Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee...

So how many different coffee pots have you had over the years?


I think I always purchased Mr. Coffee brand.


Of course, I've always had the "Go BIG or Go HOME" model

Let's get honest, these don't last.  Luckily the company supported their product and sent free replacements.  However, I think they aren't quite as accommodating as a few years ago.  Get out your paper clips to try to fix it.


At one point, I thought espresso was the way to go.  It is pretty good if you take the time to steam and froth the milk.  I still have it, but only use it once in awhile.  It is good if you are going to travel for the day...more caffeine less liquid intake. :)

Mr. Coffee ECM160 4-Cup Steam Espresso Machine, Black


I never had one of these, but my father-in-law always gave me coffee out of one.
 I remember it being pretty strong, but it was always hot all day long.
Honestly, the coffee grounds on the loose kind of scare me.

Presto 02811 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker


I was looking into these coffee pots, and come to find mom had one from years ago!  I guess I don't need to buy one.  It makes a great cup!  All you need is hot water!

Here is a more expensive, yet very modern and appealing version.  It essentially does the same thing as the black mug my mom gave me - but on a "more caffeine" scale.

Chemex 6-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffee Maker

Some videos to help you decide:

Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe - Technivorm 9587

I've never tried a French Press:

How to Make Pour-Over Coffee:

This one is MY FAVORITE:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Rescue Gone Bad

So I usually write a bit before showering, but today I decided to shower first, grabbed some coffee and headed to my office.  Since it is gorgeous out, I opened my window all the way...and noticed a pretty white butterfly. Okay, it was a moth, but it sounds better that I was trying to save a butterfly. I popped the screen up along the bottom to let it out.  Well the screen also popped to the outside of the house at the top.  Uh oh.  So I let the beautiful "butterfly" out...and the screen.

Now, how do I get this thing back in?  It is long...I am short.  It isn't going in.  Maybe I have to be outside?  I let the window drop to the outside.  I head outside (with all the daycare parents watching me)...nope, definitely doesn't go in from the outside.

Back inside I go.  Okay, it is nice out, but still humid.  So much for a shower.  I try again. Ugh.  Where is Paul?  I text him in case he happens to be near.  I knew he wasn't, but I was stuck.  It is a gorgeous day and now I can't keep my window open because it doesn't have screen.  Come on in, all you gorgeous...stupid..."butterflies."  Nope, he is in La Porte City.  Okay, you are a grown woman, not helpless, you can do this.

Okay, I got it.  I have to take off both parts of the window. Yes, they are the "easy" to clean kind that fold down.  So I got them out.  Yep, open air for all the daycare parents to see.  Hope they didn't hear my few choice words. Cover the wee ones' ears.  So it still won't go in?  Oh wait, it looks a little (maybe a lot) bent - hmm, no idea how that happened (whoops).  Well,  it stills goes in with it bent.  Yes, now I have a screen back in the window.

I refuse to leave the rest of the window on the floor.  Self-talk - I am capable and smarter than a window (maybe not a 5th grader, but definitely a window).  I am short. Windows are heavy.   I need a much wider wing span. No pun intended.  I look more closely at the window.  Grrr...I guess I should clean them - off to get the Windex and paper towels.  I now have clean windows - inside and out. Time to try again...   Okay so I got the top part in, but won't stay up.  Anyone need a Guillotine?  (Yes, I had to look up how to spell that!)

I finally got it to stay up.  (Wipe the sweat off my face.)  Now for the bottom part.  It. will. not. go. in.  No way. It can't be this hard.  Mind you I have been on a step stool most of this time for leverage purposes. I prop up the window on the floor and head to the living room to look at a "model" window. Oh crap...I was trying to put it in upside down.  Clearly I am not rational at this point, and I am not smarter than a window.

Now I can put it in.  It's in...but it won't open?!  You STUPID, ugly moth.  I see these little track things. Okay, I must have to put it in above those?  FINALLY, it is in.  I am hot. It doesn't seem so nice out anymore. My coffee is cold.  And I hate that moth - wherever he is.

I think I will go call my chiropractor...and nuke my coffee.

P.S.  Not all of my rescues go bad.  At 7 a.m. I headed outside to save one of these little guys from my cat.  I grabbed the cat and brought her in.  The chipmunk is no longer shaking in the yard, so he got way. This time...