Keurig Tips

I love coffee.  The hotter and stronger the better.  I love trying different kinds, blends, and flavors.  That’s why I love my Keurig!

I got it as a Christmas gift from my wife and daughters a couple of years ago.  At the time I was grinding beans and making a half pot every morning.  I was wasting a lot of coffee and time.  Now, I brew a cup on my way out the door each morning.

To keep your Keurig running great be sure to keep it clean.  Wipe down the outside often and descale it every couple of months.  I have a reminder set up in my phone so I never forget.

As I mentioned earlier, I like my coffee hot.  Whenever I order it at a coffee shop I’ll always order it extra hot.  If that’s how you like yours be sure and set your Keurig to the hottest temperature setting. Another thing I do is to “pre-warm” my mug by microwaving some water in it for 2 minutes.  It takes the chill out of the mug and will keep your coffee hotter longer.

One of the best things about having a Keurig are the the many different varieties of K-Cups out there.  Pretty much any kind of coffee you could want, teas, iced teas, hot cocoa, apple cider, lemonade, and many more.

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With so many choices it’s best to find a few friends that also have a Keurig and start an informal K-cup club.  You can each buy a box of something different and share with each other.  Having a group of 3 works out great because many are packaged in boxes of 12 and 18 making it easy to divide.

By doing this you can try more varieties quicker and if you find something you don’t like you’ll only be stuck with a few instead of a whole box.

Some of my favorites include:

Dunkin’ Dark

Obsidian from Caribou

Dark Magic from Green Mountain

Revv

Dark Sumatra from Starbucks

Snapple Iced Teas

What are some of your favorites?  Have any Keurig tips of your own? I’d love to hear them.

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Same Verses, Different Perspective

Since today is Valentine’s Day I knew I wanted to touch on the topic of love.  There are so many different directions I could go on the topic, I wasn’t sure which one too take.  Like most of my writings a little silent meditation pointed the way.

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I started thinking about the love of my life, my beautiful wife, and our wedding. It was a hot day filled with lots of great memories with family and friends.

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You’ve probably been to many weddings where 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 was read.   We chose to have it read at ours too.  It’s the one that goes:

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

I like those words.  From my experience it’s a good definition of love.  I decided to do what I always do when looking up a bible verse. I read it in several different versions of the bible (BTW, Biblegateway.com is a great resource to do this).  That’s where I came across this version from The Message:

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

Reading that version had me looking at it a whole new light.  It went from being a definition of love to simple steps to follow to stay in love and grow your love!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Save Money On Apps

I’m always on the lookout  for new apps.  Ones that make  my life easier or give me a little entertainment.   I don’t mind paying for apps. It helps support software developers which in turn could lead to more and better apps.

That said, I also like to save money and get the best deal possible. Fortunately,  there are apps to let you know when apps go on sale.

For the iUsers there’s an app called Apps Gone Free (Best Daily Top App Deals).  I’m not an Apple user so I can’t share any hands-on experience or thoughts on this one.  I can say that it’s free and has a 5 star rating.

If you’ve got an Android device and have read the Android Apps I Recommend section of this site then you already know about AppSales.

It’s great!  You can choose to have it give you a notification in your status bar whenever an app goes on sale.    You can even set a “wish list” of apps you want and it will notify you if they ever go on sale.

I’ve saved a bunch of money and found some fun and useful apps by using AppSales.  I hope you do to.  Try it out and let me know your thoughts.

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