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What’s the History of the French Press?

French press coffee maker helps you to prepare good coffee. Let us look at its history.

First of all, you have to know, that it is known all over the world by different names – coffee plunger and etc.

So, let’s look at its design. It is made of glass and plunger. The plunger is often made of metal. But also you can find plungers made of plastic. We think that metallic ones are better. If you like nice designed things, look at the design, but there is a lot of coffee makers without any pictures of the glass.

It is very important to use it. Be careful while using it, because you can hurt the glass. Also, it is important to be careful while using the plumber. Do it your self, don’t let children to use it, because they can hurt it. There is a lot of bad experiences with buyers.

By the way, the French press coffee maker is not notebook or TV-set, so don’t worry even if you hurt it.

Let’s take a look at the pictures to see what exactly it is and how to use it.

This is Bodum Columbia 8-Cup stainless-steel thermal press pot. The price is nearly $60 US. You can buy it at coffeedx.com.

If you use it, you can be sure, your coffee will be hot for two hours. It is stainless-still devices, so it is hard to hurt it. You can let the children to use it, but remember that they can hurt the plumber, and hurt themselves. So, it is the best way not to let them use any coffee makers.

Coffee makers can be used at home or at work. They can keep coffee hot for a long time, so you can prepare for it, wait, and then drink.

But how to use it, is it difficult? Of course, no!

First, you have to feel it with hot water, then put down coarse ground coffee. In a few minutes, you can put down the plumber and drink coffee.…

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Berry Banana Smoothie

A smoothie is a great way to start out your day. If you make it at home, you can control what goes in it, and you can make it super healthy! Try this Berry Banana Smoothie for breakfast soon!

What do you like eating for breakfast? For the last couple of months, I have been enjoying smoothies for breakfast. You may recall this Purple Breakfast Smoothie I posted. I have been trying to come up with different types of smoothies so I won’t get bored.

Enter this Berry Banana Smoothie. This smoothie is filling and loaded with fruits and veggies. It is perfectly sweet without any addition of extra sugar (just the natural sugars from the fruits).

I love how portable smoothies are! If I am running late in the morning I can just pour it in a plastic cup and take it with me. I don’t need to worry about making poor breakfast choices when I have a smoothie in hand!

Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie

Serves: 1-2

Don’t be afraid of the spinach in this smoothie. You really can’t taste it (I wouldn’t lie to you)! It adds great nutrition to your smoothie. This smoothie makes 1 large cup or 2 medium cups.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk of choice (I use almond)
  • ¼ cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed or flax meal
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup strawberries

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth and desired consistency is reached.
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Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Do you need a quick dinner, easy to make and fun to eat? Try this Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta!

I love when I am cooking dinner and my son comes in to ask, “What’s that good smell, Mom?” And anytime I cook onions or bacon I get that question! This dish has both onions and bacon so the smell is doubly good!

This Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta is affectionately known in our house as “Baconguine.” It was just a fun name that described this pasta dish and the name stuck. Bacon and linguine. Add some chicken, broccoli and cheese and you have one delicious meal!

Do you need another reason to make this? It’s a somewhat healthier version of most recipes for chicken carbonara that you will find. How’s that for the win? Bacon in a recipe that is considered healthier?! Plus, this dish comes together fairly quickly. Especially if you already have some cooked chicken on hand.

Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Cheesy Chicken Carbonara Pasta

Serves: 6

If you already have cooked chicken on hand, by all means, use that and forgo the step of cooking the chicken!

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces linguine
  • ¾ cup low-fat or skim milk
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large chicken breast or 1 cup cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
  • 1 12 ounces package frozen broccoli

Instructions

  • Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  • Cut chicken breast into small, bite-sized pieces. Place chicken in a medium pan and cook until cooked through. Set aside once done.
  • In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the milk, Parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper.
  • Thaw broccoli according to the directions on the package. Set aside.
  • While the chicken is cooking, fry the bacon in a separate pan. Once the bacon is done the cooking, remove to a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off the grease, leave about 1 tablespoon in the pan. Add the onion and saute until golden. Add the cooked chicken until all is warmed through. Next, add the linguine, the milk mixture, and broccoli to the pan. Toss the pasta and milk mixture together and cook until the sauce is warmed through and thick and creamy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe Source: Comfort Classics…

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Lemon Bundt Cake

Do you need a little bit of sunshine in your life? Try this Lemon Bundt Cake! It is full of vibrant lemon, sure to brighten your day!

As with a lot of the country, we have had our fair share of cold, cold temperatures. So what do I do when it’s 8 degrees outside and both my kids are sick?

Well, I bake a Lemon Bundt Cake, of course! I need a little sunshine and warmth in my life. Obviously, baking a cake that was loaded with great lemon flavor was the way to do that!

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This cake will make you feel like it is springtime! Oh, how I wish it was spring. After we just had those super, super cold days, this past weekend was just a glimpse of what spring is going to feel like! This cake is fresh, light and airy, and oh so moist (thanks to my friend, buttermilk).

I was super excited that I got to use my new (to me) bundt pan! I have never had one (not really sure why) and I recently found one at Goodwill for a mere $.50! I am so excited to try all my bundt cake recipes I have been storing up!

Lemon Bundt Cake

Lemon Bundt Cake

Serves: 10-12

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoons for dusting pan
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (low-fat is fine)
  • ⅓ cup oil (I use grapeseed)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg white

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with cooking spray and then sprinkle the bottom and sides with 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the remaining 1¼ cups sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, oil, lemon zest and juice, ginger, eggs, and egg white.
  • Add the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and stir until combined.
  • Pour batter into the pan, distributing evenly. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Once done, let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then remove it to a wire rack or other place to cool out of the pan.
  • To make the glaze, in a small bowl or large measuring cup, whisk together the powdered sugar, buttermilk, lemon zest, and juice. Stir until smooth, adding more buttermilk if needed to obtain a thinner consistency or more powdered sugar to obtain a thicker consistency.
  • Place the cake on a serving plate. Pour the glaze over the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Let the cake sit with the glaze for about 10 minutes, allowing the glaze to set and harden.
    Recipe Source: Adapted from Comfort Classics
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Valentine’s Popcorn

Are you in need of a quick snack or treat for Valentine’s Day? This Valentine’s Popcorn is perfect!

This popcorn is one of my favorite things to make! I make it for almost any holiday or even just because! This Valentine’s Popcorn could really be called “holiday popcorn” or “festive popcorn” or even “candy-coated popcorn.” No matter what it is called, it is delicious, addicting and super fast to make.

My kids love to make this with me. They love to watch the popcorn pop on the stove and they absolutely love pouring (yes, pouring) the sprinkles on the popcorn after I have thoroughly stirred the white chocolate onto the popcorn. As I said earlier, I make this for just about any holiday I can find sprinkles for. And when I need to make it when there’s not a holiday near, I just use regular colored sprinkles. And the more sprinkles, the better, because sprinkles are just fun!

Another great thing about this popcorn? It’s gluten-free! I will often make snacks and goodies for our youth group and we have a couple teens with special dietary needs. This popcorn gets requested often because everyone can eat it.

So, this Valentine’s Day, make this popcorn for your kids, your sweetheart, a group, or a neighbor!

Valentine’s Popcorn

You can make the popcorn any way you want, on the stove top, in the microwave or with an air popper.

Ingredients

    • ½ cup popcorn kernels, popped
    • ½ package of vanilla melting chocolate or 1 cup of white chocolate chips, melted according to package directions
      salt, to taste
    • sprinkles

Instructions

  • Place the popped popcorn in a large bowl. Add the melted chocolate on top of the popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is evenly coated.
  • Place a sheet of parchment or wax paper on an open counter space or your kitchen table. If you spray a little cooking spray on the table or counter first, the parchment or wax paper will stick better.
  • Spread the popcorn on the parchment paper so that most of the popcorn is touching the parchment (popcorn is not laying on top of one another).
  • Sprinkle salt on the popcorn, if desired.
  • Sprinkle the sprinkles on the popcorn and let the mixture dry and harden, about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the popcorn has hardened, serve and enjoy. Popcorn may also be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.