Friday, August 31, 2012

An end.

Today was an end of sorts. An end of my unemployed time {gracias baby Jesus!}, an end to our first year of marriage {<3},and an end {more or less} to our first month in our new city.
I have some thoughts swirling around in my head for sure, but not too many, actually.
I think as far as our first year as man and wife goes, I'll keep those ruminations near my heart. But I probably will end up writing out some of my feelings on the other things in the next few days. For now I can say wholeheartedly that I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for as smooth a transition we could've hoped for. And that gratitude extends to an excitement for the time to come because, well, it's only been a month!!
Now, here's to our last weekend before our first anniversary on Monday!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Basil Basil Everywhere.

I had a bunch of left over basil languishing in the fridge and finally got my act together to do something with it.
Bring on the food processor.
I made a sort-of-pesto. I think it's "sort-of" because I used almonds and not pine nuts but I sampled it and it tasted right to me.
Than I put it in an ice cube tray and froze the heck out of it. With saran wrap pressed up against it to avoid frosty bits.
Pesto cubes!

This was about a half cup of olive oil, a few shakes of salt & pepper, a quarter cup of parmesan cheese, and a handful of almonds with about 15 pulses in the food processor.
Now we can have some pesto here and there when we feel like it and that poor old basil didn't meet an untimely end.
xoxo, natty ♥

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

When the stars align.

This post is such randomness, but oh well; it's Tuesday. Every once and a while I get my biznass together and things just go. For example, getting all food and ingredients prepped before I start cooking. 
Little bowls everywhere!
I LOVE doing this because I bought these cheap little clear glass bowls from Ikea and it makes me feel like I'm on a cooking show. Except my hair is dirty and I'm wearing an ancient t-shirt. And no make-up.

I'm not always able to get this done for every meal I make. Maybe once a month is more like it. But I'm really enjoying this time before full-time work kicks in and Mike's classes start up again and this is one of the things that I love to do.

After our Georgetown excursion yesterday we cleaned a bit and got dinner ready and hung out together. It was glorious. When we were both working in San Jose things were great but we had a different and more rushed routine. I know that our days are about to get a lot more like that but I'm loving what we've got going on RIGHT NOW and I'm so tickled that it so happens to be the week leading up to our first anniversary.

Anyhoo, I hope that your week is going well!
xoxo, natty ♥

Monday, August 27, 2012


Today has been a lovely day. Mike is off of classes for now and I'm still bumming around so we're in a kind of fun, really nice, and almost vacation type of time. In other news.
This is what happens when you chop purple okra and it sticks to your knife.
1} I now LOVE okra. I just fried it up a bit and I imagine there are many more and more-exciting manners of preparing said veggie but it's a delightful flavor and I'm excited for this new addition to our repertoire.
2} We ran to the Georgetown area today which deserves its own post, I suppose, and I was BLOWN away by the locks - they're like little canal crossing guards. 
I had no idea that these things even exist and apparently {thanks to my husband's knowledge} there are locks in Minnesota which eluded me the whole time I was there in college. 
So cool! 
I suppose I could maybe explain it all in an even other post, but HERE'S the link for those interested parties out there.
3} THIS played a role in tonight's dinner {I added in some goat cheese and fried up bits of potatoes for extra goodness} ; yum!!
4} We did not go and get gelato for the third night in a row which is a dang good thing because that ish is exPENsive.
5} I got myself a job. This is a blessing. A huge blessing. In so many ways. If you know me and want to know a bit more, text me, or something of the sorts, and I'll fill you in, but otherwise I'll leave it short and sweet. And I start next week. So much thanks.

What's new in your neck of the woods? Is it cooling down a bit there too? It's still pretty hot & humid here, actually, but I'm not complaining, as long as my run is done before it gets too late in the day.
xoxo, natty ♥

Sunday, August 26, 2012

As for my dessert tonight...

May your week be a lovely one!

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Chocolate noir gelato?
Yes, please!!

Friday, August 24, 2012


As for the okra, I fried it. And it was delicious! It was more of a saute and I had olive oil, salt, pepper, a bit of flour, and a bit of milk mixed in. It was half a pound, for the record, and I dashed in some cayenne for ooomph. Wonderful.
I saved half of it though and might just go for that risotto tomorrow ;).
Happy Friday!
xoxo, natty ♥

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Hearts in the coffee I drink.

I'm still enjoying my iced coffee. It's cooled down just a wee bit here but it's still muggy and warm, not quite hot coffee weather.
I'm also enjoying what I use to cool down my drink; fun ice cubes!

Becs, I think you might have posted a picture just like this one...imitation is flattery!
Did anyone else out there in my generation have those plastic reusable ice cubes that were in the shape of fruits? They were glorious. I've also seen those cool {pun slightly intended} ice cubes that are made out of stone so they never melt and dilute your drink but I like the old fashioned water-turned-to-ice variation. 

Especially when they're in the form of hearts. Or stars. Or fish. Or flowers. 

Hey, they were only 99 cents each at Ikea.
xoxo, natty ♥

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My try at Pad Thai.

I made Pad Thai for the first time tonight.
Aaaaaaand I might do it again - it was pretty good though I do admit that it was from a packet.

In other news, if I were teaching still, tomorrow would be the first day of school and I would be cleaning up my classroom still; have a fantabulous day everyone at school!

To distract me from thinking about how I'm not teaching, our dog put on a little show for me this afternoon. He can howl but I think it looks and sounds pretty pathetic because he's not very big nor is he a hound; he's a dachshund and meant to hunt badgers not howl at the moon. It also doesn't happen very often, usually when there's an ambulance or firetruck siren going off very near to him. Since we live in a city there are always sirens but not too many trigger his howl reflex and today I got lucky. For your enjoyment, here he is.

It's weird, right? It's kind of goofier if you can see him from the front and appreciate how he throws his head back but I was parked on the couch and couldn't really get a good angle of him. Don't mind the Law & Order on in the background. 

And in even other and much more meaningful and exciting news, a sweet friend and her husband welcomed their new little guy into the world last night; congratulations and much happiness for the three of them!!!!!
xoxo, natty ♥

Monday, August 20, 2012


A new week! What a gift! I'm thinking, this week, about...
First Day of School, way back when.
1} School back in California starts this week; I'm thinking about you ALL! Teachers, staff, and students, may this school year be blessed and prolific.
2} So many veggies in our fridge for this week...yum!
3} Another museum visit this week maybe? I went to one last week and will write about it soon.
4} Mike's almost done with his summer session. Yea for his first set of classes!
5} Dog park today.

What's new or interesting or exciting about your week?
xoxo, natty ♥

Sunday, August 19, 2012

A discovery and a quandary.

After mass this morning I {predictably} meandered to the farmers market and picked up usual haul {rainbow chard featured prominently} but also snagged something new : okra!
I've had a mostly "meh" relationship with okra though it could hardly even be called a relationship considering I've had the things all of two or three times.

These were so pretty and I was feeling optimistic so I grabbed them and I'm excited to figure out something to do with them later this week. That's the quandary part of this post; are there any okra suggestions out there? I know they can be slimy and I'm feeling afraid of that but I've also heard beautiful things about them so I'm determined to try them at least once or maybe even twice.

Secondly, to go against the order of my post's title, I introduce to you the discovery aspect of my weekend. I think it might of started on Thursday, actually, but that counts. 

It's the Jeopardy phone game.
That's me!
I'm not big on phone games. I got kind of into Temple Run but for me "kind of into" means a week or two's worth of sporadic interest.

I tried to get into Words With Friends and I must apologize to my IRL {HA! I love using this acronym!} friends with whom I've started games because I always forget about the dang things - I'm sorry!!

But I love me some Jeopardy, as I'm sure I've made obvious in my past posts, and this game is pretty well made {unlike Bananagrams app; has anyone else been disappointed?}. It's fast, doesn't crash, I've yet to see a clue repeated, there are a ton of great answers, and it involves customizable avatars.
You even get to write your name like the TV show players do.
Do you have any phone/tablet games you enjoy? I have been known to enjoy the Pinterest application, as well as the Etsy one, and I like my bank one {dork} because it's well mapped out.
Also, we went to our local baseball team's {go Nats!} game on Friday night. 
The Nationals played well and I was FLOORED by the presidential race promotion during the fourth inning. I really can't do it justice here in this post and I took no pictures so I think that's good enough motivation to see another game in person and try to use my camera's zoom because I truly MUST record this experience. 

I will say, though, that it involves human beings wearing giant head masks of the Mount Rushmore presidents {and period costumes!} running around the field to try and beat each other. Teddy Roosevelt never wins {but he does maintain a Twitter feed HERE} and they all look like life-sized bobble head dolls. I loved it, to say the least.

Tonight I baked cookies and I'm staring at my drying rack covered in laundry and the windows are open and that's about it for the weekend.

May Monday come nicely your way.

xoxo, natty ♥

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A winning combination.

Time with my husband + Costco run + an organized apartment + dinner out + a lavender bubble bath + Law & Order {SVU} marathon on TV + farmer's market tomorrow = happy me.
xoxo, natty ♥

Friday, August 17, 2012


As I mentioned almost two weeks ago, I checked out one of the local farmers markets {Dupont Circle, fyi}.

Farmers markets can be overwhelming for me. There are often sooooooo many people and strollers and carts and meandering groups. There are also a lot of options for the same thing; I can get chard at five different stalls...which is best?!? 

I have a bit of a routine to help me through this experience because, despite what I just unloaded about my slightly agoraphobic self, I really like being able to buy produce outdoors and ideally in a more direct manner than at the grocery store. Plus there's less packaging and it's local and blah blah blah. 
It's also nice when pastries are available.

So: I think it's best I go alone. I need to make a complete circle before I do or buy anything so that I can absorb the lay of the land. This way I can also make some mental notes as far as which stalls seem more appealing to me. I try to stay away from the stalls on the edges {sorry fringe sellers!} since that's where passerby will be drawn to and I like to give business to the inner venders. I try and stick with organic if it's within the budget. I'm there to get what's in season and available so I remain open to what's laying out. I make sure I have my cash and my bags. I won't haggle for prices, I don't think that's "what is done" at these things and there are usually enough people that it would create an embarrassing traffic jam that isn't really worth it since the prices are never too bad to begin with. And then I go for it.

I love the variety of color.

I like this one because it's year-round and has a nice variety of produce. 

And pretty flowers. Hydrangea are some of my favorites.
And cold cuts; yum!
And felted soap. Huh?
I learned about felted soap just last month when wandering around Pike's Place Market in Seattle. It's a piece of soap {obvi} that has a bit of felted wool sewed around it. The wool acts like a sponge, almost, and helps you to get a good lather and a bit of exfoliation. Then, when the soap has been depleted {as soap is wont to do}, you have a funny ball of felted wool left over with which you can do as you please.

And they have empanadas. 

And they have these two sisters who sell soup each weekend and 

There is also a market closer to our place, I think, and I might check it out this weekend.

Do you have an open air market that you like to frequent? Is it as fraught as an experience as it is for me? 

We're headed to a Nationals game tonight and the weekend ahead holds some more organizing/unpacking that's been swept aside. Until now.
Happy Friday!
xoxo, natty ♥

Thursday, August 16, 2012

It would've been Seven.

Yesterday, had we not made this big life change in moving to DC, I would've gone to my seventh faculty/staff beginning of the school year retreat. 

Today, I would've begun my seventh round of back to school workshops and meetings. 

Next Tuesday I would welcome my seventh class of freshmen on their orientation. 

Next Wednesday I would begin teaching my seventh year.

But, alas, none of that's happening.
I'm really sad to be missing out on all of this. I miss my friends and the familiar faces and places of work. Before I taught for six years I was also a student at my school. That's a decade's worth of memories.

But, alas, I'm also really happy and excited.

I'm happy and excited to have an amazing opportunity in our hands, the chance to do new and enlightening things.

I'm looking forward to what the days, weeks, months, and seasons have to bring us. 

This is new and good, exciting and scary, but the best thing for us that we could be doing right now and I don't think I could ask for more. 

Also, pretty skies can help ease the transition.
xoxo, natty ♥

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


xoxo, natty ♥

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pretty Colors.

I loved our dinner tonight!
Rainbow chard!
Golden beets!
Beautiful fiesta ware {and salad} {THANK YOU family, friends, and loved ones for these vibrant wedding gifts that remind us of you all each time we use them}!

The pretty colors make eating vegetables a bit easier.
xoxo, natty ♥

Monday, August 13, 2012


I've already gotten in my run this morning {woot!} and have some cleaning done, that is already a GOOD day but let's ponder a few other high points in my life at this moment, shall we? We shall!
Saturday's storm through our window screen.
1} I returned to the farmer's market yesterday and am excited for more squash blossoms and chard this week!
2} I saw a movie Friday night which adds to my 101/1,001. That poor list has been neglected as far as updating goes but I've got a large and lengthy summation on the don't worry, dear reader!
3} My mama bought her plane ticket to come here next month; our first California visitor!!
4} Along with the greens I got yesterday I also acquired some beautiful white peaches that are sitting in a bowl in front of me, reminding me that lunch is only a few hours away and that they are willing to play a role in that particular meal. Such generous fruit!
5} Mr. Mike made it half way through his summer classes; way to go sweetie!!

What are you thinking about this Monday? How was your weekend? Are you looking forward to the days ahead? Did you watch the closing ceremonies? Are you sad or oddly relieved that the Olympics are over?
xoxo, natty ♥


Lovely weekend. Monday, here we come!
xoxo, natty ♥

Saturday, August 11, 2012

It'a official.

Yesterday I initiated myself to DC living and got my first Smartrip card.
I've arrived, folks - I've arrived.
Our weekend has so far been delightful and low-key and I hope we're not the only ones.
xoxo, natty ♥

Friday, August 10, 2012


Last night before walking to get gelato Mike got up from the couch, walked to the kitchen, and told me to come look at the dog.
This is what I saw, minus the happy modesty clouds.
He somehow packs so much resentment into one look.
Happy weekend to you!
xoxo, natty ♥

Thursday, August 9, 2012


Except for going to Minnesota for four years {hey Macalester!} I'd never moved to or lived in a city other than San Jose. College was pretty unique, though, in that I lived on campus all four years so the scope of my world as far as social interactions was fairly limited. I didn't venture off campus very often and Macalester is a small college so I saw a lot of the same people quite often. Very often, actually.

Keeping all that in mind it comes as no surprise, to me at least, that this is a Big Change for us to move to Washington, DC. I've been easing my way into life here and Michael has been as well but I anticipate that it will take at least a year for us to really get into the swing of things; experiencing all four seasons will allow us to get used to the cadence of our life here. Things will change a bit after these first few heady weeks. Things will change when {God willing!} I get a job. Things will change when Mike finishes the summer session and begins the fall semester. And thus it will continue. 

There is a window, though, that won't stay open for much longer. This is a window I'd never really experienced thanks to everything I mentioned in the first paragraph above. It's the limbo of one's first few days and weeks in a completely foreign environment. 

Prior to July 25 I had never lived anywhere even NEAR this place and now it's my home. Because of that, there is practically no one I know. When I go to Target I won't bump into my dad's neighbor. At the mall, I won't see any students {sad!}, I won't notice my aunt or uncle behind the wheel of their cars at an intersection. 

This is weird. 

For now. 

I'll get used to it, I know. At the same time, I'm kind of enjoying this freedom. I feel so un-beholden when out and about. It's not that I don't miss my family and friends and familiar places but it's so totally novel to me to not know a dang person, place, or thing. I feel as though I'm merely floating about and taking in everything. Maybe that's why I'm so exhausted at the end of each day, that or the excruciating recipe of heat and humidity that is a DC summer.

Like I said, though, I can already see this window starting to slide shut. I'm beginning to recognize a few people here and there. When I walk in the mornings I see some of the same people hanging out around the coffee shop. I know a few people {& their hounds!} from the dog park. I'm even able to drive to and from a few places without furiously studying directions and a map.

I guess this is what moving to a new place is like. And I like it.
xoxo, natty ♥

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


 xoxo, natty ♥

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Around the world on my plate.

Since I'm not working yet and Mikey's quite busy with his summer session {he chose to take two classes, which is the maximum, and has been really feeling his decision in the many hours spent at his Massachusetts Avenue campus} I've been given lots of time to get things organized around here. 

Starting with a partially furnished apartment, a Ford Escape's worth of belongings, 25 boxes full of clothes and home goods, a trip to Ikea, and several Target forays have certainly provided enough to keep me busy for the foreseeable future. This is actually an ideal move-in situation for us because I can be pretty prissy about where I like things to be and this way Mike isn't waiting around for me to make up my mind about where I think things should go. 

In that same vein I've been doing quite a bit of cooking in our time here. With the free time I have and the summer produce all over the place I've been really motivated to try new recipes and not let anything go to waste {as in, let veggies go bad} and it's been great; we've tried several new dishes, very veggie-diverse ones, and even came up with one that I feel can be an almost weekly player.

Tonight, though, was one of those "I need to get rid of stuff" sort of nights and we ended up with a really random assortment of sides cobbled together to make a meal.
On our plates : roasted eggplant with tahini dressing {hello Mediterranean!}, roasted carrots with thyme, fried rice from last week's Chinese take-out side of white rice {I added in a bag of blanched spinach}, and warm toasted bread, tomato, basil, and fresh mozzarella salad.

Do you have any "empty the fridge" dinner plans? Do you {totally accidentally!!!!} let groceries, ahem, turn?
xoxo, natty ♥

Monday, August 6, 2012

Airing my laundry.

I'm kind of starting to get my self on a schedule. As a teacher my summers, unless I'm working, are nicely relaxed and that's how I've let my first week in DC be but it's time for structure and on that note, here are a few good things I'm mulling over. 
A reminder of what we left in California.
1. I finally got a drying rack. During my Ikea adventure last week {more on this later} I picked up this guy.
I forgot his Swedish name, sorry.
I've been on a big air-drying kick recently. I like that without the dryer's heat I can help my clothes last longer and not shrink up {it saves money too!} though I do put sheets and towels in the dryer. 
Up to now I had been relying on shrouding every rack in our apartment with damp laundry but now I have a proper drying apparatus. The only downside is that in our new place, due to the ambient humidity, I'm assuming, it takes for-dang-ever to dry anything by air. But it does dry and I'm excited about my new toy {oh I just now realize how lame that might sound}.
2. This guy is loving the back of the couch.
He likes to keep an eye on what's going on.
3. There's some gelato waiting for me to come get it in the next two hours.
4. There's also a certain dog park that's expecting a visit this evening.
5. Our local farmer's market is chock full of lovely treats. I'm so glad to have such a resource so near to where we live {not to mention all of the other things in DC}.
What's nice about your week? Are you able to extend your summer or are you succumbing to the Back-To-School mania that seems to be all around us?
xoxo, natty ♥

Sunday, August 5, 2012


After mass this morning I meandered over to our local farmer's market where I thoroughly enjoyed the colorful visual stimulation. 
I walked away with three bags of produce and sweated the 1.5 miles back home; why did I do that to myself? I was too lazy to try and figure out a bus ride home but suffered through extreme heat and humidity but oh-well.
We might sign up for a CSA, paying a share in local farms and getting a box of produce each week, but this farmer's market {& the grocery store, duh} is a great resource considering that it's local, obviously, and year-round, which isn't always easy to find.
Anyway, my major score of the day was zucchini blossoms. The two empanadas I had for lunch were also a highlight.
I had the smoked bluefish and highly recommend it.
I also had mushroom and still prefer the smoked bluefish.
Moving on, zucchini blossoms are exactly that, flowers, but can be fried into a delicious little side dish/appetizer. I first had them from my grandmother and she from her parents; I think the dish is Italian in origin. You can get fancy pants and stuff them with cheeses or other things but I prefer this simple preparation because it really lets the light flavor of the bloom take center stage. I used THIS recipe but I'll write it out here just for kicks.

Fried Zucchini/Squash Blossoms.
1. Purchase {or pick, if you're lucky} some beautiful zucchini blossoms.

2. Carefully rinse and dry theses dudettes.

Rinse and dry!
3. Prepare a nice big saute or fry pan with enough olive oil to cover the bottom and then a bit more, but not too much...maybe two tablespoons?

4. Whisk together a couple of tablespoons of flour and milk {I had skim on hand but I'm sure that water would do the trick in a pinch}, almost equal parts but adding the milk/liquid until you get the desired consistency of a thin soup; this batter shouldn't be thick. Add in a bit of salt to this.

5. Heat the oil to medium-high {depending on your pan and/or stove it may be a bit different; our pans conduct heat pretty efficiently so medium is perfect for me if I want a nice strong heat}...if you flick a bit of the batter into the oil and it sizzles then it's ready.

6. Swirl each blossom in the batter until it's covered {I left the stems "naked"} and then carefully slide them into the hot oil.

7. Use a fork or spoon to flip each blossom after two {or so} minutes, giving each side equal time. I actually ended up doing about three or four minutes each side in order to get the beautiful golden color.

8. Let these guys drain on a paper-towel-covered-plate and eat immediately afterwards {without burning your mouth!!}. 

Apart from the bit of salt in the batter I used no other seasoning and they were delicious {if I may say so} though I'm sure you could add in a bit of ground pepper or even cayenne pepper for some kick. 
They have convenient handles!
The result is a lightly crunchy and uniquely flavored treat. I'd describe it as an almost green taste which may sound odd but considering that you're eating a flower I think it makes sense. This recipe, by the way, worked for about eight blossoms and the "recipe" can obviously be altered for more.
I had a great time wandering the market {& eating my spoils} and will get up some more pictures of the day tomorrow or Tuesday because it's now...bedtime!!
xoxo, natty ♥

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Salad and a museum.

This is a very unorganized, picture-less, and short post; I'm beat after a week of unpacking and walking everywhere and want nothing more than to relax on the couch for several hours.
But, there are two things I can share about today.
First, I met up with a former student who is in town. We checked out the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, among several other neat things {including a very detailed dollhouse!}. It was great fun seeing my student and catching up while perusing the beautiful dresses our First Ladies have worn through the years; thanks for a fun visit!
And, secondly, in an effort to not eat hot & roasted vegetables when the heat index is 105, I searched this week for a recipe that uses butternut squash in a cooler manner. I struck gastronomical gold, folks. No pun intended, though I could've made two considering the color of butternut squash AND that the Olympics are currently going on. Ha. Anyway, it is SO dang good. I think it's the tahini dressing.
Anyway, I ended up roasting the vegetables after all but it's a warm salad so the addition of cold dressing {tahini lemon!} and cool chopped veggies makes this a lovely warm weather salad. The squash could be roasted ahead of time, I'm sure, and I made a couple of my own changes : half the amount of garbanzo beans {I don't love them}, some fried up potatoes {we had some that needed to be used}, and some hunks of goat cheese.
Here's the recipe : HERE.
I love that recipe blog, by the way...I think Rebecca turned me on to it; thanks pal!
With that, good Saturday to you!

xoxo, natty ♥

Friday, August 3, 2012


Enjoying the heat in our new city I realized that I can now drink iced coffee on the regular without contracting hypothermia; woot. So I took a page out of Bec's book and made my own batch earlier this week.
My biggest hurdle to achieving the finished product was finagling containers big enough for THIS recipe. I could've halved it but I knew I'd be happy with a large output so I went for it and I'm glad I did; I've been averaging two glasses a morning.
I scrounged and used my most voluminous pot and an old Brita that was laying around. The double bonus for me, beyond that I was able to find these things in our apartment, was that it's a Brita that has a spigot so I can now just dispense iced coffee with the easy press of a handle.
This is a super easy and rewarding recipe and I'll let you look it up {see link above} if you want accuracy but I'll also give you my own version, mostly as a personal test - if I can recreate a recipe without looking at the original then I feel like I've mastered it. And that doesn't happen often.
1 pound of ground coffee {16 ounces}.
8 quarts of cold water {one quart to each ounce of ground coffee, more or less}.
1. Mix the coffee and water and let it steep eight hours or overnight or however long you can manage. I let it sit at room temperature.
2. Using cheesecloth or paper towels placed inside a fine-mesh sieve, drain the coffee mixture so that the liquid is caught below in a container of some sort. I placed my sieve/strainer directly on top of the empty Brita thing and then slowly and carefully poured my coffee stuff into it so that the coffee grounds-free-liquid would fall into the Brita below.
3. Get rid of the grounds; compost for some, garbage for others.
4. Chill the coffee mixture and drink it however you might please.
I like a bit of half & half to a tall glass with a few ice cubes.
The benefit of this over just putting ice into a cup of coffee is that it's not diluted {hot coffee turns ice into water} and...there's more I think but that's one reason.
Do you have any hot weather drinks you enjoy? I love actually having a summer, one that is really and truly hot, rather than just the warmish weather we get in San Jose. I do admit there's not much that can/should be done in the middle of the day during the heat and humidity here, which can get old, but I feel like I'm getting a real season and all of the accoutrements that go with it. I'll probably be eating my words after a few more weeks but I'm digging it right now while I can.
On that note, Happy Friday!
xoxo, natty ♥