I am Looking for a Bigger Coffee Maker

I love my cup of coffee,  I have one, maybe two cups a day and I want it to be good, really good.  I wake up excited for my coffee, sort of like my excitement for a glass of wine at the end of a long day, but todays post is all about coffee.  I like to make my own and it has to be strong.  Over the years, I have tried many coffee makers and brands of coffee.  Turns out, for me, expensive is not necessarily better. Currently at home, I am using Cafe 1820 – Costa Rican Ground Coffee 17.5 Oz – 500 Grams.  I discovered it a few summers ago while staying in Costa Rica and I buy it from Amazon.com.  It is a rich, delicious coffee.  YUM!

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

It use to be just me having coffee at home and now my oldest son seems to have picked up the taste and my trusty Cuisinart  4 cup with stainless-steel carafe with this gold tone filter is not going to cut it, especially when I use the whole carafe to fill my large cup!  I now make two rounds of coffee in the morning, one for me and one for him. And lets not even talk about this past weekend when we had guests, I think I made 6 rounds each morning…

Time to find a bigger coffee maker and buy more mugs!

Besides making good coffee, I would like the carafe to be dishwasher safe and sturdy.  I have lost many a glass carafe to the dishwasher and had a problem just getting a replacement carafe.  That is one of the reasons I have the stainless steel version now. I am interested in the BrewStation that holds the coffee in the machine and dispenses as needed (Check out the Krupp! Talk about an investment.. Yowzer).  Anyone have one of those?

Calling all coffee lovers reading this… Do you have one of the below 6 coffee makers?  Please let me know what you are using and love.. this coffee drinker (and son) would like to know!

Lifestyle blogger, Ridgely Brode, is looking for a bigger coffee maker now that her son likes a cup too and is choosing between 6 models.

to buy: 1. Black & Decker 12 Cup Thermal Coffeemaker  /  2. Cuisinart Black Steel Coffeemaker  /3. Hamilton Beach BrewStation   /  4. KRUPS Cup on Demand  /  5. BUNN HG 8 Cup Coffee Brewer  /  6. Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10 Cup

 

Friday Freak Out | 01

I have a problem.  It isn’t an earth shattering, emergency kind of problem, it’s just me having a little bit of a freak out.  I have a full-time job that I go to 5 days a week (actually I don’t just go there, I commute 1.5 hours each way door to door) and I write for this little blog that you are reading right now.  I obsess over writing this blog and I want it to be perfect for you.  I want to share really cool things and inspire you to read that book I couldn’t put down, or make something so delicious you won’t believe how good it is and I want you to find things to buy that fit your price range and make you feel like the chicest, coolest gal around.  So what’s my problem?  Why am I having just a little bit of a freak out?  I came home and realized I had nothing to write about. There I said it. I have no idea what to share with you for tomorrow.  Nothing. nada. zilch.

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So I have decided that I am going to push it back to you.

I would love to ask you…Yes You…

What are you looking for?

When you come here to visit with me what makes you happy?  What are you hoping I will give you?  Do you need a cookie recipe or is your slow cooker needing some love? Do you only come for the books?  Or do you love to shop and you can’t find that perfect ___________ (fill in the blank)?

Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode shares why she is have a Freak Out this Friday.  Find out what it is all about.

Knowing what you are looking for and having some ideas of things you need will give me things to look for, source and bring back to you.

Can you help me?

Please leave a comment and let me know what you are thinking about.   Thank you so much!

PS  Maybe someone else is looking for the same thing and by leaving a comment you are also helping them…

Lemon Cakes

I am a chocoholic and I seldom stray from making anything without chocolate, but every now and again I surprise myself, and my family, by making something out of character.  This time I went way out of my comfort zone and made lemon cakes.  We were invited to a large party and I was asked to bring a dessert that would be in individual portions but not a cookie.  What??  That is not an easy request or task..good thing I am friends with the hostess or I might have aborted the mission and brought cookies!  So after much looking around at recipes, I made lemon cakes in mini loaf pans.  I followed the recipe exactly but then separated the batter into the mini loaf pans.  The only thing I was worried about was how long to cook them.  I watched them very carefully after 20 minutes of cooking and tested them with a cake stick along the way.  I hate to say that I didn’t make a note of the actual cooking time (my Bad!!).  The pictures do not show how small they are, but if you think of the size of the lemon and compare that to the loaf you get the idea. I wrapped them in wax paper for transport and then sliced them in bite size pieces at the party.  I think they were a hit because there were no leftovers…

Lemon Cakes | Ridgely's Radar

Lemon Cakes | Ridgely's Radar

Lemon Cakes | Ridgely's Radar

Lemon Cakes | Ridgely's Radar

Lemon Cakes | Ridgely's Radar

 Recipe: Ina Graten’s Lemon Cake  / mini loaf pans /  Cooling Racks

 

Sweet Salty Sundae

This is one of the most delicious desserts EVER!  I have to give all the credit to my husband because he is the one who came up with it and I would never have made it unless he suggested it.  A few weeks ago we went to a dinner party and were in charge of dessert.  I had visions of making an elaborate cake.. icing and all.  Unfortunately, the day started to get away from me and I realized a cake was not going to happen. My husband, seeing that I was torn between producing a masterpiece to eat and share on the blog, stepped in and saved the day.  We rounded up three ingredients, yes, that is all…just three…really good vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce (we used  Smucker’s Hot Fudge) and  Werther’s Caramel Corn. OMG!!!! The puffy, salty caramel corn explodes alongside the dark chocolate and then mixed with vanilla ice cream… it’s an awesome combination!!!  I wanted seconds and thirds…it is that good and that easy.  You have to make this sweet salty sundae. If you don’t believe me, give it it a try and come back to let me know what you think…

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Sweet Salty Sundae (10) | Ridgely's Radar

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Smucker’s Hot Fudge  /  Werther’s Caramel Corn  /  Glass Ice Cream Cups  (Similar ones here  and here)

Large Ice Cube Trays

I love my hot coffee, but when the temperature starts to climb I like to switch to ice coffee.  I recently started pouring the extra coffee from each mornings pot into my new large ice cub trays and freezing them.  Because the size of the cubes are much bigger, it takes longer to really freeze the squares, so plan ahead and be prepared to wait for them to harden.  This weekend I had my first iced coffee with the coffee ice cubes. I made an extra pot of coffee and let it come to room temperature, then poured it over two cubes, added some milk and settled down to enjoy it with a new book.  It was divine!  The coffee cubes did not water down my drink but added to the intense coffee flavor. If only I had a hammock, with a table near by to rest my glass, and then it would have been the perfect afternoon delight…

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

Ridgely Brode discovers extra large ice trays to pour her leftover coffee into to make delicious ice coffee on her blog Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: Large Ice Cube Trays   /  Juliska Glasses / The Lake House by Kate Morton  /  Eyebobs cat eye readers

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake

With Easter fast approaching, and then Mother’s Day in the not so distant future, Lisa and I wanted to come up with an alternative dessert, that was not chocolate, to serve. Lisa had been saving this Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake for just the right occasion and we thought this might be just what we had been looking for.  It is a really delicious blend of spices, apple and the soft texture of the walnuts.  I liked that the cream cheese frosting is dribbled rather than completely covering the cake, not only is it pretty but it doesn’t overwhelm the cake. Lisa served it as a dessert after dinner, but I think it would also be a nice addition to a breakfast or brunch. If you are looking for other cake ideas here are a few favorites we have featured: New York Style Crumb CakeBishop’s Cake, Olive Oil Cake and Chocolate Angel Food Cake. And don’t miss these bundt pans, it might be fun to add another pattern to your kitchen.

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake | Ridgely's Radar

RECIPE: Spiced Apple Walnut Bundt Cake

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