1. Nesspresso Coffee Maker
I think I mentioned that after our trip to Paris this summer we were on the lookout for a way to make really good espresso at home. The coffee in France was amazing and absolutely nothing like espresso here in the States, at least not like the kind they serve at Starbucks.
For my birthday, Jim bought this Nespresso maker. It uses pods, like a Keurig does, so it’s super easy to make and it turns out great every time. The pods can be pricey though. Instead of buying the name brand Nespresso pods, we’ve been using Bestpresso pods from Amazon. The quality of the actual pod isn’t as nice (plastic vs metal), but the coffee still tastes wonderful.
Most mornings I have an espresso with a teaspoon of sugar. Sometimes in the afternoon I’ll make a latte by warming milk and then frothing it in the blender and adding that to the coffee. Such a treat!
As I’m writing this the Nespresso is on sale, but Amazon prices change quickly so no guarantees on that. This would make a great gift for the coffee lover in your life.
2. New Steam Mop
Our steam mop bit the dust the other day. I thought about replacing it with a regular mop, but I really like the way a steam mop cleans the tile floors. I decided to go with this Bissell and I like it even more than the Oreck we used to have. It’s easier to fill with water, the head swivels a lot to make it easy to get into corners and it’s really light weight. The Bissell has great reviews – 4.5 starts with over 6800 reviews. After using it, I think I chose well.
3. Organic Ground Ginger
Normally I buy the less expensive red cap spices, but this was the only ginger I could find. I figured it would be the same as the other, but no! It’s got a nice kick to it and tastes and smells like fresh ginger. I’ve been using it making Elderberry Syrup, but I can’t wait to try it in baked goods. I’m really surprised at the difference in flavor.
What I’ve been watching:
I’ve been loving – loving! – the NBC series This Is Us. It is so well written. I watch it online at NBC.com. There are six episodes out so far and they are all excellent.
Jim and I have been watching Poldark together. We worked our way through the first season on Amazon. Now we either have to pay or wait. We choose to wait and until season two reaches Amazon Prime, we’ll be watching the new Netflix series The Crown.
What’s working in your kitchen this week? And what are you watching?
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