Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Cold Brew Pitcher and Coffee Samples

 A while back I received the Cold Brew Pitcher and coffee samples. Being sick and not feeling up to myself I finally am able to get this posted for you all. Its really a great pitcher and can be used either cold or hot. The coffee samples I received are Kenya Washed on the left and Tipica Honey next to the pitcher.

Now about the pitcher, it is a  stunning borosilicate glass carafe with high-precision stainless steel infuser. Cold brew up to 44oz of coffee effortlessly by placing in the refrigerator overnight. Need iced coffee quicker? Brew with hot water and add ice. The heat resistant glass body can go from boiling to freezing in minutes. Cleanup is a snap, as all items are dishwasher safe.   

Made in China | 44oz | 1.3L | 10.25" tall | 4" diameter

So now in the following photos we will show step by step on how to use the pitcher and coffee. So take the inside out and add your coffee to it. Then put it back into the pitcher and add your water.

Now you can add ice cubes so you don't have to wait for it to cool down and put it in the fridge to get cold.
Once it has settled and your coffee is in the pitcher and the ice cubes have melted this is what it will look like.








Now you are ready to help yourself to a great cup of iced coffee.



  Mmmm my friend says its absolutely delicious. 

There are 12 different kinds of coffee you can get to try.

 Let's see there is Catuai Anaerobic. This fruit bomb with lush notes of cherry, black currant, passion fruit, and cocoa comes from Hacienda San Isidro Labrador Project, a farm is located 1900 meters above sea level on the hills of Dota, in the Tarrazu region. It is a small, family-owned farm overseen by Johel Monge Naranjo and his son Matias. The pair focus on specialty and traceable coffee. Their product have consistently placed atop the annual Cup of Excellence competition that identifies the very best coffee being grown in Costa Rica.

Kenya Washed which is what I received. This layered coffee with notes of citrus accented by sweet sugar cane, and milk chocolate comes from Cafetalera Herbazu, a farm and micro mill located in CirrĂ­ de Naranjo, one of the three narrow geographical areas that in recent years have produced the best lots of high-quality Costa Rica coffee. This farm had belonged to many generations of Antonio Barrantes Zuniga's family and he continues to personally oversee all aspects of cultivation, harvesting and production of his award-winning coffees, which frequently feature among the finalists of the annual Cup of Excellence competition.

 Monobamba Washed Monobamba is a mountainous region where the Amazon jungle meets the Andes. Its altitude and climate are ideal for cultivating great coffee. These Arabica beans were processed in the traditional washed process. The coffee is clean, bright, vibrant, and complex, with notes of tangerine, concord grape, and black currant. A well-balanced cup with velvety body and flavors that layer as the coffee cools.

Junin Anaerobic Anaerobic process involves fermenting depulped cherries devoid of oxygen in water-filled vessels. It produces fruit forward coffee, abundant in complexity and low in acidity. This lot is an atomic bomb of tropical fruit and caramel sweetness with a syrupy smooth body. The cup is infinitely complex and as it cools the layers of flavors radiate and linger. This is an excellent example of Peru's potential for amazing quality and tremendous value.

 Catuai Honey This complex blend of juicy clementines, tart cranberries, and ripe pomegranate hails from Don Mayo micro mill, among the oldest in Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, owned by Hector Bonilla and family. The Bonillas oversee the entire process from the harvesting of cherries to the milling of green coffee. The in between steps involve an efficient and water conserving mechanical washing of cherries and the drying of parchment on raised beds. This particular lot comes from the farm which won the Presidential Award at the first place of Cup of Excellence Costa Rica 2009.

Tipica Honey This solid, well balanced cup with lingering notes of citrus, red apple, and pear comes from Cafetalera Herbazu, a farm and micro mill located in CirrĂ­ de Naranjo, one of the three narrow geographical areas that in recent years have produced the best lots of high-quality Costa Rica coffee. This farm had belonged to many generations of Antonio Barrantes Zuniga's family and he continues to personally oversee all aspects of cultivation, harvesting and production of his award-winning coffees, which frequently feature among the finalists of the annual Cup of Excellence competition.

Geisha Caturra Washed Heirloom variety Gesha with Caturra processed in the traditional wet (washed) fermentation method. The cup is notably bright with notes of citrus, red apples, and grapes. The flavors are complex and well balanced, making this a very pleasant coffee experience. Peru's climate, altitude, and soil conditions are ideal for cultivating great coffee. This is a good example of the country's potential for amazing quality and tremendous value.

Junin Natural This is a naturally processed coffee, whereby the cherries are allowed to dry and ferment in their "natural" state. The result is a geyser of lush tropical flavors: mango, passionfruit, and papaya. The cup is juicy, vibrant, but not overly acidic. Body is medium, allowing the natural flavors to shine. Peru's climate, altitude, and soil conditions are ideal for cultivating great coffee. This is a good example of the country's potential for amazing quality and tremendous value.

Castillo Washed This vibrant and balanced cup with lingering notes of cantaloupe, clementine, and red grapes comes from the Campo Alegre farm, located in the Antioquia region of Colombia, the birthplace of the country's coffee industry. These Arabica beans were processed in the traditional washed process. The coffee is juicy and complex, reflecting Martin's dedication to tree maintenance, harvest timing, and cherry sorting. The recently improved wet mill and marquesinas underscore Martin's attention to detail and how it translates to a great cup of coffee.

 Geisha Washed This Geisha micro lot comes from Finca Abarim, nestled high in the Colombian Andes, where volcanic soil and a unique microclimate make it an ideal location for the cultivation of this prized variety. These Geisha beans had undergone a mix of both aerobic and anaerobic processes to achieve their superb taste. To tease out natural sugars, red coffee cherries were first stored in anaerobic condition (no oxygen) for 126 hours. Their red skins were then removed and the beans fermented in the open air for 36 hours. The process was completed with the beans washed in clean basins.

 Geisha Honey This Geisha micro lot comes from Finca Abarim, nestled high in the Colombian Andes, where volcanic soil and a unique microclimate make it an ideal location for the cultivation of this prized variety. These Geisha beans had undergone a mix of both aerobic and anaerobic processes to achieve their superb taste. To tease out natural sugars, red coffee cherries were first stored in anaerobic condition (no oxygen) for 126 hours. Their red skins were then removed and the beans (with mucilage intact) fermented in the open air for 52 hours.

 Catuai Natural This complex blend of juicy clementines, tart cranberries, and ripe pomegranate hails from Don Mayo micro mill, among the oldest in Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, owned by Hector Bonilla and family. The Bonillas oversee the entire process from the harvesting of cherries to the milling of green coffee. The in between steps involve an efficient and water conserving mechanical washing of cherries and the drying of parchment on raised beds. This particular lot comes from the farm which won the Presidential Award at the first place of Cup of Excellence Costa Rica 2009.

 You can see all of these coffees here https://lardera.com/coffee.html

To read about the cold brew pitcher and read reviews on this check it out here https://lardera.com/cold-brew-pitcher.html

 So three lucky winners will  get themselves a Cold  Brew Pitcher and some coffee samples to try. So get your entries in today and good luck to everyone. Open to US and Canada. Ends Oct. 11/2022

 
Due to a glitch in the giveaway tools I have to mark the winners here.
they are Micheline Boyle, Janette van der Leeuw AND Amy Cleaveley 
Congratulations to the winners.
 

Friday, September 16, 2022

FernGully The Last Rainforest


Deep in the heart of the forest awaits a paradise filled with tiny sprites, winged fairies, tree spirits and all kinds of animals who live together in joyful harmony. But when their home is threatened by humans, one courageous sprite must give her all to save it!



Crysta (Samantha Mathis) is a fairy who lives in FernGully, a rainforest in Australia, and has never seen a human before. In fact, she is told they are extinct. But when a logging company comes near the rainforest, she sees that they do exist, and even accidentally shrinks one of them: a boy named Zak (Jonathan Ward). Now her size, Zak sees the damage that the company does and helps Crysta to stop not only them, but an evil entity named Hexxus (Tim Curry), who feeds off pollution. 

 


 Featuring and all-star voice cast, including Robin Williams, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Tim Curry, Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong, and Tone Loc, FernGully:The Last Rainforest is an iconic classic for kids of all ages, presented here in a special 2-Disc, 30th Anniversary Edition

Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzqyc95zcxo

Special Features:

New introduction with Director Bill Kroyer, which includes never before seen Pencil, Character and Animation Tests.

Audio Commentary with Bill Kroyer, Art Director Ralph Eggleston and Coordinating Art Director Susan Kroyer

"Seed of the Story"  Script to Screen comparisons with Optional Commentary by Screenwriter Jim Cox

"From Paper to Tree" Making of Featurette

"Behind the Voice: Toxic Love" Multi Angle Scene Study

]Original Featurette

"If I'm Gonna Eat Somebody (It Might as Well Be You)" Music Video

Theatrical Trailers and TV spots

Giveaway is open to 3 winners US/CANADA so enter today and good luck to all.


Gulliver Returns

The classic caracter Gulliver is not a giant in size bit a giant in heart and courage. Inspired by both Jonathan' Swift's timeless tale and an original idea from Ukrinaian President Volofmymyr Zelensky, Gulliver Returns is a fresh and funny adventure the whole family will enjoy! A production of Gulliver Films and 95 Animation Studio in Ukraine, the English-language movie is directed by Ilya Maksimov (Dobrinya and the Dragon) with Tony Bonilla (Encanto, Moana) as animation director. In addition to having and engaging storyline and memorable characters, this inspiring and uplifting animated movie features positive messages about heroism, community, and courage. Perfect fo movie night, Gulliver Returns DVD features an exciting movie presentation and is available for pre-order now at ShoutFactory.com and will be available in stores and other fine retailers.

 

 Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2liv7sZwULw

Directed by Ilya Maksimov
General Producer, Oleg Khodachuk
Screenplay by Michael Ryan
Original Idea by Volodymyr Zelensky, Borys Shefir, Serhiy Shefir, Andriy Yakovlev
Produced by Evgen Yarmilko, Igor Nikolaev, Andriy Yakovlev, Serhiy Shefir, Borys Shefir
Inspired by "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift
Music by Dmitro Shurov, Yuriy Melnychuk, Andriy Golovan
Art Directors, Sergei Andrievskii, Serhiy Mohylnyy 
Editor, Alexandr Synko
Director of Animation, Tony Bonilla

 Gulliver receives an urgent letter from the people of Lilliput, who ask for his help. Seeking that remarkabe changes have taken place on the island, Gulliver and his friends fine themselves in a whirlwind of extraordinary event. The gang encounters crafty enemies and breakneck chases in their adventures...but together, they can overcome any obstacle because friendship and love always win! 

 Open to US and Canada with 1 winner. Enter today and good luck everyone.



Thursday, September 8, 2022

Looking to rent an apt or buy a new home?

When you are out looking to rent an apartment it can be quite exhausting and discouraging at the same time. With the cost of rentals today its not an easy task to find what you are looking for. Thankfully I own my home but I was with my son when he went looking for an apartment for himself and his two kids after his wife passed away. It was very tiring and he was ready to give up. Finally he said he was going to buy a home. That is exactly what he did. Well everyone has their own idea on whether to rent or own a home. First off if you rent you do not have any property taxes to pay, you have no worries about maintenance or repairs to make, lower utility bills to pay and so much more. Check this site out if you are thinking of renting an apartment. Renting an Apartment 

 

 Now if you are in the process of renting now check out this site to make sure you have everything properly handled before hand. before moving into an apartment In here you will find things you never thought about before renting and moving into an apartment. 

 

 Now on the other hand if you are thinking of maybe buying a mobile home there are a lot of advantages to this as well. You can pick your location, choose if you want a large manufactured home or a smaller one to suit your needs. Look for an active community if this is your preference and watch out for beautiful scenery. If you have children you might want to look for an excellent school district and an easily commute area and how about shopping centers, be sure to check that too. Check this site for more ideas. mobile homes for sale 

 

 Now most of the homes and apartments I have written about are in the US but it does give you ideas on where you want to live and in either an apartment, a mobile home or a house you buy. The choice is yours. Just be sure and take your time looking for the right home for you. Its out there, you just have to go and find it. homes for sale 

 Good luck in your journey. 

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Jim Button and The Wild 13

 

 


Dark clouds are gathering over the tranquil island of Morrowland, the home of twelve-year Jim and his best friend, Luke the Engine Driver. The notorious pirate gang "The Wild 13" has learned that the dragon Mrs. Grindtooth has been conquered by Jim and Luke and now the pirates swear revenge! To protect Morrowland from another threat, the two of them set off with their steam engines Emma and Molly on a dangerous journey where Jim's most fervent wish might also come true: he wants at last to find out the truth about his mysterious origins.



Based on the best-selling children's novel of the same name by German author Michael Ende, the charming book followed the success of its preceding novel, Jim Button and Luke the Engine driver. Both film adaptations Jim Button and the Wild 13 and Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver , will be available on digital platformds on Sept. 13, 2022.

Jim Button and the Wild 13 is directed by Jupiter Award winner and Sundance Film Festival nominee, Dennis Gansel (The Wave, Before the Fall, We are the Night). The feature film's magic was created in film festival screenings worldwide and was  a winner at the Animago Awards, Bavarian Awards, German Film Awards and Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

 This is open to both US and CANADA with 3 winners. Get your entries in today and good luck everyone.

Approximately 109 minutes running time.