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This is something Tanisha would ask me every morning when she was home on maternity leave with the Wee Baby Esther. We both love coffee and after a restless night, it’s usually just what you need to get the day started or maintain sanity. That and a giant plate of bacon.

A few years back, I opted for a french press. I like it because it’s simple to use and you can make killer coffee, figuratively. It’s as good as coffee shop but without the smug barista. Also, I recommend grinding your own coffee. It’s an extra step but definitely worth it. Below, you will find links for both a french press and grinder. I’ve also included the step by step instructions for brewing coffee.

1. Boil water.

2. Grind coffee. Medium coarse is recommended.

3. Add 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water.

4. Remove boiling water from heat. Let cool 10-15 seconds. Steadily pour water into pot to your desired level.

5. Stir the coffee grounds and water.

6. Add lid and let steep for 4-5 minutes. SET A TIMER! (sorry to yell, but it’s important)

7. Push down plunger with steady pressure.

8. Enjoy your coffee.

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UPDATE: And for anyone that wants to discard this advice. Here is a link to a reusable K-Cup filter. This way you can still grind your own beans and it’s less expensive than buying the pre-packaged K-Cups.

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Reusable K-cup

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This is something that Tanisha brought in the marriage and I’m so happy that she did. This guy works harder than anyone in our house. Seriously. He’s the best.

It’s the 12-inch cast iron skillet from Lodge Logic. I make 90% of our meals with this skillet. You can use for anything and everything, from making french toast (more like freedom toast) to roasting a whole chicken in the oven. It’s heavy and distributes heat evenly, so you won’t have any hot spots or uneven browning. They do have larger and smaller sizes, but I find that most recipes call for a 12-inch skillet and really, if you get something bigger you’ll have to set up some kind of pulley system to get it off the stove.

Honestly, it’s the best tool I have in the kitchen and it won’t set you back that much.

Click the link below to get yours NOW (sorry to yell, I’m just excited).

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