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No more... well one more... toy! 
May 10, 2011 9:23 pm 
Updated: May 12, 2011 6:59 pm
Some while back I was given some coffee beans from a well known N.W. coffee co, or I'm presuming by the name...  Now, it's rather difficult to brew coffee with whole beans... not that I'm an expert!  Our friends Lori and Steve roast their own beans, and carry their grinder AND coffee maker (some odd looking thing...) when the travel even!  Must admit, Steve made a pretty darn good cup of java in the morning!

Thus, what I was hoping to be a really good "coupon" trip to the store, I did stop and (choke,) tossed a grinder into the cart with other goodies... I had no idea they'd become so expensive...  Guess I should have shopped around a bit, but what the hey, I was there!  It WAS on sale..!

After $9 plus in coupons, my overall savings was only 26%, but then I did buy a number of items that weren't on sale, having two coupons (store + mfg) for most.  At checkout, the gentleman behind me said "with all of those coupons, I was expecting you to pay him some $$" to the cashier...  Politely, but somewhat embarassed, I replied that "no, I've never done that well... YET."  Don't get all in a tizz folks, after writing the blog about "extreme couponing," I most certainly am NOT going to pick up 50 of this, or 75 of that, simply because it's a good deal, and I've COUPONS!  I still say that someone who buys 50+ bags of croutons most certainly has a few issues to work thru! 

Anyway, back to the grinder (guess I REALLY got off track there!) the whole bean coffee is "sleighbell" roast, packaged only during the holidays as I recall.  I'm dying to try some, not only as I'm almost out of columbian, but to see if there might be some added flavor like cinnamon or peppermint, to make it a holiday roast bean!  It was, I assure you, difficult to keep from grinding some beans for tomorrow, but I have abstained! 

It's also time to juice another batch of lemons, and I owe J something chocolate as a dessert or sweet...  The 60th b'day kind of came and went without any hoopla, as did my 54th last March.  This whole being unemployed thing is for the birds! The "gift" box I put together after my return consisted of the card I had bought at the grocery, a bag of choc. chips, tub of choc milk mix, and a fresh jar of peanut butter!  All things I would have picked up anyway, but my hoped for reaction came through... got a smile and a chuckle!  Hence, time for a choc. dessert of some kind... maybe a batch of "mmmm, brownies" from right here at AR.  TRUST, they are quite decadent... just wish I'd picked up ice cream, and then douse it all in some choc. syrup....  Oh my!  (where's the insulin?) The new ads all come with tomorrow's paper!  I may just have to dash out at some point!

So, folks, I am now the proud owner of my first ever coffee grinder...  I was going to get two, but when I (choke) saw the price, decided one would have to do, for now, and the spices would just have to wait!

So, be well, be happy, be crazy!  Till next time!
May 11, 2011 2:37 am
hey Stevie, i grind my own coffee every it, i also use the grinder to grind my spices too...just use a wet paper towel to wipe every thing clean when done & leave the lid off till next use,to air out from the spice, i carry my coffee & maker & grinder also when i travel, i have great coffee every time oh wow how sweet of you to fix up all that chocolate for J, yes brownies would be good, oh my now you have me wanting brownies lol...oh & ice cream too...i hope you enjoy the coffee grinder, i sure do, I've had it for maybe 10 years, couldn't make it with out it, so go grind up some good coffee,you will be hooked..ttyl friend...judy
May 11, 2011 5:11 am
Wow, Stevie, 26% savings is quite nice! I started grinding beans about a year ago after buying some Maas Roasters Coffee for the holidays as gifts. Had to run out and get a grinder (Walmart-as much as I hate to admit it) which was very inexpensive, electric and hands off operation. It sure makes for a cup of great coffee. Have a wonderfully crazy day!
May 11, 2011 7:58 pm
I've been grinding my own coffee for years. I do the same as Judy and use the same grinder for coffee and spices. If I'm too worried about a spice carrying over into my coffee I just toss a cinnamon stick in there and grind that , then grind the coffee. I get a slight cinnamon flavor in my coffee, but I like that. In face I often toss a cinnamon stick in with the grinds when I brew a pot.
May 11, 2011 8:53 pm
Coffee... got to love the coffee! I let the store do my grinding for me... sure was hoping you would have bought that second one... we could have traded something. I've got a few lemons laying around the house! Just kidding! Lovin the Crazy reads!
May 12, 2011 6:59 pm
sorry that I've been a "brat," but frankly the stress is starting to get to me.... AGAIN, so I've not been here of late! At least I didn't get chewed out for buying a stereo for kitchen, so's not to watch "idiot box" all day! lol Judy, thanks for the tip about spices, you too BSM! TT... you're a baad, baaad berry! LOL. Lace, trip before to grocery saved 51%, so 26 dunt seem like much! LOL again!! Luv you all, and collectively, you brightened what's been a not too great afternoon! Thanks "baskets of lemons" to you all! TT, humor takes the cr-- out of life... I'd rather laugh than cry!
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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