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Fruity drink recipe Raspberry Limeade with Lavender and Mint for 2015 New Year’s Eve

Sunday, December 27th, 2015
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Victorian Roses Kup Kollar on 16 ounce glass.

You can use this tangy *Raspberry Limeade with Lavender and Mint recipe to make a refreshing fruity drink for breakfast or lunch. By adding your favorite vodka, you can turn the drink into a great alcoholic beverage for New Year’s Eve!



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*Raspberry Limeade with Lavender and Mint

1 cup sugar

6 sprigs fresh lavender

6 sprigs fresh mint, plus more for garnish

1 pint fresh raspberries

1 cup fresh lime juice

1 quart seltzer water

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup water, the sugar, lavender and mint sprigs. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved, about 3 minutes. Cool and strain.

In a blender, add the cooled syrup, raspberries and lime juice and blend until smooth.

To serve, place some of the raspberry puree in the bottom of each glass, top with seltzer water and garnish each glass with a sprig of mint. 

*Recipe courtesy of Kelsey Nixon @


Coffee Tea Planters – Dorothy Biddle Service flower frog pin cups or kenzans

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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You can carry over a coffee or tea theme to your dining or kitchen table by using colorful ceramic mugs as vases. You’ll find unusual mugs in Goodwill and other thrift shops for under a $1.00. Or recycle a mug you don’t use regularly.

Because this is a large mug, I put a flower frog pin cup (kenzan) in the bottom of the mug. I bought several of these online from Dorothy Biddle Service. The company has a variety of shapes in sizes from 1.5” to 4” to make flower arranging much easier.

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Post 1. Prep for planting project

Post 2. Use the Rule of Three

Post 3. Recycled tea tins, pots, and cups


Coffee Tea Planters – Recycled tea tins, pots, and cups

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

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Tea drinkers can use their tea tins for plants. Cups and saucers make pretty planters also. I found this teacup set in a Goodwill store for $3.00. I added silk flowers to a teapot to make an attractive grouping using the Rule of Three.

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Post 1. Prep for planting project

Post 2. Use the Rule of Three


Coffee Tea Planters and Vases – Use the Rule of Three

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Along with recycled coffee bags, large latte cups are excellent planters. Buy an inexpensive French press at a thrift shop or Goodwill and fill with silk flowers for a colorful arrangement.

When I set my plants in the bay window, I applied the Rule of Three for room accessories which requires grouping in threes or odd numbers. The accessories are tied together by color, finish, or theme. Arrangements are more interesting when you use different heights.

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Post 1. Prep for planting project


Fun Planters and Vases – Prep for recycled coffee bag planting project

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
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Kats in Hats Kup Kollar on 20 ounce glass.

Prepare your favorite iced coffee drink (recipe) to enjoy while you repot new house plants. Use a cup sleeve on the glass so the ice won’t melt as fast. Next gather everything you need including empty coffee bags. I always move to the deck because it’s easier to clean up outdoors.

Before spooning the potting soil into the coffee bag, cut off the top of a small box. Put the box inside the coffee bag to reinforce it and maintain its shape. I found a Lactaid 60 caplets box fits perfectly.

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Inexpensive dining table centerpiece for the holidays

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

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After we ate the mustard and sauces in the six-sided bottles, I decided to recycle them for flower containers because of their shapes and various heights. I bought a fresh flower bouquet from the florist shop inside King Soopers to divide among the bottles. I created this dining table centerpiece for only $5.00, the cost of the flowers!


Thinsulate Insulated Coffee Carafe Cozy

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

There are coffee cozies for French presses so why not design one for carafes used with automatic drip coffee brewers?

That’s exactly what Koffee Kompanions did!

Noting that coffee carafes with electric coffee makers are the same size and shape as many teapots, we tried our large tea cozy on a 12 cup carafe and found it a perfect fit. We designed the Coffee Carafe Cozy with the same fabric print used for Kozee Y – Architecture of Coffee used on French presses. It has the same 200 weight Thinsulate Insulation by 3M that is in all our other products. Your coffee will stay drinkable for at least 60 minutes!

Want to move your coffee carafe to your office, work station, or craft area? Put a cozy on it. Don’t forget your Kup Kap for your mug. You won’t have to hurry to finish your coffee before it gets cold!

Want to move your carafe to your dining table? A cozy not only keeps your brew hotter, longer but also makes your table setting prettier!

Want to surprise someone special with breakfast in bed? You know what to do!


St. Patrick’s Day Tea Party

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Not everyone drank green beer on St. Patrick’s Day! Pam hosted a fabulous tea party for her friends in SD. She shared photos and emailed,

“I hosted a Saint Patrick’s Day tea party on Wednesday and am enclosing photos of the tea table complete with your Kup Kaps. I forgot to take a photo of my guests using them during the tea but I can assure you they were a great addition to the party. My guests loved them and discovered quickly that they do indeed keep the tea warm for a much greater length of time! They all asked where I got them and I told them and gave all of them the information you sent in the packaging of each Kup Kap. I love mine and use it all the time! Thank you for helping make my Irish Tea Party a success!”

Thank you, Pam, for sharing!


Silk Nog French toast recipe

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Small size Music and Roses Koffee Kozee on a 2-cup French press and
a Music Krescendo Kup Kap on the china teacup.

If you’re lucky enough to have Silk Nog left over from your New Year’s Eve celebration, prepare a delicious breakfast tray with fresh French press coffee under a coffee cozy and Silk Nog French toast. Add fresh raspberries and a vase of flowers for color. It’s a great way to begin 2011!

Silk Nog French toast recipe 

6 thick slices of bread (any kind but slightly older French or white bread works best)
2 eggs or egg substitute
2/3 cup Silk Nog
Nutmeg or cinnamon to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract (optional)

Beat together the egg, milk, spices and flavorings. Heat griddle or skillet at a medium high heat. Use cooking spray, butter, or vegetable oil for cooking. Dip each slice of bread in the liquid mixture, soaking both sides. Put in the skillet and cook on both sides until golden brown. Keep warm in oven turned on low until ready to serve.

* From WhiteWave Foods Company


Tea Time is a fantastic magazine!

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
Kup Kollars and Kup Kaps will enhance your tea experience.

Tea Time magazine is a great source book for everything tea. The bi-monthly magazine highlights a particular type of tea including brewing tips, profiles tea rooms around the country, gives unique ideas for hosting your own tea parties, shares delicious recipes for foods to accompany tea, illustrates table settings, and has a calendar for tea events. The photos are works of art! 

Whether you are a tea lover or have just discovered the joys of drinking tea, I recommend Tea Time magazine!