Everything is prepared by an English chef and is just awesome.

It’s sort of like a girly tea party except I’m not 5 I’m 31 and we don’t wear hats. It’s quality time with the ladies in my family, whom I all adore. It’s one of those times you know you need to embrace and cherish. And I do. Each scone-crumb, every tea-filled second of it.

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{Photo credit: Food Network}

Almost overnight, fall came to Minnesota. It was almost like a switch flipped; summer off, fall on. Fall has always been my favorite season, the pretty, colorful leaves swirling in the wind, pumpkin spiced lattes, sweaters and UGG boots. It’s pure love.

I am planning an engagement party for my good friends Libby and Jason in early October. It is going to be a fall bbq/picnic theme so my sister helped me brainstorm the perfect after-dinner treat, a hot chocolate/coffee/affogato bar. We’ll have ice cream or gelato to top off a hot drink to give it that creamy, cozy feel.

Affogato (recipe credit to Food Network)

Ingredients

1/3 cup cold whipping cream
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon espresso powder
1 pint chocolate gelato or ice cream

Directions

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Cover and refrigerate the whipped cream.

Whisk the boiling water and espresso powder in a 1 cup glass measuring cup until the powder is dissolved, or use an espresso machine to make 4 shots of espresso. Scoop 1/2 cup of the gelato or ice cream into each of 4 dessert bowls or glasses. Pour 2 tablespoons or 1 shot of hot espresso over each. Top with the whipped cream and serve immediately.

We are also going to have a s’mores table to go along with the bonfire we’ll start later in the evening.

I am the matron of honor in a wedding tomorrow and am very excited to see my best friend, Kristin get married. I can’t wait to share photos!

Have a wonderful weekend.

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