Saturday, March 28, 2015

peet's coffee

My Shop Smart Magazine recommends Peet’s Coffee K-cups 
so I thought I would give them a try. 

Turns out they are pretty good.

My go to coffee lately has been Jamaican Me Crazy 
{flavored coffee, infused with rich coconut flavor and an island twist} 
but it has been fun trying these new blends.

Do you have a favorite K-cup?

House Blend Coffee
Dark Roast
This best-of-house blend was crafted by Mr. Peet himself at our first café in Berkeley, CA. Selecting the finest beans, he hand roasted in small batches for rich, distinctive flavor. Four decades later, Peetniks everywhere are at home with House.

Major Dickason's Blend Coffee
Dark Roast
1969. Our first store on Vine Street. Loyal customer Key Dickason approaches Alfred Peet with his own blend. Mr. Peet tinkers. Before you know it, our all-time bestseller is born. Rich, complex, multi-layered; like a relationship with an old friend

Brazil Minas Naturais Coffee
Medium Roast
We select Brazil’s finest beans from the region of Minas Gerais, preferring those known as ‘naturals.’ By this method, our favorite fazendas (farms) dry whole coffee cherries in the warm Brazilian sun, imbuing the beans with a sumptuous sweetness.

Cafe Domingo Coffee
Medium Roast
There’s nothing like great coffee to bring friends and neighbors together. This Latin American medium roast pays tribute to an old pastime: lingering in one of our cafés, sipping an expertly brewed cup.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

first farewell gathering

When I was teaching I always thought that the minute I began writing on
the June calender time raced and the end of the school year came faster.

Now in retirement I find that as soon as the first of our friends head north
time races and before you know it winter in Florida comes to an end.

First to leave Tome and Sharon {this week}

Then Kathy and Jim {next week}

Later Cindy and Tom {end of April}

Last in this group - us {first of May}

Safe travel friends

not yet pictured -  many other friends we have 
made at CCE and will miss over the summer

Monday, March 9, 2015

vegetable chopped salad

While looking for a dish to take to a pot-luck supper 
I came across a chopped salad recipe.
This is my slightly adapted version and I have made it several times.

Vegetable Chopped Salad
12 servings (3/4 cup each)

3 cups finely chopped fresh broccoli
3 cups finely chopped cauliflower
3 cups finely chopped celery
2 cups frozen peas thawed
1-1/4 cups mayonnaise
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2.8 oz pkg real bacon pieces
1 cup salted peanuts

1. In a large bowl, combine the vegetables.
2. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise, sugar, cheese, vinegar and salt until blended.
3. Add to salad and toss to coat.
4. Stir in bacon pieces.
5. Just before serving, stir in peanuts.