six days and counting without coffee

what did you give up?

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It seems that whenever it’s not the Lenten season I have no problem figuring out what I would give up for Lent. Then, the Lenten season sneaks up and I have no idea what to give up. In years past I gave up the classics: sweets, chocolate, soda. Yes, those are always challenging items. But last year, I wanted a real challenge. Last year, I gave up cheese. Yup, you read that right CHEESE. A classic Wisconsinite staple and I was abstaining from consumption of all cheese items. When it came down to the nuts and bolts of it, it included anything really with the word “cheese” in it, for example, cream cheese, cheese spread, and cheese item those were all out. 45 days without cheese may have been one of the most challenging and most difficult things I have ever done, but I did it.

Needless to say, after a year like that, I couldn’t very well “top” what I would give up this starbucks-iced-coffee-156x300year. I could come close, but nothing can top cheese.  As you know, Lent started last week and I was a half day in without coffee when I uttered the words, “well, I guess I will give up coffee for Lent.” It’s been 6 days and the effects are surprisingly sparse. Now, understand I am by no means going caffeine-free, but 45 days sans coffee seems rather similar. Rather than having a morning coffee, I opt for tea. I’ve been downing tea like a camel hoping to see the same effects as coffee, but there’s just no use. Truthfully, it’s not that bad. I can last 39 more days.

You’re probably scratching your head thinking, “Lent is only 40 days why does she keep saying 45?” Though traditional Lent doesn’t count Sundays, I do. What’s the point of giving yourself a “cheat day” when Jesus didn’t get one? What’s the point of the cheat day now? If you are giving up smoking you don’t giving yourself the option to have a cigarette on Sundays.

April 5th, you will find all of these iced coffee options (and more) in my refrigerator. Just give me a straw and I will be good to go. Starbucks should probably sponsor my iced coffee habit that day._-Stsarbucks-iced-group-shot-page-14_slide


grilled cheese

happy national grilled cheese day!

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Who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? This awesome sandwich takes you back t your childhood and (hopefully) gives you great memories!  it’s true, we all love grilled cheese and did you know that  today, April 11th, is dedicated to America’s favorite cheesy, gooey, and buttery sandwich? This is the perfect excuse to indulge in one — or two!

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????If you live in DC, get ready for the best news… GCDC is finally open and just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day! In honor of National Grilled Cheese Day, GCDC will be doling out $5 specialty grilled cheeses and half-priced draft beer from 11am-3pm on Saturday.  I can’t wait to try this place out, plus winning is always an option at GCDC! Grab some chalk and jot down your grilled cheese recipe on a big board by the bar. Your fellow diners will vote throughout the week before a winner’s announced every Friday. Not only does the sandwich show up on the menu, winning you a week of notoriety, but you also get $100 to donate to your charity of choice.

Naturally, the best way to celebrate Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day is to make and eat a grilled cheese sandwich. All you need is bread, cheese and butter, although you can experiment by adding more ingredients of your choice. You butter the outside of each piece of bread, and grill the sandwich while the cheese melts on top. Yummers! Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, it’s practically your duty to indulge with one.


heck yes!

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After a busy day, I took a break to take the “What State Do You Belong In?” test on Buzzfeed. With no surprise, I got Wisconsin! Check out the test. I am interested to see what your results are and if they are as accurate as my results. state