A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his.
—- John Grogan, Marley & Me

Feeling sad about Josie, so cuddling up with this guy.

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Strongman Coffee, LLC

Coffee supplies have been arriving steadily over the past few weeks, including: a commercial coffee grinder, multiple commercial and domestic-sized Filtron coffee brewers, and hundreds of pouches. Luke produced his first packaged batch of Strongman last week. It was neat to see everything come together into an actual product because it’s been a bit abstract until now. Strongman is a little dangerous though, because the pouch makes it so easy and convenient to (re)fill your glass with cold-brewed goodness. My new favorite way to consume Strongman is 1 part coffee, 3 parts 2% milk, and a little splash of flavored creamer served over ice. It’s so rich and smooth. Are you ready to drink some Strongman, now? If all goes well, it will be coming to stores in Kalamazoo next month.

Strongman Coffee

Start Garden just announced the projects they’re funding this week and Strongman is one of them (the one they selected)!

This funding gives Luke the chance to experiment with the product and see how the product shelf life, etc. hold up with his novel packaging idea. Now he has to find a spot for Strongman Coffee Labs so the experiments can begin! He’s going to have an excess of coffee samples shortly… any sample takers?

Dining room

Here’s the next installment of some ‘after’ house pictures, with our furniture and fresh paint. The dining room still needs some finishing touches. I’m thinking of recreating this poppy print and getting a big distressed mirror for the wall across from the window. I’ve been collecting some ideas here on my Dining Room Pinterest  board and  I’d love to hear any ideas you have for this space.

Luke needs your help! He submitted a new business idea to a local fund that’s investing in two new local businesses every week. One of the ideas is selected by them and the other idea that’s funded is the one with the most public votes. So either vote (please) or cross your fingers that they like the idea. Here’s the link to his listing: http://startgarden.com/ideas/detail/strongman-coffee.

The concept is Strongman Coffee – strong, better tasting cold-brewed coffee in a (wine) box.

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