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DIY Coffee Creamer Sampler Gift

In my post, DIY Personalized Mugs, I talked about my mother’s love for coffee. Well, since she asked for coffee mugs, I wanted to add something to make it even cuter. So, since I recently bought myself some International Delight York Peppermint liquid coffee creamer, it gave me an idea. I could put a few “samples” of coffee creamers into her mugs. I don’t know if she has tried the ones I plan to give her, but I know my mom’s tastes, and I figure she’ll either like them or she’ll have tried them already! 😉

What You’ll Need:

  • Small Bottles or Jars
  • Coffee Creamers

So, anyway, I had an empty sample bottle from a company that sent me a sample syrup, and decided it would be perfect. You can collect a few from Cracker Barrel, with their glass maple syrups, or you can find them all over the place. Find something cute and go with it. You just want to make sure they are small and not too big. Its supposed to be a “Sample Pack”.

I cleaned my bottles and took off the stickers. If you need to, use a razor to get off anything particularly stuck. Alcohol, q-tips/cotton balls, and a razor work well for this.

After the bottles were clean, I poured in my creamers as I opened them. Since I don’t regularly have two or three open at once, I did this over a period of time. Since I knew it was going to be a Christmas gift, I began this in November, freezing the creamers until I am ready to give them to her. I wrote what each one was on the bottle. (And that isn’t so pretty, but you can make it prettier using your own stickers and a printer, or prettier handwriting! :p.)

Once you have as many creamer samples as you want to make, freezing as you go, if you did it like me, then you will want to package them up! I plan to simply place them into the DIY mugs that I have made and wrap them up with little gift bags or tissue paper and ribbon.

Have fun with it. You can even make DIY syrups instead, and use those! Happy Holidays!

-Roxanne, LWMM

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3 Uses for Instant Coffee (Besides Coffee)

So maybe you got this box of instant coffee “singles” for work, or you bought some instant coffee for camping, but you never used all of it, and now you’re stuck with it. What do you do? I mean, coffee is coffee, right? What do you do with it, if not drink it?

Uses for instant coffee

What Else Can You Do With Instant Coffee?

Well, friends, here’s a list (albeit short) of new uses for that instant coffee, so it doesn’t just sit in your pantry or file drawer at work anymore:

1.) Make “Antique Paper” – Add some coffee to water in a pan, crinkle some printer paper, and lay it in the water for a few minutes, then gently pull it out and let it dry. Bam! It looks antique. Useful for crafts!
2.) Pour it on Ice Cream! – Sprinkle some onto your ice cream for a new kind of topping! It’s pretty yummy.
3.) Bake with it – I used it in this recipe for Layered Mocha Cheesecake for my husband’s birthday, and it turned out GREAT!

Do you have anymore ideas or ways you use instant coffee? Share with me in the comments!

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How to Keep From Watering Down Your Iced Coffee!

If you read my post about not watering down your iced tea, than you might know where I’m headed with this post. 😉 I love iced coffee drinks (In

How to keep from watering down your iced coffee

How to keep from watering down your iced coffee

fact, I like most, if not all, of my drinks cold). Now, if you’ve had iced coffee drinks, you know, as well as I do, that after just a little bit, your drink gets watery on top, and you end up drinking that, instead of the coffee. It’s no good.

“So”, you say, “How do we fix this?” Well, next time you brew up some coffee, use your trusty ice cube trays and pour some of that coffee into them. What? Coffee Cubes? YES.

What You’ll Need:

  • Coffee
  • Ice Cube Trays

In fact, there are two ways to do this. You can pour black coffee into the trays, which will make your coffee stronger in your cup, as it melts. OR you can fix your coffee the way you drink it, and then pour that into your ice cube trays. If you use the second way, the cube will melt and it won’t mess up the sugar/creamer/coffee ratio (if that’s how you drink it).

pour coffee into ice cube trays

pour coffee into ice cube trays

I hope you get to do this, and that you get to enjoy that perfect iced coffee without that watery weirdness. Yes. Weirdness. I said it. 😉 This would work great with the Vanilla Iced Coffee Recipe that I shared with you, in the post “Make Your Own Vanilla Drink Syrup”! If you have any other ideas, let me know by leaving me a comment! 🙂

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