Category: cup’a caffeine

all-time favorite

was out of town shopping a few weekends ago and came across this mug at Starbucks!!!  i enjoy walking in and seeing their new selection of mugs –i think that this one is my all-time favorite, so far.  i have noticed quite a few other blogsthis one,  and this one too,  that have pix of the same mug–you can see why it’s well loved!  the colors, the different fonts… i think it looks very creative.  i loved the fact that it has green and brown on it!!  loooove it!!!!  adding it to my cupboard of “happy mugs”…..(mugs that by just drinking out of them, it makes you happy!!)  i have printed out pictures of my mug, amongst other coffee-related pix, and i am ready to scrap them tomorrow, when my friend lisa comes over.  as you can see here, it’s not my first scrapbook page dedicated to my addiction!  (hope to post pix of us scrapping tomorrow or wednesday!)  enjoy your day!!
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coffee art

Ok….for some reason, the new year started and i have yet to find motivation to accomplish much….i feel my creative juices just waiting to be used, but lack the energy or desire (mere motivation) to do much.  my brain is mush.

did you know???

Dictionary.com presents Words of the Year for 2007. For each month, we chose a word or phrase that was prominent or new according to our search logs and research regarding searches elsewhere on the Internet.

February 2007:

Coffee Art

Main Entry:   coffee art
Part of Speech:   n
Definition:   any design created on top of espresso, latte, or other coffee drink by a barista, esp. with milk or cream; also called latte art
Example:   Coffee art is created by pouring milk in a design or using an implement with stencils, powder, and milk foam.

Guess it would look like this:

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one good cup

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons” – T.S. Eliot

“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.” -Flash Rosenberg

“When we drink coffee, ideas march in like the army” – Honore de Balzac 
 

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death by chocolate

yesterday, (saturday), my sweet family took me to our favorite local coffee shop for lunch.  i tried a new warm drink, death by chocolate……ooooh yaaaaaa…….so good.  (i’ve included a picture, although i took it with my cell phone, so it’s not the best.)  i also bought a pound of my favorite holiday coffee beans, jack frost java.  (which i have to admit, i’ve already had a few cups today…..may need to buy more before the end of the holiday season.)

**death by chocolate:  a Ghiradelli dark chocolate mocha topped with whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate.

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warm apple crisp

 i don’t know what it is, but every year when the cold weather blows in, it blows me right into the kitchen.  something about baking up some warm sweets on a cold afternoon…i just love it.  my friend, lisa, gave me this beautiful dish last week. (thanks lisa!!!!)  it is so pretty and was just shouting for something sweet to be baked in it!  so, of course, i did.

i used an old favorite recipe for microwave apple crisp, increasing it slightly because the dish is so deep.

in the mood for some warm tasty sweets?  put on the coffee pot and try this out.  it will warm your insides for sure!!!

 Microwave Apple Crisp

4-6 large Granny Smith apples (**9 for large dish)

8 graham cracker squares (**1 plastic wrapped package)

3/4 cup packed brown sugar (**1 cup)

1/2 cup rolled oats (**3/4 cup)

1/2 cup flour (**3/4 cup)

1 tsp. cinnamon (**1 1/2 tsp)

1/2 tsp. nutmeg (**3/4 tsp)

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted (**3/4 cup)

Directions:

  1. Peel, core & slice apples.
  2. Prepare enough apples to fill deep baking dish, 3/4 full.
  3. Finely chop graham crackers.
  4. Combine crumbs, sugar, oats, flour & spices.
  5. Add butter; mix well.
  6. Spoon mixture over apple slices.
  7. Microwave on high 12-15 minutes.  Cook until apples are tender.
  8. Cool slightly, (topping will harden and be crunchy, the cooler it gets.)
  9. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream.
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a sickday, a sleepy dog, & some sweet treats

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the day started out as any other school day…especially in our house…nick didn’t feel good.  now, if there’s one thing that frustrates me, as a mom, it’s the whole decision over whether a child is ‘ill enough’ to stay home from school.  as his father before him, nick would choose to stay home from school every single day, if given the opportunity, so a typical school morning often includes a list of symptoms, (a.k.a., reasons to stay home).  eeks.  it’s only day # 8 of the school-year and it’s started already.

aaannnyyways, after a lengthy debate, he stayed home.so, i quickly changed gears in my head, (as moms can do so well)…instead of a day filled with running errands and meeting my mom for lunch…i took my pajama butt (sorry if that word offends you), back to bed–well, at least the couch.

once we finally awoke from our sleeping stupor, (amidst the many phone calls), (the same phone that never rings when i am up early)…..the sickie requested chicken noodle soup.  now, i do make great homemade chicken & noodles, but that’s not what we are talking about here.  simply a can of Meijer, chicken & noodle soup.  he loves it. after that little get-well lunch, i remembered that i had bought a package of Pillsbury Cinnamon Twists.…bless that little pudge-bellied Pillsbury doll…..so, i popped those into the oven, for an after lunch treat.  of course, with some delicious, ooey, gooey sweets you must have some hot coffee.  i thought it would be a great day to try a new flavor.  (+ i needed a little pick-me-up)  (rainy day, no make-up, lounge clothes.  you know the feeling girls, you need something to make you feel alive–so i turn to the usual–a cup’a caffeine) so anyways, i remembered that a new box of Gevalia French Vanilla coffee had been delivered a while back, and was hiding in the freezer, so i pulled it out in hopes that it would do the trick. without disappointment, it was delicious  (for you coffee lovers, you understand, even the smell of it brewing, the rich coffee aroma drifting around and my spirits are lifted).

now, the day wasn’t what i had planned on my ‘to-do list’, but i think that God often uses little things like this to speak to us, to slow us down so that we actually hear Him speaking.  yesterday, He reminded me that i have neglected my time with Him this summer.  (mental note: place Him first on my daily to-do’s)

i do appreciate days like this.  days that i am made to slow down.  i am content.  God has blessed me with the gift of being a stay-at-home mom, a comfortable home, a son, a hardworking husband.  and a God that never ignores me, even when i seem to have forgotten Him.

ahhh…so good

me-blog1.jpgahhhh…..so good.  starbucks java chip frappuccino….in my own town.  i finally made it over to the starbucks on campus.  (just a campus in town–neither my husband nor i am a student), but for starbucks, i was ready to do what it took….of course, i wasn’t disappointed!

isn’t it amazing how a little thing like some ice cold caffeine can really put a smile on your face?  (maybe i should speak for myself), it definitely puts a smile on my face!  already i am trying to figure out when i will get my next fix….but at least it’s local.  finally.  our town takes a step towards keeping up with the times.  one small step at a time.