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I don’t know about you but I’ve seen that infomercial about the “better blender”… and I always wondered if it really was better.   I kept thinking, “I like that jar concept” and “they make it look so easy.”  But, I just couldn’t get out there and buy another blender when the one I got was just fine.  The only thing it didn’t do was the jar thingy.

So….. I’m surfing the web today looking at pincushions, of all things, and come across a post and low and behold the blogger tells me I can use a mason jar with my blender!!! Well, I never!

I just had to drop everything and run to my kitchen and pull out that old blender and see for myself.  I proceeded to make some strong coffee.  While it was fixin’ in my moka pot I got out a wide-mouthed mason jar and filled it half way with crushed ice from my handy “in door ice dispenser” and added half and half and two teaspoons of sugar.  Gotta use the real stuff for such a drink as this.

By now the moka pot was all done doin’ it’s thing and I poured it into the ice mixture in my wide-mouthed jar and stuck the blender attachment to the jar.  Inverted it onto the blender, gave it a twist and away we go!  I got a nice, fast, and delicious iced-blended coffee served up in a handy old fashioned jar on a hot day in Southern California.

The only thing that would make it better would be some good old fashioned vacation time on the Merced River in Yosemite, my feet in the water, my behind in a lawn chair, and holdin’ hands with my hunny,…. uh, with that other hand I’m not usin’ to hold my iced-blended coffee with right now.  🙂

visit: Simply Recipes to see the original post with pictures.  They’re chopping some walnuts for ya.

also visit: my husbands flicker photos for more of the beautiful Yosemite Valley and some other great places we’ve been.

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When using the term in English jargon, “barista” refers to one who has acquired some level of expertise in the preparation of espresso-based coffee drinks. Within certain circles, its meaning is expanding to include what might be called a “coffee sommelier”…

I don’t fit either description but, at some point in my foodie life, there came a time that I became very picky about the coffee I drink and the process of making coffee at home. I’m sure it had something to do with the growing popularity of the second greatest bean on earth. The first, without a doubt, being the cocoa bean.

A few months ago I found this little goodie on the internet at Michael Chiarello’s Napa Style site. I had been “shopping around” for months trying to qualify spending money I didn’t have on something I didn’t really need and low-and-behold Michael was offering a stove-top expresso maker for $7.99, no shipping charges included! I should have seen the writing on the wall and grabbed up a dozen because a few days after I ordered one the price jumped up to $14.99.

I’ve made coffee in drip coffeemakers for more than 30 years. I’ve used a home expresso/cappuccino maker by Braun since the mid 90’s.
I went through the coffee press stage, which I still consider to be a great way to ‘brew’ a cup of java. I’ve even made “cowboy coffee” right on the stove in a sauce pan.
And…. dun, dun, dun…. blood curdling scream…. I’ve even had instant coffee in my cup on more than one occasion.
NOTHING COMES CLOSE TO THIS STOVETOP PROCESS, NOTHING! Either straight shots, cappuccino or latté style, it’s fabulous.

I haven’t used my electric drip machine in weeks and I’ll probably never buy an electric coffee maker again.

I hope I’ve inspired you coffeeholics and aspiring Baristas out there to step-up your coffee tastes and skills. You wont regret it… I promise!

Thanks to the wonders of youtube and a user named Peter, here’s how the little bugger works:

2 Peter 3:14
[ Conclusion ] Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found in peace without spot or blemish before Him.

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