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3.20.2014

Coconut Almond Frappuccino ~Dairy Free~ + Keurig Green Mountain Giveaway



Two years ago, we had a really strange winter in New England. We had no snow. None at all. The only snow storm we got, was at the end of October, and then poof. Gone. We had warm temps all season long, and in March? 80 degrees! Not even joking. Though this was great for people like me who love the warmer temps. It killed our local economy. The mountains (skiing) were not open as long, and our sugaring (maple syrup) season was pretty much non existent.




I feel like Mother Nature is paying us back now. Two years later, and I swear up and down this is the coldest, longest winter I have ever experienced. Perhaps I'm just a weeny, and we have had worst. But I know this is the worst I've had in a lot of years! My heat bill.... $800 PER month December, January, and February. Ouch!

One thing I think all of us in this area can agree on, spring needs to hurry the heck up!

Last month I was contacted by Keurig Green Mountain and asked if I wanted to head up a special giveaway to kick off spring by introducing my readers to their Limited Edition Island Coconut Coffee being released on March 24th.

Of course I said, HECK YES! I need a taste of the tropics as I start to thaw from this arctic winter!


Now I was pleasantly surprised. I am typically not a fan of flavored coffees. (With exception to Green Mountain's Pumpkin! Duh.... how can you say no to pumpkin?!) I was on the fence if I would fall head over heals in love with this new flavor.

But I did. It's not at all what I expected. It was not overpowering like many flavored coffees can be. It had just enough toasted coconut flavor that hits you right at the end. Paired with some almond milk, ice, whipped coconut cream and chocolate it's like a frozen almond joy. Dessert that you can have with breakfast!


Coconut Almond Frappuccino 
Ingredients:
1 cup of strongly brewed Green Mountain Island Coconut Coffee
1/2 cup almond milk
Sweeten to taste using your sweetener of choice (I take mine sugar free but on occasion as a treat add 1 tbs of raw sugar)
1 cup of ice
Whipped coconut cream *directions to follow*
Chocolate shavings to garnish (optional)

Directions:
Prepare coffee, mix with almond milk and sweetener of choice. Allow to cool in the refrigerator until cold. 
In your blender, blend coffee with ice until smooth. 
Serve topped with whipped coconut cream.

*Refrigerate a can of coconut milk over night.  Once chilled, remove the waxy oil that has hardened and risen to the top of the can. (Set aside for later use in other recipes!)  Once you have removed all solids from the can of milk, place coconut milk in the bowl of your electric mixer. Whip on high for about 3-5 minutes or until soft peaks start to form. Mix in sugar if desired, about 1 tbs.*  

To enter in the giveaway, follow the directions on the box below. One lucky winner with win this beauty of a Keurig brew station, plus a box of Green Mountain Island Coconut Coffee. AND there are two second place winners, who will each win a box of Green Mountain Island Coconut Coffee! 

Also be sure to check out what the other New England and New York bloggers prepared with their Island Coconut Coffee. Who better to appreciate the arrival of spring than a group from the North East?! 
Kitchen Ninja  
Healthy Seasonal Recipes 
Running to the Kitchen  
Nutmeg Nanny  
Spiced Blog 
Healthy Delicious  
All Day I Dream About Food 
Sugar Free Mom  
Kelly Bakes 






Tell me, what is YOUR favorite part of spring???

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Disclaimer: I did not receive any monetary compensation to write this post. Keurig Green Mountain provided me with free coffee and sponsored this giveaway.

164 comments:

  1. I definitely need to find this coffee! I puffy heart love coconut anything! And I love the fun coffee drink you created with it. So yum!!!! I love the green grass and new flowers coming up in spring!

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  2. I could really use a new brewer! Mine has been so abused by use that I think it is about to give up.

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  3. This would be so awesome to win! I seriously need a single cup brewer, and the coffee sounds so good. The recipe - even better!

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    1. (couldn't see the box, so didn't know about this part until after posting):

      Favorite part of spring? the smells of spring - grass, trees, flowers and that undefinable scent/feeling right at the turn of seasons

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  4. This frappuccino looks amazing! And yes, I completely agree with you about this winter. In fact, it's sleeting outside right now. On the first day of Spring. Old Man Winter is rude. Cheers to the arrival of Spring...and this drink which needs to be in my hand right now!

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  5. Mmm, I love coconut! Definitely need to try this coffee. I love seeing the green grass and the green leaves on the trees in the spring!

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  6. I love the spring flowers

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  7. My new hashtag: #wintergoaway Ugh. Or, #hurryupspring Of course, come July, I'll be moaning and groaning about it being so hot. Some of us (pointing at myself) are never satisfied. :)

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  8. I love Easter and spring flowers!

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  9. Sounds perfect! I am obsessed with coconut lately. Cannot wait for the first asparagus and rhubarb of Spring!

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  10. Fun giveaway and I am SO ready for the end of winter!!! I can't wait to take some walks with the kiddos - that's my fave thing about spring for sure. Allergies...not so much.

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  11. I love flying kites with my girls in the spring

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  12. Longer days, warmer weather, my Spring bulbs pushing thru the ground to dazzle me, and breaking out the grill again.

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  13. This frappuccino looks fantastic, Carrie! Love all the flavors!
    My fave thing about Spring: birds chirping!!

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  14. I love the fresh smell and being able to,open my windows again!!!

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  16. The warmer weather! That is coming, right? Hasn't made it to chicago yet!

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  17. another new englander here! although i love the fall/winter months, i am definitely looking forward to spring! it'll be nice to open the windows and feel that warm breeze!

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  18. I love walking out to my yard and seeing the blossoms on the trees and the bulbs coming through

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  19. The first day of Spring usually falls on my mom's birthday so it makes me even more excited for Spring.

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  20. It's the flowers! The flowers are my favorite!!

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  21. My favorite thing about spring is the gorgeous weather and the blooming of flowers.

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  22. It might sound weird but I love the smell of spring...the fresh grass sprouting, the fresh air, the new flowers growing! After a long winter in Vermont-spring is always welcome!

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  23. Enjoying the blooming flowers in my yard :)

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  24. The Kelly bakes pinterest link is written incorrectly.

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    1. Also Sugar Free Mom's Pinterest link leads to Facebook and not Pinterest. Just letting you know.

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  25. The longer days and warmer weather!

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  26. Warmer temps. I am always freezing and this winter has been the worst!!

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  27. Flowers and lemon everything!

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  28. The warmer temperatures, longer days and tulips!

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  29. I love all the flowers and plants starting to peek through and grow. :)

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  30. Being able to go outdoors and plant in the garden with my oldest.

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  31. enjoying iced coffee without your hands freezing!!

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  32. I love the warmer weather so I can go on more nature walks.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  33. The warmer weather and all of the awesome colors of spring!

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  34. Living in Arizona, I have had spring already for over a month! Last month it was almost 80 degrees for a stretch, which is really messing with the plants and birds.This winter we had no snow here :( It might sound like I am rubbing that in, but I MISS the NH snow!

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  35. Longer days and bright, colorful flowers.

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  36. My favorite thing is the new blooms on the trees and the time change, its no longer dark for my ride home.

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  37. My favorite thing is seeing the little bits of green in my garden starting to poke through again!

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  38. The Flowers! I love the pretty flowers :)

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  39. My favorite thing about spring is the flowers and birds outside!

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  40. Spring flowers, live in So Cal so the weather is not a factor.

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  41. I wish I were sipping this frappuccino right now! I can't wait for fresh fruit and warm weather!

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  42. I love the roadside wildflowers, especially the bluebonnets.

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  43. Having Coffee on the porch, eating breakfast outside, riding my bike and enjoying rides with my husband

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  44. That frappe looks delicious!!!

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  45. my favorite thing about spring is the warmer weather, it lets us go out hiking more.

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  46. Spring means warmer weather, Flowers and Summer coming. Coffee is wonderful too.

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  47. Spring means gardening and long walks. Coffee is needed prior to all of those!

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  48. Maple weekend and the sun being out longer!

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  49. Warm weather, and the promise that farmer's markets will open soon!

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  50. The smell of fresh flowers and fresh cut grass!

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  51. Spring is my favorite time of the year mostly because of the temperature. No more heavy winter coats. It is also when flowers start blooming and everything turns green. It makes me happy.

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  52. Flowers growing and enjoying walks with the family on comfortable spring evenings.

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  53. The smell of flowers in the air, the warmth of the the sun on my face

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  54. Watching my sons lacrosse games!

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  55. My favorite part of spring is being able to dust off my road bike and log some serious mileage.

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  56. Being able to walk the beach without getting knocked over by the cold wind, open windows and sitting on my porch watching the beautiful sunsets.

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  57. Love the flowering trees, bulbs and shrubs.

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  58. Having the windows open and allowing the river breeze to flow in - day and night.

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  59. I love coffee! I love coconut! I love Frapps! I love THIS :D

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  60. My daughter's birthday! I can't believe she's one already :)

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  61. I love how the grass and leaves turn green. All of the beautiful flower in bloom. My favorite thing would have to be all of the baby animals and birds.

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  62. Yard work and the blooming of the beautiful flowers.

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  63. The thing I love most is spending more time outside.

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  64. Warmer temps and blooming flowers!

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  65. My roommates birthday is coming up and I know she has been dying for a Keurig, this would be perfect!

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  66. Also my favorite part of spring is being able to go for walks without freezing!

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  67. I love being able to open the windows and let the breeze blow through the house!

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  68. My favorite thing about Spring are the flowers.

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  69. Spring - awwwee - singing little birds- rain -sunshine, flower and greenery bloosom and being able to be out and do stuff around the yard.
    DOREEN LAMOUREUX

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  70. I love that the days are getting longer and I can finally wear flats and skirts lol

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  71. I love the warm spring weather.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  72. i love flying kites with my son and watching the flowers grow

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  73. My favorite thing about Spring are the blooming daffodils and the warm spring air!

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  74. When the darn snow goes away and I can ditch my down jacket!

    vjbesse@gmail.com

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  75. I live in Texas, so my favorite part about spring is having weather that is warm and breezy... before it gets dry and hot and awful!

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  76. favorite thing about spring is the crocus and heather flowers! (and the bumble bees going to them but they are around all summer and fall too so i guess they don't count)

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  77. My fave thing about Spring is seeing the beautiful flowers blooming and the warm weather! melissamontes1@yahoo.com

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  78. Longer days, warmer weather, green grass and poppies, Spring Break with my boys, and the promise that summer is just around the corner!

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  79. Favorite part of spring is the blooming flowers and green grass!

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  80. I love spring flowers and NO SNOW!

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  81. Tell us your favorite thing about spring!

    thats when my running kicks into gear

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  82. Green shoots popping from the ground.

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  83. I love the smell of rain in the spring. Everything seems so fresh.

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  84. cleaning up the yard & watching all the flowers coming up & trees budding out especially the fruit trees, listening to the birds sing is nice to, thanks for the nice giveaway

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  85. I loved cherry blossoms when I lived in Seattle...we call it "break up" here in Alaska and it signals that we'll be hiking, fishing and camping soon!

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  86. I love the smell of the orange blossoms in my area.

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  87. My favorite part of spring are the new flowers in my garden.

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  88. I live in South Florida-so it's always warm & sunny, and flowers bloom here year round-with that being said, spring is always nice no matter where you live.

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  89. I love being able to open the windows and get fresh air into the house!

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  90. My favorite thing about spring is the longer, warmer days. Thank you

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  91. I love to open the windows the first time after a long cold winter! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  92. tulips and ice coffee - these are a few of my favorite things about spring

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  93. My favorite thing about spring is that the grass and trees will be the most incredible shade of green. I can also sit on my back steps and listen to the birds. I so can't wait for spring to arrive in Maine.

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  94. I agree, worst winter ever! I love hearing the birds sing in the spring and seeing the grass again!

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  95. You know I'm over this weather, too!!

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  96. This Winter?! Horrible!!! Being fr NH I think we can complain and scream a loud BOO HOO! This drink would make me cheer though!

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  97. My favorite part of spring is the trees budding, and flowers peaking out! Its a sure sign of the end to a long winter in Buffalo, and the start of warmer weather!

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  98. Birds and blooms, bright skies, veggie planting!

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  99. Softball, tennis and walks with the dog without having to bundle up!

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  100. I love the tulips!

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  101. Fave thing about spring here in Madison? The snow is melting. . thank God and the Farmer's Markets starts up again outside!! woot woot!!

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  102. Coconut coffee sounds amazing. And I believe it is a food group! Would love to try it in a new Kuerig!

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  103. I love the blooming flowers and trees

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  104. Sleeping with the windows open!

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  105. I like blooming trees, sunshine, and warmer weather!

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  106. The fact that the snow MAY melt soon- although we got more yesterday. :/

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  107. I love that asparagus is so abundant in spring!


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  108. All the flowers blooming in spring are very pretty!

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  109. Planting flowers and watching the Perennials appear!

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  110. I love the allergies, all of that sneezing is SO fun.

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  111. The beautiful flowers and wonderful weather! Just took my son to the park yesterday and it was amazing outside!

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  112. I love going on hikes in the spring. That coconut flavor sounds do good!

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  113. rain and blossoms on the citrus trees

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  114. My favorite thing about spring is being able to open up the house windows and getting fresh air in the house!

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  115. New food! Fresh Strawberries, pastries...lemonades made with limes!

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  116. Being alive to enjoy the beauty that a lot of people cannot do any more. Sitting and feeling the love God Has Blessed Us WITH One More year.

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  117. My favorite thing about spring is the comfortable weather!

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  118. No heat, no A/C just open windows and fresh air!

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  119. I, too, am sooooo very sick of this awfully looooooong NE winter! I have my bluebirds in the backyard, but I think that they also can't wait until spring! I'm looking forward to getting my garden ready and opening windows! Thanks for the brilliant recipe and for a chance to win your giveaway. :)

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  120. The smell of the soil and planting lovely, growing things!

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  121. My favorite part of spring is the Cherry Blossom Festival, it really jumpstarts spring, and everything is pink around town.

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  122. I love opening the windows to a fresh spring breeze, planting seeds and making plans for the garden !!

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  123. I love spring blooms! Tulips and daffodils!

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  124. I am looking forward to warmer weather and no snow!! It has been a brutal winter so I think we are all eagerly awaiting spring!!

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  125. Longest. Winter. Ever. It's March 25th and it's snowing. Snowing! I'm so over it. I think I'll take one of these and pretend it's summer.

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  126. I love all the flowers, wild, garden variety, bunches, bouquets, what ever! It's why I got married in the spring!

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  127. The flowers and the warmer weather is my favorite. The sun shining, tanning, beach, etc. Its all nice!
    Thanks
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  128. Omg Carrie! $800 for heat! I cannot imagine. I do thank you for suffering for us because we are getting 60 degree weather in March which is nice!

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  129. The cooler weather. Our summer is so hot in Florida that it's nice to have cool weather!

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