Thursday, December 18, 2014

Keurig: Making the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Normally I prefer espresso, as you may have gleaned from previous posts... but since my office recently installed a Keurig instant coffee dispenser, I decided to find it out if it is indeed possible to coerce a decent cup of coffee out of this machine.

The good news is: with just a few tweaks to the manufacturer's recommended guidelines, you CAN in fact get a delicious cup of coffee out of a Keurig machine.

Here's how, in 5 easy steps, with pictures.

1. Open the lid of the Keurig machine.

2. Insert the desired K-Cup. MAKE SURE to use an 'unflavoured' or otherwise unembellished coffee flavour. (i.e. "dark roast" is good. "hazelnut caramel vanilla pumpkin spice" is bad.)

3. Insert 1, 2 or 3 Golden Oreo cookies on top of the inserted K-Cup. (suit to taste)

4.  Close the lid and press the button to brew!

5. Voila... after some grinding and spluttering, beverage and cup are dispensed onto the tray. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Kris Kringle Conundrum: SOLVED!

It happens every year...

You have to buy a 'Kris Kringle' gift for a colleague.

Not sure what to get... don't want to take a risk... or waste a lot of time... or spend too much money... so you're thinking: Gift Card?

But that's so impersonal... and no fun at all... what a cop out! Also, they will immediately know HOW MUCH YOU THINK THEY ARE WORTH.

You could "try" to get them something they actually like... but you will likely fail -- and what's worse, you won't KNOW if you failed, because they'll be gracious.

Of course you could just ASK THEM what to get, but that's even more of a cop out, and then you lose the fun of the SURPRISE!

If only there was an EASY way to get them something they WANT, while also SURPRISING them,  while NOT GIVING AWAY how much you spent, and with 100% CONFIDENCE of success...


The Kris Kringle Conundrum Quick-Fix™
©2014 Giulio Quaglieri - PATENT PENDING

  1. SELECT A STORE that the Recipient may shop at.
    If you know of a favourite, great! If not, just pick any department store.
    It should be easy to come up with how much the recipient is worth to you.
  3. This is the fun part: GO TO THAT STORE and find the STUPIDEST, UGLIEST, MOST USELESS items you can buy for the amount you plan to spend.
  4. GET A GIFT RECEIPT! This is the most important step. If you skip this step, the whole plan falls apart.

So now, without going over budget, you have a personalized unique surprise gift that is fun to give and receive and does not show dollar value... and the Gift Receipt means that it can be traded for something they really wanted!

In other words... for the Giver: all of the benefits of the gift card, but without the drawbacks! And for the Receiver: the trip to store carrying all that stupid junk you wrapped up ensures your gift will be appreciated and not easily forgotten.

And that, my friends, is my Christmas Gift to all of you.

Merry Christmas,

P.S. Don't forget your Christmas Cards!

xmas gift ideas for her, #276

last-minute gift idea for the high-maintenance gal in your life: custom paired "Huggs" Boots! (one foot Hunter boot + one foot Uggs boot)
You're welcome.

Don't forget to use one "left" and one "right".
and don't forget the card: