Monday, November 20, 2017

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Starbucks - 2017 Holiday Ornaments


I was very happy to come across a few holiday ornaments at Starbucks recently - they are always so cute and I love seeing what the designs are each year!  I really like the holiday cup design this year, and the mini ornament version is super cute.  The "local" Starbucks theme is also one of the holiday designs again this year, and I love how the Maryland one has Maryland blue crabs and the preppy monogram design!  I look forward to seeing what other designs are available this year as they continue to roll out their holiday items!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Chocolate Caramel Swirl + Thanksgiving Chocolate Cupcakes


In the US Thanksgiving is coming up in one week, but I started celebrating a little early with these November cupcake flavors at Georgetown Cupcake :o) 

The Chocolate Caramel Swirl cupcake is a new flavor for this year - Valrhona chocolate and dulce de leche caramel marbled cupcake topped with a whipped Callebaut chocolate ganache and salted caramel “twist” frosting. It's a great combination of chocolate and caramel in both the frosting and the cake, and looks very pretty with the swirls throughout.  The Thanksgiving Chocolate cupcake is the Chocolate & Vanilla cupcake from the daily menu with a fondant Turkey decoration on top.  It's a nice subtle way to get excited for Thanksgiving, haha.  Both flavors would be lovely additions to your Thanksgiving dessert table!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Shake Shack - Hot Chick'n



The Hot Chick'n sandwich at Shake Shack isn't new by this point, but I hadn't been able to get around to trying it until recently.  I'm so glad that I did eventually, because this was AWESOME!  The regular Chick'n Shack sandwich is great already, and with the added spices and hot sauce slaw, this is a delicious stack of flavors for anyone that likes spicy food.  It's probably better that I don't have immediate access to a Shake Shack from home, because I'd get this way too often haha.  That being said, I hope they keep it on the menu at least a little bit longer so I can have it again before it's off the menu!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Target Holiday "Oh Snap!" Sweater



I will never, ever tire of seeing the "Oh Snap!" gingerbread joke on things during the holidays, hahaha.  I love how the gingerbread man with the sunglasses is too cool to care that their friend is literally breaking apart, haha.  

This sweater is currently sold at Target - unfortunately, this design is only in the kids' section .  But if you have any kids that would appreciate this or you're small enough to fit into kids' sizes, be sure to pick this up at your local Target or online

Monday, November 13, 2017

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Shake Shack - Shackburger Plush


After buying my first place, you'd think that I would be more careful about spending money on "fun" things.  However when I saw this Shackburger x Yummy World collaboration plush burger, I hit Add to Cart faster than you can say Shake Shack, haha!

  
 

 


But seriously though, how could I, as a fan of both Shake Shack AND Yummy World plushes, resist buying this?? It's super soft and SO cute in person, and I love that it comes in a removable Shake Shack burger wrapper.  I'm totally justifying this purchase by considering it new home decor, and it adds the right amount of "burger" to my living room, haha. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

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Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target


I admittedly don't know much at all about the Magnolia brand, or the tv show (that's now ending) with Chip and Joanna Gaines - except I've heard they use shiplap on everything, haha.  However, I was curious enough about a new collaboration with Target to go check it out while I was running errands last weekend.  

The collection is called Hearth & Hand with Magnolia and if I had to describe it in a few words, the collection is very: Lite Rustic, Neutral, Wood, Cabin-y, haha.  So, not entirely my style, but there were a few pieces that I thought were cute:

- Dollhouse: Ok so clearly not anything near practical but I thought this was super cute and seemed all nostalgic being made out of wood and everything.
- Bud Vase: This little house works great as just decoration, but is listed as a bud vase which is very cute as well. 
- Cocoa Pot: Anything with hot cocoa is good in my book, haha.  I liked the warm wood accents and how it comes with a matching base.  

In the end, I did actually wind up buying the Acacia Wood Round Footed Tray (Medium) shown in the photo above.  I liked the sturdy feet first, weirdly enough - I've been looking for some decorative trays but a lot of them had wobbly wire feet, metal ball bottoms that could scratch surfaces, or no feet at all.  This one is perfect for decorating my new place, and also works as a serving tray for food whenever I have people over.  

So even if you're not a huge Chip and Joanna fan, it might be worth checking out their collection next time you're in Target to find a little something new for your home!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios



As if regular cereal wasn't basically dessert as it is, Cheerios has come out with a new chocolate peanut butter flavor, haha.  I don't normally buy cereal but I'll always make an exception for fun new and limited edition flavors :o)

As it turns out, this wasn't exactly the "Reese's-esque" bomb that I had assumed, and was actually less sweet than I thought it would be.  There's still a strong peanut butter flavor, but the chocolate is actually more like a cocoa flavor that balances the peanut butter well.  Overall I thought this flavor was very good, and not as sweet as expected (in a positive way).  If you like chocolate and peanut butter flavors definitely give this new Cheerios flavor a try!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Trader Joe's - Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese




I always love seeing what fall items Trader Joe's comes out with every year, and this frozen mac and cheese is definitely one of my top favorites! This mac and cheese is super creamy, and the short, wide pasta is the perfect shape for picking up all the cheese.  This would also make a great side dish for fall dinner parties, especially dressed up with breadcrumbs or mixed in with broccoli or cubed butternut squash for extra texture.  If you like mac and cheese definitely go pick this up while they're available! 

Monday, November 6, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Mix



Georgetown Cupcake came out with their cupcake mixes that are sold in Williams-Sonoma stores for some time now, but I was very excited to see that one of their new flavors is Pumpkin Spice!  Georgetown Cupcake's Pumpkin Spice cupcake is always a big fall favorite, and now this mix allows you to make them at home whenever you want! While this mix doesn't come with the perfect frosting swirl included, it's a great way to celebrate the current pumpkin season :o)  Also, right now the mix is currently on sale so pick some up soon if you want to try it out! 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

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Shake Shack Boston - Back Bay Blend Concrete


On a recent trip to Boston to visit friends, I had the chance to pop into Shake Shack to see what concretes they have at this location!  They all sounded great but I decided on the Back Bay Blend because you can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter.






I love that there's a tornado of sprinkles in the middle of the cup, haha.   This was a super rich and delicious cup of custard for anyone that loves chocolate!  The peanut butter sauce gets a little lost since I think it gets completely blended in, but the combination of all the ingredients was great, especially the texture from both the sprinkles and toffee pieces.  I was very happy to get to go to another Shake Shack location that I hadn't been to before!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - November Flavors

Happy November everyone! There are lots of fun fall-themed cupcakes flavors this month at Georgetown Cupcake:

- Pumpkin Spice: Pumpkin spice cupcake with a maple-infused cream cheese frosting topped with a fondant maple leaf.

- Pumpkin Cheesecake: Pumpkin cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust, topped with maple cream cheese frosting and a fondant maple leaf.

- German Chocolate Fudge: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a caramel and pecan core, topped with a caramel buttercream frosting, toasted coconut flakes and a fudge and caramel drizzle.

- Caramel Apple: Fresh apple cupcake with a caramel core topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a caramel star drizzle.

- Maple Chocolate Chip: Maple cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips and topped with a maple cream cheese frosting and a fondant maple leaf.

- Thanksgiving Chocolate: Valrhona chocolate cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting topped with a brown fondant turkey.

- Thanksgiving Vanilla: Madagascar vanilla cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with a brown fondant turkey.

- Caramel Cheesecake: Caramel cheesecake topped with a caramel frosting and caramel star drizzle.

- Chocolate Caramel Swirl: Valrhona chocolate and dulce de leche caramel marbled cupcake topped with a whipped Callebaut chocolate ganache and salted caramel “twist” frosting.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Halloween Cupcakes


Happy Halloween everyone! I hope everyone has a delicious day filled with candy!

Pictured above we have some of the Halloween selections from Georgetown Cupcake this year:

- Chocolate Ghost
- Chocolate Toffee Spider Web
- Vanilla Bat
- Vanilla Candy Spider
- Vampire Red Velvet
- Haunted Chocolate Cheesecake

They are so cute and festive - perfect for a Halloween party tonight or a post-Halloween treat if you didn't already have a ton of candy, haha :o)

Monday, October 30, 2017

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USPS - Disney Villains Stamps




It's no surprise since I enjoy sending mail, but I love seeing when USPS comes out with new stamp designs, haha.  There have been a lot of fun ones over the years, and this recent Disney Villains set is definitely one for both kids and kids at heart!  I love how colorful these stamps are, and anyone that is a fan of Disney movies would love these!  I hope USPS continues to come out with movie-themed stamps, they're always a big hit.

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8th Blogiversary!




  It's been 8 years since I started this little blog, and it's been so fun sharing lots of fun recipes, cupcakes, and other random musings online!  I thought these doughnut travel mugs at HomeGoods really exemplify my blog and general interests, haha.  While I've mostly been posting recipe links lately, I'm hoping to keep posting new and exciting (to me) things to share moving forward as well!  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour

If anyone is looking for a good excuse to try a new Frappuccino flavor, starting today would be a great time to do so!

The Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour runs from today to the 14th from 3-6pm daily, and all Frappuccinos are half price :o)  There's a new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino out now (which I won't be trying but if you like mint chocolate it sounds good!), and the return of the super delicious S'mores Frappuccino as well.  If you're in the mood for a mid-day treat at Starbucks be sure to go while they're half price!

Friday, April 28, 2017

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Starbucks - Unicorn Frappuccino

By now, many of you will likely have seen this crazy looking Unicorn Frappuccino online, especially yesterday which was the first official day it was available.  Clearly this was something that I had to get, given the combination of Starbucks, limited edition, and made for Instagram!



This drink consists of mango syrup in a pink creme Frappuccino base, sour blue drizzle, whipped cream, and sour pink and blue powder on top.  The "Color-changing" aspect in the advertisements likely comes from stirring the blue drizzle through the pink base, making the drink purple later on.  


Or, if you leave it alone without mixing it that well, it starts to turn into something like a Lush bath bomb inside of a cup, haha.  

After reading a number of reviews online, it seems like there's some inconsistencies with the sweet/sour aspect of the drink.  Many people said the drink was too sour, while other said it tasted like a funky colored vanilla Frappuccino with no distinct fruit flavors.  For me personally, I got a lot of mango flavor throughout, which reminded me of a mango Rita's water ice (so good!!) at first.  Then I did get a few hits of sour flavors, I think from when I finally started drinking the blue drizzle along the side of the cup.  The powder on top was pretty sour, but nothing more than maybe a bite of a Sour Patch Kid gummy.  But as expected the predominant flavor was very, very, very, sweet.  I got about halfway through the drink before deciding that it was something fun to try but I did not have to finish, haha.  I can definitely say I'm happy I tried it, especially since I used a drink reward for it so I didn't technically pay up front for it anyway.  

 As a side note - I have to laugh at the Starbucks Facebook page comments (seriously, go look), with all the people blasting Starbucks for making a drink too sweet and unhealthy.  Last I checked, NO ONE is buying this for health reasons, and people can choose to not get this drink (or any drink/food for that matter) if they don't want to.  When it comes down to it it's a fun and crazy drink, and I hope they keep coming out with more fun flavors moving forward!     

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Lunchtime Links for April 14th, 2017 - Kimi No Na Wa Movie

 In lieu of my regular Lunchtime Links today, I wanted to share some reviews for the Japanese movie "Kimi No Na Wa" / "Your Name" that is currently out in select US theatres.  This movie was a huge hit in Japan last summer/fall and continues to be really popular, with movie-themed pop up cafes doing really well in Japan.  The animation is really amazing, and I love the soundtrack as well.  The Japanese band Radwimps worked closely with the director to create all of the songs in the movie, and it's really a great compliment to the story.  If you have a chance to see this movie while it is being shown by you, I highly recommend it!! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - March Flavors

Happy March everyone!  There are a lot of special flavors this month at Georgetown Cupcake, including the start of very spring-like designs and the return of the Unicorn cupcake!

- Chocolate Mint CrunchValrhona chocolate cupcake baked with chocolate mint cookie pieces, topped with a mint-infused whipped chocolate ganache frosting, mint cookie crumble and a mini green fondant heart

- Pink Tulip: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake decorated with baby pink vanilla buttercream frosting "tulips"

- Cherry BlossomClassic Madagascar vanilla cupcake baked with cherries and topped with a cherry infused cream cheese frosting and a fondant cherry blossom

- Mocha Chocolate Chip CheesecakeMocha cheesecake cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips with an oreo cookie crust, topped with mocha frosting and a chocolate-covered espresso bean

- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip TwistPeanut Butter cupcake studded with Callebaut chocolate chips and topped with a peanut butter and Callebaut chocolate "twist” frosting

- Unicorn: Georgetown Cupcake's classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with nonpareils and topped with purple-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, rainbow jimmies, and a whimsical fondant unicorn

- Cherry CheesecakeCherry cheesecake cupcake with a graham cracker crust and topped with a cherry infused frosting and cherry blossom fondant

- Rainbow: Classic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with rainbow nonpareils and topped with a baby blue-tinted Madagascar vanilla buttercream frosting, and a sour candy rainbow

- St. Patrick's Day ChocolateValrhona chocolate cupcake with light green vanilla buttercream frosting and a fondant four-leaf clover

- St. Patrick's Day VanillaClassic Madagascar vanilla cupcake infused with St. Patrick's nonpareils, with light green-tinted vanilla buttercream frosting, and a fondant four-leaf clover


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Milk Chocolate Strawberry Cupcake




I'm sure I've mentioned this before, but I LOVE the milk chocolate frosting at Georgetown Cupcake.  It is always fluffy and the perfect milk chocolate flavor, not heavy or cloying at all.  With the fresh strawberry cake as the base, this Milk Chocolate Strawberry cupcake was the perfect balance of both to make a delicious chocolate covered strawberry flavor.  I hope they bring this one back again soon! 

Friday, February 24, 2017

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Forever 21 - Panda Tote



Happy Friday everyone! I cracked up seeing this dancing panda ballerina tote at Forever 21 recently and knew I had to buy it!  On a somewhat related but less fun note, earlier this week Bao Bao the panda left the National Zoo here in DC to go to China.  In a weird way this tote could also look like the panda on the tote is waving goodbye, haha.  Best wishes to Bao Bao in her new home!    

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Chocolate Ganache Strawberry Surprise Cupcake




This Chocolate Ganache Strawberry Surprise cupcake was the free secret flavor recently, and while it might not be the flashiest cupcake, it was really delicious!  The chocolate cake plus chocolate ganache is always a good combination, and the little "surprise" was a strawberry frosting core.  It actually reminded me a lot of the Chocolate Strawberry Oreos that are out now, even in the appearance haha.  If you don't always like a ton of frosting and love chocolate the chocolate ganache is a perfect choice!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Happy Valentine's Day



Happy Valentine's Day! I love how the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day there are hearts and cute things everywhere haha.  This new Starbucks sleeve design is so cute!  I hope everyone has a great day with lots of love all around :o)

Monday, February 13, 2017

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The Candle Creative - Galentine's Day Gift Swap




This year I participated in the Galentine's Day swap hosted by The Candle Creative, which was a fun way to send gifts to someone to celebrate! I got matched up with Diana of Our City Lights, and I knew immediately that it would be really fun to shop for her.  Check out her Instagram feed and you can see our mutual love of cupcakes, Hello Kitty, Mindy Kaling, to just name a few things! 

I received Diana's package over the weekend, and as you can see she totally picked out things that I love haha!  Red Velvet, mugs, cupcakes, and Kate Spade :o)  I can't wait to use everything ASAP!  Thank you to The Candle Creative for hosting such a fun gift swap! 

Friday, February 10, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Williams-Sonoma Bethesda Event


                                           


Last night was a very fun event at the Bethesda Williams-Sonoma to celebrate the new Georgetown Cupcake baking mixes!  I have been to one of their book signings years ago in Bethesda, so it was fun seeing the co-owners Katherine and Sophie again!  




What a beautiful sight, haha.  These boxed cupcakes were available to take home with a donation to a great organization, No Kid Hungry




Katherine and Sophie are always so nice and friendly, taking photos and chatting with everyone that came out to the store.  I was very happy that they remember seeing my photos on Instagram, haha :o)  



Champagne and mini cupcakes were served, which was a delicious way to celebrate their new product!  The mini cupcakes are so cute, and are perfect little bites for a party. Plus it lets you try a number of different flavors without committing to full-size cupcakes.  

Everyone was excited about the idea of baking their own Georgetown Cupcakes at home, and the ones that were available in the store were selling quick! Congratulations to the Georgetown Cupcake team on their new baking mixes! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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Georgetown Cupcake - Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake




Given my love for both the Red Velvet cupcake and the cheesecake varieties at Georgetown Cupcake, this Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake was a guaranteed winner in my book!  This flavor consists of Classic cheesecake swirled with red velvet and a graham cracker crust, topped with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and a double heart fondant decoration.  The cheesecakes at Georgetown Cupcake are always so smooth and delicious - and the crunchy graham cracker crust adds a lot of texture.  Definitely give this one a try if you also like Red Velvet and/or cheesecake, it's delicious! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

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