Iron Grip

August 26, 2010

She has jaws of steel

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She can run with scissors

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And can crush glass with her bare hand….

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I had an accident this morning

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I was trying to separate the green part of the French press from the beaker and somehow my hand just crushed the glass (and it’s pretty thick!) It took a HUGE gash out of my right ring finger and slit my middle finger and palm a bit.

I’m really lucky, actually.

I started blacking out so I followed my mom’s age-old advice and laid down on the kitchen floor

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Faint averted

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[This was not a reenactment – I really did tell Matt to grab the camera!]

With just 30 minutes until yoga, I didn’t know if I’d make it, but my stomach settled and I got my strength back and I double bandaged my hand up and went on my merry way.

Bikram Round III

Today’s Bikram class was actually pretty good! I know yoga is all about the instructor and today’s was much better – helping me with poses and using a soothing voice. Probably related, I had a much better practice and was able to challenge myself further. I still don’t think Bikram is for me, but if it were the only kind of yoga that existed, I’d participate.

Another "Why we moved here" moment

When I was biking home in my nice bike lane and came to a stop light, there were literally about 6 other bikers all around me. Most looked like students on their way home from class. I LOVE how many other bikers there are!

I arrived home at 2PM (in the accident commotion I didn’t have time to eat a snack before yoga, but thankfully I was not too hungry during class or my ride home thanks to a later breakfast).

Blueberries? Grapes? Cherries?

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Damson PLUMS. They’re the size of big green grapes but very plum-like otherwise. We picked them up at the market yesterday.

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Most of the time I hate leftovers, but today’s burrito sounded SO appealing! Probably because it tasted fresh last night and not all greasy (I think I mostly hate leftovers because eating really rich and/or greasy food at home isn’t as appealing as it is in the nice atmosphere of a restaurant). But more casual leftovers (read = lighter/healthier) are very appealing.

Bean + Cheese + Portabello + Pepper burrito complemented with fresh tomato, green pepper and basil plus Cholula!

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Totally hit the spot!

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Pile ‘O plums (a.k.a. "Plumbs" in our house)

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We are not sure which direction we are going to go with coffee. We might just get a replacement for the French press, or we might actually buy a real coffee maker. The rule has to be that we get a stainless steel carafe because we shattered our previous coffee maker’s glass one so much that we gave the whole thing away out of frustration. Living at Karen’s this summer made me love the sound of a coffee maker turned on :) OR we might just get both!


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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 26, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Ohhh my gosh, that sounds painful!! Will you need stitches!?


2 Kath August 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I dont think so, although I haven’t looked at it too much..


3 Jen August 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

I feel sick just thinking of getting cut that way! Glad you averted the faint – I can’t believe you still went to yoga! As for the coffee maker, I highly recommend getting one of the types that is “carafeless”. We had this one from Hamilton Beach: but replaced it because something was leaking…can’t recall what our current brand is but we’ve had no problems with it.


4 Kath August 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Oh cool! So the coffee is inside and you just push a button to get it out like you would a holder thing with a handle?


5 Jen August 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Yep! Most of them have a bar-like button that you press your mug against…kindof like filling your cup at a self-serve soda fountain. Couldn’t be easier!


6 Christine August 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I’ve never seen that….is it difficult to clean?


7 Jen August 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Not at all. Every Sunday afternoon I fill the water chamber with vinegar & run it thru as if I’m making a pot of coffee. Let that sit for 20 minutes or so, then dump it out & refill with clean water. Run it thru again and it’s all ready to go for the week!


8 Christine August 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Hmm interesting. If I had more people to make coffee for, or if I worked from home, I think that sounds like a nice thing to have.


9 Heather R. August 26, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I have a BrewStation as well, I absolutely love it! This is the model I have ( You can make as little as 2 cups of coffee at a time, there is actually a button with the option to brew smaller batches, or iced coffee.


10 Kath August 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I don’t want to get that one because you said it leaked – but if you could, please share with us the new brand you got when you have time


11 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I bought my boyfriend a coffee maker like this and he LOVES it (he actually showed it off to every guest that entered his condo for at least 4 months). It has a little container inside that you can remove and rinse when the coffee is gone- really easy. I think it’s a Cuisinart. I’d definitely recommend it.


12 Jen August 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I’m home from work now & the “new” (now a good 2 years old) coffee maker is also a Hamilton Beach! Now that I think of it, I remember finding this one on sale for a great price and figuring it was worth taking a risk on it for the cost….2 years later and we’ve never had any problems with it, and this thing gets used 7 days a week. If you go on the HB website they have all kinds of brew stations (that’s the official name) that look far fancier than the one we have. We have lots of HB appliances and that first coffee maker was the only one we ever had a problem with so I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another brew station from them.


13 Kath August 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm



14 Kate August 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

We have this exact same kind — the handle broke on the original model that we had and that is why we replaced it (we’d already had it for 5 years at the time). The current model also gets used 7 days a week and it has been good to us for 2 years now. Highly recommend!


15 Kamaile August 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Glad you are ok! I’m thinking of getting a percalator!


16 Liza @ Health Nutting August 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Ouch!!! I’m sorry that happened– yikes. Interesting anti-faint tactic! I wonder why that works? Cool.
Those “plumbs” look so juicy! :)


17 Laura August 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I’m pretty sure that it works because it prevents blood from rushing out of your head (because how can it if you’re lying down?). Fainting happens when there is a lack of blood and oxygen in your brain, so if you don’t lie down yourself when you’re about to faint, your body decides to help you out and get you down on the ground :) Once your head is at the same level as your heart, the blood flow can return to normal.


18 Kath August 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I concur!


19 Jennifer August 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Yep, after my mil fainted last fall on me and scared me to death, I learned that fainting is actually your body’s attempt to get your head at the same level as your heart, so getting down where it wants you to go is a good thing.


20 Jen August 26, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I’ve fainted more times in my life than I can count and have learned the hard way that laying down on your own is far preferable to hitting the ground from fainting, lol. My doc recommends laying down and putting your legs up in the air if you can – that helps even more to keep the blood flow in your upper body/head. I’ve heard numerous times that if you feel faint you should sit down & bend over so your head is between your knees – my doc says that is actually one of the worst things you could do.


21 Christine August 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I’d go for both coffee makers! I mean despite all the budget talk recently, you can get reasonably inexpensive coffee makers that do the trick just fine….

Alternatively you can spend a ton of money! Kidding…..

I use an aeropress, but that would not be good for 2 people….Hmmm

Hope your hand is okay! I am amazed you could do some poses with a hand like that!


22 Susan August 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I use an aeropress, too and have made coffee for two people. I just put extra coffee in, press it, split into two cups and add more water.


23 sweetersalt August 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Get both! Having one of each is nice. When you want to put in the extra effort you can have the french press, but when you’re not feeling it just switch on the automatic.


24 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) August 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

So KERF would have gone to the ER if need be? Wow..majah dedication.

Glad you are ok Kath!



25 Jessica @ How Sweet August 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I had the same french press and the SAME thing happened – it broke right in my hands. I wondered if I was using it wrong? I also thought that it was a really good brand!


26 Simply Life August 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

uh oh, sorry to hear about the injury – glad you took care of it fast!


27 Michelle August 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I’m glad you’re ok! Scary! Those plums are so cute. I thought they were giant blueberries. We have a Keurig – got it for a wedding gift. It’s really convenient in the morning but it is a bit pricey. The mini ones are more affordable. It’s getting cooler and I’m ready to start drinking more coffee!!


28 Julie August 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Those plums do look like a blueberry or grape. We had some fun last week at a party with some odd looking grapes in the fruit salad. They looked like olives!


29 Christine August 26, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Ha, funny that this morning’s post was “Morning has BROKEN”

(Sorry to spam your blog – just thought of that and had to share though!)


30 Kath August 26, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Ahhhhhh! So true


31 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) August 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I have the Hamilton Beach model that Jen mentioned and it’s great! I don’t like carafes because I feel like the coffee can burn/scorch if it stays on the hot plate too long and then it tastes icky.


32 Rachael @ Houston Health Blogs August 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Wow crushing glass with your hands… slow down there super hero :+)


33 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Sorry to hear about your hand Kath, that sucks!

I love my Keurig :) Easy to use and easy to clean, plus it looks nice on the countertop!


34 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 26, 2010 at 2:51 pm

oh kath! i hope you feel better! be careful girl :)


35 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 26, 2010 at 2:52 pm

OH no- that’s terrible about your hand =( and your coffeepress!!! I hope you are okay!

That burrito in a bowl looks so beautiful =)


36 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 26, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Ouch! That’s so funny that you told Matt to grab the camera. Lol. All in the name of blogging.


37 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 26, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Eek! No good! I hate accidents like that. At least you have a reason to buy a fun new coffee maker now :-)

Glad you liked the bikram better! I’ve had some really soothing bikram instructors, and it makes a big difference, for sure.


38 Evan Thomas August 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I hope you’re OK. And I find it hysterical that your reaction was “Get the camera!” I’ve definitely had moments where my first thought was “This needs to be blogged about!”


39 Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice August 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Haha thanks for documenting your accident for us! I hope you weren’t hurt too bad.


40 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

That’s crazy that the glass shattered so easily! Eeks. Glad you didn’t get more badly hurt then you did. =^o!!!

We bought the DeLonghi coffee maker from Crate & Barrel, and I personally love it. For only $150, it also has a milk frother and espresso maker. Love, love, love that I can make my own soy lattes at home. 😀


41 Laura August 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I ended up getting a stainless steel carafe, too! My hand-eye coordination isn’t always top notch first thing in the morning and after clumsily breaking two glass carafes I determined I needed something a bit sturdier. :-) I have a small four-cup Black and Decker coffee maker that has a timer on it so you can set it up the night before and it automatically starts brewing in the morning. I’d definitely recommend it!


42 Amelia August 26, 2010 at 3:08 pm

Whoa! That looks so scary! Glad you weren’t too badly hurt.

But really, those are plums? Wild. I’ve never seen plums that are grape sized. Very cool. :)


43 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 26, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Ahhh ouch!! I cut my foot open last night, and it’s never a fun experience :( Hope it heals quickly!


44 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

You’re a rockstar- slice the fingers, then go to yoga- kudos to you 😉 Glad you are OK!

I’ve never seen a leftover burrito looks so delish!


45 Emily August 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Kath, this is going to sound really weird, but whenever I eat a Trader Joe’s salmon burger I remember how you sliced your hand trying to get the package open. And that was years ago! I still get woozy just thinking about it.


46 Kath August 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I almost posted a link to that!! That was another fainting day!


47 Aimee August 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm

We have a carafe-less coffee maker and I love it. No, it’s not one that only brews a cup at a time. It brews an entire pot and then holds it in a tank and you just press your mug to a button and it dispenses directly into your cup. We have a stainless steel, restaurant-style carafe to set on the table when company is over.


48 megan August 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Or you can get a stainless steel french press! I have the bodum model and I LOVE it. Comes in many sizes too!


49 Heather August 26, 2010 at 3:18 pm

wow you really are lucky, that could have been bad!!


50 valerie August 26, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Ouch! Bodum now has a stainless steel french press. Of course, I purchased that one for our home because well I’m accident prone. I love my french press.


51 Kimberly August 26, 2010 at 3:20 pm

So sorry about your hand! And the french press! I do believe that you can get replacement glass for Bodum french presses. Amazon sells them I know. Just thought this might be useful.


52 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place August 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

ouch, sorry to hear about your hand!

I have a Keurig single serve coffee machine and love it. It works well if you only want one cup, but it’s also fairly expensive to buy the K-Cups all the time.


53 Kim August 26, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I also use the Keurig singe serve. I buy the K-Cups in bulk so that it keeps the costs down but I do struggle with the waste it produces. I tend to get over that as I am drinking the coffee though. But, you can get a basket to put in them to actually use ground coffee (like a regular coffee maker but still single cup). I have the basket but haven’t used it yet for some reason.


54 Sarah August 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Sad about your hand! We’ve had the same coffeemaker for 3 years (got it as a gift for our wedding) and it’s been great! Coffee afficionados always comment that we make the best coffee! The carafe is pretty heavy porcelain and will keep coffee hot for a couple of hours. Here’s a link (ours is white, not black), though you might be able to find it cheaper on Amazon:


55 Rebekah@ Rebeltarian August 26, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Those plums are so cute. I don’t know if food should be cute, but it is! I hope they taste as good as they look!


56 Stefanie August 26, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Well, we have 3 coffee makers and we use all three on regular basis…

French Press-man, it is just good cup of coffee, and lovely on weekend morning, the crema on top. And we also do COLD PRESS coffee. Put grinds(always done for FRENCH PRESS-coarse) in the press with water..DO NOT PRESS..put in fridge overnight, and press… ice needed and no dilution

Coffee maker-good for those large crowds or visitors so you can make nice big pot and no worries. We have one of these vacuum pump carafes we transfer to if we have lots of people or die hard coffee makers

Tassimo-it is disc single cup maker, and it makes and FROTHS milk for cappacinos, macchiatos, lattes, hot choc, chai tea lattes, tea…great for weekday morn or fancy coffee drink

So i think get both. And with french press, we have hot water kettle that boils water in 90 seconds. Stainless, and we use for all our water boiling needs. Many on the market


57 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 26, 2010 at 3:31 pm

oooh bummer about the coffee press :( at least you’re okay!


58 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 26, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Sorry about your hand. I hope it turns out to not be too bad and heals quickly! Your leftovers really do look good. Probably due to the fact that you loaded it with fresh stuff on top! YUM!

On the coffee pot front, I highly recommend a Kuerig. They really are handy and it gives you a perfect cup of coffee/tea/hot cocoa/hot water every time!


59 Nathalie August 26, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Ouch! Hope it heals quickly! I managed to break 3 of those little Bodum presses already this year (and I am not a particularly clumsy person, but for some reason I have no luck with them).I wish they would put a plastic rim on the mini ones as they do on the larger models. I didn’t realize they also do stainless steel ones; I think I’ll get one as I am sure it won’t be too long before #4 perishes…


60 Kim August 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm

We have a stainless steel one and my husband is not delicate with it at all. Thankfully we haven’t had any breaking issues and we’ve had it for almost 2 years.


61 Kim August 26, 2010 at 3:59 pm

ps our is a Bodum too


62 Nathalie August 27, 2010 at 3:08 am

Kim, thanks for the info! Especially the ‘not delicate’ bit resonates with me 😉 I’ll definitely get one!


63 Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy August 26, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Glad to hear you’re ok. I can’t believe you still went to yoga! I think I would have felt sorry for myself on the sofa with some ice cream. 😉


64 Heather @ Side of Sneakers August 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I love that in the midst of you bleeding and potentially fainting your hubby agrees to take pictures 😉


65 Laura (spokesnoats August 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Oh my gosh!!! I’m so glad you are alright…and certainly am happy all your fingers are still intact so you can continue typing away for all of us 😛


66 Jenny August 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm

I gave up on electric coffee makers — the water just didn’t get hot enough and the models that DID were way out of our price range. We did get a stainless steel french press (actually two of them when we realized the first one didn’t have enough capacity to fill 2 travel mugs).

I had a similar glass french press accident while working at Starbucks. I hope you didn’t get grounds in your wound like I did.


67 Emily @ For Sweets Sake August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I have both a french press and coffee maker and it’s perfect! It’s so nice being able to program the coffee maker! When it gets cooler, there’s nothing better than having a hot cup of coffee waiting for you in the kitchen, no work required :) And when it’s warm, I can cold brew some iced coffee overnight in the french press!


68 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Oh my, your lunch looks scrumptious!!


69 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 26, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Do those plums have pits in them like their bigger versions?


70 Kath August 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Yes – little ones!


71 Kristen August 26, 2010 at 4:17 pm

The exact same thing happened to me just last week!! We had the same french press (green and all) and I was trying to put the glass beaker back in after washing it and the whole thing just shattered in my hands. Luckily I didn’t get hurt as badly as you (just a few shallow scrapes where the glass fell at my feet). I thought a replacement beaker would be the way to go, but they cost just as much as getting a whole new French press! Coincidentally I had a credit at and they happened to have Bodum French presses for sale, so I got a new one at no cost. It’s a different model, which I actually like MUCH better because you don’t have to deal with trying to get the beaker in and out with that handle. So if you do end up getting a new press, I’d recommend the Bean instead of the Brazil.
Hope your hand heals quick :)


72 Allie August 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

i’ve broken so many glass french presses it’s ridiculous! glad you are okay.


73 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm

ouch! i love how grabbing the camera was one of the first things on your mind! i’d say go for the coffee maker… can’t really go wrong with one of them. those little plums are adorable!


74 Lauren at KeepItSweet August 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm

yikes, glad your ok! LOL I would have had my husband run for a camera also!


75 kate August 26, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Glad you survived! I love that Matt ran for the camera!


76 rebecca lustig August 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm

the burrito looks SOOO good!

glad you survived the ‘incident’


77 Kevin August 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

I have a keurig. I love it as it’s so clean and easy when I’m in a hurry. Also I pours the iced tea directly into my glass with ice in there. It also makes cocoa and iced tea. I have a container that I can put my own grind beans in as well. I use the French press for large servings though (mostly weekends).


78 jackie August 26, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Feel better!!! My vote is to get a coffee maker. My fiance and I do not drink coffee at all but we have a coffee maker for when guests stay over!! It works out great!

Have a lovely day!! Your lunch looks so fresh and so yum! :-)


79 Carrie H August 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I’m sorry you hurt yourself! Hand injuries are the worst cause you need you use your hands all the time.

Kath, when did you go to Africa? My sister just recieved an offer to join the Peace Corps in October and has been asked to teach science and HIV/AIDS prevention to middle schoolers in Kenya. She’ll train in Loitokitok, and will likely end up somewhere rural for two years. You went to Kenya, right? I’m sure her experience will be totally different, but I’d like to go back and re-read your posts. Thanks!


80 Kath August 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Here are the posts tagged as Africa. I’m sure the experience will be quite different, but it will give you a taste :)


81 Lindsey August 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Thank goodness you’re ok. I hope you’re feeling better!


82 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 26, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Whoa, glad you’re ok!! Glass slices can be really dangerous. :/ Of course you already knew that.


83 Camille August 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Oh man, I’m glad you’re okay! That is really scary, Kath!


84 Katie @ peacebeme August 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Kath, really enjoying how much you have expanded the content of your blog lately beyond just your food intake. It’s nice to learn some of your insights and for us to be able to follow your life…keep it up! And sorry about your finger. Did you know you can get a stainless steel french press? :)


85 barefootgirl August 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

So glad that you are ok!!! I cut my palm open on a bottle of olive oil that broke in my a few years back… ( I was ticked at my husband & slammed it down… stupid me) I have a little war scar now :( I have both a Bodum french Press & the Cuisnart grind & brew with a stainless steel carafe.

I love it because I can program it the night before & I literally wake to the sound of the coffee grinding… gets me right up & out of bed :)


86 barefootgirl August 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm

without the chance of the carafe breaking.. been there done that as well….


87 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write August 26, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I can’t believe you thought of the camera while blacking out. :p
So glad you’re okay.


88 Emmalinda August 26, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Eek! Glad you’re ok. We have the same french press, so we’ll be a little more careful with it from now on. We actually have a french press, a drip coffee maker (super-budget model), and stovetop espresso maker. I like having both a french press and a drip coffee maker–the drip comes in handy when we have company and want to make a lot at once.


89 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

god you are so devoted to your blog – i would’ve done a reenactment!!!


90 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Oh my gosh, I’m the same way when I see my own blood and apparently one of my kid’s blood if it’s a bad gash. Spots begin to form, dizziness sets in, etc. Glad you’re okay:)


91 Stacey@ August 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm

I’m glad you are okay. Those things break a lot. If you get another french press get a stainless thermal one. It will last you a lifetime.


92 Ilana August 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Poor Kath! How scary. :( Yuck. Glad yoga was soothing.
I haven’t had a french press m’self since I broke the carafe on mine a few years ago, but I really miss it. So I vote you get an automatic and a french press so you can have either one.
My mom has a great one from WS or Sur la table– It is a Cuisinart
with a stainless carafe and a grinder, but I think they make a mini version sans grinder.
Expensive but durable, and worth it. :)


93 Cara August 26, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Nothing beats the smell of percolating coffee in the morning!


94 Lauren August 26, 2010 at 7:17 pm

OHHHHH OUCH!!! Kitchen war wounds suck! This happened to me when we first moved in. I was cutting an avocado and went to stab the pit with a sharp pairing knife, only I missed the pit but not the center of my palm. Yeah, it was NOT pretty and I nearly fainted myself. I remember lying on the floor in that same position. Chills!!!! Hope it heals fast! :)


95 christyn @ All Ways Nutritious August 26, 2010 at 7:40 pm

That burrito looks soooo good my mouth is watering…do you have a recipe for that?

Hope your fingers ok.


96 Chelsey August 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Oh no! I hope your hand is okay. And umm it’s just kind of awesome that you actually got a real photo of that!


97 Wei-Wei August 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Oh my god, I hate breaking glass… I’ve never cut myself (thankfully!) but I’ve broken my fair share of dishes. I also broke a french press (same brand) but I didn’t squeeze it, I actually just dropped it on the floor. I could absolutely see how somebody could break it, though… I don’t know if it’s a quality issue or a design fault. I wonder if anyone else has had this experience… maybe we should write to Bodum about this? I hope you’re okay.


98 Kristin August 26, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I am sorry about your hand. Hope it mends quickly. I have a Chemex coffee pot – and I love it. I use my french press sometimes too.


99 little_diva August 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I got my hubby and I have Bodum French press travel mugs. LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Best ever. We are even traveling with them. But, I also have a percolater for when we have house guests. But, typically we just make our “morning mugs” and off we go. Each mug makes two cups each. Tea leave works great, too. On Sundays I still brew my coffee in it, but then pour it into my big mug to enjoy. I’ve read that the percolator = physcial abuse for your beans, but I had one from my great aunt (think, Depression era great aunt) and I love coffee from them now. It just equals coffee to me. I will also say though, (then I’m done!) that now when I drink coffee that isn’t french press, I totally taste a difference. I am a coffee snob in a way I never thought I would be. Take care of that hand!


100 Hannah August 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Hahaha, I can’t believe you thought to blog a fainting fit at the time. You so crazy 😛


101 Courtney August 26, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I have a Bodum french press but it’s so much easier to make coffee in a drip machine in the morning! I got this one for my birthday this year and I really like it. It has a removable water reservoir so you don’t cool the carafe and can clean it, no hot plate so it doesn’t taste burnt, thermal vacuum-sealed carafe, water filter, and it brews fast!


102 lauri ( August 26, 2010 at 10:16 pm

YIKES! Sorry bout your french press! I recently broke ours while trying to clean it–> it just tipped over and broke! but I found another on for TEN bucks at ROSS (of all places). We also have a coffee maker and we kind of rotate between the two!


103 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 26, 2010 at 10:44 pm

😯 glad you’re ok! Love the candid photo, though. lol

That leftover burrito looks awesome! I’m not a fan of restaurant leftovers, either, but that looks fresh.



104 Lisa August 27, 2010 at 1:45 am

Damsons! I completely forgot about them…I thought they might have been a name my Dad made up:)
Every September he would go foraging and come back with huge bags full of them. I would just sit in front of the tv with a large bowl of damsons and a smaller bowl for the stones until I inevitably got an upset stomach. Worth it though! Must go see if I can find some myself now that I’m a grown up.
Love the blog!


105 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 27, 2010 at 7:20 am

Yikes, I guess you’re stronger than you realize! 😉 I hope your hand is ok!


106 Andrea August 27, 2010 at 7:56 am

Hey Kath! I gotta tell you that I got totally inspired to try the french press thanks to you and we haven’t used our drip coffee maker since. The intent was to take the press with us when we visit the inlaws who don’t drink coffee. But now, every morning I make the coffee in the french press – even on work days – because my husband and I think it tastes so much better. After the last three or four weeks, I’m thinking about retiring our drip. I’m really glad you are OK!!!


107 Joanne August 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

Along with the 100 other coffeemaker suggestions, I have to add my 2 cents: The Keurig Coffeemaker. It uses K-Cups. You’ll love it!

Sorry about the finger. The passing out thing…(don’t mean to be sitting here smiling but…), that happens to me as well. In fact, last night we went to look at cars and the salesman was a nail biter. His nails were so far down on his finger and all…..ohhh…never mind…too gross! Anyway, Ted said “ROLL DOWN THE WINDOW!” I must have looked like I was going to faint. My stomach just can’t tolerate blood, cuts, and GROSS things.


108 Kristin August 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love my Hamilton Beach coffeemaker because it doesn’t have the heated bottom, so you just stick one mug, two mugs (it comes out in two streams) or the included carafe underneath it, depending on how many people want coffee. Less stuff to clean!

Not funny ha-ha, but it’s funny that you cut your right ring finger on a coffee press because I got myself in the same spot with a wine glass, not knowing my own strength. That’s what I get for doing dishes! I was on the phone with my husband when it shattered, and the way I was describing it to him freaked him out enough that he hung up with me and called his sister to take me to the ER… it ended up being NOT that bad.


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110 nigel August 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

Real food bought at a local market is the only way to go. No option other than the big Mac diet which is the end! It is good to shop at your local farm market as well if time allows. Found this excellent blog on why shopping locally is good for the commmunity. Enjoy.


111 Sami August 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

om g, kath…that’s dedication. haha. you are bleeding on the verge of passing out, and you tell your hubs to grab the camera…LOL. this is why you’re amazing. and we love you. haha.


112 Angela August 27, 2010 at 11:13 am

I live in a suburb of Seattle. Those little plums are everywhere up here, and I have 5 trees in my backyard (a.k.a the back 40). I had never seen them until I moved here from California. I am very sad that the weather this year means that we are not even getting 1 delicious plum. The trees are all bare and the leaves that are not covered in mold look sick and pathetic. Oh well at least we still have tons of blackberries growing wild =)


113 neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

arghhh that sounds painful! love that told Matt to grab the camera though! heh heh! hope it heals well! x


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