1.31.2017

Boycotting Starbucks? Here are some coffee deals in BULK size to help you out - 100 Count Cases of K-cups for $49 - 80 (depending on brand/variety)


When you add up the cost per cup brewed at home into your travel mug, not only are you saving about $2 - $7 per drink (depending on the kind/variety/flavor) you get, but you are cutting TIME off your morning commute as well.  You can sleep in an extra 10 minutes or more, depending on how long it takes you to do your morning coffee run.

We buy our k-cups in cases of 80-100 count. I typically just pick up a case at the local membership warehouse when I do our grocery shopping, but I also sometimes order online.  If you are looking for any variety packs, flavored or something other than the typical 2-3 brands, you won't find them locally so you pretty much have to order the case online.  My family members also order online;  one uses the actual Keurig site for all her ordering (I've ordered from them many times but not recently) and another family member just orders a case online from whatever site he happens to find the best price on.

If you have Amazon Prime (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial) or if you are placing an order that is over $49 you can almost always get free shipping - and a lot of items are free shipping by the seller anyway no matter what the total of the order is.

So here are a few "100 count" bulk cases of k-cups to get you started on your search to save money on your morning coffee fix - or to boycott Starbucks if that is your personal plan.





COFFEE:



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VARIETY PACKS:







FRENCH VANILLA (popular):





GREEN TEA (popular):
 

1.26.2017

How Long is 'Long Term Storage' Really Good For? ( And what about bulging cans? What temperature should they be stored? How do I store wheat?)


If you've been around It's Just the Coffee Talking for any length of time, you know I believe in being prepared for emergencies.  Having grown up in tornado country that also doubled as the place to live if you enjoy seasonal flooding along with winters that promised 10 foot snow drifts lining your driveway and guaranteed blizzards and white outs, I know what it is to lose power for a week at a time.  I grew up in a childhood home that kept a well stocked pantry, Coleman lanterns and we had a Franklin wood burning stove in our Family room that was not only used for heat, but we cooked over it when needed. (Including the Thanksgiving Day when the whole town was without power and we had a house full of guests - turkey, potatoes, gravy and corn... no problem. Lights? No problem with lanterns and candles. Heat?  Wood burning stoves.) We had neighbors and even police officers knocking on our door to ask how we had heat and light when no one else on our surrounding blocks did?

Being prepared, people.  Being prepared.

So now you know - I believe in emergency preparations.  And part of that is having a small stock of long term storage items as well.  I personally like to purchase freeze-dried, canned items because I want to be able to tuck some things away and not rotate them.  I just want to 'forget' about them for awhile because I'm too freaking busy to add even more "remember to....."  to my daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists.

But I had some concerns about how long you can really, truly store these long term storage items.  Also - some concerns about items going rancid and lastly, what about those bulging cans and plastic buckets. What makes them bulge and is it a deal breaker on purchasing that type of item, knowing if I don't use them within a year or two, I'd be throwing them out?

I found a LOT of conflicting information 'out there'.  Everyone is an expert it seems... but no one can agree.  LOL.

Well, I finally found enough information from numerous sources pointing to what I believe is the best answer for me personally.  When I've fact checked it on enough 'other' sites, I'm willing to go with this until I personally find out differently.  And this was the source I thought did a pretty good job at making it as quick and simple to understand as I wanted/needed.  (I'm not an affiliate for them and do not receive anything for mentioning them - I just really thought they did a great job explaining long term storage.)


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Bulging cans:  In almost every case, these cans held mixes that contained baking powder or soda. These cans were sent off for bacteria analysis and came back negative.  (The bold text is my doing - CT) It is believed that occasionally the extremely small amount of moisture found in the product interacts over time with the baking powder or soda and creates a small amount of carbon dioxide gas*.

The Hard Grains

The Hard Grains all store well because of their hard outer shell which is nature's near perfect container. Remove that container and the contents rapidly deteriorate. Wheat, probably nature's longest storing seed, has been known to be edible after scores of years when stored in a cool dry place. As a general rule for hard grains, hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life of 10-12 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. They should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures.
Buckwheat
Corn, Dry
Flax
Kamut
Millet
Durum wheat
Hard red wheat
Hard white wheat
Soft wheat
Special bake wheat
Spelt
Triticale

The Soft Grains

Soft Grains have softer outer shells which don't protect the seed interior as well as hard shelled seeds and therefore won't store as long. Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life of 8 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. They should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures.
Barley
Hulled or
Pearled Oat
Groats
Rolled Oats
Quinoa
Rye


Beans

As beans age they lose their oils, resist water absorption and won't swell. Worst case, they must be ground to be used. Storing beans in nitrogen helps prolong the loss of these oils as does cool temperatures. Hermetically sealed in the absence of oxygen, plan on a storage life of 8-10 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. They should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures.
Adzuki Beans
Blackeye Beans
Black Turtle Beans
Garbanzo Beans
Great Northern
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Mung Beans
Pink Beans
Pinto Beans
Small Red Beans
Soy Beans

Garden Seed or Sprouting Seed

All viable seeds are hibernating tiny living plants that only need moisture and warmth to sprout. And much like a chick in an egg, all the nutrients this little life needs to spring into existence is contained within it's shell. Like boiling an egg, heating a seed will kill that little life within it. However, unlike an egg, a seed can withstand cold temperatures. As seeds usually remain edible after the life within it dies, we must use different criteria when determining sproutable seed storage life. And again the big deciding factor is temperature. The big seed companies freeze their seed between seasons to promote long life. Of course, you can also do the same thing. Plan on a storage life of 4 years at a stable temperature of 70 degrees F. They should keep proportionately longer if stored at cooler temperatures. And remember, you want to store all of these seeds in air. Packed in nitrogen, the viability of some seeds will last longer than others. This is still to a large degree an unexplored science, and therefore we recommend you store all the seeds you plan on sprouting in air.

Alfalfa is a unique seed as it actually germinates better if the seed is 2 or 3 years old. Most any sample of alfalfa contains 'hard' seed and 'soft' seed. Soft seed germinates within two days while hard seed germinates in about a week. The problem is, by the time the soft seed sprouts are ready to harvest, the hard seed may not have germinated yet. As storage time draws on, the hard seed turns into soft seed. Older seed germinates closer together. Stored in cool conditions, alfalfa seed should have a good percentage of germination up until it is 8 years old.




*Source of information.



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1.25.2017

Fake Mozilla Update: firefox-patch.js (often popping up on Yahoo Mail)


At 7:00 this morning I decided I'd do a quick post on the 'fake' Firefox Mozilla update that is tricking a lot of people into downloading.  However, as life usually does, things went a different way and it's already 10:00 am and I kept getting pulled away.

Instead of a quick post...  I just decided to do a REALLY quick post.

This is a screenshot I took of the FAKE update.
Note it's not from mozilla - it's from a random site called chongwhbash.org but more important to mention is that the download site changes ALL THE TIME.  So the particular site it's redirecting to doesn't so much matter (there can be hundreds) but the fact that it is not from Mozilla.

Second, it's a firefox-patch.js file - which the real updates are not.

Just exit the page and close it out.  

You can see your latest Firefox version by clicking on help in your browser and clicking on "ABOUT FIREFOX" and it will say what edition you have and if you are up to date.  They NEVER do a full page browser pop up like this.

And that's about all I have time for right now.  









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1.21.2017

One Minute History with your Coffee: When and How did the Political Parties Begin?



How did the Republican Party begin?

The Republican Party, one of the two principal political parties of the United States awas founded in 1854 by those opposing the extension of slavery into the new territories.  The party mustered enough support to elect their candidate in 1860, Abraham Lincoln.  During the 1880's party members nicknamed themselves the Grand Old Party; the vestige of this nickname is still around today, as the GOP.

How did the Democratic Party begin?

The other - and older - principal party in the United States today, the Democratic Party was founded around electing Thomas Jefferson to office in 1800 (against Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Party).  The party's platform favored personal liberty and the limited of federal government.  Installing Jefferson in office, the party - then called the Democratic Republicans - went on to get its candidates int o the White House for the next 25 years.  In 1828 they became known simply as Democrats, dropping the suffix.





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Winnie-the-Pooh: quote that seems fitting for me today


 “Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”


"Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”

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