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    What Gadgets/ Kitchen Gifts Did You Get For Christmas??

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    Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:19 pm Groupie
    I got a Keurig Coffeemaker. The Special Edition. Kinda slowly sipping the coffee that came with it, I got Italian Roast, it is kinda strong.
    Donna M.
    Thu Dec 27, 2012 9:26 pm
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    I agree, the Keurig pods are pretty strong. When I use mine I brew a second cup right after the first and then mix the two together. This works well because the second cup will be kind of weak but when mixed it is just right. As a plus, you get more mileage out of your coffee!

    I got a Bosch Compact Mixer for Christmas. I haven't had a chance to use it yet because I'm babysitting grandkids (at their house) all week since daycare is closed for the holiday. I wanted it for bread dough making since it is more durable than a Kitchenaid. I'm really anxious to give it a try.
    Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:36 am Groupie
    I got a Cuisinart Immersion Hand Blender, and new stainless steel measuring spoons ~ and $125 Amazon gift card, and a $50 JCPenney gift card ~ so I'm all set to shop!

    I may buy a waffle iron/sandwich maker ~
    katie in the UP
    Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:11 pm Groupie
    Santa brought me a Verismo for espresso making at our house....the Serena has been retired...well not really we donated it to a youth group at the church rotfl.gif It was HUGE and took up tooooo much room on the counters.
    I also got ALL the Rachael Ray hand the spoon things that hang on the cooking pot icon_wink.gif I was also in dire need of new spatulas. So I am now the proud owner of 12 (bright orange) utensils icon_razz.gif
    I also got a 'YONANAS' you put frozen fruit into it....and it comes out soft serve type dessert. It was funny because I ordered on for my MIL in the mean time DH ordered me one. Jury is still out on it.
    Mon Dec 31, 2012 4:22 pm Groupie
    I too brew a second cup with each K-cup.
    DH likes a strong brew, so he brews just once, but I'll sometimes use his leftovers to warm up my coffee.

    We've also tried a lot of different brands of K-cups, and although we always have Starbucks and Tully's on hand, we've become real big fans of Wolfgang Puck's flavors. I love Breakfast in Bed and Rodeo because they're medium bold blends, but don't have the bitterness a lot of bolds will.

    I have gotten my cup of coffee down to a science. We have the Kuerig model with 3 cup sizes, so every time I brew mine I start with an extra large mug. I pour in a bit of creamer, brew the medium sized cup, and then brew the small cup, all in the same mug. The two runs of coffee mix the creamer up perfectly, and I end up with a full cup of coffee. And I don't feel like I wasted any of the K-cup.
    Plus, doing it this way I've had to get used to less creamer than I always thought I needed, and I gave up the sugar altogether because there's no room to stir my full cup. icon_lol.gif

    Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:41 am Groupie
    Donna, chime in with your review of the Bosch.

    Kerfuffle, have you figured out what you are getting with your gift cards yet?

    katie, is the Verismo the one they have at Starbucks? I was drooling over that one when I was in line at Starbucks. As I love coffee from there.

    Tink, I think we have the same Keurig, can I brag, mine came with the new water reservoir, 60 oz instead of 48. I only wish I could give up sugar, but I can't drink milk all that often. I don't know I shouldn't have it until I have had it. I was using Splenda and International Delights about 1 1/2 years ago but after talking to a Naturalpath Dr. I came think that maybe all the allergies I had been suffering from were due to those things, so I went to a raw sugar and cut out all cream and creamers.

    One of the reasons why I went with the Keurig is because I could use my own coffee, as I was already drinking a flavored coffee, and since it doesn't have milk pods like Tassimo, and the milk frother being another $99 I wouldn't be tempted to have milk containing coffee and suffering daily. I found the VanHoutte flavored coffees are too weak to brew twice. I have been doing large cup flavored and small cup Italian roast into my 16 oz mug. I did buy the My K-Cup this weekend but haven't tried it out yet. I also have a 40 K-Cup drawer on order from BB&B. I got a gift card from a co-worker from there, she was sneaky about giving it to me too, as I was the only one she gave one too. But she did it because I have been helping her learn her job. I stay late most days because she has questions, or sometimes just to chat as she works nights.
    Bonnie G #2
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:31 pm Groupie
    Well sounds like you've all had a great Christmas and got lots of wonderful gadgets. I've really been wanting one of those espresso machines that does the foamy top but think it'll be a long way off as I got the Keureg Vue last time I was home. I really love it, and have the pod where I can make my own if I want too - I've found I like several of the Kuerig brands and even better they are starting to sell the in places like Walmart.

    I did get the jam maker and a Ninja Crock pot and a lunch box crock that I was able to enjoy before returning to Trinidad - but now I'll have them waiting for me when I return again for our next trip home. I'm sure missing all my things though.
    Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:07 pm Groupie
    tasb wrote:

    Tink, I think we have the same Keurig, can I brag, mine came with the new water reservoir, 60 oz instead of 48.
    I did buy the My K-Cup this weekend but haven't tried it out yet. I also have a 40 K-Cup drawer on order from BB&B. I got a gift card from a co-worker from there, she was sneaky about giving it to me too, as I was the only one she gave one too. But she did it because I have been helping her learn her job. I stay late most days because she has questions, or sometimes just to chat as she works nights.

    You can totally brag! I would love to have the bigger reservoir. With as much as we drink, I feel like I am refilling the thing all day long. icon_lol.gif

    Really sweet of your co-worker to think of you. I'm betting that you were helping her, no strings attached, so it was nice of her to thank you for your time. The photo below shows the K-cup drawer we got from my mom a few years ago. Is that the one you have? We absolutely love it!

    Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:23 pm Groupie
    We didn't really get much in the way of gadgets this year. My MIL sent me a set of highball glasses with photos of Marilyn Monroe on them and hot pink glass bottoms.
    And Santa brought DH a set of 4 My K-cup reusable filters. He had one of the guys he manages go on vacation to south America and when he came back he brought DH a bag of fresh coffee beans. It smells really good, but is just too strong for me.
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:34 am Groupie
    You nailed my helping a new co-worker. She had actually worked for me last year when I was away after my surgery. She came in with only 2 days training and took over. Kept the kitchen spotless and followed everything I told, or wrote down for her. I was totally floored with how well she did. She did the janitor job too a year previous to that, but that also came with training and was only a couple weeks so she didn't have to do maintenance where she is completely freaking out. Lucky for her I talked with the previous janitor all the time and as time went just tucked things in the back of my head. Not really knowing they would come in as handy as it did. I guess all other co-workers just into using and abusing the other janitor. When she started in September the job and all duties this other guy had years experience doing was plotted onto her lap including things he had let go over the years.

    Here is a link to the drawer I have on order. I wanted the one you have but decided to go with something to tuck away. My counter is already cluttered with 4 slice toaster, KA mixer, KA processor, hot water maker, and the Keurig. I gotta try and get the family used of using the Keurig for hot water so I can tuck away the hot water maker.

    They had this one in stock but it is like 1/4 inch too long for my cupboard.
    Bonnie G #2
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:11 am Groupie
    I have the same one Tink has, but it doesn't really fit the K-cups for the Vue model so I'm hoping they come out with one soon. The way it is now one row can't be used and that's a waste of very valuable space.

    I know what you mean tasb- I really like my counters to be clear of anything sitting on them - but the collection seems to grow based on what I use all the time. Besides my Kuerig, My KA and bread maker always remain as I use them frequently and they are to big and heavy to move every day. Then DH has his regular cuisenart coffee pot as he drinks so much coffee in the morning he prefers it. Then I have my water pot for heating water - but thinking of deleting that as don't seem to use it much anymore with the Kuerig. Everything else I manage to keep in the pantry or in the "gadget graveyard" as DH likes to call my shelving area in the garage. Sure wish I had one of those custom shelves like Tink has for her KA that hides away when done icon_cool.gif
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:10 am Groupie
    Janitors deserve a lot of respect. My DD's charter school loves their janitor and he plays a little game with the kids. If the classroom floor is clean at the end of the day the kids can look forward to finding a little Golden Trash Can in their room the next day. It's very cute to see the little ones picking up the tiniest specks of paper on the floor, and it's encouraging to see the older ones just taking real pride in keeping their school clean. icon_smile.gif

    I like the thinner, taller K-cup holder. I do like the one we have, as the machine sits on it, but if it didn't I couldn't stand it on the counter top. I really don't like anything but the absolute must-haves out on the counter. The toaster (which is huge, cause it cooks the eggs and sausage as well as toast), the coffee pot and there is a space I'll use for my "gadgie of the week". Sometimes I'll go through a phase where I use the panini press or George Foreman grill, or rice cooker a lot, and I will leave out one of those until I am done using it for a while or can't stand to look at it anymore. icon_lol.gif
    Bonnie G #2
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:05 pm Groupie
    What a great way to encourage kids to respect the areas they use; your janitor needs to pass that idea onto others.

    I too, like my counters clear - but seems like one thing or another is always finding it's way out and then there's always the steady items that I talked about that I use every day. But when you use it so often just isn't practical to carry it in and out every day. icon_rolleyes.gif
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:35 pm Groupie
    The janitor idea sounds like a good one. When I was in one school the janitor used to have kids from the second bus help do garbage, he always had a small bag of candy waiting for who ever did it. Usually 5-6 hard candies, but it had kids fighting over who was doing it.

    I finally got the tracking number for my k-cup rack, may take another week to get here, icon_mad.gif No instant gratification here. I guess that is Karma playing it's self out. I made the kids wait to get their cookies until all cookies were ready to go home. Our poor K-1 class had to wait a whole week before they got to take their cookies home. But I did it because I didn't want the older kids bugging the younger ones for all their cookies, especially since the highschool class didn't get to make any. But Karma isn't being very fair, I have to wait almost 2 weeks.

    I try my best to keep my counters clear as I don't have a ton of space. I think I keep the processor out as a status symbol. No one else around here has both those items. When I bought both the mixer and processor I bought the biggest ones I could afford. My old B&D used to live in its box tucked away in a cupboard. I keep wanting to put it away in the closet because I don't use it that often. But can't bring myself to do it. One day I will buy a Kitchen Cart to put by the patio door. so I have more room to put things.
    Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:16 pm Groupie
    icon_lol.gif Poor tas! But you know what they say about karma... icon_wink.gif
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