Thursday, August 29, 2019
Wednesday, August 28, 2019
If you're a fan of pumpkin spice anything like I am, hopefully you got a chance to enjoy the debut of the fall drinks at Starbucks yesterday! I was very happy that my order from Rachel Allene's online shop arrived right before Pumpkin Spice Latte day, so I could go enjoy my first fall drink in my new steel mug.
As an added bonus, you get $0.10 off of your drink at Starbucks if you bring your own mug - all the more reason to have a fun themed mug, right? Even though it's not officially fall yet, it's never too early to enjoy some fun fall items!
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Monday, August 26, 2019
Being a Sugarfina rewards member definitely has its perks, like receiving my choice of a 3 piece candy bento box for my birthday! I went to a store to pick them out in person, and decided on some fruit-based gummies to try out:
- Pink Pineapples
- Pink Diamonds
- Blood Orange Fruttini
I can't wait to try these out!
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
- Dessert for Two: Oreo brownies.
- My Baking Addiction: Dominique Ansel's banana bread.
- Gimme Some Oven: Gambas Al Ajillo.
- Handle the Heat: How to bake thick cookies.
- I Heart Naptime: Churro cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
A group of friends and I went to Compass Coffee last Saturday for their coffee roasting and tasting event. I wanted to do something a little different and fun for my birthday and this was a great way to hang out with friends and learn more about coffee!
The groups are small enough that it's not just a generic tour and you can ask questions as you're going through the roasting and cupping steps. We also got to choose a tin of coffee based on what we liked during the cupping/tasting which was very nice! I would highly recommend this for anyone that's a fan of Compass, or coffee in general as a fun little event.
Compass Coffee - Shaw
1535 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019
- The First Year Blog: Peanut butter swirl brownies.
- Crazy for Crust: Creme brulee.
- Handle the Heat: Cinnamon rolls.
- Cookies and Cups: S'mores stuffed chocolate chip cookies.
- Picky Palate: Chocolate peanut butter cake.
Even though I'm not technically eating this festive Cruffin today, it seems fitting to share this fun sprinkled treat on my birthday :o) I was happy to see a variation of Sunday Morning Bakehouse's regular Cruffins, with chocolate frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The Cruffin really is like a compact croissant, with a tasty sugar coating. The extra flavor and texture from the frosting and sprinkles is so delicious, and a great option for any type of celebration!
Friday, August 16, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
If you're a fan of Brad Goreski and his husband Gary Janetti like I am, you probably have seen a million photos of an iced Starbucks drink on social media linked to the two of them, haha. Brad recently posted a montage of Gary ordering the same drink at Starbucks at a bunch of locations while on vacation, and some versions of the drink seemed to fare better than others based on Gary's reaction. Of course I wasn't the only one that went out and tried "The Gary" shortly after seeing these posts!
Based on the videos, "The Gary" is:
- Starbucks Grande Iced Mocha
- 2 pumps of Mocha
- Almond Milk
- No whipped cream
I got the Tall version of "The Gary" and I loved it! I like almond milk to begin with and I think it adds a little extra flavor to the drink as well. I love that this fun and silly social media post got so many people to try Gary's Starbucks drink of choice :o) I also posted on Instagram that I wondered if my pre-order of Gary's book (Do You Mind if I Cancel?) would come with "The Gary", and he replied that it sadly does not, haha!
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Monday, August 5, 2019
- The Kitchn: BLT pasta salad with avocado.
- Damn Delicious: Honey garlic Asian chicken kabobs.
- How Sweet Eats: July beauty favorites.
- The Cozy Apron: Mango salsa.
- Cookies and Cups: Vanilla cupcakes.
I noticed on a recent visit to my local Trader Joe's that the Mango Tangerine candles were back! This one was a quick favorite of mine when I first saw it a while ago, with a strong tropical/citrus scent.
I've since seen some posts online saying this is very similar to the Volcano Capri Blue candles that are very popular at Anthropologie stores, and I have to agree they do smell a lot like them. It's a great summery scent - be sure to grab them while they're available!
Friday, August 2, 2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
- The Kitchn: Chocolate chip pancakes.
- Creme de la Crumb: Shrimp and broccoli Alfredo.
- Serious Eats: New York-style cheesecake.
- The First Year Blog: Chocolate frosting.
- I Heart Naptime: Chocolate chip pancakes.