Sunday, December 27, 2015

A latte on my mind... but I'll give it a shot

Christmas on a Friday this year is pretty much a gift in itself. Having an almost 4-day weekend is incredible. I was ready for some rest and relaxation- after the baking, of course.

Plus, I love spending time with family. There is always wonderful music playing, a fireplace warming up the family room and an endless supply of coffee. It is the ultimate cozy atmosphere. While our family has become smaller over the years and bittersweet memories always rise to the surface, I still will always cherish these moments with joy. And the older I get, the more I understand how rare it is to have a family come together to celebrate God's love for the world. 

As much as I hate to contrast my love for the intangible, I  have to brag for a moment that my parents and husband went all out to make me feel special this year. 

As you can tell from the title of this post and this site in general, I enjoy a good cup of coffee. And I suppose what makes a "good" coffee is in the mouth of the beholder, but I mean smooth, dark and strong- and never from a can. 

The hubs and I are pretty budget-conscious, but the one thing we splurge on consistently is our occasional  "fru-fru" coffee drinks. We have longed for an espresso machine, but never could rationalize purchasing one, so when we opened up a Nespresso coffee/espresso machine from my parents, we were like two kids getting a brand new toy and could hardly wait to try it. 

I admit I was a little skeptical of a capsule machine claiming to make a great cup of coffee or espresso, but good cow, that makes a smooth cup! I think we have had more coffee in the last 36 hours than we have in the last two weeks! They even included these two mini-mugs with our initials for our espresso shots! I think we're still buzzing... 

And as if that didn't already make my year, my husband has been hard at work on a mystery project for the last couple months in our basement. I knew it would be a table, but beyond that was up to my imagination. He and a friend transported it up to our kitchen and even had it covered in wrapping paper, so it was a blast to unwrap it Christmas morning and reveal the most beautiful live-edge walnut dining table and matching bench I've ever seen. What you can't see from these photos is the steel pipe table legs. The grain is incredible and at 7 1/2 feet long, I'm so excited to have larger groups over for dinner! 

He even made a Shutterfly book to show me the whole process since I didn't get a play-by-play of its creation! 

So as I enjoy my lattes with a little less guilt and ooo & ahhh over my stunning new furniture, I am in awe of how incredibly loved I am. I couldn't have asked for a better Christmas and hope you all had an amazing weekend as well. 

Let me know your favorite coffee drink! I need to gain some barista skills since I am limited to a latte and macchiato at the moment. :)