19 december

I actually did get a lot done but yet never got around to posting yesterday's blog entry or photo of the day. Hmmm...

I am becoming a bit of obsessed with my klean kanteens. I have put away from Sigg Thermal mugs and my I Am Not a Paper Cup in favor of my kanteens.

Thursday and Friday, I took my 16 ounce insulated kanteen to Starbucks. Now that my tea stays hot, I don't drink it as fast. The café lid makes it easy to drink and it doesn't leak like the one on my I Am Not a Paper Cup does. And you can use them for hot or cold. The Sigg Thermal mug is for cold beverages only. I didn't know that and stained and possibly ruined the liner on my first mug.

Anyway, I had some Vanilla Bean & Almond tea this morning. I steeped it then added some milk. I used 2 tea bags and used the 16 ounce kanteen. My tea was hot for over two hours. It is supposed to keep things hot for up to 6 hours and things cold for up to 24 hours. I drank it faster than that. But I love that I can sip and savor rather than gulp to avoid the lukewarm tea.

I've been using my 20 ounce insulated kanteen for water. I have refilled it 3 times today which is pretty azing for me.

Now I have to stop eating all these cookies!

Although I did make another batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I did give away a lot of the cookies. I filled up a box to take to Starbucks tomorrow and three boxes went to the neighbors.

I made Tuscano Soup today. It's pretty simple yet hearty soup. The recipe os from the Fix It and Forget It.

1 lb Cooked Italian Sausage (I used sweet since my dad doesn't do spicy)
3 Russet Potatoes cut into 1/2" pieces
Kale (couldn't find any, used celery)
5 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
1/2 cup cre stirred in 30 minutes prior to eating
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.

My dad though it was a bit spicy. Ugh! Next time I will used spicy veggie sausage since I know he won't eat it.

I finally put some ornaments on the tree but no motivation to set up the camera and shoot.

I received a nice little something from a blogger friend. Thank you Ü !