Best Olive Oil for Everyday

We first bought a bottle of California Olive Ranch Olive Oil at a Sur la Table several years ago. Now it is widely available in nearly every grocery store and is our go-to for everyday olive oils.

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I Love a Warm Bath

We love watching cooking shows, and over the last handful of years, we’ve seen more and more chefs using sous vide cooking for both protein and veggies. So a few Christmases back, Santa brought us an Anova sous vide cooker (I guess we weren’t that naughty), and holy cow it is awesome!

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The Coffee

Making coffee in the morning without actually having drank any coffee is hard, am I right?

This cartoon from The New Yorker sums me up perfectly! We have tried all methods of brewing but always seem to gravitate back to the easy automatic drip coffee maker. It is even easier when I prep the day before so in the morning, I can just grind and go.

Working in the UP at gave me an appreciation for great coffee (you can order their coffee online and trust me, it is some of the best you will ever taste.) And while I appreciate the purity and quality of the slow-brewed pour over, I am much more into instant gratification.

We used to have a Nespresso milk frother and steamer. When it finally died, we didn’t replace it (though I bet we will eventually). Instead, I bought a cheap frothing wand that mostly works though doesn’t warm the milk.

It is sort of the poor man’s latte maker. But it’ll do!

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Blown Away!

Glass blowing studios are plentiful in Oregon. There are at least a dozen in our county alone. But since we watched the television competition series, “Blown Away” on Netflix, it has given us a whole new appreciation for the art and incredible skill of this medium!

It’s a fascinating series, even for someone who doesn’t care for that kind of reality-based, voyeuristic, competition style show (think Top Chef, Chopped, America’s Next Top Model, etc.). “Blown Away” is dramatic but not in the way, say, a Real Housewives episode may be.

The drama comes from the artisans passion for glass-blowing, the creativity, the dance, the athleticism, the act of making something beautiful out of hot, molten liquid. We literally were blown away by this series and highly recommend it!

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