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I’ve been called a dreamer MANY times over the past 50 years. I’ve had a wish list of big wants and desires most of my life, the earliest dating all the way back to the age of 6, when I dreamed of owning a Schwinn bicycle with a pink banana seat, white wicker basket, and handlebar streamers. Dreams like that bike were always a bit bigger than my piggy bank would provide for, and it seems that advancing age hasn’t stopped me from dreaming of owning things that I can’t really afford to buy.
I’ve asked Santa for everything from a DSLR camera, to new lenses for that camera. I’ve wished for a professional stand mixer, a new set of kitchen knives, and even a new car… complete with the new car smell!
Some of those wishes came true, and others are still on my list, but this past week, a BIG old long time wish came true, when I welcomed my very first Keurig coffee brewing machine into my kitchen. It’s FINALLY time for me to #BrewItUp K-cup style!
It’s possible that some of you are shaking your head, wondering why I’m so excited about a coffee maker. Perhaps a little pre-machine history will help.
Hubs and I are both coffee drinkers, but he prefers his java straight up, with no flavor or add ins, and I’m a flavor lovin’ girl who loves a little creamer with her coffee. Flavored coffee and flavorings IN the coffee are two different things, gang. I’m so smitten with the ability to brew any flavor of coffee I want at any given time that I’ve been known to make unnecessary trips to the bank. While I’m waiting to speak with a banker about a personal loan that I’m not at all interested in actually taking on, I can spin the fun carousel of K-cup flavors and brew myself up some Starbucks® blend or a mug full of Cinnabon® Cinnamon Roll coffee. It’s horribly childish and selfish, but there’s just something about those little individual cups that I find irresistible. They make MY kind of coffee, just for ME. No sharing, no waiting for 12 cups to brew. It’s bliss!
Oh, and here’s proof that I’m not the only person in this family to go ga-ga over the ability to #BrewOverIce with K-cups. Brian was outside pulling weeds from the flower bed when I took our Keurig for it’s first brew. I brewed him up a plastic tumbler full of fresh lemonade with lemonade k-cups, and he immediately plunked into his favorite lounge chair to relax with it!
Incidentally, I find it absolutely adorable and somewhat quirky that my man refuses to drink beverages from a straw, even when they’re placed into the cup for him!
So after I served Brian his lemonade, I went back in the house to brew myself a tumbler full of iced vanilla coffee. I was so giddy about it, you’d think I’d just won the lottery. In my opinion, being given my very own Keurig ranks right up there with winning a lottery, so there ya go!
I pulled my essential add ins from the fridge and got to work preparing my cup-o-love.
Because I’ve never brewed flavored iced coffee at home, it felt sort of strange not using flavored creamer. And by strange, I mean life changing and awesome.
I was told that using the small (6 oz) or medium (8 oz) setting is best for the best brew over ice taste experience, so I placed some creamer into my plastic, heat safe tumbler, filled it to the brim with ice, and pushed the pretty blue button. Then the magic happened. My very first Keurig experience, in the privacy of my own home. Please don’t tell anyone, but I may have danced a little bit in the kitchen as I watched the vanilla iced coffee pour into my cup.
Happiness comes in many forms, shapes, and sizes. This week’s version was 18 inches tall and full of adorable k-cups and brew over ice magic. 🙂 My present came with came with 3 varieties of K-cups from the Keurig Walmart team, but considering my obsession, I know they won’t last very long. I’m heading over to Walmart to pick up some more, since I know they’ve got a huge selection of flavors to choose from.
I took my cup of vanilla iced coffee and headed outside to enjoy it in the sunshine with the man I love. There was just one small problem…
So much for yard work…