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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

[REVIEW] Dolce Gusto MINI ME - Perfect Coffee In Under A Minute

This quote from my husband sums it up:
"A rich filter coffee in seconds"
When I first opened my Dolce Gusto "Mini Me" pod machine I immediately though it looked like a penguin. It fits perfectly into our kitchen, looking pretty cool on the sideboard, getting lots of compliments from visitors.

It's so easy to make a barista-style coffee using this machine because after you have ensured that the water tank is full, fed the "pod" into a special drawer and selected the amount of water to be filtered through the pod, the machine does the rest, delivering perfect coffee every time.  Have a look at the video below to see just how easy it is - I filmed this in real time. 

There are lots of different flavours of coffee pods available. Some of the coffee styles require more than one pod (such as the cappuccino) but there are many that only require one pod. You can also mix up pods to create different "recipes".

At the time of writing three boxes of pods (16 per box) were on sale at my local supermarket on a "3 for £10" offer. It sounds expensive however your perfect cup of coffee works out at around 21p each - much cheaper than your specialist barista-style branded cafes.  Saying that, this isn't the sort of coffee I would drink each time I fancy a brew - they are more a one-a-day treat or a morning booster. 

Let me know if you have one of these.  What's your favourite coffee pod? 

Reviewed as part of the #dolcegustoblogger programme. 
For more details please see my disclosure policy.