Tinker Coffee Co.

This post contains some affiliate links. Tinker Coffee Co. provided me with coffee beans, but all caffeinated thoughts and opinions are mine.

Tinker Coffee Co.

My coffee habits have changed quite a bit in the last year. I haven’t owned a traditional coffee pot for a few years now, as I’m the only coffee drinker in the family. Instead, I have a large, insulated French press, and my routine used to be to make a full batch of it (around 2 1/2 cups of coffee) every morning. But I found something interesting about this habit: it made me less productive! I have this thing where I prefer to sit and enjoy my coffee. And so I’d drag those cups out and either answer email or surf the web for too long. Because heaven forbid I get up and get moving if I still had coffee in my cup! At the same time, all that coffee with cream and sugar made me feel less than great by mid-morning. So one day I decided that the French press would be a once-a-week thing, saving it for Sundays when I linger over the paper.

Two years ago I participated in a Tassimo House Party and received a free Tassimo brewer. I’m happy to report that it’s still going strong, and it’s my brewing method of choice most days. I like it because it’s easy, quiet and quick – no need to grind beans at the crack of dawn or think about anything other than popping a disc in and waiting a minute or two for the coffee to brew. I can operate this machine in my sleep, and 99% of the time I’m barely awake when I’m operating it. (Coffee before talkie, right people?) The built-in bonus for me is that because the discs are more expensive than buying beans and I feel a little guilty about the environmental impact of using too many discs, I limit myself to one cup a day. Still, it’s not the best coffee I’ve ever had.


I treated myself last year to a ceramic coffee dripper and an electric kettle with a gooseneck spout so that I could make pour-over coffee from home. This is the ultimate coffee treat for me. Because it takes a little more time and concentration, I save this for when I want to simply sit, sip and savor really good coffee. (This is my favorite pour-over coffee tutorial, by the way.)

Tinker Coffee Co.

If I’m going to take the time to make a cup of pour-over coffee, I make sure I have excellent coffee beans in the house. This method really brings out the flavor in the beans, so if you’re starting with anything but the best, freshest beans you’ll likely be disappointed with the final product.

Tinker Coffee Co.

A few weeks ago a delightful package showed up at my door: two bags of premium coffee beans from Tinker Coffee Co. Tinker is a local coffee roaster right here in Indianapolis, specializing in finding the best coffee beans from around the world and roasting small batches of them locally.

Tinker Coffee Co.

Each bag they sell prominently features the origin and tasting notes of the coffee, as well as date it was roasted.

The website is very helpful, with suggestions on which brewing method best suits the coffee variety. If you’re local, you can take it one step further and attend a cupping class. There you’ll learn where coffee comes from, how it’s roasted, and participate in a coffee tasting. I think it would be a fun date night (if your significant other loved coffee, which sadly mine most definitely does not) or Girls’ Night Out.

Tinker Coffee Co.

I’m not sure I’ve ever had fresher coffee at my disposal, and it made a world of difference in the taste. I even drank a cup black with no sugar, which I NEVER do! It’s a lovely treat for myself, and one that I can feel good about indulging in.

Tinker Coffee Co.

If you’re local, check out the cupping class schedule. If you’d like to treat yourself or a coffee lover for the holidays, consider gifting a coffee subscription or a sampler of Tinker selections. Tinker Coffee Co. is offering Just Like The Number readers a special discount. Get 10% off your order between now and Friday, October 9, 2015 by using the code SIX at checkout.

If you’re a coffee drinker like myself, have your coffee habits changed over the years? What’s your favorite way to enjoy your coffee right now?


No-Mess, Crowd-Pleasing Corn on the Cob

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Indiana’s Family of Farmers. Many thanks to the Beyer family for hosting us on your farm and for treating us to your bounty!

“Mom, when can we go walk the pigs again?”

Beyer Family Farm Pig

Eli says things that surprise me nearly every day, but that was something I never thought I’d hear. A few weeks earlier, we’d driven 50 miles south of our suburban home to visit Matt and Leah Beyer‘s family farm near Columbus, Indiana. For those of you who followed The Risky Kids, you may remember the Beyer family – I interviewed them last year to see how farm life lends itself to free-range parenting. (Spoiler alert: very well!)

Until a few years ago, the Beyers were dairy famers. Funny thing about having a dairy farm, though: the cows always need milked. Matt, whose parents were dairy farmers, remembers taking exactly two vacations his entire childhood. And so Matt and Leah made the decision to move. They may have left their milking days behind, but that doesn’t mean they walked away from farming.

Indiana Sweet Corn

Nestled between fields of field corn and soybeans sits their own one-acre crop of Indiana sweet corn, also known as God’s gift to Midwesterners for putting up with winter. While they’re not supplying the masses, they’ve turned this patch of land into a valuable business lesson for their kids. On weekends you can find the Beyer kids selling sweet corn at their local market.

Indiana Sweet Corn

Despite having more front teeth missing than present, Eli can tear up some sweet corn. We both learned so much about corn while visiting they Beyers. For instance, did you know that there is a strand of silk for every single kernel of corn? Stalks of sweet corn are shorter than stalks of field corn, and sweet corn kernels are rounder, more plump, and more yellow than field corn. Last corn fun fact: there’s always an even number of rows on each cob.

Sweet Corn vs Field Corn

Sweet Corn vs Field Corn

It’s been a very tough year for Hoosier corn farmers, though. Frequent and heavy rain early in the growing season flooded many fields, stunting corn growth and washing away the vital fertilizer corn needs to grow properly. While many of the ears we picked from the Beyer farm were smaller than the ears we’re accustomed to, I’m happy to report they’re packed with just as much flavor as bigger ears!

Eli and the calf

The Beyers also have some livestock on their farm, including chickens, a calf, and two pigs. Both Beyer kids, Brady and Maddie, help take care of the livestock and show them in 4H. That’s where Eli’s pig-parading question fits in. Pigs, as you can imagine, aren’t much for exercise. In order to show them at the fair, they need to get accustomed to walking farther than just to the trough and back! And so a couple of times a day, the pigs get a walk. Eli and I both got a kick out of it, especially when one of the pigs got curious about my camera.

After a fun evening of visiting, playing, and picking, the Beyers sent us home with some of their bounty: corn, of course, but also eggs from their chickens and a bag full of tomatoes. I nearly wept with joy! As much as I love our home with its beautiful trees, I miss having my own backyard garden so much – especially when it comes to having fresh tomatoes.

Dog Meets Produce

Upon further inspection, Gus approves of the farm-to-table concept.

Back home, I couldn’t wait to get some of that corn into my belly. And then I remembered the one and only downside to fresh corn: all that silk. I can never shuck it well enough to get all those strands of silk into the trash and away from my teeth! And then I stumbled on this fantastic method for cooking corn that makes the silks magically melt into the husks, away from the kernels. Even better, it’s super easy and a no-brainer solution when you need to cook corn for a crowd.

Oven Baked Corn on the Cob

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob

Preheat the oven to 350°F. You don’t need to husk the corn, but do take a moment to peel away any dry or damaged outer leaves. Trim the silk from the ends of the corn. Place ears of corn on a baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Oven Baked Corn on the Cob

Let the corn cool for 5 minutes. Using hot pads or some other protection for your hands, (it will still be hot!) remove the husks. You’ll be amazed – the silk just peels right off with the husk! Not only is it easier in the cleaning/preparing department, this corn tastes fantastic – sweet, crisp and delicious. I usually cook an extra ear or two, cutting the kernels off the cob after it cools and tossing the corn in salsa or a salad in the next day or two.

Oven Baked Corn on the Cob

Every summer when I eat those fresh-from-the-farm ears of Hoosier sweet corn, I wonder why we even bother eating corn the rest of the year. Thanks to Leah’s vast experience and her tried-and-true method for freezing sweet corn, we’ll be having a taste of pure summer through the winter. While my supply of Beyer sweet corn has long since been devoured, I’ve been making weekly trips to our farmer’s market for bags of sweet corn and freezing bag after bag using Leah’s recipe.

Whether you choose to bake it, grill it, boil it, or freeze it, my main message is this: find yourself a great local source of sweet corn and eat as much of it as you can!

Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob: a  recipe for the easiest, no-mess, no-shuck corn. The silks melt into the husks and slip right off after baking!  Easy Recipe | Vegetable Recipes | Recipes for a Crowd



If that title doesn’t have you thoroughly confused, then I haven’t done my job well. What it translates to is the fact that I forgot to post InstaOctober last month, but I’m too OCD to actually skip a month. As if hordes of you will show up at my front door and say, “HEY, lady. What gives with the missing Instagram highlight reel?” But just in case any one of you are en route, here it is. And I certainly couldn’t handle missing November, or moving every post back two months, because that just doesn’t make any sense. (But this line of thinking clearly does.) I should probably stop talking.


1. We took a little road trip up to Chicago in November for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair. When I realized Eataly was just a few blocks from our hotel, I knew a visit was in order. If it wasn’t totally disgusting and against every health code, I’d want my ashes scattered here. I’ve never had any inclination to climb cheese, until I saw this intriguing sign in the cheese department.

2. Obligatory Bean photo every tourist takes in Chicago.

3. As part of the Toy & Game Fair, Mayfair Games held a very serious, very competitive Settlers of Catan tournament. The winner earned him or herself a trip to Gen Con to compete in the Catan World Championship. I promise I’m not making that up. Mike is the King of Catan in this house, as evidenced by his very official Catan crown the kids made him last year. He wore it to the tournament, right up until he lost in the semifinal round.

4. You know how you have the strictest rules and best advice about parenting … until you actually become a parent? The same holds true about being a pet owner. I swore up and down I would never let a dog sleep in bed with me. And then Gus gave me that look, and I said, “Okay. Just this once.” And then I realized happiness really is a warm puppy. The couch is still off limits. I swear (for now).

5. Elena and I have dreams of one day entering a gingerbread creation into Conner Prairie’s annual Gingerbread Village. We inched one step closer by taking a Gingerbread 101 class together at Conner Prairie. This is one of those traditions that I realize now I started waaaaaaay too early with my kids. Twelve is good. Twelve and in someone else’s space, where they clean up after you is even better.

6. Have I mentioned Eli is in Cub Scouts this year? He begged us to let him do it, mostly because he’d heard a rumor there would be BB guns. At this point it’s more like herding cats, but he did manage to earn his Bobcat badge.

7. I took my sister and my mom on a day trip to Cincinnati for some IKEA and Jungle Jim retail therapy. On the way home I introduced them to the best fried chicken in Indiana. If you find yourself near Oldenburg, Indiana, make sure you stop at Wagner’s and have some pan-fried deliciousness.

8.  Elena played volleyball this fall. It was 2% her wanting to try it, and 98% me wanting her to find a sport (any sport!) she might like. She ended up being the only one on her team who hadn’t played volleyball for multiple seasons. You’d think that would be a recipe for disaster, but she did great. She didn’t complain (much) and she improved drastically through the season. This particular photo is her serving to get her team into the championship game.

9. I had the opportunity to work alongside Future Farmers of America from around Indiana at the Colts annual Million Meals Marathon. The Colts partner with Thrive360 (formerly Kids Against Hunger of Central Indiana) to pack a million meals that will find their way to families facing hunger in Indiana. I packed for 2 hours, along with a couple of Colts cheerleaders, blogging pals, and the Colts Defensive End Cory Redding. It was such a cool experience, and I can’t wait to do it again with Mike and the kids.

10. What every parent’s floor looks like if they have a LEGO fan in the house … just kidding. It’s actually a sea of LEGO bricks for kids to play in at LEGO KidsFest. Super fun and a cool photo op, if you don’t think about how many germy little hands have been all over those bricks.

11. Mike and I have been able to go to two Colts games this year. This picture is from a home game against the Bengals. Incredible seats and lots of fun for us. Not so much for the Bengals fans we took with us. The weekend before last we went to the Colts game in Cleveland. The horse head did not make that trip with us. We’re not stupid.

12. My friend Sacha clued us into a KaBOOM! playground build that was happening in our community. I’m a big fan of KaBOOM! and their passion for making play accessible to kids in every kind of community, so it was a very special thing to be able to help. I hauled mulch for a bit and Elena helped paint signs for the new playground.

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