Some days just require a shot (of espresso)…
Some days just require (espresso) shots and ice cream for dinner. Today was just such a day. I wouldn’t say I had a bad day, it just wasn’t particularly good. It began with receiving some sad news that didn’t quite allow itself to settle in. And then the day just went on as any usual day at the office would, people dropping in for different things throughout the day, appointments and meetings, coffee breaks (of course…I mean…it is MY office. There IS coffee!), just the usual goings on of the day. And then just before the day at the office ended, more sad news. And this time it took a good 15 or 20 minutes to settle into my heart and soul, and when it finally did, both bits of news settled into me all at once and it took all my strength to finish my day and get myself home to my babies.
…and Ice Cream for Dinner
Life is precious and short and sweet. Celebrate the smallest moments. They are the biggest. Hug someone you love a little tighter today and every day. Call someone. Take a chance you’ve been scared to take. Don’t wait another second to tell someone you love them, even if you think they already know. Have ice cream for dinner. Have a shot (of espresso). Go for it! Live while you’re still living! As my daughter wisely said once “Live; You Might Like It“
Raise a glass with me! Cheers to another year of awesomeness!
Is it a coincidence that National Kahlua Day and That Cook Girl’s Birthday fall on the same day? I think not. Every year on February 27th the world rejoices. I share this day of rejoice for the awesomeness of Kahlua and for surviving another year of this crazy ride we call life.
I spend the month celebrating my birthday. I spoil myself because I deserve it, and I learned years ago that people will treat you only as well as you treat yourself.
This year I will end my birthday month celebrations enjoying a glass filled with this yummy homemade coffee liqueur I made using my favorite coffee. Raise a glass with me! Cheers to another year of awesomeness!
I know, I know…you all want to know why I’m not sharing the recipe for this awesome, yummy, sweetness. Well, because I haven’t decided this will be my “go-to” recipe. It’s the first time I’ve made coffee liqueur. I did not use the recipe my Mom uses (ssshhh don’t tell her). And since making this recipe, I have come across many other methods I want to try. Some methods require an instant coffee, others use a cold brewed method, while still others use whole coffee beans (!!!). And then there’s the different choices of alcohol. My Mom’s recipe would use Everclear, and her liqueur is quite tasty. I used a mixture of Rum and Brandy for mine, giving it a bit more depth of flavor. Several of my friends have received gifts of the yumminess I made back in December, and I hope they are enjoying it.
:::CHEERS::: Much love to you, and wishes for another fabulous year!
I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I love Christmas. I love, love, love decorating our tree. I always try to convince my kids that I should leave it up year-round. Last year I even planned on seeing just how long I’d last with it up. I probably could have kept it all the way into summer if not longer. But, we moved and it had to come down. But out of pure stubbornness, on moving day, it was the last thing standing. And we moved in mid-February! Everything else was packed and loaded into cars and there stood my tree, still as beautiful as the day it went up.
What? Doesn’t everyone put a Christmas Tree in their kitchen?
But I digress… This year we are in a beautiful house with a big kitchen. And so I got to put up a (small) Kitchen Tree! What? Doesn’t everyone put a Christmas tree in their kitchen? I added my coffee ornaments, my cooking-themed ornaments, and some favorite childhood ornaments and I found a home for it on my kitchen counter. I will enjoy this tree every morning as I pour my coffee, every evening as I cook dinner (or watch the kids cook dinner, whatever the case may be), and I will enjoy it every time I walk into or through the kitchen.
Who knows. Maybe it will find a permanent home atop my stack of favorite cookbooks in the corner. One just never knows.
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? Do you do anything unique?