Archive for the ‘Kup Kollar’ Category

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!


Travelin’ Kup Kollar in France?

Thursday, 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

Sunday, 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

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

Sunday, 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: the Slab Method

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
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Golden Stars Kup Kollar on 24 ounce water bottle.

I learned how to do the slab method which allows for the most variation of creations. I used a rolling pin to roll over a clay ball placed between two yardstick guides. This process keeps all the clay at the same thickness. Then I used a knife to cut pieces to put together to form a pottery piece. It’s harder to do than it looks!

My Pottery Lessons – Post 2 of 7

Post 1 Beautiful Pottery


Travelin’ Kup Kollar & Baby Blue Eyes flowers in Ibaraki Hitachinaka Seaside Park, Japan

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Colleen, who reports from Japan, was on vacation this week from her job teaching English in a private school. She traveled by bus from Tokushima to Fukushima to see friends.

After saying good-bye to her friends, Colleen went to the Fukushima train station. Needing coffee, she bought a aisu (iced) café latte from Starbucks located in the station. She slipped on her newest Cherry Blossoms cup sleeve to keep her hands dry. It’s her Traveling’ Kup Kollar!

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Colleen reporting in from Japan: “The ‘baby blue eyes’ at Hitachi Seaside Park! I walked 30 minutes to the train station, rode the local train, and then hopped the bus to the park. I made it!  There are a gazillion people here, but I managed to find a quiet, little forest path to type this out. Beautiful day!”

Growing like grass, these beautiful flowers are named Nemophila, or Baby Blue Eyes. Once a year from late April to early May, they cover the fields of Hitachi Seaside Park. They’re also found in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

The plants are small and delicate, easy to grow, and ideal for rockeries, hanging baskets, pots and under planting. The species is named after Archibald Menzies (1754-1842) who was a Scottish botanist and surgeon.

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Hitachi Seaside Park in Hitachinaka is a public park attracting many tourists. It has many other blooming flowers year round. You will also find cycling trails and a small amusement park with a Ferris wheel.

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Colleen spotted this coffee cart but decided to look for another coffee source that had English written on the menu board. The only English was the cart’s unique name – Sweet Jokers Café!

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While waiting for the bus to continue on her travel adventure, Colleen rested with her Kindle. She enjoyed a piece of Hawaiian sweet mochi and refreshing aisu kohi (iced coffee). Next adventure for Colleen and the Travelin’ Cherry Blossoms Kup Kollar – Tokyo!