Easy Oatmeal Granola recipe

July 5th, 2015
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Cherry Blossoms Kup Kollar on glass of cold milk.

Oatmeal granola is a healthy breakfast for me because it helps lower cholesterol. My recipe makes seventeen cups which saves time and energy. I store it in a large Tupperware container kept in the refrigerator. You can add dried or fresh fruit to your bowl of granola. Healthy foods can taste good!

Oatmeal Granola Recipe

Pour into 12X18x2 pan:

  • 18 cups oatmeal
  • 10 ounce bag of sliced almonds

Heat on stove top until melted and blended:

  • 1 ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup olive oil

Pour over oats mixture, stir to coat, and bake: 

  • 325 degrees for 15 minutes

Oatmeal Granola Recipe – Post 1 of 3


Thinsulate Insulated cozy for drinking pitchers

July 1st, 2015
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Asian Garden Koffee Kozee.

All our cozies and wraps are produced with Thinsulate Insulation by 3M. This insulation holds in cold or heat. That’s why it’s a great idea to put a large size Koffee Kozee over a pitcher filled with an iced beverage. Your drinks will stay tastier and colder, longer.

If you’re using your pitcher outdoors this summer, the Kozee will keep out dust and flying insects from landing on the pitcher. Your Koffee Kozee – not just for French presses!


Iced coffee cold brewing in French press with cozy

June 28th, 2015
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Coffee Drinks Kup Kollar on drinking glass.
Coffee Recipes Koffee Kozee over French press.

You don’t need to visit a coffee shop to enjoy iced coffee. You can use your French press and the cold brewing method to make it at home. Use frozen coffee ice cubes to keep the flavor in your beverage. Put a Koffee Kozee over your French press to keep the coffee colder, longer. Enjoy!


Travelin’ Kup Kollar in France?

June 25th, 2015
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Cherry Blossoms Kup Kollar on a glass filled with iced coffee.

Colleen has learned Japan is as international as her own country. Several chains like McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Starbucks from the United States are located in Japan. She has also enjoyed Italian and Mexican food to name a few.

News from Colleen and the Travelin’ Kup Kollar in the Kobe Train Station: 

“Travlin’ Kup Kollar in France! Juuuuust kidding. It’s Vie de France, a French-style bakery chain in Japan, found at many train stations. The puffy bun has apple and cheese inside it. The restaurant is playing cute French music, too. It’s a nice backdrop to my people watching and pastry.”


Travelin’ Kup Kollar in Osaka, Japan

June 21st, 2015

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News from Colleen and the Travelin’ Kup Kollar:

“Hello, Koffee Kompanions! My cherry blossoms Kup Kollar looks right at home this morning at a Starbucks in Osaka, Japan. I’m drinking my favorite drink – iced coffee with milk and sweetener. The Caesar chicken wrap is yummy. The wrap is green probably made with spinach.”


Freezer Smoothies: insulated wraps for smoothies

June 16th, 2015

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As soon as the Tupperware glass filled with a frozen smoothie comes out of the freezer, I slip on a Kup Kollar. The Thinsulate insulation keeps the smoothie cold allowing it to slowly melt until I’m ready to drink it.

When the frozen smoothie in the pint container becomes crunchy, I slip on a pint size Kream Kollar to slow the melt. I can enjoy my frozen dessert longer.

Both wraps protect my hands from the frosty cold containers!

Freezer Smoothies – Post 4 of 4

Post 1.  Kitchen Aid Blender, Tupperware glasses, and Plastic Freezer jars

Post 2.  Store in Tupperware glasses with lids

Post 3. Store in plastic freezer jars


Freezer Smoothies: store in plastic freezer jars

June 12th, 2015

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When I want to enjoy a frozen dessert, I use pint size plastic freezer jars to freeze fruit smoothies. I remove one from the freezer, let it sit on the kitchen counter a few minutes until it becomes crunchy, and grab a spoon to eat right out of the container. When a friend drops in unexpectedly, take out two and put a slice of fresh fruit or mint sprig on top of the smoothie. No extra dishes to wash!

Freezer Smoothies – Post 3 of 4

Post 1.  Kitchen Aid Blender, Tupperware glasses, and Plastic Freezer jars

Post 2.  Store in Tupperware glasses with lids


Freezer Smoothies: store in Tupperware glasses with lids

June 10th, 2015

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I’ve bought Tupperware products since 1969 when I attended my first home party. I knew the value of Tupperware from my Mom who could have opened her own store. Now years later, I could do the same thing!

When I began freezing smoothies, I did a Google search to look for 16 ounce Tupperware glasses with colorful designs on them. I chose these glasses because I love the color lime green and as a Florida native enjoy all citrus fruits. The glasses looked as tasty as my smoothies.

I take these smoothies in the car because they’re nutritious and taste good. I can drink this snack faster than I can chew one!

Freezer Smoothies – Post 2 of 4

Post 1.  Kitchen Aid Blender, Tupperware glasses, and Plastic Freezer jars


Freezer Smoothies: Kitchen Aid Blender, Tupperware glasses, and Plastic Freezer jars

June 7th, 2015

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I love my Kitchen Aid Architect blender for making large batches of fruit smoothies to store in my freezer. You can find many recipes online but I keep it simple. I use non fat Greek yogurt, mix and match fresh, frozen, and canned fruits which are always in my kitchen, and add a touch of raw honey from a local bee keeper. Sometimes I add spices like fresh mint or peppermint sugar to the mix.

I put a carton of yogurt into the blender, add one fruit and a touch of honey, then blend. When it’s smooth, I fill one or two containers. I add a second fruit to the leftovers in the blender. After blending, I fill one or two more containers. I continue this process of adding a new fruit and more yogurt as needed. When my containers are filled, I put any leftover smoothie into a glass and drink it.

My variety of smoothies in the freezer are ready to grab n go when I’m in my car, need a snack, or want a healthy dessert!

Freezer Smoothies – Post 1 of 4


My pottery lessons: knitting pottery mug

May 30th, 2015
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Yarn Skeins Kup Kap on ceramic mug.

My pottery mug may not have beauty but it has uniqueness and function! Filled with a delicious brewed tea, it helps keep me warm throughout the cold months.

Having worked for a potter I have a very good idea of the skill and creativity needed to build a beautiful piece. After completing my pottery class, I learned to appreciate the art even more. If you think the price tag is too high on a pottery piece, my guess is that it isn’t high enough!

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4 Bag Teapot Stand crafted with painted recycled tea bags
preserved under resin from Original T Bag Designs.

My husband came with me to the last class to help pack up the pieces I had made. Perry saw this teapot in the studio’s shop. He pointed it out to me because he really liked the coloring and the bamboo handle.

While he was busy packing, I secretly bought the teapot to add to our collection. I packed it and stowed it in our car. When we returned home and unloaded, I gave it to him for an unexpected surprise!

My pottery lessons – Post 7 of 7

Post 1. Beautiful pottery  

Post 2. The Slab Method 

Post 3. Throwing on a wheel 

Post 4. The drying and glazing steps 

Post 5. The kilns 

Post 6. Can you pick out my pottery piece?