Sometimes it's the little things. Like being able to swing your legs out of bed and slide your feet into fuzzy slippers to shield you from the chill on the floor. Like shuffling half-asleep and blurry-eyed into the kitchen and having the sweet scent of freshly brewed coffee to welcome you. Like pouring that first cup of elixir, stirring in a splosh of milk and sandy sprinkling of brown sugar and then lifting it waiting lips and drinking in your first sip of morning magic.
Let me go back a few months. We're talking to the end of last Spring or so. Back to the day that my coffee maker broke. One day it just wouldn't lift the water up and through its hose to shower over those dark grounds any more. So, morning after morning for a good six months, I've been filling a pot of water and putting it on the stove to steep. I then scoop the grounds into the basket of the machine and little by little, ladle that steaming water over the grounds...waiting for each tiny basketful to make its way into the carafe. Aw. Doesn't sound so bad, does it? WRONG! It was a pain in my ass. Especially the few times in the beginning where I instinctively poured the water into the machine instead of putting it on the stove. Ugh.
What's my point? Well, I finally bought a new coffee maker yesterday. Please don't ask me what took so long. Other things kept coming first, is all. Apparently getting the kids to school in proper uniform is more important that energizing myself in the mornings. But the simply giddiness I felt when filling the tower with water, measuring out heaping scoops of grounds, and programming the timer on the machine last night was unmatchable. Until, that is, I woke up this morning to the scent of coffee. Coffee brewed automatically fifteen minutes before I even stirred from my slumber. Coffee that I could pour before I even had to fathom opening my eyes more than halfway. Yes, my friends. It's the little things.
These bite-size pastries would go great with a good cup of coffee. And since little things are so much fun, you might also want to check out the recipes for these Mini Chamomile Cakes with Honey Frosting, these Grapefruit Vanilla Bean Mini Bundt Cakes, or these Mini Cranberry Mince Pies. And for something miniature to put in your coffee (if you're into that kind of thing), why not try some Homemade Mini Peppermint Marshmallows!?