Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Can You Believe It?

Yesterday we were out for a family time. We had a great afternoon all being together. Michael offered to treat our children with milkshakes from Steak N Shake. Everyone was thrilled except our oldest son. He NEVER does those kinds of things. It is rare that he will even partake of dessert. He is our weight lifter/football player. He is the nut in the family. I guess every family has to have one. Truth be told I wish I had his dedication to staying fit, but I don't. As we were getting milkshakes, he (the nut) saw a Starbucks. He loves coffee and sweet tea, but again he never drinks it because caffeine is bad for him. (Buhumbug)!! He cracked in a moment of weakness and asked his dad to get him a cup of coffee at Starbucks instead of a milkshake. Michael agreed and each of them enjoyed something that none of us could pronounce. I tasted both of their drinks. They were good, but not that good. 2 cups of something that nobody from the country could ever pronounce cost $8.58!!!!! Can you believe that...and if that wasn't enough they don't even fill the cups full. I guess they are watching out for our well being because you know that we might spill some of that hot stuff on ourselves! See we don't get out often and go to places that sell food because we do that nicely at home, and apparently for a whole lot cheaper!

Let's add up the cost of 5 milkshakes ($12) and 2 something coffee that nobody from the country can pronounce ($8.58) equals a whole lot of money for a few drinks. Hey, maybe we should all open up restaurants and convince people that a plate of beans and cornbread should be valued at around $15!!!! Hey, we could even throw in an onion slice and a small spoonful of homemade relish! All we would have to do is to get the city mice to come to the country and we could all be rich! Nahhh... I couldn't do that. I would rather share my beans and cornbread and homemade relish anyway!!! I will even make an entire pitcher of sweet tea for a lot less than $8.58...and that includes all the sugar I use. We always have an extra glass left because our oldest nut won't ever drink that!

grace and peace,


Amy said...

My husband and I love Starbucks too...But we only get a coffee there as a special treat...Usually when we are on a date...We joke that we would get coffees there more often, but we don't want to have to take a second mortgage out on the house.:)

Oh,Julie, I wish that I had your sons dedication to fitness too.....But with God I guess anything is possible....but I do so enjoy my caffeine and chocolate.:)

And about that $15.00 a plate idea...The city mice would probably pay that amount...and they would take pictures of you and your family and your home, and go back to the city telling everybody about their wonderful meal at such a quaint little country place....Meanwhile you and your husband are sipping Starbucks all the way to the bank.:)

Not a bad idea at all!;)

God Bless,

Dreamer said...

I LOVE coffee drinks that you can't pronounce too. Unfortunately I indulge in them a little too often.

I've never been to Starbucks (I'm too chearp), but McDonald's French Vanilla Cappuccino ain't bad. Still a small costs over $2! So I started buying Cappuccino mix at the store that is super yummy frothy and sprinkle cinnamon on it. M-m-mmmm! But still that's $3 a box for only 5 servings. Even that makes me feel guilty when you can buy 10 packets of Kool-Aid for $1 or a whole box of tea bags.

Someday, I end up with a cheap European type Expresso maker for the stove and steaming my own milk to get a satisfying coffee treat that doesn't break the bank.

Hey, maybe I'll sell my coffee for $5 a pop to go those city mice when they come out for your beans and cornbread. ;)

P.S. Don't give your resident nut too bad a time. It's nice to see someone that has the self-discipline and determination to fuel his body and not over indulge.