I couldn’t live without my coffee! Seriously, I don’t just drink it for the caffeine kick, although that is a plus. I really enjoy the taste of coffee. And, I love waking up in morning to the wonderful aroma of fresh coffee brewing. What I don’t love so much is that bitter, burned taste it gets after it’s been sitting in the pot for too long. Yuck! At our house, whoever gets up first is responsible for making the coffee. Unfortunately, that means that by the time the rest of us are ready for a cup, it is often already past its prime.
About a year ago, I found a solution to this problem: the Keurig  home brewing system. With this machine, you brew one cup of coffee at a time – when you want it. It is fresh and hot every time. The coffee comes in these little sealed, plastic containers called “K-cups”. You just fill the tank with water, pop in a K-cup, push the brew button and voilà – coffee in about a minute! There are a gazillion different kinds of coffee blends available in K-cups, so you can still have whatever kind of coffee you like. Plus, they even have tea, hot chocolate and iced beverage K-cups. How cool is that? Not only that, but the machine comes with a teeny, tiny coffee filter, so don’t even have to use a K-cup. You can use any coffee you happen to have on hand. Sweet!
So, here’s the best part. The nice folks from Keurig  reached out to me a while ago and offered to send me one of their machines to try out. Since I already have one, I asked if they would be willing to send one to a lucky SGCC reader instead. They said yes, and so I’m thrilled to be able to offer one of YOU a Keurig Platinum Brewer  of your very own! And trust me, you do want one of these.
All you have to do to be eligible for a shot to win is to do one or more of the following:
- Leave a comment telling me what your favorite coffee recipe is. It can either be a coffee drink, or food using coffee in some form.
- Tweet about the giveaway on Twitter, with a link to this post, and leave a another comment here telling me you did so. Make sure you @mention  me in your tweet, so that I will see it.
- Share the link to this post on Facebook or Google+ or both, and leave a comment here.
- And last, but not least, I will give two extra chances to win to each new person who “Likes” my Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy fan page  on Facebook. That’s right – TWO EXTRA CHANCES! But, make sure you also leave a comment here letting me know you’re a new fan.
You have until midnight EDT on Saturday, July 30, 2011 to leave your comments. Next Sunday, July 31, I will randomly select and announce the lucky winner.
On your mark…Get set…GO!!!
Of course, I couldn’t leave you without sharing one of my favorite ways to enjoy coffee this time of year. When the temperature rises, I like my coffee iced, or better yet, frozen. So, I made these easy, peasy Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles to help you beat the heat.
To make your own popsicles, the first thing you have to do is brew some super strong coffee. I use a dark French roast. There are several varieties available in K-cups that would be perfect for this. You’ll need two cups of brewed coffee, or about three K-cups worth. Mix the coffee with some whole milk and sweetened condensed milk, and chill. Then, freeze the coffee mixture in popsicle molds until frozen solid. That’s it! It doesn’t get any simpler than that, people.
So, if you’ve been feeling as hot and bothered as I have lately, cool off with some frosty and refreshing Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles.
And, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win this fab Keurig Platinum Brewing System !
Vietnamese Coffee Popsicles
2 cups very strong brewed coffee (about 3 K-cups)
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup whole milk
Combine all ingredients into a large measuring cup. Chill for at least 2 hours. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 1 hour. Put popsicle sticks into each popsicle and continue to freeze until completely solid. Unmold and serve.
Makes about 10 popsicles.