Welcome to the Wandering Drays!

Not all who wander are lost...

Welcome to my blog dedicated to my family and our crazy foreign service life. Never content with staying in one place, we are excited to share our journey. We've survived two unaccompanied tour (Baghdad 2010-2011 and Baghdad again in 2015-2016), multiple TDYs, and enjoyed a two-year family assignment in Cairo, Egypt. The fab hubby is currently learning Turkish for our next assignment...Istanbul, Turkey! We leave for Turkey sometime in summer 2017. I write about what I know. Which is mainly kids, tween drama, gross pets, dealing with lots of government info, our moving adventures, being a nurse, yoga, running, living on too-little sleep, and an addiction to coffee lattes. I hope you'll enjoy this glimpse into our lives.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For the Love of COFFEE! A Fully Portable Espresso and Coffee Bar for Our Home

A focal point for my love of coffee.

So, we're renters here in NoVA.  Which I love.  Because we've already done the whole "Ohhhh!  We need a house!" and we bought such a house -- in Ohio -- when we got married {16 years ago} and now we still own that house, but are currently renting it to friends.  It's our home of record, having established it so very long ago.

But anyway, when the fab hubby got assigned in DC two years ago, we had absolutely no interest (or the down payment for that matter) in buying a house.  So we rent.  And we got incredibly lucky -- wer're renting from some very, very awesome FS friends.  We never even had to navigate the "fun" of the rental market in DC/NoVA/MD.  Score!

One of the projects I've been dreaming of establishing in our home is an espresso/coffee bar.  But, because we rent and because we move so frequently {Please, PLEASE let the bidding gods be kind to us this summer!}, it needed to be, above all...portable.

Of course, the fab hubby in all of his fabulousness, knew that I'd been dreaming of such a project.  And for Mother's Day this year, I received this...
Shiny!  My newest hobby.

And well, that machine morphed into this gorgeousness in our kitchen.  100% portable and ready to go, anywhere in the world!  As if my espresso fixation wasn't enough before, I now have the machine and the space to tinker with the greatest, most delicious substance in the world.  Coffee.  And with the fab hubby gone in Iraq over the next year, it's so nice to have a new hobby I can obsess over...

Check out this gorgeousness!  A fully portable espresso/coffee bar.
With useful space underneath!

Homemade creamer!  Getting my domesticness on.

Hee Hee.  Truth.
And oh, my!  I made that delicious latte.

Another view.

And yeah.  Another view.

Well, the shirt says it all.