I Need a Chaperone

Now that any temperature in the 90s is considered a cold front, obviously it’s time to make the switch from hot to iced coffee. This recipe from the Pioneer Woman has been in the back of my mind for awhile but it wasn’t until this weekend that I finally gave it a go.


I picked up most of the things I needed (metal sieve, pound of coffee, 2-gallon bin for the grounds to soak in) at the grocery store but unfortunately couldn’t find a cheese cloth. A quick Google search pointed me in the direction of either Sur la Table or Bed Bath & Beyond. Since I’m incapable of leaving Sur la Table without spending at least fifty bucks, BBB was clearly the better option.

Saturday morning I left the house with a plan: hit Bed Bath & Beyond for cheese cloth and Kohl’s for a beverage dispenser (to store the iced coffee concentrate in). Well, I never made it to Kohl’s. If you follow me on Twitter, you already know what happened:

FIRED. And I didn’t even mention the giant mason jar shaped beverage dispenser that now lives happily (filled with caffeinated deliciousness) in our fridge. Or the new patio table which was perfect to rest our blackberry mojitos on Sunday evening while the dogs played in the backyard.


You’ll never find me planting flowers in the garden or picking out paint samples in Lowes, but let me loose in a store that sells kitchen accessories and I’m in big trouble.

I’m in love with the way the dining room table looks:


And the new patio furniture is perfect:


Even though we have to sit outside in the inferno in order to use them. But guys, MOJITOS. They are the perfect cocktail for infernos.

I also now own 24 mason jars of assorted sizes.. But this wasn’t my doing – Brad surprised me with them when I got home from work on Friday. I filled the smallest ones with spices, we drank iced tea (and mojitos!) out of the medium sized ones all weekend, and the largest ones will most likely be used for optimal iced coffee consumption.


Ooooh. Strawberry Jalapeno Salsa. That stuff was good. And oh hey, there’s my new basket. And oil & vinegar cruets. All of my dollars, sitting nicely on the kitchen counter.

So there you have it. Another store I’m not allowed to go into unsupervised. For those keeping count, that’s three: Sur la Table, Bed Bath & Beyond, and the unmentioned obvious one: Target.

What store do you empty your bank account in?

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  1. I love Pioneer Woman coffee, I just consumed a GIANT glass full. I can’t go into Target unsupervised anymore, there are just too man wonderful things to spend my money on.
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    • I love the coffee too! Definitely need to make it stronger next time though. I think my ratios were a bit off.

  2. Oh, but you got so many cute things! And they bring you all the happiness! #worthit

    I cannot go to Gap. Actually, I cannot go to Gap online. Damn them and their spend $50, get free shipping!

    • yes, all the happiness!

      I love the Gap too. They make pants with a shorter inseam that actually are SHORT, for midgets like me 🙂 That makes me happy. And also poor.

  3. Target, Academy Sporting Goods, Hill Country Running

    • I’m horrible with HCR also. It’s impossible to leave without a new pair of running shoes … even if I don’t need them!

  4. I’ve never even heard of Sur la Table, so you’re going to have to take me there.

    And to be fair, you were in desperate need of new patio furniture. I can’t wait to sweat my ass off in one of those chairs while drinking a mojito!

  5. This post cracks me up. BBB is just as dangerous when I have an chaperone – my husband is an enabler in that store!
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