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I love live theater on stage – We travel to other states for performances

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

In 2010 Perry and I met friends for a theater trip adventure. We had tickets in the center of the third row for “Swan Lake” choreographed and directed by Matthew Bourne, who has won many awards. From London, his stage production was unique. He used male ballet dancers to perform the lead swan role and the swan ensemble instead of the traditional version which uses women dancers.

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This building tells you where we flew to meet our friends. Friday evening, we stayed in the Phoenix Park Hotel. After dinner, I leaned out our hotel room window to shoot this photo of the United States Capitol building. Then it was early to bed for an early rising.

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Fall Leaves Kup Kollar on cold water bottle.

After checking out of the hotel Saturday morning, we walked a short distance to the Union Train Station to eat breakfast. Then we boarded an Amtrak train for a four hour trip to New York City. Diane and I sat together and knitted pink washcloths to have souvenirs of the trip. We were in Pennsylvania when I took this photo.

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Wayne and Perry sat across the aisle. Perry read while Wayne worked on a written project. We all explored the train for seat breaks and enjoyed the window views of several states we traveled through on the east coast.

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Arriving early afternoon in NYC, we taxied to the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel. We unpacked, rested, and then dressed for dinner at the Sullivan Bistro. After eating a delicious meal, we taxied to the New York Center Theater to enjoy the beautiful production of “Swan Lake”. It was beyond my expectations in dance, costumes, and set. When the curtain opened for the cast bows, I had tears on my checks as I applauded.


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Leaving the New York Center, we walked to Ellen’s Stardust Diner where the wait staff not only serve but also sing songs all over the large restaurant. It was Diane’s birthday so they sang “Happy Birthday” to her for even more fun.


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Fall Leaves Kup Kollar on glass of iced tea.

I ordered a delicious banana split and iced tea. Before catching a taxi back to the hotel we explored the area on foot.

Sunday morning we ate a wonderful brunch at the Cupping Room Cafe then explored that area of Manhattan. I boarded the train Sunday evening with new yarn skeins from Purl Soho yarn shop in my suitcase but I was way too tired to knit traveling back to Washington DC!

I love live theater on stage – Post 2 of 4

Post 1. Theater Souvenirs


Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa — An old bag from Africa

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
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The Hawaiian Coral Kup Kollar is on a 12 ounce hot take-out cup.

If you thought this handcrafted purse from Original T-Bag Designs couldn’t be more unique, then you would be wrong. The second side of the purse is made with different fabrics than the front. When you stop in at your favorite tea or coffee shop, you can reach into the purse and find your Kup Kollar which fits neatly into one of the inside pockets!


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T-Bag Handle Bag – Spring colors design.

The hand-painted recycled tea bag in a clear vinyl pocket and the tag add a lot of fun to this unique bag shipped all the way to me from Africa!

Are you saving recycled tea bags for Original T-Bag Designs?


Original T-Bag Designs in Hout Bay, South Africa — Post 5 of 7 

Post 1.  Products sold in Woodstock Café & Shoppes in Woodstock, VA

Post 2. Jill Heyes and her good deed

Post 3. We need used tea bags

Post 4. T-bag Handle Bag


School Days – Thinsulate insulate large wraps for water bottles

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
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Pretty Pinks Kup Kollar on a 16 ounce glass of iced water.

Can you tell Ms R. likes pink and black? The Pretty Pinks Kup Kollar was a perfect match for her school supplies. It fits in her carry bag to use at school or in her vehicle.

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Daze Kup Kollar Grande on 33 ounce water bottle.

Teachers often quench their thirst and stay hydrated by keeping a water bottle on their desks. Thinsulate insulated Kup Kollars keep the water colder, longer. It comes in two sizes for 24 and 33 ounce bottles. If you know a teacher who does this, slip one on their bottle for a nice surprise!

School Days – Post 4 of 4

Post 1. Strawberry Tea instead of plain fruit juice 

Post 2. Silk Nog or Oregon Chai for French toast recipe 

Post 3. Give Koffee Kompanions gifts to school teachers


School Days – Give Koffee Kompanions gifts to school teachers

Monday, August 24th, 2015
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First grade classroom ready for students.

If you were a first grader, wouldn’t you love to walk into this colorful classroom every day? For twenty years, Mrs. R. has been creating classrooms like this for her young students. On her Facebook page, she admitted she had help on set-up day.

Mrs. R. posted with room photos, “’Teacher kids’ sure can help put up a classroom fast. I love that my two teenagers have been helping me since they were toddlers. They walk in my classroom & BAM BABY!!! Done!!!”


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Kup Kollar on 12 ounce hot take-out cup,
School Daze Kup Kollar Grande on 33 ounce cold cup,
Daisies Kup Kap on teacher mug.

The next time you want to give a unique gift to a teacher—remember everybody drinks something! Our products prevent desk puddles from condensation on cold drinks, keep airborne things out of mugs, and hold in heat or cold during interruptions.

Teachers are special. Shouldn’t we give them thoughtful cool gifts?


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Tropical Dolphins Kup Kap on mug,
Hawaiian Teal Kup Kollar on iced drink.

P.S.  Special Teachers, if you would like a Kup Kap or Kup Kollar for a gift, may we suggest you give a hint by sharing this blog post? :-)

School Days – Post 3 of 4

Post 1. Strawberry Tea instead of plain fruit juice 

Post 2. Silk Nog or Oregon Chai for French toast recipe


School Days – Oregon Chai for French toast recipe

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
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School Daze Kup Kollar on glass of iced strawberry tea.

Getting ready for school isn’t easy for teachers or their students. Even so, it’s a good idea to organize time and tasks so eating a healthy breakfast are part of the school day’s beginning.

French toast is a tasty breakfast food I call “gourmet cooked eggs and toast”. You can soak a piece of bread in a beaten egg, sprinkle spices on top, and grill in a pan. Or you can treat yourself to this delicious Silk Nog French toast recipe. To save time, make the recipe over the weekend and store in your refrigerator. Soak pieces of dry bread in the egg mixture, grill in a pan, and enjoy a gourmet breakfast midweek!

Silk Nog is only available during the winter holiday season. The rest of the year, you can substitute Oregon Chai milk for the Silk Nog.

School Days – Post 2 of 4

Post 1. Strawberry Tea instead of plain fruit juice


School Days – Strawberry Tea instead of plain fruit juice

Monday, August 17th, 2015
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Strawberries Kup Kollar on a glass of iced strawberry tea.

Begin the school year with a new idea for breakfast. Instead of a plain glass of fruit juice, brew up a pitcher of strawberry tea to drink for the week. It’s a quick and easy recipe from Taste of Home.

I brewed Twinings of London Lady Grey Tea. The Twinings tea bag describes it as a “delicious black tea with a light and gentle citrus flavor that is both relaxing and refreshing.” The citrus flavor blended well with the strawberries and lemons. Enjoy!

Iced Strawberry Tea Recipe


·        1 pint fresh strawberries

·        4 cups brewed tea, chilled

·        1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar

·        1/4 cup lemon juice

·        Ice cubes


1. Set aside five strawberries. Place the remaining strawberries in blender; cover and puree. Strain into pitcher. Stir in the tea, sugar and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved. Chill.

2. Serve in chilled glasses over ice. Garnish with reserved berries.

Yield: 5 cups.

School Days – Post 1 of 4


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.

Coffee Tea Planters and Vases – Post 1 of 4


July 4th Celebrations: Wraps for drinks on the deck

Monday, July 20th, 2015
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Independents Kup Kollar on mixed drink glass.

July 4th is one of our summer holidays that moves people outdoors for fun and food. Kup Kollars not only keep drinks cold longer, but also help people identify their drinks. Holiday wraps become part of the celebration’s decorations. Decorating for Fall holiday fun and food is coming soon!


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I hope your Fourth of July fireworks were bright and beautiful!

July 4th Celebrations – Post 1 of 2


Easy Oatmeal Granola recipe

Sunday, 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


Iced coffee cold brewing in French press with cozy

Sunday, 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!