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It’s that time of year again. (Dear god, how many times have a started a post with that phrase?) Time to start thinking about gifts for everyone else when all you end up doing is realizing all the things you want/need for Christmas (or Hanukkah). This list is for an actual coffee lover. You could search “coffee” on Pinterest and find plenty of mugs or an oversized t-shirt that says “but first, coffee” (which actually almost made the list but was sold out) … but these items are what I would truly want, so obviously this is what every other coffee lover would be over the moon to open on Christmas morning (or on any one of eight magical nights of Hanukkah, gotta represent).
1) Free People Night kap Slipper Sock // for waking up early on a cold morning to brew a hot cup of java
2)  Favorite Throw - Solid | west elm // for curling up on the couch reading a good book … or catching up on last night’s dirty drama
3) Crate and Barrel white canister // an opaque air-tight container for storing coffee beans (whole, not ground, of course). My roommate got me a similar container that I love and could not live without
4) Pottery Barn Coffee Condiment Tray // it’s from pottery barn, it’s adorable, and it’s a condiment bar for you coffee. I think it speaks for itself
5) Comfy Sweater // this one is a splurge, but any one who is an avid coffee drinker deserves only the best. (see item 1 for further description)
6) Aerolatte Handheld Milk Frother | Williams-Sonoma // what coffee connoisseur doesn’t want a steamy foamy latte? 
7) Retro Typography | Etsy // a perfect kitchen dedication to the reason you get out of bed
8) World Market glass bottle // I use these for storing my homemade simple syrups, but they are also perfect for serving milk or cream to coffee-loving guests
9) Chemex Wood Collar Glass Coffee Maker | Williams-Sonoma // for the adventurous type who already own every other type of coffee maker. I would love to invite friends over for brunch just to show off this bad boy
10) Anthropologie coffee mug  // the ever-trending monogrammed mug. Yet I am partial to this sweater mug because it is what my boyfriend gifted me for our first Christmas as a couple and it was the absolute perfect give. 


October 1 marked the first cool day in Dallas and I am so committed to it being fall that I have traded in my robyn’s egg blue nails for dark sage green - truly a huge step

And so, with the changing of summer to fall, I just HAD to have my pumpkin spice lattes for the morning. It tastes like fall and I love it.



1 cup water
1 cup organic pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla

In a small pot, bring water to a boil, add pumpkin puree and reduce heat to medium. Once mostly dissolved, add sugar and dissolve sugar. Add spices and heat on low for about 5 minutes. Take off heat and let cool. Strain in cheese cloth or twice through a metal strainer once cooled. (note: if you do strain it, you end up with delicious essentially pumpkin pie filling that you can put on anything or just eat it by itself)

For a pumpkin spice latte: In a mug, add 1 shot espresso, 2 tbsp simple syrup, and 1 cup hot milk that has been microwaved for 1:45 and whisked until frothy (almond milk & soy milk work). sprinkle with cinnamon.


Happy Fall!

Yay back to blogging :) AND we had been out of almond milk for way too long, so this is a great morning for many-a-reason

For those of us without a $200 milk foamer… #chaitea (Taken with instagram)

Pete and Re-Pete are in a boat. Pete falls off. Who is left in the boat?

just trying to figure out how many times this week i have posted the same thing that i’ve posted before. bringing the total count of pictures of coffee to… too many

Thank you, parents

for providing me with a beautiful house to cook in :) oh how i miss that kitchen and it’s natural lighting.


Your homesick daughter

a nice thing to remember :)

wah wah wah happy sunday

my electric epsresso maker came in the mail!

i suggest this for everyone in a college dorm!!

i got to wake up early, make myself a vanilla latte, and take my sweet sweet time getting ready for classes


Hot Chocolate

using a double boiler i melted together some chocolate chips, sugar with a little bit of brown sugar, half and half, vanilla simple syrup, and about a cup of nonfat milk

basically a heart attack in a mug

served with whipped cream

i made this for my little 16-year old brother. nuff said


caramel macchiato on Flickr.

listening to the theme from Boondock Saints … enjoying my mornings home alone while everyone with a life and a job is out being productive

  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1/2 cup fat free or soy milk
  • 1/2 tbsp caramel simple syrup — [i make a big batch: boil 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar, and then i melt in a good amount of smucker’s caramel dip]