Friday, June 29, 2012

More Java Please

As your Coffee Connoisseur, I believe it is important to keep you up-to-date on the latest and greatest java trends and all it's multifaceted uses! As previously mentioned, one of my favorite date nights is to roam around the Fresh Market smelling and viewing all the newly brewed beans and of course sampling the free cups (yes that's plural) of joe alongside of a cookie pairing... or two.... or maybe three.  I absolutely love the barrels of beans, but I wonder if the owner has an employee keeping a close eye that I don't accidentally breathe in a mouthful!

Do you think there are cultures that would let me bathe in a barrel of coffee?

This is a must buy! Fleur de Sel Carmel, which means "flower of the sea " also known as sea salt with a hint of carmel flavor! SO GOOD!!!

I made a great recipe from Betty Crocker (who would of thunk it!).  Espresso  rubbed pork loin! It's a combination of espresso, garlic, salt, pepper, and light brown sugar.

It turned out great! But I think I needed a bigger loin cause it got a bit dried out.  Next up will be cappuccino brownies!

Matthew and I are about to leave for a week long mission trip to Ecuador, and with predicted Atlanta temps of 105-110 with NO rain, I was concerned about my outside plants. I found this great idea on someone else's blog (I'm pressed for time and don't remember the website, so I can't give credit at the moment... sorry! You know who you are, that's all that matters.)

You fill a bottle (coke, ketchup, wine, etc.) with h2o and stick it in the soil. The water will slowly dispense as the dirt gets dry. Such a cool idea! I'll have to see if it worked when I return!

~ Have a blessed espresso week!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Jewel Mackenzie Lott

One of my best friends is expecting her firstborn this fall! I loved having a precious reason to get together with my girls and shower Marg with baby love!

The quality of this pic is sad, but the soon-to-be mama is not!
Little Jewel will be here in September!
(L-R) The hostesses: Pink, CB, Linds, Martha, Mary Margaret
The food and decor came together perfectly.

This baby carriage could only have been made by an engineer because he felt the need to make the baby sit in the perfect middle. Thanks James- I heard Edible Arrangements is hiring if your interested
Lindsey's home in Memphis was a great middle location for all of us spread over the U.S.
So blessed to still feel so close to so many of my high school so BFFs: didn't that sound like I was still in high school? Like totally! LHS!
Marg is one of those people you want to kick because your jealous of her cute preg-ness, but then you think about how awful it would look to kick a pregnant woman.
I can't wait to meet you little Miss Jewel! Sorry I wanted to kick your mom.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

And so it begins...

I'm finally kicking into summer mode. No longer feeling some strange pressure to plan curriculum for next year. Where's the faith? I've instead used my natural Coffee energy to enjoy things I've wanted to do for a while:  i.e. I've read two books (finished the HG series!  So good, yet such an abrupt ending... sad), I've begun the guest room furniture project with the help of my lovely friend and sister- Su Hodges of Su Hodges Interiors, and I've done some great cooking and experimenting in the kitchen!  I love SUMMER!

I can't wait to give this room a full makeover!
Slow and steady saves the bank.
How much better does she look!
Who needs Starbucks. I call this the CB's Frappe. Delish!
Recipe is easy if ya want it.
I finally plucked my own homegrown tomato!
It was just a tasty as it was attractive!
This was my own creation. Unbelievable too! (prob. even better cause I was starvin when I ate it)
Marinated Tilapia (onions, garlic, red pepper, EVOO, lemon juice, thyme, salt and pepper)
Next, lightly sprinkled with whole wheat flour, Pan seared, on a whole wheat tortilla topped with fresh mango and avocado. MMMMmmmmm. Oh and don't miss the star tomato cut up and peppered for taste!

~ DroolingBuster

Monday, June 11, 2012

Long Drives & Long Pauses

  Not having had a summer break in a long time, my super A-type personality has struggled to actually let myself enjoy it. I feel this unnamed pressure to keep preparing for my next year (a teacher's work is never done you know), plus there are a million "things" I want to do/enjoy/see during my short 6 weeks at home. However, I realized after driving a long trip to East Tennessee for Matthew's long drive tournament, that God just really wants me to seek Him and grow in Him this summer. It is an amazing opportunity to trust Him instead of trying to plan myself to death, which ultimately is me trusting in my own abilities. Thus, I have had some great time with my hubby this weekend as he took a long weekend away from work for a long driver event, and some great time taking my own long pauses to write down the beatings of my heart (I'm an English teacher okay... I can't help it!)  

I'm such a groupie!
Absolutely perfect weather! 
Sadly this wasn't the winning swing, but we still had a blast together on the road trip!
With several cups of java in hand, I've had time to write:

To die is to live. 
Thus, if we naturally, in our state of true clarity and betterment, desire to "live", 
making any person's nature selfish,
we must seek daily death to self, which is the exact opposite of our initial instincts of self concern.

Our very gifts and talents given by our one true Creator 
are the very elements that can be used by the true enemy to pull us away from the Creator.
As Paul acknowledges the single greatest internal conflict experience by man, these paradoxes of life
seem ever present.
Thus, the enigma of the meaning behind "paradox".

As with all dilemmas, focusing too closely on the stumbling block only increasingly magnifies the perception of the block. 
Instead, keeping our eyes on the Cross, on our eternal destiny, on God's infinite power and strength
diminishes the block to such a speck that we forget its existence.

~ Coffee CB

Monday, June 4, 2012

The gift of the year

Celebrated a belated birthday dinner with Scotch and his new beloved gift= 
The Firepot
It was so popular not only with Scotch, but every single passerby at the restaurant. 
(if we get you a gift this year, it will probably be the firepot... just a heads up)
We also got some good R&R with the rents and Chloe at the lake for a few hours.
You can see Clo's gettin a bit grey around the face, but don't let it fool you, she'll still run off the dock to chase ducks!
Aw... I love them so.
We ended our Saturday evening with a fun Jewish wedding. Matthew's co-worker (not pictured here), tied the knot at Villa Christina. It was a blast!

And it was beautiful as seen by one of many gorgeous center pieces!