Favorite Things: Calendar Updated and Improved to Accommodate National Margarita Day!

If you notice today’s date, February 22nd, on the Popular Mechanics calendar and compare it with the suggestion in the Parade Magazine, you might be like me and decide to make a substitution and celebrate National Margarita Day instead of changing your furnace filter. (I suppose I could do both!)

I was going to try one of the Margaritas on the Parade.com site but decided to stick with  the best Margarita recipe I have ever had.  It is from Martha Stewart’s Menus for Entertaining, and it is still delicious after all these years!

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Happy Margarita Day!

In Production: Beta Testing Results In!

 

 

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Turns out beta testing is very fun.

Let’s start from the beginning…

Test Subject: Avocado Delight

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Brand Spanking New

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“Tequini” from See, Mix, Drink by Brian D. Murphy– Delicious!

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“Poolside Bar”

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Oops! 

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Drying out

Check out this slideshow to see the places we beta tested our coasters. Secondary results indicate that all restraurants were terrific! We highly recommend each of them if you visit Northern Michigan!

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It was fun to see the reaction of our servers when they brought out our drinks- They universally noticed them and liked them!

 

In summary, the coasters were up for the thorough testing we gave them. They traveled well, supported our drinks well, got the right kind of attention and even survived a dip in a lake!

Test Subject 2: Alter Ego

 I saw these icons on my brother and sister-in-law’s  Netflix opening screen. Each person in the household had their own Netflix profile picture that they chose. I thought it would be fun for each person to be represented on a coaster so I made these as a birthday present for my wonderful sister-in-law.

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Testers reported that the coasters were being used and holding up to the rigors of heavy drinking…no, I don’t think that is what was said. They work well.

Final results: Success!  

(Also, testing indicates that I tend to order wine and my husband orders beer.)

If you would like to do your own “product testing” check out our Etsy Store!

 

In Production: Coasters

 

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Here is a behind the scenes look at product development at Chillymink!

As I continue to wait for my avocado trees to bear fruit, I decided to make something with the image of one. Now I just had to figure out what…

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I found my answer after finding a cool book about making cocktails from the library.

Coasters.

Now it is time to see how well they work!

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Let the Beta-Testing Begin!

To see how and where they go check out my Instagram or Facebook!