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Cafe Terra: Cookbook Review

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 Comments Off on Cafe Terra: Cookbook Review

Excerpt from “Cafe Terra” Cookbook Review:

As a food blogger it is normal to see stacks of cookbooks in every corner of your home.  With technology today, many cookbooks are enjoyed virtually.  So with your e-reader happy,  time to fill those empty spaces in your home with a new tchotchke.  So of course adding to my collection is totally normal, right?


My hubby and I love cooking together, and we love cooking with friends.  When we are cooking with a group, we each will take on a cooking task.  It is more fun cooking with a group of friends, you can make more food, and still eat at a normal time…..

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Bee Happy: Discover Honeycomb

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 1 comment


This is a common site at breakfast buffets in Germany, but not so common in the U.S. Honeycomb is offered at breakfast in it’s pure, original form, in a large frame so that the hexagonal marvel can be appreciated. There are many ways to enjoy this geometric delicacy: break off a piece and enjoy it with your cheeses and dark crusty breads; if you are a cereal lover, add a piece of honeycomb to your muesli; another great way to enjoy it is with yogurt, especially the firmer variety, along with some hazelnuts sprinkled over the top. Honeycomb is not easy to find in our U.S. grocery stores, but I have recently discovered jars of honey with a piece of honeycomb intact at Sprouts markets. I also found a website that offers squares of honeycomb at Adding a piece of honeycomb to your cheese platters transforms your appetizer into stunning delight. Honeycomb comes straight from the hive and has all the health benefits attributed to honey and pollen in addition to being delicious and beautiful.


Reducing your Carbonated Footprint: Five Reasons to get a Sodastream

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 Comments Off on Reducing your Carbonated Footprint: Five Reasons to get a Sodastream

I love sparkling water. Sometimes I choose to blame my European roots, since they are even crazier about “wasser mit gas” in Germany. But it’s probably because I gave up soda and broke my Diet Coke addiction about a year ago, so now sparkling water is my favorite treat. In my family, we used to consume “fancy water” by the case—in fact, my dad started hiding it from me.

Recently, my parents invested in a Sodastream Penguin. Not only is it adorable and shaped like a little penguin, but it comes with two glass bottles or carafes. The carafes do a surprising job of keeping water bubbly. The machine itself, which comes with two carbonators and two carafes, runs around $200 and so far has been a great investment for the Eastham family.

Top 5 benefits of the Penguin Sodastream

1. Sodastream saves money — Before the Penguin, we purchased large bottles of San Pellegrino from Costco for about $15 per case of 12 bottles, which means each bottle cost about a dollar and a quarter. According to Sodastream, each carafe, which is slightly smaller than a bottle of Pellegrino, costs about $0.28 to create. Carbonators cost about $15 and last much, much longer than one case of Pellegrino. So hands down, Sodastream is cheaper. (We haven’t tried making soda yet with the syrups, but the Sodastream says it costs around $0.45/carafe). I may not be an accountant, but this just makes cents!

2. Penguin is always there for you — No more trips to the garage to find that we are out of sparkling water. The Penguin is always there and if you are diligent about refilling each bottle as soon as you empty it, there will always be cold sparkling water ready for you when you’re thirsty.


Kristina and Sodastream Penguin

Kristina with the Sodastream Penguin. Look how cute the little guy is!

3. Mother Earth loves Sodastream — This is a huge selling point for the brand and definitely worth mentioning. Since we aren’t purchasing cases of glass (or plastic) bottles that have to be transported and recycled, we are saving literally tons of glass/plastic waste and fuel to transport them.

4. Too bubbly, or not too bubbly? — Since you are putting the carbonation into the water, you get to control the bubbly! I thought there was no way that Sodastream water could be better than other bottled sparkling waters, but it is! Because I get to make it exactly how I like it!

5. Vacuum-sealed tops seal in bubbles — Open bottles of Pellegrino lost their carbonation so quickly. I felt I was constantly opening new bottles to get the freshest sparkling water. The vacuum-sealed tops really keep the bubbles in so Sodastream is always at it’s best!

So the consensus in the Eastham household is that the Penguin fits right in, gives us the best sparkling water and even helps us keep Mother Nature happy.







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An Accountant’s Alternative to Starbucks

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 1 comment
Homemade Latte

A homemade latte at a fraction of the cost.

I love my daily Grande Nonfat Latte.  In fact, I love two or three lattes every day.  Gary matches me one for one with his espresso consumption. Our habit became very expensive many years ago as we were spending $15 per day at a minimum.  We then purchased our first espresso machine (a manual model) from Starbucks.  It came with an actual lesson!  Since then, we have evolved through several machines and find that the one offered by Costco online is a winner.  For $479 you get a fully automated machine that grinds the beans, makes your espresso and has a steamer for frothing the milk.  If you do the calculation based on our habit, it means a pay back in about 60 days (allowing for the cost of coffee beans and milk).  What’s the payback on your coffee habit?