That Old Black Magic


A few weeks ago I got a Keurig drink station. It is more than a coffee maker.  Its very basic function is too heat water in specific quantities based on the model. In the box along with my new favorite gadget was a sample of eleven different flavors of coffee and one tea K-cup. A K-cup resembles a creamer cup you see in restaurants but about three times the size. Open Keurig’s lid, pop a K-cup in, close the lid, and select the cup size you want to brew.  Ta-da! Sweet nectar pours into the awaiting coffee cup below.  At less than a dollar a cup I’m so happy to be able to have great coffee at the press of a button. 

Remember that sample pack I mentioned? One of the flavors is Dark Magic.  A smooth, deep, solid cup.  Flavored coffees are good sometimes but not regularly. At least for me.  Granted Folgers has K-cups and that’s all fine but I seriously suggest Keurig owners get a box of Dark Magic.  Amazing stuff people.  I like the apple cider, the chai, and the teas but this is by far my favorite.

*This post is not sponsored by any company.


The A, B, Cs of a Foodie

A is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety? Pink Lady

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of? Sister Schubert’s Parker House Rolls (frozen food section gold) 

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently? Crunchy Nuggets (I KNOW!) these are the store brand Grape Nuts 

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy? Don’t really like doughnuts. 

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared? Farm fresh and poached 

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product? Skim Milk 

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours at? Walmart or HenHouse 

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink? Oolong Tea 

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor: French Vanilla 

J: is for Jams, what kind and flavor? Fresh Strawberry Banana Freezer jam 

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product? Kashi crackers

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today? half of a chicken caesar wrap 

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack? pop corn 

N: is for nutrients, do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best? CARBS!

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use? EVOO

P: is for protein, how do you get yours? Shakes and flesh (steak, pork, chicken, etc) 

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats? Wendy’s Oatmeal bars are my favorite  

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast? whole chicken 

S: is for sandwich, what’s your favorite kind? Hard for me to do but a bit of PBJ is heaven (crunchy and grape) and grilled is even better!! 

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling? Local places that I can’t find at home.

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos? I’m from the french fry/frosty camp.  Don’t judge.  

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take? Supposed to take a chewy multi, B complex, and calcium.  Yah, supposed to.  

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay? Yay in tiny bites.  

X: is for XRAY. if we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see? 4 honey roasted peanuts and a latte.  

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?  Mom’s “nacho” dinner.  Awful but completely cravable now that I’m out of the nest.  Can of cheese soup heated, can of watered down refried beans, chips, cooked plain hamburger, salsa, and if we were good sour cream.  Love you mom!

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it? grilled with mushrooms

An Obsession, A Challenge, and a Prize

First, the obsession.  Tea.  I was looking for a specific tea in my cupboard when I realized that I have an unhealthy amount of tea.  No wonder R is always fussing when I bring home yet another box of leafy goodness.  Seriously.  I removed all the boxes of tea and as I organized them and put them away I wrote a list.  Six brands and a total of 14 boxes (I didn’t count the plain bags of tea for ice tea in the summer OR the second box of my ultimate fave).

Now, for the challenge.  I’ve been stumbling over posts here are there about the six-word memoir.  It really is neat.  Here’s some that caught my eye.

We honeymooned in California divorce court.

Ignorance is bliss. Genius is misery.

My stockbroker advised investing in goldfish.

Chocolate used to make life worthwhile.

Your challenge is to submit your own six word memoir.  The best submission gets a prize.  Hurry.  The deadline is 11:00am Veteran’s Day (11/11/08).  I will announce the winner that evening!

Get to writing people!  Now, I have to start scrounging up a prize.

A Life Lesson We Can All Use

Here I am sipping tea from my new press and I come across this short story that I think everyone should read and pass on to others to do the same.  I know I’ve been guilty of this a time or two… Ok, Button, maybe more than that.

“One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So I asked, ‘Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’ He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally… just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the stre ets. The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wakeup in the morning with regrets, so… ‘Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.’ Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!”

Fantastic Finds and the Salvation Army Store

I love rummaging through piles of mess to find a great deal on something I had no idea I needed.  Or as my husband likes to phrase it “spend and entire afternoon digging through someones garbage only to lug home useless stuff to clutter our home with.”  I like my wording better.  🙂

Today my mission was to drop off three bags of clothes that are no longer welcome in our home.  Since I’ve never been to this particular store I felt that I needed to scope out the place.  Don’t want to drop off items only to have them sit for years, right?  After wandering around to get the general feel of the layout I decided to do the responsible thing and walk the racks systematically.  Skip the kid clothes (not needed at this point but make a mental note that their kid section is huge), on to blankets (not bad but nothing I can’t live without), womens coats (nothing in my size that needed to be purchased), womens tops were lacking a bit so I skipped those, mens coats (SCORE!), womens jeans (DOUBLE SCORE!), household items (eclectic but good).

The mens coats were fantastic!  I found a nice medium weight windbreaker that I really believe has never been worn.  For a whole $3.15 this baby is mine!  Did I mention it’s a real brand name?  I almost never find those!

Now for the womens jeans.  I really hate when stores don’t sort their stock into sizes.  This store is guilty of doing just that.  I mean seriously who likes to go into a store and find that every piece of clothing is sorted in to color families?  I know my sizes and if I need a shirt or a pair of pants I will go to that section… hmmm nothing there?  Ok that would have saved about an hour of rummaging through their entire stock of jeans!  I only found two pairs that I liked.  I can’t use them just yet but I will some time soon.  Yes, that’s all you get on that you nosy little monkeys.  So two pairs of jeans for $3.15 each.  Just can’t beat that.

Until I found this…

This is the Republic of Tea Citizen’s Travel Tea Press.  Found here for $10 plus shipping.  At the thrift store… $1.05!  The bonus is that it still had the instructions with it.  Another probably-not-ever-used item.  If you’re unfamiliar with tea presses take a look at Angela McRae’s instructions page.  They really are the neatest things!

I believe that this was a pretty good trip to the thrift store.  I found several things that were needed AND got to donate three whole bags of clothes that will be added to the assinine color sorted racks very soon.