Whoa, Santa! You kind of outdid yourself there. Way to go, big guy!

I knew I was good this year, but I had no idea I was this good. Either Santa was feeling generous, or he totally came to the wrong house. Either way, I’m claiming the ‘no take-backs’ rule and also the ‘I touched it last’ rule. So if this set-up was supposed to go to my neighbor instead, tough shitsky. Sorry; that was harsh. I should work on being nicer to others in 2012. But I’m still not giving it back.

Here’s what Santa done brung me:

1. Cuisinart Single Serve Coffee Brewer – it’s way cool, and it’s shiny. I love shiny. It has a huge water reservoir with a built-in filter to purify our softener-laden tap water AND it makes coffee, tea or hot cocoa one cup at a time, which means I can stop pouring leftover coffee down the sink every morning. See honey, I’m already saving you money!

2. Nespresso Aerocinno 3 Milk Frother – you heard me; it’s a milk frother. It heats milk and then whips it with a tiny beater to create that glossy, peaked foam you get at fancy coffee houses. And when I say ‘beats it to a frothy peak’, I mean it takes my cold 2% milk and turns it into piping hot milk with a head on it like whipped meringue. Talk about putting frosting on a cupcake! This baby is a keeper. Now I have to learn to make shamrocks and leaves and other fancy shapes in the top of my coffee (or not).

3. Starbucks City Collection Cups – this is a gift I give myself. It started years ago with a trip to Seattle and a visit to the ‘original’ Starbucks at Pike Place Market. Since then, I have collected these giant coffee mugs from cities around the world – Stuttgart, Istanbul, Prague, Amsterdam, etc. I love them. They’re a colorful way to reminisce about great trips over a morning cuppa joe. And did I mention they’re huge? Yeah… make mine a double.

4. K-Cup Rack and the cups to fill it – Santa was kind enough to provide a thoughtful variety of K-cups to kick-start my addiction. There’s Donut Shop Decaf for late nights and Tully’s French Roast for those mornings when I need a kick in the seat to get me moving. There is also a baker’s dozen of assorted other coffee flavors from a sampler box, as well as a supply of dark chocolate hot cocoa and some Twinings English Breakfast tea. Santa knows me well.

So I guess this wasn’t meant for my neighbor after all. Maybe I really WAS a good girl this year. That’s a relief. But then, that means I owe someone a BIG thank you. Lord help me; I hope that doesn’t mean what I think it means {wink}.

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16 responses to “Whoa, Santa! You kind of outdid yourself there. Way to go, big guy!

  1. Big Sis

    Sounds to me like your sleeping with the old guy, I mean Santa!!
    Merry Christmas to you, to YOU!

  2. Cindy

    You are one lucky duck, I mean lucky NanaBread! Santa is one lucky Santa to get you too!!! ;)

  3. Way to go TCP…I mean Santa! Showed Bacon Slayer the Nespresso 3, and he didn’t seem impressed. Huh. I’m either going to have to lust at it from afar, or drop some seriously less subtle hints before my birthday next month. I’ve been very good this year, too. ;)

    • Yes you have. You totally deserve one. Would it help if I have TCP post a comment to shame him into buying you one. And by “him”, I mean your husband. Mine already bought one. I mean… SANTA already bought one. Did I mention it also comes in RED?

  4. TCP

    OK for what it is worth , here is my two cent’s worth….
    I didn’t personally see the allure of this device going in (since I am not a coffee drinker), but NanaBread loves her lattes and swore she needed one. Well you can consider me a convert. While not a coffee drinker, I do like the occasional hot cocoa. The problem is that most single serve hot cocoas don’t measure up for me. They are too “watery” (no milk fat). So to remedy the situation, I used the Nespresso to warm some milk and create a milk foam head. Problem solved. Now my single serve hot cocoas are much better. The Nespresso will heat cold milk from the fridge in under a minute and is so quiet, you cannot tell it is running if you don’t look through the transparent lid. I would definitely give the Nespresso the TCP seal of approval. It is a little more exspensive than other milk frothers, but based on the reviews it does not suffer from the reliability problems other milk frothers have. Check out the You Tube comparison for more info http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJoXpz0U4uY

  5. Kat

    I have a Keurig and since Marcus is a total non-coffee drinker, it has been absolutely wonderful for me. I just got a couple of the reusable filters, some Trader Joe’s Medium Joe-roast coffee and hit it. We will never be separated again. Seriously.

    I’m glad you like the milk frother – I wasn’t sure if it would be worth the investment or not, but your review is a definite “yes.”

    • Thanks for the tip on the reusable filter. Mine came with one, but I haven’t tried it out yet. Having too much fun trying all the K-cup flavors. But it’s good to know I don’t have to give up my beloved Hawaiian Grog. That would make me very sad. The Nespresso frother gets 2 enthusiastic thumbs up. I love it, and now TCP is also a fan. Win/win.

  6. Yes, Santa was very generous this year! I think he likes our cooking :)

    • You could be on to something, Christina. I’m taking your cue this year and vowing to make smaller portions/smaller meals/fewer leftovers. Meals for 2 are more our style. I just have to tame my life-long habit of cooking for a crowd. Thanks for the inspiration! So…. what did Santa bring YOU this year? Do tell.

  7. Claudia

    Super Santa – he knows his business by giving you the Aeroccino. I’ve had mine for years and years and it still whips up the greatest frothy foam in no-time. Easy to clean, easy to handle. The same goes for my Nespresso machine. There’s only one problem though – my coffee consumption has increased exponentially ever since. And I don’t do skinned milk (eeewww). See where this is going? Yep… bigger jeans every year. But hey, I can’t help getting thirsty whenever Mr Clooney starts crooning “what else?”…

    • Hello, Claudia! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s!

      Santa is a nut for doing his research when buying things for our home. He has been known to study product comparisons and reviews for days before making an informed decision. Lucky for me, that results in things like the Cuisinart brewer and that Aeroccino frother. Both are spectacular. We don’t have the Nespresso machines here in the states like you do in Europe. Not sure why (maybe cost?), but the Keurig brewers cornered the market here. And if people knew how spectacular hot frothed milk at home could be, I think there’d be a run on that Aeroccino. I love mine. I don’t do ‘skinned’ milk (we call it skim here), but I will do reduced (2%), and surprisingly it makes better foam than even half-and-half. Not that it makes MY jeans fit any better, but that could be the spoonful of sugar I’m dumping in mine.

      PS – if George Clooney told me to buy Nespresso, you can bet I’d be first in line to get it. Speaking of… when we were in Den Haag, I noticed a long line of people coming out of a small store. Turns out it was the Nespresso shop. They were all in line to buy coffee. And we think Americans love their coffee!

      • Claudia

        Skinned milk? Hee hee… I didn’t notice my mistake until you pointed it out to me. Of course it’s skimmed milk (and I don’t do that either) that makes a skinny latte. Must be my New Year’s resolution (I want to lose weight… wait… did I just hear faint echo’s from at least fifteen earlier New Year’s resolutions?). Either that, or that nasty flu that has been sneaking up on me in the past two days has finally started gnawing at my brain cells. Anyway, we had a great Christmas and an even better New Year’s. We spent the latter in Germany, being pampered in a very nice hotel with good food, lots of cocktails and lattes, and we didn’t return until yesterday. To say that getting back to my daily routines takes some getting used to, is a major understatement. Sigh.

        PS – ah yes, the lines at the Nespresso shop. I’ve been part of that particular experience more times than I care to remember. But they make it up to you with excellent service and a free serving of coffee, prepared by a very sweet barista. Plus, while you’re waiting or sipping that piping hot latte afterwards, you get to stare at George’s dark eyes smiling cheekily at you from all those pictures and well… for some silly reason, it’s suddenly worth every single minute ;-)

      • Hahaha… well, I wasn’t sure if that was a typo or a cultural difference. (Don’t ask me what I was thinking. Honestly, I didn’t know how the Dutch would skin their milk, but I wasn’t going to contradict you.) And you know me – I’m all for trying new things, but ‘skinny’ anything is not in my repertoire. I’m so happy to hear you had a great holiday in Germany. Way to rock the new year! Feel free to send me a long e-mail with details of your trip and a few photos. I’d love to hear all about it! I’m still replaying memories of our Christmas Market trip to Germany from 2011. So spill it!

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