“This “Flavor Your Adventure” post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds as part of my participation in the Blue Diamond Tastemakers Program. For more snack ideas to “Flavor Your Adventure” this summer, visit Blue Diamond Almonds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Lately I’ve been loving my own version of summer adventure. Let’ call it an anti-adventure…lazy summer evenings on the back porch! I’ve needed a break from the EXCITEMENT of unexpected “adventures” these days and am fully embracing the slow-down and sit-back attitude this month.
When Megan came to Scotia for part of her summer vacation, I took the opportunity to stay-cation all weekend long. Long talks about the future, catching up on the present, and laughing as we shared stories about the past, it was my favorite kind of relaxation with one of my very best friends. We took a lot of time on the back porch, both just the two of us and with other friends, too.
Megan’s first night in town my friend Tia joined us as we started the celebration with local butter smeared upon bakery rolls and some tastemaker freebie goodness: Blue Diamond Almonds in two of my most favorite seasonings they offer – Roasted Salted and Low Sodium Lightly Salted. It was the perfect low-key and casual snack for our low-key and casual summer weekend kick-off. [I keep a can of the Low Sodium Lightly Salted in my office desk drawer at all times for mid-work day snacking. My serious-favorite for keeping hunger, and mid-day sugar cravings, at bay.
Lately I’ve been loving spending time with the cats. Benson spent a week in emergency treatment earlier this summer [speaking of unexpected adventures…] I really thought we were going to have to put him down at least four times during a two week period of time and am so thrilled about the progress he’s made since first returning from the hospital. [The bottom photo of him is very recent, which shows him looking like himself again!] When Benson first came home Trouble seemed a bit ticked to not be flying solo anymore, but after a couple of weeks things seem to have returned to normal.
Lately I’ve been loving simple, inexpensive Starbucks indulgences. It had been quite a while since my last trip to Starbucks when we decided to stop in during a day of running work errands in Albany a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to gift cards located in my wallet, we treated ourselves to summery Frappuchino flavors and when I saw the above pictured Frappuchino Sugar Cookie, I couldn’t resist the cuteness in pairing it with my beverage. It was perfectly sweet, and the chocolate icing was a nice addition to a traditional sugar cookie with vanilla frosting.
After the great in-store experience, when I found Starbucks Iced Coffee bottles on sale buy one get one free AND happened to have a coupon for the same product, I pulled out some quarters and got 2 bottles for 50 cents total! WINNING! I got one bottle each of the vanilla and caramel; both were sweet and smooth. I definitely want to try the unflavored version of bottled iced coffee, too. I think I would prefer a bit less sweetness in my coffee and removing the flavor may give me just that.
Lately I’ve been loving to take the time to document the time I spend with this guy. Recently we noted that we don’t have very many photos – selfies or those taken by friends – of ourselves together and I’ve been trying to take a few seconds to stop what we’re doing in our normal day-to-day lives and capture the moment every so often. Nick and I recently passed our four year anniversary and it’s really fun to create a collection of memories of how we’re living our life these days.
Lately I’ve been loving this Pilot Elite commerical. Every time it comes on the screen while I’m watching Hulu+, I’m all smiles. And maybe I take it as an opportunity for a bit of a sing-a-long, too.