Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Virtual Coffee {29}

Hello dear friends, welcome to coffee.

Our hostess Amy with her hillbilly latte inspired me to improve my regular blah coffee a little bit. Unfortunately my frother has gone on strike lately so my new and improved morning drink isn’t as visually appealing as it could be, but it’s definitely yummy, and that’s all that counts.

In case you’re interested it’s two teaspoons raw cane sugar, two teaspoons cocoa powder, a dash of cinnamon, a dollop of fresh raw cream, all this gets mixed vigorously with a teaspoon in the bottom of my cup and then I add a “long” shot of decaf coffee from my Nespresso coffee maker.

I’d also have to share with you this interesting “bouquet” I got from a friend the other day. I swear, her dad grows the biggest cauliflowers on the planet. Seriously, what does he feed his plants, I wonder?

If we were really meeting for coffee today, I’d tell you that we finally got to spend a relaxing weekend at our beach apartment, with a full complement of doors, windows, and working heating this time. The kids loved it, and though the weather wasn’t great we still spent several hours on the beach trying to get as much sand as we could in our clothes and shoes and watching the surfers.

Much like most of you we’re also gearing up for Turkey Day, which we will celebrate on Sunday – because it’s not a holiday here - with about 15 of our closest expat friends (and their kids, which will likely feel like a legion of barbarians descended upon us). Unfortunately, my Thanksgiving dry-run from the beginning of the month (or the great turkey mishap, as we like to call it) has totally put me off turkey roasting this weekend, thankfully someone else graciously offered to pick up that ball, so I’m off the hook!

And if we were really having coffee I wouldn’t be able to hold in my excitement because I got my tickets for Houston, y’all!! These birds are going home for Christmas and we’re over the moon!! (Or I am, the Boy keeps asking if Santa will know to go to Nana’s house this year.) The trip is going to be long and tedious but then we’ll be there for a month and a half so I’m thinking that should be long enough to forget about the nightmare 14 hour plane ride. I’ve already started my list of activities for the kids and obviously my shopping lists for me… and, in fact, if anyone from Houston has suggestions of fun stuff to do with a toddler and a preschooler they’d be very welcome.

I really hope my Mom and her husband survive having guests for that long!

So that’s all folks, now tell me, what are your plans for Thanksgiving? And have you started your Christmas shopping, cause I haven’t and I’m really hoping everyone’s as behind as I am?! I’m off to bake a three-layer, no food coloring, red velvet cake for the girl’s birthday tomorrow, which I’ll post on this week if it turns out decent.

Toodles, and thanks for visiting, now pop on over and say hi to Amy

p.s. notice anything weird about the following photos of me? Apart from the crazy hair I mean!

Yeah, it's like my iPhone is glued to my hand or something! And then I have the gall to try and "limit screen time" for my kids...GAH!



  1. You with the Iphone is hysterical...I'm the same way!

  2. omg that cauliflower is ridiculously huge. sounds like you all had a perfect weekend! hope you have a blast for thanksgiving and that's so exciting you have your tickets booked! yay! :)

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!  I immediately thought of this recipe from one of my other favorite blogs when I saw your HUGE cauliflower!  Its super yummy and always fools my kids, who usually won't eat cauliflower!  Best Wishes!