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


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


Time to Order Your Holiday Cards

It is too bad the weather is calling for rain this weekend because it would be a great time to get some family pictures taken (if you haven’t already) and order your Holiday cards. Tinyprints is offering 30% off EVERYTHING this weekend plus free shipping (through Tuesday 9/6). I am so excited!!!!  I am in desperate need for some personalized note cards and know that our sons need some too. Which gets me to thinking of all the Christmas presents I can knock off all at once.  They have great personalized notepads, gift cards, return address labels and sticker tags…. I love stocking up on tons of personalized sticker tags. My all time favorite new find is their custom wrapping paper, it is so fun and what a great idea! I want to get it for every occasion!  It is probably a good thing rain is in the forecast, I am going to hunker down and get shopping.. at 30% off already great prices you can’t go wrong!

Tinyprints Holiday Photo Cards | Ridgely's Radar

Current Favorites from Tinyprints | Ridgely's Radar

to buy : Tinyprints 30% off plus Free shipping

Tiny Prints - Labor Day Sale

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.

It is Time for New Sheets

Our bedroom is blue and white and we have all white bedding with accents of blue.  We rotate our bed linens from week to week and they have really held up, but a few are getting a little worn out and it is time for new sheets. I am saving up for this Varana French Blue Linen Duvet, it is calling my name.  I love anything in seersucker and this white large scale is just perfect for the Summer. As if I didn’t need more ideas, I also want everything I posted about here.  Decisions, decisions.. It is a big investment and they last for a very long time so I want to make sure we love when I get..  What is are your favorite sheets?  I would love to know.

New Sheets from Pine Cone Hill | Ridgely's Radar

Top:Varana French Blue Linen Duvet  Middle: Parker White Duvet Cover   bottom: Trio French Blue

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Dish Drying Rack

I realized over the weekend, after countless rounds of washing dishes that our drying rack had seen better days.  It, like our TV, dates back to when we bought our house and it has served us well. I am going to let you into a little secret, I can obsess over small purchases just as much as the big ones, especially when it comes to replacing a household item that is front and center in our kitchen, where it gets seen and used day in / day out.  I really would like the exact same thing we currently have but, it is not available anymore.  So I went to Amazon to search down the next best thing.  Turns out for such a basic, utilitarian product there are many options to choose from. Did you know that you can get double decker dish racks or ones with more options than a car?  I just want a simple shallow rack with a place for utensils that can hold pots, pans and the occasional dish or glass.  I would like it to come with a mat that drains into the sink and have the least amount of moving parts.  I am holding out for Amazon’s Prime Day (July 12th!!) to see if it and a whole heap of other things I have waiting in my shopping cart will be part of their sale….

News Alert!   If you don’t have Amazon Prime, – Today – July 12th is the day to get it!

Don’t miss out on this Black Friday of the Summer!  Amazon is celebrating Prime members by having its second annual Prime Day deals event. As you know, Prime is Amazon’s premium program that gives members fast delivery, access to thousands of Prime Video titles, music, secure photo storage, and more! There are deals everyday leading up to the 12th – So head over to see what you can get!  YAY!

Now back to what is really important, which of these do you like???

Dish Drying Rack | Ridgely's Radar

to buy top to bottom:     simplehuman dishrack    / InterDesgin Dish Rack  /    OXO Foldaway Rack