Baby Beluga

August 28, 2010

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Well, it makes excellent brown water!!!

= Human error. We have to figure out the right proportion of grounds to water. We used to use a heaping 1/3 cup grounds for 40 oz of French press and it was perfect. So we used the same with this and it was very weak. Next time we’re going to try 1/2 cup grounds for 6 cups. It’s unfortunate that we’ll have to use MORE coffee each time! But maybe we can also cut back on water (we each usually have a 12 oz mug filled to the brim, so probably 30 ounces between the two of us).

Perfect oatmeal?

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After being without our oatmeal ingredients this summer and moving to a new kitchen, I have YET to make a perfect bowl here. I like my oatmeal runny and VERY creamy with embedded chunks of stuff and crunchy toppings.

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With all the ingredients I needed in house,this bowl was pretty darn close:

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The Mix
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water ( <— a bit more water helps keep it from drying out)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1/2 banana
  • Pinch salt, splash vanilla, sprinkle cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end (Organic Valley is my fav!!)
  • 2 tbsp wheatberries, stirred in at end (pre-cooked from fridge)
  • Toppings: Sample Galaxy Granola + TJs Sunflower Butter

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Reader Jill sent me this NPR cast with a funny song about "Oat Groats" at the 1:23 mark :)

 

Which led me to be singing Raffi’s Oats And Beans And Barley

Which led me to Baby Beluga!

Larbs and I LOVED Raffi when we were little!

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1 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 28, 2010 at 8:25 am

Grrr it’s times like these when I hate my freakishly slow and old fashioned laptop – apparently it doesn’t do NYC on demand listening…grr!
I think the oats look perfect :)

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2 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

Miss Freya Dear,
How on Earth are you the first commentor on soooo many blogs!? : )

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3 Sarah August 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

I would like to know the answer to this too!!!!

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4 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

Cute songs! I usually use 1 heaping tablespoon for every 6 oz. or so of water – I think that’s pretty standard for coffeemakers! Unless I’m making really strong coffee to make cafe au lait, then I use 1 tbsp for every cup of water.

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5 Hannah August 28, 2010 at 8:26 am

You’ve worked out the perfect ratio for oats – I have complete faith you’ll soon o the same for coffee :D

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6 Stacey August 28, 2010 at 8:29 am

Mmmm oats:) I hope u have a fun day and get ur coffee situation figured out!

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7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 28, 2010 at 8:37 am

I am all about the creamy oats! I use unsweetened applesauce in mine, flax, cinnamon and almond milk. I was sad this morning when it was over. As for coffee, we like it strong! We use a tablespoon per cup when we brew coffee at my in law’s house in a regular pot. We love the Keurig because every cup is perfect. We stopped using a regular pot due to all the waste. I am sure you will get the coffee figured out and I am glad your oats are getting closer. I hope you have a great day Kath!

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8 Julia August 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

Baby Beluga was my favorite song from elementary school music class. I’m instantly transported to a happy time when I hear that song!

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9 Wei-Wei August 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

The oats look like perfection! I love your coffee cup – where’d you get it??

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10 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

I have the same coffee maker. I use a 1/8 cup scoop of grounds per cup of coffee. It works perfectly!

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11 Jess August 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

We usually have NPR on at our place, and that oat groat song cracked me up last night! Love the music stream of consciousness! My sister and I listened to a LOT of Raffi when we were little too. Oh dear…good times.

Enjoy your weekend, and hope you find the perfect coffee formula!

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12 lisasfoods August 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

I love the cups you used for coffee. Where’d you get them?

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13 Kath August 28, 2010 at 8:45 am
14 Heather August 28, 2010 at 8:39 am

we had the raffi cassetes growing up, too! love it!

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15 Koko August 28, 2010 at 8:43 am

Hi,
I have the same coffee maker, it’s so funky. The perfect ratio of coffee to water is 1 less scoop (the one that came with the cofee maker) of coffee to the number of coffee cups on the coffee pot measure. It’s perfect every time, doesn’t matter if it’s 4 cups or 12.
Take care,
Koko

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16 Meg August 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

The banana is back in action in the oats! Heck yes!

Good luck with your coffee situation, and enjoy your Saturday Kath!!

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17 Kim August 28, 2010 at 8:47 am

Probably everyone has their own ratio, but I take how many cups water, divide it by 2, and use that many tablespoons. (10c. water = 5T. grounds). Plus you always have to add that half T. at the end, as a kicker. :)

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18 Tricia August 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Kim- I do that EXACTLY! Even the 1/2 T at the end…great minds think alike:)

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19 jaclyn@todays lady August 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

I love my oats a little runny too. I always use extra water, its a must! Fluffy, runny oats!

With our coffee maker (same as yours), we would use a tablespoon for each cup of water. I like it this way… It sucks that it takes more coffee than a french press!!

I loved Raffi too :)

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20 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 28, 2010 at 8:54 am

The kids I used to nanny for loved Raffi as well. It makes me a little sentimental!

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21 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

I love that mug! Where did you get it?

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22 Jessica August 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

I’ll jump in on the coffee ratios :)
I have a similar Cuisinart. I use the scoop that came with it – and use 1 scoop of coffee per 5oz. water. So for my typical morning ratio: it comes out to 6 scoops of coffee to 30-32 oz of water. It comes out strong – but that’s how I like it. Having some now as I type this….loving those sbux flavor infusions! Caramel is divine….

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23 Natasha August 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

Hey Kath, so I’ve been addicted to your blog for the longest time now ;0) you seem like such a sweetheart!!! Keep up the great work…
P.S. I usually use about a tbsp of coffee ground for 6-8 oz of water (so, I put in 4 cups of water into the coffee maker and follow that with 4 heaping Tbsp of coffee)….hope that helps darling

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24 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 28, 2010 at 9:01 am

Hmm. I like my oatmeal thicker, not runny! To each their own, I guess!

I love the pic of the cup of brown water with steam :)

I wasn’t a Raffi song, but Baby Beluga makes me think of Full House — there is an episode where Jesse and Joey sing it to Michelle

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25 Megan August 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

Kath,
I have the same coffe maker and love it!! It should have come with a cute little black scoop; one of those equals about a tablespoon, and I use a scoop per cup of water. So for a six-cup pot, I put six scoops of coffee. Strong, but goooood….

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26 Mara @ What's for Dinner? August 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love strong coffee, and all my Starbucks barista training taught me 2 Tbsp. of grounds for every 6 ounces of water.

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27 Tina August 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

It certainly LOOKS like good coffee. :)

Baby Beluga always reminds me of Michelle singing it on Full House. And my daughter has the little book. I’m avoiding her hearing the song because I don’t want her singing it all day and it inevitably getting stuck in mine too. haha

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28 Heather August 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

AAHH Raffi! My husband & I randomly talk about Raffi & sing Baby Beluga :) Always makes me smile when someone remembers him too!
have a great day!

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29 Fallon August 28, 2010 at 9:15 am

When I make coffee in the coffee maker it 1 scoop (about a tablespoon) of grounds to 1 cup of water. If I make extra I’ll store in the fridge for an iced coffee or just simply reheat it. That way I’m not wasting extra filters by brewing every day.

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30 Jill August 28, 2010 at 9:19 am

Very strange…I just posted a video of me singing Baby Beluga to my baby!! Love me some Raffi :)

No more french press!!! Blasphemy! :) Hahhah–love the steamy coffee glass..

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31 coco August 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

I just had my first oatmeal this summer… it was pretty but not with so many flavors and textures like yours!!! :D
i like your coffee mug… where did u get it?

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32 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 28, 2010 at 9:25 am

Oh man…now that song is going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Thank you. :-)

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33 Christine August 28, 2010 at 9:30 am

Kath, have you considered what size grind you are using? You can probably use a finer grind for more extraction than you could get away with in the French Press!

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34 Clare August 28, 2010 at 11:24 am

I second this comment. Coffee machines use a finer grind than the French Press!

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35 neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 28, 2010 at 9:33 am

ohh my that looks like a perfect bowl of oats!!

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36 Michelle @ Chasing Ambulances August 28, 2010 at 9:39 am

Kath, I am usually not one to notice, but these photos are REALLY good. They all *pop* – and I love the photo of the coffee with the steam. I am inspired to work on my photography.

p.s. I’ve definitely made brown water myself! You’ll find the right ratio that works for you.

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37 Kath August 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Thank yoU!

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38 Mandy A August 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

Cute bowl!! As always :)

I don’t see how you couldn’t make a perfect bowl of oatmeal! Yours ALWAYS look so darn good. I am going to start adding the extra water because I’m a pro at drying mine out :( Thanks for the tip!

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39 Nikki T August 28, 2010 at 9:48 am

Ahhhhhhh!! Raffi! I also LOVED him when I was little! I was trying to discuss Raffi with some people at work a while back and no one knew who he was :o The horror!!

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40 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

hilarious songs! yeah for raffi :)

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41 Courtney @ Bread & Bokeh August 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

We also have the same coffee maker and use 1/8 cup of coffee grounds per one cup of water. It seems to work perfectly for us. Good luck!

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42 Erica August 28, 2010 at 9:54 am

I loved Raffi growing up – on the same album (yes, I had an album) is my favorite song “Bananaphone”

For coffee … we do 1 tablespoon per 6 ounces of water – so for 24 ounces I do a 1/4 cup grounds! We do this because 24 oz = the 4 cup line on our coffee maker, giving two people one nice tall cup of coffee :)

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43 Laura August 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

I loved Raffi growing up as well, and one day during my freshman year of college, the topic of childhood songs came up with my roommate. I thought everyone knew about Raffi, so I was shocked when I learned that she had never heard of him. She thought “Baby Beluga” and “Down by the Bay” were straight-up weird. I suppose if you don’t hear Raffi songs until you’re 18, you take a slightly different view of them :)

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44 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

hahaha I laughed out loud at the “brown water” tid bit. Whoops! :P Glad your oats were almost perfect this morning- hope next time’s the charm!

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45 Emily August 28, 2010 at 10:13 am

Awwww, Raffi!! That brings back childhood memories for me. I also love everything you put in your oats… I have an oatmeal/oat bran addiction.

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46 Reader Jill =) August 28, 2010 at 10:15 am

I feel like a super star, getting a mention in your blog! You have definitely inspired me to get more creative with my oatmeal- which I admit I only make at home during the winter. During summer I’m more of a Greek yogurt gal.

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47 a August 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

I hope you didn’t use coarse ground coffee. It’ll yield weaker coffee

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48 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

Looks like the perfect bowl of oatmeal to me:) Love the bowl as well.

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49 Megan August 28, 2010 at 10:31 am

Hi! I recently got the same exact coffeemaker, and I think it comes with a scoop. I do the ratio of one scoop to one cup, maybe a little less water if you want stronger coffee. Also, I am not sure if you regularly go to Trader Joes, but they have some really good coffee (whole beans and ground!).

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50 Wendy @ Seriously Sassy August 28, 2010 at 10:35 am

Oooh, the picture of the coffee cup with steam rising from it – SO cool!
Kath, I have a question for you if you don’t mind: Got a DSLR (Canon EOS Rebel t2i) on Thursday and am blown away by the GORGEOUS photos it takes. WAY too much fun! But when I post them onto my blog, the pics don’t look NEARLY as beautiful as the originals. Your blog pics look to me like they are every bit as clear and sharp and amazing as the originals. Can you tell me how you get your photos to keep their gorgeousness when you put them on your blog? I would be SO GRATEFUL. I thought you’d be the best person to ask since your blog is the main one that inspired me to bite the bullet and get me a DSLR. ;-)
You can email me if it would be easier: [email protected]
Thanks Kath!!!!

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51 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

LOL! Now I have Raffi’s voice in my head. So funny.’

It took me forever to get used to proportions with coffee grounds/water. I like my coffee on the stronger side. But with all of your french press raves, you’ve got me wanting a french press!

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52 Kathy W. August 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

One of those small scoops that comes in grocery store coffee cans is actually about 2 tablespoons. (And a cup is often considered 6 oz. for some reason!) Like Estella above, we use 2 tbsp., or 1/8th cup of ground coffee per 8 oz. cup we want to brew. Works perfectly!

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53 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

I loved Raffi too!! I actually had a friend (in playschool I guess?) whose dad was in the entertainment business and I got to go backstage at one of Raffi’s shows…. as a kid I thought it was pretty much the best thing ever! And baby beluga is by far his best song in my opinion! ;)

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54 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

oats are so hit or miss for me – even when i have all the right tools!

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55 Taylor August 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

I have found that it works well to use 1 tbsp grounds for each cup of coffee I make… Oh and now you have Raffi in my head! One of my faves: I like to eat eat eat apples and bananas!

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56 Teri H August 28, 2010 at 11:14 am

With the automatic drip you can use a finer (vs. coarse) grind of coffee… then you don’t have to put in more…

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57 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 28, 2010 at 11:15 am

That coffee machine looks like mine and I do one tbsp for every 2 cups of coffee. You end up with a mild cup that doesn’t taste watery.

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58 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 28, 2010 at 11:16 am

I have never tried cottage cheese in my oats. I think I’m up for it…

Have you ever tried adding an egg white? If so, what’s your take?

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59 Kath August 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

I have and didn’t really love it.

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60 Amber K August 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

I LOVED Raffi when I was a kid! But I try to talk about it to people now and they have no idea what I’m talking about!

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61 kate August 28, 2010 at 11:45 am

At least the oats were perfect!

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62 Mama Pea August 28, 2010 at 11:51 am

You know what else Raffi sings? BANANA PHONE!

(you remember our love affair with that song, right? And the banana costume? Little Peas &TY spoiler for you: be looking for that come Halloween…)

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63 Kristine August 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

The highlight of my little girl-hood was going to see Raffi live! Nerd alert indeed. :-) So funny! Baby Beluga was my sister’s favorite. I’m a Christmas fanatic so I’m partial to “Up On the Housetop”.

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64 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly August 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Hi, Kath!

Are you grinding your own coffee beans? I know there’s a big difference in coarseness between coffee used for french presses and coffee used for drip brewers. You might just need to grind it finer. If you do it at the grocery store, there are usually little tick marks for “drip,” “espresso,” etc…

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65 Simply Life August 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I love that bowl the oats are in!

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66 Veggielady4life August 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I have noticed that using the French Press requires less coffee, and I like that it’s easier to clean. Your new machine looks great, though, and I’m sure you will figure out the right ratio of grounds to water soon. Also, thanks for the reference to your Charlottesville category for restaurants. Got another question for you… my husband is curious about a gym. Any in the area have 1-month memberships that you know of? If not… no worries… :-) Thanks!!

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67 Kath August 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm

I have no idea, but try ACAC

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68 Kath August 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

RE coarse grounds: We never used them in our French press. I am always one to take shortcuts, and that would limit the types of coffee we could use. So I always ground them fine so it would be extra strong.

HOWEVER, the coffee that Matt used today was one we got in whole bean form and he ground in our grinder and he ground it WAY TO COARSE! He was impatient. when I went to remove the grinds from the filter today, I noticed they were too chunky. So that was the problem!

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69 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme August 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I’ve gotten Davis Creek products at the farmer’s market near me, their great! I think I had a dairy product, fresh yogurt with blueberries. It was delicious!

I definitely think that’s a steal for grass-fed beef. Yumm, hamburgers on the menu?

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70 Cati @ crave and create August 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

LOL, yeah, Raffi put out some good stuff! I was a major fan as a kid – thanks for reminding me! :-)

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71 Liz August 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Raffi is a Canadian – yeah for Raffi! Loved him as a kid as well and my wee girls are also fans. I saw him in concert once which was extra special :)

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72 Annie@stronghealthyfit August 28, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I loved Raffi too!

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73 caronae August 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I looooooove Baby Beluga! My sister and I were such big Raffi fans — we had a video and we even saw him live in concert! Lol, such nerds. I loved the “apples and bananas” song the best. :) Happy Saturday!

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74 jamie @ jamelafamela August 28, 2010 at 3:11 pm

omg that is the coolest picture of the steam from the coffee!

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75 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 28, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Haha I used to love Raffi too! He came to my school back when I was really young! :D

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76 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

The coffee ratio typically should be 2 Tablespoons for 8 ounces of water. Give that a try.

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77 Natalie August 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Raffi reminds me of car trips as a kid! We have that coffee maker and use one heaping tbsp for every cup line on the carafe. Grinding it at the finest of the drip settings when using the “self-grind” machine makes for really delicious coffee.

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78 Lauren at KeepItSweet August 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

that does look like perfect oatmeal!

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79 Michelle August 28, 2010 at 11:23 pm

those oatmeal bowls are so cute! haha i remember the first time i made coffee… i made too much and it was SO bitter it was almost undrinkable!

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80 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear August 29, 2010 at 3:24 am

I don’t drink coffee much (maybe once a month max) so I always have trouble with measurement when I make coffee for others :D

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81 Katie (Sweet Tater) August 29, 2010 at 5:04 am

that steamy photo is AMAZING

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82 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 29, 2010 at 8:18 am

My husband also loves Baby Beluga. I have it on a mix CD with other non-kid songs, and it always throws me when it comes to this one, then puts a smile on my face when I realize what’s going on :)

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83 Jac August 29, 2010 at 9:37 pm

what happened to ze french press?

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84 bliss August 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

The size of your grounds also matters; for French press, usually a larger ground size is used than one would prefer for automatic coffee makers – also, smaller grounds will give you stronger coffee. I don’t know if someone already made a comment to this effect, but it might help you save a bit on coffee!

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