Sunday, July 31, 2016

Drink Coffee, Read Books, Be Happy

The perfect recipe for summer!

First, let me share my coffee ritual.  I like to sweeten my coffee with protein powder.  Vanilla is my go to, but if I can find Cookies and Cream protein powder -- well -- that's as good as it sounds.

Now, make your coffee.  But before you put the powder in to it, YOU HAVE TO TEMPER IT.  If you skip this step, you'll be sorry, and your coffee will have a thick sludge in it.  Sound good?  No?  Don't skip this step.

While your coffee is brewing, put a scoop of protein powder in a separate mug.  Add a small amount of COLD water.  A tablespoon or less will do, but you can use more.  Then stir.  Stir, stir, stir.  You want it to completely mix up.  It will be just a little thicker than creamer.  Once it's mixed, add it to your hot coffee.  I put mine in one of these and shake like crazy.

After, if you must, add 2 T of your favorite creamer.  Don't add crushed cookies.  Looks pretty in the picture, but just don't.  Works with cold coffee too.  You're welcome.

Now, on to the juicy stuff.  What I'm reading...

First, I finished this...

I LOVED IT!  A life changer.  Go buy it.

Then, I finished this...

My girls, who have read this multiple times, have told me for months I should read it.  I bought it. But frankly...IT'S SO THICK.  I just looked at it and thought I'll never get through it.  But, we went on vacation, and, then, 3 days later I was finished.  It was that good.  A completely fresh take on the book of Hosea in the Bible.  (I also admit that after chapter 3, I read the last page.  I had to know.  Don't judge).

I read this.  SOOOOOOOOOOO good.  Serious science, and very entertaining.  Can't wait to read another of Gladwell's books.

Currently reading this - although we really don't need a scientific reason to play.  Upping our play changed our lives several years ago.  Add to that - changed our marriage, our work, and our family.  In a very, very positive way.  This book is very interesting none-the-less.  

Pre-Ordered this one...cause I just love her!  If I could sit down to lunch with ANYONE, it would be Shauna Niequist.

And, I ordered this one hoping Victoria would be interested in reading it together.  I'll let you know as soon as she gets back from Honduras.  

And, well, now it's your turn to spill.  What's on your side table?


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