Yesterday’s shopping adventure was a big success, and I now have conference-worthy clothes that fit! So glad I had my mom with me. I’m horrible at navigating the department store, always going straight to the mannequin in the middle wearing the most expensive clothes. My mom can seek out the sales, she has a good idea of what looks good on me, and she’s really good at spotting the perfect outfit for a specific occasion. Plus — and this is critical in a shopping buddy — she is honest when something doesn’t look good on me. I always know when I go shopping with my mom that I will walk out of the store with purchases that make me look my best.
Fast forward to this morning. I was trying to do too many things at once, including make a pot of coffee. I have a history of coffee fails. I should know better than to try to do ANYTHING before putting the coffee on. So there I am, putting the coffee grounds in the machine, and I realized I had lost count. I dumped the grounds out into a bowl, put the paper filter back in, then re-counted the grounds. Hit brew and went back to making breakfast… until I noticed coffee spilling over the counter and onto the kitchen floor. Husband and I were looking at it, trying to figure out what was going wrong (looking for all the things I usually do wrong in my coffee fails). I had the lid closed tight, the carafe in straight… Then Husband says, you forgot to put the basket in! The what?
Evidently you do.
So, I cleaned up as much as I could, then Husband said I should run the brew cycle to clean all the water and grounds out. So, I did. But guess what I forgot…
I finally got everything cleaned up, put that darned basket in the machine, a new filter, filled it with water, carefully counted eight scoops of coffee, hit the brew button, and…
After I got my coffee fix, we headed out to the Newseum with our Groupon! The Newseum is very cool. Husband and I had been to the Newseum before, but not since it moved from Arlington, VA, to DC. My 4-year-old really enjoyed the museum, and for the most part I was okay with him being exposed to all the material. The Pulitzer prize-winning photography exhibit had many photos of starving children, wounded people, war, etc., which I thought were too intense and graphic for him. Fortunately, I was easily able to get him to focus on the photos of animals and sports. There were some excellent photos from different Olympic Games. The other part of the Newseum that I skipped was the 9-11 exhibit. Fortunately, it was easy to bypass without him seeing too much.
Lunch at the Newseum was excellent. I ate from the salad bar, which was stocked with a huge variety of beautifully fresh toppings. I had Romaine, chicken, garbanzo bean salad, red bell pepper, carrot, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, sunflower seeds, bleu cheese, and blackberries. I ate every speck.
Dinner was an amazing vegetarian melange of leftovers. Half a pinto burger with chipotle mayonnaise (from Let’s Dish), Trader Joe’s haricots verts, black beans and rice with chimichurri salsa, and two pieces of fried plantain. #omgyum.
And for dessert tonight, I had some snickerdoodle hummus and chocolate chips. Dessert hummus. What a great idea!
Why is it so darned hard to brew a simple cup of coffee?
Have you ever tried a dessert hummus? This was so good and I want to try more. Got recipes?