Coffee (my top 3): Five Minute Friday

We have made it to the conclusion of another work week. It’s Friday morning and I am amped up to join my FMF community for our weekly link-up. The encouragement I receive from these writers is unlike any other writing community I have been a part of. Each week I can count on blessings from other members in my inbox and I am thankful for their wisdom and prayers in my growth as an author. This week we are writing on the prompt: Coffee.

If you know me in-real-life you know that I spend quite a bit of my day with a mug or tumbler of coffee in my hand. I’ve moved beyond addiction to the smooth, warming goodness and would say we have a very cordial friendship, Coffee and I. For two years I have been dairy-free (or more accurately dairy-limited) and so I’ve learned to drink my coffee black. Sometimes my order is met by funny looks at restraunts or coffee counters, but I’m proud of myself for not needing to add the unhealthiest elements of the drink to my cups.

Because I do not mask my coffee with cream and sugar I am a bit of a coffee snob. I don’t really like the “cheap stuff” from the grocery store because I can’t hide the acidity or strange taste under the charm of add-ins. Since being introduced to the Ohio-based coffee company, Silverbridge, I have fallen in love with their flavored coffees due to the subtle hints of delciously unique flavors. I decided to share with you my three absolute favorite bags of coffee to purchase for home brewing from Silverbridge Coffee Company:

Highlander Grogg: Silverbridge

Sticky Bun: Silverbridge

Jamaican Me Crazy: Silverbridge

The Ameri Brit Mom


My Creative Space

Today, I wanted to give a you a tour of my creative space. This is a work-in-progress, but a space in my home that I have claimed as my own and that I try to keep clean and functional at all times.

In this space, I write personal projects, craft blog posts, design photographs, update social media, edit client work, and focus on my own goals and dreams. Before graduate school I would work in all corners of the house, but as I began to work on longer assignments and doing more and more online work at home I decided to invest in a space for myself.

There are still a few touches that I would like to add, but overall, the simplicity of the space draws me in and allows the mind space for my most creative work to take place.

photo of desk, chair, coffee, and many books


My desk is a simple, 4-drawer desk with an opening for book storage. This is a great addition for a writer because it is so easy to clutter spaces with books when you are doing a significant amount of reading for your creative practice.


As a writer, I spend a lot of time with “butt in chair”. For those of you in the writing community, you know the importance of sitting down each day to write something and the amount of time spent in a chair warrants a splurge for a nice one. My chair has a high back, sleek design and allows for some reclining and adjustments.


Filling a creative space with photos that inspire your best work is important. For a personal project, I created a photo book of images that speak to me as a creative and I display that on my desk. This book was a compilation of images from social media and Pinterest. Whenever I feel like my writing well is dry, I flip through the images that inspire me and find my mind reignited.

Desktop with a computer, Starbucks coffee, pen, plant and candle

Wall Tattoo

Okay, so this idea is a little unconventional. A few years ago I felt inspired to paint something inspirational over the spot where I create. Much like my own physical tattoos, I didn’t put a lot of planning into the project, but on a whim I inked what felt right at the time onto the wall. For me, this painted message is a reminder to Create Everyday. Now my wall has a permanent reminder in my own penmanship that spells out a life goal.


No creative space is complete without the fuel that drives the artist. For me, that is coffee. I would guess that 95% of the time I spend in this space is accompanied by a warm mug. Most artists have a specific food or drink that helps to usher them into the sought after “creative zone”. I chase my muse with plain, black coffee.


My work is done on an HP Chromebook. Because we use Google at my school, I am most familiar with the functionality of Chromebook and prefer it to the more expensive competitors.


I could write an entire post about my pen collection. To say that I am obsessed is an understatement. One of my creative outlets is calligraphy and hand lettering which makes my pen collection very important. If you are wondering, my absolute favorite pen is anything from Paper Mate. Right now, I am pretty obsessed with the Paper Mate Flair Ultra Thin pens. For regular writing, I have been using Paper Mate Write Bros 1.0.

Aesthetic Accents

The addition of 2-3 sensory objects can also help to ignite the creative genius in any space. I try to keep those accents to a minimum because I am also inspired by clean, orderly environments. Right now, I am loving my succulent plants (which are fake) and a candle. Whenever I need inspiration I can look to my senses for help and these accents help to bring me into that creative space where all the magic happens.

The Ameri Brit Mom


Brand Merch Giveaway

As part of my brand launch, I have been hard at work designing products and merchandise to help spread the word about my writing and editing services. For the month of February, I want to get some products into the hands of my followers. I will be giving away a mug, two pencils, and some yummy teas to help you get in the mood for writing. I’ll be announcing the winner on February 18th so be sure to enter the giveaway before that closes at 5pm on February 18th.

The Ameri Brit Mom


Rescue: FMF

Today I am joining the positive writing community over at Five Minute Friday for their weekly link-up. Each week we gather to write on a common theme. This week our theme is Rescue.

Right now I am a couple of weeks in to my final semester of graduate school. In December, I will be graduating with a Masters of English degree and I am really proud of the work and effort I have put in to accomplish this life goal. At times, during this journey I have been treading water. My enrollment in the program coincided with the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and so I taught hybrid and remotely all while trying to keep on top of my studies and assignments. This semester is also my heaviest load. I am taking three courses right now, one of which is my Capstone/Thesis project. I have been busy and will only continue to be until the semester ends in December.

So how am I coping? What is my plan for this semester? What is my plan for my degree?

First of all, I am coping with large amounts of coffee, planning chunks of work time weekly during the semester, making routines and sticking to them, and prioritizing my time better for my family. Having a plan has rescued me from going crazy, but nothing has rescued my energy like a couple of cups of coffee each day.

After December, I plan to use my degree to better my craft, increase my teaching opportunities within my district, become a qualified cooperating teacher for pre-service educators (aka–have student teachers in my room), increase my salary, and I look forward to the other options that I am still unaware of.

Writing on here may become sparse at times throughout this semester, but don’t worry I am still writing just in a different capacity. And this is all temporary. And I am incredibly thankful for the way coffee and friends provide a rescue line when I start to feel buried by the load of graduate courses.

The Ameri Brit Mom


Ninja Hot and Iced Coffee Maker+ Recipe

After many different machines and years of purchasing expensive, prepackaged kcups, I have finally ditched Keurig machines and this time for good. My newest coffee companion is a Ninja Hot and Iced Coffee Maker (CM305 model):

photo credit: Target.com

So far, I love the versatility of the machine and the ability to do so much more than brew a cup of coffee. I love a hot drink in the morning, but my husband is all about iced coffee and froufrou drinks. My maker came with a detachable frother, measuring cup, and various settings to perfect a cup, tumbler, or carafe of the coffee or drink of choice. It even has the ability to make espresso drinks, lattes, and iced concoctions as well. As I played around with my machine I created my own version of the popular Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso drink from Starbucks. Here is my recipe:

Brown Sugar Oatmilk Iced Coffee–


coffee grounds of your choice (2 Tb), ice, oatmilk, 1 Tb brown sugar, and a pinch of cinnamon


  • Fill a mug to the top with ice and place on the mug plate under the drip container
  • Select the settings: Cup and Specialty Make sure there is enough water in the reservoir to fill a cup (this is easily marked)
  • Use the detachable measuring spoon and add the recommended amount of coffee for a Specialty drink to a #4 cone filter and add to machine (2 large scoops)
  • After coffee brews over the ice, fill the remainder of the glass with oatmilk and add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
  • Mix
  • Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon

The Ameri Brit Mom


Crimson Cup (Upper Arlington): Columbus Coffee Experience

On a beautiful, sunny day Mo and I headed off to Upper Arlington, an affluent suburb of Columbus, Ohio, to try a new coffee shop on our Columbus Coffee Experience Trail. We grabbed a delicious lunch at Brassica on Lane Avenue and then drove a few blocks to Crimson Cup.

[A note about Brassica–I ordered the falafel bowl with veggies, hummus, and red pepper sauce. My tastebuds were in heaven with the complex tastes of this Mediterranean bowl. It was pretty pricy for a casual fast dining experience so I rate this place 8/10]

With coffees in hand, Mo and I walked around a park in downtown UA. There were several others out walking dogs and even a few people on the Lacrosse field. We enjoyed the outdoors as Ohio has been under a blanket of snow insulated by below freezing temps for about a week. Our coffees were still warm once we made it around the park so we decided to continue our venture and we walked along Tremont Avenue talking about our goals for 2021 and life in general.

The Ratings:

Me: large drip coffee with a splash of almond milk- 7/10. In my opinion, Crimson Cup is far superior to Starbucks, but it is not the most unique when it comes to taste. It was a very smooth cup of coffee, but I don’t think I can rank it above some of the local roasts I’ve had recently.

Mo: Crimson Mocha Latte, no whip-8/10. It had strong, rich flavor, but was definitely more of a “desserty” drink.

Shop Info:

Crimson Cup Upper Arlington Coffee Shop

2468 Northwest Blvd Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221
(Located near Lane Avenue and The Ohio State University)

(614) 641-7020


6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

The Ameri Brit Mom


Kitties: Columbus Coffee Experience

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life [who already has far more than enough mugs to justify another] then please take gifting advice from my secret pal. This holiday season I received macaroons, a gift card to a French bakery, and a stamp book for the Columbus Coffee Experience Trail. (Experience Columbus)

Inside the book is a listing of 19 coffee shops local to Columbus, Ohio.

Does my secret pal know me or what? Secret pal, if you are reading this [and I have a strong suspicion you are] please know that you are amazing and know me so well!

I’ve decided to document my journey through the Columbus Coffee Experience. When it comes to coffee, I like mine black with little to no milk. I am observing a dairy free diet so if I must add a splash of something my milk alternative of choice is almond. Since my drink preference is rather boring for most I’ve decided to rope my sister into this with me too–she’s an espresso and latte lover.

So as a our schedules allow in 2021, Mo and I will bring you our reviews of the Columbus Coffee Experience. Will we hit all 19? I’m not sure, but we will take you on the ride with us and we hope to find new local favorites along the journey.

Kitties Cakes in Bexley: Our First Review

In the heart of historic Bexley, Kitties Cakes occupies a modern building connected to an independent bookshop. If you were to ask me about an ideal date night activity pre-Covid my answer would be coffee and bookshop hopping–which means the location of Kitties Cakes was a solid 10/10 for me.

The interior was small, but a heated outdoor patio gave us space to remove our masks and enjoy our coffee slowly. England has taught me over the years that coffee is best enjoyed as a leasurely activity and not on-the-go. I have tried to add this British concept to my consumption habits, but Covid has made that pretty difficult. Mo and I enjoyed our coffees on the patio where we split a fruit scone and talked about our upcoming Christmas plans.

The Ratings:

Me: Drip Coffee (Stumptown Coffee Roasters) with a splash of Almond Milk–9/10. I really appreciated that the barista allowed me to advise on the adding of the milk because some places can overdo it in my experience. I like enough to make the brew smooth, but I am not heavy handed when it comes to the addition of milk alternatives in my coffee.

Mo: Salted Maple Latte–9/10. Its flavors were subtle but tasted amazing. And it didnt have a chalky taste that some espresso drinks have.

Both: We shared a berry scone–6/10. It was very sweet and sticky. Very good, but served room temperature without cream or jam.

Shop Info:

Kitties Cakes

2424 E. Main Street
Bexley, Ohio 43209

Monday – Wednesday: 8am to 3pm
Thursday – Saturday: 8am to 7pm
Sunday: 8am to 6pm

The Ameri Brit Mom

Family · Uncategorized

Coffee Fest and Rob Bell



Date nights don’t happen nearly as often as they should. At this point in our lives we have two girls (one of which is an infant) and they keep us busy. Balancing work and family seems like a farfetched myth. But every so often the stars align and we are able to get away for a couple of hours.

Our most recent date night consisted on attending two events (one chosen by each of us.)

For me: We joined the Columbus Underground and attended Coffee Fest

Coffee is not just a boost of caffeine in my life; Coffee is a lifestyle.

I’m well aware of the addiction I harbor toward this brewed beverage, but I have no plans of sobriety any time soon. I live on this stuff and I absolutely loved joining other coffee fanatics in my city for this fun event. It was held at the Ohio Village, an old-fashioned, model village behind the Ohio Historical Society.

Local brewers set up stands throughout the venue and provided samples of their best coffees for those in attendance. When we entered the festival we were given a ceramic mug that served as our cup throughout the event so that they minimized trash and kept the environment of the day clean and green.

My favorite coffee that I sampled was the Ethiopian blend from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters.

After several cups of amazing coffee we visited the Food Trucks on site and enjoyed  Mikey’s Late Night Slice’s famous pizzas.


For Him: We attended Rob Bell’s Holy Shift Talk

Ever since Rob Bell launched his career my husband has enjoyed his work. He is a Christian author and speaker who now lives in Los Angeles, California.

Although much of his work is considered to be a bit liberal for the Christian crowd my husband has continued to support Rob Bell and his ministry. I’ve read some of his early works and I have seen almost all of his Nooma videos. It’s easy for people to form an opinion about him and protests are a regular occurrence at his speaking engagements, but overall I enjoyed listening to him and found objection to none of the elements he spoke about in this talk. It was a call to Christians to regard the holiness in the everyday and mundane events of life.

Per usual, we laughed, cried, and felt goosebumps as he revealed seven ways that he has encountered God’s holiness in his own life.


The Ameri Brit Mom


Family · Uncategorized

Canada Stole My Coffee Dates


The past few weeks have been tough.

We said “See You Soon” to my youngest sister as she set off to study a year abroad in St. Catherine, Ontario. No one could blame her for accepting a FREE opportunity to pursue her master’s degree while also getting the experience of teaching at the university level. However, that doesn’t make it any easier.

Thank God for the technology age! Since her departure we’ve been able to stay in contact via FaceTime and social media, but nothing will replace our usual weekend coffee dates that I’ve grown accustomed to over the years.

We both share a passion for reading, writing, and coffee. Each week we would catch up on life and good books while warm mugs and rich aromas fueled our conversations. We’d show up and forget about the stresses in our lives as this habit became a time we both looked forward to every week.

Our coffee dates look very different now.

I’m eager to make a few migrations northward over the next year. It’s been several years since I visited the Niagara region, but from what I remember it is beautiful. She is blessed with the opportunity to live only miles from the beautiful landscapes of the falls. I cannot wait to reunite soon and drink coffee while the mist dances around us. All will be right in the world when we can talk about authors and essays and recollect all the months of missed time.

If you track with me over the next year I hope to keep you informed about my travels to St. Catherine. Canada truly is a beautiful place. It’s a perfect destination for an Ameri-Brit family like mine because the *culture is a true assimilation of American and British tradition.

I’m learning alongside her.

I’m learning to embrace a new chapter. I’m learning to branch out. I’m learning to break free of the things holding me back. And I’m learning that even though you place six hours and a couple Great Lakes between us that sisters will continue to have a bond that cannot be broken.

The Ameri Brit Mom

*I am also learning from my sister that “Canadian Culture” doesn’t actually exist. The Multicultural Act has aimed at dissolving a “Canadian Identity” in order to place value on immigration.

Faith · Uncategorized

Is Fair Trade a Spiritual Issue?


While attending church this week in England I was personally challenged by the idea that our consumption has direct impact on the lives of thousands. The speaker went through examples of interactions most people have over the course of the day and how everything connects us to the world beyond our local market. For example, when you eat breakfast you are supporting farmers, factories, and workers worldwide. When you go to work you are in direct or indirect contact with clients, suppliers, adults, children, or any variation of that list. Every decision we make for ourselves no matter how small has an influence on the life of others.

So how does that relate to our spirituality?

In Psalm 33:5 the author states, “The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the Earth is full of his unfailing love.”

I won’t pretend to have much knowledge about fair trade. I have found the website for the Fairtrade Foundation to be helpful, but to be honest I never really thought much about the impact being a fair trade consumer can have on the world around me. By choosing to support small farms with our shopping we give farmers a voice in their market. The business world is focused on large brands and companies that receive large profits and in many cases their workers face harsh conditions and minimal pay.

I’ve never really looked at grocery shopping in this way. But one way I can contribute to the marginalized is to pay the extra fee to choose fair trade products whenever necessary. And why should I do this? Because God calls us to care for the poor, sick, injured, and those too weak to stand up for themselves. With the knowledge about fair trade options I cannot in good conscience continue to support businesses who treat their employees as less than the value they deserve. The right choice is always one that speaks love and hope. Giving small farms an opportunity to thrive is doing my part to foster justice in business.

I know it isn’t always possible, and there are times when we prefer products put out by the tycoons, but the more you investigate the issue the more disgusted you will become with the practices of some well known companies.

Once our eyes are opened to this kind of suffering in the world we can’t stand by and do nothing.

I am challenging myself this week to find one way that I can adjust my habits to support fair trade. For me, that starts with coffee–something I consume on a daily basis and one of the most abused markets for farmers. I plan to spend time researching coffee brands that I tend to purchase and make informed decisions moving forward about where and how to get my coffee fix. I know that research will really open my eyes and if you have insight into the coffee market specifically please feel free to offer your experiences. As time goes on I plan to expand my fair trade choices.

The treatment and livelihood of others rests in my choices. What costs me a little can save others so much.

Anyone else out there passionate about fair trade?

The Ameri Brit Mom