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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After not posting pretty much all last week I am back today with an big giveaway.  You will love what I am about to share with you…seriously, this product looks so awesome I am temped to buy one for myself.  
Some of you might have heard of the new online magazine, Daily Mom, that just launched last month. It’s an amazing resource of posts and articles for the modern woman and mom. Imagine Pinterest worthy posts with useful information about all aspects of life – from parenting to beauty, fashion, green living, health, fitness, and more. Once you visit Daily Mom, you will be hooked – jumping from one post to another.
It’s probably no surprise that I love reading mom blogs, it’s where I get great advice and learn about awesome products.  The Managing Editor, Elena, is also the writer/creator of The Art of Making a Baby blog, which happens to be one of my favorite mom blogs out there.  I’ve been reading it since Elena was in her first trimester with baby Lexi.  She finds the best products and I always trust her recommendations because she researches everything extensively.  She is also big into natural living and toys/products free of chemicals and toxins and I have recently been moving in that direction. The information she provides is invaluable.  All of that great information and advice is also throughout Daily Mom, it is definitely an awesome resource.

I have partnered with Daily Mom to host one of their giveaways as a part of an extensive 50 Days of Giveaways campaign to celebrate their launch. For 50 days, they will be giving away one awesome prize a day to thank their new readers. So today we’re giving an opportunity for one lucky reader to win a Peek Plus Monitor by Summer Infant.

Being able to peek in and check on your baby while they are sleeping is the ultimate parent anxiety relief. Sometimes you just want to look at them and know that they are still peacefully sleeping, or quietly playing. What about if you’re a working Mom? What if you could check in on your napping baby while you’re out and a babysitter is home with your little one? Thanks to the Peek Plus by Summer Infant, you can use this technology integrated video monitor to see baby on your phone or even on the web through a password protected log-in site. Be sure to check out their products on their website, and follow their Facebook and Twitter for updates. And of course, enter to win it below. To read what Daily Mom writer, Megan V., thought about the Peek Plus that she uses in her own home, read this feature.

The giveaway will run for a week, and there are only two mandatory entries with many optional ones. All you have to do is follow the directions below in the Rafflecopter widget. This giveaway is open to legal US residents only. And be sure to visit Daily Mom tomorrow to see what new item they are giving away and to enter previous drawings! The prizes range from strollers to high chairs, monitors, diaper bags, fashion items, baby clothing and photography products. There is something for everyone.

Need Help? Do not have a Facebook account to enter? Email Daily Mom staff!
After you’ve entered the giveaway, be sure to browse Daily Mom and check out some of my favorite posts! I’m loving:

FEATURED SPONSOR GIVEAWAYS FROM DAILY MOM

 
To see a full list of prizes and current giveaways, please visit Daily Mom’s Giveaway page.

I’ll be back this week with some great recipes for toddlers and parents alike including Asparagus and Tomato Mini Frittata and Peanut Edamame Noodles.  Juliet tried peanut butter for the first time this weekend and absolutely loved it.  I’ve been cooking a lot lately and loving the longer days with more light.  It allows me to take more photos which means more recipes on the blog.

Have a great Monday everyone!

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Thanks to all who participated in the Sierra Mist giveaway, there were some realy awesome recipe ideas!

The winner is AubreyLaine whose recipe idea was:

“Coconut rum and sierra mist!”

Have a wonderful New Years Eve!

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I have a fun post for you today that includes mocktails and a giveaway.  Ok, so maybe it would be a bit more fun if the drink was a cocktail, but hey, I haven’t had a drink in about 7 months so it’s all about the mocktail for me these days.

The Cranberry Kiss mocktail is something I whipped up with the holidays and New Years Eve in mind.  The key ingredient is Sierra Mist Natural, which gives it those festive bubbles! Pretty, aren’t they?


Cranberry Kiss (Mocktail)

Ingredients:

• 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural
• 2 ½ oz. cranberry juice
• 1 mint leaf
• Fresh lime juice (about 1/4 of a lime)

Directions:

1. In a martini shaker, muddle one mint leaf with lime juice

2. Add cranberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain into a champagne glass

3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural

4. Garnish with three cranberries skewered on a toothpick

Now for the giveaway…Sierra Mist and I would like you to share a creative cocktail/mocktail recipe. One winner will receive a Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack which includes:

  • Martini shaker
  • Drink garnish/sugars
  • Party glasses
  • $50 Amex Gift Card (this will come in handy with all those after-the-holiday-sales) or perhaps you are hosting your own New Years Eve party? 

How to enter:

Leave a comment on this post with your own Sierra Mist Natural mocktail/cocktail recipe idea (it doesn’t have to be exact…for example, you can write, “I would love a cocktail with Sierra Mist, vodka and a splash of pineapple juice”)

I will choose one comment/winner using random.org.  Giveaway ends Friday, December 30 at midnight.  The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 31st.  US residents only.

Be sure to check out Sierra Mist on Facebook and submit your recipes on the Sierra Mixolgy tab!!

Disclaimer: I have partnered with Sierra Mist for this giveaway post. They provided me with the prize as well as compensation. The photos, recipe and opinions are my own.

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Thanks to everyone for participating in the Starbucks giveaway. Based on your comments I can see that you are all just as obsessed with coffee as I am.

The winner is Kristen who said:

“Salted Carmel Mocha, and love to pair it with any type of muffin that has some good streusel topping. Because I’m pregnant I try not to indulge too often but when I get to have a coffee drink it’s pretty much heaven to me!!”

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Every fall I look forward to many things, but at the top of my list is Starbucks fall flavors and any type of pumpkin pastry or dessert. So when Starbucks approached me to do a giveaway I was thrilled and knew my readers would be, too.

Last weekend I made my mom’s pumpkin bars and paired them with a hot mug of Starbucks Breakfast Blend coffee. These pumpkin bars are the best, the recipe is written on a worn, old recipe card dating back to the early 80’s. Those recipes of my mom’s are always the best kind.

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