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3 Magical Coffee Moments to Create this Holiday Season

December 4, 2017

During the hustle and bustle of the season, it’s easy to grab your coffee in the morning, gulp it and go. Whether we’re shopping for gifts, prepping for guests, hosting parties, we’re all BUSY.

The good news? Coffee can help us celebrate, slow down and enjoy the holidays. Below are three coffee moments you can create to make the season more magical:  

1. Cultivate Mindfulness with your Morning Brew

Try a pour over. This seems counter intuitive—I’m too busy! But I find that slowing down to brew a pour over forces me to appreciate the process. The kettle whistles, the steam rises as you pour hot water over the grounds that bloom. It’s a sensuous experience, one that creates breathing space in my day and cultivates patience.

And it’s delicious! Merry & Bright is my current fave.


2.  Host a Cookies and Coffee Party

School’s out and the kids are ramped UP. This is something I like to do to keep my son busy and to make time with my friends. Make (or buy) plain sugar cookies, invite kids and their moms over and have the kids decorate the cookies with sprinkles and icing. Brew coffee for the moms. After decorating, the kids can play while you and your friends sip coffee and catch up. It's win-win and an easy way to host a low-key holiday celebration.


3. Create a Coffee Cocktail

Now I don’t normally advocate drinking in the morning, but an Irish coffee on Christmas morning is a treat that helps relax me and get ready for the day. It’s easy, decadent and I love to sip it while we’re opening presents. We like this recipe from cocktail expert Jerry Slater.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate with coffee? Comment over on Facebook and let us know!

The Secret Ingredient to Pecan Pie

November 20, 2017

We celebrate Thanksgiving in Charleston by running the annual Turkey Trot as a family first and then we all head over to my sister-in-law’s house for the feast. The day before, Kurt smokes a big turkey to bring. This year, I’m bringing something as well.

I’m baking a pecan pie to bring to Thanksgiving dinner and my pie will have a secret ingredient. Can you guess it?

Yep, it’s coffee. This year’s pecan pie will have a touch of coffee in it.

Here’s why: I’ve found that brewed dark roast coffee mixed in with the pecans compliments their nuttiness. Also coffee rounds out the sweetness of sugar and syrup, so it’s not toothache sweet. Just a littlebit of coffee will do. A dark roast like Twenty Strong is the perfect marrying ingredient, giving this pie that little extra something that makes you crave more. It’s a good thing we’re getting our exercise at the Turkey Trot earlier in the day!

The recipe is below. I’d love to hear how you’re using coffee as an ingredient this holiday season. Comment over on Facebook and have a great Thanksgiving!



Coffee Pecan Pie

1 9-inch pie crust

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tablespoon King Bean brewed coffee, cooled

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out the dough, and gently lay into a 9-inch pie dish. Trim edges, and crimp as desired.

Whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs, coffee, and vanilla in a large bowl to combine.

Sprinkle pecan halves in bottom of pie dish, and carefully pour filling over pecans (they will rise to the top as the pie bakes).

Place pie in preheated oven, and bake for about 45-50 minutes, until filling is set. Remove from oven and cool completely.

Makes 1 9-inch pie