Thursday, March 24, 2011

Technology is a love-hate relationship

I have spent one whole week of my life working on a blog with Windows 2010. Having a new computer is already a challenge, not to mention all my files are in the wrong place. My husband would be glad to help, but Southern women tend to be a little stubborn and think we can do it ourselves. I am here today to confess...I can not do everything without help.  I was in a panic without my computer for a week, now I remember how pleasant and headache free that time was.

I can manage a team of medical professionals, a cafe of disgruntled staff, & deal with everyday stresses of life...but computer problems put me over the edge! Why is everything so precise? I am more of a pinch of this, pinch of that kind of person. I think very black & white about most issues, but computers are worse than I am!

Today was going to be a fabulous post about Guacamole & it's health benefits. That post will be forthcoming, but I have "techincal difficulties" to work out! Guacamole makes me happy..maybe I'll just go to the store and buy more ingredients and cook something else to write about...Maybe a fresh roma tomato salsa or tomatillo salsa? Now I'm smiling! Think my ADHD just kicked in, told the doctor the medication won't work if you enjoy a good flight of ideas every know and then.

Have a great day everyone, think I'm taking a technology time-out or this pretty cadillac laptop is going out the patio door! I still have my Blackberry so I'm okay..oops that would be technoloy too wouldn't it. Can't escape it, but I think I will just go try a little shopping therapy!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Kitchen Favorites

We all have our favorite tools in the kitchen. I have several that I use everyday that make my life so much easier. When your kitchen is your favorite room in your house you should have toys that make you happy!

This is a Bodum Milk Frother and I use it every morning of my life. It is battery operated and really makes your coffee taste like an expensive latte. My favorite treat is adding a little cocoa powder, cinnamon & Stevia to my coffee with about 1/2 teaspoon of half & half. I don't use the fat free because of the added sugar. I use a whole bean coffee that is good quality. Coffee beans should be dark & shiny. A powdery coffee bean is only good for one thing...putting in a candle holder & using for decorations! Store coffee beans in a ceramic or vacuum sealed container. Do not freeze your beans, refrigerate your beans or store them in the sunlight. The 4 enemies of coffee beans are moisture, air, light, heat.

Grinders for beans can be purchased in your big box discount stores or home stores. The choices are simple: grinders or burr grinders. A regular coffee grinder is inexpensive and works great. I use a Hamilton Beach from Target and it works great. They are cheap enough that when I wear it out..I just chunk it and get another one. I grind a lot of coffee..alot! My grinder lasts about 2 years and a new one is less than 3 lattes at a coffee shop. The burr grinder is more expensive but produces a finer grind if you want Espresso or Turkish coffee. I'm wired enough on what I make, so haven't tried that one yet.

I came to my love of coffee later in life. I lived in the South and it was so hot all year round that I never felt the need for a warm drink. When I moved to Nebraska I learned that coffee was the drink of choice to keep your insides from freezing. Now I love it and can't get enough of those shiny beans whirling around in my grinder. Put away the ground coffee and take a walk on the wild side of life!