Loose ends…

I have to say, that’s how I’m feeling right now.  The rest of yesterday just seemed to dribble away.  I need to get focused and get my act together!  We did go out to lunch and I made a great new discovery.  The local diner where we go most often, the scene of the not so satisfying Greek Salad last week, surprised me today.  I found a salad on the menu called Balsamic Spinach Salad.  It’s supposed to come with chicken and Italian sausage.  I requested it without meat and it was wonderful.  It is a HUGE pile of baby spinach, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, regular tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.  As always I asked for the dressing on the side and they simply brought me the balsamic vinegar in its little cruet!  I was set and I was in LOVE!

Ralph was amused by all of the ooohing and aaahing, but it was terrific!!

I think I tried to order this once before and the waitress got so confused about leaving the meat off that I ordered something else instead.  But this was a great one!

I’m trying to get my morning going drinking Beach coffee as I work here.  Beach coffee is very simple and was named for coffee I made when we spent some time at the New Jersey shore a few years ago.  It’s simple.  You put your coffee in your filter as usual then you shake in some cinnamon.  Now that I find out that cinnamon is actually good for you,  I like it even better!  You can actually do it with any spice you like.  I’ve used nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice and I’ve even used Chinese 5 spice powder.  Add it according to your taste.  One key point to keep in mind though is you must stir it into the coffee grounds.  If you let it just sit on top, it seems to form a barrier that the water can’t penetrate and your coffee will overflow ( the kitchen will smell nice, though!)

I’ve finished up the last few Christmas cards and need to head off to the P.O. again.  Then I need to bring in the presents that are still in the car, decide if I have enough gift bags of the right sizes and get this show on the road. There may be a trip to Dollar Tree in my future if I need bags.  So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can tie up these loose ends!!

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2 responses to “Loose ends…

  1. I’m sorry you feel so off-kilter! Not that I can really pull you back, since I feel like I’m in the same boat. Your salad looks so simple and great!

    I love to hear Ele talk about your beach coffee. I heard about adding cinnamon a few years ago. But it sounds special when she glazes over and talks about what a great time you had. 🙂 I’ll take it in my coffee any day, though! 🙂 On top of my New Orleans coffee + chicory, it’s heaven.

  2. Whenever I’m having an especially terrible day I always make “Aunt Fran’s Beach Coffee”. I close my eyes and think about walking on the beach and how even a bad day at the beach is still infinately better than a good day at home. It will be a staple at “Santa’s Beach House”….do we have to pay you royalties?

    The salad looked wonderful! I can’t imagine that you would really miss the meat.

    And…I think that you should stop beating yourself up about not accomplishing everything on your list. As Pastor Frank used to tell me…please be as kind to yourself as you would be to someone else in the same situation. He was a very wise man.

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