Nov
26
2014
The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

If you happen to know me in real life, you probably know all about my love for sweet treats and coffee. This is a love that runs deep and seems to have come straight down the line, directly from my mom and her mom before her. When we are home for the holidays and together, there is nothing better than having amazing coffee shop style lattes alongside my pie. Last week I got a fancy new coffee machine and being able to make my own lattes just the way I like them, has essentially rocked my world.

Coffee Capsules in the Nespresso VertuoLine The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Nespresso VertuoLine has 12 capsule varieties - 8 large cup coffee flavors and 4 espresso varieties, and in truth any of these will work beautifully for this recipe, though I definitely play favorites to the hazelnut and vanilla. This smart little machine can tell which capsule you insert and will serve accordingly, so if you choose one of the espresso capsules, for instance, you will have quite a bit more room left in your coffee cup than if you choose a coffee capsule, so consider this when you choose your capsule and when you choose your cup. In other words... you will need a larger cup to accommodate a coffee capsule and the remaining ingredients for this recipe.

Brewed Coffee for Nespresso VertuoLine by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

PUMPKIN SPICE EGGNOG LATTE

Serves 4 - Double or Halve as needed.

// Coffee or Espresso

// 16 oz of Eggnog

// 1/2 cup of Pumpkin Pie Puree

// 4 oz of Spiced Rum - optional

Begin by brewing your capsule of choice. The beauty of the Nespresso VertuoLine is that each person can choose the variety they prefer so those who like decaf or maybe an extra kick, can have precisely that.

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie Puree for Nespresso VertuoLine by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Start by adding the pumpkin pie puree to the eggnog in a large shaker or carafe with a lid. Add spiced rum if you prefer the boozy version of this after dinner treat, and mix well by shaking.

Frothy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog using the Aeroccino+ by The Design Confidential Home for Holidays // Easy Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Latte Recipe

Pour about 4 - 5 oz of the eggnog mixture into the Aeroccino+ and set for warm froth. If you want an iced coffee drink, choose the cool froth option of course... that would be amazing as well! Once it is finished frothing, pour the contents into the brewed coffee or espresso, that is likely to have finished it's pour, and stir with a spoon. Serve with a dash of cinnamon or a bit of whipped cream and you will be the hostess with the mostess for many a holiday party to come.

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This project was created in partnership with Nespresso, but my love for sweet treats, coffee and their VertuoLine is all my own! Thank you for supporting the amazing sponsors who allow me to create exciting and tasty new content like this. I heart you guys!

Nov
14
2014
The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

Shake Well and Garnish with Cyrstalized Sugar and Pumpking Spice for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

PUMPKIN SPICE EGGNOG HORCHATA

'// SERVES TWO - simply double or triple or halve as needed

1/3 Cup of Pumpkin Pie Puree

2 Cups of Eggnog

2 Ounces of Spiced Rum (optional)

1/3 Cup of Horchata (optional)

Shake well with ice and pour into glasses through the strainer portion of your shaker.

Garnish with a touch of pumpkin spice and metallic sugar crystals.

Shake Well and Garnish with Cyrstalized Sugar and Pumpking Spice for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

This holiday cocktail pairs well with cinnamon or nutmeg covered chocolate truffles, but really any chocolate treat will do. Serve these tasty treats in mixed metallics and coordinate with white and natural for holiday style that spans both the fall and winter seasons - it's all about simplifying. This year my goal is to make the holidays all about enjoying the little moments and this means fussy and over the top decor that requires a lot of work and a big investment, simply won't do. Target is generally my first and last stop for adding a few fresh new pieces to my collection each year. It's just so easy and they knock it out of the park each season with on trend and modern decor that is perfectly suited to incorporate into my existing seasonal decor - how convenient for this holiday shopping addicted mama.

Serve with Truffles for The Design Confidential Holiday Cocktail Recipe // Pumpkin Spice Eggnog Horchata

I prefer not to have to start from scratch with my decorating and entertaining pieces each year, but I like to keep my holiday decor feeling exciting and new! A few new affordable pieces seem to do the trick and because they are affordable, they also happen to alleviate any potential guilt I might have for adding to an already insane amount of holiday decor. Easy seemingly homemade cocktails, a slower pace and gorgeous affordable statement pieces are a winning recipe for my holiday entertaining and general sanity this time of year!

What are your secrets for holiday success? Do you have any tricks up your sleeves to make things special without a lot of effort? Do tell...

Sources

// Mercury Glass Bowl / Mercury Glass Charger / Gold Snowflake Porcelain Dipping Bowl / Gray Glitzy Napkins / White Stainless Steel Shaker + Pitcher / Gold Ice Bucket (similar) / Snowflake Tumblers (suggested because they are fabulous)

Jun
28
2013
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This a bit of a diversion from the type of articles I have been bringing you lately, my sweet friends, but a tasty one nonetheless! And when done right, a fairly healthy option for a sweet treat! But let me back up a tad before I dive right in... 

See how I did that... he will never even know! 

Now, back to my point... You see Mr. TDC is Costa Rican, in case you were wondering from his ethnically ambiguous look in the pictures above, and his mom was born and raised there. I think that is the bees knees my friends, and so this recipe I am sharing with you today is one I was given the pleasure of experiencing in great part through that family tie to Central American delights...

For any of you who have ever visited a place in the Central Americas, you may have had just such a treat in some variety or another and I bet you liked it!

So let's dive on in shall we? Here is what you will need for this. Be warned... it's very simple!

Ingredients:

  • Plantains (these look like oversized bananas)
  • Oil (I used Grape Seed Oil for this, since it's a healthy alternative)
  • Sour Cream

 

Heat a few tablespoons of your oil in a skillet. You want it at a medium heat so that you can cook your plantains all the way through and not burn the outside.

Peel and then slice your plantains in half lengthwise and then cut into thirds.

Place them in your warmed oil, face down and brown.

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Flip them over once you see browning begin to seep up the bottom edges.

Brown on the top until the entire plantain is golden brown and looks carmelized just a tad.

Allow them to cool and serve with fresh and chilled sour cream. It's amazing and I think you will agree... the sweet of the plantains and slightly sour of the sour cream is the most amazing combo... LOVE!

Now, if you can imagine the largest farmer's market ever and then add a bit more to it with lot's of antiques and thrifted home decor, that is what Denio's is... it's my favorite place on earth, kinda seriously. If you are local, you need to go, it's probably been too long since you were last there! 

This post sponsored by Denio's, all opinions, ramblings, and craziness are my own...

Feb
27
2012
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Perhaps it's the abundance of green, or maybe my Irish roots, but there is something about this fun-filled holiday that I absolutely adore... I feel like it brings out my inner kiddo, with pot of gold wishes and rainbow dreams...

These incredible edible treats don't disapoint as they perfectly stimulate my senses and also happen to be a perfect example of how fabulous and amazing a combination of greens can be (just to throw a little designer thought into the mix). 

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Feb
02
2012
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If sweet treats are a big part of your Valentine's Day plan, then I have a fabulous round up of fun for you! From candy coated sweets to breakfast treats, there is a little something here for everyone. 

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Jan
16
2012
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A fun and simple way to seduce your sweetheart through his or her tastebuds... The flirtini will surely set the mood for a romantic and flirty Valentine's Night Celebration...

The Recipe:

  • Equal Parts Champagne or Sparkling Wine and Pink Lemonade
  • A Splash of Chambord (to taste)
Bob Vila 
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