11 Mar 2013
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I like coffee and I LOVE tea. I especially interesting flavored coffee and tea. I hate to say this, but I DO love Starbucks. The only bad thing I have to say about their coffee (and I'm not a coffee connoisseur) is that most times it's too sweet for me, even when I ask them to give me half the sugar, etc etc... Anyway. Now that I'm:

1. Living on my own.

2. Paying my own bills.

3. Paying for my dog, after calculations, found out he costs me almost $1000 a year, and that's not including food! :E

4. Gonna have to make extra income ----

Essentially, I'm on a tight budget. So... I'm trying to live a frugal lifestyle. And healthier one! At least... more health conscious. One of the ways I've been changing is drinking. I've been juicing a lot and trying new things like Chia seeds. ..... OKAY THAT IS NOT NEW TO ME... Chia seeds have been a part of Asian diets for centuries long before the English-speaking market "rediscovered" it's health benefits and marketed the hell out of it. Geeze... 8 bucks for a bag of 150g of chia seed, where you can get them for a few bucks in the Asian markets for a MUCH larger bag. My mom drank it all the time and I did too, when I was younger. Then I kinda just forgot about it.  *shakes head* But anyway, that's another time for another post.

Today is about coffee. Every time I go to Starbucks I spend anywhere from 3-5 bucks for a grande. That's a lot of money! I started cutting my Starbucks treat to a limit of  $20 a month. Now, only about once a month ... or even NONE! And because I have been replacing it with juicing, I've actually been having tons more energy since starting. But you know... once in a while it's nice to have a small cup of coffee, right? But RESIST THE STARBUCKS. I just make my own at home now. I kinda have not been drinking milk (dairy) for about two or three months now. I've starting drinking "Flax Milk" which is a milk substitute and does not have dairy in it. Instead, it is made from flax seeds and has tons of Omega3, fibers, and other good stuff.  But anyway, I ran out of that too!! So I have no cream and I have no milk for coffee. And am trying to cut down on white sugar. 

.... Then I remembered a nifty thing that happened to me in a small town in Toyama. I went to this little snack shop near the school I was teaching English at. And after eating, they offered me coffee, I said sure. They gave me black coffee and asked if I wanted cream and sugar. I said yes.

Then they proceed to drop a spoonfull of Vanilla ICECREAM into my coffee. 

And I spazzed. Well, at first, I was just like, "WTF are you doing with my coffee?!?!" And after TASTING it... THEN I spazzed. It was actually tasty! Well, there's your cream and your sugar in that icecream! Hehe. 

So, while broke and thirsty for some coffee, I went to check my freezer and lo and behold I have natural vanilla bean icecream!! ^____^

Now I like to drink a small cup of coffee every now and then with a tea-spoonful of vanilla bean icecream and sometimes, just a tiny squeeze of caramel sauce for a kick. It's kinda "gourmet-ish"... cuz you can see the little beans floating around. Try it! And let me know what you think! 


So yes yes... the caramel sauce is pretty bad for you, but it's JUST a tiny squeeze... and it's what I have in the cupboard, so I'm not spending extra money! .... I could always just use brown sugar. :P And of course, every time I drink my ice-creamed-coffee, I give a tiny spoonful to my dog, Chance. He loves it. 


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