Of Chaos and Coffee

Coffee in the morning One of the things about having lots of kids is that you’re always trying to control the chaos one way or another. Sometimes that means putting multiple kids in the same activity to save driving, or doing fewer activities overall. Other times you triple a cookie recipe while you’ve already got a mess in the kitchen, or nix a messy snack and instead suggest one that is easier to clean up.

Recently it dawned on me that years of parenting many little ones left me in the habit of saying ‘no’ more often than is necessary in my current life. My youngest is 9, and I’ve got lots of capable teens, all of whom can wash dishes and do all sorts of other useful things, and some of whom can even drive each other places. That makes for a little more margin in our lives. I’m on a campaign this year to say yes to my kids more often. Sure, there are still limits. But ‘yes’ is definitely flying off my lips more often.

One of the example of this is hot drinks in the morning. For years I saved cocoa, tea, and coffee in the morning for sledding and snow days just to save on hassle and mess, but these days when kids ask for coffee or tea in the morning, my answer is a happy yes. The kids enjoy the extra pampering and so do I. This month, thanks to some freebies from Maxwell House International, we are enjoying cafe style coffee along with our tea and cocoa. This mildly sweet coffee is mellow enough that I’ll even let my 9- and 11-year-old daughters make half a cup in the morning. I also occasionally add a spoonful to my Ethiopian coffee for a bit of a different flavor. My kids really like the French Vanilla, but I prefer the Vanilla Nut myself. Swiss Mocha and Hazelnut are a couple of other options. You can see them all here.

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  1. Angela Mayer says:

    This brings back memories, since this was a treat we used to take to my Granny when I was a little girl. I’d like to try the hazelnut!

  2. French Vanilla

  3. Hazelnut! Is there very much sugar in them?

  4. I would love to try the Vanilla Caramel! Thanks so much for a chance to win! ~~Pam

  5. Suisse Mocha! Sure wish I would have had some this morning! Mommy was out of her creamer and with the babies teething/not sleeping, the lack of coffee isn’t going over so good! 🙂

  6. Used to drink Suiss Mocha every day in college!

  7. I’d go for vanilla caramel.

  8. tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/434018306681364480

  9. Vanilla Caramel sounds good.

  10. Oooh! Love cozy warm drinks days! I’d love to try the Hazelnut! 🙂

  11. I loved these, back in the pre-kid days of occasionally having undesignated income. 🙂 Vanilla Caramel sounds great and looks like something new since the last time I bought any.

  12. The vanilla caramel sounds really good!

  13. I really like the hazelnut!

  14. Vanilla Caramel sounds yummy!!

  15. Jessica To says:

    I would like to try the Vanilla Caramel!

  16. The Suisse Mocha flavor would be just my style.

  17. I’ve enjoyed Vanilla Caramel!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. These are my go-to coffee for camping trips, since they’re instant and already have the flavored creamer mixed in! I don’t remember all of these flavors though. Suisse Mocha and Vanilla Caramel sound yummy!

  19. The vanilla nut sounds good. I’ve never thought to use them in place of my creamer.

  20. In the minority here as a 50+ woman who has never even tasted coffee, not once.
    But my kitchen has an espresso machine, a cappicino machine, lots of different flavor coffees, coffee grinders, you name it we have it because all ten of my children adore coffee. But we do not have is an electric coffee pot of any kind; we use french presses or make over a fire. They especially like anything Mocha.

  21. I’ve had the French Vanilla. It sure is handy when you want a cuppa without grinding coffee beans (which is m y normal method of coffee preparation).

  22. I’d like the vanilla caramel.

  23. I’d love the vanilla nut. I look forward to the parenting days of being able to say yes to the fun!

  24. Vanilla Nut sounds yummy.

  25. The Suisse Mocha sounds really good!

  26. I want to try the vanilla caramel flavor

  27. I want to try the vanilla caramel flavor.
    Thank you!

  28. I think the vanilla caramel would be very smooth, both as coffee and as creamer. I’ll have to check that one out!

  29. Vanilla nut sounds yummy!

  30. Kim Stewart says:

    Vanilla caramel… my 2 favorite flavors in one!

  31. Have enjoyed many a cup of French Vanilla. Tasty.

  32. Gena Conley says:

    Vanilla Caramel would be yummy:)

  33. Mine actually prefer hot cocoa at night as a treat. Vanilla caramel looks good. We have the Mocha already and is a fave of one of my kids.

  34. I’d love to give the vanilla caramel a try! What a great idea to use it as a coffee creamer!

  35. My kids could also benefit from your suggestion so I am going to try it in the mornings.
    I think vanilla caramel is one they will enjoy!

  36. Christine U says:

    Vanilla Nut sounds like it would be a yummy addition to my normal coffee.

  37. Lisa Brown says:

    I would like to try the Suisse Mocha

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  39. Mocha sounds good. I will have to try it on my next camping trip.

  40. Vanilla Caramel would be my first pick!

  41. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    I would like to try the vanilla caramel…i love carmel in my drinks and that sounds awesome!! =) truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. vanilla Carmel, Yum!

  43. Suisse Mocha sounds delicious!

  44. I would love to try vanilla nut

  45. I’d love to try the vanilla caramel.

  46. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

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  47. We’re big fans of French Vanilla but caramel sounds like it would be so good in hot coffee.