FESTIVE FLAVORS

Winter Coffee Drinks

One of the best trends these days is drinking plenty of coffee…since science shows java is good for the heart.  This popularity creates new specialty flavors every holiday season.  Here are some new flavors:

Peppermint dark mocha

Rose and pistachio

Christmas cookie

Dark chocolate mint

Vanilla nougat latte

Cranberry white chocolate mocha…

and of course, whatever is your favorite custom blend!

let’s not forget hot chocolate, mulled wine and umpteen coffee creamers…

all perfect to warm up your spirits on a crisp winter day

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“Love isn’t how you feel, it’s what you do.”

QUOTE by Madeleine L’Engle

SONG OF DANCE

Swing  – Painting by Barbara Cole

Free Verse

SONG OF DANCE

Like David, the music sways my body to dance, my arms reaching heavenward

Your love, O God, tickles my feet off the ground

My heart soars beating like a drum to the Promised Land

Your grace lifts me higher and higher

Sweeter than good wine, better than gold or diamonds

Moving to and fro full of joy and hope, there’s nothing holding me back

I can flutter and fly like a golden butterfly

Nothing compares to your love

Song of Dance – Only you can satisfy!

 

THANK YOU!

Pensive Scribe – Painting by Patricia Govenensky

I love the freshness of Monday

Replenished by Sunday

And looking forward to the week ahead with

whatever surprises God has in store.

With this quote from Marcel Proust

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I thank you

for your friendship and

wish you a marvelous life!

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“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;

they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

 

PARIS

La Fete Nationale Paris July 14, 2018

229 years ago, today, France celebrates the symbol of the French Revolution with a military parade.  The people stormed the Bastille fortress prison against the monarch.  Tomorrow, France hopes for victory at the World Cup soccer final against Croatia.

This national holiday brings back many adventurous memories of my family celebrations in La Rochelle, Poitiers and Avignon.

I now raise a flute of champagne to honor my French heritage and gratefully thank my dear Maman Denise and Mame Jeanne for everything they imparted to me!

VIVE LA FRANCE!

SIP AWAY STRESS

IT’S HAPPY SATURDAY

Let’s be good to our bodies and minds and sip away stress by indulging in healthy smoothies…here are a few of my favorite recipes:

SPINACH COCONUT ELIXIR

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 avocado, 1/4 cup fresh spinach, 1 chopped apple

and 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract or fresh mint leaves

  Puree all ingredients in blender and sip away to improve digestion

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BERRY VANILLA BOMB

1 cup almond milk

1/2 cup kale or arugula, 1/2 cup raspberries, blueberries, blackberries or grapes

and 1 tsp. honey and vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients in blender – so good for blood circulation and to erase wrinkles

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CHOCOLATE BANANA SURPRISE

1 cup milk or almondmilk

1/2 avocado, 1 banana and 2 tsp. cocoa powder and 1/2 cup ice

Puree all ingredients in blender – the cocoa powder helps reduce fat storage

Of course, there are so many other combinations of fruits and vegetables that make delicious smoothies, so enjoy the exploration!

My next post will offer patio drinks and wine spritzers.

It’s summertime to pamper yourself!