Favorite Things

Inspired by Rod’s list, here’s my list of my favorite things – in no particular order and ever-changing…

Food Items:

Chipotle Burrito – barbacoa with black beans, corn and green salsas, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Chipotle = love

Iced mochas – especially those made by Mr. Pete at Aroma’s
and those made with Ethiopian Kafa Natural beans from Primavera Coffee Roasters.

Kettle cooked potato chips with French onion dip

Pfeffernuesse – I love these cookies. I first tasted them in 9th grade in my German I class and I think I’ve eaten an entire bag each Christmas season. Or maybe more than one. They’re soooo good dipped in a hot mocha or hot cocoa. I’m still on the hunt for a good recipe to make them myself.

Haagen-Dazs Bailey’s Irish Cream Ice Cream – If you’ve ever had it, I don’t even need to say anything else.  It’s great right out of the container and even better as a milkshake.
Random Items:

Japanese writing pens – I particularly like the 0.25 or 0.30 Pilot Hi-Tec C pens and those known only to me as “banker pens.” I’m still looking for the banker pens online somewhere.

Large animals – I don’t know why, but I’m drawn to the largest animals of a group. I’ve had two Maine Coon Cats and will – someday – have a Newfoundland Dog. You hear that, Rod??

Christmas music – I absolutely love Christmas music. I actually think it makes up the largest part of my music collection. I have a pretty strict rule about listening to it, though – never before Thanksgiving and never after New Year’s Day. I think that makes it more special.

German Christmas music by Peter Alexander – I’m sure this will seem particularly odd to anyone actually familiar with Peter Alexander and his music, but we used to sing some of these songs every Christmas in my high school German classes (while eating Pfeffernuesse – see above). I have an old cassette tape – actually a recording of some records – of the songs we sang, but I’m always on the lookout for a CD version. There’s a pretty large German-speaking population in Huntsville, so I really keep an eye open at thrift stores around here.  (I was able to find one CD at Christmas 2007 on Overstock, so now I’m looking to expand the collection!)

Fabric – I love fabric.  I’m trying hard to only purchase fabric that has a specific project to go with it, but some prints are really hard to resist.  I especially love the cute Japanese prints out there, German Westfalestoffe prints, and Finnish Marimekko prints.

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