A Coffee Lover’s Review of Whipped Coffee

Dalgona coffee, AKA whipped coffee, has been trending in the past few weeks and I finally caved on trying it out. The history buff in me was dying to know why all of a sudden this drink is everywhere on my social media feed! Thankfully the New York Times answered that question for me. It first gained traction in South Korea in January after an actor, Jung Il-woo tried it in Macau and said it reminded him of the honeycomb toffee confection called dalgona. It resurfaced again with a TikTok user prepping it at home and now it feels like everyone is giving this drink a go.

Have you made this whipped coffee drink? Comment below with what you thought of it!

Dalgona Coffee – Recipe Included!

First thing to clear up, the reason I waited so long to try it. Instant coffee is not my favorite. That is saying a lot considering I’ll drink just about any coffee. Everything from the remnants of yesterday’s bottom of the pot roast at home to the fancier cappuccinos and peppermint mocha’s and cold brews. Instant coffee is bitter to me so it had me a little nervous. Putting my preference aside, I couldn’t help but wonder what it tasted like. Curiosity got to me and early last week I was ordering instant coffee on Amazon to try it out.

I judged the coffee on three things: difficulty, taste, and would I make it again.

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4 Ingredient Nutella Mug Cake

Is there anything better than a single serve mug cake when you are craving something sweet? Lucky for me, Nutella is always stocked up at our house because of my boyfriend’s love for it. I’ve made mug cakes in the past but with my pantry being a little low on bakery items, I decided to test out a simpler recipe. I am absolutely in love with how this fluffy Nutella mug cake turned out!

P.S. What you can’t see in the photo is where I snuck a bite before covering it up with whipped cream for photos. I couldn’t help myself! 😉

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Greek Inspired Summer Salad

For real, how crazy has 2020 been so far? If it’s taught me anything though, it’s to be resourceful in how I use ingredients so they don’t go to waste. It ended up going in a Greek inspired direction once I found the Kalamata olives in my cabinet. Unfortunately, I was out of feta! I LOVE feta so that will be going on my next grocery delivery ASAP. This fun salad has me dreaming of warmer days and being out of the house!

I want to hear from you! With recipes, what do you want to see more of? Sides, Appetizers, or Entrees?

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TWO Easter Bread Recipes

Easter 2020 is over and even though it was celebrated different than in past years, it was still a very memorable day. Along with being Easter, it was my boyfriend and I’s 4 year anniversary! We actually went on our first date the day before Easter 4 years ago, and the rest is history. Four years ago I made this Italian Easter Bread for the first time and it’s made an appearance every year since! This year was a little extra special as we spent the day at our new house still as dreamy eyed in love as 4 years ago (and eating A LOT of bread). With a little extra time on my hands this Easter compared to years past, I decided to make not one but TWO types of breads! The first was our families Italian Easter Bread and the other was Hot Cross Buns.

Italian Easter Bread fresh out of the oven!

I highly recommend making both! They are both yeast breads but the dough is much more foolproof. One of the reasons is the use of instant yeast, meaning you put the yeast with all other ingredients instead of placing it in warm water/milk to activate. Read on for the Italian Easter Bread recipe. The Hot Cross Buns recipe is compliments of King Arthurs Flour and can be found here.

Hot Cross Buns = YUM
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Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie

With all of the remodeling and moving, a home cooked meal is very welcome for both my boyfriend and I. I’ve made this a few times and it has definitely been added to my go to dishes when I need a meal but don’t have tons of time. The trick? Rotisserie chicken, premade pie crust, and frozen vegetables! With how bare the shelves were around us, I was extra surprised to see those ingredients when I ran in for an emergency meal supplies during the move.

What are your go to quick meals?

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Bedroom Suite Remodel

As promised, below are the before and (almost) after photos of our bedroom remodel! The only items we have left to do is add molding where the built in used to be, around the door frame with the barn doors, and find a comforter that fits the room! I didn’t mean for the color scheme to be so beachy but after picking the blue for the accent wall, the coastal theme fit perfectly with what we wanted! I am saving the bathroom because we have a few additional items past molding to finish up. Also, sorry for the mess in the photos! Once the true after photo is ready, I’ll share that on my Instagram. Make sure to follow me on my Instagram, @take2create, for even more content.

Bedroom Before
Bedroom After
Closet Before
Closet After (pre carpet)
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Remodel Time!

I’ve been MIA on the blog for a little bit but guys it’s because I have big news… we bought a house!! We closed on February 21st and until yesterday we were doing some remodel work. It’s been keeping us very busy and between the remodel and work, I slept in for the first time today! It was all worth it though because our master suite is completely redone and beautiful! I’ll show that before and after in the next post because today I wanted to show the quickest change we made to our house that made a HUGE difference to the overall look. On our closing day, we changed out all of the handles in our kitchen from a patterned nickel to an oil rubbed bronze. This looks changed the look immensely and is way more our style!

What metal finish do you have in your kitchen?

BEFORE
AFTER
Side by Side – Before and After

DIY Succulent Pots – Employee Appreciation Day

Today is my first employee appreciation day as a manager and I wanted to do something special to say thank you. I really won the lottery with my whole team! They are hard workers and some of the most caring individuals I know. To avoid any broken diets and to give it a more heartfelt touch, I decided to make them a little gift. I’ve seen these succulent puns on Pinterest a few times and decided to give them a go!

What succulent pun would you put on your creation?

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8 Ingredient Pizza Rolls

This fun appetizer is what would happen if pizza met a cinnamon roll and it is everything good. I took these to the super bowl party and I already have a few idea to change them up a bit. The best part about them, they are super quick to make and the ingredient list is short! Most of the time we already have at least half of the 8 ingredients in the house. One of the changes I would recommend when I make them next time would be to use a glass baking dish instead of a cookie sheet. It would be more reminiscent of a cinnamon roll and it could be topped with extra cheese. The more cheese the better right??

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First Solo Trip – San Diego!

I did it! I got sent for work to San Diego and it was the first time I had traveled alone. I am immensely proud of myself. Leading up it was really nerve wracking. Thoughts like: “will I spend the whole trip alone”, “what if I don’t fit in (it was an all women’s conference by the way)”, and “I’m going to miss my boyfriend and puppy too much” were all running through my thoughts constantly. On the morning I needed to leave something awesome happened, I tried an affirmation. I reminded myself that I was adventurous and brave so why let being alone for a trip scare me so much? That helped a lot as my nerves went down significantly. I boarded that plane and had a great experience! One of the best parts was the food. Check out the place I found below that I’m pretty much obsessed about still.

Breakfast Co Flight

If you have been reading the blog for a while, it is no secret that I LOVE breakfast food. While enjoying some downtime in San Diego, I stumbled across a cute little breakfast joint in the Gaslamp Quarter. I knew I wanted to go back so on the last day, one of the girls I met at the conference and I went to the Gaslamp Breakfast Company. It was everything I wanted in a breakfast place. It was fun and unique with decorations and the food! Guys, I am still dreaming about that churro french toast, tiramisu pancake, and mashed potato waffle flight! The place opened in 2019 so it is relatively new but I would highly recommend giving it a try!

Me at Gaslamp Breakfast Company