Sunday, October 3, 2010

Football Sunday

I am curled up under a blanket in my recliner - it got chilly here in Pittsburgh! I blinked and suddenly we went from spring & the wedding & honeymoon to October & autumn & pumpkins & Halloween! I love autumn and I am looking forward to foods with apples and spices (cinnamon & nutmeg & clove) and pumpkin.

Today is a photo-less post because I am too lazy to get up and get the camera and cable to use with the netbook.

Yesterday we continued 'Project New Flooring.' Our sunroom floor 'split' - it's like someone 'unzipped' it. Sigh. To fuel up for 'Project Flooring' we headed out to breakfast at 8:30 am. We met SP's dad and SP's sister Z at Bob's Kennedy Diner in Kennedy Township. We've eaten breakfast at Bob's a few times before, and frankly I just wasn't in the mood to dig out the camera and photograph our food, but it was as usual a tasty diner breakfast.

I ordered my usual breakfast sandwich - I love the Mancini's bread they use. SP & Z enjoyed My Dad's Favorite Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 sausage, 1 bacon, a huge pancake, and your choice of toast. SP's dad ordered the Double Dad's Breakfast - just double everything!

SP & I also shared a blueberry pancake. It was very blueberry filled, prompting SP's dad to ask if we wanted some pancake with out blueberries!

Fortified, we set off to flooring store #1. After 1.5 hours of flooring browsing, consulting, working up estimates, etc., we needed a wee break so we headed to Cammie Sin's Tea Boutique. My friend L told me about this place back in June, but since they are only open until 4 pm, we can only go on Saturdays, and we just hadn't made it yet because we are usually busy and not in the Castle Shannon/Mt. Lebanon area.

It's a very nice tea shop inside. Lots of Stash and Tea Forte teas and our favorite, the Metropolitan Tea Company's loose leaf teas. A large selection of Metropolitan loose leaf teas. Even though we already have a drawer full of tea, we couldn't resist adding some more! We got a black Lime tea, Pumpkin Spice tea, and a Green Cherry Blossom tea. I love the Pumpkin Spice and it seemed like a good choice for fall. SP's Green Cherry Blossom tea is more cherry fragrance than flavor, but enough flavor to lightly flavor the green tea. The woman in the store was very friendly and helpful. She told us it was OK to open the jars of loose tea and smell them. Also, I was waffling about buying some White Chocolate Mousse tea and she kindly gave me a sample package of enough tea to brew 2 cups to see if I like it. I tried some last night, and I do like it. It doesn't seem too different from the Chocolate tea to me, so I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but it was good and I might buy some next time.

Then it was off to flooring store #2 and another 1-2 hours of floor talk. After that, we again needed a break, so we went to Borders for iced tea (SP) and iced coffee (me) and then we spent a little over an hour browsing the cookbooks. I had some Borders gift cards so I bought The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book. I've only flipped through quickly but already I have a long list of baked goodies to make & enjoy!

We might have gone to The Pie Place when we left Borders... stay tuned for more details about that!

And now I'm signing off to enjoy the 4th quarter of the Steelers game. Hopefully they'll pull out a win and stay undefeated.

One last thing: I also just now am trying the new Lime tea. Supposedly, it's tastier iced, but it's pretty darn tasty hot!

Go Steelers!

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