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Monday, February 20, 2017

Single-Serve Coffee

Brewing a perfect mug of single serve coffee
couldn't be easier. 
You don't need a big expensive machine
 and those costly coffee pods. 
Those pod machines are like a microwave, 
big space hogs that may be quick and 
convenient but ultimately not giving you
the best coffee. 
The ritual of slowly brewing fresh coffee
is a great way to start your morning. 
No hitting a button on a machine. 
In just a few minutes you can brew
a mug of rich, flavorful coffee. 
The "pour-over" method is incredibly easy
giving you one great cup of coffee. 
Anytime you want. 
You'll need:
a cone coffee dripper 
(less than $4)
#2 filters
your favorite coffee 
(Of course grinding your own is best)
boiling water 
All you need to do is grab your favorite mug. 
I rotate my mugs seasonally. It's a cheery, 
fun welcome to the day.  

Bring water to a boil. I love my electric
water kettle, but you could also micro
2 C of water. 
Place the coffee filter in
 the cone and put on top of your mug. Pour
 a little of the hot water into the empty 
filter to saturate the paper. This also 
warms the mug which is nice. Swirl the 
hot water in the mug and pour it out.
  Don't forget that. 
Add 2 level scoops of coffee to the filter. 
Another plus with this method is you can 
adjust the coffee to your liking. 
Slowly pour a little
water over the grounds to moisten. 
Then slowly pour the water into
 the center. 
Let drip through and add more water
if needed. Slowly pouring into the center 
until your mug is filled to your liking. 
I fill mine about ¾ full 
so there's room to add  frothed milk. 
It's environmentally friendly too, 
just toss the used filter and 
rinse the cone or put it in the DW.
This is great for travel. 
I bring the plastic cone, filters, and
coffee on road trips. It's also good when 
I'm visiting non coffee drinkers. I can easily 
make a cup of single serve coffee myself. 

The clear Melitta cone at the top pictures 
is one I've had for probably over 30 years.
I just bought the new brown one for travel.  
You can find them at BB&B or in the 
grocery store. 


Cheers!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

RED Armoire!

Happy Valentine's Day to me! 
 Look at this great RED armoire we found
 this week! Just in time for Valentine's Day. 
Larry knows just what makes me happy!
This is part of my Master Plan*
Just look at all the storage to organize
stuff...red stuff. I can store all of my
Valentine decorations as well as all the 
red decor accessories I use for 3 holidays:
Christmas, Valentine's Day, and the
patriotic ones from Memorial Day thru
July 4th, and 9-11. All in one place. 
All so easy to get to. No more rummaging
around in  boxes on garage shelves. 
Yes, this baby is going in the garage. 
My Master Plan is to find and repurpose
armoires I find for sale on craigslist
and on Facebook and use them in the
garage for storage. Great, cheap, sturdy, 
attractive, storage. Better than open metal
shelves and cheaper too. This one was only
$25 !!!
Cheers to unconventional Valentine love. 
XO


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