Category Archives: Food + Drink

Why I’m Giving up Coffee

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I have been a coffee drinker since I was seven years old. My grandpa introduced me to coffee. It was always our ritual that I would blow on his hot cup of coffee a little before he would have a sip so he didn’t burn his lips – which I truly believed in at the time.

I love coffee for many reasons. The memories, the long talks it fosters in cozy shops, the warm inviting smell, the robust taste, the way it wakes me up and allows me to be a decent person at my least favorite time of day… I love coffee. I love it poured over and percolated and Keuriged. I just love it. But I am giving coffee up. Why? Because I believe that I have found something better – for me at least.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about my coffee dilemma, which is that it has started bothering my stomach, probably because of the acidity. I used to drink several cups a day and now I can hardly finish a cup.

I was at White Rock Coffee – a local coffee shop – one day and remembered my friend Haleigh had ordered matcha there a few times. I had never tried it. Didn’t know what it was, but I wanted to. So I asked what it was and ordered it with soy. Matcha is basically a Japanese green tea latte. And it’s wonderful.

It didn’t bother my stomach. The energy spike is much easier, it’s slow and steady and you don’t crash. And if you know about the benefits of green tea, and love the taste, you might as well be sold.

I bought my first tin from Teavana last week and have saved so much money just because I’m not getting it from a coffee shop at $4 a cup.

Here’s my recipe for a small mug:
– ½ teaspoon matcha powder
– ½ cup water
– ½ cup frothed soy milk (you can manually froth in a French press)
– honey to taste

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The Perfect Good Morning Smoothie

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I try to start each morning fresh. That includes what I eat and drink. Here’s the recipe for my Perfect Good Morning smoothie. Thank you Amy Cuccia for introducing me to this!

The Perfect Good Morning Smoothie
– 1 cup orange juice
– 1 cup frozen strawberries
– 1 banana
– half a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
– ice

Combine all ingredients in blender and blend well. Depending on what I have in the kitchen, I’ll add chia seeds for extra protein or a couple handfuls of spinach to add a little veggie to my morning. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like spinach or chia seeds – you can’t even taste them. So this is a great way to get extra nutrition in if you have a hard time with veggies.

Christmas Cookies

Every year, I look forward to Christmas. The lights and decorations, the love of family and friends, giving and receiving of gifts, the general spirit. Each Christmas Eve, we go see my Granny for dinner and gifts.  Then go to my parents’ house for our traditional cheese, summer sausage, crackers and sparkling drinks. This year on Christmas Eve, I decided to add in a little something different. We made gingerbread Christmas cookies to decorate.

I’ll have you know Christmas cookie cutters are much more difficult to come by than I ever would have thought. After asking around though, Williams-Sonoma came to the rescue, and they have them in all shapes and sizes. Just a tip for gingerbread cookies and cookie cutters: gingerbread tends to be a little softer and oily than other doughs, so I had to add flour to each little ball of dough so that it would keep the mold of the cookie cutter, and I could peel away the edges.

For the royal icing, I combined a mix of confectioner’s sugar, milk, almond extract and food coloring in a mixing bowl to taste and consistency. I preferred only a capful of almond extract. I separated the icings into ziplock baggies and snipped a tiny hole in one corner so that I could outline each cookie and fill it in before designing on top of the base color.

How fun are these cookies? And how beautiful is this carerra marble?!  Thank you to Granite Countertops Fabricator for all your help getting my marble! It’s beautiful and been quite a treat!