French Press Fancier

I looked up from my coffee making this morning and realized that I have been using my French press for months now while my single-cup coffee maker has been relegated to the occasional K-cup when I’m feeling lazy, and tea making. Curious!

It seems I have gone from being a non-coffee drinker to a bit of a snob. I actually didn’t start drinking coffee until I was in my 50’s when I discovered lattes. I still don’t drink black coffee – yuck! I’m not even sure how I got into using a French press, but I do know that I prefer the beverage that results from it. I should probably mention that I also grind my own beans now. So, maybe the combination of fresh ground beans and a French press is the magic.

My actual press next to my “hot water dispenser”.

All I know is that when I do that I feel like I get a fresher and smoother tasting latte. Another thing I do that contributes to the smoother taste, I think, is that I add about a quarter teaspoon of baking soda to the grounds in the press. It cuts the acidity and takes away some of the bitterness. I like things sweet and the baking soda caters to that.

Peet’s has a nice tutorial on how to brew with a press. Click on the link for a video and written tips on French pressing. If you’re a coffee drinker who has never tried using a French press, I would highly recommend giving it a go. If you’re not a coffee drinker at all or have never even tried it, well, I’ll leave that choice up to you. Coffee is good medicine when consumed wisely, but too much of even a good thing can be bad. I drink one latte a day with unsweetened vanilla almond milk and Stevia. Sometimes I add some unsweetened cocoa powder to my mug and/or a collagen creamer.

There are endless coffee recipes on the internet and I’m pretty sure that just about anyone could find a way to enjoy it. As for me, I’m really enjoying what comes out of my French press. K-cups don’t even come close. So, I’m afraid my poor coffee maker is now a hot water dispenser for tea, which is not a bad thing. Tea is good stuff too and I drink my fair share of that as well. Did you know that you can even use a French press for loose leaf tea? Another day perhaps. I need to get back to my coffee before it gets cold.

Happy sipping!


I went for a walk around my neighborhood this afternoon. The wind was howling through the trees and whipping leaves up around me as I walked. I heard no other noises except the wind (we live in a very quiet neighborhood). It transported me back to my great grandma Emma’s house in Palmdale, California. Palmdale is in the Mojave Desert and considered “high desert”. It’s pretty windy there almost every day.

Great Grandma lived on a couple of acres and the back part of her property was nothing but desert – dry brush, cactus, and dirt! The four older of us six kids would play back there all the time. There was many a time, however, when I was back there by myself and the wind would kick up. It sounded a lot like what I heard on my walk today. Except when I was a kid on the back part of great grandma’s lot, there were no other houses and not a lot of trees, just enough for the wind to make music with. It was eerie and magical all at the same time. Sometimes, when the wind got especially gusty, it seemed to magnify the solitude and send me high-tailing it to the house! Keep in mind I was like 10-years old at this time. I spooked fairly easily.

It’s weird to me to think back to that time and realize how long ago it was. All of my ancestors are gone now. I haven’t been to that house in Palmdale in almost 50-years! Great-grandma passed away when I was in my early twenties. Great grandpa had passed many years before that. My parents and my grandparents are all gone. I am now my great-grandma. I’m not quite the same age as my great-grandma when she lived in that house, but I’m not far behind. In actuality, I’m not even a great-grandma yet. I am the matriarch of the family though. The oldest living female. So weird!

I never thought about any of this when I was younger. Aging does weird things to your emotional state. Nostalgia is a regular visitor. I try not to dwell there too much though because for me, memories make me sad. They remind me of what I’ve lost and who I miss. That’s the Eeyore in me. I do my best most of the time to look forward, but every now and then something will take me back. Like a solitary walk through a quiet neighborhood, with only the sound of the howling wind in the trees and the rustling of leaves that feels eerily reminiscent of the high desert of California, and makes me want to high-tail it back to the house.


Poached Eggs and Discovery+

I did something last night that I have never done before! I poached eggs! Crazy, right? A 60-year old foodie who has never attempted to poach an egg! I attempted it last night though, and it was good! I’m still experimenting with the timing to get the yolks just the way I like them, but last night was a great start! Even Joshua liked them, and he’s the picky one.

And then, I did it again this morning because now I’m obsessed with poaching eggs! The whites come out so silky and yummy, it’s kinda magical! So, now you may ask, “what inspired you to try your hand at poaching eggs?” Well, that leads me to the second part of the title of this post – Discovery+. The new internet channel that everyone’s buzzing about.

My morning poach!

Some of the buzz is good, some not so good. Some people are resenting that their favorite shows are leaving cable and now they’ll have to pay extra to watch them. Personally, I haven’t had cable in years. We’ve been streaming for quite awhile now. Discovery+ is $4.99/month right now with a 7-day free trial and from my perspective, that’s a steal. If you like HGTV or Food Network – this is your Nirvana! I signed up for the free trial yesterday and have already gotten poached eggs out of the deal!

Every cooking show you’ve ever known (except Paula Deen) and some you never knew are on Discovery +’s Food Network. I have been curious about Amy Schumer’s show and decided to check that out. First off I have to say that she is not my favorite celebrity. She goes a little too far with transparency and plops herself right into the realm of TMI. Her husband the chef, on the other hand, is adorable. And, he taught me how to poach an egg! So, I’d say I definitely got my $4.99’s worth this month!

Also, just to clarify, there are many more channels on Discovery+ besides HGTV and Food Network. Those are just two of my favorites. They do not, however, have Hallmark. So there’s that. This was also not meant to be a plug for Discovery+, but rather a plug for poached eggs, which I now love! If you’re an old pro at this type of egg preparation, kudos to you! If not, I highly recommend giving it a go. It’s super easy! Boil some water, turn off the fire, add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, drop your eggs in, cover and let sit anywhere from 4-9 minutes depending on how you like your yolk. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon, season, and enjoy! Fun, fun, fun!


December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 13

No Greater Faithfulness
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” -Lamentations 3:22

How amazing to think that God’s compassions never cease – NEVER. Do you know anyone else who is that way with you? Anyone else who is never impatient with you, or grumpy toward you? Who always treats you with lovingkindness and compassion ALWAYS? I sure don’t. I know of no greater faithfulness than God’s and I am eternally grateful to Him for it. Express your gratitude for His faithfulness today.

Father, thank You for Your compassion toward me. Thank You that I get to wake up every day to new mercies from You, and that Your lovingkindness and compassion toward me will never fail. You are an amazing God, and I give You all glory and honor. Amen!

December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 12

A Redeemer Has Come
“A Redeemer will come to Zion . . .” –Isaiah 59:20a

God promised the Israelites that a redeemer would come, and He kept that promise. Jesus Christ came as their Redeemer, and as ours. As the words in the song proclaim, “My Redeemer lives”. Does your redeemer live? Is the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, sent by God as promised so long ago, the One you know as your redeemer? Commit all to Him today and allow Him to be YOUR Redeemer in every way.

Father, thank You for sending me such a wonderful Redeemer. Thank You for loving me enough to redeem me in the first place, from the bondage of sin. Thank You that I can sing with all of my heart, “My Redeemer lives!” In the magnificent name of the Redeemer Himself, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!

December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 11

Be Neither Fearful Nor Anxious
”Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.” -Isaiah 41:10

We have many opportunities in this world to be afraid. Just going to the movie theater and seeing some of the previews can be pretty frightening. Do you realize that all of those opportunities to be anxious or afraid are opportunities for choice making? We can choose to remind ourselves of God’s Word, like today’s passage, and not be afraid. We can choose to remember that He is with us and He is our almighty God, stronger than any fear or anxiety we may encounter. Start today to make it a practice to choose God over fear. As fearful thoughts come, take them captive in the name of Jesus, out loud if possible.

Father, I choose today to no longer be afraid or anxious, but to remember that You, mighty God are MY God and You are with me. Hallelujah and Amen!

December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 10

Victory Belongs to The Lord
The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.” -Proverbs 21:31

We fight many battles in a lifetime. The battle for a job, the battle against old age, the battle of the bulge, the battle for our children . . . any number of battles for any number of different causes. But, no matter how hard we fight or how much we pat ourselves on the back when we win, the victory is ultimately not ours. We win because God allows us to win. Our lives belong to Him, as do all of our victories. The purpose of our lives is to glorify Him. So, prepare your horse for battle, but remember that victory belongs to the Lord. Thank Him for all your victories today.

Though I stand prepared to fight for righteousness in my life, thank You, Father, that I don’t fight alone, and that victory is ultimately Your responsibility. I give You all the glory. In the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!

December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 9

Safety From Your Enemies
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me. You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.” -Psalm 138:7

When I think of the “wrath of my enemies”, I don’t think so much of people, but rather of just the troubles of life on this planet. Stress, fatigue, illness – these are enemies that keep me from being the best I can be for God. That doesn’t mean there aren’t people who come along in life who we would consider enemies by the way they treat us, but as children of God, we have protection against THE enemy. The enemy of our souls. I also often wonder how much the Lord has protected me from, that I don’t even know about.

We walk in the midst of trouble every day. Sometimes those troubles come in the form of people, usually people who are hurting and need the peace of Christ. My greatest defense against people like that has been to pray for them, pray for my attitude toward them, and to understand that hurt people hurt people.

If life has been too much for you lately. If trouble abounds and you need rescuing and reviving, ask the Lord for it now and be rescued from your enemies.

Thank You, Father, for not only rescuing me from the enemy of my soul, but for being a safe haven from all my enemies. Thank You for rescuing me from the enemies of this life that threaten to drag me down and make me ineffective for You. I ask that You strengthen and revive me today, Lord. In the precious name of Jesus I ask. Amen!

December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 8

No One More Capable to Help
“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth.” -Psalm 121:1-2

Who do you turn to in times of need? When you need help, who do you call on? Do you believe God wants to help you with your problems? Large or small, if He is your Heavently Father, God wants to help. He waits for you to call on Him. Call on Him now. Write down the smallest problems you have in your life at the moment, the ones you think are too small for Him to want to worry about, and ask Him to help you with them. Then watch and wait in eager anticipation.

Thank You, Father, for Your mighty help with all of my problems, large and small. There is none more capable to come to my aid. I thank You and I praise You in the precious name of Jesus. Amen!

December Devotionals

The Lord is My Rock – Day 7

Wait for God . . . Only
My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” -Psalm 62:5-6

What are you waiting on in order for your life to be better? Are you waiting for your ship to come in, or for your kids to start behaving, or for your spouse to get it right? Where does your hope lie? There is only ONE who can truly make things better, and only ONE you can completely, one-hundred percent rely on all the time. List the things that you may put too much hope in, and then choose to put your hope in Christ alone, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Though troubles abound, and insecurities threaten to mount, I will wait for You alone, God. You are my Rock and my Salvation, and in Christ Jesus I shall never be shaken. Amen!