Terri's Take... » Homemaking /blog Living a Proverbs 31 Life in a Romans 1 World... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Special Affiliate Opportunity /blog/2014/05/special-affiliate-opportunity/ /blog/2014/05/special-affiliate-opportunity/#comments Fri, 16 May 2014 23:29:14 +0000 /blog/?p=1847 Heads up, homeschool bloggers!

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If you blog as a hobby, but also to contribute to your family’s income, even if just for little extras that make the kids (and your husband) smile, then you will really be excited about this.

I want to tell you about a brand new affiliate opportunity that you will not want to miss out on. If you like promoting quality homeschool materials and receiving a hefty commission sum, then you will like this!

Have you heard about the Build Your Bundle sale coming up this summer? It is a unique sale that allows customers to bundle only the items that they really want. The prices are great without being ridiculous. The items included are quality, top-notch, award-winning products. We are thrilled that several of our products are included.

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  1. 1. Sign up to become an affiliate, so that you can receive 30% commissions in the summer when you probably need the money the most (for vacations, for next year’s curriculum, for camps, etc.)
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Psst… Jump in now BEFORE everyone knows about this!

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The Truth About Chores /blog/2014/02/the-truth-about-chores/ /blog/2014/02/the-truth-about-chores/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:32:20 +0000 /blog/?p=1780 If your home life is anything like mine, then you deal with chores and messes around the house on a constant basis. This is a fact of life for everyone, but for the homeschooling family, a messy and loud household with many opportunities for cleaning up is an ever-present reality.

How can we best manage our homes and maintain our sanity?

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Here are my 5 Best Tips for Keeping Your Home and Your Sanity:

1. Remember that this is a season!

I know that you hear it all the time, words like… “Oh, they grow up so fast!” and “This too shall pass,” and “It’s just a season.” It’s easy to just stop hearing these wise words and not really believe them anyway. As someone who has been raising kids for 20 years, I have now reached that place where I can say with emphasis, “Oh, they do grow up so fast!” But I am still raising little ones too, so I also know that 18-20 years of raising kids and helping them manage their life and messes is a long, LONG process!

Here is where I have landed on this issue… I like a clean house. I just do! But I also realize that living with children means that I will live with a little bit of a mess, sometimes a lot of big messes. My husband and I find ourselves looking forward to a home with less stuff, where everything is almost always in its place, but know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we will miss the squeals and the fingerprints when we get there. So, we have resigned ourselves to a “lived in” look in our home, cherishing these years with all the mess and work that they bring with them.

But that doesn’t mean that we give up and decide that all is lost when it comes to keeping an orderly home. We have daily and weekly chores that must be done in our home both by us and by the children. Here’s how we tackle them and the big question that we ask ourselves when faced with an untidy or even downright messy house:

2. What Can You Do in 5 Minutes?

When I look around the house and I find it not up to my standards of clean and tidy, I try to ask myself this simple question… what can I do that would make a difference in the next 5 minutes? Sometimes, it’s doing a load of dishes or a load of laundry. Sometimes, it is clearing off the dining room table or the bathroom counter. Sometimes, it’s interrupting the kids and doing a quick 5 minute pick-up of the living room. If all you have is 5 minutes, you can make a measurable difference in one small portion of your home. Will your house be spotless in such a small amount of time? No, but you’ve made a difference.

When the children and I work together, we place bets on how long it will take us to accomplish a certain job. I usually hear the kids shout out anything between 2 and 10 minutes. We then work as quickly as we can, timing ourselves by the clock and see whose guess came the closest. We are always surprised by how quickly we can get a job done when we work together.

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3. Delegate, delegate, delegate!

You are not the housekeeper of your home, you are the homemaker. Big difference! Teaching our kids how to work is one of our primary jobs as “homemaker” and “parent”. In our home, our children have pets that they care for, daily chores to accomplish and weekly cleaning that usually gets tackled on Saturday. They also have to clean their rooms on a regular basis, but are encouraged to keep it tidy all the time (some children do a better job at this than others, that’s for sure!).

Draw up a chore chart so your children know what chores they are responsible for on a daily and weekly basis. This will make your job so much easier as you can just check the chart if kids need reminders. Better yet, they can check the chart and not even need reminders. It seems to take maturity and diligence to get them to this point of responsibility though.

4. Shoes Make You Feel More Energetic

I learned a long time ago from the Flylady (is she still around?) that wearing shoes make you feel more ready to do work. You feel more like you are “on task” with shoes on your feet. I don’t always obey this rule. I find myself wearing slippers quite often during the winter months. But I do keep this in mind if I have some significant house work to accomplish in a given hour of my day. If my husband takes the kids on a field trip or out for a hike, I will get jazzed up by the idea of an empty house, lace up my shoes, tackle extra housework in record time and then enjoy some much deserved R&R in the solitude of my empty home.

5. Get Help

After 24 years of cleaning my own home with the help of my husband and children, I did something radical (for me!). I asked my husband if I could hire a teenager to come over every other week to clean the house. We actually argued over this one because Todd felt like we were “giving up” or not managing our home well enough by employing help. He also felt that it would make life too easy for our children if someone else did so much of the heavy cleaning. After I pleaded with him for a few weeks, he gave in and allowed me to give it a try.

We now have a young lady come over twice a month to deep clean our house. I must admit that I love it! We still clean thoroughly on the off weeks that she doesn’t come, but it gives me the breathing room that I need to focus on some other things, like school and our business.

Many people cannot or would rather not hire a maid, but it is working really well for us in this “season” of my life. She does a fantastic job and she works for a smaller fee than the large housecleaning services available. So, if you find yourself drowning in housework, employ some of the tips above. I’d rather give up some of my housekeeping duties and focus more on other things that seem more important right now. Besides let’s face it, a family of 8 will always keep me plenty busy with cooking, teaching, driving, piano practicing, and listening.

Question: What are your best tips for maintaining your home and your sanity?

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How to Get Seriously Productive /blog/2014/01/how-to-get-seriously-productive/ /blog/2014/01/how-to-get-seriously-productive/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:25:35 +0000 /blog/?p=1765 People have been asking me how I get so much done. I would love to tell you!

In the past year, I have written and published a book (A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World), created a new magazine (Quest Magazine) that publishes a brand new issue consistently every month, developed a new site (Map Center) where you can download Map Trek maps by the piece, and am nearly ready to launch a new web application (Map Studio) where you can create exactly the maps you want for your homeschool lesson, workshop, sermon or classroom. Oh, and I am also writing a 4th volume of A Child’s Geography: Explore Medieval Kingdoms.

How in the world can anyone get this much done? I have 5 secret weapons! And they are:

1. I will hire or outsource the stuff that I cannot do, such as coding or editing for example. It just makes good sense. Why should I learn something that will take me hours to learn when someone else already knows how to do it and can do it quickly and hopefully, inexpensively. (Guess what? I also outsource my housecleaning twice a month to a high school girl who works both quickly and at a great price!)

2. I get up early! Yes, I can get more done in 2-3 hours in the wee morning than I can the rest of the day. And staying up late usually doesn’t cut it. Those are your most worn out hours of the day. Get up early and use your freshest hours to accomplish what you really want to accomplish, whether that be writing a book, assembling a digital scrapbook, planning your curriculum, etc.

3. I get away (very occasionally). If you really need to get something done, like you have a looming deadline whether self-imposed or imposed by others, get a hotel room for 24 hours and just get it done. It’s best if you don’t take your spouse along, unless the object of the get-away is to connect with each other. Those are highly valuable times but different from what I am talking about now. I am due for a solo get-away so that I can tackle more of my book. I just need that quiet and interrupted time (on a rare occasion) to get some momentum.

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4. I walk every day. This time not only gets my blood pumping, but it recharges me. It also feeds my creativity. I will usually get some fresh insight while walking that I can use to push my productivity. I also use this time to pray, which is very good for my soul and emotional well-being, not to mention good for those who are being prayed for.

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5. I have an awesome husband that will help me carve out time to get something special accomplished. He really is an amazing man! And, in my work life, I have an incredibly talented administrative assistant, and it’s almost like having another “me”. Wow, what would I do without these two?

While I realize that most people do not have an admin assistant, nor does everyone have a supportive spouse, everyone still has the exact same 24 hours each day. To become more productive, you just need to know how to use those hours to your best advantage. Focus on just points 2, 3 and 4 and you will get more accomplished than you thought you could.

So, go out there and get something done!

Question: What is on your to-do list that you really need to carve some time out to accomplish? For me, it’s writing my book. What’s yours?

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Yummy Christmas Recipes /blog/2013/12/yummy-christmas-recipes/ /blog/2013/12/yummy-christmas-recipes/#comments Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:30:28 +0000 /blog/?p=1641 Figgy Pudding of the UK

“Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding and bring it right here. We won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, so bring it right here.”

While I have always thought this sounded so rude, it has made me curious about figgy pudding and what it takes like. It must be pretty delicious if the singers are going to be so demanding about it.

Dating back as far as the 16th Century, Figgy Pudding is a Christmas staple generously shared with carolers throughout the UK during Christmastime.  It was later immortalized in the cherished Christmas carol, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  Now … bring us some figgy pudding!

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Would you like to try making Figgy Pudding this Christmas? Or maybe one of the other 15 international Christmas recipes featured in the FREE cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. Download your free cookbook today!

Pavlova of New Zealand

After the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited New Zealand in 1926, cooks and chefs captivated by her solo performance as the dying swan in Swan Lake, created for her by Michel Folkine in 1905,  sought to honor her and the occasions of her visit with confections they created to capture her light and airy spirit onstage.  Over the decades to follow, the refined and traditional Pavlova became a Christmas staple.

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Would you like to try making Pavlova this Christmas? Or maybe one of the other 15 international Christmas recipes featured in the FREE cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. Download your free cookbook today!

Panforte of Italy

Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts, and resembles fruitcake or Lebkuchen. It dates back as early as the 13th century in Siena, a town in Italy’s Tuscany region. Documents from the year 1205 show that panforte was paid to the monks and nuns of a local monastery as a tax or tithe which was due on the seventh of February that year. There are references to the Crusaders carrying panforte, a durable confection, with them on their journeys, and aiding medieval city-dwellers in surviving sieges. Literally, panforte means “strong bread” which refers to the spicy flavor.

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Would you like to try making Panforte this Christmas? Or maybe one of the other 15 international Christmas recipes featured in the FREE cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. Download your free cookbook today!

Stollen of Germany

Around 1560, it became a tradition for the bakers of Dresden to present the King with two 36-pound stollens as a Christmas gift. It took 8 master bakers and 8 journeymen to successfully carry the loaves to the castle. This custom continued for nearly 200 years. Then, in the year 1730, Prince Augustus the Strong asked the Baker’s Guild of Dresden to bake a giant stollen for his farewell party for the army. The finished stollen was a true masterpiece, weighing in at nearly 2 tons and feeding over 24,000 troops.

… continued in the free cookbook, which you can download here.

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Yorkshire Pudding of the UK

Yorkshire Pudding, also known as batter or dripping pudding, is a dish named after Yorkshire, England, although there is no evidence it originated from there. When wheat flour became more common for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pan to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted in the oven. A recipe for ‘A dripping pudding’ was first published in 1737 in The Whole Duty of a Woman. Similar instructions were published 10 years later in The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse under the title of ‘Yorkshire pudding’. It was she who re-invented and renamed the original version. A 2008 ruling by the Royal Society of Chemistry has it that “A Yorkshire pudding isn’t a Yorkshire pudding if it is less than four inches tall.”

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When you download the free Christmas cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales, you will receive a collection of vintage and authentic recipes from around the world. Not only are these dishes extremely tasty and satisfying, but your family will learn more about the traditions of other cultures as we celebrate Christmas around the world.

Other recipes in the book include:

Tamales of Mexico (Simple Recipe)
Tamales of Mexico (Traditional Recipe)
Baked Apples of Sweden
Rice Pudding of Sweden
Beurrée de Crème of Quebec, Canada
Sorrel Punch of Jamaica
Babinka of the Philippines
Lebkuchen of Germany
Kringle of Denmark
Santa Lucia Bread of Sweden

Gather the world around your Christmas table this year! Download your free cookbook today!

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Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales! /blog/2013/11/figgy-pudding-stollen-and-tamales-2/ /blog/2013/11/figgy-pudding-stollen-and-tamales-2/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 02:32:49 +0000 /blog/?p=1631 Our gift to you – a free Christmas Cookbook!

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This Christmas, we are giving you a gift!
 
Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales is a book of traditional Christmas recipes from countries all around the world. Read about the stories behind the traditions in a fun and colorful way. This book is our way of saying “Thank You” for being a friend of Knowledge Quest this year. We appreciate you!

Here’s the link – /Figgy-Pudding.html.

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Also, this December, we’ll be giving gifts to the needy in Asia through the Gospel for Asia Christmas Gift Catalog. Here’s how…
 
When we reach 40,000 subscribers to the Knowledge Quest newsletter (we have 38,700 now), we’ll give a family a pair of goats which will provide “milk, meat and a message of HOPE” to a family in Asia.
 
When we reach 41,000 subscribers, in addition to the above, we’ll give another family a water buffalo!
 
When we reach 42,000 subscribers, in addition to the above, we’ll give a whole barn full of animals – 3 pairs of chickens, a pair of goats, one lamb, one cow and a pair of pigs – to a third family!
 
When we reach 45,000 subscribers, we’ll provide a water well for a whole community!
 
And yes, this is doable! We did it last year and gave a rickshaw to a hard-working family man in India! How? Because everyone who subscribes to our newsletter gets the free Christmas cookbook – Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. So that means a gift for you and a gift for them. It’s a win-win-win Christmas celebration!

Join us by spreading the word about Knowledge Quest to your friends this Christmas season. Friends can sign up for the newsletter on our home page now and they will receive the Christmas cookbook on Cyber Monday when you do. Or you can wait and let them know about it Monday when they can download the cookbook right away. We’ll send out an email to keep you posted. And may God bless you for your kindness and generous spirit.

Have questions? Just send an email to us at helpdesk@kqpublishing.net.
 
And I leave you with this…

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7, NKJV)

We hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

From all of us here at Knowledge Quest
Question: Which organization do you like to give to at Christmastime?

 

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The In-Between /blog/2013/08/the-in-between/ /blog/2013/08/the-in-between/#comments Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:35:04 +0000 /blog/?p=1536 Have you heard the phrase… living in the in-between? It’s not unlike living in the moment… It’s when you realize that you are in a place where something you have looked forward to has passed and there is a stretch of time before the next big event happens in your life. It’s the “in-between”.

The “in-between” sounds like it’s the dull place, the mundane, the everyday drudgery of life, doesn’t it? But it’s not! It is in the “in-between” that the magic happens. We just have to open our eyes to see it. Open your eyes…

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Capture it! Hold it! Embrace it! The wonder of life and love and friendship happens when nothing special is happening. How can we learn to live in the in-between? Here’s how…

3 Ways to Live in the In-Between

Maybe the big vacation is past but school has not yet started… Maybe the wedding is over and it will be years before the grandchildren arrive… Maybe the baby is now walking and talking but not yet ready for biking and hiking… Maybe you’ve finished a big project and not yet ready to start the next…

These are “in-between” times of our lives, but it doesn’t mean that our lives are on hold! It’s time to open your eyes… all 3 of them!

1. Open the eye of the poet… Look for what stirs your emotions, grab it, think on it, write it down.

2. Open the eye of the photographer… Capture those moments that stir your soul by taking a photograph or jotting it down in a notebook.

3. Open the eye of the actor… Enter the play; don’t just observe. Observation is okay some of the time, but too often we are bystanders on the stage of life when we were meant to participate. When you see the kids jumping on the trampoline, join them! When you see someone struggling, help them! When you hear someone practicing the piano, listen to him!

Here’s what happened on my ordinary, in-between afternoon:

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And then I was invited to the party!

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This was a priceless moment I nearly missed because I was so busy doing nothing too special.

Question: How can you live more fully in the in-between moments of your life?

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Making Gnocchi Makes a Party /blog/2013/08/making-gnocchi-makes-a-party/ /blog/2013/08/making-gnocchi-makes-a-party/#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:34:02 +0000 /blog/?p=1500 gnocchi8

One of my greatest delights while researching the history, geography and culture of the Mediterranean world for the newest volume of A Child’s Geography was the cooking and tasting of authentic Mediterranean dishes.

The Greeks, Italians, Slovenes and Albanians sure do know how to please the palate.

And while restaurant food is always a treat, there is something so much more comforting and enjoyable in homemade cooking. And of course, to bring you the very best recipes for the book, we had to do some cooking ourselves.

One of my favorite foods in all the world is gnocchi. I think I love it so much because it is a cross between potatoes and pasta, more like a dumpling covered in sauce. And you can drown these little yummy dumplings in traditional red sauce, a simple white sauce or a creamy pesto sauce – all delicious.

Here’s how you can make traditional Italian gnocchi as passed down from generation to generation:

5 or 6 large yellow potatoes, boiled until cooked through, then peeled when cool
2 +/- cups of unbleached white flour
1 1/2 tsp of sea salt
1 egg

Directions:

Press the potatoes through a potato “ricer”. If you do not have one of these kitchen gadgets, you can fine mash the potatoes with a masher or grate them on a hand-held grater.

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After all of the potatoes have been riced, mashed or grated, then mix into the potatoes the egg, flour and salt.

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Once a dough has been formed, then the mixture can be divided into manageable amounts and rolled into “snakes”.

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Cut the rolled dough into small bite-sized pieces, then roll the small pieces into the traditional gnocchi shape by pressing first onto the tynes of a fork and then rolling up to close.

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When everyone pitches in, the work becomes fun and before you know it, you have a counter full of beautiful gnocchi. We didn’t mind that each person’s finished pasta looked a little different than the others. That’s part of what made the process so fun!

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Boil up the gnocchi in small batches. It is ready to be pulled out with a slotted spoon when the pasta floats to the top of the pot. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce and Enjoy!

For more traditional Mediterranean recipes, plus other fun hands-on activities and a great read-aloud book that brings it all together, check out A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World.

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Sicilian Pizza… Yum! /blog/2013/05/sicilian-pizza/ /blog/2013/05/sicilian-pizza/#comments Sat, 18 May 2013 15:01:51 +0000 /blog/?p=1309 Excerpted from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World (publication date 6/30/13):

Perhaps what Sicily is best known for is its rich and unique culture, especially with regard to music and food. Sicily has been nicknamed God’s Kitchen because of the wonderfully delicious foods made and served on the island. Every region of Sicily has its own culinary specialties, such as biscotti cookies, cannoli pastry, pecorino cheese and of course, Sicilian pizza.

Let’s see how Sicilian pizza differs from the pies made in Naples:

The Sicilian pizza is quite different from the Neapolitan pizza. It is typically square instead of round and has more dough, sauce, and cheese. Sometimes it is topped with little fish called anchovies, which are caught in the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north. It seems to have more of everything, but it also feeds more people.

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How to Make Pecorino Cheese /blog/2013/05/how-to-make-pecorino-cheese/ /blog/2013/05/how-to-make-pecorino-cheese/#comments Fri, 17 May 2013 23:44:11 +0000 /blog/?p=1312 Excerpted from A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World (publication date 6/30/13):

Sardinia is world famous for its special cheeses. The two favorite local cheeses are the Pecorino Sardo and the Pecorino Romano. The name pecorino comes from the Italian word pecora, which means sheep. Yes, pecorino is made from sheep’s milk. While Pecorino Sardo, a firm but mild cheese, is made exclusively on the island of Sardinia (Sardo is the root word for Sardinia) and from a local Sardinian breed of sheep, Pecorino Romano is made in Rome and other parts of Italy as well. In truth, Pecorino Romano, a hard, salty cheese, is an old cheese variety with a long history. It was a staple in the diet of legionaries, or soldiers, of ancient Rome. Italians proudly keep their cheese-making traditions alive and are passionate about their old-world artisan craft.

Would you like to watch how Pecorino cheese is made?

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Lessons from Coffee… /blog/2013/04/lessons-from-coffee/ /blog/2013/04/lessons-from-coffee/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:58:42 +0000 /blog/?p=1226

(An espresso enjoyed along the shores of Lake Bled, Slovenia)

I have learned that ordering a large (venti) coffee “to go” from a drive-through window is a uniquely American concept. I did not realize this until I stepped outside of my own culture and entered another. Three things make this activity uniquely American and they are:

  1. 1. Driving to a coffee shop to buy your coffee.
  2. 2. Ordering coffee to take with you “on the go.”
  3. 3. Drinking more than 8oz of coffee at a time.

Since visiting Italy and Slovenia, I have come to understand that “going for coffee” is not just about the coffee. It includes three elements and they are…

  1. 1. Exercise – Europeans walk to the coffee shop! Truly, they walk everywhere they can and save the car (or train) for longer excursions.
  2. 2. Relationship – “Coffee” isn’t just about the coffee. It’s about the friendship and the conversation that takes place over coffee. It is a foreign concept to order coffee “to go.” It is expected that you will sit down and enjoy it in a real cup along with some good conversation. If you didn’t come to the coffee shop with a friend, then you would stand at the counter and drink your coffee from a ceramic cup at the counter and chat with the barista.
  3. 3. Experience – Coffee is meant to be savored, not slammed. The flavors should be enjoyed slowly, especially since the amount is so much smaller than what we are used to here in America. Europeans order either an espresso (1 inch of strong syrupy coffee in a tiny cup) or cappuccino (that same amount of espresso with steamed foamy milk incorporated into it). While an espresso or cappuccino can be slammed back rather quickly by a busy person, it is meant to be sipped and savored.

(We found a tiny coffee shop along a side alley in Venice and ordered espresso!)

(In Florence, they add flair to their cappuccinos with foamed milk designs.)

What have I learned about “coffee” from my visit to Italy and Slovenia?

  • * Walk, if it is possible. If my destination is less than 2 miles, then I should default to walking rather than driving. It is just plain good for me.
  • * Don’t be in such a hurry! Plan my time better and make wise choices. If I don’t waste my time with TV or internet, then I have more time for the people I love.
  • * Don’t be a glutton. Often less is better than more. Appreciate what you have. I need to appreciate and savor what is right here in front of me, rather than trying to get (buy or consume) as much as possible.

(The espresso served on the Vernazza harbor overlooking the Ligurian Sea was simple, yet divine!)

Here’s a funny story in conclusion…

My daughter and I needed to catch a 9:30am train in order to make our two other train connections and then a flight out of Italy to Crete. After hurriedly packing, we stopped in at our favorite breakfast place in Vernazza, Italy about 9am. We asked if it was possible to take our cappuccinos and pastries to go. One of the Sicilian twins who owned the establishment asked if we would rather sit down and enjoy our breakfast.

We replied that no, we needed to catch our train in half an hour. He cocked his head to one side and said, “Well then, why did you not come by earlier?”

I was stumped. I thought about it for a moment and all I could say was, “poor time management.”

He replied, “Ah, that is too bad! Yes, I will pack up your breakfast to take to the train.” Then with a wink, he added, “would you take my brother with you too? I am weary of him!”

Question: How can you slow down and savor the sweet moments of your life?

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