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My mom brewing her first-ever cup with the Keurig

My mom brewing her first-ever cup with the Keurig

I recently got a Keurig and now I know what all the fuss is about! We had a coffee and dessert bar and I got a chance to really try it out. We brewed individual coffee, tea, and even hot cider for our guests and each cup took less than a minute to brew. Best of all, there are so many K-cup varieties available that everyone got exactly what he/she wanted! And every cup was fresh and piping hot.

It was a great addition to our dessert bar that was filled with a slew of homemade mini goodies and jars of candy. My sister is quite a baker and she arrived with two enormous platters of her amazing mini cupcakes. She made limoncello, s’mores, and chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes – each was decorated with fun little sweethearts as we were also celebrating my son’s engagement! He asked and she said yes! What better way to celebrate a sweet event than to consume enough treats to send us into a sugar coma!

My sister Judy with one of 2 plates of amazing cupcakes - photobomber is my husband ;) #keurigparty

My sister Judy with one of 2 plates of amazing cupcakes – photobomber is my husband ;

I made easy chocolate mousse shooters with whipped cream and raspberries, quick no-bake lemon cheesecake, and pumpkin custard with ginger and pecan crust. We toasted the newly engaged couple, relived our own engagements over 30 years ago, and generally laughed and had a great time.

The Keurig is getting a workout in our kitchen – mostly tea and hot cider and I’ve discovered that I really love hot lemonade and am addicted to hot water. I’ve been drinking mugs and mugs of hot water. Weird, I know!

The candy side of the dessert bar with my fab-find battery operated "branches" with "crystals" - they look fabulous in person

The candy side of the dessert bar with my fab-find battery operated “branches” with “crystals” – they look fabulous in person

My newly engaged son making himself a hot cider #keurigparty

My newly engaged son making himself a hot cider

Special thanks to Keurig and for allowing us to try out the coffee brewer. It gave us a chance to set aside some time to get together and it was a happy coincidence that it happened to be on the day after our son got engaged.  We were going to take a group picture but we were having so much fun we forgot. I suspect we’ll get another chance soon and I expect the Keurig will see a lot more parties in the next year or so as we move toward their wedding day.

Easy lemon cheesecake shooters, pumpkin custard, and cupcakes – the perfect pairing to some great coffee

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Author: Connie Ott

A mom and wife, Connie blogs about entertainment, travel, living green, products, technology, DIY home remodeling and decor, and more. She's a vegetarian and animal lover and lives in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, WA. Find out more about Connie and all the bloggers here at Baby to Boomer Lifestyle on our About Us page.

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  1. ive been inspired i defintely need to purchase a keurig in the near future

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  2. I Want To Buy A Keurig One Of These Days.
    It Looks Like You And Your Family Were Having A Great Time.

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  3. looks like that party was a lot of fun. I love the look of that keurig too. What type is it?

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    • It was, thanks!

  4. what a nice way to introduce the Keurig to your guests.. the sweets look yummuy.. and congrats on your son’s engagement!!

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    • Thanks Karen! We’re pretty happy for him. He’s such a sweet boy and she’s a really wonderful girl – they’ve known each other since Jr. High school but didn’t start dating until college. I can’t wait for the wedding but I don’t know if there are enough tissues available for the day! :)

  5. I also was a lucky House Party hostess! I absolutely LOVE my Keurig and last weekend at my coffee break party, each and every adult guest rushed out to purchase their own Keurig! What I like most about it is that my children–even my 5 year old–can operate the machine without adult assistance!
    I’m spending a small fortune on the k-cups, but it’s so worth it!

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    • Jennifer,

      I bought a stainless-steel “k-cup” on Amazon – first because I’m worried about plastic and especially hot plastic and two because my son has several lose teas that he loves that aren’t available in K-cups. He LOVES the machine!

  6. In love with that first photo and the raspberry makes it so pretty!

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