Cup of Coffee and Beans

“Adventure in life is good; consistency in coffee even better.”
― Justina Chen, North of Beautiful


When I cook using a recipe, the finished meal will taste different every time – guaranteed.

That’s why I love drinking coffee from K-Cups. Every single cup is as delicious as the last one. Nothing changes.

My TBI Guy and I have different palates for coffee. He likes a bold, strong flavor. I prefer mine to ease me into the day and keep me there.

I don’t claim to be a Coffee Connoisseur, Coffee Snob, or Coffee Expert. I just know what we like! This why we have these top K-Cup coffee picks.

As far as buying K-Cups, I’ve tried the online subscription services selling their own brands where I used to work. There wasn’t one that compared to Green Mountain or McCafe, and after a month I began bringing K-Cups from home to drink at work.

McCafe Premium Roast Coffee, K-CUP PODS, 100 Count

Diane’s Rating 5 Star Rating

I love McCafe Premium Roast Coffee. It’s in-between mild and bold, which makes my TBI Guy happy because he doesn’t have to drink my “wimpy” morning coffee.

  • McCafe Premium Roast Coffee has a smooth and balanced taste
  • Made with 100% Arabica beans
  • Medium Roast
  • 100-count single serve K-CUP PODS
  • For use in all KEURIG K-CUP brewing systems

$0.45 each

Green Mountain Breakfast Blend Coffee K-Cup Pods – 72 Count

Diane’s Rating 5 Star Rating

Green Mountain Breakfast Blend Coffee is never bitter. It goes down smoothly, and you will want a second cup. There’s something about this coffee that helps the morning fog in my brain go away, not so fast as to make my head spin.

  • Bright, Crisp, Clean
  • Light Roast
  • Caffeinated
  • Orthodox Union Kosher

$0.53 each

Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend Coffee for K-cup Pods, Medium Roast, For Keurig Brewers, 60 Count

TBI Guy’s Rating 5 Star Rating

My TBI Guy’s favorite coffee, hands down. I don’t know why, but he absolutely loves it. Me, I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts Decaf. 

  • Rich, smooth, delicious

$0.53 each

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Dark Magic Keurig Single-Serve K-Cup Pods, Dark Roast Coffee, 72 Count

TBI Guy’s Rating 5 Star Rating

When my TBI wants a bold, dark coffee, Green Mountain Dark Magic is what he puts in his coffee cup. 

  • NEW look, same great taste!
  • Bold, deep, and intense with dried fruit and chocolate notes.
  • Dark roast, caffeinated coffee
  • 100% Arabica
  • Certified Orthodox Union Kosher (U)

$0.42 each

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The Amazon Echo Family has captured my interest. The more I research it’s capabilities, the more I can see it being used in our home.

Amazon Echo Dot
Amazon Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Dot

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.

Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP

In addition, certain elements will be centered on mobile devices and tablets and aligned to the left or right on a desktop display. You can adjust the layout for each Block at three different device widths – desktop, tablet, and mobile.

Sleek and compact design makes Echo Dot a convenient addition to any room in the house. With its built-in speaker, you can place Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock that can also turn off your lights. Or use Dot in the kitchen to easily set timers and shop tens of millions of Amazon products using just your voice.

Echo Dot can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi for compatible wireless speakers to add voice control to your home stereo system in the living room or den. Learn more about Bluetooth speakers and devices that work well with Echo Dot. With multi-room music support and connected speakers via cable, you can play music across multiple Echo devices (Bluetooth not supported for multi-room music). Learn more

Echo Dot provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favorite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Set a music alarm to wake up to your favorite song or playlist. Listen to any song with Amazon Music Unlimited. Learn more

Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.

With Echo Dot, you can talk to almost anyone hands-free—no tapping or searching required. Use the Drop In feature when you want to connect instantly with compatible Echo devices in your home. For example, you can ask someone for help with a chore, or remind the kids to go to sleep—without having to raise your voice. With Alexa Announcements you can also use Echo Dot to broadcast a quick, one-way message to all other Echo devices in your home.

Making calls with Alexa is easy. Your contacts will see your number when they receive the call so they know who is calling. Set up your voice profile and teach Alexa to recognize your voice. When you say, “Alexa, call Mom”, Alexa will call your mom, even if you have multiple users in your home. Additionally, you can send messages via voice or text to anyone with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App. Learn more

Use Echo Dot to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favorite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a movie—all without lifting a finger…or even raising your voice. Control multiple devices at scheduled times or with a single voice command, like locking the doors and turning off the lights when you go to bed.

Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs, fans, thermostats, and more from Philips Hue, TP-Link, Sony, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, and more. Learn moreabout compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.

Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With a more powerful processor, the Echo Dot has improved wake-word performance to hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.

When you want to use Echo Dot, simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Dot lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognize and respond to your request instantly. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo Dot.

Echo Dot is always getting smarter—the more you use Echo Spot, the more Alexa adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. With tens of thousands of skills and counting, Alexa can order a pizza from Domino’s, request a ride from Uber, track your fitness with Fitbit, control your TV with Dish or Sony, and more. To enable new skills, just ask Alexa.

New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about the thousands of skills available in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.

Turn Alexa into a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller. Enable Amazon FreeTime in the Alexa app to unlock specific features on your Echo Dot designed with kids in mind. Parental controls in the online Amazon Parent Dashboard let you set daily time limits, review activity, or pause Alexa on the device. Parents can filter explicit songs from Amazon Music, and voice shopping is turned off to help prevent unexpected purchases. FreeTime is available on Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus at no additional charge.

With a FreeTime Unlimited subscription (starting at $2.99/month), you get hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, including premium kids skills from brands like Disney and Nickelodeon, ad-free radio stations and playlists, over 300 Audible books, including Beauty and the Beast, and more. Also available is Echo Dot Kids Edition, which includes an Echo Dot, 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a kid-friendly case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee–if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free.

Customize your Echo Dot for any room with the optional Echo Dot Case. Available in leather or fabric and a range of colors. Learn More.

With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers, you can easily setup and manage your Echo Dot. Use the Alexa App to connect music services you already use like Spotify and Pandora. Link your calendar from Google, G Suite, iCloud, Outlook.com or Office365. Setup your smart home devices from Philips Hue, TP-Link, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Wink, Nest, Lutron, and more.

Make calls, view your conversation history, manage contacts, and get notifications when you receive a message (calling and messaging features available on iOS and Android only). See which books are available to read from your Kindle and Audible libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover third-party skills.


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Should Technology Slow Down?

Once upon a time, starting around 1993, a new industry was beginning to form. It was called the “Internet”, and it was as mysterious as everything we learned about the Catholic faith in the third grade.

The Internet spawned “Technology”. Since 1993, the race is on for the smallest, fastest, multipurpose gadget known to mankind. 

I took a five year sabbatical from Technology because I had real life issues to deal with. I was no longer the first kid on the block to have the latest shiny piece of technology, which to those who know me probably thought I’d lost my edge. Well, I did sort of. I learned to enjoy all the toys and gadgets I’d accumulated over the past seven years. Some needed upgraded, and now I have the time to play again!

Fitbit Ionic

“So what if there isn’t a rainy day after all? Then there we are, stuck with all that money!”