I love Fall! (A pictorial story)

My pumpkin outside my door 2017 (photo by Julie A. Smith)

Starbucks salted caramel mocha (my favorite!) (photo by Julie A. Smith)

My pumpkin in my staff work pumpkin contest (photo by Julie A. Smith)

Fun with friends last year at Curtis Orchard

The pretty barn where my friend Amber got married in October 2016 in Niantic, IL (photo by Julie A. Smith)

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Starbucks has a limited time new Zombie Frappuccino for Halloween!!!ūüéÉ

Starbucks Zombie Frappuccino for Halloween (Photo by Julie A. Smith)

Today my co-worker Kate told me about Starbucks new Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage. She found out that it has caramel and apple flavors and is for a limited time with Halloween. That is the first that I had heard of it and it sounded interesting. Kate ended up getting one for each of us to try. I can’t say that it was my favorite drink on the Starbucks menu, but I enjoyed trying it once, esspecially with fall and since it is a limited time drink. Check it out if you feel so inclined and if you like new things.

Starbucks new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino gets a gold star!!!

Photo courtesy of Starbucks.com

If you haven’t gotten to try the newer Midnight Mint Mocha Blended Creme Frappuccino at Starbucks yet, I would highly recommend it. It was one of my favorite frappuccinos awhile back when Starbucks had their 1/2 off Frappuccino Happy Hour. I definitely give it a gold star, and it is one of my new favorites. I also am a big fan of the new Smores creme Frappuccino.

If you are looking for a description to make your mouth water, here it is: “We’ve paired the dynamic duo of dark cocoa and refreshing mint with milk and ice. Next we infuse the blended chocolatey beverage with cooling mint sugar crystals, cut in a layer of whipped cream, then top it with more whipped cream and a dusting of dark cocoa” (description courtesy of https://www.starbucks.com). 

Since it is only at Starbucks for a limited time, if you want to try it, it may be good to get it before it is gone!!!

Hurry in before Starbucks Happy Hour is over!!!

If you have not seen the tv ads or heard already, Starbucks Happy Hour is here in the United States! It began on May 5 and ends on May 14, 2017. It is only from 3-6 pm at Starbucks and is a half off frappuccino happy hour!! I have tried the new midnight mint mocha creme frappuccino several times and it is really good. The Smores frappuccino is also back. I believe those are both only for a limited time so hurry in if you want to catch them before they are gone!!!

Starbucks new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino (photo by Julie A. Smith)

Starbucks Six New Fan Flavor Frappuccinos! Get them before they’re gone!

Fan Flavors!!!  Six new frappuccinos!!! At Starbucks!!! I am a bit behind promoting this, but there are six new Frappuccino blended beverages inspired by Starbucks fans now out at Starbucks. They are Cotton Candy, Lemon Bar, Red Velvet Cake, Cinnamon Roll, Cupcake, and Caramel Cocoa Cluster.  I have tried the Caramel Cocoa Cluster (my favorite so far) and the Cotton Candy.  According to the barista in my neighborhood Starbucks, the Cotton Candy one has been super popular and she thinks it should definitely be continued, however personally she really likes the Cinnamon Roll one.

I haven’t heard how long these special frappuccinos¬†will last, but the Starbucks website says to¬†get ready to start voting on Friday June 19, 2015 for your favorite.¬† My suspicion is that the favorite will be continued and the others will be cut, but that is just a hunch.¬† It will be fun to vote for a favorite, and I encourage you to get one before they are gone.

One¬†final cool thing.¬† The¬†last time when I was at Starbucks, I asked the barista lots of questions about the new frappuccinos, and I told her that I blog and promote Starbucks.¬† She thought that was neat, and actually Starbucks related search terms are the main search terms that people use and¬†find my blog.¬† Everybody loves Starbucks!¬† Tonight when I went through the drive-through, I got the same barista, and she said “oh, you are the blogger.”¬† I thought that was cool!¬†Honestly, ¬†I would love to be a brand ambassador for Starbucks if they ever would have me do that to promote them.¬† Starbucks is one of my favorite places!!!

Here is a link if you want to check out how Starbucks makes each fan flavor or in order to vote starting on 6/19:

http://frappuccino.com/fanflavors?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=homepage&utm_campaign=summer1

Starbucks New S’mores Frappuccino is a Hit! Check it out at 1/2 price Frappuccino Happy Hour at Starbucks May 1st-10th!

S’mores Frappuccino¬ģ Blended Coffee

S'mores Frappuccino¬ģ Blended Coffee

S’mores Frappuccino¬ģ Blended Coffee. Photo courtesy of Starbucks website.

The Starbucks new S’mores Frappuccino is a hit!¬† I had it for my first¬†Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour drink of 2015.¬† The Starbucks website gives this mouth-watering description: “Marshmallow-infused whipped cream, milk chocolate sauce, a creamy blend of graham, coffee, milk and ice finished off with more marshmallowy whipped cream and a graham cracker crumble.”

(http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages/s-mores-frappuccino)

If you hadn’t heard, Starbucks widely anticipated event, their 1/2 price Frappuccino Happy Hour has come to town! It is 10 days of bliss for Starbucks lovers far and wide.¬† Details are as follows.

What: 1/2 Price Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour

Date: May 1-10, 2015

Time: 3-5 pm (but a special bonus hour is 5-6 pm for Rewards members)

Why: YOU LOVE STARBUCKS!!!

If you aren’t sure which¬†frappuccinos you want to try, then check out Starbucks website for their¬†vast frappuccino options.¬†Note: they have more frappuccinos that aren’t even on the menu, and the Starbucks iPhone app lists them slightly differently and even includes an OPRAH one that was created in partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Teavana teaologists¬†that is called Oprah Cinnamon Chai Cr√®me Frappuccino.¬† Here is the Frappuccino menu:

http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/frappuccino-blended-beverages

#gottaloveStarbucks

Starbucks and Starfield: The Perfect Combination (I checked out Starbucks NEW Chestnut Praline Latte)!

I recently heard that Starbucks has a NEW seasonal drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte.  I was intrigued and eager to check it out.  While uncertain if I have ever had pralines before  (yeah, maybe I have led a sheltered life), but I was game to give it a try.  Call me a fan of Starbucks, which would be a true understatement.  So, I got a Chestnut Praline Latte on my drive back home from visiting my family for Thanksgiving.

It seemed appropriate to pair¬†the latte¬†with a cd from one of my favorite bands, Starfield, a Canadian praise and worship band with a slight rock edge, who is not very well known in the United States.¬† A quick side note: I once road-tripped to support¬†Starfield years ago when they were nominated for rock/contemporary album of the year at the Dove (GMA) Awards for Christian artists.¬† I did a lot of music promotion “back in the day,” and I was always going to concerts and volunteering at promotional tables for Christian radio in multiple cities.¬† I’m kind of surprised Starfield still flies under the radar today, but sometimes that¬†can be kind of cool to¬†me.¬† I am¬†definitely not one who is into¬†things because other people are; while sometimes I can be influenced,¬†¬†I think it’s important to follow your own drumbeat, too.¬†But, since I am going on a tangent, I’ll get back to my story.

So, I sipped my Chestnut Praline Latte and¬†listened to songs like “Everything is Beautiful” (which is an AMAZING song to listen to when you are feeling down), and “Love is the Reversal”, which I can listen to on repeat and never get sick of it.¬† I pondered deep thoughts with songs lyrics like “Yeah I believe our secret longings Tell us that we’re not at home. But grace reclaims what the world disowns”¬†and “Yeah, nothing here’s as good as it should be ‘Cause this is the rehearsal”¬†(song “Love¬†is the reversal” on “Beauty in the Broken” cd¬†by Starfield, copyright¬†2006).¬† While I must say that the Chestnut Praline Latte is not one of my favorite Starbucks drink, it is worth checking out at least once.¬† As their seasonal drinks¬†typically go, you can only get them for a very limited time, so check it out before it’s gone.¬† And, if you couldn’t already pick up my extremely subtle plug for the band Starfield, you may want to check them out if you are looking for a new band.¬† Some of their older cds are harder to find¬†in Christian bookstores, but you can find them on Spotify and see what you think.¬† You can also check out some more info on them on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfield_(band)).¬† I highly recommend their¬†debut album “Starfield” (with has probably their best known song, “Filled With Your Glory”)¬†that came out in¬†2004, as well as the more slight rock edged¬†“Beauty in the Broken” from 2006.

***For those who are curious what is in Starbucks new Chestnut Praline Latte, here is that info courtesy of http://www.starbucks.com: “Espresso, steamed milk, and flavors of caramelized chestnuts and spices. Topped with whipped cream and spiced praline crumbs.”