Chocolate, Coffee, Crisps and Good Habits! Coffee & Conversation

Okay just admit it - who doesn't love at least one of these three things?




I started drinking coffee when I was twelve years old, up until then I had always drunk milk and I have never liked tea even though I come from Northern Ireland.

I started eating crisps and chocolate long before that but they were more of a treat and not an everyday snack when I was a young girl.

In the UK we are very proud of Cadbury's Chocolate.

Having lived in America I have to say (and I'm sorry but it is true) that Cadbury's chocolate is way better than Hershey's.

My favourite Cadbury chocolate bar would have to be the Caramel - Lovely milk chocolate with gooey soft toffee inside.

However I do also love Maltesers made by Mars.

But my real favourite of all is actually the Toffee Crisp by Nestle

For a chocolate fix it doesn't have to be a bar of chocolate or chocolate sweets, I'm never going to want to say NO to a slice of chocolate cake. 

I often say I can take coffee any way as long as it's coffee.

However I do prefer a Mocha

and in a large mug so that I can sip at it for ages.

That's the best way to waken me up in the mornings.

My friends and family know I love coffee and for my birthday one year our daughter bought me a new coffee mug, our son and daughter-in-law bought me a taster pack selection of good coffees and our daughter's friend who owns a coffee shop in South Korea sent me some of his coffee beans as gifts and his coffee is great.

Because I am so fond of coffee I am also fond of coffee mugs which I have written about in quite a few blog posts.

This is my favourite coffee mug and I have had it for a long number of years.

Of course we live in Northern Ireland which is the home of the greatest crisps - Tayto.
They are so good they are even made in a castle!

We now live quite near Tandragee where Tayto Castle is located and so we finally arranged a trip to go see the crisps being made.
We had always hoped to do this when the kids had been younger but even though we are all grown ups now we had a great time.

When we went in the first thing we saw were the bags, of all the different types they make, hanging from the ceiling and of course we just had to get a picture of that.

Each time our daughter has been home from South Korea she also gets loads of these crisps to take back there to share with her colleagues and friends.

However there has been just one problem!

Sometimes what we love can be loved too much
and then
 it is not good for us 


 in moderation it is ok.

When the children were young and at Primary School, Fred was out two nights a week at church meetings while I stayed home with the children and did my marking of Maths homeworks (I was a teacher a long time ago).

It started off that occasionally Fred would stop at the shop on the way home and buy two packets of crisps and two bars of chocolate and we would have this little treat before bed.

Then it became a regular occurrence on each of these evenings and eventually we started getting the packs of chocolate bars and as the years went on we simply nearly always had crisps and chocolate in the house to snack on.

Not so good for the girl who got married in a size 8 dress but now will never see that size again. Too much chocolate, coffee and crisps means too much weight and once the weight is on it is hard to get it off.

It is the same with other things in our lives, we can get too caught up in certain things and it can be bad for us.

It means we neglect other things and get into bad habits.

God has only ever wanted good for us
and that includes good habits.

Good habits and bad habits are always a part of our lives but sometimes it is very important and useful to stop and think about what are the good ones and what are the bad.  

It is okay to love something 


it is not ok to get into a habit that in the end is harmful to us and then stops us doing other things that God would like us to do.

We consider this more at the start of a new year but we should be alert and careful throughout the year too.

There is no right or wrong time to start a good habit but there is always a wrong time to start a bad habit.

There are a few things I'm thinking of as I write this and I need to ask God to help me get them back into the right perspective so that my habits and my life are more glorifying to Him.

What about you?

He doesn't give up on us and is ready and willing to help us, so come on we can start to make the change today!