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


Creating a Gallery Wall is Very Easy to do with Minted

I have still been toying with the idea of creating a gallery wall around the TV in our office and have been looking for art that will mix and match with the few things we currently have.  I really like the Limited Edition Art Prints at Minted.  They have so many options to chose from; drawings, photography, typography, mixed media and paintings that are available  in a range of sizes with many framing options.  It can be a bit overwhelming and if you need help, they offer have a Personal Art Styling service that looks like it would be really helpful. I had a very hard time narrowing down my favorites below and could have included a million more options. I have to think about the colors and mood I want to convey and then select prints that reflect that theme.  I can see this being a fun project to take on this Winter.

Blogger Ridgely Brode from Ridgely's Radar selects prins from Minted for a Gallery Wall

to buy: Cannon Beach No. 2  /Model9  /Linear Cityscape  /Afloat  /Letterpress Proof  /  & i love to read  /Yellow Horses


How Badly do You Want to Redecorate?

We have lived in our house for almost 20 years (!!) and we have not done much redecorating since we moved in.  It took time to get to every room decorated, but eventually we did and now I am itching to make some changes. I want to live in the rooms featured on Serena and Lily, they are just the way I want to live. I love all the neutrals mixed with blue and white, the patterns, the rattan furniture…pretty much everything. Scroll down and see all my favorites and Enjoy 20% Off Serena and Lily’s Friends and Family Sale w/ Code GETCREATIVE Valid 10/15-10/24.. YAY!!!
How Badly Do You Want To Redecorate? | Ridgely's Radar
I can’t get enough of all the blues!  Mixed with the rattan and white.. it makes my heart sing!!


How Badly Do You Want To Redecorate? | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: 1. “Blue Break” by Karen Smidth  / 2. Silk Dot Lumbar Pillow  /  3. Leighton Throw Pillow  /4. Rutherford Bamboo Lanterns Wilton Trays  /  5. Lacquer Rattan Trays  /  6. Madison Table Lamp  /  7. Pierson Wide Dresser  / 8. Larchmont Dining Chairs  /  9. Wilton Baskets

Enjoy 20% Off Serena and Lily’s Friends and Family Sale w/ Code GETCREATIVE Valid 10/15-10/24

LED Dog Collars and Leashes

We have two medium sized Havanese dogs, Bailey and Jax, who we like to take for walks after dinner up and down the neighborhood streets. Our street, and many around us, do not have overhead street lamps and the only lights come from the houses, many of whom may not be on. As the days get shorter, and it is dark when we go out now, we can not see Bailey, who has black fur, at the end of the leash.  Jax is blonde and he is much easier to see but, he can disappear under a bush if we don’t keep a watch of our leads.  I found a few years ago some great options for lighted collars and leashes, plus some other safety ideas that I posted about here for walking dogs at night.  The ones I bought way back when have finally given out and it is time to replace them and when I went looking, I came across these LED collars and leashes that look like just what we need to keep an eye on or dogs. I am excited to give them a go!


to buy: Squeaker LED Collars  /  LED Harness / Squeaker LED Leashes


Decorating with Faux Foliage

I like to get a jump on my Fall table decorations and order faux foliage from around the web to have on hand when I start creating tablescapes for dinner parties and the holidays.  I always do a pass through Pottery Barn to see what plants and branches they have each season.  I have had great luck finding really authentic looking specimens, like these magnolia branches a few seasons ago, that I can incorporate with or with out fresh cuttings from my yard or the flower market.  I buy enough that I can cut them up and use pieces to stick in arrangements or to incorporate into a garland for my table or mantle. This season I am definitely getting these feathers, a bunch of the golden magnolia stems, the olive branches and maybe the ivory hops branch. Be sure to buy what you like sooner than later as I have found they quickly disappear..

Decorating with Faux Foliage | Ridgely's Radar

to buy: Pottery Barn Faux Foliage


Who is Alexa and do I need her in my life?

I have been hearing tidbits about Alexa, but had no idea who she was and why she was so great. Then a friend told me she was going to get the Amazon Echo and proceeded to tell me about this wireless speaker that you can talk to and ask it to do things for you. For example, you can ask Alexa (the voice inside the device) to play your favorite songs, make a to do list, forecast the weather and a whole host of other things. Think what Siri is for Apple, Alexa is for Amazon.  I went to find out more..


Amazon Echo


According to the product description and video below, Amazon Echo does pretty much everything for you, you just have to ask Alexa..

  • Plays all your music from Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more using just your voice
  • Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio
  • Allows hands-free convenience with voice-control
  • Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even while music is playing
  • Answers questions, reads audiobooks and the news, reports traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
  • Controls lights, switches, and thermostats with compatible WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Insteon, Nest, and ecobee smart home devices
  • Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino’s, and more
See the below video for more scoop:

to buy:Amazon Echo

Do you have an Amazon Echo?  If so, what do you think?  Is she amazing and going to change my life?  Please leave a comment and let us know.