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This brunch is a fun and easy way to say “Thanks a Latte” to friends and family.
Alright, you guys are going to laugh at me, but ever since I was a kid I’ve dreamed of being a PTA mom. I wanted to go to meetings, meet other moms and help out around the school. Now I’m living the dream and it’s hard!, but I love it :). I get to work with a great group of ladies on planning fundraisers, and working on showing teachers our appreciation for everything they do.
This month we had our planning meeting at my house. We’ve made it through the first month of school and we’re all a little exhausted so I wanted to do something to help give us all a little bit of a boost as we head into October. While I was shopping at Walmart recently I saw the new Starbucks® Caffe Latte K-Cup® pods. Lattes are one of my favorite indulgences, I always grab one when I’m out and it totally makes my day (it’s the little things!). I thought lattes for all of the ladies would be just the thing for our morning meeting. Starbucks® Caffe Latte K-Cup® pods come in 3 great Starbucks® signature flavors (Caramel, Mocha, and Vanilla) and 2 amazing Starbucks® seasonal flavors (Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha, available for a limited time) and I grabbed one of each so everyone could choose their favorite flavor. You know you need a little something special with your coffee so the day before the meeting I cranked up the oven and did a little breakfast baking. Chocolate croissants and a Lemon Loaf just like the one I usually grab a slice of when I’m indulging my caffè latte habit ;).
I don’t know about you but it makes me happy to sit down at a pretty table. Maybe it’s all of those years I’ve spent on Pinterest ;). I spent a little time before my fellow PTA members arrive setting the table and filling it with our breakfast goodies and everything they would need to make their lattes.
It sounds like a lot but it really doesn’t take that much work to create a beautiful table for a brunch. I usually start with a simple white table cloth and then it is all about building layers with textures and colors. My place settings were my focus and I used rattan place mats to add texture and green chargers for color. The plate on top of the charger is a clear plate I found on clearance at Walmart. It has a bit of texture on it and I love being able to see the color of the charger beneath it. On top of I that have a beautiful white plate that breaks up all of the round shapes I have going on. On top of that is a green linen napkin. I would usually put a napkin ring around the napkin and stop there but I found these awesome latte plates when I was at the store and I couldn’t resist! They were too perfect!
The rest of the table was filled with greenery in the form of boxwood balls and a couple of small topiaries, and a scattering of lemons. I found the lemons for a great price at Walmart but you can always use real lemons too. Fresh citrus is a beautiful way to add color to a table. Whether it sits on platters or it is displayed in a glass container. I also created a simple chalkboard printable that says “But first, coffee” (DOWNLOAD HERE) because even though this is technically a working brunch we need to keep our priorities straight!
We got right down to the business of making our lattes as soon as everyone arrived. Using the Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods is an easy 2 step process. Step 1: Pour the flavor packet into your coffee mug. Step 2: Brew the Starbucks® Caffé Blend K-Cup® pod in your Keurig® brewer and stir to enjoy the beverage. The Starbucks® Caffé Blend K-Cup® pods were delicious because they are made from milk with no artificial flavors. Simple and delicious, just the way I like it ;).
As soon as my latte was made it was all about the lemon loaf for me. That is a guilty pleasure of mine when I buy my lattes and my version of Lemon Loaf was pretty awesome. Being able to bake it whenever I like might be dangerous.
When we get together we are usually discussing our upcoming fundraising events and ways to help and support our school and all of our hardworking teachers. The new Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods got me to thinking about a simple teacher gift and the end result was this cute little latte kit. I purchased some inexpensive white mugs, and filled them with Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods along with a recipe card for my lemon loaf (DOWNLOAD HERE), and a little swatch of burlap for filler. I even created a cute “Thanks a Latte” tag (DOWNLOAD HERE) that I printed and attached with a pretty piece of twine. The other ladies and put together a bunch of these as teacher appreciation gifts and we wrapped them up in cellophane with a bow to give out at school.
- 1 c Butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ c Sugar
- ½ c Sour cream
- ¼ tsp. Salt
- ¼ tsp. Baking soda
- 1 ½ c Flour
- 3 large Eggs
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 Tbsp Lemon extract
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3 Tbsp. Butter, room temperature
- 1½ c Powdered sugar
- 3 Tbsp. Whole Milk or Heavy Cream
- 1 tsp. Lemon extract
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer cream butter and sugar together.
- Add sour cream to the butter mixture and combine thoroughly.
- In a small bowl mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Slowly add the flour to the sour cream mixture adding ½ cup at a time alternating it with the eggs until all of the flour and eggs have been incorporated.
- Add vanilla, lemon extract and lemon zest.
- Prepare a loaf pan by greasing and flouring it and lining it with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the bottom.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 40 minute - 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Let cake cool completely on a cooling rack then spread the icing over the cake and place it in the refrigerator to firm up.
- Whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.
It was a fun, productive morning with awesome coffee thanks to the new Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods and I know the teachers are going to love their gifts…a latte ;).
You can find Starbucks® Caffé Latte K-Cup® pods at your local Walmart. Make sure to grab yours next time you’re at the store and enjoy a latte in the comfort of your own home.
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