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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I've corrupted my mother. Yep, sad story, isn't it? The corruption I'm refering to is the one to mochas. For years she didn't understand why I loved espresso drinks. Now she's always been a huge coffee drinker, but didn't get my passion for espresso. I would turn up my nose at her Folgers so we were at an impasse.

Then it all changed. She had a heart attack and we had her trapped in the hospital. They were bringing her this weak decaf stuff that had been brewed two days ago and warmed up. (I'm kidding but it tasted like it.) My sweet daughter-in-law and I brought her peppermint mochas from Starbucks. At least one a day.

I credit the mochas with still having my mother around. They gave her a new lease on life. Now she's addicted though, poor thing. She sends my dad out every day for one. They may end up in the poor house, but she's got a smile on her face and pink in her cheeks!

But hey, I'm just continuing on the tradition. Kristin got ME hooked on mochas. Denise gave me my first DeBrand mocha truffle years ago. I'm just carrying on the tradition. But you know that's what we do when we love something, no matter if it's truffles, MacBooks, espresso--or Jesus. Who we are and what we love just flows on out. We're not REALLY trying to corrupt anyone. We're sharing things that have made a difference in our lives.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 7:13 AM  
  Comments (20)
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At 8:31 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

That's hilarious that you've hooked your mom. Peppermint mocha. Ah, the delicious comforts of life. You're so right, others will know what's important to us. Faith, family, friends, and well, chocolate.

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Suzanne Schaffer said...

Great post! Glad your mom is doing better.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Tina said...

Tell your mom welcome to the club!!! Yep. What we love just flows out of us, doesn't it. I hope the Jesus part flows out of me, but much of the time I think it's mochas, chocolate, and well, I wanted to say mexican food, but that just doesn't sound right.

Blessings to Colleen's mom. Glad she's doing better and enjoying some of the finer things in life!!!

At 10:43 AM, Blogger K.Michelle said...

I got one of my best friends so hooked on Starbucks that she woke up one morning at 4:30 am, got dressed, and sat in the parking lot until Starbucks opened. When she explained that I was her friend, they understood.

God forgive us all!

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Yep, it all started for me when a friend and I met regularly for Bible study at a coffee house. Before that, coffee was never my thing, but oy vay!--I'm hooked. I thank Jesus every day :)

At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I LOVE the peppermint hot chocolates from Starbucks. To DIE for. (or get fat for)

At 11:38 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

LOL...hey, those white chocolate mochas are to die for! LOL

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I won the DeBrand's of course. I'm the biggest. LOL

I forgot to say that I gave my mom her first taste of DeBrand's when she got home from the hospital too. She loved those truffles!

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

Glad your mother's better. I admit. I'm not into the coffee specialties at Starbucks. They just haven't come into my life yet. :) But I love a cup of hot tea while I'm sitting at my computer. Or, a bottled Coke. Or, my Frozen Cappuccino. It's to die for. Course I serve that at parties in a punchbowl. Yum, yum! Thanks for a great post, Colleen!

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

God shows his love for us in many ways. I believe one of them is Starbucks :)

Glad to hear about your Mom!

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Natalie H. said...

Peppermint mochas are my all time favorite hot drink. We're kindred spirits . . . but we already knew that, didn't we.

At 6:36 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Peppermint mocha? I may just have to try that. But to be honest I'm not a coffee drinker. I just like to go to Starbucks to hang out. Although I haven't done that for awhile.

But hey, I've got a bunch of Starbucks cards laying around. I need to use them somehow. All the Mamba cards are gone and that's just depressing considering Strawberry Whirls are my latest addiction. :(

At 9:53 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm hooked on the coffee, mochas, expresso, as long as it's related to coffee. :o) But I have yet to try a DeBrand truffle. I've had Harry & David's and loved them, but these sound like the Godiva of truffles. A little scary! ;o)

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Heather said...

So not a coffee drinker here. (shhhh . . .frankly, I can't even stand the smell.) But caffeine in its other forms is wonderful. Kinda funny. . . we went to Costa Rica this spring and I brought back 16 or so lbs of coffee, and we don't even drink the stuff!

At 7:28 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Heather, Costa Rican is my favorite -- good choice! I haven't been into a Starbucks since I got home to "real" coffee, but you can't beat it for getting the same brew each day.

C, I'm so glad about your Mom. It really is about the small pleasures in life, isn't it? I thought it was the Italian in me, but I guess not. Not only is it good for your mom, but now your dad has purpose each day in getting it for her. : )

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Everyone we brought the CR coffee home for was happy, happy, happy when passed it out. And with all that coffee, we still didn't come home with enough for everyone! I will say, it was less offensive smelling to me than the "regular" stuff.

At 11:46 AM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

Oops! I realize I put Mamba, instead of Jamba! much for editing. LOL But you all got what I meant right?

And just for the record I love the smell of coffee. Probably why I like to hang out in coffee places. They're finally opening a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in my area. I love their tea. That makes me happy because the other three stores on the island are about forty minutes from where I live. Too far to drive just to study. :)

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Okay, Colleen, I can buy it all but for the MacBook--not sold on that yet no matter what my crit partner Jen Tiszai thinks.
But I also have to question, cafeine after a heart atack? They wouldn't let my hubby near it after his so maybe that's why he's not sold on Starbucks yet. I should have been bringing him espresso drinks while he recouped :-) Glad your mom is doing better--God and Starbucks, that's the ticket!

Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, a post that is near and dear to my heart! COFFEE!!! I like it strong and any which way it comes. Being from a medium-sized town on the Canadian prairies, Tim Hortons is the thing here and I just LOVE their coffee.

But I've been told that if there was a Starbucks around, I'd be hopelessly addicted. Did I mention I love strong coffee?? There's just something so soothing and fulfilling about even the smell of it. I take that first deep breath and....ahhh! My inner soul sighs. It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about it. I think I'll go and brew a pot.

My heart beats in anticipation as drip, drip, drip the carafe slowly fills....


At 4:40 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

LOOOOOOVE peppermint mochas. Those are my favorites!


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

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Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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