Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. I’m addicted to coffee. I can’t quit it. I tried once. And I realized I really liked the flavor. And I was pretty much at the mercy of the headaches. And as someone who has had a history with severe headaches since I was 4 years old, ain’t nothing like a caffeine headache. My love of coffee is actually getting worse. It used to just be my one cup in the morning. And now I’m up to two. And it doesn’t stop there. It moves in to iced coffee in the afternoons. Before I got my Keurig, I had a delicious coffee recipe that I used to make. And for some reason I used to always make it at the holidays. So for me, this is a holiday tradition that I wanted to share with you. My iced coffee recipe is based on this recipe by Anne Thornton (although they don’t have that recipe on the site for some reason…)

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. I mentioned Whole Foods iced coffee bar but they also sell their cold brew by the bottle. So I picked one up, because I knew it would be bold and flavorful. I ain’t got time for weak, wussy coffee. Then all you need is an orange for the zest and some warm, holiday-like spices.

My microplane is my fave. Especially at the holidays. It's perfect for orange and fresh nutmeg.There is something about the smell of fresh orange zest and nutmeg that makes me want to wrap some presents.

Warm holiday spices add a little something extra to the iced coffee. And then when you add in these other spices, well, it’s all over. I might as well stop what I’m doing and deck some halls.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. With the pre-made coffee, this is super easy to make. You just add the coffee, spices and orange zest in a cocktail shaker and shake it off, shake it off . Heart breakers gonna break break break break break…Sorry, Taylor Swift gets me.  As you may know, sometimes when you add spices to beverages they don’t mix in well. So I used a cocktail shaker to really incorporate them. And it chills it nicely. And it reminds me of cocktails. And it looks cool.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. Then you grate a little more fresh nutmeg right on the top. It looks pretty and the fragrance is like,whoa.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. So simple, so delicious and so flavorful. I added a touch of agave for sweetness but this is by no means a sweet drink. Feel free to add more for your liking.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. You know how orange goes really well with chocolate? Well it goes equally well with coffee.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. The flavors are bold. Like my shirt.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe. This is the perfect afternoon pick me up for this holiday season. Oh and I forgot to mention I added a little half and half to cut the bitterness and make it a little creamy. Have I mentioned how weird I am about my coffee? I don’t like to put sugar in it to save calories and I only use a little half and half to not make it too fattening, but I will eat 6 donuts while drinking my coffee. Crazy town.

Orange Spiced Iced Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of strong, cooled coffee
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (I prefer fresh grated)
  • 1/8 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp orange zest
  • 3 TBSP half and half
  • 1 TBSP agave syrup

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Mix well until shaker is frosty on the outside.
  4. Pour over ice in glass.
  5. Top with a little extra fresh grated nutmeg.
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Patterned Sweatpants

Patterned sweatpants are my jam.For years I’ve had a VERY strict no sweatpants out of the house rule for the whole family.  My kids, like me, love comfort so they would wear sweatpants e’ry day, all day if they could. So a compromise had to be reached. As long as the sweatpants had a cool pattern, they could be worn as part of an outfit, outside of the house (although, school is still off the table until it is really good and cold). For me, however, they still weren’t really an option.  Until I found these awesome green patterned sweats from Target. Life changing. Unlike plain sweats, these blend in a little bit more. And while still being SUPER comfy, they aren’t sloppy.

Aviator Nation kids sweatpants.These Aviator Nation Sweatpants were the gateway sweatpants. I’m pretty sure this photo was taken the first time he was allowed to let him wear them outside. P.S. They make these in adult sizes too!

Shawn White Black and Grey patterned sweatpants for kids.Then Shaun White came out with this pair which were amazing.  (P.S. the shirts in the two above photos are from Mini and Maximus. LOVE).

Patterned sweatpants from Cotton On Kids.And just today we found this great pair from Cotton On Kids. They ended up being a little bit big but it’s nothing a little roll up can’t fix.  They also have a pair with lightning bolts (my fave) but they were a light blue color and I couldn’t pull the trigger. I think darker colors appeal to me more in a sweatpant.

Super sweet patterned sweatpants. That are okay to wear outside the house.

So you know I had to investigate. There are several cute pairs out there. I may have a new uniform for winter.

leopard print : plaid : floral : tribal : blue leopard (really, you can never have enough leopard, am I right?)

On a side note, I’m even considering a pair of those gray marbled sweatpants. You know, where the contrast in the material makes it look almost like a print. They look more classy and if they have a cool detail, like a zippered pocket, even better. But drop crotch? Just say no.

Patterned sweatpants for kids.And there are some really great pairs for your kids. How darling is that cat pair? And Target (Shawn White again!) has two different pairs out right now that are equally as awesome. One is this cool camo print above (you know how some camo can be lame? This isn’t.) and one is a cool pair with awesome detailing near the knees.

What are your feelings on sweatpants in public? I’m all in. Which means faux leather track pants are just around the corner.

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Cheetos and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Yes. This is pretty weird. It’s a Cheetos and Rosemary Crusted Goat Cheese Appetizer. I’ve been wanting to make this for a long time. So instead of just thinking about doing it. I did it. You’re welcome. Like with fashion, I love the mix of high and low. This is a similar concept. Goat cheese is sometimes put on foofy salads or a high-end pizza. And Cheetos, well, those are what you shovel in to your face by the handful while you may or may not be sitting on the couch watching TV in your underwear. And really, you just can’t go wrong putting anything on a crostini so this appetizer really can’t fail.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. I will say that I was surprised at how subtle the Cheeto flavor was when you grind them up. You would think that with a snack food that leaves your fingers orange for days, it would have a stronger flavor. And while I wanted the final photo to look cleaner and more pretty, I decided to keep it the way I eat it. I hate the ratio of crust to a goat cheese in most log appetizers. I always want more crust. So instead of doing this for the photos, like I guess a good blogger should, I kept it real. Because you know I did eat this for lunch that day.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. All you need is a party size bag of Cheetos. Sure, you only use a cup for this recipe but you know you want to dive face first in to that bag when no one is looking. Pick up some fresh rosemary (you need a strong flavor to balance the chemcheese) and a log of the goat cheese (Trader Joe’s has these small ones for a great price but Costco has a two pack of the larger logs that would be perfect for your holiday entertaining). I feel like I need to stop saying log.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. It just takes a cup. You could probably even use less because it made a lot. Like, so much extra that you could eat it with a spoon if you wanted to. Not that I did. Or maybe I did. MYSTERY! (said with dramatic hand flourishes). This cheese dust would probably be enough for two of the small logs. Is anyone else as excited about this appetizer as I am? Gosh, I love Cheetos. By the way, this is not sponsored. I bought my own bag of Cheetos. This appetizer is straight from my heart and muffin top to yours.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Then you grind the Cheetos up in the food processor.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Chop up your rosemary and add in your salt and pepper. Mix well. I think I am going to start wearing fresh rosemary as a perfume. It’s so fall-like.

Crostini is the perfect, easy holiday cheese vessel.Toast up your baguette from the bakery section of your store.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Roll your pretty white goat cheese log in the Cheetos dust mixture. Plate it and go to town.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays. Feel free to fiddle with the spices until you come up with what is perfect for you. I think this tasted yummy with extra salt, it brought out the cheese flavor of the Cheetos a little bit. The amount of sodium in this recipe is probably off the charts…just saying. This may even benefit from some garlic powder. I’m going to give that a try next time. And there will be a next time. This will surely get your guests talking.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays.I like to do things out of the ordinary to delight my guests. And again, its cheese on some toast. It’s always going to be good. This is also super simple to make and can be made ahead of time for your party. So you’ll have extra time to take the rest of the bag of Cheetos to the couch and chow down.

Cheeto and Rosemary crusted goat cheese appetizer. Perfect for the holidays.I hope you try this out! Let me know if you do! If you decide to share it on instagram, tag me @cupcakescutlery! I’d love to see it!  And if you haven’t tried this gorgeous rose goat cheese appetizer yet, you need to. It’s what made me like goat cheese. And eating roses. And sumac (it’s a spice).

Cheeto and Rosemary Goat Cheese Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup crushed Cheetos
  • 2 TBSP fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (or more) salt
  • 1 large log Goat Cheese or 2 small logs
  • 1 French baguette
  • A few TBSP olive oil for brushing on baguette slices

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup Cheetos to a food processor.
  2. Pulse until finely ground
  3. Add chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.
  4. Mix until well combined.
  5. Roll goat cheese log in Cheeto mixture until fully covered.
  6. I like a lot of Cheetos dust so I placed a bed on the plate and then set the crusted goat cheese log on top.
  7. Serve with oven-toasted crostini
  8. To make crostini:
  9. Slice baguttte and lay out on a sheet pan.
  10. Drizzle or brush with olive oil.
  11. Bake at 325 for about 12 minutes watching to make sure they turn golden brown and do not burn.
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2014 Holiday Wish List

My Holiday Wish List. Featuring great gift ideas for your fave gals and all the things I am asking for this Christmas.Gosh dang it I love to buy gifts for people. But guess what, I also love shopping for myself. Shocker, right? Here is what is on my holiday wish list this year!  [Read more…]

2014 Gift Guide for the Guys

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Guys in your life. Cool gift ideas for your man. So, as I mention every year, my husband is super hard to shop for. He gets things for free from a lot of his friends who work at cool places so the things he would want, he’d be angry if I spent money on. And he is pretty picky about the brands he will wear. I try to be thoughtful with his gifts, but sometimes I just get stuck. Here are some things I think he would like or he already has. It doesn’t help that his birthday is in November! I’ll stop my whining now but if you have a gift guide for men’s gifts, leave a link in the comments! I’d love to take a look!

So what do you get for the guy who has just about everything? A wallet ninja. Because why not. It’s handy and funny and may just be of use to him (or you) at some point. I love these Melin hats! They are a bit more than you probably pay for a hat, but they are GREAT quality and use really beautiful materials (some of them even have fish leather…um, what?!) If your guy is in to fashion, this might be a hit! Ok, so I really enjoy this floral sweatshirt, but mostly I just need for you to go to the website (Asos) and look at the entire sweatshirt section. The models crack me up! And so do some of the sweatshirts. I promise you will get a laugh! If your guy is super active, you may want to get him a Qalo ring. This is a silicon band made for guys who are in to crossfit, surfing, working with their hands, etc. where a regular wedding band might be a hazard or lost. They come in a bunch of colors and I love it because instead of having your guy go without  ring, this let’s the world know he is taken. And these slippers are like street art for your feet.

Wallet Ninja :: Leather Phone Cable :: Melin Hat :: Floral Sweatshirt ::Typeface Postcards :: Denim Refresh Spray :: The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution :: Harry’s Movember Set :: Qalo Ring :: Horn Glasses :: Whiskey Wedge :: Striped Sweatshirt :: Cocktail Shaker :: Graphic Slippers

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for Guys. Great gift ideas to give your manIf you read my Holiday Gift Guide for your Girlfriends, you saw the cool custom sweatshirt by Yoshirt (also a great gift idea for your guy!). Well these are custom socks by Yoshirt.  So your guy may not be into aliens and emoticons like this guy, but you can customize these socks to fit what your guy loves! Such a fun gift! Visit their instagram page to see more ideas! (full disclosure: my husband is an owner of the company – but it is ridiculously cool and I would never promote something I didn’t love!) (image above via @jiggabits).

Need more gift ideas?

Check out these great gift ideas from previous posts: Wallets made from baseball gloves, Mantry (Oh! and Mantry currently has a kickstarter going to spin off in to some cocktail sets for men as well! It’s really cool. They have an option that ships out before Christmas so if you think your guy would love a little crate of cocktails, pledge!)

And if you they need it, here is a great post for your guy to read about gifting YOU : How to Buy Last Minute Gifts  

2014 Gift Guide for Girlfriends

2014 Gift Guide for Kids

2014 Gift Guide for the Hostess

2014 Gift Guide for your Girlfriends

2013 Gift Guide for Men

2012 Gift Guide for Men

2011 Gift Guide for Men

Or check out all my previous gift guides here.

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