Sprinkles On Top

The little things that make my day…

Spring Brew January 26, 2011

Filed under: Food & Drink,Product & Service Reviews,Uncategorized — Erin @ 7:19 pm

Now I realize it is not technically spring yet, but blue moons rising moon spring brew is making me wish it was! Definitely recommend trying this one out.

 

Yumm.

 

Gifts to Sip On December 7, 2010

Filed under: Food & Drink,Gifts,Holiday — Erin @ 7:47 pm
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Amore Heart Design 4 Piece Coffee Spoons
Hot Chocolate On A Stick. Genius.

(Both pictures link to the sites to buy them.)

 

Here’s to you… December 2, 2010

Today’s Here’s to you… award goes to a company that I probably should have recognized awhile ago: Starbucks. In the past month Starbucks has:

  • Given me a free drink for waiting “too long” for my drink. I actually had not even realized it had been longer than usual, but am thrilled they thought so 🙂
  • Brought my first feelings of holiday cheer when they released their holiday cups (and seasonal cranberry bliss bars! mmmm)

  • Let me play a game online to win a 4 pack of Starbucks Via…which I forgot about until today when it came in the mail!
  • Had an awesome buy one get one free promotion for holiday drinks which I took advantage of…twice.
  • Created a great holiday commercial:

The creativity of their marketing, sensitivity of their customer service, and deliciousness of their drinks keep me coming back probably more often than I should. Here’s to you…Starbucks.

 

Lucy’s Table Groupon November 13, 2010

Filed under: Deals,Food & Drink,Portland — Erin @ 12:51 pm

I walk by Lucy’s Table all the time but have never actually gone. Thanks to Groupon, I now have $15 to spend there for lunch or at the wine bar! Best part is I got it for $7 😉 . Grab yours by clicking the link below!

Lucy’s Table Groupon

 

Moonstruck Chocolate Deal! November 10, 2010

This is EXACTLY what I was talking about in my Christmas shopping tips post: spend $10 get a $20 voucher to spend at moonstruck chocolate! Grab yours by clicking the picture below now!

CLICK ME TO GO TO DEAL!

 

Christmas Shopping Tips November 8, 2010

The holiday season is starting to begin–trailers for holiday movies on TV, Starbucks holiday cups, and downtown Portland has started to display their christmas lights. You know what that means! Christmas shopping time is in full swing. I wish everyone loved christmas shopping but for many it’s just incredibly stressful. Below are some tips that may help to make it less stressful, or just more fun!

1. Throughout the year any good potential gifts (or just cool items) you see online save them in a “Gifts” bookmark folder or add to a potential gifts list. I do both of these things. Then when it comes time to start christmas shopping the “AAH what do I get this person?!” feeling is greatly minimized by having some great gift ideas before the shopping even begins. (You can also check out my Gifts posts by clicking on the “Gifts” category to the right to help get some ideas!).

 

2. Be a member of Groupon and Living Social who will send you daily emails with great deals. Many of the deals will be things you don’t want or need. BUT on those fabulous days that it IS something you want. It’s awesome. The key is to buy the deals you want and then save them for this time of year instead of spending them immediately on yourself.

TIP: check the expiration date on the deals to make sure you use them in time! Also, when you get those daily emails make sure to consider those you give gifts to before clicking the “delete” button. I have a couple gifts covered by groupon and living social deals already. I saved money and the gifts will WOW the recipient (they don’t have to know how much you saved 😉 )

3. Just like the “potential gifts” list you made throughout the year, once you start buying gifts make a list of what you have gotten, who it is for, and the price of the gift. Then when you think of a great gift for someone double check you haven’t already bought something for that person and keep an eye on how much you have been spending.

 

4. Have a few back-up gifts. Grab a few bottles of wine (one of Oregon’s many selections!), a couple candles, or some chocolates for those people you may forget. You know we all do it and it’s nothing to feel bad about…as long as you are prepared! No one wants to be forgotten but it’s even worse if you are the one who forgot. Make it less of a “my bad” gift by buying local and having some nice cards you can jot a quick personal note in.

 

See's Chocolate & Moonstruck are great locally owned chocolate stores!

5. Don’t take a lot of trips to the mall. Use that potential gifts list to your advantage! Figure out what is best to go buy, and get those specific items. No one likes to wander aimlessly through the crowded mall halls.

 

AAAH crowded! Avoid staying in this long!

6. Don’t go in the mall with out a plan, all the stores will have sales that will suck you into buying more than you need or want.

 

7. There are a few people that you won’t be able to think of a GREAT gift for. This is when you can take advantage of those store sales. Get them something they will appreciate and use but doesn’t cost a lot. (Key: Know how many people you want to buy these types of gifts for so again you don’t over spend). Some good staple gifts for girls: bath & body works lotion/body wash, The Limited or Gap Scarf, Coach wristlet, wine, chocolates, starbucks gift certificate, or costume jewelry. For boys: itunes gift card, best buy gift card, a season of their favorite show, netflix subscription (boys are so much harder 😛 ).

 

8. Go shopping by yourself or with a friend (that you are not purchasing for), grab a starbucks, plan a lunch in the middle of the trip and make it a festive event! I always love carrying around all my purchases in the stores festive shopping bags for my own Carrie Bradshaw moment.

 

Ok, I know this is Charlotte but it was definitely the best shopping bag featuring sex and the city picture I found.

I’ll add tips throughout the season as they come to mind, but start those lists so you can feel comfortable with your spending and be unstressed about having a gift for everyone!

 

Festive Halloween Drink October 29, 2010

Picture Links to Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine site

On my flight to Denver just about a month ago I was flipping through Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine and came across a recipe for a Pumpkin Bomb – a festive October drink that combined seasonal beer and goldschlagger.

Always intrigued by new drinks that are: easy to make, fun for events, and hopefully delicious, I quickly opened the Notes app on my ipod touch and typed the recipe for my records. (Clearly forgetting that you can Google anything and I could find it at home later).

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Honey or Agave Syrup

2 tsp granulated sugar

1 tsp Cinnamon

One Ounce Goldschlagger

15 oz Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

 

1/2 tsp Chopped toasted pumpkin seeds (I'll probably eliminate these from mine)

Directions:
1. Dip rim of pint glass in honey or agave syrup. Combine cinnamon and sugar and coat rim of glass in mixture.
2. Pour Goldschlager into glass and top off with pumpkin ale. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and another pinch of cinnamon-sugar on the head of the beer.

I look forward to trying it this Halloween weekend.