National Frozen Yogurt Day

Happy National Frozen Yogurt Day!

National Frozen Yogurt DayHello!

In case you haven’t heard, I’m a massive fan of ice cream and I guess frozen yogurt is okay on occasion too. I have to exercise my newly developed willpower every time I cross the freezer aisle because it’s all too tempting to reach in and fill my arms with Ben & Jerry’s. I even had to throw away my B&J coupons because I would use them as an excuse to talk myself into buying ice cream, get up to the check stand, and then realize that I left the coupon at home. The cycle continued for far too long before I had to be honest and admit that I was playing myself and would never actually remember to bring it. It’s a dangerous game! Lucky for me, I’m not that much of a fan of froyo so walking into Yogurt Extreme wasn’t an enormous risk for this recovering ice cream-aholic. A little bit of cake batter froyo with caramelized walnuts, crushed reeses peanut butter cups, crushed butterfinger, crushed oreo, a dusting of graham cracker, and a drizzle of hot fudge makes a pretty good combination. Don’t be fooled by the blue sky reflected in the door! As soon as I pulled out of the parking lot, it started hailing hard and I was trapped in my car in the driveway, eating my frozen yogurt and listening to the end of a Mahler symphony waiting for a break in the hail and rain. No matter how hard we wish in honor of the holiday, it’s simply not frozen yogurt season yet. Grab a spoon and celebrate! Happy holidays.

Carrie

National Hot Tea Day

Happy National Hot Tea Day!

National Hot Tea DayHello!

Today’s highest temperature is forecasted to be a balmy 32 degrees! I seriously need a cup of hot tea this morning. Last night, Eric and I were in the middle of a fun gaming session when we heard a loud boom outside and the power shut off. Just as soon as I dug out candles and settled on the couch, he had his coat on and decided we still had time to make it for happy hour! I blew out the candles and we left our poor little kitty home in the dark to head out to our favorite local spot. When we couldn’t sit and snack any longer, we headed back home to find that the power situation had not been resolved. A neighbor said the power company’s estimate was to be fixed by 9 PM so we launched into phase two of our coping plan, packed a bag, and headed for my parent’s house. At least they had wifi and a working heater! I’m back home this morning and Eric is off at work, but our house is still a little chillier than normal because the heat was off for so long and the temperature has dropped to ridiculous temperatures. Like I said, I’m really thankful for the reminder to make a cup of hot tea this morning and the blissful opportunity to drink it with Spotify jams blasting and a kitty snuggled on my lap. What’s in your cup this morning?

Carrie

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happy national cocoa day

Happy National Cocoa Day!

happy national cocoa dayHello!

Bring on the steamed milk, sweet cocoa powder, and mini marshmallows. It’s time for some hot cocoa celebration! Technically, yes, the holiday is just for cocoa, but it’s the Christmas season and winter is, regrettably and obviously, upon us. I don’t know about you, but I definitely need a hot, cheery beverage to warm me up and a plan scoop of powdery cocoa powder alone is not going to cut it. Sure, it was  little tempting to order a basic hot cocoa at the coffee shop while Eric sipped on a frothy coffee drink with a bold smell that captured my attention from across the table, but it was actually kind of nice to drink something a little more subtle. With some extra cocoa powder sprinkled on top, the drink was super simple. Watching the girl make my drink, all I saw was some sweet milk steamed up and then a powdery blend of cocoa powder stirred into the pot. Don’t forget the whipped cream on top, though! We sat down to warm up a bit with our drinks before heading back into the wintery, wet air and I was very content with my holiday order. It’s been far too long since my last cup of hot cocoa! Happy holidays!

Carrie

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Happy National Ear Muff Day!

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Look at this cutie! This morning I caught her dashing out of the apartment all bundled up so off course I had to snap a photo for ear muff day. My ears, on the other hand, are frozen and basically ‘blue raspberry’ blue!

Well, it’s been a long day and I’m officially at the end of my concert string! The music gala concerts today were so hectic and suffered lots of ‘stand around’ time but they’re over and hopefully some poor music student down the road gets those funds we raised!

Carrie