Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Gifts Are The Most Adorable Partners Of Coffee

By Goddess Johnson

Coffee reminds of us of the time we spend with our friends, enjoying one another's company, long after the meal has ended. Gifts also say a lot. There isn't a person around who doesn't enjoy getting a gift. If you combine the two you, can show your friends and loved ones how much you care about them.

For a simple gift, take a beautiful coffee cup, wrap it, and tie it in a bow. If simple isn't your thing, you can center your gift on an elaborate gift basket filled with rich coffees from all over the world. Add a few creamers and spices for flavor to remind them of you ever time they take a sip.

To really show your friends your appreciation, locate unusual bread or coffee cake recipes. If your friend really likes a certain flavor, try to find recipes that include their favorite flavor as an ingredient. Bake a batch of bread or coffee cake and wrap it in a gorgeous tea towel. Don't forget to tie the towel with a ribbon. Attach a little charm and the recipe. Remember to include a set of coffee cups and a cute mini butter knife.

If you're still need gift ideas, take the time to look around the kitchen department of any store, and you're bound to find something new and exciting. Anyone who loves to cook will love a new kitchen gadget, but make your gift selection carefully. Just because your friend likes cooking gourmet food doesn't mean that they're a coffee aficionado.

You can host a coffee tasting party in the wintertime. Your guests can know what they're drinking, or they can have a blind taste test where they are introduced to new roasts and blends. Use a wide variety of coffee flavors for your guests, from mild to strong, and remember to include a few exotic flavors, too. Don't forget to provide your guests with sweeteners like sugar, honey, and sugarless alternatives. Treats also go well with coffee, so you may want to serve something that has allspice, nutmeg, or cinnamon. Try cutting breads or tea and coffee cakes up into tiny shapes.

Since the other senses come into play when enjoying coffee, set the table with soft materials for the table covering, whole coffee beans for aroma and texture and play music that fits your theme. Take the time to set an atmosphere of relaxation, friendship and enjoyment so your friends know you are happy to have them there.

Put together little parting gifts in beautiful bags. You can put samples of coffees in small cello bags tied with ribbon. Gourmet coffee stores sell spoons coated with chocolate and other flavors that could be tied to the bag as an embellishment. Include a handwritten note telling your friend some things you appreciate about them.

Now if we look at the outside world full of work load & busy schedule, there's no time to make relationships. But a cup of coffee with someone can do your job very easily. A coffee with a small gift can be a good starter to a relationship. Coffee, gifts & friends are the 3 inseparable ingredients of a "relationship" soup.

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