Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Darzalex isn't Working- Dom has a Broken Collar Bone

Hi gang-  it's been pretty rough around here.  After 7 Darzalex infusions, they had to stop so that he could get radiation on his hip and both rib cages.

We LOVE his Radiology Oncologist, Dr. M.  This guy actually called Dom personally the other day and talked for about 15 minutes.  We've only had 2 other doctors do that.

The last time that we spoke to him, I said "Doc!  When he was diagnosed 10 years ago, it was a breeze.  Thalidomide, total body radiation and a stem cell transplant.  He was in complete remission for 8 years!"

Dr. M. said, "Dom-  you beat the odds, man.  You're 10 years older.  The cancer and the treatment are kicking your ass."

Sure enough.  Saturday morning he couldn't lift his left arm.  Horrible pain.  He stayed in bed the entire weekend.  We called Dr. M on Monday.  He ordered a CT Scan for Tuesday.

He called Tuesday afternoon to say that the Darzalex wasn't working and the cancer caused a BROKEN Collar Bone!

Dom was measured for radiation yesterday and had his first of 5 radiation treatments today.  He'll finish up on Wed.

Then they have to figure out what to do for him.  He had originally told them "NO MORE CHEMO".  Thus the Immunotherapy Darzalex.  We were SO hopeful.

I guess that they'll try chemo again.  Dom doesn't want to end up back in a wheelchair, as it is, he's walking with 2 canes.

So, gang-  If you can find it in your heart, please say a prayer.

Friday, July 12, 2019


Hi gang!

I just returned home from a trip to Panama City Beach, and was surprised to find samples waiting for me.

As it's pushing 100 degrees here, the timing couldn't have been any better.

I'm HOOKED on this stuff!

Insanely Delicious And 100% Foolproof, The Classic Summer Beverage Starts With Steeped Coffee’s Innovative Single-Serve Coffee Packs

[Santa Cruz, CA JULY 8, 2019] – When the summer heats up, coffee lovers crave something a little less steamy and a little more refreshing. Iced coffee fits the bill perfectly. For some, that means driving to the nearest chain, dropping a bundle, and leaving quality to chance.

But you can save time and money – and the planet – on a superior brew by making it at home, exactly the way you like it.

The award-winning coffee experts at Steeped Coffee have some tips on preparing the perfect iced coffee. Their simple method requires no gadgets, no expensive equipment, no mystery instant powders, and no wasteful pods. With a pack of single-serve Steeped Coffee, a great-tasting and sustainable glass of cold summer happiness is just a few minutes away.

Steeped, Inc. is all about coffee without compromise. Their proprietary single-serve brewing method features Steeped Coffee Bags (think tea bags engineered for coffee) to deliver the best ethically-sourced and locally roasted specialty coffee, one delicious cup at a time. Nitro-sealed to preserve freshness, Steeped Packs are made with renewable and compostable materials.

According to the team at Steeped, the secret to a classic iced coffee is a well-crafted ‘coffee concentrate’. A good concentrate is also the basis for many other refreshing coffee drinks we associate with summer sipping.

First, we’ll cover the recipe for Steeped Coffee Concentrate, and then we’ll dive into all the different variations of iced coffee you can create using that concentrate.

How to make Steeped Coffee Concentrate

For each serving, you’ll need

1 Steeped Coffee Pack
10 oz. mug
Filtered water

Heat filtered water to 205 degrees, or just below boiling

Place a Steeped Bag at the bottom of a standard 10oz mug

Pour hot water over the Steeped Bag until the mug is half full

Dip and dunk Steeped Bag 20 to 30 times over 1 minute

Leave the Steeped Bag in, and let steep for 5 to 7 minutes or more to taste

Remove Steeped Bag. Your Steeped Coffee Concentrate is now ready for one of our 7 recipes below.

Pro Tips

To serve guests, make several batches of Steeped Concentrate in multiple cups. You can always store Steeped Concentrate in the fridge for later.
Freeze Steeped Coffee Concentrate in ice cube trays. Use coffee cubes instead of regular ice cubes to avoid diluting your beverage.
Everyone knows the best way to enjoy iced coffee is through a straw. Be kind to the environment – buy reusable, dishwasher-safe metal straws!


For each serving, you’ll need

1 serving of Steeped Coffee Concentrate (see above)
A tall glass
Optional: sugar and creamer or dairy substitute such as oat milk


Fill the glass to the top with ice
Slowly pour the Steeped Coffee Concentrate into the glass

Optional: top off with your favorite sweetener, creamer or dairy substitute to taste. Stir and enjoy.


You’ll need

1 serving of Steeped Coffee Concentrate (see above)
A tall glass
Good quality chocolate syrup
Cream or preferred dairy substitute
Whipped cream

Pour the Steeped Coffee Concentrate into the glass
Stir in chocolate syrup and milk or dairy substitute, leaving space for ice
Add ice to the glass until full and stir
Top with whipped cream to taste


You’ll need

A tall glass
1 serving of Steeped Coffee Concentrate (see above)
Liqueur of your choice: hazelnut, orange, Irish cream, amaretto, etc.
Sweetener or creamer (optional)

Fill the glass to the top with ice
Slowly pour the Steeped Coffee Concentrate into the glass
Stir in 1 shot of liqueur
Sweeten and top with creamer to taste.
Stir and enjoy

About Steeped Coffee

Steeped, Inc., based in Santa Cruz, California, is a B-Corp (Benefit Corporation) focused on every detail from farm-to-cup and beyond, to bring people the most convenient, quality, ethically sourced, and sustainably packaged products available. Steeped Coffee provides a single-serve method that combines convenience and quality all within Guilt-Free Packaging. The proprietary Steeped Brewing Method delivers 100% freshly roasted, precision ground, and nitro sealed specialty coffee pre-portioned within Steeped Full Immersion Filters. Steeped Coffee is the simplest way to make a perfect cup of coffee, with no machine needed, just add water. Steeped, Inc. offers its brewing method to Licensed Partners around the globe. For more information, visit For business inquiries, contact