tag: coffee

java java

April 24, 2014

Posted by in handmade

java java

i love my morning coffee. i delight in it in every way, as it represents a short, peaceful moment before the day begins. it’s all i need to rise and shine and get inspired! head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to read more about my love for coffee and grab the sources to these beautiful products!


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cold brew coffee

November 12, 2013

Posted by in design

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seaworth coffee | recipes

personally, i like my coffee hot (with some coconut creamer and honey, please!). that hasn’t stopped me from noticing some beautifully packaged cold brew coffees lately, though. it feels like cold brews have experienced a surge in popularity lately, but maybe that’s just me? anyways, there’s just something intriguing and beautiful about these dark glass bottles and pretty designs. they make me want to try all sorts of cold coffee drinks (check out all the recipes each of these companies provide!).

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i’m pregnant!

March 4, 2013

Posted by in bonnie forkner

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hello, fellow roosters! today i get to finally share some very exciting news with you- i’m pregnant! (!!!!). if you’ve been waiting for me to start sharing some of my 2012 teases, well this is one of them. :) this september, david and i will be celebrating a new birthday, and we couldn’t be more excited!

i’m also so very excited to start sharing this experience with you. there’s been so many things i’ve wanted to share with you along the way, and now i finally can! so far, everything has been going really well and it’s been a very healthy pregnancy (yeah!). other than some wild food aversions and sleepy afternoons, i’m so thankful to have been feeling pretty good as well.

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the reveal: the reveal to our parents turned out just the way i had hoped. we found out just after christmas, so we were able to tell them on new year’s eve! after falling in love with this idea, i knew i wanted to tell them by putting my secret in the bottom of a coffee mug. i had each set of parents over (on separate occasions) and served hot chocolate to everyone. the mother’s however, got served in one of these special mugs. upon sipping their last gulp, they got surprised with our big news. it was perfect! i had 3 mugs made, so each of them got to keep theirs as a keepsake (we kept one for ourselves as well).

about the mug: after searching for days, i couldn’t find anyone selling mugs with messages in them. so, i began researching some local potters, and thankfully stumbled upon kung fu clay in asheville, nc. i saw that she had some stamped ornaments and made mugs as well, so i sent her a message in hopes that she could combine the two and make a few custom mugs for me that said ‘i’m pregnant’ in the bottom of them. thankfully, she was thrilled to take on the project and was so much fun to work with! i’m also really  happy to say that since then, she’s started making ‘message me mugs’ with all kinds of sayings in the bottom, see them here!

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all photos © bonnie christine, going home to roost.

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edible sugar doilies

May 15, 2012

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sugar doilies

speaking of tea, i am absolutely in love with these sugar doilies from sweet de ja vu. they are a flexible, edible lace that have a sweet, melt on your tongue, creamy taste. though i would be happy to simply have them on hand for cups of tea, hot cocoa and coffee, you could use these sweets just about anywhere. on desserts, cakes and cookies, oh my!

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French Toast Latte

February 27, 2012

Posted by in cooking ideas

ashley pahl

french toast latte

One of my favorite breakfast treats is french toast. I had been planning on cooking it for breakfast this past weekend after months of not having it when it occurred to me: french toast latte! There is nothing about the combination of espresso, milk/soy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla that doesn’t go together. It tastes as good as it sounds!

french toast latte

The recipe isn’t difficult either – it still follows my basic simple syrup recipe for creating flavored lattes – this time we’ll just swap white sugar for brown sugar.

Serves 2


– 6 ounces brewed espresso

– 6-8 ounces steamed milk or soy milk, rice milk, etc.

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup brown sugar

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR two cinnamon sticks

– 1 tablespoon real maple syrup


Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, add vanilla extract. Allow to boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Quickly and cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir well. If you used cinnamon sticks, remove them when the syrup has cooled. Pour your finished syrup into two mugs – 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

french toast latte

When espresso or dark coffee is brewed, add to the mug. Stir coffee and syrup well, and add steamed milk, spooning any foam on top. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Raspberry Mocha Latte Recipe

February 6, 2012

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Hey all! It’s Ashley with a new latte recipe. This raspberry mocha latte is so rich and decadent – I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make raspberry syrup from scratch. This recipe serves two – it would be a perfect treat to whip up for your sweetie and yourself this Valentine’s Day.


– 6 ounces espresso

– 8 ounces milk, soy milk, or rice milk (I used soy)

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

– 6 ounce package of raspberries

– 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

- optional whipped cream


Start by making the raspberry syrup. Combine sugar and water in a medium sauce pan; bring to a boil. Stir frequently. When a boil has been reached, add vanilla extract. Allow mixture to continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and add washed raspberries. Allow raspberries to steep in syrup for one hour.

Strain the raspberries from the syrup, allowing the syrup to drip down into a bowl. The leftover raspberries make a very sweet and delicious dessert on their own!

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder to the bottom of each mug. Pour as much syrup as you would like into your mug, up to 1/4 cup. This just depends on how sweet you like your drinks. Stir well to incorporate cocoa powder.

Brew your espresso of strong coffee. Froth your milk. Add 3 ounces of espresso to each mug, filling up the rest of the mug with steamed milk, and spoon any leftover foam on top.

1. add syrup and stir

2. add espresso

3. add milk and spoon on leftover foam

For a special occasion, top drink with whipped cream, and treats such as sprinkles, raspberries, cocoa powder, or chocolate chips.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Vanilla Ginger Latte Recipe

January 16, 2012

Posted by in cooking ideas

This was the perfect warm drink recipe for a cold winter day in Michigan – but I suspect it tastes just as good in warmer regions, too! I created this recipe when I needed a little spin on my go-to favorite drink: the vanilla latte. All it takes is a bit of ground ginger to give this drink a kick!

Serves two.


– 4 ounces brewed espresso or strongly brewed dark roast coffee

– 1/2 cup milk, soy milk, or other milk subsitute

– 1/4 cup water

– 1/4 cup sugar

– 2 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/4 tsp ground ginger


Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring often.

When syrup has reached a rolling boil, add vanilla and ginger, continuing to stir.

Let mixture boil for another minute – this allows the alcohol in the extract to burn off. Remove from heat

Brew your espresso or strong coffee. Steam and froth milk or milk substitute. Pour espresso into a mug, followed by syrup, then milk

Spoon the leftover foam onto the top of the drink. Enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Iced Americano Recipe

January 2, 2012

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To start of the new year, I thought we’d start with a healthier drink recipe, as in, no milk or sugar! The Americano was actually my first taste of unsweetened espresso, and embarrassingly, I cried when I tried to drink it. It was strong and it was unexpected. I did not come from a coffee-drinking family, and the Americano is not for the faint of heart. I eased into my love for coffees and espresso with a bit of milk and mocha, but today I can gladly say I usually drink a bold roast or espresso, plain black. For me, lattes are just a treat, not on my daily menu.

Today’s recipe is actually an iced Americano, and contains nothing more than brewed espresso, water, and ice. It is refreshing in its simplicity, and a great way to cut unnecessary sugar out of your life without giving up the taste of espresso that you love.

Serves 1


2 ounces brewed espresso

6 ounces water



Brew espresso. Fill a 12 – 16 ounce glass 3/4 the way up with ice.

Pour water into the glass, followed by brewed espresso, and stir.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.


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