Weekend Coffee Share

imageIf we were having coffee, I would say good morning to you from Montauk, NY.

This morning is our last day out here and it has been such a lovely time. So please pull up a chair and join us on the deck for some coffee, tea, juice, or whatever pleases you.

We packed the whole kitchen with us, since we stayed at The Beachcomber in a lovely suite with a full kitchen. Thursday, Dave and I headed out east to celebrate his upcoming birthday, and our 1st anniversary, which happens to be on the same day.

Normally I wouldn’t think to stay in such a place because who really wants to do dishes on vacation lol but since I have to make sure there is something safe for me to eat, we at least knew there was a stocked kitchen to go back to if there was a lack of gluten-free options out at The End.

The options were not as scarce as I had imagined, and although it was still a struggle to find restaurants that could accommodate and even understand what gluten was, I don’t want to bore you with all the details now but I’m sure we’ll get together tomorrow for more chit-chat, it was all in all a great experience.

So tell me, how has your weekend been? Any exciting things happen, or adventures you’ve gone on? I do hope you also have enough to drink,  I can tap you off if you’d like, as I plan on going for another cup myself. I was smart enough to bring my own coffee, because even though there were a few coffee spots, we visited during the off-season, which begins Memorial Day Weekend.

We spent some time on the beach, took a walk through downtown Montauk, saw the Montauk Lighthouse, and Dave even indulged me in taking a trip to Camp Hero State Park. Yep some conspiracy theories always float in my head, we ate at some phenomenal restaurants, spent some quality time relaxing together and even though it rained on Friday for most of the day, we made the most of it just chilling out in the suite watching movies, cooking and cuddling on the couch.

Montauk is only about an hour drive east of where we live, and although it’s close enough to home in case of an emergency, it was still just the away time we needed to spend with each other.

I hope you enjoyed your weekend, and I look forward to catching up with you tomorrow when I can tell you all the juicy details about our weekend getaway. Here are some pics of our adventure… until tomorrow.

 

The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster.  You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog, or by clicking on the Linkup and joining a few other bloggers for coffee as well.

Have a great weekend 🙂

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Weekend Coffee Share ~Mothers Day Edition

First and foremost, I’d love to wish all the lovely Mothering Women out there a Happy Mothers Day. I hope your day is filled with love, joy and laughter, and maybe even a few minutes to yourself to go pee in peace 😉

imageWelcome to Weekend Coffee Share, I haven’t done one of these in a while yet again, because lets face it I’ve been sucking in the blogging category lately. Life has been so full of continuous running and it’s been hard to keep up. Especially with A to Z Challenge, which recently ended at the end of April. It was fun, but sometimes draining to come up with posts, and with the kinks of Jury Duty thrown in the mix it kinda jumbled stuff up a bit.

But today I’m here, taking a little break from the weekends festivities to sit and chat with you for a bit. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and sit a spell.

How was your week? Any exciting things happen? And if your a Mom, or able to celebrate with your Mom or someone who you admire as a Mom figure in your life, how was your Mothers Day? I hope it is going well and you’re enjoying it.

We had a fun filled new recipe trial at Dave’s house this weekend. His oldest son, J who loves to get in the kitchen and cook, was dying to try some new recipes he found in a new cookbook he got with his Mom. So when they came over this weekend, we attempted to make some new things.

Menu

  • Field green salad, with tomatoes, mushrooms, celery, carrots, olives, cucumbers, and thousand island dressing.
  • Mussels in white wine sauce, and tomato sauce for dipping on the side.
  • Roast Pork, with apples and mushrooms, mashed potatoes, sweet potato chips, roasted carrots, buttery biscuits
  • Key lime pie with gluten free graham style crust, whipped cream.

The day began with preparing our menu, looking at the cookbooks and then going food shopping. He was a great help and was really interested in all the ingredients and how we would make it, and more importantly what it was all going to taste like. Dave and his youngest son, N went to Lowe’s and picked up the new BBQ grill he got earlier in the day. They worked together putting it together while, J and I were cooking in the kitchen.

 

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Needless to say, about 5 hours of cooking yielded wonderful results. Except for the very sticky mashed potatoes because I left them in the pot of water after they boiled and didn’t drain them out. Oops so a quick call to my Mom and she confirmed they were that consistancy because they were in the water too long. 😦 Cooking fail makes the rest of the meal that much better. Right? Haha. So we resorted to instant mashed potatoes that we doctored up with seasonings.That combined with the 9 drops of green food coloring for the Key Lime pie and let’s say it turned into a Science experiment as well as a Mathematical Equation. 9 drops of green food dye = 6 drops too many. BUT it tasted fantastic. It was the first time I’d made one, and also the first for J. We dubbed it the RadioActive Green Lantern Key Lime Pie.

He has a tradition with his mom that when they try a cookbook recipe, they take notes and jot them down in the book. Write down any changes, and of course the purpose: if it was good enough to make again. So we did just what he would do with his mom and made soem notes. I’d say all in all it was a successful experiment that yielded wonderful results.

Do you have any recipe traditions at your house?

My Mom and I use an old Betty Crocker and a Good Housekeeping cookbook from when she first started cooking. There’s also a really old Italian Cookbook that I love the recipes from.

 

This morning  they tried making me coffee 😉 cleared off an extra special area of the kitchen table for me to eat breakfast, and surprised me with a card, journal, and a lovely pair of earrings. We watched some Myth Busters, and Food Network which has become Sunday Morning tradition around here. J kept talking about the next set of recipes he’d like to try from the cookbook, and wants me to show him how to bake bread. Next time young Jedi, next time. 🙂

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J and I even packed up a special little dessert sampler so he could take them home to his Mom. He’s worried that she wouldn’t like the key lime pie, or worse yet, wouldn’t want to even try it because of the shocking green hue. I reassured him that as crazy colored as it looked, it still tasted delicious. Honestly it was the best Key Lime Pie I’ve ever eaten. And I was sure mom would be just as thrilled by all his hard work and effort in creating it, just as much as enjoying the flavors of it. But to be on the safe side, he asked to take the mini cupcakes I brought over on Friday night, just in case she hated the pie she’d still have a little something sweet on Mothers Day to enjoy.

 

It’s really been a lovely weekend, now I’m sitting down with my second cup of coffee, well the real first cup of coffee, it’s decaf don’t worry lol, and I’m relaxing while David is outside putting the finishing touches on the new grill.

I hope your day was filled with fun and laughter and you enjoyed our chat and coffee. See you soon!

*** The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster.  Join in the fun on her blog or by clicking on the Linky  to see what other bloggers are up to, and even join us if you haven’t before.

 

 

If we were having coffee…

imageI’ve finally had a moment to sit down and enjoy a cup of decaf. It’s already 5 pm probably by the time this gets posted and I’m exhausted, so decaf will do. It’s all good though, I’m not complaining.

So grab yourself a cup of what you like, pull up a comfy chair and enjoy the view.

Dave’s watching Paul Blarth, Mall Cop, funny movie if you haven’t watched it before, and I’m here curled up next to him but blogging for a little bit.

We had a funfilled weekend with the boys. On Friday night we all went to a Chinese Auction at the local middle school for their SEPTA fundraiser. (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) It was filled to capacity with people, and they apparently raised over $23,000 on this their 20th anniversary. N even won a basket of baking utensils, cookbooks and some other goodies that he gave to his mom.

Saturday was an outdoor adventure day and we took them out to the nature trail I go to quite often, and although it was mixed with some slight apprehension of “getting out in nature” they enjoyed every minute of it and are looking forward to going back again. We packed a nice lunch for everyone, went inside the visitor center/educational center and checked out the animals/flowers/trees and basically everything that create the protected wildlife marshlands at the National Wildlife Refuge. After some time in there, we headed out on the trail with hopes of catching a glimpse of the Bald Eagle that has a nest nearby. No such luck on catching that view, but our views were nonetheless just as lovely.

 

 

They boys, all three of them 😉 came with me to the coffee shop, and I got a little caffiene pick me up just in time before the rain started coming down. They ate their lunches, but I was embarressed by the fact that I assumed something with Dave’s youngest son, N. He’s a bit of a picky eater, and I packed a Lunchable with lite bologna in our cooler for him to eat while we were out. He swears he loves them and eats them all the time, so when I saw he ate everything but the bologna, I thought he just didn’t want the protein again. Afterall he ate the cookie, crackers, and cheese but no meat. I asked him what was going on, but said “how come you’re not eating the cookie? are you saving if for later?” He says no and has this look on his face like he’s upset. So of course I don’t know what’s going on and that’s when he pulls back the plastic wrap he had crumpled up inside the bologna part, and I wanted to vomit. The damn bologna was green molded!!!! Seriously I was ready to freak out. I never buy these for him, neither does his dad, and I double and triple check expiration dates ALL the time and he I was again looking at the date. May 10th, 2016! This should not be molded. I showed Dave and was so embaressed. That’s the last thing anyone wants to do is feed someone something that is bad. N took the package from me and ran to the garbage and threw it out. The person I am was like….wait, I should take it back to the store, I only bought it yesterday this shouldn’t be happening. But at that point it was too late. I wasn’t garbage digging for moldy bologna. Luckily I had other food packed. I’m always over prepared lol. And he had plenty more to eat. When we got home we played Headbandz yet again, and watched some of the original Star Trek episodes with the boys last night. I had no idea they liked Star Trek, the original that is. Which I think extremely cool.

And today was a nice relaxing day at home watching How it’s Made, and some Food Network. J keeps asking to cook with me, so I’ve got to get an idea of something he would like to eat so we can make it together the next weekend they are over. Of course this evening wouldn’t be complete without some finishing touches on the laundry/walk in closet room. It’s almost done, just need to put the clothes back on the hangers and the dressers into the room.

After a long weekend even the cats are a little exhausted taking in the setting sun. Now I bid you a good evening, because I’ve got some relaxing to do myself. 🙂

Thanks for joining me in Weekend Coffee Share~See you soon.

***The Weekend Coffee Share is hosted by Part Time Monster.  You can join this week’s Coffee Share on her blog or by clicking on the Linkup .

 

Weekend Coffee Share: Let’s try this again

imageIf we were having coffee, I’d ask you how your week has been and what is going on this weekend in your life.

Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever your favorite beverage is and join me for a little coffee klatch, Today I’m opting for a cupa tea. Actually all weekend I’ve decided to forego coffee and stick to tea. I don’t even know why I decided to do this, but it didn’t last long. By 3 pm on Friday afternoon, I was headed to the closest coffee I could get. Unfortunately it was a *bucks…Yes I won’t even type it out because the coffee is miserable. I wanted a cold brew, and it was the end of the pot so to speak. Bitter and beyond drinkable, and although I don’t use much sugar or sweetener, there wasn’t enough sweetness to kill the bad taste it left in my mouth. Waste of money but what did I do. Yep I drank it anyway. Well most of it. Today, it’s tea, and lets see how long I last with it.

Dave and I finished the renovation of the laundry room on Wednesday night, but we don’t have use of the washer or dryer as of yet. Some kinks in the connections, but we will address them after the holiday weekend.

Speaking of the holiday, how are you planning on celebrating? Any big plans? Big meal that you’re preparing? Easter egg hunt that you are trying to plan out? My only advice is to make sure you keep track of where you hide the eggs you were given by the Easter Bunny. You don’t want to have a rogue egg lost among your sofa until the August heatwaves roll in. 😉

We did an egg hunt a little early, because we weren’t going to be spending the holiday with Dave’s boys. Thankfully we were given the plastic eggs you fill with treats by the Easter Bunny or we would have been in trouble, because we hid 27 of them, only to retrace our steps and come up short each time we tried to find them all. However  they were all found, and  in record time.

imageHope you are enjoying your drink, it’s time for me to top off of my tea. It’s, one of those damp dreary days outside, although it’s quite comfortable inside snuggled up and relaxing with my guy by my side as I type and Food Network is playing.

We just got back from brunch from a nearby restaurant and although the food was spot on I was perplexed by the choice of decor they used on the tables. It wasn’t your normal flower centerpiece, maybe a seasonal choice of tulips or daffodils would have been better than the WHEAT stalks that were to my left. See them right there, what is that? Who puts wheat on their table. Ok maybe for me it’s a bit more odd than any other person who might come to the restaurant and see this. I am gluten intolerant and although this isn’t a gluten free restaurant they did offer safe food to eat. I had to take a picture. Because, well it’s WHEAT lol.

I am gearing up for the A to Z challenge which will begin April 1st. I’m going with my Randomness theme again, because it suits me, but I am trying to incorporate a few more interesting things among the 26 days that are before us. And I’m looking forward to finding other blogs to read as well.

I haven’t participated in a Weekend Coffee Share in almost a year, and it is by far one of my favorite link ups to participate in. Ok it’s the only one I participated in but it still is my favorite. I try to do my Monday Musings posts that are similar in a coffee klatch manner, but please do me a favor and check out the Link Up listed below and follow along the other bloggers who are looking forward to sharing a cup of coffee with you.

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If we were having coffee, the Connecticut weekend edition

IMG_5868 Coming to you live, well almost, from Connecticut.

If we were having coffee, I’m having my yogurt and chex cereal instead. I woke up famished and honestly being away for the last few days was well worth it and much needed. I’ll be running downstairs to Starbucks in a little while so please make yourself comfortable and enjoy a cuppa whatever your pleasure.

I’ve been in Connecticut for a few days and although there is wifi available the damn thing kept giving me issues until about 20 min ago and I wasn’t able to connect the new laptop into the casinos wifi. However, our iPhones were both able to connect seemlesly. Go figure!!

My week, although light or more like absent from blogging, had nothing to do with writers block I’m happy to say. It was all for other reasons, some extremely good, others out of my control like the wifi issue. I’m happy it was mainly for good reasons 🙂

And dare I say, I haven’t been this truly happy in I don’t know how long. It feels great, it feels out of the ordinary and honestly I can’t compare it to anything else in life. Sounds corny but it’s true.

IMG_5855My view the last few days has been pretty sweet, and so has this outside view from the hotel window. Today however, there was much overcast and clouds, they seem to be just lifting now but still not picture worthy.

I do hope that you all have a fantastic weekend. I know I’m enjoying the time away and the company. 

Still in that mindset of too good to be true, but I’m going with the flow and enjoying the time. 

If we were having coffee

IMG_5630If we were having coffee, I’d tell you to pull up a chair and grab your favorite beverage of choice.

Although today, coffee isn’t even tasting good. Not exactly sure why. The last time I had an aversion to coffee, I was dealing with extremely low iron and B12 levels. Hoping this isn’t the case because I’ve been doing the B12 injections religiously the last few weeks. Still have the damn black and blues to prove it too. No matter how hard I try to avoid hitting a vein, it never fails. And let me tell you, when you’re trying to get to know someone new and they see black and blues on you, they kind of wonder what the heck is up lol. Yeah that was a funny moment to say the least 😉

If it’s not the low levels, it may well be the extra benadryl I’ve been taking lately. Outdoor allergies are kicking my butt with the pollen, and I’m also allergic to dogs and cats. And recently I’ve gotten to know two adorable little kitties, Lilo & Stitch. They are cuties for sure, but their dad…he’s the one who’s really caught my eye 😉 So I don’t mind having to take a few extra benadryl to get me through the day, until I get accustom to them. I think it’s well worth it.

The writers block has still been hovering around like a UFO, it hasn’t taken up permanent residence in my brain thankfully. Because seriously no one has time for that. I know I need to just sit at the computer and devote some time to doing what I love. I’ve always said I didn’t want to just write about nonsense or more importantly, write for writings sake. I wanted substance, and a point of view to put out there. Yes I write about Random Musings and Wanderlust, but I didn’t want to just throw some words on a screen and leave it at that. So although I am still trying to stick to that grounding, I may just throw some stuff out to the blogosphere for the heck of it. I also realize that for some reason, my settings on the blog have been turned upside down. I have to approve comments from people who have been commenting as “regulars” and then I can’t reply back. It’s becoming frustrating. And I’m sure those people who are commenting are wondering why I’m not engaging. So I’m going to devote some time tonight to figure out what the issue may be. Check into my settings and see if anything is going on. Hopefully it’s just that Mercury in Retrograde playing tricks on the electronics thing.

So for now I will have to bid you adieu, I’m about to go make a cup of tea, catch up on some blog work and hopefully figure things out with the settings. Relax and maybe watch some more Grimm because I still haven’t caught up with that either. Still way behind. Seems like my pattern of late.

I do hope you are all enjoying the weekend.

The Weekend Coffee Share is the brainchild of Parttime Monster. Do stop over her blog and take a look around, also please visit the Linky, and browse all the great bloggers that join up over the weekend to share in a cup.

If we were having coffee, the “There’s No Place Like Home” edition

  If we were having coffee I’d say it’s nice to be home. Although I miss my Sissy and her family, there’s no place like home…

Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, and grab a cuppa your favorite drink. I’m having an iced coffee with caramel sauce and a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder. It’s a little damp and chilly today, but hot coffee would be to warm.

I’m at the local coffee shop, hoping for a little spark of inspiration. This is usually a place I get some creativity, but maybe my well is running a bit dry. I thought my trip to Pa would have sparked something but that fell short too.

Maybe I’m trying too hard? Maybe I’m focusing too much on getting the spark back? Maybe I need a break? But I feel I’ve taken far too long of a break at this time. I think my expectations are getting the best of me. I know I’m probably worrying too much about all of it I’m sure.

How has your week been? Anything new or interesting happening? Any fun plans for the weekend?

I was hoping to get out on one of the trails this weekend but with the rainy weather I’m not so sure it will happen. But my hopes are still up for tomorrow. I miss the great outdoors. I had wanted to get some nature photos and a few walks in the mountains this past week while in Pa but things didn’t go as I envisioned. With all the stress over car trouble it kind of took a back seat.

IMG_5626I did however get my hair highlighted. It was an experience to say the least. At my age I’ve never highlighted my hair, colored it fully, yes but never highlights. It wasn’t what I expected and honestly I hated it lol. Live and learn, and you don’t know till you try it. Right? My Sissy and her daughter, Bella liked it.  However once I got home and sported it around town for a few days, it was quite clear that my idea of the “orange brassy tones” were definitely there.

I sure as heck wasn’t seeing things.

Today I tried to fix it, and although it’s not the best, it is better than what it was. It does look better in person than in this photo thankfully. Oddly enough, the dye I used to fix what had been done, didn’t even take on my roots (which didn’t get much of the highlights on them to begin with anyway) So it still looks like I need to dye my hair, but because I’m not ready to go short yet or lose any hair, I’ll have to wait a little longer. I’m getting used to the colors that are there now.

Tomorrow I’m planning on going to the outdoor farmers market, grabbing some of my favorite Greek yogurt, and maybe taking a walk down in the village for a while. Get some me time in, I think it will do me good, and give me a little reboot to say the least.

I finally caught up on Once Upon a Time and wow I’m impressed with this season and obviously can’t wait till next season starts. As for Mad Men, the final episode airs this Sunday, and it’s bittersweet. Some of the episodes this season are leaving me annoyed, but I wont go into detail because I know a lot of folks haven’t caught up just yet. I just hope that the final episode lives up the the series and does it justice. We shall see…

I’m off to catch up on Grimm, since I’ve neglected a lot of television viewing this past season. So off I go with my cup of tea to end the night. I hope you all have a great weekend and you should check out the other bloggers who participate in the Weekend Coffee Share linky, hosted by Part Time Monster.