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On a whim, a friend and I popped into this local coffee shop to give them a whirl.  Previously this building had been an older bank location.   It has now been transformed into a small coffee pub.  Cute, no? It looks like a decent size from outside but once inside, it felt a bit cramped or cluttered between the actual coffee bar with a small plethora of sweet and baked treats, coffee condiment station and bistro table seating.

There were wall chalkboard placards displaying their offerings and boy did it take me a while to read through everything before deciding to start small and order a dark roast drip coffee.  It was weaker then I’m used to but still enjoyable and easy on my stomach.  I can’t wait to go back and give another coffee a try and possibly a treat.

Love discovering and supporting local businesses 🙂

Have you tried organic coffee?

I have found another strong love for a flavoured coffee. Timothy’s Perfectly Pumpkin. It’s right up there with Sweet Summer Raspberry, probably sitting at number two.

Every fall, everyone comes out with their version of a “pumpkin” something. It’s usually got some spice to it along with cinnamon. I usually find the spice part too overwhelming. I’m not a huge flavoured coffee person but I tried cup of this stuff last fall and before I could make my way back to buy a pound of the beans, it was gone 😦

I made a coffee store run for the hubster and his co-worker friend and well between the two of them, their order totaled seven boxes. The store’s promo is: buy 7 boxes, get the 8th free. I know, I know…who buys 8 boxes of K-Cups at once right? And we’re talking the big boxes – 24 count. I took the liberty of selecting the free box for myself once I saw the Perfectly Pumpkin on the shelf. I just couldn’t help myself.

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Do you have a favorite fall flavour of coffee?

*does the Snoopy happy dance* 
Happy, happy, joy, joy!

I got a break from gardening today (thank you dreary & rainy day!) and a chance reason to visit the coffee supply store which I love.  We were running low on K-cups.  Luckily with the rain, everyone seemed to have avoided the store. I had the entire store to myself.  Heaven.

Immediately, I went to brew a flavour that I had never tried before and began searching for the K-cups that were on my list.  The hubster had mentioned to a co-worker that I had found this store with decent pricing thus resulting in him offering my shopping and shuttling service – haha.

Then, my eye caught a glimpse of it. Sweet. Summer. Raspberry. I nearly dropped my cup of coffee. I thought this flavour was sold out and gone forever. (I mentioned my love for this flavour here.)

Needless to say, I snatched that box off the shelf and headed to the check out with a super huge grin on my face.  The cashier returned my smile when she saw the flavour as I placed it on the counter and admitted she loved it too.  🙂

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Look at the box of K-cups.
And, I get to drink all 24 cups myself.

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I made a beeline for the machine as soon as I opened the front door. I just couldn’t wait.

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Oh, sweet summer raspberry! 🙂

You are mine, all mine. And I love it!

Anyone else out there as obsessed with a flavour of coffee?

Coffee.  What is it about this stuff that people just love?! I, myself, admit that I’m addicted. The sound of it brewing somehow excites me, alerting me to the fact that something tasty is nearby.  The intoxicating aroma, the delicate notes that hit all the different areas on your tongue with each sip.  It comes in different roasts and flavours. Way too many choices. This is all before the extras one can add to enhance their experience.

The coffee supply store where I buy our K-Cups offers each customer a chance to try any K-Cup from an open box (they sell both, single cups and boxes as well as any other coffee/tea related paraphernalia imaginable).  Knowing this, I purposely try a flavour/brand I’d never consider buying let alone committing to a box.

Today’s choice – Sweet Summer Raspberry.  How bad could it be right? After all, I love coffee and I love raspberries.  What I was not prepared for was the fact that I’d be in sheer delight and giddy with glee as I inhaled the intoxicating aromas while waiting for it to brew.   Finally after a torturous 30 second wait, came the first sip.  The taste danced across my tongue seriously leaving me wanting more.  The clerk passing by asked if I was alright because I kept sniffing my cup and taking non stop tiny sips – taking it all in.  She caught a whiff of which cup I was trying and revealed how this has become a secret love hers as well.   I’ve tried other flavoured coffees but this one was BANG. ON. Luscious and bold scent of fresh raspberries.  Comforting coffee taste that I love paired with a subtle, lingering raspberry aftertaste.   I would’ve instantly bought a box but it wasn’t what I was there to buy nor in the budget.

Now I sit here watching TV,  continuing to sip on the same sweet cup of coffee, longing for another cup.  How that one cup made it home is beyond me!

What do you love about coffee? Are there any suggestions of other flavours I should try?

As I was getting ready for bed, doing my usual ‘before bed routine’ (prep for the following day), I discovered I was out of ground coffee. It only takes about 5 mins to grind the upcoming week’s batch so I went for it. Who cares that it was almost midnight right??  It needed to be done.  So, I dumped the last of the whole beans into the grinder, including all the lil crumbs from the bottom of the bag. After all, coffee is coffee!    As I was placing the lid on the grinder, I thought I saw a coffee bean move. Due to the time, I chalked it up to being tired and proceeded to snap the lid on again. This time, I swore I saw not just one, but FOUR beans moving!! I un-popped the lid and stared at the beans. They WERE moving!! *ick*  Lil brown coffee bean coloured bugs all wiggling about.  Needless to say, I dumped entire batch, washed out the grinder and opened up a fresh bag that was sealed from the manufacturer. (the last bag was just clipped closed in the cupboard)

So tomorrow, I need to go and buy more OXO Pop Up containers – these things are AWESOME – and begin to sort through the dried food/powdered pantry items and either purge or transfer to their new air tight homes.  I hope to NOT find too many contaminated food items not b/c I don’t want to have to encounter more of these bugs (ie the source of them – ick again) but more so b/c I hate throwing away food. Its such a waste!

My biggest challenge – dealing with dad about all of this. He will deny that there are pantry bugs to begin with and fight me on using the new food storage containers vs his method – using whatever jar is around after its been washed out. Pickles, mayo, jam jars – you name it, we’re using it to store dried food items much to my dismay.

FYI – the beans now reside in their own OXO Pop Up in the cupboard (http://www.oxo.com/p-877-10-piece-pop-container-set.aspx)

What are your experiences with pantry bugs? How did you rid yourself of them?

Mmm….gotta love those days where you can actually sleep in without any guilt  nor bolting upright in panic as to why the house is eerily quiet. (I’ll admit it, its actually kind of awesome!)   I give many thanks to my darling husband since he let me sleep in while he was on ‘first watch’.

Usually I’m up as soon as I hear dad get up. Its almost like a natural instinct. A motherly instinct.  You see, I have this mindset of as long as I’m up while he’s up – should something go awry – I’ll be around to ‘be there’ for it.   Odd you think? I guess but ever since dad had his TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack OR aka mini stroke) two years back, I’ve become his unofficial ‘keeper’.  He’s basically recovered back to his usual self though its taken just over the better part of 2 years. He’s pretty much independent once again but this time around in life, he seems to need someone watching over him in the background ‘just in case’ something goes awry, though he’ll stubbornly tell you that he ‘doesn’t need anyone to watch him!’.  However, I do take a lil comfort in knowing that he knows that there is always someone is there for him.

So, this lovely gal not only got to stay up very, very, VERY late watching TV but also got to sleep in BIG TIME on this lovely overcast day. I think she’s going to enjoy the rest of her day puttering about the house, watching TV with her darling husband and sipping coffee.  Totally a lazy & relaxing day.

Don’t you just love lazy Sundays?

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