The Perfect Homemade Iced Coffee

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Iced coffee is truly my guilty pleasure and now that temperatures are starting to finally get warmer, I am embracing every opportunity for a refreshing and creamy iced coffee. Ahhhhh.

For some reason, retail stores think it’s OK to charge $4 for a simple iced coffee and I always cringe when buying one. This iced coffee recipe is perfection and will be sure to make your taste buds and wallet happy all through spring & summer cold coffee cravings! My personal secret is to freeze some coffee into ice cubes so your iced coffee is never watered down. You’re welcome.

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You can use a Kuerig (or any other single server coffee-maker) or traditional coffee pot if you want to make more than a single serving. I use my Kuerig since I am usually making just a cup for myself. However, the wonderful thing about iced coffee is since it’s refrigerated, you can make it for the whole week without it getting stale-tasting.

Directions: Place desired amount sugar (or any sweetener you like) in cup first. This way the coffee will melt the sugar & won’t be “crunchy” when you sip (one of my pet-peeves). Brew your coffee as directed and make a little extra coffee for your “coffee ice cubes.” Once brewed, put coffee in large mason jar and let sit to cool. If you have time, refrigerate for about 10-15 minutes and if not, add cold milk or creamer and serve over the coffee ice cubes. I usually try to make a big batch of this overnight so it’s cold & ready for the morning.

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3 Ingredient Grain-less Pancakes

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There is nothing like weekend morning pancakes!  However, I find that regular pancakes are delicious but do not leave me feeling full for long because let’s face it, Bisquick is pretty much enriched white flour & sugar.  These protein-packed pancakes are delicious and kept my full for hours.  Also, they are so easy to make.. you can have your pancakes & eat them too! :)

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Ingredients:
* 1 ripe banana
* 3 eggs
* 2 tablespoons cinnamon

Directions
Mash ripe banana well, add in whisk eggs.
Warm non stick pan to medium, spray with coconut oil. Cook silver dollar size pancakes 1 minute seconds on each side and serve with syrup or fresh fruit.

 

Coconut Macaroon Nests

One of my friends is the Executive Producer of the local show, Better Connecticut, and when she shared her segment of making these adorable coconut macaroons that looked like little nests with eggs, I was sold.  Best part is, it’s only a few ingredients and I happened to have everything in my pantry that was needed for this recipe. I had some pink sprinkles on hand so I threw into the mix to add some color.  It’s the perfect treat for Easter!

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Ingredients
1 14-ounce package sweetened shredded coconut
4 large egg whites
2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions
Heat oven to 325° F.
In a medium bowl, combine the coconut, egg whites, sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla.
Roll into balls and place onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
Using a small spoon or your finger, press the center of the cookie down, and form into “nests.”
Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until lightly golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
Allow to cool, and then put 3 Cadbury mini eggs in the center of each cookie.

 

Preggo Leggings *Giveaway*!

Most ladies who have ever been pregnant, know that leggings are a Mama’s best friend. However, once your belly really starts to get bigger, maternity leggings are a lifesaver. I am lucky enough to collaborate with Preggo Leggings, an adorable maternity line that mixes comfort and style into one. I love that they are so flattering (not thin & cheap like some leggings) and they have different colors to brighten your look.

I fell in love with the color of these, Oh Baby Blues leggings and decided to show them dressed up to head to a baby shower, and dressed down to lounge around and run some Saturday morning errands. The adorable cheeky Preggo is the New Black sweatshirt was perfect for a comfy statement piece.

Now it’s your turn to win a $60 gift card to the Preggo Leggings store!

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Royal Poncho: Serene Sky Lookbook Series

Bright colors and flowers are truly the signs of spring and this royal blue poncho is the perfect statement piece.  Ponchos have been so comfortable for me during this pregnancy since they are adorable yet flowy.  Everyone has those days that we just want clothing that isn’t too form-fitting and a layering with this adorable cape is the perfect fit.

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