A cup and mug state of mind

I own a lot of teacups and mugs- that’s a fact. Do I have to stack them to shut the cabinet door? Yes, yes I do. Does this stop me from buying a teacup or mug as a souvenir from anywhere I go?
Only slightly.

Each morning the first thing I do is make a pot of tea and pick out my cuppa for the day (I average a daily 3-4 cups of tea a day). With so many to choose from I realized recently that I was picking my tea mug based on what I wished my day to be like or representing my mood when I woke up.

So here are my choices for this week
(Read into them what you like)

Sunday with Yorkshire Gold Tea

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This has been my Sunday teacup for the past few years. Nothing like a little good luck for the week ahead.

Monday with P&G Tea

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When I woke up I realized I had been dreaming about explaining the plot of “Alls Well That Ends Well” to co-workers in a dream and decided I might need a little London at my waking work that day.

Tuesday with P&G

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Tuesday is the hardest day to get up. This morning I needed a little help from Tall Paul and the Gemini Giant, old roadside attractions we saw during a road trip to Chicago during March. Nothing like vacation longing on a weekday.

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Wednesday with P&G (apparently my go-to-weekday tea).

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I picked my bluebird mug because I woke up feeling hopeful and calm (plus all the snow is supposed to melt today).

Thursday with P&G

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Woke up trying to decide if I was going to try and visit my grandparents and Aunt this weekend in Boonville. If I read the mug signs right, they seem to point to yes.

Friday with P&g

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Friday felt like a good day for a little happy ever after.

Saturday with Yorkshire Gold.

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On my way to Grandmother’s house with a Time Lord by my side!

Sunday Night Dinner: Black Bean Burgers and Rosemary Fries (recipe too!)

John and I drove 10 hours on Saturday so for our Labor Day Sunday Night Dinner I decided to keep it easy and thaw out some of Lynley’s black bean burgers. She’d made them at our house months ago and we froze the extras- yay for Lynley and for the freezer.

I’ve started adapting a recipe for spicy oven fried and have turned it into a non-spicy rosemary (with a touch of garlic) fries. After years of the original I think I almost like the new version better. I always intentionally make too many so I can have leftovers for breakfast the next day…sneaky cook that I am.

Rosemary Oven Fries Recipe:
(for 4 or 3 with breakfast leftovers)

3 medium sized potatoes (russet or other)
2 1/2 tablespoons of Olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons of dried rosemary
Generous sprinkles of ground pepper
And garlic salt to taste

How-to:
Pre-heat oven to 450f
Grease baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray.
Slice potatoes thinner than a French fry, 1/2 inch thick or even a 1/4 inch.
Pile in a bowl.
Add rest of ingredients into bowl, toss to coat.

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Spread potatoes out onto the greased baking sheet.

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Bake for 20 minutes until edges start to brown slightly. Some edges may not brown at all, but the potatoes will have a cooked translucent-ish look. Stir potatoes once during cooking time.

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Done!

We also had sautéed summer veg- mostly squash and zucchini with a little carrot, green onion and whole almonds thrown in.

Before cooking:

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After:

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I added smoked english seaside cheddar to the black bean burgers. Thank the cooking gods we had 3 in the freezer because Josh joined us for dinner.

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Labor Day had always been the unofficial last day of summer to me, so I had to send it off with a lemon shandy ale. It only seemed right.

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My plate with some sugar snap peas and watermelon too.

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We talked about our trip to Indiana and the fire breathing dragon we saw along the highway, a cool comic book store in Bloomington (John’s childhood dream realized) and of course the Dr. Who season premiere.

For dessert it was chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches from a local dairy, Shatto.

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After admitting that we all 3 had already had ice cream that day we dug into a true last day of summer treat.

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Yeah, I wussed out and ate only half, BUT that means I have dessert for tonight too! See, that freezer thinking ahead really can pay off.