Friday Follow Up – Late edition

Like that title?  Ha-ha… yep, my Friday Follow-Up is 24 hours late, I guess the unwind of no college classes and the end of summer laziness has just finally set in with me.  So here is my follow-up since last weekend at the farm which by now you know is gonna be FULL of Starbucks!  (I sense a pattern going on here?!)

We stopped by Seattle’s Best Coffee to pick up goodies for our train trip to the farm…

Bubs with Seattles Best Coffee at train station

Have you checked out SBC lately???  I mean that little drive thru in south Seattle is just the BEST (thanks to awesomesauce partners like Valerie!) but come on… even their website is SUPER CUTE!

Check out these awesome animations on their home screen… LOVE THEM!  They are so my colorful, fun-loving style for sure!  Great job corporate!

And yes… those SBC drinks are all super YUMMY too!

Seattle's Best Coffee screen shot

From SBC to a typical  breakfast on the farm for me.  Yum!  I LOVE that Starbucks blueberry oatmeal with some Evolution Fresh OJ and the new one to the bunch this week was the Tazo sweet cinnamon spice tea, which is lovely!

Farm Starbucks breakfast

On the way back from the farm I stopped in my little paradise town on earth… Steilacoom and enjoyed my treat-receipt frappuccino down on the beach with my youngest…

South Puget Sound Sipface

This week I’ve been experimenting with different juice and tea combos… usually from my local PCC Market because they have SO MANY varieties of both you can combine a million different summer, iced drinks!

Evolution Fresh and Tazo tea combo

You can pick up so many varieties at PCC (if you’re in the Seattle area)… just look at all these combinations!

Evolution Fresh at PCC

Tazo tea at PCC

And I’ve been experimenting with different custom dinners like this brie, crusted chicken pretzel sandwich that I made from Starbucks Evenings menu options and Bistro box packs.  I made this sandwich back in spring too and it was SO GOOD I decided I’ll be making it a couple of more times this year!

Starbucks Pretzel sandwich

This week I received my first FREE Starbucks drink at a drive thru because they had made an extra and the partners offered it to me!  It was a mocha, cookie-crumble frappuccino and boy was it good!  I’ve read a lot on the social media feeds this year about partners offering free items to customers if they are extras, I have even read about partners offering free bistro boxes or food if they are just going to throw it out?!  I guess if you are a regular and are nice to your partners, they too might think of you for many of these times.  But I haven’t experienced it this year until now.  I get the feeling that it’s more like a “right place at the right time” kind of deal, so as far as free or reduced Starbucks items I of course ALWAYS encourage signing up and using your Gold Card from Starbucks because they will keep you in the loop of wonderful, free, reduced things coming up all the time!  But I still encourage customers to be extra nice to your partners regardless (because it’s a good thing to do… not because they will give you things).

I wouldn’t normally order such a sweet drink, the regular caramel frappuccinos that were recommended to me from a Starbucks fan I’m seriously in LOVE with but they are about as sweet as I can handle.  But it was incredibly nice of the partners to offer it to me and I appreciated the different drink option that I might not normally order!

Free frappuccino sipface

And of course, if you watch any of my feeds… there is always lots of FUN in my life going on like my new oral fixation of siren-tooth picks!

Starbucks siren toothpick

Lots of great happenings are coming up once again this weekend and next week, so stay tuned!  Hopefully Winter and I can hang out again!

My Living the Goodwill Life challenge has been coming back into play with the resurgence of thrift shops into cultural norm (thanks Macklemore!) and I’m loving that… and always more Starbucks, and probably now Teavana finally!

It certainly is feeling like the end of summer to me…. everybody ready for cool fall evenings with hot Tazo/Teavana tea like me???

Here is a recent shot off the Mercer Island Park On The Lid with the Seattle skyline in the background… of course, the #EarlGreySkies needed some great Tazo earl grey tea to match!

Tazo Earl Grey Tea

Have a great week everybody!

Friday Follow Up – Staying Starbucks Cool

The hotter weather has my taste buds all about staying cool right now, which means I’m getting creative again with my Starbucks combinations.

I’ve been taking a lot of different Evolution Fresh juices from my local PCC Market and trying them with all the wonderful Tazo teas they stock.

Evolution Fresh and Tazo summer blend

These creations keep my taste buds going with new flavors, which is nice since my regular menu choices lately are my staple Starbucks Protein Bistro Boxes, Starbucks Cheese and Fruit Bistro Boxes, Starbucks Zesty Chicken & Black Bean Salad Bowl to help me stay on my calorie-counting goal.

Always first on my list to keep calories down and balance out my diet with lots of natural goodness is Evolution Fresh!  And with lovely, cool creations like their Smoothes (in a variety of options) you have the best of both worlds!

Evolution Fresh Smooth Goodness

But every once in a while at Evolution Fresh I splurge my calories and go for their absolutely delicious Chocolate Coconut Mousse!

Evolution Fresh Chocolate Coconut Mousse

And while I’m shopping at University Village I usually try to pop by the Tazo Tea store to pick up a wonderful, carbonated Sangria like this Darjeeling yumminess I had the other day…

Tazo Sparkling Summer Sangria w: Darjeeling

The wonderfully informative partner, Travis, had me wanting to purchase two or three more Tazo summer drinks when he spoke about all the wonderful creations you can explore with their tea!  Next up is an Italian Soda Tazo for SURE!

Another of our latest “keep cool” craze-ations is made with the fabulous Zipzicles… our Starbucks Chocolate Pudding Pops!

Evolution Fresh and Starbucks Pudding Zipzicles

As you can see I take the Starbucks hot cocoa (we like the salted caramel variety) and then we add those wonderful Evolution Fresh Chocolate Coconut Mousse to the mix to give it an intense chocolate flavor, which helps make the Zipzicles smoother too.  I’m gonna try out a coffee & chocolate variety next week, maybe I’ll test it out on incoming Starbucks blogger, Dylan M. Austin from Five Awesome Baristas, to see how he likes the Starbucks varieties we cook up in our Seattle kitchens???

I am really looking forward to this weekend’s Garden Tea Party which should be quite the event!  So stay posted to my social media feeds like Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to see the updates as they roll in… in all their big hat, Biscottea, white glove, Tazo Tea and “Royal Baby Watch” greatness!

Which date, time and name are YOU picking?  I’m predicting this Sunday, around noon PST and a baby girl given the royal-historical name Hyacinthe.

BOOM!  I just called her into the cool-name-club… well besides that obvious royal thing she’s gonna have going on too.

Cheerio Everybody!