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Side Notes for a Friday

Side Notes: New Coffee Brewer

For quite a while when we would brew a pot of coffee there would be a small, insignificant puddle of water under the brewer. Totally not a big deal until the insignificant became real and the puddle became a lake. We had to say goodbye to our Cuisinart 10 Cup Extreme Brew Coffee Maker that we had for at least 8 years.

It has so many features that I love:

  1. Bold Brew setting
  2. Replaceable Water Filter
  3. Thermal Carafe
  4. Easy to clean Stainless Steel
  5. Programmable

The two most important features are the Thermal Carafe and Bold Brew setting as I like my coffee strong and hot but not burnt from sitting on a heated element.

So as I began my search for a new machine, I looked for something as good or better without breaking the bank. I could afford to wait to find the perfect fit since we have two other coffee making options on out counter but when it was all said and done. I went back to what I had grown to love years ago, the Cuisinart DCC-2750 Extreme Brew 10-Cup Thermal Programmable Coffeemaker, Silver. Spending over $100 for a coffee maker may seem silly but if you are serious, like me, the benefits far outweigh the cost.


Side Notes: Not Preaching But…

Remember my Favorite Things post when I shared my love for reusable straws…. Looks like a columnist at Inc. Magazine feels the same way.

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Side Notes: Kitchen Invasion

We recently had a sugar ant invasion that was driving me crazy. Out of sheer annoyance, I used a pesticide to get rid of them because removing the food that brought them in only sent them to something else in the pantry. I got frustrated and needed them gone now!  Since then I found this video on Youtube and I thought I would share it because she has some great ideas.

My favorites of the tips given are:

  • Peppermint oil on cotton balls
  • Baking soda and sugar bait
  • Coffee grounds on ant hills
  • Bay leaves in sugars and flours

The others had downsides that I don’t want to deal with.


Side Notes: Prosciutto-Goat Cheese Asparagus Bundles

This is a super simple way to dress up asparagus for your next dinner.


Cream Cheese
Goat Cheese
Prosciutto or Speck

There are no amounts given because this can be done for as few or as many as you need.

Clean and trim your asparagus. Set aside. Blend together equal parts goat cheese and cream cheese in a small bowl.  Set aside. Lay out slices of prosciutto or speck. Spread a dollop of cheese mixture onto ham then roll 4-5 asparagus spears around the cheese and meat.  Place each bundle on a baking sheet pan and roast for 10 minutes in a 400-degree oven or until asparagus is cooked to your liking.

That is it.
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Download Recipe Here: Prosciutto-Goat Cheese Asparagus Bundles

That is all for now.



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