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Archive for September, 2012

Coffee and Cookies for Me, Please!

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To say there’s a time of year I don’t indulge in more than my fair share of coffee and cookies would be a lie. But when summer starts packing up her bags to give fall her time to shine, my coffee and cookies count goes through the roof! And that is because of the Big 3 – caramel, mocha and pumpkin.

When that first fall breeze sweeps through, it seemingly carries caramel and company on its heels, with decadent dessert-quality coffees turning up at every café you come across. There’s also flavorful blends with one or more of those flavors infused to take home, of course, which means I don’t even have to leave the house to make my taste buds tap dance!

But for as pleasing as pumpkin coffee may be – as mouthwatering as mocha and captivating as caramel – sipped on their own there is something missing. And that something isn’t anything they are lacking unto themselves, oh no! They are as perfect as they can be alone. But like so many things in life, their greatness is best realized with a best friend at their side. And that best friend is the one…the only…cookies.

Personally, I’ll take just about any cookie in a pinch. Even a kind of blah cookie is better than no cookie, right? But I don’t like to waste my time, calories, or good coffee on blah cookies. And luckily, I don’t have to. (Hint: You don’t have to either!)

There are more than a couple cookies on my list of favorites, including my mom’s anise cookies, yummy Oreos, and the oh-so-good cookie trio tucked inside our tower cookie gift baskets. Yes, what looks like two pretty, innocent boxes is actually home to a dozen decadent delights. This cookie gift basket is filled with some of the freshest, most flavorful Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin cookies your coffee has ever had the pleasure of meeting. And that makes them a perfect gift for yourself or the coffee lover in your life!

Welcome Fall with a Decadent Delight: Gourmet Caramel Apples!

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Just as is surely the case for many of you, fall is my favorite season. I love the ‘jeans and a jacket’ weather, the beauty of nature in evolution, Thanksgiving and Halloween, and so much more. But the one thing that really sets it apart for me is the speed of the season. Yep, you read that correctly, the speed!

In my experience, summer tends to move very quickly. There are lots of places to go, people to see, and things to do. It is fun for sure, but very busy. And winter? Winter is just the opposite; winter moves very slowly. With snow and ice and early sunsets, it sometimes seems as though we’ll never get where we’re going or see the light of day again! But spring and fall? Well, they move just right! Fast enough that you’re definitely doing and seeing, but not so fast that you can’t take it all in and appreciate it. In spring, those things you’re taking in include the blooming flowers and warm breezes. And in fall, those things include long walks and gourmet caramel apples!

Let us explain just a few reasons why our gourmet caramel apples are such a perfect treat for fall, apart from the fact that apples are in season and at their most delicious, of course…

  • You don’t have to fight with the sweltering summer sun to keep your apple from melting!
  • In warm and hot weather, we often crave ‘lighter’ treats, like ice pops and melon slices. But in the fall and winter, our appetites for richer snacks are awakened, and our taste buds jump for joy over chocolates, caramels, pies and the like. These snacks might be too heavy in the heat, but they’re fall fabulous!
  • Enjoying gourmet caramel apples forces us to slow down a bit from our summer sprint. Unlike a handful of berries we might grab on the way out the door, one must sit down to savor a caramel apple! You’ll probably want to snap a picture of it to share on Facebook, making all your friends jealous in the process. And slowly slice it into pieces of apple perfection, letting each melt in your mouth. You may even want to call a friend you’ve been trying to catch up with for weeks and invite them over to share in your caramel apple over some coffee and chitchat. But if you decide not to call them until after you’ve finished the apple, we won’t tell. Just don’t forget to throw away the wrapper! 😉