Thursday, September 16, 2010

Coffee Twice

I am not ashamed to say I frequent Starbucks. Their coffee makes me happy.

That said, I do try to make and drink coffee at home most days as opposed to buying out. I brew my strong 12 ounces and splash in some half and half and do alright.

Some days, like today, I want a yummier-than-usual coffee drink, and I don't plan to be out and about, and even if I do go out I just don't feel like forking over three bucks.

So I make this Maple Cinnamon Coffee.

I make enough for a hot cup in the morning and then later I ice the rest and add milk, 1 to 1, and it is a lovely iced coffee drink. I don't do the whipped cream usually, just my half and half or un-whipped heavy cream. And the amount of maple syrup she calls for is a little too sweet for me, but you'll have to experiment to see what you like.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On my nightstand

As a single woman, I had a book on my nightstand always. And one on the couch in the living room, and possibly another on the kitchen counter, and yes, the back of the toilet. You get the idea. Lots more time in the day where I got to actually decide what I wanted to do instead of have it dictated to me by three adorable little people.

Now I only have a book on my nightstand a few times a year. I love to read. I'm VERY discerning at this point about books, and it has to be an easy read that requires SOME thought but not too deep. Not because I don't want to think deeply, but because I just CAN'T right now, people. Another day, when I'm getting more sleep.

But right NOW, I actually have TWO books on my nightstand. Yikes! It's exciting! It makes me smile, and the covers are so pretty and inviting, and I can't wait to crawl into bed at night to devour a chapter of each.

Here's what I'm reading:

My mother bought this for me Monday night when we went to see Immaculee speak. Wowzers. Holy woman of God. And she autographed it for me, and she kissed my baby. Yay. Read about this apparition of the Blessed Mother, the only Church approved one in Africa. I only wish all of you could hear Immaculee speak about it. But this will be the next best thing.

This one is about unplugging, going completely off the grid. It is one couple's story. I just started it, but how interesting is that? It was an experiment to see what among today's technology is actually helpful to mankind and what technology is just sucking the life out of us. I'll keep you posted.

That's all folks.