Looking through this week’s pictures, I see a pepperminty theme. I started out the week in Saratoga Springs (I told you about that last week) during which time I had three Irish Cream Peppermint Lattes at Saratoga Coffee Traders. The first one was beyond delicious. The other two didn’t quite live up, but they were still pretty good.
I am not usually a big latte drinker, so I think maybe I overdosed a bit. The hotel served free coffee and tea all day in the lounge, and near the end of our trip I found myself more drawn to the herbal teas (particularly the peppermint) than to the coffee. It seems I reached my coffee saturation point.
Even since I’ve been home, I’ve been limiting my coffee intake. One cup in the morning (if that) and no desire for any more during the day. What’s really floating my boat right now is Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Green Tea. It’s a seasonal thing, but I love it, and I bought four boxes last Christmas. I’m still working on them, although I’ve made a serious dent in my supply this week.
I can’t put my finger on what makes this particular tea so delicious, but it’s really quite good. Probably the best mint-based tea I’ve ever had. In fact, I’m going to stop typing now and refill my mason jar
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
365: 2015 311/365 – I left my less-than-enthusiastic kids in the hotel and walked into town for some local shopping. When my bags got tiresome to carry, I sat on a park bench and enjoyed an Irish Cream & Peppermint Latte. It was really quite good! [in Saratoga Springs, NY]
Instagram: Knitting a Christmas gift for my Dad and sipping peppermint herbal tea. The only thing that would make this afternoon more relaxing is for the staff to come into this lounge and turn on the fireplace. 😊 [in Saratoga Springs, NY]
365: 2015 312/365 – We took separate cars for our weekend away (as we often do, for various practical reasons). The boys and I were home by 3:00, and Neil came rolling in six hours later.
365: 2015 313/365 – Sometimes when I leave my daily photo until after dark, I just don’t feel like going to the effort required to make it an interesting shot. For example, this image, while accurately portraying my progress with my current knitting project, does nothing to convey how cozy my evening is about to be, sipping peppermint tea, catching up on some Masterpiece Classic, and finishing up the neck of this vest.
365: 2015 314/365 – I love rainy Fall days, especially when I have nowhere to go and can spend all day curled up in my comfy pants and heavy sweater, reading or doing something crafty… Today, though, I had a lot of places to go, and I got plenty damp in the process. Even so, I found the rain rather charming. [taken with my phone]
365: 2015 315/365 – I made cranberry bread this afternoon using my mother’s recipe. I don’t always have a lot of luck with cranberry bread, but this is the best loaf I’ve ever made! So delicious with a bit of cream cheese on top…
365: 2015 316/365 – This morning hundreds of birds flew through my yard (as they do every year at this time) on their way to someplace warmer. They were unbelievably loud, (and a little too Hitchcockian for me to want to stay outside with them for long).
365: 2015 317/365 – Our 22-year-old microwave bit the dust this week, and today we got a new one. As always happens when I get something new, I start looking at everything around it with a critical eye. I’m now thinking that old, impossible-to-get-clean-anymore toaster oven’s days are numbered… Also, I’d be lying if I said the idea of an entire kitchen makeover hadn’t crossed my mind. Actually, that idea has crossed my mind every year since we moved in here. In 1997.
I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!