Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Coffee, Coffee.. I need my coffee.

Alright Guys, I need some good advise here. I’ve been totally faithful to my Senseo but my senseo died on me Sunday.. Actually.. It didn’t even die, but that sucker BROKE. The plastic latch at the top that snaps down just snapped right off and water came spilling all over my kitchen counter. So now I’m on the hunt for a new Coffee maker.. But I have about 150 Senseo pods at home since I have them on auto ship with Amazon (because it was absolutely impossible to find the Senseo Cappuccino in stores and when I did they were $5+ per bag.. INSANE!) I don’t know of many other Pod brewers other than the Tassimo, but I’m open to Suggestions since there don’t seem to be any Senseo’s out there for sale since the Recall a few months back (mine wasn’t one, but damn do I wish it was.. Although from what I’ve read many people still haven’t gotten their replacement machines yet)

All suggestions are appreciated. I’m even open to trying one out for a review here. I hear Keurig’s are great.. But I just can’t plunk down $150+ for a coffee machine when I’m pretty much the only one who drinks it every day (and 2-3 cups on the weekend). I like the idea of pre measured coffee, because it takes the guesswork out of it all and I make really gross coffee otherwise, ROFL!!

Thanks guys!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

It's getting to be that time of year again...

It's getting to be that time of year again... time to bust your butt to find the perfect gift. Whether it's just for that special someone, the kiddo's or you go all out and try to get something for everyone (even on the tightest budget I try to get a little something for everyone).

Now, I'm not a girl like all the others.. I HATE TO SHOP! I don't like lines or messy stores, I hate getting all the way there only to find they don't have the thing I went there for, I can't stand dealing with cranky customers or nasty store employees, I get enough of that during my 9-5, thank you very much.

I did 100% of my shopping online last year. I came home every night to another box or 2 full of goodies that I ordered online. I got something for everyone and quite a few things for the kid and stayed well within the budget that I had set for myself. How did I do this you might ask, well I'm a sleuth. I shop around online for the best deal and then I look for a coupon or a code to use for either dollars or a percent off and if I can get free shipping on top of that it makes the deal even sweeter!

I look around online and I post all the great deals and bargains I find at Smoking Hot Deals. There you can find some of the best coupon codes, bargains, freebies and there's much more to the site than shopping. You can sign up and chat with us in the off topic forum, find recipes, enter online contests & sweepstakes, print out in store coupons and find rebates on products you use every day. I've been doing this for years.. It's a great community of people and I can't even begin to tell you of some of the amazing deals that I've gotten that I would have never even found without Smoking Hot Deals, from Free blankets to practically free orders.. It's amazing the things you can get with just a little help.. And in this economy, you need all the help you can get, and all the better when you can get great gifts for everyone on your list and still keep money in your pocket.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

3 minute Cocoa

I Love, I mean, absolutely LOVE hot chocolate.

But don't bring me a packet of some store bought stuff..

Just hand me the canister of sugar and the Hershey's cocoa powder.. oh yea.. and the milk.. NEVER water.. never, never EVER.

The weather's getting colder here in NY.. I'm not happy about it since we barely had a summer this year, but the one good thing is sitting and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa at night before bed.


This is the recipe I use:

Hot cocoa for one


2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cocoa
1 dash salt
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Add sugar, cocoa and salt into a large cup.

2 Heat milk in microwave on high for 1 minute or until hot.

3 Pour milk into cocoa mixture; stir.

4 Stir in vanilla.

I like to add a little dash of cinnamon into it for a little kick too.. just be careful not to leave your cup alone for long.. I sat mine down.. and half of it was mysteriously gone