She is the hostess with the most-est, and one thing my parents do really well is coffee. Whenever they have people over for parties, or even just their own children for holidays and other events, they give us the royal treatment. They put out mugs, sugar and cream in saucers, sugar substitutes in packets, whipped cream, stirring spoons, and sometimes even flavored creamers for us all to choose from. Some of us do decaf only. Some do caffeine or half-caf. Some do flavored. Some do plain.
It is always nice and it always soothes the soul and makes us feel good. I remember such tricks when I’m home alone and I hit my slump. Do you have a slump time of day? I know for some it’s early, mid, or late morning. For others, it’s afternoon or evening. For me, it’s in that 3:00-5:00pm zone, especially during the winter when the sun sets so early behind the wall of trees on our property. The kids will come home cranky, hungry, and tired and I will have to clean the pellet stove and light it, make them snacks, help with the bathroom or with homework, listen to them squabble over TV shows or toys, and attempt to stay awake until Cassidy comes home. It sounds old-fashioned, even though I work as well. This winter, I made some changes.
Coffee helps fight the afternoon slump. Not only is it a drink, but it’s an experience. Whether I’m alone, or with friends and family, I love the experience of choosing just the right mug, just the right cream, just the right sweetener, and a sometimes dollop of whipped cream. No matter how my day is going, a coffee break is the fastest way to prevent or beat the slump that looms every late afternoon on weekdays and weekends. If I’m alone, I’ll still set up my personal coffee bar and grab a book.
Since I have young kids who are now old enough to play without me needing to always be nearby, I will set up my own at-home coffee bar and invite friends with kids over. The kids get to have a play date and the parents get to have a coffee date.
This is where we have our best conversations. This is where we find solidarity & a listening ear. This is where the connections truly strengthen because there’s nothing like good talks, good coffee, and delicious treats to share. I like coffee in late morning and early afternoon, but I LOVE a coffee bar in late afternoon. Since this is New England, and Dunkin’ Donuts is king around here, I buy my K-cups in a festive flavor – Chocolate Glazed Donut. It’s the perfect pick-me-up after a long workday.
We keep a variety of sweeteners in the house, including white sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and Truvia Stevia-Based Sweetener. That’s me channeling my mom, who likes to be prepared for all her friends’ personal tastes and needs.
I also love to have different kinds of coffee creamer. Since you know I love Dunkin’ Donuts, and caramel is one of my favorite flavors for coffee, I have a big love for this Dunkin’ Donuts Creamer in Caramel flavor.
1. Head outside in daylight for ten minutes. It would have to be pretty cold for me to miss doing this.
2. Take a brain break. Read a chapter of a book, do a crossword puzzle, or beat a Sudoku puzzle.
3. Reach out to someone with an “I was thinking about you” phone call, email, text, etc.
4. Stretch! Stretching can provide a quick boost of energy, and it feels so good.
5. Chew peppermint gum or sniff peppermint oil. Sometimes I’ll even put a drop in my hand.
6. Take a catnap. My favorite? 20 minutes on the couch with the sun streaming onto my face while the kids watch a TV show.
7. Listen to energizing music with headphones.
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