September 17, 2018

 

Poplandia Popcorn Review

Movie Night Popcorn Bar-
Poplandia Popcorn Review 

I first discovered Poplandia popcorn at the farmers market.  They had  samples out which my friend and I tried and we were hooked. We had to buy a bag.  So of course when I hosted my first ever craft night I had to have their popcorn as part of the dessert bar.  I follow them on Instagram  so I can find out about any new flavors and when they had a contest I of course entered and I WON! WooHoo!!!! I'm all about the mini party so when the popcorn arrived I threw a movie night popcorn bar tasting so we could all try the fun flavors.

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To enter the contest you had to say which flavor you've been wanting to try.  I said Honey Lavender because it sounded very interesting to me.   Poplandia's site says. they infuse their white caramel popcorn with Stash Tea's Breakfast in Paris and extra lavender buds. They then sweeten the caramel popcorn with honey.

My review- This flavor not only hits the taste buds, it hits the nose as well.  As the kernels hit your tongue you get a hint of lavender and because the lavender hits your nose as well it intensifies the flavor.  The lavender isn't over powering. It's just the right amount. The honey gives it the perfect touch of sweetness.

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If you host your own movie night popcorn bar tasting party be sure to mark the flavors.  Using craft paper as a table linen you can write the flavors right on it.

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Included in the package that arrived with the Honey Lavender was several little bags of other flavors.

Hickory Smoked Gouda-
Poplandia's site says- We wanted to make sure you really got the true flavor of smoked gouda.

My review- As soon as  I opened the bag the smell of gouda hit my nose.  The popcorn was light and fluffy and had a strong cheese taste.  I'm not a big fan of gouda or cheesey popcorns but one of my friends is so she happily ate all of it.

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Belgian Chocolate-
Poplandia's site says they drizzle their sea salt caramel with Belgian milk chocolate.

My review- You all know I'm not a big chocolate fan.  I could go the rest of my life never eating chocolate and would be fine. So I wasn't sure I would like this popcorn.  But it was really good.  Just the right amount of chocolate was drizzled on the kernels.  The chocolate combined with the sweet of the popcorn made it really tasty.

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ButterBeer-
Poplandia's site says- Robust butterscotch and cream soda caramel.

My review- Delicious! This is one of those popcorns that I would eat the whole bag by myself easily. It reminded me of Butter Rum Life Savers and I love those.  I'll be sending a bag of this to my friend for her birthday because I know she'll love this.

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Mayan Hot Chocolate-
Poplandia's site says- Dark chocolate caramel with a cinnamon cayenne kick.

My review- Definitely chocolate-y with a little bit of heat.  I'm not a big chocolate fan but I did like the kick that hits you at the end.  If you like chocolate and heat, you'll like this one.  If you're like me and not a chocolate fan, you can pass on this one.

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Thai PB & J-
Poplandia's site says- Tart raspberry popcorn coated in Thai inspired spicy peanut butter.

My review- Another delicious flavor. Sweet berry flavor with a touch of peanut butter.  I could eat a whole bag of this easy.

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If you don't live in Portland you can still try these delicious flavors by ordering from Poplandia's site. 
Their bags make great birthday and holiday gifts and their small treat bags are great for wedding favors and welcome baskets. oooh, they would be great to include in your guests bedroom welcome basket too. You know, for when your guests get the munchies late at night.

Other flavors I can't wait to try-
Orange Sea Salt- Caramel popcorn with citrus orange notes.
Oregon Trail- Sea salt caramel tossed with peanuts, dried tart cherries, salty pretzels and drizzled with chocolate peanut butter sauce.
Pumpkin Spice- White caramel spiced popcorn with toasted pumpkin seeds.
Cake Batter- White caramel and cake flavor topped with sprinkles.

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Drop a comment below and let me know what flavor you've tried or want to try.

September 10, 2018

 

Cupcake Review - Cupcake's Bakery and Deli


On my way to visit family in Washington I stopped in at Cupcakes Bakery & Deli in Kennewick, Washington.  I didn't have to go too far out of my way to stop here which was great.   The bakery is easy to spot thanks to the brightly coloured cupcake on the side of the building.


Owner and baker Milli Banks was there to help me pick out some tasty looking cupcakes.  It wasn't easy because they all looked so good.  Milli is a bright spot in your day, especially if you're on a long road trip.  She has hospitality down pat and will have you going home with more cupcakes than you planned. Which is not a bad thing because her cupcakes are really good and it's hard to just pick one flavor to try.

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While I was at the bakery chatting with Milli about her cupcakes and my love of baking cupcakes I tried her signature Dr. Pepper cupcake.  Now I happen to like Dr. Pepper so I knew I'd like this cupcake.  As I enjoyed the cupcake, Milli told me her daughter doesn't like Dr. Pepper but she likes these cupcakes.  I can see why. The cake is moist and has the perfect hint of Dr. Pepper.  The frosting melts in your mouth and compliments the cupcakes perfectly.

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After having a pleasant conversation about cupcakes and baking I got two to go, a strawberry cheesecake and Milli talked me into a sweet potato.  I continued on my way and stopped at one of my favorite rest stops on the way to my families house.  This rest stop has a great view to enjoy while eating my cupcakes.

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The strawberry cheesecake had a lovely strawberry flavor with a cheesecake filling. The beauty of this cheesecake cupcake is that it's not heavy.  The cake is moist and light and the cheesecake filling isn't thick and heavy. It's the perfect consistency.

Strawberry cheesecake cupcake

When I say Milli talked me into the sweet potato cupcake I mean she sold it so good I had to try it.  I don't like sweet potato's.  But, Milli said it was one of her most popular and she doesn't always have it on hand because she only uses the best sweet potato's.  Well call me a liar because I liked these sweet potato cupcakes.  They didn't taste like nasty sweet potato's.  In case you don't know, I'm a really picky eater and can't stand the taste of most veggies.  The cake of these cupcakes was moist and light flavored and the frosting complimented it beautifully. I scarfed this cupcake down.

Sweet potato cupcake

I'll definitely be stopping at Cupcakes Bakery & Deli   next time I go visit family in Washington. Flavors I want to try next time:
Pear Chardonnay
Chocolate Merlot
Beer & Bacon
Mango Cheesecake
Lavender Pinot Grigio

Cupcakes Sign

If you happen to find yourself driving through Kennewick, Washington I highly suggest you make a stop at Cupcakes Bakery & Deli and say Hi to Milli for me.


August 27, 2018

 

End of Summer Party Tips

End of Summer Party Tips 
As seen on Afternoon Live 


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Ok, I KNOW the photos aren't the best and all perfect looking.  That's what happens when you take the pics in the back prep area of a t.v. station.  That's right, this party set up was featured on Afternoon Live.  You should totally go watch.  I give some serious end of summer party tips you'll want to snag.   

So this pic is totally washed out.  BUT,  what I want to point out here is the paper lanterns.  They're great for summer parties.  They are inexpensive and light and perfect for hanging from tree's or  pergolas. Many come with lights that are battery operated so you can extend the party after the sun has gone down. 

End of summer candy table
Bright candies can add some fun to your end of summer parties.   Be sure the candy sticks with the theme of your party.  I chose a tropical themed end of summer party so I went with bright tropical colourful candy.   If it's going to be a hot day when you host your party be sure to set up the candy table indoors.  Candy and hot sun don't mix.  If you set up your candy bar outdoors on a hot day you'll have a big sticky mess.  

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 When setting up a candy bar be sure to have a variety on hand. Pick a variety of colours, flavors and textures.  Cupcakes are always good to have on your dessert table.   If you pick up store bought ones dress them up with candy sprinkles and picks matching your theme.

 It's easy to add handmade details to your party like this flamingo banner I created.  Look for a template of something that matches your theme, trace it out onto card stock and attach to ribbon or clear line with tape.  No one is going to see the back and tape is quick and easy. I added a little glitter to the flamingo beak for some fun.

Tropical party photo booth props
 No summer party is complete without some fun photo booth props that match your theme.  Everyone loves to take fun photo's that will remind them of all the summer fun with friends when winter hits and it's too cold or wet to host a party outdoors.

Tropical party photo booth props
Photo props don't have to be expensive.  Pick up some fun glasses at dollar shops and party them up by adding glitter.  

For more ideas and to see WAY better images, watch the video.