Ultimate Coffee: January

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Yes, please.

I’ll take some coffee with my coffee this month! So coffee is back in my house and in my belly these days, and I can honestly say I love it. I didn’t fare so bad without it and so now I feel stronger for the challenge of giving it up last month! WELCOME back coffee. I missed you!

Wecome to you dear readers, as I have lots to share with you in one long post about what I have been up to (and where I am off to) this month!


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If we were having coffee I’d tell you what I have been reading:

The 3rd installment of the Elena Ferrante Neapolitan Series:.

And the advanced (pre-publication) copy of Selection Day, by Aravind Adiga:

Both are sucking me in, and I am about half way done with each. I have been reading in all my little pockets of time, and to be honest 10 minutes here and there really adds up. If you think that you don’t have time to read, just bring a book in your purse and you realize that if you read that instead of cruising your phone…the little minutes add up and it is quite a stress reliever.

If we were having coffee I’d tell you what I have been cooking:

Split Pea & Ham Soup: From Pattie Tierney’s blog

Italian Wedding Soup (for Sunday…on the blog) Recipe to come. Totally inspired by genius recipes for the soup from these 4 Italian cooking masters:

White Chocolate Peppermint-Crunch Popcorn-ahhh so good- my kids loved this!white chocolate peppermint crunch popcorn

Good old recipe for Chocolate Zucchini BreadChocolate Zucchini bread

If we were having coffee I’d tell you where I have been going:

A Field Trip! My work is so awesome! I love that we do a field trip twice yearly, to other museums or libraries that we want to see and then out to lunch. We have seen so many cool places. One year it was to the stamp museum- seriously. A museum of stamps seems pretty dry until we heard all about the history of stamps, and how they pick the pictures and so many other random little facts. We have gone to a Russian Icon museum, the Newport Mansions, several art museums and book bindery/conservation places. It is super nerdy and fun to be a librarian, and I have to say, we are a group that enjoys a day out. This time we went to the Boston Public Library. Now, there is a lot to share about the trip but I will give you an overview in pictures. The best part is, that it is FREE to everyone that lives in and around Boston. It’s like going to Barnes and Noble and getting free books. So nice. Even better to get the tour and learn about it’s history. Super interesting.Boston Public Libraryl

After the library visit and tour, we went to the famed Mario Batali Food Emporium, Eataly. Huge. Overwhelming if you just ate lunch, and dangerous if you are hungry!Eataly, Boston

Thought you’d like this sign:

Eataly, Boston

Then, I went to Flour Bakery & Cafe (!), Joanna Chang’s Bakery. Yes I did! To get cookies for my kiddos! Love it! I reviewed her Baking With Less Sugar cookbook last year. So excited to go in person to her bakery.

Flour, boston

Ooh, and we ate lunch adjacent to the Lenox Hotel, (where by the way, there is an awesome public restroom) and the soap of my Beekman Boys! These guys won the Amazing Race and then quit their jobs to become master goat farmers… who would not love them? They create all sorts of wonderful food, home items, soaps and more in their Beekman Mercantile line.
20170104_130404 So I was thrilled to find their hand soap at the Lenox public restroom as well as in the lobby. And it’s right across from the finish line for the Boston Marathon.finish line, Boston Marathon

A highlight to an already wonderful day!

And finally, if we were having coffee I’d tell you what I have been watching:

Lots of kid shows! Have you seen SING! yet? It was so good- the soundtrack is awesome in a child of the 80’s, 90’s way. So good and a happy ending, which I love. And once the kids are asleep, we are binge-watching Ray Donovan again…just look at him:

That’s why.


So that’s a wrap! What have you been reading, cooking, doing, watching? Leave me a comment and share your best moments! Happiest New Year and thanks for coming by to chat~

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22 thoughts on “Ultimate Coffee: January

  1. MB Jackson

    I am jealous! I love a good field trip and yours was very cool! I did see Sing last weekend with my nieces- I did enjoy the music 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      The popcorn is amazing but definitely a treat! Fritos are my weakness, so I don’t normally buy them! “Sing!” is a new animated movie, so if you like kid-movies, this one is super cute!

  2. Darlene

    That’s great about field trips. I’ve been to Eataly in nYC- what an awesome place!

    My favorite show now is “This is Us.”

  3. Coco

    It is definitely not a time of year to be giving up coffee! Glad you are back together — and back for our coffee date. 🙂

    I think I went to a work event at the Boston Public Library after hours, but we didn’t have access to the “real” parts of it. It looks like I should go back.

    1. hardlyagoddess@gmail.com Post author

      On our tour, we saw where they hold a lot of events in the original building and it is beautiful- but the new part where you would actually check out books or work on the wi-fi- is awesome! It is like the best bookstore you could go to…and free for Bostonians and people in MA!

  4. Marcia

    How totally fun to take work field trips! I need to follow your lead and cook more. I kind of fell out of the habit while we were away on vacay. Oh my that popcorn would be like crack to me!

  5. Farrah

    Can’t wait to see your recipe for Italian Wedding Soup! That’s one of my favorite types of soup ever! <3 That popcorn looks amazing too! (Popcorn = one of my favorite snacks. 😀 )

    Love that carb load sign, and that field trip looks like it was a lot of fun! 😛

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