I’m a year round coffee drinker but when the fall season kicks in I also enjoy drinking a cup of tea in the evenings. My favourite flavour is orange pekoe followed by earl gray and a bunch of others. However, lately I’ve been drinking herbal teas. There are two that I’ve been really enjoying for the past little while: lemon ginger and peppermint. I’ve had lemon ginger before but never peppermint. I picked some up on Saturday when I was out doing some shopping even though I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. But it smelled so good that I couldn’t resist. When I took the first sip later that night, I declared it a winner. Do you drink tea?
When I was much younger, I didn’t put much thought into what I ate and the products I used. I don’t think there was as much information available to us. If there was, it certainly wasn’t as easily accessible as today. With the internet, you can research about anything and everything. It is a great tool and you can gather information quickly, some of which is alarming. Snoop around a bit and you discover the terrible things companies do, and the type of crap they put into foods we eat and stuff we use. As a result, I now read nutrition labels and ingredient lists, use soaps and shampoos that are natural and cruelty-free, and make homemade versions of foods I used to buy ready made. Over the years, I’ve changed many habits and ditched and replaced and overhauled a lot of things. There is still so much I want to do but I’m pleased with how far I’ve come. And my body thanks me for it, too.
It’s taken me all morning to prepare a post for today. Halfway through I had to put it on hold so I can go add ingredients into the slow cooker to get it going. It seems like it’s turning into a weekly Crock-Pot Friday. Once I clicked that machine on, I decided - what the heck, I'm here - to put together a tomato soup. Homemade tomato soup is the easiest and quickest thing in the world to make. It’s almost criminal to buy those canned versions. The soup is on the stove simmering as I type this and I’m enjoying a cup of coffee and an almond biscotti. Do you like biscotti? They are so delicious. I happened upon a box of them that lists about four ingredients that you can actually pronounce. Real food. How often do you see that? Don’t ask which brand because I added them to a glass jar and recycled the packaging. Next time I buy some, which I absolutely will, I’ll share the name of the product with you. If I remember.
I have nothing else to say. That’s it for this week. And yes, I will share another song with you this Friday. It’s ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. Whenever I hear it, I think of my younger daughter. She plays guitar and sings, and so does one of her best friends. Then one day they performed this song together. And. They. Were. Both. Excellent. So whenever I hear this song, I think of these two great kids. And I get all emotional and stuff. All part of being a mom.
Okay, I'm done. Enjoy the song and have a terrific weekend!