3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – Best New Coffee Maker, Steam Mop and More

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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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  1. 1. I wrote about how I make my cappuccino. I’m sure you will want to keep using your Nespresso but if it bites the dust then you can do it the old fashioned (and cheaper) way. http://www.makingthemostofeveryday.com/my-italian-kitchen/
    2. I have a steam mop but I bit the bullet and got a cleaning lady. She’s such a fast/hard worker. Since she’s a single mom I feel like I’m blessing her but she really is the one blessing me. I tell her all the time.
    3. I started watching This is Us then I got my husband hooked on it. We’ve only seen two episodes so far but are hooked! I’m interested in the Crown too! Maybe that will be my “just for me” show like Gilmore Girls was.
    4. Gotta check out that ginger! I need cinnamon. I wonder if that is an upgrade too?

    • Sheila, I’ve wondered about those moka pots. Yours is the first description I’ve seen of how to really use one. Thanks! I may have to give that a try someday. I’ve kept This is Us as my “just for me” show, but my husband and I started The Crown on Friday night and have nearly seen the whole first season! It’s very good, definitely binge-worthy. Good idea on the cinnamon. I know that the super cheap store brand cinnamon isn’t nearly as good as the McCormick brand. The cheap stuff even has a different texture. I’ll have to try the better quality and see what it’s like.

  2. Hi: i love my Keurig but not the cost or environmental waste. So i started usinv refillable pods. Perfect! A tiny bit oc work but not much and well worth it. Cup of coffee costs 4c instead of 40! And no unrecyclable plastics!

    So i looked up and they have for Nespresso on Amazon. HTH.

    Reusable Nespresso Capsules – 6 Pack – Refillable Pods For Nespresso Machines (OriginalLine Compatible) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CBWDY0

  3. Chipotle powder is what’s working for me. I had to buy some for a sausage and sweet potato hash not too long ago, but didn’t know what to do with the rest of it. This week I used it as a cayenne sub in a corn and bean salad. I can’t handle very much spice, so I didn’t use much, but it was delicious! Tim, on the other hand, loves food that sets my mouth and throat on fire and I suspect he’ll end up using the chipotle powder like other people use salt or ketchup.

  4. (1) Love, love, love my Ninja Coffee Bar! Perfect solution for my family of 5 (2 parents + 2 adult children + tweenie). We each have our favorite brews and the Ninja handles every order like a pro. Definitely reduced our coffee-shop spending! (2) I’m having a hard time finding a cleaning solution for my wood laminate flooring. I’d love a steam mop, but afraid of damaging the laminate! (3) What’s working spice-wise for me are actually 2 spices — one is smoked paprika. Just a little bit in my home-mixed all-purpose steak-chicken seasoning adds a great flavor. The other is ancho chili. Really nice upgrades to those basic spices!

    • I’m going to have to check out the Ninja Coffee Bar! As for the floors, I have some laminate flooring too and I’m afraid to use the steam mop on it. It just gets damp mopped, which is okay.

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