Do You Have a Special Mug?

When I’m at home, I don’t really have a special mug that I drink out of. We have an assortment of mugs, so if I’m drinking something hot, I end up with whatever mug happens to be clean and ready at hand at the time. I didn’t really have a special mug when I lived… Continue reading Do You Have a Special Mug?

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Stroopwafel Poem

Behold, the Stroopwaffelsthat my husband bought for meal dente, so exquisiteat room temperaturejust the right amount ofresistance as I sink my teethinto it and taste the caramelon my tongue But then!warm atop your mugthe packaging says to meso melty and deliciousanother small pleasurein this world wheresuch small thingscan bring such immense joy

Can Caffeine Be Good for You?

Hallelujah! If caffeine hasn’t been contraindicated for you, science shows that it can be good for you. As a natural stimulant, caffeine has helped people with wakefulness and bursts of energy since prehistoric times. Improved alertness, reaction time, and short-term recall can be helpful for short periods of time in dire-situations, though our modern day… Continue reading Can Caffeine Be Good for You?

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Shortcut to Mushrooms?

It’s okay to have a humongous Hobbit-like appreciation for a certain type of fungus that grows among us. In fact, you can grow your own mushrooms – particularly the shiitake and oyster mushroom varieties – in a bucket or a bag filled with used coffee grounds. Here’s what you’ll need: 5 lbs used coffee grounds,… Continue reading Shortcut to Mushrooms?

Hot, Cold, and Undrinkable

As I was scrolling through Twitter recently, I found a tweet from someone asking the hard questions in life: This got me thinking. Chocolate milk is great, and hot chocolate is too, but hot chocolate gone cold is terrible. I asked my friends who prefer tea if there was a similar relationship between iced tea… Continue reading Hot, Cold, and Undrinkable

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How Do You Take Your Coffee?

There seems to be an infinite number of ways to prepare coffee. My husband often drinks his coffee black, whether it’s flavored or not, but he’ll also drink the sugary coffee concoctions that Dunkin makes. I remember a former coworker who always ordered her coffee “light and sweet,” so no skimping on the cream or… Continue reading How Do You Take Your Coffee?

Are Coffee Beans Really Beans?

Jack, of beanstalk fame, probably had to listen to a lot of angry ranting from his mother when he told her he’d sold their cow for magic beans. Nowadays, some people refer to coffee beans as their “magic beans.” But are they really beans? Nope. Coffee beans do look like beans, but they are actually… Continue reading Are Coffee Beans Really Beans?

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