We have only once deciduous tree in our yard. It’s a autumn beauty maple (at least I think that’s the name of it). It gets gorgeous during the fall. It has not completely turned yet. However since the lighting is great outside today (sun shining), I decided to take some pictures of it.
Enjoy the beauty:
I love coffee so much when we go to Walt Disney in late March/early April, I’ve trying to find ways for me to have my morning cup. It’s part of my breakfast routine. Unfortunately they don’t have a coffee maker in the hotel rooms but we have come up with a solution which is buying a resort cup so I can have my coffee in the morning and the rest of the family can use it for other drinks.
Several years ago, I was wanting Keurig. I thought it looked totally cool and economical because I am the only coffee drinker in the house. A week for Christmas, I told my mom and Hubby. They both wanted to get me the machine. Finally it was my mom who got me the machine and Hubby got me the K-cups.
I love using the K-cups but it can get expensive. I bought the reusable K-Cup but it was a pain because you had to take the insert out in order to put the filter in. I still have it but use it rarely. I got another reusable K-cup but it did not have a flat bottom. So it was a pain to put the grounds in because the grounds could fall out and get all over the place. At Easter time this year, I found Cafe’ Cup reusable K-cups. There was four in a pack with a scoop for the coffee. I love them because they are flat. I use them all the time instead of K-cups. The only problem is from time to time, the lid does not seal.
The best part of using reusable coffee filters is the economical benefit. I can buy ground coffee for cheaper then K-cups. One of y favorite brands is the Target’s Archer Farms Ground Coffee. Some flavors I have liked are the Caramel Apple flavor, Autumn Roast, Pumpkin Spice, S’Mores (summer flavor), and Dark Chocolate truffle (summer flavor). As you can see, I love flavored coffee. I usually get it when it’s on sale.
Another coffee I like is from a local coffeehouse – Boston Stoker’s. I usually 1/2 pounds of this coffee. Two of my favorite blends are Snickerdoodle and Highlander Grogg. Both are delicious!!!!
I also like another local coffeehouse – Winan’s Chocolates and Coffees. I’ve discovered 2 favorites – Cashew Crunch (I believe that’s the name) and Buckeye (which is named after the delicious chocolate peanut butter candy).
Finally my favorite non flavored kind is from Tim Horton’s.
Another benefit from using a reusable coffee filters is not putting all that waste in the landfills.
What is your favorite coffee or even tea?
(No one has reimbursed me for my thoughts on these coffee flavors and reusable coffee filters.)
Baked Oatmeal Muffin
Carnation Instant Breakfast – I drink this before my group of students
Amy’s Summertime Corn Chowder
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip and Hummus
Chocolate graham cats, bell peppers, and apple slices
For a snack on my way home, I’ll either have
That is I’ll eat it if I’m hungry.
I also have either a small handful of almonds or chocolate covered raisins between groups of students.
Today we are leaving for our big vacation. We are traveling to Charlottesville, Va for the night. Then we are traveling to Charleston, SC for the week. Then we are on to Atlanta, GA for 2 days and Huntsville, AL for a day before heading home.
I’m notorious for packing way too much food when we travel. I attempted not to have too much. We have the family snacks and then mine.
I’m going to talk about what I packed in my travel bag.
Snacks for me and Hubby (kids won’t touch them):
Trail mix (2 types)
Pistachio, cashew, and almond snack mix
Snacks for only me:
Wheat thins (small bags spicy buffalo and sundried tomato and basil)
Snack mix (walking taco flavored)
Homemade granola (breakfasts for the trip)
2 containers of individual creamers (for beach house – only thing I put in coffee)
Dentyne Ice gum (lots – love it)
2 go picnic – salami with cheese (lunches for this week)
2 go picnics – hummus (lunches for this week)
Freeze dried pineapple
Freeze dried mango
2 containers of random bars and peanut butter/almond butter packets – even though I don’t particularly like peanut butter)
Fruit punch (1)
Folders with puzzles and coloring pages for boys
Folder with puzzles for me
Mom look at this strawberry
All of the strawberries
Buying the strawberries
All of the strawberries
Looking through his goodies
Look at this beauty
Yesterday the Imaginative One and I went to the zoo to check out the new dinosaur island exhibit. On the way there, I saw a sign about strawberry picking so I asked him if he wanted to stop and pick some fresh strawberries. Since he loves strawberries, he told me yes!!!! So I followed the signs and found the farm.
The owner showed the Imaginative One how to look for ripe strawberries by sight. Strawberries stop ripening once they are picked. He also told him to check the ripeness by tasting it. So we tried a few freshly picked. YUM!!!
We filled the basket to the top and even a few more so that it overflowed. It was an experience that we will not forget.
The Wee One was not with us but enjoyed the fruits of our labor. I had to tell him to stop eating the strawberries because I was afraid he would get a tummy ache.
At one point, he was running through the house holding a huge strawberry singing “I like big strawberries, I cannot lie.”
The Imaginative One has decided to write a letter to those affected by the May 20th tornado. He was saddened but also proud of the people of Moore, OK. Here is his letter:
Dear people of Moore, OK:
I heard about the tornado. I am sorry about the people who were hurt or killed. I heard some sad stories but also some stories of real heroes. Like a teacher who was found under a car with 3 kids under her. Also one about a lady who telling about her experience of how her dog who was swept away from her during the tornado. Suddenly they heard a sound and discovered the dog was just hidden under the debris and came out when he heard her voice.
I am sure some of the missing people will be found but before they are found let’s hope they are okay. God be with them is my plea.
If I could, I would go down there to help search for the missing people and give some of my clothes, toys, books, and other things to the kids who have lost so much.
My prayers are with the people who live there.
The Imaginative One – May 21, 2013
Last month as I was getting ready to shop for my foodie pen pal, I decided to visit the Second Street Market. I had driven by it many times but it was closed so I couldn’t stop. The boys and I went and got lunch before heading to another place. The Greek salad I got at one of the vendors was so good. It was the best Greek dressing I’ve had.
I tried to get back there but my Saturdays were busy so it was not feasible. Note: It’s only open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. It’s closes at 3 on all 3 days and I drive by it at 4 so I cannot stop.
Last Saturday, I made the trek down to the market before heading to my digital photography class. Foods I discovered on that day were a granola called “Triple Threat.” It has cranberries, white chocolate, and walnuts. Not too sweet, great as a snack. I also discovered Rahn’s Artisan breads. Their bagels are delicious. Spice Rack and Bulk Foods has unusual tea combos. There is not a lot of variety but that’s okay because I’ll eventually try them all. I got Fruit Sangria, Coconut Truffle, and a Hazelnut Toffee teas. My tea infuser from Charleston Tea Plantation has been put to work.
So this week, I decided I was going to go once again to the Second Street Market and buy some local goodies for my foodie pen pal. (I’m not going to disclose what I bought for her.) The boys had gone north east to see their cousins so Hubby and I had free time. We went out to see Gatsby on Friday night and went to the market on Saturday. Two dates in two days – virtually unheard of in these parts of the woods. We almost went on a third date to Sam’s Club but that would have been too much. One of the dates was to celebrate our anniversary. The other was to celebrate my birthday.
He was pleasantly surprised with the variety and smells of the place. It was super busy but that’s a good thing. Vendors were selling their wares. We watched a man making a bowl on his pottery wheel. We heard a bluegrass band singing while little kids were dancing. We taste tested different infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Then we got our lunch. It was so busy that finding a table was virtually impossible. Luckily for us, as he got his fried egg sandwich a table opened up. I got my Mediterranean veggie sandwich and Greek salad. It was a great date!
Next week, we are hitting the World A Fair to taste test foods from all over the world. We love going there. I’ve already have a list of foods I want to eat there so I’m excited!