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Cheers to Health & Wellness



February is a month of runny noses, ice cold hands, and the anticipation of Snow Days for the kids! Don't let the winter blues get you down, however, and brew a cup of one of our Wellness Brewed™ packs.

If you’re looking for antioxidants to the max, we suggest Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max™ Green Tea Blackberry Pomegranate Tea. This K-Cup® pack is bursting with fruity flavor as well as giving you the extra boost you need during those cold winter days.

If you’re craving a twist of orange, our Celestial Seasonings® Antioxidant Max™ Green Tea Blood Orange Star Fruit Tea K-Cup® pack is the perfect fit for you! You will love the tanginess from the oranges paired with the exotic flavors of the star fruit. 

If you’d rather get your healthy antidotes via coffee, have no fear! Our Green Mountain Coffee® Focus Blend® and Antioxidant Blend® K-Cup® Coffees are both calling your name. Our Focus Blend® Coffee gives you a rich, well-balanced brew, for all the craziness in your day-to-day routine. Our Antioxidant Blend® serves up Vitamin C and E as well as notes of sweet brown sugar and toasted nuts, to leave you feeling satisfied.

Our Vitamin Burst® Strawberry Pomegranate and Acai Berry K-Cup® Packs are both high in antioxidants and flavor! You will love the delicious fruit brew that both of these varieties give you. They are a great option for a crisp refreshment for our warmer days ahead!

So go ahead, relax, and grab a cup of Wellness Brewed™. 


Happy Engineers Week!

GMCR Engineers Use 'Out of the Box' Ideas for In-the-Box Solutions 


Engineers are known for their problem solving and analytical thinking. At Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) we put this to the test and encourage our team members to literally think outside of the box and have fun doing it! Recently, teams of engineers were challenged to come up with innovative and sustainable packaging ideas for Keurig® home brewer models.

Incorporating passion and innovation in all that we do, GMCR creates engaging, hands-on activities for our employees with a purpose. Conducted at our new state-of-the-art facility in Burlington, Mass., 13 teams competed to create sustainable material packaging ideas to protect a Keurig® brewer when falling 20 feet. Some of the winning ideas are going to be considered to improve our designs for future packaging.

“At GMCR, we strive to do what best for our customers and the environment,” said Jim Shepard, GMCR Director of Brewer Engineering. “The engineering group is constantly pursuing ways to reduce our non-renewable waste stream and the sustainable drop test competition was a way to fully embrace and challenge the way we are currently packaging our products”

While many engineers have participated in the classic egg drop experiment in the past, at GMCR, we up the ante and conduct a drop contest using Keurig® home brewers. Not only was the purpose to give our engineers an exciting way to work together, it also provides GMCR an opportunity to explore innovative ways to improve our packaging. The teams were judged on a variety of criteria after the boxes were dropped including, brewer functionality, aesthetics of the master carton, aesthetics of the brewer and sustainable materials used for the packaging.

“It was great to challenge our engineers to think out of the box about what goes into the box,” said Shepard.

At GMCR, we strive to create an environment where sparking our team member’s curiosity and imagination can continue to shape our future by redefining the consumer experience.  

So, wish all of your engineer colleagues and friends a very Happy Engineers Week and be sure to check out our GMCR page, to give you a further look into our career ideals as well as our promise of enriching your culture to Brew a Better World with us! 


Mug Round Up


Mug shot! Mug’s up! Mug for the camera!  No matter how you say it, the mug you choose to hold your hot beverage of choice is of vital importance.  Spending a minute or so in front of the kitchen cabinet in search of ol’ faithful is not an odd occurrence in our office.  The tides turn quickly when you find that some else has selected your mug – commence death stare across the cubical line.  Thankfully, there’s always time to snag it back.  Or to reconsider your mug mood.  Oh yes: mug moods.  A favorite mug for every occasion, every beverage, for every emotion.  


Travel mug.  This is a no-nonsense mug: signed, sealed, and steaming.  Knock into me if you’d like, fellow commuter on the sidewalk, but you will not mess with my brew.  This one travels far.


The Love mug:  All is shiny and wonderful in the world – and everyone else should know it.  Brewing a hot cocoa with a dollop of whipped cream into this little beauty shouts: today is a great day to ask me a favor.  Love is in the air.


The Tankard: Elegant, yes, but that elegance disguises the need for coffee and lots of it.  A tankard of Dark Magic® coffee means you’re stressed…but you’d rather not let everyone else know.


So: Which mug are you clutching today?


Train Station News - February Edition

Don’t let the snow keep you inside this month! Come down to the Green Mountain Coffee Train Station to try our new monthly drink and our new pastry offerings!


The Snowcap Supreme is in. Our seasonal Green Mountain Coffee® Golden French Toast® Coffee, a shot of sweet caramel syrup with a snowy white dome of frothed milk on top. This is a beverage perfect for right after a long day on the ski slopes. It will warm you up from the inside and sweeten up the rest of your day!

We also have started carrying a new line of pastries made by Sweet Simone’s of Waistfield, Vermont. Try our new rotating selection of scones, our new pies and our new cookies. If you’re looking for something super sweet and satisfying, don’t forget to keep an eye out for her mocha cupcake with Green Mountain Coffee® Dark Magic Espresso frosting!

If you’re in need of some post-slope invigoration stop by and visit us at The Train Station! 


The Sweetest Day of the Year


It's that sweet, sweet time of year again! Roses, over-sized stuffed bears holding single roses, and conversation hearts placed into neat little packaging, all ready to be delivered today, because it's VALENTINE'S DAY! So grab your loved ones and celebrate with them, because today is the day of LOVE. 

We are obsessing over this Valentine's Day candy box filled with some of our favorite K-Cup packs! 

Why not save all those calories for a caramel filled chocolate truffle and brew a cup of Donut House Collection® Chocolate Glazed Donut K-Cup® pack instead? Give your honey some chocolate, for goodness sake! 


Speaking of caramel, Café Escapes® Café Caramel K-Cup® Pack leaves us drooling, after we get one smell of that buttery, silky, smooth fragrance of pure indulgence. 


For those of us that need some chai time, look no further than a Café Escapes® Chai Latte K-Cup® Pack, The perfect marriage of black tea and exotic spices is right inside a cup of this latte. You'll be so relaxed, you'll be ready for a day with the spa, in no time! 


We love spoiling our kids on Valentine's Day, too! Share a cup of Swiss Miss® Hot Cocoa with your youngsters as a great after school treat. 


How would you pack your candy box full of K-Cup® Packs? 


Whatever goodies you may include in your box, we hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and a few chocolates too. 


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! 




Highlighting our Keurig Brewing Systems

It's true: We have something for everyone. Whether or not you are a cappuccino fanatic, or savor your cup of coffee or even like to indulge in a creamy chai latte we have a beverage for every taste and occasion. To match that we offer a killer line-up of brewing systems that will delight and inspire you to brew what you love to drink.  For me, I have recently become a huge fan of the Keurig® Rivo® Cappuccino & Latte system, and I have also fallen in love with the Keurig® Mini Plus brewers that come in almost every color you could hope for. 



The Keurig® Rivo® brewer is a sleek, compact and stylish machine that can create cappuccinos, lattes and iced lattes with ease. The first time I used it I was amazed at how easily I could create a cappuccino that for so long had only be available to me outside of my home. It brought to life the reality that, yes, I can have specialty coffee beverages at home nearly in an instant. To add to that, I had fun experimenting with the flavored syrups and dreaming up combinations of vanilla, caramel and chocolate all in one.



I recently moved in with my fiancé, and combining all our “stuff” was a challenge – why in the world did we need 2 sets of white dinner plates, bowls and salad plates? Clearing out and making space was a challenge, except when I came time to finding a space for my Keurig® Mini Plus brewer.  This little guy not only is adorable and comes in super fashionable colors (Hello, Radiant Orchid, Fashion color of the year?!), but is a welcome appliance on our counter that doesn’t take up too much space, all while being a workhorse when it comes to brewing my daily morning coffee.  


Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System


Last but not least there is the Keurig® Vue® V700 Brewing System for all of you in between folks who love their coffee, but also want the option to brew delicious café beverages and specialty drinks with ease.  This machine packs it all into one, while also giving you the option to brew hotter, brew bigger, and brew stronger

Don’t forget that almost all (minus Rivo) of our brewing systems also come models that are perfect for the work place.

No matter what your taste, both in style and beverage we have something to help delight and inspire you to brew!



Winston: A Day in the Life

My daughter is only 4 years old, but all of a sudden she's very interested in what I do at work. She knows I work at GMCR, though she says "the coffee place". When she sees one of the tractor trailers around town or on the highway, covered with our logos, she says, "there's Daddy's work!"


It's funny when you distill your job down for a 4 year old when you come home at night:


Daughter: "Daddy, what did you do today?"

Me: "Oh the usual"

Daughter: "I know, but tell me"

Me: "Ok, I drank coffee [yes occupationally, as a cupper!], I wrote some emails, I answered some emails, I went to a few meetings, and here I am."

Daughter: "But you do that everyday! Why don't you do something different?!"

Me: "Because that's my job"



And then thankfully it's time for dinner or there's some other distraction.


My work isn't always the same, however. 3 weeks ago I was in Costa Rica with 11 fellow employees visiting our coffee suppliers on an Origin Trip. I'm one of the co-leaders and aside from being a chaperone, translator, cat herder, time manager, and "bottled-water-orderer", the main job is to connect our employees with coffee farmers in our supply chain and vice-versa. Introducing folks, translating for them, helping with small talk. It's fun, but it's hard to describe to my daughter. So I show her pictures (and I'm showing them to you as well) and say, look dear, here's Daddy doing his job!" 



Mocha Cake Recipe


Looking for a new decadent and delicious dessert to bake this weekend? Look no further than our Mocha Cake! Chocolate and caramel make such a divine combination and your taste buds will surely thank you. So, next time you have a get together, try this Mocha Cake.


1 cup sugar

1 ½ cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

6 tablespoons vegetable oil

Caramel Flavored Coffee K-Cup® or Vue® pack, brewed at 8-ounce cup size setting*

Powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the sugar, flour, salt, baking soda, and coca into a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. In another bowl, combine vanilla, vinegar, oil, and coffee. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine. Pour batter into an 8 x 8 ungreased cake pan. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

*We suggest either Cafe Escapes Cafe Caramel K-Cup® or Vue®pack or Green Mountain Coffee Caramel Vanilla Cream K-Cup® or Vue® pack 

Makes 9 Servings. Enjoy! 



This morning, the people of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, celebrate the day which is set on February 2nd every year, while 40,000 or more onlookers patiently await the emergence of a groundhog named Phil.

To see his shadow or not to see is shadow, is in fact, the utmost question.  

Lo and behold, the sun must have been shining this morning, because little ‘ol Phil did see his shadow, hence, he retreated back into his home to hibernate for yet another six more weeks of winter. Sigh!

Nevertheless, whether you are a ski bunny or a beach bum, it is always an exciting tradition that lets us, at home, await the news via Social Media and relish (or relinquish) in the news from Phil.

Alas, for all those in trust of Phil’s news, we can still make the best out of the next six weeks!

Check out some of our favorite things that we can continue to celebrate for the rest of the winter:

 If you haven’t yet, give our Creamy Golden French Toast Coffee Recipe a try! The maple, sweet buttery goodness says it all:

Although we were busy celebrating Hot Tea Month in January, don’t miss out on sipping on these warm tea varieties all through February to warm you up:

You will need a hearty meal with all of these beverage concoctions. We have just the recipe for you - Barista Beef Stew:

Who says we still can’t make holiday cookies this time of year? Lucky for us, there are no rules!

And, last but certainly not least, if you need any more ideas, just check out “Our Favorite things To Do in New England Winters." I don’t know about you, but this list might really come in handy in the upcoming weeks!

To warm you up even more, go to to enjoy $2 off all Keurig Brewed beverages, using Keycode: GROUNDHOG. 


Maximum Brewing Action Satisfaction



So, maybe you got a new Keurig® brewer over the holidays. Or maybe you’ve had a brewer for years. Either way, there’s a lot more than just a simple cup of coffee that you can get out of this terrific little machine. Here’s some inspiration from and to help you think outside the bean.


  1. Explore new varieties of coffee. Sure you have your go-to blend, and no one’s going to take that away from you. But did you know, there are over 150 different K-Cup® and about 50 Vue® pack varieties of coffee out there? From light, medium, and dark roast to extra bold, flavored, or special reserve – you might just discover a new favorite or two.
  2. Try other hot brews. Coffee’s not the only cup in town. The best-loved hot tea brands are also available for your Keurig® brewer, including Bigelow, Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, Tazo, Tetley, and Twinings. And on a chilly day, kids and grown-ups alike love a cup of hot apple cider or hot cocoa.
  3. Enjoy cold beverages with Brew Over Ice packs. With specially-crafted Brew Over Ice K-Cup® and Vue® packs, it’s a cinch to make a fresh and refreshing cup of iced coffee, iced tea, lemonade or other fruit brew. Just fill a cup with ice (do not use glass), pop in a pack, brew, stir and enjoy!
  4. Involve your brewer for cooking and baking. There are lots of great recipes that call for coffee, both sweet and savory dishes. Your Keurig® brewer makes it easy to brew a single cup, fast and without cleanup. This blog has a boatload of delicious recipes, so do a little perusing for some culinary ideas.
  5. Use My K-Cup® for whole bean and ground options. For some, there’s nothing like a cup of coffee from freshly ground beans. The My K-Cup® refill pack allows you to grind your own beans or to try varieties that are only available in bags.


But it’s not just what’s in the cup that matters. Here are a few more tips.

  1. A little maintenance goes a long way. Changing your water filter every 2 months and descaling your brewer every 3-6 months will not only help extend the life of your brewer, it’ll keep your beverages tasting great. Learn more.
  2. Keep your packs in order. There are a few great space-saving options for keeping your packs handy and organized, including carousels, dispensers, and under-brewer drawers. Check out your storage options for both K-Cup® and Vue® packs.
  3. Stock up for guests. When company comes, it’s a real treat to allow everyone to choose his or her own beverage, so keep a stash of options (see #s 1,2, and 3 above) and make it easy for guests to browse packs (see #7 above).
  4. Keep in touch. Sign up at and (bottom left) to receive emails with exclusive discounts and special offers, new product information, and more. We’re also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.


Got an idea to make it an even 10? We’d love to hear from you!


It’s a Marshmallow Kind of World

I've been mystified by the marshmallow basically since I started eating them.  There is nothing quite like it, or that reminds me of summertime like a crisped and gooey marshmallow over a hot bon fire, wedged between chocolate and graham crackers. I like to enjoy mine roasted black as coal, and peel the skin off before it is devoured in my s’more. In winter time though, I like to add them to my hot chocolate. Warm chocolately goodness paired with the fluffy pillow marshmallow, and enjoyed as it slowly melts in my mug. There’s something about it that just warms me up this time of year. 


I have always wondered though, what IS a marshmallow? How is it made? What in the world transforms all that sugar into a perfect puffed, delightful little pillow?  I had to find out, even with my fear of science I found a recipe and decided to try it, I’ve been reading about marshmallow startups everywhere these days, so how hard can it be?


There are a few steps, but generally it was pretty simple, and the only ingredient I didn’t have lying around was the gelatin.  So here’s my stab at it, and I think it came out pretty nice, I even was able to give it a little Valentine’s flair, by using a cookie cutter to shape them into hearts – They were so sweet and paired perfectly with steaming hot cocoa. 


Stay Warm!



Vegetable Oil (for Brushing)

3 tablespoons, plus 1 ½ teaspoons unflavored gelatin

3 cups sugar

1 ¼ cups light corn syrup

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

¾ cup Water

¾ cup Cold Water

Candy or any Thermometer


Step 1:

Brush a glass baking dish with oil. Line with parchment, and brush again with oil.

Step 2:

Bring to a boil over high heat the sugar, corn syrup, salt and ¾ cup water into a medium saucepan. Dissolve the sugar, and cook without stirring until it reaches 238 degrees (took my about 10 minutes)

Step 3:

In a separate bowl attached to an electric mixer with whisk attachment, put ¾ cup cold water and sprinkle with gelatin. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Step 4:

With mixer on low speed, fold in the hot syrup into gelatin mixture. Slowly increase speed and beat until mixture is very stiff. Mix in the vanilla. Once all is combined pour into a prepared dish and smooth the top.  Let it set until firm, for about 3 hours.

Step 5:

Sift 1 cup confectioners’ sugar onto counter top or work surface. Unmold marshmallow onto surface and remove parchment. To cut into shapes, I took a heart shaped cookie cutter, brushed the ends with oil and carefully cut into the marshmallow.  To help keep their shape, dust the remaining ½ cup confectioners’ sugar onto the heats.

Step 6:

Add to hot cocoa. Enjoy!




National Chocolate Cake Day



Today is Chocolate Cake Day! We needed a day like this in our world, and the crazy, lovely, and imaginative folks out there that invented this day, in my opinion, are geniuses. I think from the multiple posts and recipes I had up here you could guess that I have a slight addiction to chocolate, and most of the time paired with peanut butter. I decided to take a break from my normal go-to, and celebrate today with a flourless, chocolate cake.   The results were an intense chocolate, almost brownie-like cake.  I also couldn’t help myself, but smother it with more chocolate. 

Here’s the recipe, and I think it’s a perfect contender for your Valentine’s Day date night dessert.


1 Cup bittersweet (or you can use semi sweet) chocolate chips

½ Cup unsalted butter

¾ Cup granulated sugar

¼ Teaspoon salt

2 Teaspoons dark roast coffee (I used Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic from my Keurig brewer)

1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

3 Eggs

½ Cup unsweetened cocoa powder


Ingredients for the Glaze:

1 Cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips

½ Cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease 8” round spring form pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease the top of the paper. For the cake: Place the chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Slowly heat (30 seconds at a time) until the butter is melted and the chips are slightly melted. Stir until chips are completely melted.  Stir in sugar, salt, coffee and vanilla. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Finally add the cocoa powder. Transfer batter to the cake pan, and bake for 25 minutes, or until the top forms a thin crust. Let cool completely.

Glaze Directions:

Combine the chocolate chips and the cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat until the cream is very hot, but not boiling. Remove from microwave and stir until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth and glasslike.  Carefully spoon the glaze over the cake. Allow the glaze to set and harden before cutting – about 1 hour.



Train Station News - January Edition



Remember the Green Mountain Coffee Roaster Train Station’s coffee trees? They’ve grown quite a bit in the past year! Today they were transplanted into their new pots by our barista, Aurelie. These pots were hand painted by our barista, Kiley.

The coffee trees were originally planted on Valentine’s Day 2013. Our first coffee tree, Andy, sprouted on April 24th 2013 and his siblings, Annette, Pablo and Mr Clean, all came up soon after. This is the second time they have been transplanted. They should have plenty of room to keep growing in these new pots.

Don’t forget to stop in at the Train Station and say hello to our smallest co-workers!


National Pie Day



In celebration of National Pie Day today, we wanted to share one of our favorite pies with you – the official pie of Massachusetts: Boston Cream Pie. Oh, the luscious layers of sponge cake, creamy vanilla custard filling, all topped off with a velvety chocolate ganache. Sigh!

Just thinking of this rich, decadent pie, created by a French chef in 1856 at the Parker House Hotel in Boston, makes us want to stop what we're doing and find a bakery, pronto.

Ironically, Boston Cream Pie is technically not even a pie, but rather a cake! Crazy, right?

Either way you slice it, we’re sure glad there is a special day dedicated to all pies everywhere, even ones that actually aren’t pies at all!


Day 21 of New Year’s Resolutions ~ Pep Talk

We’re almost there, folks.  It’s been 21 says since we began this New Year, and our resolve is stronger than ever to make small steps toward our goals.   And by “stronger than ever,” I do mean, we’re trying our darndest to make these resolutions happen.  Because, let’s be frank: this is hard.  It’s hard to start a new habit when life and old routines come into play.  It’s easier to ignore a plan to iron all of my shirts right out of the drier and choose to surf the web for an extra few minutes (or hours) instead.  It’s easier to stop running at mile 3 on the treadmill rather than going for the 10k.  It’s easier to shove my delivery of K-Cup® packs under my sink, out of the way, rather than, you know, actually put them where I’d see them in the morning.  

At day 21, I’m looking for a little inspiration to keep moving forward.  Something new.  Something handy.  Something to make the follow-through easier than the old habit.  Thankfully, there are some things that could help some of our team’s goals:

1.       Write More Hand-written LettersBuy stamps.  It’s that simple - if you have postage than that’s one less barrier to sending out a note.  No excuses when you’ve just committed cash to the exercise.

2.       Try New RecipesMeal plan.  Plan for the week, once a week, and add in one - just one - new recipe to the mix, even if it’s just making spiced nuts for an afternoon snack. 

3.       Be Organized:  Continue with the basics: those K-Cup packs shoved under the sink.  You’ll be more organized if you see what you have in your selection, so get a storage device to bring them out onto the counter in a stylish way.    


Small steps, my friends.  Small steps on day 21 to make the new plan easier than the old.  We can do it! 


Happy National Hot Tea Month!



As we’re well into the winter months, it is reassuring to know we have a little something called tea to keep us cozy throughout those icy days and blizzard-like nights. Tea is the sister to coffee and I’m sure there have been many fights over what brings the heat as far as the hot drink of choice.

Personally, there is something to be said about tea. Lighter on the palate and, although it doesn't have that caffeinated one-two punch, it certainly soothes the soul.

So, when you finally do find yourself craving that perfect balance of warmth and flavor, the next journey would be to drink your way through those different types of teas to decipher your favorite.

If you're looking to unwind for the day and get to bed at a decent hour, you may be quick to grab a cup of Celestial Seasonings® Sleepytime® K-Cup® Herbal Tea or  Celestial Seasonings® Decaf Green Tea K-Cup® Tea , infused with white tea.

If you want that exotic feeling and are trying to escape to an international getaway, Celestial Seasonings® Mandarin Orange Spice® K-Cup® Tea or Celestial Seasonings® India Spice Chai K-Cup® Tea  may be your one-way ticket to another time and place.

If you’re looking to visit your friends across the pond, Tetley® Tea British Blend Decaf Tea or Bigelow® English Breakfast Tea K-Cup® Pack could be what you really fancy, my darling!

So, let’s have a toast to all our tea drinkers and our favorite tea K-Cup packs! Here’s to National Hot Tea Month! Pinky up! (Too much?) 


Salted Caramel Coffee Recipe


There are few things more alluring than the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  A sugar rush with a saltine kick.  Pretzels and chocolate.  Peanuts and marshmallows.  Caramel and sea salt.   Ah, yes, the proverbial salted caramel.  The buttery, sticky confection ripe with scattered bursts of salt crystals.  Of course, the sticky-factor has been known to cause trouble for my pearly whites – hence the idea to incorporate all the flavors of salted caramel into a warm, indulgent coffee drink.  Sip on this beauty – heaped with whipped cream, of course – after a short rib dinner, and just...drift away.

Salted Caramel Coffee

Serves 1




In large mug, mix cocoa powder and caramel sauce until smooth.  Brew coffee into mug, add milk and stir to combine.  Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce, and a pinch of sea salt.  Indulge.



New Year's Resolutions


If you’re like me, you are so over overindulging right now after all the holiday sweets and treats and parties that you can handle, and it’s no wonder that January 1st brings feelings of needing change and reorienting ourselves in a way to make each day better in the new year.  It’s hard not to bite off more than you can chew and say to yourself and your friends that you are going to make some overzealous New Year's Resolution that you find yourself failing at come…er…January 29th.  Whoops!

I’m certainly no expert on resolution writing, but I have learned over time in different areas of my life to set smaller goals that, in the end, will amount to a greater accomplishment. Like running a marathon, for example. I was a life long soccer player, who only viewed running as a punishment for showing up late to practice or during “fitness” days where all we ever seemed to do was run white line to white line – pure torture. After college though, I realized my two (now repaired) blown out knees could no longer handle the rough and tumble of a soccer game, so I decided to pick up running…for fun. I started out clocking only 2 miles at once and felt such a sense of amazement in the fact that I could keep going. I slowly added more miles over a long stretch of time, and I have somehow gotten to a point where running 26.2 no longer feels like an impossible feat. I couldn't get there, however, if I didn't start small and build on my mileage over time. I just kept going, mile by mile.


This year, I have some smaller resolutions that I think, if I stick with them, could really build over time, too.

1)     Write more hand written letters. I told my sister that I thought we should be “pen-pals”…she laughed, and agreed.  If I start with just one letter a month, I think that’s do-able, even if it’s just a small note or postcard. There’s so much we take for granted at having communication right at our finger tips, that I think getting in touch via snail mail might open up our conversations and make them more meaningful over time. 

2)     Try new recipes. This one seems really simple, but it’s amazing how fearful I can be in branching out from my staples – apple crisp, crackers and cheese, salmon, etc. I’m going to try and pick one recipe, sweet or savory, that I would never in a million years think of trying and do it. Even if it’s just once, I think it will help me keep trying more down the line.

3)     Be organized and recycle things I don’t need or use. This is probably on everyone’s list, but as a creative person, I have a really hard time of keeping my desk organized. My eyes see a pile of stacked magazines of all my favorite pictures and subscriptions and I don’t automatically see clutter, I see potential projects and ideas coming to life.  Sometimes that’s really great, other times, it just ends up looking like clutter and there’s absolutely no reason for me to keep every last Country Living Magazine I have since 2004.

I’ll start there. Now, tell me, what are your New Year's Resolutions?



Creamy Golden French Toast Coffee



Just hearing the name “Golden French Toast® coffee” makes my stomach start to growl.  The aroma reminds me of thick, cinnamon French toast smothered in sweet butter and pure Vermont maple syrup.  And the taste.  Well, the tastes brings you right back to the weekend, PJ-clad and relaxed.  Of course, if you’re like me on a Sunday morning, you’re adding a dollop of fresh whipped cream to make that mouth-watering stack of goodness just that much more scrumptious.   That picture of culinary delight brings me to the below recipe for Creamy Golden French Toast – a mix that will make you feel like you’re settling in for Sunday brunch no matter where you are.  


Creamy Golden French Toast Coffee



·         Fair Trade Certified™ Golden French Toast® coffee, brewed at 4-oz setting

·         Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream coffee, brewed at 4-oz setting

·         ½ Tablespoon of pure Vermont maple syrup

·         2 Tablespoons of half & half

·        Whipped cream


Into a large mug, brew a K-Cup® of Golden French Toast® coffee at 4-oz setting.

Brew a K-Cup® of Green Mountain Coffee® Caramel Vanilla Cream coffee into same mug at 4-oz setting.

Stir in maple syrup and add half & half.

Top with whipped cream and a few drops of maple syrup for an extra treat.  






Test Your Coffee I.Q.



In case you didn't know, it’s National Trivia Day. Find out how much (or how little) you know about coffee with this 5-question trivia quiz.


1.        What is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee?

a)     Hawaii

b)     Florida

c)     Louisiana

d)     California 



2.        The name cappuccino comes from:

a)     The drink’s resemblance to the brown cowls worn by Capuchin monks

b)     The similitary in color to fur of Capuchin monkeys

c)     The Italian puccino, meaning ‘light brown one’

d)     The size of the cup in which it’s commonly served 



3.        Coffee was the first food to be

a)     Shipped from Europe to the New World

b)     Freeze-dried

c)     Used in Aztec religious ceremonies

d)     Roasted and ground for drinking


4.        40% of the world’s coffee is produced by

a)     Africa

b)     Turkey

c)     Columbia and Brazil

d)     Southeast Asia 



5.        Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee (up to $600 per pound) is:

a)     Processed during a full moon

b)     Brewed only with solid gold pots

c)     Made from coffee beans eaten and then excreted by a Sumatran wild cat

d)     Grown at a higher altitude than any other bean 



1. Answer (a) 

2. Answer (a)

3. Answer (b)

4. Answer (c)

5. Answer (c) 


Question Source: The Amazing Quiz Challenge (Reader’s Digest Association)