Special Morning Celebrations #DeliciousPairings #CBias

We had a lot to celebrate this weekend! My husband is a veteran so we had to celebrate that. And we also celebrated two birthdays – my son who turned 7 today and my daughter who will turn 5 on December 26th. We chose to celebrate the two birthdays together because it’s so hard to fit everything in. Life gets so busy this time of the year. And our almost 5 year old has never had a dedicated family birthday party like the rest of our kids get.

We started the celebrations early with special breakfasts. I needed to find breakfast items for kids and adults so we hit Sam’s Club the other day. My kiddos bug me all the time to buy them bakery items but I usually refuse. I thought letting them actually choose a pre-made baked good would be a great way to celebrate.

Finding one they thought they would like was not hard – a box of Artisan Fresh Mini Cinnamon Rolls was the winner. And that smile warmed my heart. 🙂

The veteran in the family prefers coffee {and so do I}. So we looked for a nice coffee for him. The Starbucks Holiday Blend description appealed to me – “spicy & sweet with hints of comfort & joy.” Who can’t use more comfort and joy in their life? We normally buy whole coffee beans, but I guess it’s hard to get that comfort and joy in just beans…so the ground coffee won and into the cart it went. Since I am a pretty frugal shopper, I almost always buy coffee in bulk. The price really can’t be beat, and I’m not worried about keeping it fresh because we go through it so fast.

Until today I thought it was a good idea to store coffee in the freezer to keep it fresh. However, I just learned the freezer is NOT a good place to store coffee because as a porous item, it can easily absorb any odors that may linger in your freezer. Shrimp coffee, anyone? YUCK!! Instead, just make sure to store any coffee you won’t use in 2 weeks in an airtight container and keep it at room temperature in a cool, dry, dark place.

This weekend, we put all the deliciousness to the test.

First, we heated the cinnamon rolls in the oven. And as I suspected, they were a HUGE hit – a wonderful combination of sticky and sweet. I loved that they were small. Perfect for little hands {as well as smaller portions}.

The weather was so gorgeous this weekend {temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s} that we got to enjoy breakfast outside – UNHEARD of for November in Iowa.

Yummy!! The two year old gobbled the cinnamon rolls up like everyone else.

And the coffee? My husband is huge Starbucks fan. Since we live in the sticks, we don’t have a Starbucks location nearby, but every time we travel to a new big city, he always brings home one of their mugs for his collection and a bag of coffee for me. The mug he has in the below picture is his fav – he got it on a recent trip to the very first Starbucks in Seattle! We don’t always drink Starbucks coffee, but we do always drink our coffee out of their mugs! But I so love the treat of picking up a cup of Starbucks when we are out and about. I’m sooo happy that picking up a bag in bulk is a frugal way to drink more Starbucks.

And the veteran? Well, he thoroughly enjoyed everything, too. It really lived up to be #DeliciousPairings! He thought the coffee had just the right amount of comfort and joy in it – but pairing the coffee with the cinnamon rolls made his morning even more joyous. I normally put half and half in my coffee and I was surprised that eating a super sweet cinnamon roll while drinking the coffee make my coffee seem sweet without any additions. I could taste the pumpkin and cinnamon pairings in the coffee and I was really surprised about that! Everyone was thrilled with my decision to buy pre-made baked goods. {I really do need to master the art of sweet baking}. I can’t wait to try this coffee with a wonderful piece of pumpkin pie, though. I think it will be perfect for that.

My only regret? I should have bought two bags. This coffee isn’t going to last long. It’s just that good.

If you’d like to try this coffee too, Sam’s Club will open at 7am on Black Friday and will greet members with free Starbucks Holiday Blend coffee and Artisan Fresh pastries (while supplies last).

How do you make celebrations special? And did YOU know not to store coffee in the freezer?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own