It’s that time of year again, when we are counting down the days until Coffee Break Fest in Stoughton, WI! On August 18 head over to Mandt Park and take a look at the car show, shop at the craft fair, sample some extraordinary coffee from the brew-off, get a bite to eat and more! Stop by the giggleFritz booth and say “Hi”!
Last week was a very trying week in Missie-ville. I had set several goals in work and personal life, and few were achieved. Saturday evening I got a call from my sister who was having an equally foul day/week. We decided a coffee outing was in order to ease our burdens.
Yesterday (Sunday), my sister and I met at Dunn Bros. in West Bend for some amazing coffee and soup. We not only got to talk through on-going, frustrating situations, we had some amazing soup! I can’t remember the exact name, but it was something like Parmesan Alfredo Tortellini Soup. The only way they could have improved on it would be to serve with crusty bread instead of saltines.
Dunn Bros. have also started sponsoring “Coffee and Books” club. They have eight bestseller books to choose from in the store. Four books are from the coffeeandbooks.com site and four are other best sellers. You get free coffee for purchasing a book and joining the club and there are other drink discounts along the way. So, not only do you get coffee discounts, you get exposure to great books and I want that! I haven’t joined yet, because I want to check out the books on the web site first, and then go get one. I will let you know which one I choose soon.
If you have time during this busy week, check out this neat book club offer! I am not being paid to promote anything. I just thought I would share something awesome on a dreary Wisconsin Monday. 😀
A week before Christmas my husband, daughter, and I helped my sister and brother-in-law move into their new home. It was a day or two after we received 12+ inches of snow. Oh, what fun we had! (Heavy on the sarcasm) What is more fun than moving? Moving in wet snow! We started at 9am and were still moving after 8pm. My husband helped move a few more things the following morning. They are pretty much settled in now and I am very happy for them!
After we had finished moving at night, they asked us to stay and we ordered some chicken from a local place that delivers. While we were waiting for the food my husband and I were draped over the new couch staring at the television, eating Christmas cookies and Sun Chips. My sister and her husband were putting things away that we could not. In the process of setting up their coffee maker in the kitchen, they pulled out their Keurig coffee maker. My brother-in-law asked if I wanted it. I said, “Sure, you don’t want it?” He said, “Well, it only makes one cup at a time.” I know what he means. I drink at least 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning. But, I have been curious about the K-cups and how they taste. Everyone makes a K-cup now, even for tea (which I think is silly and wasteful). I said, “Yes, thank you!” They gave me what they had left of some “Donut Shop” K-cups. I was excited to try this out!
We went home after eating some delicious chicken. I was so tired I forgot the Keurig machine at the new house. Two days later I tried out the new machine. I have no box or instructions. No problem, I can wing it! Plug in the machine, push the power button. Lights start blinking. It looks like I have to add the water in the top. I fill up my cup with cold water and pour it in the top. Now lights are blinking for the top and one says to put in a K-cup. I put in the K-cup quickly and shut the front. Lights are still blinking. I push “brew”. Nothing is happening but lights blinking. I figured, maybe it needs a minute. I walk away and come back and the machine has shut off. I turn the machine back on and retrace what I did. I will sum this up quickly. After several attempts, I ended up with several cups of coffee ground filled cups of coffee and a counter full of coffee grounds and water. Each time I tried to make the coffee I thought, “Oh, I got it now. I just have to do this…” Every time – coffee grounds in my cup!
I had two cups of coffee that weren’t too bad. The coffee tasted fantastic and the few grounds I had just settled to the bottom and I avoided them. I have no instructions so I have been looking online for troubleshooting. What I got from the online help is that the machine needs descaling. There are two needles and small water lines that run water and prepared coffee. You are supposed to descale every six months. I have no idea how long my sister has owned this machine or if descaling was ever done. Also, I don’t know how old the K-cups are. My last K-cup is a little bloated.
Today, I ran a coffee cup full of vinegar through the Keurig machine. I followed the vinegar with five individual cups of water. Every single time I ran the machine coffee grounds came out. Where are they coming from? My husband says to get rid of the machine. I just want to make it work! It is my newest challenge!
Like it or launch it, it was still a nice gesture to give me the machine. I still have my 12 cup Mr. Coffee coffee maker, so don’t worry about me! And now, I am off to work.
Big Bang Theory is on tonight, something to look forward to!
I am getting things done today and I got much done over the weekend. Sometimes it feels like never enough. That’s when it’s a good idea to veer off the beaten path. Lately, I have wanted to get back to sketching. Besides coloring with crayons, drawing and sketching were my first art loves. My sister and I would draw houses and blue prints of what our houses would look like one day. We would draw ladies in big poofy dresses from Gone with the Wind days. Sewing and crafting are both great creative outlets, but sketching is unique. Each sketch is different in perspective, shading, shape, size, line. It is even incredible to me that we see an object, our eyes take the image in, our brain translates that image, and it projects its own version of the image back out. It’s incredible and unique. (Note-to-self: I will have to find my high school sketch book one of these days!)
So, I took a short break from sewing a few minutes ago and made a little sketch. I thought, “Hey, taking a little time for a little sketch sounds like a good idea to me!” My coffee cup was my victim of choice.
Hey, I didn’t say I was a GREAT sketch artist. Anyway, maybe I will take a few minutes each day for a little sketch practice. We will see what I come up with!
Our second year in a row at Coffee Break Fest in Stoughton, WI was a blast! We entered our booth late in the year, but we still had a good spot on the end with nice traffic. The other vendors were nice people with great wares. The nice people in back of us selling throw pillows even put up a shade cloth for us when the sun was beating down on us! We sampled outstanding coffee in this year’s lilac and purple mugs. Near the end of the day I tried to purchase a bag of coffee from Valentine Coffee Roasters of Milwaukee, but they were sold out. I was very disappointed. I will have to suck it up and either drive 45 minutes to Milwaukee, or buy online and pay shipping. It’s well worth it!
We strolled around the car show and saw some old and new beauties. I am not only amazed by the shapes and curves of older cars at car shows, but also by the wide range of colors they paint them now. There isn’t just blue, there are 10 shades of blue and each one prettier than the last. Yellows, purples, reds – there are some wild colors that truly compliment those cars.
I always fall in love with the older models. One of the oldest models at Coffee Break Fest was a Model T Ford. It is not only the neatest car, it reminds me of the Model A my dad always had when we were growing up. The A was not in as good condition, so it’s nice to see what it would have looked like.
When we weren’t dreamily gazing at gorgeous cars or sipping rich dark coffee, you could find us dancing and singing in our booth. They were playing swingin’ oldies music the whole day and it contributed to a fun nostalgic atmosphere. We will definitely be back for our third year in 2013!