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First off Mom wants to state unequivocally that you should never have leftover coffee as that would be coffee abuse! However, in the case that you actually have some leftover coffee here are some uses for that coffee.

Portions of this column have come from Lifesavvy.com

That leftover coffee sitting on your counter just might be able to transform your home, cooking, and beauty routines. Just a few easy steps and your everyday leftovers can make a big difference—and we’ve got the scoop on how.

Both leftover coffee (as in the actual liquid) and coffee grounds can actually have an array of uses within your home. They can perk up your food and drink, repel pests, and turn into DIY solutions for plenty of issues that crop up in your daily life—plus, you’re improving your sustainable habits! Here are just a few ways you can get the most out of those caffeinated leftovers.

Mom has already mentioned this next hack, it is nice that someone else has the same idea:

<h4>Make Coffee Ice Cubes</h4>

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If you have some leftover coffee after pouring yourself your morning cup, don’t just let it go cold and get poured down the drain. Instead, turn that leftover joe into coffee ice cubes.

Coffee ice cubes are an easy hack for a few quick and tasty coffee drinks. Add them to fresh hot coffee to cool it down and make an instant iced coffee without watering down the drink, or pour some milk over the cubes and let them dissolve to create an instant iced latte. Simply pour your leftover brewed coffee into a clean ice cube tray, let freeze, and then pop them out when you’re ready to make your iced coffee drink.

Add your frozen coffee ice cubes to a glass of cold-brewed coffee, and add a splash of cream or half & half for an awesome Iced Coffee. {Mom’s note: Mom only uses Real Dairy Products, not the nut/plant-based liquids that are actually juice and over-processed imitations!}

<h4>Bake with Leftover Coffee</h4>

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Coffee can be a delicious addition to many baked goods, but you’ll want to double-check that you’re using a version that has enough flavour to pack a punch. There are many, many recipes that include brewed coffee as an ingredient, which can be a great way to use up some of what’s left over. If you’re DIY’ing it, however, you might not be able to use certain kinds of coffee—or if you do, you might not get as much flavour. Medium or Medium Dark Roast Coffee works best, as well as Espresso.

Adding a teaspoon or so of fresh espresso or freshly ground espresso beans, is a popular hack to deepen and highlight chocolate flavour, whether in a baked item like a cake or brownie, or in a chocolate ganache or frosting. The idea is usually to get just enough espresso to enrich the chocolate flavour without making the recipe simply coffee-flavoured. You can certainly add a teaspoon or so of regular brewed coffee to your favourite recipes, too, but you won’t get as much depth of flavour.

<h4>Keep Pests Away with Coffee Grounds</h4>

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A woman putting used coffee grounds in a garden

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We already know that coffee is good for plants, but it can also keep the pests away so you can enjoy your yard. While the smell of coffee might be heavenly to us, caffeine is downright toxic to a whole array of bugs and other pests—which makes it a great, all-natural pest repellent. Between the smell and the toxicity, coffee grounds can help to keep away mosquitoes, beetles, flies, slugs, and other home and garden pests.

This DIY Insect Repellent Actually Works (and Smells Good, Too)

Just follow these steps for a pest-free home:

  • Collect used coffee grounds after brewing.
  • Set in small bowls around the area you want to keep pest-free.
  • Alternately (or in addition to Step 2), sprinkle some of the grounds around your patio, outdoor seating, and/or doors to your house.
  • If you have a garden, sprinkle some coffee grounds around the perimeter.

It’s a win all around. You get a cleaner, pest-free patio and garden, and it’s all done using a sustainable, natural option, reducing waste, and avoiding toxic, smelly chemicals.

Coffee is an amazing substance you can drink it, bake with it and even kill those nasty pests that eat your growing veggies and flowers.

<h4>Coffee Grounds As Fertilizer</h4>

But why coffee grounds for plants? There are a few reasons, but the first is that they can act as a fertilizer thanks to an abundance of micronutrients. While there aren’t as many studies as there are anecdotes about their effectiveness, coffee grounds could be particularly good for plants that need phosphorus, magnesium, and nitrogen. In addition to their fertilizing abilities, though, coffee grounds are also thought to be effective at keeping away bugs and pests like slugs, beetles, and ants thanks to their caffeine content.

<h4>Didn’t Finish Your Coffee? Give It to Your Houseplants</h4>

By SHEA SIMMONS   @heysheashea

FEB 24, 2022, 8:30 AM EDT

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You might be an avid coffee lover, but sometimes, we just don’t get around to finishing our morning cup. Don’t pour it down the drain quite yet, though, because something else in your home can use it.

Coffee can actually help give your houseplants a major boost of minerals, and all you have to do is pour it over the soil.

How does this work exactly? Well, many of the minerals found in coffee that benefit you also benefit plants. Nitrogen, potassium, and magnesium are all found in a brewed cup and when added, they can infuse your plant with more of the nutrients they need.

However, you need to be sure to use coffee in the right way if you want to revive your plants or give them a bit of a boost.

First, you shouldn’t use hot, fresh-brewed coffee. The heat could damage your plants’ roots and counteract any sort of benefits. Coffee is also highly acidic which can harm your plants, as well.

Don’t immediately pour it on them as soon as you’re done drinking and only use black coffee. You’ll first want to dilute your coffee with water until it looks more like black tea, and then pour it over the soil. You can do this about once a week.

There are a few caveats to this trick, though. First, while this might be a good hack for a momentary boost, if used long-term it could throw off the ph balance in your soil and kill your plant.

If you do plan to use it, be sure to get a soil pH monitor to ensure the soil stays balanced (usually at around 5.5-6.5 for indoor plants) or use a full soil test kit to check the pH and other variables. Finally, if you are concerned, this hack is less likely to have detrimental effects on indoor trees, so your ficus or fiddle leaf fig might be the best place to start.

If you’ve been struggling to keep your houseplants alive or in tip-top shape, your morning coffee might be the answer.

Mom’s Fabulous Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust

Originally from AllRecipes.com.

Mom took the original recipe and adjusted it to come up with several alternatives, but first the original recipe.

<h4> Mom’s Fabulous Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust</h4>

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Before we go any further Mom wants everyone to know that comfort food is important in every life. Of course, it goes without saying that moderation in all things is important. Mom believes that coffee is an exception.

Hearty chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. From the doughy biscuits down to the creamy chicken filling, pot pie is a family-favourite dinner. When you need a quick pot pie fix that doesn’t require an actual pie crust, look to this recipe that uses store-bought shortcuts — like biscuit dough and rotisserie chicken — to make prep even easier.

<h4>Chicken Pot Pie With Biscuits Ingredients</h4>

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Here’s what you’ll need to make an easy chicken pot pie with biscuits:

  • Chicken
  • Use store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken for easy prep.
  • Flaky-Style Biscuits
    • Use a can of your favourite biscuit dough.
  • Vegetables
    • This pot pie is loaded with onions, celery, carrots, and peas.
  • Butter
    • Sauté the vegetables in butter for extra flavour.
    • Mom says you can also sauté the veggies in rendered bacon fat for even more flavour.
  • Chicken Broth
    • This recipe calls for low-sodium chicken broth, but you can use any chicken broth you have on hand.
    • Mom only uses Low-Sodium Broths.
  • Half-and-Half Cream
    • Half-and-half gives the filling its creamy texture.
    • Mom says do not use milk!
  • Flour
    • Flour will coat the vegetables for a light fry, plus thicken the filling up.
  • Spices
    • This recipe calls for parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Egg Yolk
    • You only need an egg yolk for an egg wash, so save the egg white for another recipe.

<h4>How to Make Chicken Pot Pie With Biscuits</h4>

You’ll find the full instructions for this simple recipe below, but here’s what you can expect:

  • Sauté the Veggies
    • Cook the onion, celery, and carrots in a skillet with butter until tender. Stir in the peas, spices, and flour.
  • Make the Sauce
    • Add the chicken broth and cream to the skillet. Cook until the sauce thickens, then add the chicken.
  • Assemble the Pot Pie
    • Transfer the chicken pot pie filling to a baking dish and top with the biscuit dough. Brush the biscuits with an egg-water wash.
  • Bake
    • Bake the pot pie until the biscuits are golden brown and the chicken filling is hot and bubbling.

<h4>How to Thicken Pot Pie Filling</h4>

Because this recipe already calls for flour, your pot pie filling should be a great consistency. However, if you’re having trouble getting the filling to thicken, you can simmer the sauce for a little bit longer. If that doesn’t work (or if it’s taking too long), you can also add a cornstarch slurry to the filling. [Mom believes that Cornstarch Flurries are a cook’s best friend!]

<h4>What Goes With Chicken Pot Pie With Biscuits?</h4>

Chicken pot pie with biscuits is a pretty hearty and heavy meal. It already has a nice balance of vegetables, protein, and carbs. But if you can’t have dinner without a side, we suggest pairing it with a light salad to brighten up the savoury flavours.

<h4>How to Store Chicken Pot Pie With Biscuits</h4>

Store the leftover biscuits and leftover chicken pot pie filling separately (so the biscuits don’t get soggy). Place the biscuits in a zip-top bag and store in the refrigerator. Place chicken pot pie filling in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to four days.

When you’re ready to reheat, add the biscuits back on top. Then reheat in a skillet or in the oven.

<h4>Can You Freeze Chicken Pot Pie With Biscuits?</h4>

Yes, you can! Freeze the filling and biscuits separately or freeze the entire pot pie together.

  1. To freeze it separately: Store the cooked biscuits in a zip-top bag and pot pie filling in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the freezer for up to three months. Defrost in the fridge overnight, then assemble the pot pie before baking.
  2. To freeze together: Store the chicken pot pie with biscuits in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

<h4>Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise</h4>

“​​Very tasty and versatile. Use what you have! Hubby loved it and wants it in his lunch for work this week. I cooked this in my cast iron Dutch oven from start to finish. I am giving it 5 stars because even though I didn’t have all of the recipe ingredients it was still wonderful with what I had on hand,” says Esther Floyd Wheat.

“This chicken pot pie is beyond amazing!! Only thing I did differently was use stock instead of broth and dried parsley because that’s all I had! I used a can and a half of grands layered biscuits to make sure every spot was covered! Heavenly!! I did what another user did which was prep in the cast iron and then just baked with that. Saves on dirtying another dish! Will be making this again, and again, and again,” according to amanda529.

“Being a less than mediocre cook I rarely have recipes turn out just right the first try, this one was a welcomed exception!! Being a Kansas girl I HAD to add potatoes so I cut back on the celery by half, added 3 diced potatoes, and a little extra butter, flour and half & half. This was a HUGE hit at home, my family of 6 ‘foodies’ really enjoyed it,” raves Morgan Wilcox.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink

<h4>Ingredients</h4>

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 medium celery ribs, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, chopped
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups lower-sodium chicken broth
  • ⅔ cup half-and-half cream
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 (16.3 ounce) can of refrigerated flaky-style biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands®)
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water

<h4>Directions</h4>

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Melt butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion, celery, and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in peas, flour, parsley, and thyme and cook, stirring constantly, until the flour coats the vegetables and begins to fry, about 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in chicken broth and half-and-half, and cook until the sauce is thick and bubbling. Stir in cooked chicken, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer chicken, vegetables, and sauce into a 7×11-inch baking dish. Arrange biscuits on top of the filling.
  • Beat egg yolk with water in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over the biscuits.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the biscuits are golden brown and the pie filling is bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

<h4>Gluten Free Alternative:</h4>

Substitute 1/4 of Cornstarch for the flour. Toss the peas in the cornstarch before adding to the skillet.

<h4>Alternative Vegetables:</h4>

  1. Cubed/Diced Turnips
  2. Cubed/Diced Parsnips
  3. Cubed/Diced Sweet Potatoes or Yams
  4. Cubed/Diced White Beets
  5. Cubed/Diced Celeriac
  6. Cubed/Diced Red or Yukon Gold Potatoes

Feel free to mix and match. Just remember that diced root vegetables can/will dissolve while baking to add texture and thickness to the sauce.

<h4>Substitutions/Adaptions for the Biscuits</h4>

  • Mom prefers Bisquik™ Rolled or Drop Biscuits.
  • Split the Biscuits Homemade or Store Bought in half.
    • Place one-half of the biscuits on the bottom of your baking dish.
    • Top with the filling mixture.
    • Place the top half of the biscuits on top of the mixture.
    • Bake according to the recipe.
  • Instead of Biscuits use Store Bought Crescent Roll Dough.
    • Roll out the dough and cover the filling mixture.
    • Bake according to the recipe.
  • This adaption makes a Mock Chicken Pot Pie.
    • Buy two cans of Crescent Rolls.
    • Roll out both cans of dough.
    • Drape one of the layers of dough over the baking dish.
      • Carefully press the dough into the baking dish.
      • Stretch carefully if needed so the dough comes up the sides.
      • Pour in the filling.
      • Top with the other layer of dough.
        • Crimp layers of dough together.
      • Bake according to the recipe.

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<h4>Spooktacular Punches!</h4>

To turn any mundane punch into a Spooktacular one, add a few chunks of Dry Ice. Following all safety rules, of course!

Not only will the Dry Ice keep your punch frosty, but it will also cause foggy vapours to rip out of the punch bowl and eerily fall to the floor.

EASY & QUICK DRACULA’S BLOOD PUNCH RECIPE

This Halloween, forget about the garlic and make a barrel of grog for your vampire friends! Get creative and add a little magic to your drink with a lurid beverage like this blood punch recipe that is non-alcoholic and delicious and perfect for the whole family to enjoy! A fun and quick drink that will knock your socks off! For those of you that can’t drink alcohol, this is a great substitute.

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Blood punch is one of the least expensive punch drinks you can make. And, get the kids involved! This Halloween blood drink is a delicious recipe that is sweet, simple and alcohol-free! Typically blood punch is a simple punch made with fruit juice and water or fruit juice and ginger ale or soda. This delicious drink is 100% safe for work and school!

<h4>Ingredients</h4>

  • 70 oz cherry juice
  • peel from 4 oranges
  • 1 small red chili left whole but pierced a few times
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 clove
  • 6 slices ginger peeled
  • simple syrup if you want your drink sweeter. optional

<h4>Equipment</h4>

  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Pitcher
  • Champagne Flutes or Mason Jar Mugs

<h4>Instructions</h4>

  1. Pour the cherry juice into a large saucepan and add orange peel, chili, cinnamon sticks, cloves and ginger.
  2. Simmer for 5 mins, then turn off the heat.
  3. Leave to cool, then chill for a few hours or up to 2 days – the longer you leave it the more intense the flavours.
  4. If serving to young children, take the chili out after simmering or skip it altogether.
  5. When you’re ready to serve, pour the juice into a pitcher.
  6. Serve in champagne glasses or jars/mugs with a straw in each.

To spook this punch up add a few chunks of Dry Ice to the Pitcher or Punch Bowl.

Fizzy Potion Halloween Punch

<h4>To make this Halloween Party Punch…</h4>

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If you want to turn this into a pitcher drink or a punch bowl, combine the following ingredients in your vessel of choice:

  • 28 oz. Lemon Sparkling Water
  • 8 oz. cranberry juice
  • 16 oz. grape juice
  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • You’ll need to serve it immediately once it’s mixed together!

<h4>Make it a Halloween Punch Bowl. </h4>

If you’re serving a lot of folks, make a pitcher! Mix the cranberry and grape juices, and chill. Chill the sparkling water, and add that and the frozen berries just before serving.

Halloween Punch

Halloween Punch made with orange sherbet and 7UP is an easy non-alcoholic party drink everyone will love. This spooky drink is decorated with eyeballs on top!

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 0 minutes Total time: 5 minutes

Serves 12

Halloween Punch JPG<h4>Ingredients</h4>

  • 1 2 liter 7UP
  • 1/2 gallon orange sherbet
  • 1 lime sliced

<h4>Instructions</h4>

Pour 7UP into a punch bowl. Add sherbet by big spoonfuls to the bowl. Cut up lime slices and add them on top. To make it more spooky, add candy eyeballs and gummy worms to the punch bowl.

HOCUS POCUS PUNCH

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 Yield: 6 PEOPLE Prep Time: 25 MINS Total time: 25 MINS

A fun Halloween punch that everyone can enjoy! Hocus Pocus Punch is full of cider, orange and cranberry and tastes delicious!

<h4>INGREDIENTS</h4>

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans orange seltzer
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 2 apples, sliced
  • 1/3 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup ginger ale or ginger beer

<h4>INSTRUCTIONS </h4>

Combine the apple cider, juice, orange seltzer, ginger ale and maraschino cherry juice in a pitcher or large bowl. Add the cherries, orange slices and apple slices. Stir and serve!

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Now you can see your inner child hydrated. Of course, all of these recipes can be spiked by adding Brandy or Rum. Ginger Ale can be substituted for any of the Sparkling Beverages for a different taste. Champagne or Sparkling Wine can also be used.

Mom believes that Fall/Autumn is the perfect time for Comfort Food. Mom enjoys Soups, Stews, Chilis, Pot Pies, and Shepherd’s Pie during this time of year. Mom also enjoys Hot Mulled Win, Hot Spiced Cider, Hot Chocolate, and reading in front of a crackling fire. Now if only Mom had a fireplace. 🙁

That’s all for now, we will have to wait to see what November brings. Please don’t forget that you can share your favourite recipes and helpful hints with Mom. Send an email to MOM.

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