Good Morning! I don't know about you, but I just cannot believe that it is Thursday already! This week has just slipped right by me.
The traffic was merciful this morning and so I was able to stop by Starbucks for an early week treat. Typically, I do Fridays, but my week has been nutty enough already. So, I went in this morning to order my "usual" (decaf tall vanilla mocha) and stood against the wall waiting with everyone else. I am typically in and out of there and don't pay much attention to the menu boards or any other advertisements, but today I noticed a few things:
1. THE PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE IS BACK YA'LL! I really don't know why I get so excited about posting that since I have never even tried it! I guess it is because so many of my friends love it. I just love making them happy. Of course, to me, it is just another acknowledgement that Fall has arrived.
2. STARBUCKS HAS SUGGESTED FOOD PAIRINGS NOW. I actually think this is pretty neat. Similar in concept to pairing food and wine, Starbucks has issued suggestions of food pairings for their coffees. If you are hosting anything, this is great. Their website even provides recipes. You know how much I LOVE food! I wonder what goes well with french toast.
3. THE WORLD IS MOVING IN A HEALTHY DIRECTION! Ok, so as I am waiting for my drink I notice that now Starbucks defaults to 2% milk! My first reaction was complete horror! I hate to cut the fat out of anything. It always meant sacrificing flavor. I actually pouted for a minute because I thought my coffee would maybe even taste different. Much to my surprise, it didn't! It was simply heavenly, like always.
I notice that I give the impression that I don't worry about my health at all. This isn't the case. Of course, I must give my husband credit for the pushing. He's always been the driving force of health in our home. When we first got together, he wanted the 2% and I wanted whole. Pretty soon, I adjusted. There have been so many things like that over the years with the most recent being the war of bread. My husband prefers a whole grain variety while I like the white varieties (french, sourdough or just plain white loaf). Most of the time, I just get what he likes, but sometimes, we have two loaves of bread. Harris Teeter has very cute mini loaves that work very well. On my end, I like to push mixed green salad instead of just iceberg. Iceberg is not only disgusting (maybe that is too strong), but has zippy nutritional value. Also, I like to push fish regularly. I'm very careful on this one. My husband loves to watch fish swim in a tank, but he's not the first one in line with a plate.
I think it is wonderful that so many restaurants are offering healthier alternatives (i.e. fruit instead of fries, juices instead of soda, apples instead of chips, etc.). I won't always take them up on it, but it is good to know I have the option. Truly, I think a lot of it is just a matter of habit.