still stewin'For Christmas, Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats got me an umbrella, even though I already had two, and I usually just end up wearing a raincoat anyway. He was very delighted with that idea, and a bit disappointed when he realized it wasn't such a winner gift after all (it's the thought that counts though!) However, he definitely hit the ball out of the park with his other gift for me: a French Press Coffee Maker! He got us a "4 cup" model from Bodum, which actually makes two big mugs of coffee. It's just perfect.
the morning line up:
including my special dauschund in leiderhosen mug that I bought in Munich last year
For years now, we've been gimping along with a Mr. Coffee machine - making bitter, weird coffee, and having to make whole pots at a time (and then invariably pouring out the leftovers). It was unsatisfactory and wasteful. When I lived in Italy, we always used a French Press, and I had fond memories. So right away, I was in love with my new pal. Mr. VE&T calls it "The French Impression," and says things like "I am going to go impress the French," and things like that. He is a nut job.
Though I usually drink decaf, I've just in the last year or so re-discovered the joys of a good caffeine blast in the morning. I love it! I'm a bit of a slow starter and a little cuppa get-up-and-go feels good. For the rest of the day, I limit myself to one or two more cups of decaf though. I don't want to get too crazy.
And, while we're on the subject, I've also become quite smitten with Wildwood brand soymilk creamer. It may be uncool, but I like a lot of milk in my coffee. I find that a little bit of creamer goes as far as a lot of soy milk or almond milk... which means I don't have to cool off my coffee so much by dumping in so much cold milk. Plus, I really like the flavor of the creamer. It's yums.
I am grooving on my coffee.