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BOBA!!!!

Published June 8, 2018 by lynn k scott

After dinner last night, we decided to head over to our favorite frozen yogurt (froyo) shoppe.  It’s not a treat we have often, but it’s nice to indulge here and there.  As it had been some time since I personally have gone for froyo, I was pleasantly surprised to see boba among the topping choices.

The shoppe also has started carrying boba drinks.  Thai iced tea and boba drinks are among my favorite drinks and it’s truly a simple pleasure.  I was elated to see the boba as a yogurt topping!  I went completely overboard with the toppings and completely cheated on my gluten-free diet, but I was in pure bliss, even if was only for a few moments.

It’s funny how I now find pleasure and joy in the simplest of things.  I admit, I’m a pseudo-boba addict, and it’s something I am completely ok with.  If you have yet to experience boba for yourself, I highly recommend doing so as soon as you can.

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Dutch Bros. Coffee

Published December 1, 2017 by lynn k scott

I make my own coffee every morning.  There are days I like to treat myself.  Being in Northern California, there is an amazing coffee company called Dutch Bros.  If you’ve never heard of them, or worse yet, haven’t tried their coffee, you’re truly missing out!

There is a Dutch Bros. near my office (about 5 minutes away).  What sets this coffee stand apart from the (self-dubbed), ‘Evil Empire (the coffee joint that must not be name – but has a celestial sign + a word meaning money), is it’s product and staff.

While, you can’t go inside, sit down at a table and suck up free Wi-Fi, you can order at the walk-up window or pull up to one of two drive-thrus.   There you can order an assortment of coffees, teas and blended drinks.

As a coffee purist (also self-dubbed), if you’re among the few people who don’t need coffee for survival, please wait to order your blended, non-caffeinated drinks til after 9:00 a.m.  Those of use who need that hot cup of coffee thank you in advance.  Sorry…I digressed there for a moment.

Anywho…with the chemo meds zapping every bit of energy I have and continuing to work full-time, I have been relying on lots of caffeine boosts from Dutch Bros.  Since it’s the Christmas season, the Caramel Eggnog latte is my favorite.  Add a bit of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon and you’re in eggnog heaven.

If I can’t get my eggnog, I go for a Carmelizer or 9-1-1.  The days that I am completely exhausted, are my 9-1-1 days.  Who couldn’t use 6 shots of espresso?  Calm down…it’s not that bad…everyone knows espresso has the least amount of caffeine.  Six shots is just the right amount of extra boost.

I would say 99% of my Dutch Bros experience comes from the Dixon, CA location.  When I’m not at work, I will occasionally stop by the Fairfield, CA location.  Soon, Vacaville, CA will have a location open.  Can’t wait!!!!

Don’t forget to get a stamp card.  Every 10 purchases gets you a free drink!  If you buy a reusable cup (I have 3) from them, you get a free drink.  It also saves you $0.25 on each purchase when you bring the cup in. wp-1472070865046.jpg

When my 11-year old daughter would commute with me, I would have to hide my stamp card.  She would count the card to see if there was an odd number or see if it was almost filled when she knew it should be almost empty.  Why was she checking?  She wanted to know when I got the yummy Dutch Bros. treat and she didn’t.  If she caught me, I would have to take her to get her Chocolate Frost.  I stopped letting her look at the card; she was costing me a fortune.  LOL

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She found out I got DB without her.

I will gladly take Dutch Bros. gift cards for all birthdays, holidays and thank-yous.  Honestly, I can’t thank them enough because they are a beacon of good coffee, pleasant employees and fun during my cancer journey.

Recently, we were able to get a Dutch Bros. ornament with the purchase of a large, hot beverage.  Well, obviously that meant we needed make a stop and have one of these ornaments for our tree.  Who could resist a deal like that, right?

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How can you not like a place like this.  Seriously, try out Dutch Bros. if they are anywhere near you.  I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t appreciate the energy this company offers along with some pretty good coffee.

Watermelon Popsicles

Published July 17, 2016 by lynn k scott

If it’s summer, that means there’s watermelon.  It’s one of the few foods that I have to consume as soon as the seedless melon hits the shelves.  Yes, I do the seedless, it’s worth the extra ten cents per pound.  Keep reading and you’ll understand the necessity as well as the preference.

In my quest to eat healthier, I prefer homemade popsicles to store bought.  Each year, I experiment more with flavor combinations.  It would appear I have started a collection of popsicle molds; I’m up to four now.  So far this year, it’s been relatively simple creations. I’ve taken frozen mixed berries, blended them smooth.  Sometimes,  I will add a bit of pomegranate juice to thin out the berries for pouring.  The mixed berries offer a nice, sweet flavor and tend to be a bit more cost efficient than buying several quantities of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries all at the same time.

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I have also blended up watermelon and added bits of fresh strawberries to the mold.  So a nice refreshing taste with a hint of strawberry here and there.  It’s a great way to use up some of that large watermelon you had every intention of eating, but half of it is still in the fridge.

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This past weekend, I stopped by my local produce stand and they had yellow watermelon. How I have not heard of this previously, is beyond me. However, I had to try it.  It looks just like regular watermelon, only yellow.  I personally think, it’s a bit sweeter than its red counterpart.

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Last night, I chose to make my first layered popsicle.  The bottom of the mold was mixed berries and the top was yellow watermelon.  When unmolding, the watermelon would become the bottom and the berries would be the top.  I need to play around with this more, but they turned out really well and were super yummy.On the days it’s too hot to cook and you can’t imagine eating, I have no issues with eating a few popsicles to hold me over until it cools off a bit to think about making food.  After all, it’s 100% fruit and it’s good for you!  I am still thinking up new creations to add to my popsicle recipe list.  I’m working on how to incorporate yogurt for an ever more satisfying, and filling popsicle.

wp-1468773772641.jpgDo you make homemade popsicles?  What are some of the ingredients you like to use?

 

 

 

 

Working on Me

Published January 11, 2016 by lynn k scott

I recently noticed that a Planet Fitness gym had opened about half a mile from my house.  I had belonged to that same gym in another city several years ago.  I decided to join again. Not because I have made some resolution to lose weight or that I’ve jumped on the fitness bandwagon, or I have delusional goals of being super skinny.

If you remember my word that I picked for the new year was “understanding”.  Part of being honest with myself is working on my body while dealing with Celiac’s, which includes regular exercise.  I figure for $10.00 per month, I’m worth that.

I don’t need saunas, pools, massages, tennis courts or any other amenity that will raise the monthly rate.  I simply need an elliptical machine, a treadmill that will allow me to run/walk and maybe a few other toning machines and I’m good.

This weekend, a (male) friend I haven’t seen in a long time, told me he liked my haircut; that it suited me and my face.  I’ve lost considerable weight over the last couple years, and I’m making some simple cosmetic changes to go with it.

I’m working on keeping me healthy.  I enjoy “me” time.  I enjoy running.  The winter weather in N. California isn’t always conducive to running outside.  A simple, affordable, gym membership will allow me to stay on track.

After all, two lattes cost more than this membership.  I for one, make coffee at home and work, so this is my “treat”.

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Made It Through

Published July 1, 2015 by lynn k scott

I did it!  I survived another June.  I know I took myself out of the picture for a while there, but I just wasn’t coping as well as I had hoped.

It’s officially July and as anticipated, life continues.  I am redirecting some of my energy.  Some of that energy is focused on me.

I know some won’t understand, but I had a few “signs” from my mom over the last couple of weeks.  The signs misted my eyes but were still comforting and I was able to share a couple smiles with a friend here and there.

Over 15 years ago, my mother tricked me into telling her specific details of some cookware I saw on the HSN (Home Shopping Network).  She used that information to purchase the set as a birthday gift.  I still have all but 2 pans from the original set.

This past Sunday, I thought I was clicking on a cooking show, but it turned out to be cookware by Ming Tsai.  He’s a chef that I really enjoy watching; when time allows.  I had no idea he had a line of cookware.  I watched the television like a toddler would as if their favorite Disney movie just started playing.

I have looking for some new frying pans.  I was torn about ordering myself something new.  This set wasn’t a necessity.  Then I remember what my mom used to say, “Bills will always be there. You need to acknowledge what you need sometimes.”  I did need new frying pans and I chose this particular set.  Yes, there are cheaper sets available.  However, I have learned, good equipment yields good results.  I cook over 90% of our meals.  Takeout isn’t the norm in our house.

I called to order.  Hung up…I don’t need them.  I redialed, hung up again and the third time I dialed, I placed the order.  I chose to allow myself to be “ok” with my decision.  I normally wouldn’t do something like that.  I talk myself out of purchases out all the time.  This particular purchase, two days after my mother’s angel-versary, seemed “right”.  I was happy.  The money will work itself out.

Now, I am anxiously awaiting my new set.  The best part is, I got the set in this brilliant purple color.  That’s right:  purple!   Had you been here, you’d have just heard my giddy joy of having cookware in my favorite color.  Can’t wait to make some more amazing meals.

New cookware warrants new recipes, no?

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