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Trader Joe’s ice-cream fan finds cozy container wrap

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Kream Kollar Trader Joe gall ice cream June 2014_72

From a new customer who really “gets it” about our unique Thinsulate insulated wraps for ice-cream containers. That’s kool!

Hi, I searched on Google for Ice cream container cozy. Most cozies ended up being for pints and I was looking for quart size. The others I found, like on Etsy and Ebay were crocheted. The Thinsulate insulation on yours was the top selling point though I liked the choice of designs also. 

I became recently addicted to Trader Joe’s Mint Chip ice cream. For the first time in my life, I started eating ice cream right out of the carton and using a towel wrapped around it because of the coldness. Then last Friday when I bought a new supply, there was a lot of ice cream dribbled over on the sides of the cartons and I wondered if there were cozies for ice cream cartons, hence my Google search. 

Can’t wait to get them, hope they fit. Once warm weather comes, the Thinsulate insulation will come in handy also. 

Cindy, Minnesota

Kream Kollar Trader Joe sign Denver June 2014




Denver, Colorado is very excited about having a new Trader Joe’s in their beautiful city!








Special Moments at Capital Tea in Denver

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Sitting in the front corner at Capital Tea, Kevin enjoyed the last rays of sunshine as the sun slid behind the Rocky Mountains.


Exploring the tea shop with my camera, I found a colorful bear wearing a knitted hat and miniature teapots filled with flowers on each table.

We met Kevin at Capital Tea not just for tea and goodies, but to give him a surprise gift. At a book signing last fall for his book about ghosts in Denver, I discovered Kevin didn’t have a special pen to use. I contacted Dave, owner of Winds of Change contracting company, who makes beautiful pens. Orange is one of Kevin’s favorite colors!

After leaving Capital Tea, we met Shawn outside the Colorado History building. Shawn’s pen is swirled with teal, which is his favorite color. He signed his book that is filled with historical photos of Denver. Thank you, Dave, for helping me surprise two great friends with your skilled craftsmanship!


Capital Tea on South Broadway

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Kup Kaps on our cups kept the tea hot while we sipped and chatted.

Capital Tea in Denver, CO is a very pleasant tea shop to hang out with friends. Kevin, Perry, and I sat on couches in the corner. A small table held a large tray with tea in sixteen ounce teapots, honey, cream, and baked goodies. I drank an excellent Peach Vanilla with peach pieces. It wasn’t bitter and had a vanilla after-taste. Perry and Kevin enjoyed Earl Grey Windermere with a strong bouquet.

Perry ate a tasty black currant lemon scone with rich lemon curd. Kevin and I loved our melt-in-your-mouth apricot bars covered with a lot of crunchy almonds.

Lisa Biro, the owner of Capital Tea, gave us excellent, friendly service. We talked after I finished eating. Most entrepreneurs are supportive, share experiences, and learn from each other.

I think this tea lover was a shoe model. I loved her artistic tennis shoes!


Capital Tea in Denver, CO

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

On a recent trip to Denver for a hockey game and family dinner, Perry and I needed a place to hang for an hour. I googled tea shops and found Capital Tea on South Broadway. Because I keep a cup lid cozy in our vehicle, I was prepared. My Kup Kap is color coordinated with the paint color of our Ford – Lime Squeeze. I was thrilled to see my teapot in the same color!


Harrisons & Crosfield Christmas Tea

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Harrisons & Crosfield Christmas Tea is imported from England. The whole leaf blend contains hand-plucked black tea leaves with pieces of aromatic clove, tangy orange peel, almonds, and fragrant rose flowers. The spices are cardamom, cinnamon and marzipan. The festive tea tin has brewing directions on the side. This Christmas Tea is very flavorful hot or cold.

You’ll find the best selection of high quality specialty teas in tea shops. I bought my tin in the House of Commons teahouse in Denver, Colorado. This is a wonderful place to enjoy tea anytime of the year!

We brought our holiday Kup Kaps to the House of Commons so we could enjoy our hot teas longer. Next time I might take tea cozies for their teapots!


New Orleans coffee and tea at Lucile’s Creole Café in Denver, CO

Thursday, January 13th, 2011
The Kup Kollar on the glass keeps my hands dry while I knit.

While Perry enjoyed his full-bodied private blend Southern Louisiana style Chicory Coffee, I enjoyed New Orleans Spiced tea. It was one of the most full-flavored teas I’ve ever tasted. The secret is using cinnamon oil and orange oil instead of dried cinnamon and orange pieces.

After eating only half of the huge bowl of buttery long-cooked grits, I sipped the tea and knitted while the others finished their breakfast.

I bought a tin of New Orleans Spiced Tea to brew at home. The tin comes with directions for brewing.

Feeling full after our family breakfast at Lucile’s, Sean and Pam rode home on a Denver city bus and we drove south to our home.


Breakfast at Lucile’s Creole Café in Denver, CO

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011


The next morning Sean and Pam suggested we meet at Lucile’s for a mid day breakfast. We gathered in the cool shade under a tree while waiting for a table inside. Pam passed the time learning how to use her new camera and taking close-up silly photos of the rest of us!

Everything Pam and Sean told us about the melt-in-your-mouth beignets was correct!

I ordered Eggs Benedict – a Thomas’ English muffin, ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce served with potatoes. The eggs were perfect and the creamy sauce was delicious.

Perry ordered Eggs Sardou – creamed spinach, Gulf shrimp, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce served with grits and a homemade buttermilk biscuit. A decorative dish of strawberry rhubarb jam sat on the table. His breakfast disappeared, becoming a fond memory!

Thank you, Sean and Pam, who ate tasty vegetarian breakfasts!


Thinsulate insulated Cup sleeves for Colorado Rockies baseball

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

On a warm Friday night Perry and I joined Pam and Sean for a Rockies baseball game at the 76 acre Coors Field in downtown Denver. We needed water bottles not only for the altitude and dryness in Colorado but also for the salty peanuts!

We also used our Rockies cup wraps for hot tea and an icy coke. Because they fold flat to fit in a pants pocket, the cup sleeves are easy to carry with us.

I recommend you buy tickets for July 1 or 2, 2011 and enjoy the fireworks show after the game. It’s a great way to support the Rockies and celebrate July 4th with family and friends!


Traveling on FrontRange Express (FREX) buses

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

“It beats driving by a mile” when you board a Frex bus  in Colorado Springs and travel to downtown Denver. While the friendly driver expertly drives the smoke-free bus, I enjoy knitting and sipping a hot drink in my leak-proof Contigo Stainless Steel Insulated Tumbler. I slip a cup sleeve on it to hold in the heat even longer during my 90-minute bus trip.

Settle into a Frex seat and relax! If you have luggage, you can put it on racks above your seat.

Frex buses take the hassle out of driving even on cold snowy days. One of the passengers attached his bicycle to the front of the bus. It rides for free!

We passed though Greenland, CO nestled in the mountains. If you blink, you’ll miss it!

There are several designated stops in downtown Denver. If you want to get off the Frex at a different block along the regular route, tell the driver. I find the drivers very helpful!


The Brown Palace Signature High Tea in downtown Denver, CO

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

In Denver, Colorado the Brown Palace Hotel signature High Tea is a special holiday event that continues into January. Holiday decorations in the hotel lobby remain in place. You’ll enjoy live piano or harp music throughout your delicious experience.

If you attend in January during the National Western Stock Show, you may see the Grand Champion Steer led down a red carpet to be put on display in the lobby during the afternoon tea. Photos are encouraged!

The afternoon tea is very popular especially during the end of year holidays. I encourage you to make reservations now to secure your dates.

Each person chooses a tea served in individual teapots. Pam and Sean watch the skilled wait staff pour the selected teas into each teacup, which has a strainer to catch the loose tea leaves.

I chose The Brown’s Crown Jewel special blend of Assam tea, “a nice tippy leaf with a malty bright flavor, and Ceylon tea, a light, high grown leaf with a pungent, brisk flavor.” I loved this full bodied tea which is exclusive to the Brown Palace Hotel.

Kup Kaps did a great job keeping our teas hot in the teacups, but next time I’ll take small Tea Tabard cozies to place on each teapot!

We ordered the Chocolate Decadence three tier service. The hotel’s culinary staff prepares the delicate pastries, artful confections, tea sandwiches, and large scones each day. Smooth Devonshire cream is shipped directly from England.

Pam decided to make her own dessert by taking a sugar cube from the silver sugar bowl, dipping it into her tea, and then popping it into her mouth for a sugary tea treat!

Sitting among the crumbs was my last treat for the tea – a chocolate teacup filled with a light creamy filling. After I put it in my mouth, I had one of those swooning moments when you close your eyes and utter a quiet “ummmmmm”!