Girl Scouts Cookies – Thin Mints and Do-di-dos with peanut butter

March 1st, 2015

There are 3.2 million girls and adults grateful to Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, who gathered 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. The girls and teens have been learning goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics selling cookies for over 100 years.

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Girl Scout cookies are on sale in Colorado Springs, Colorado this week. I keep my mint cookies in the freezer so I don’t eat the whole box at one time!

To find locations in COS or your location, click the link, put your zip code into the search box, and read a list of times and places the cookies will be on sale. Remember they aren’t sold year round!


Exploring Old Town Alexandria, VA

February 26th, 2015

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Leaving the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, I walked along the waterfront and discovered Founders Park. The shadows were getting longer and the air cooler.


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I bought a hot tea take-out and slipped on my cup wrap. Pulled my gloves out of my coat pockets and slipped them on my hands. My drink and hands stayed warm!


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Old Town Alexandria has a trolley that gives free rides to visitors up and down King Street.

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I like to walk the cobblestone streets for a closer view of things and a pause now and then. On a side street I saw this dog who stood politely while I shot his photo. His owner told me he would recover from his head injury!

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As the sun dropped lower in the sky, I turned back towards the Metro Station. I had had a great day exploring Old Town.


Lori Katz ceramic teapots in Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA

February 22nd, 2015

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Why would you call a building that has over 165 professional artists working there, the Torpedo Factory Art Center? Because from November 12, 1918 until June 1945 workers in the building manufactured, maintained, designed, and tested torpedoes for the USA! The photo shows the Mark XIV torpedo made here in 1945. It was painted bright green so that the Navy could find it in the water when it was tested.

In 1969, Alexandria, VA city officials bought the building from the federal government. Five years later after many hours of hard work renovation and clean-up by artist volunteers and city personnel, the Torpedo Factory opened to the public.

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Many more renovations continued to improve the building for artists who have studios there. Over a million visitors a year see artists designing and creating beautiful works. You can also shop in the studios. I have purchased yarns, jewelry in various mediums, and ceramics.

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This is a Lori Katz teapot we bought in the Torpedo Factory. We met Lori and enjoyed learning about her process. There is a second cup and saucer colored opposite of the one in the photo.

The set makes a beautiful center piece setting for the dinette table when it’s not brewing our favorite tea. Our daughter calls it our Alice in Wonderland teapot set!


Spite House, a tiny house in Alexandria, VA

February 19th, 2015

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After reading about the Spite House on Queen Street in Alexandria, VA, I made this my first stop. The house is a landmark building and measures 7 feet wide, about 25 feet deep and is 325 square feet in two stories.

In 1830 the space where the Spite House sits was an alley between two homes. John Hollensbury, the owner of one of the homes, wasn’t happy with horse-drawn wagons going through the alley or the loiterers hanging out there. He built the tiny house to fill in the alley. One of the interior brick walls of the living room has gouges from wagon-wheel hubs on it.

Check it out if you are in the area but don’t knock on the door of the blue home because a family lives there!


Uptowner Café in Alexandria, VA

February 15th, 2015

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On a crisp autumn day, I rode the Metro from our hotel to Alexandria, VA to explore the area. Arriving at noon, I stopped in the Uptowner Café on King Street to eat lunch.


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I chose the Prince Street sandwich with white bread instead of a bagel. The spread was scallion cream cheese. It was filled with smoked turkey and fresh veggies. The iced tea was tasty. I packed my jack o’ lantern cup cozy for the trip because it was October. This excellent lunch was a great way to begin my day of exploration on foot!


Cozies, chocolates, and Edible Arrangements for Valentine’s Day gifts

February 7th, 2015

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For Valentine’s Day, give chocolates with no calories. Coffee lovers and tea lovers will enjoy these cup cozies and mug lids for a long time!

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The taste of chocolate goes a long way for your special one on Valentine’s Day when it’s a coating on fresh fruit from Edible Arrangements. Add a Kup Kap to your gift for when the fruit is gone!

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Visit your favorite coffee or tea shop to order a cold drink. Save the cold cup, wash it with warm soapy water, dry, fill with candy or truffles, slip on a cup wrap, and add decorations to create a beautiful gift for Valentine’s Day!


Watching UNC and USAFA basketball sports

February 2nd, 2015

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Sometimes we watch our favorite sports teams at home. We gather our snacks, put on comfy clothes, and settle into our recliners.


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Sometimes we leave our soft recliners to watch hockey and basketball with our friends in the cadet field house at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

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We always carry along our portable Kup Kollars for the trips to the snack bar!


Cozy koozie for ice-cream pints have more personality!

January 26th, 2015

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We received an email from an observant boyfriend:

“Haven’t used the Kollars yet, but they look great.  They are a gift for my girlfriend for her birthday.  She currently wraps a kitchen towel around her Ben & Jerry’s, so this seemed like an obvious, if somewhat random, gift for her.

I came upon your website via Google search for “ice cream koozie”.  I considered getting her the Pint-Pal, but the Kream Kollars had more personality to them.

Thanks for the prompt delivery and for creating a fun product.  Good luck with the business.” Regards, Scott, California


Received coffee cozy for French press as a gift

January 19th, 2015

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A grateful email and photo from one of our fans:

Hello Koffee Kompanions!

I was given two of your creations as a Christmas gift by Ginger. As a writer, French press snob, and obsessive coffee drinker, these have been a godsend.

Thank you for the great work!

Michael, Colorado


The Bar in The Broadmoor Hotel Colorado Springs

January 15th, 2015

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We ended the evening in the Broadmoor Hotel’s bar named The Bar. This is what you have to do when you forget to put a Kup Kap in your purse!

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Perry enjoyed a hot Irish coffee to warm up.

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On the way home, we saw these yard decorations in front of a large house. We think they get the prize for the most colorful decorations using lights!