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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Best Back To School Deals With Office Depot & Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Savings.com. All opinions about the 10¢ notebook back-to-school sale at OfficeDepot.com is 100% my own. 

 The kids are not happy but mom is excited that school starts in 2 and a half weeks! Yes, it is time for back to school shopping and this mom is looking for the best deals on school supplies. The kids will meet their teachers next week and we will get the final back to school shopping list. This year the boys will both be in middle school so they will be at the same school. Having raised three other children, I have an idea of some of the school supplies that they will need and I have the school supply list that I printed from the school website. So I am ready to start the back to school shopping.

 I think once my boys get brand new school supplies and new clothes, they might be excited to head back to school. My oldest of the two younger boys is already discussing which shoes he wants for school and for his sports teams. While the youngest boy is wanting one of those fancy binders. I do know that the boys will need new backpacks for school.

The best place for back to school supplies

 The place for the best back to school supplies this year is Office Depot and Office Max. Right now they are having an awesome sale on school supplies that includes a 10¢ notebook sale! Notebooks are always on the school supply list and I usually buy at least ten for each kid. So I will be heading to the nearest Office Depot/Office Max and will be purchasing plenty of the 10¢ notebooks along with the standard pencils, folders, pens, binders, and other school supplies. I like that I can get all my boys' school supplies at one store. That makes shopping so easy. My boys like that the 10¢ notebooks come in many colors. That way they can get the colors they like. The best part for busy parents is you can also get these great deals online on the Office Max/Office Depot website. With prices this good, you can even purchase some extra school supplies for the teachers and your kid's classroom. I always like to buy extra boxes of tissues as those are always much-needed items along with computer paper.


Win a $50 Office Depot & Office Max Gift Card!

$500 Office Depot & Office Max Gift Card Giveaway

  • When: Monday, July 22nd at 12:00 AM PT to Friday, August 2nd at 11:59 PM PT.
  • Prize: Ten (10) winners will receive a $50 gift card from Office Depot & Office Max.
  • How: Enter the giveaway by heading to the Office Depot & Office Max page on Savings.com and submit your email address on the form at the top of the page.
Winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (8/5) via the email address you used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions, and other important details.
So, enter this awesome giveaway and head to Office Depot for some great savings on back to school items.

Doorbuster Deal: 10¢ Notebooks at Office Depot & Office Max

  • Sale Dates: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19
  • While supplies last!
Happy back-to-school shopping!
When do your kids head back to school?

Monday, July 22, 2019

How To Make Perfect Iced Coffee

This recipe is quick, easy, budget-friendly, and tastes just like the gourmet coffee-shops, if not better!

I received samples of coffee to facilitate this post. This page may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases

 When the weather gets warm it is time to switch up that cup of hot coffee with a delicious cup of creamy ice coffee. A glass of smooth cold ice coffee is so refreshing on a hot summer day. It is my favorite way to enjoy coffee. Ice coffee is great for those days that you forgot to make a batch of cold brew coffee. Ice coffee is also the best use of leftover coffee. So when you brew too much coffee, don't toss it, instead, pour it in a pitcher and place it in the fridge. While you are saving the leftover coffee, make sure to fill up an ice cube tray with some, so you will have coffee-flavored ice cubes. The coffee-flavored ice cubes are perfect for ice coffee so you will not have water-down coffee.

Ice Coffee for one

 You can make a large batch of ice coffee or simply make ice coffee for one. Ice coffee stores wonderfully in the fridge for many days but if you forgot to make a large batch of coffee, you can easily brew a cup or two of coffee for the perfect cup of ice coffee. Did you know that you can also make cold brew coffee for one?

I Gave Up Coffee For A Week With The #MATI30 Challenge

The secret to the best tasting ice coffee
The best tasting perfect iced coffee starts with a dark roast coffee. Dark roasted coffee has a rich bold flavor that gives cold iced coffee a flavorful taste. You can use whole bean coffee or ground coffee, the choice is yours. I find that dark coffee holds up great over ice and is flavorful even once the ice starts melting and diluting the coffee. My choice of coffee is always made from 100% select Arabica coffee beans.

  Iced coffee vs. Cold brew coffee

Check out this recipe for 

How to make perfect iced coffee
For each serving, you’ll need
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • Large glass or Masson jar
  • Ice cubes
  1. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes
  2. Pour the cold coffee over the ice cubes
  3. Add milk and sweetener to taste
  4. Enjoy!
Pro Tips
  • You can make the coffee fresh and let it cool down or you can use leftover coffee 
  • Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays. Use coffee cubes instead of regular ice cubes to avoid diluting your beverage.
  • Add your favorite milk or plant-based milk to taste, I like my iced coffee creamy so I use 1/4 cup of milk
  • Add sugar or sweetener to taste, my favorite sweetener is Stevia as is all-natural.
  • Everyone knows the best way to enjoy iced coffee is through a straw. Be kind to the environment – buy reusable, dishwasher-safe straws! Check out these fun reusable BPA-free straws!

Now it’s time to win summer with Iced Coffee in 5 delightful variations.

You’ll need
  • 1/2 cup Cold coffee
  • A tall glass
  • 1/2 cup Milk or dairy substitute such as almond milk
  • Ice
  • Sugar or sweetener
  1. Fill a glass with ice
  2. Add 1/2 cup cold coffee and 1/2 cup milk
  3. Sweeten to taste with sugar or sweetener, use Torani flavored syrups for different tastes like caramel
  4. Stir well

You’ll need
  • 1 cup Cold coffee
  • A tall glass
  • Milk or plant-based milk
  • Blender
  • Ice
  • Whipped cream
  • Optional: sweetener or flavored coffee syrup
  1. Fill a blender with a glass full of ice
  2. Add 1 cup cold coffee and 1/2 cup milk (or dairy substitute)
  3. Sweeten to your preference or use a flavored coffee syrup to make a vanilla latte, caramel latte, or other classics
  4. Blend for 1 minute
  5. Pour into a chilled glass
  6. Top with whipped cream to taste

You’ll need
  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • A tall glass
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Ice
  • milk or preferred dairy substitute
  • Whipped cream
  1. Pour the cold coffee into the glass
  2. Stir in chocolate syrup and milk or dairy substitute, leaving space for ice
  3. Add ice to the glass until full and stir
  4. Top with whipped cream to taste 

You’ll need
  • 1 cup cold coffee 
  • A tall glass
  • 1/4 cup Sweetened condensed milk or coconut cream
  • Ice
  1. Fill the glass to the top with ice 
  2. Slowly pour the cold coffee into the glass
  3. Stir in sweetened condensed milk or coconut cream


You’ll need
  • A tall glass
  • 1 cup extra-strong cold coffee, brew the coffee with twice the amount of ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk or coconut cream
  • Ground cardamom
  • Ice
  1. Fill the glass to the top with ice 
  2. Slowly pour the strong cold coffee into the glass
  3. Stir in your choice of sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, or coconut cream 
  4. Sweeten to taste
  5. Sprinkle with ground cardamom

 So now that you know how to make a perfect glass of iced coffee, go brew up some coffee, place the coffee in the fridge and once the coffee is cold-make a refreshing glass of iced coffee. If you are not a coffee person or need a change of pace, you could always brew up a batch of cold brew ice tea.

Check out my delicious recipe for flavorful Cold Brew Ice Tea 

Coffee & Chili Rubbed Steak Tip Skewers

Looking for an easy way to upgrade your favorite BBQ recipe? Aside from helping us wake up in the morning, coffee also makes for a great ingredient—instantly adding flavor and complexity to any dish.

I received a sample from Community Coffee to facilitate this post. This page may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases

Check out the coffee-inspired steak skewer recipe from Community Coffee Company below!

 I love drinking coffee and also baking with coffee in recipes like brownies and cakes. Did you know that you can also use coffee as a nice rub for meats? Coffee can add some amazing flavor to meats like steak. Just add some other spices to ground coffee and rub it all over the meat before you grill it. Coffee will take your next summer BBQ to a whole new level. While you are busy making this delicious steak recipe, enjoy a glass of iced coffee. Check out this amazing recipe for ice coffee, it is the perfect way to enjoy coffee all summer long.

Coffee goes great with steak

Coffee & Chili Rubbed Steak Tip Skewers
The recipe was provided by Community Coffee

Serves: 10 / Prep: 25 mins / Cook: 6-12 mins

2 ½ pounds Beef filet or skirt steak (¼” to ½” cubes)
20 Skewers, metal or bamboo*
4 tsp. Chili powder
6 tsp. Community® coffee Dark Roast, ground
4 tsp. Dark brown sugar, tightly packed
2 tsp. Dry mustard
1 tsp. Cilantro, ground
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black pepper, ground
4 tsp. Garlic powder
*Bamboo must be soaked in cold water for at least 30 minutes.


1. Cut beef into cubes and skewer 4 cubes on to each skewer.

2. In a small bowl, make dry rub by combining chili powder, coffee, brown sugar, mustard, cilantro, salt, pepper and garlic.

3. Evenly coat each meat skewer with dry rub.

4. Cook on charcoal or gas grill for approximately 6-10 minutes (medium-high heat) OR sear in a cast iron skillet with one tablespoon of olive oil for approximately 7-12 minutes (medium-high heat). When cooked, serve with your favorite BBQ or steak sauce.

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