My hiatus from the blog was unintentional, but necessary. My normal work week entails a daily grind from 8 am to 5 pm, quick dinner with the family, clean up (sometimes), and then opening up my computer to work on the blog. My weekends are filled with a mix of family and blog work. This week however I had a work trip. My days entailed 12 to 14 HARD working hours and at the end of the day when I finally got to the hotel all I could think of was Netflix and bed. This weekend was spent entirely with my boys, family, and friends. I only opened my computer for an hour. This next week is looking to be similar since I have another work trip coming up. Busy, busy, busy.
I left the Portland airport at super early in the morning on Tuesday last week. I had to take an obligatory #pdxcarpet photo of course. Don’t mind my ragged looking shoes. These are my favorite work flats and boy are they getting worn.
The trip didn’t start out wonderfully. We had to wait for two hours for our rental car (one we had reserved) and it ended up being a bit of a dud. The next day it got a flat tire which ended up with us sitting at a tire shop next to this lovely establishment (pictured). Thankfully there was somehow a really amazing independent coffee shop right next to the tire shop. Why I took a photo of the run down inn rather than the amazing coffee shop? I have no clue. If you’re in Aurora, Colorado I highly suggest Jubilee Roasting Company.
The purpose of this work trip was to help with a grand re-opening. This required a lot of wine–two carts full of wine to be exact! I did not get to partake in much wine this week. Though, I was sure to pick up a can or two of Union Wine for a nightcap in the hotel.
While the trip was very successful… I couldn’t wait to get home to my boys. This was the longest I had been away from either boy. I don’t know if I would have made it through the week if it hadn’t been for nightly FaceTime calls. I loved seeing my boys light up when they saw my face. It was also essential to ease my worries a bit. I love FaceTime (or video sharing in general) and don’t know how people with families traveled away from their loved ones with out it!
Coffee is basically life… amiright? Well, it is pretty important in MY life if it isn’t quite an equivalent. I have coffee EVERY day. When I don’t want caffeine I drink decaf coffee. Coffee is a must. It is only natural that I bring my love of coffee and my love of cocktails together at times in creating tasty spiked coffee cocktails for brunches or night caps to fabulous dinner parties. While I absolutely love to craft wonderful more complicated coffee cocktails (and will share some of my favorite recipes soon) today’s post is sharing some of my favorite liquors to spike a coffee with to make a simple and satisfying coffee drink.
Easy to Make Spiked Coffee
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To make spiked coffee you simply need to make a good cup of coffee— we typically use our french press* or pour-over*, but any good coffee maker will do— and introduce your favorite liquor. You can add cream and sugar (if needed) but, mainly, it is all about the coffee and liquor!
My favorite Coffee Add-Ins:
- Amaretto — I’ve already professed my love for Amaretto in a past post. Amaretto is a sweet, almond-flavored liquor. This is good all by its lonesome with coffee or with just a touch of cream. (Side note: Amaretto makes an awesome ice cream topper too!)
- Irish Cream — typically I use Bailey’s, but you can absolutely make your own Irish Cream! Irish Cream is just a mixture of cream, Irish Whiskey, and flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla typically. If you use this in your coffee you can skip the cream and sugar entirely! Of course… you can always just spike your coffee with Irish Whiskey and add in the cream and sugar as needed. You won’t have some of the other flavors, but it will still be a delicious treat.
- Coffee Liqueur— Some people think it is a tad silly to spike a coffee with a coffee flavored liqueur, but I think it is delicious. You can add in a touch of Kahlua or (one of my favorites) Crater Lake Spirit’s Hazelnut Espresso Vodka with a bit of cream and make a wonderfully decadent coffee.
- Green Walnut Liqueur— What? I had never even heard of green walnut liqueur until a recent tasting introduced me to Stone Barn Brandyworks’ Nocino. We bought it on the spot. I’ve found that this is one of my favorite mixers in my coffee. A little Nocino, almond milk creamer, and coffee and you have a tasty night cap on your hands!
- Whiskey— There is nothing more classic (or satisfying) than a bit of whiskey spiking a cup of coffee. This is a favorite treat especially while camping or sitting around a fire pit!
Okay, now I’m off to enjoy my Saturday. I’ve got my bullet journal (hello new organizing obsession), pens, and my favorite mug ready to go. Well, that and a splash of something tasty in my coffee. It is Saturday, after all!
What is your favorite way to spike your coffee?
When planning my 10 Year Anniversary party at a local Peruvian restaurant I knew I wanted to decor to nod to the amazing food that Andina serves. I wanted it to be bright, bold, and a lot of fun. After selecting the color scheme I got completely stuck on what to do for the escort table. In the end, I let my spirit party animal lead the way and I created this fun Party Animal Escort Table as well as some great event table decor.
Read on to see just how I created these elements…
DIY Party Animal Escort Table
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- Plain or decorative cards to write the names of your guests
- Hot glue
- Plastic animal figurines* – Purchased the set of 60 from the set by Jungle Resources on Amazon.
- Large animal figurines* – Purchsed the set of Jumbo animals from Jungle Resources on Amazon.
- Spray Paint in chosen color(s) and a clear coat of polyetherlene
- Paper, ribbon, glue for making tiny party hats and the like
Note: I chose to do multi-colored animals matching type of animal and the color. But, you could also do these all the same color. Just make sure your small animals match the animals that you use as your table markers. For instance, everyone at the table with the gorilla got an escort card with a gorilla on it as well.
- Spray paint the figurines. I chose have the animals and colors match for each individual table. For instance, all the elephants were painted yellow. This may take several coats and should be done over the course of a few days.
- Spray dry figurines with the clear coat spray.
- While you are waiting for those to dry, write or type and print your escort cards on decorative card stock.
- Hot glue the little figurines to the appropriate escort card. You will need to hold the animal to the card until the glue is dry.
- Add hats, bows, and decorations to the larger animals as you see fit. Attached with hot glue. We chose a variety of cut out decorations for our animals. My sister in law created them all on her own with some paper, glue, scissors, and ribbon!
Seriously Awesome Vendors and Resources
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- Photography: Mary Boyden Photography | Facebook | Instagram
- Paper Goods: Designed by Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party | Facebook | Instagram | Etsy
- Florals: Flowers ordered from FiftyFlowers.Com and put together by Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party (more on these soon!)
- Styling: Jenni Bost of A Well Crafted Party
- Venue: Andina Restaurant in Portland, Oregon
- Vases for floral arrangements: Target (no longer available – similar small terrarium* and large terrarium*) Anthropologie (Dappled Glass Votive Holders, Bubble Mercury Glass Votive Holders) and DIY Colorful Vases & Candle Holders
- Placemats: via Linen and Tablecloth