Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The "Perfect" Iced Coffee

I have been working on trying to find the perfect iced coffee recipe for a while. I thought I had found it last year but as time went by I still was not 100% happy with the way I was making it. I did lots of research online and honestly had a really hard time finding much information. I am to the point now that I am pretty happy with the results I am getting. :)

All that being said here is what you will need.

Vanilla Syrup (or your favorite flavor)
Ground coffee or whole coffee beans to grind yourself (I personally prefer Starbucks)
Shot glass
French press

Step one:
  • Measure out 4 tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of COLD FILTERED water
  •  Pour the COLD FILTERED water into your french press and then add the coffee grounds
  • Stir the water and coffee gently until all the grounds are wet
  • Place the french press lid on the pot and do not press the filter down 
  • Let this mixture sit overnight or around 12 hours
Step two:
  • After the mixture has set overnight press the filter down slowly. Your coffee mixture is now ready to use or refrigerate for use at a later time.
Step three:
  •  Measure out 1/2 cup of coffee, 1-1/4 cups milk, and two shot glasses of syrup (I use vanilla)
  • Combine the milk, coffee, vanilla syrup, and some ice in a glass
Step four:
  • ENJOY!!!!!!

Now as you enjoy that yummy iced coffee, I have a few more things to add. First, I like my coffee really sweet and creamy so if you don't then adjust accordingly. Also, one of the secrets I discovered is using filtered water! I am on city water so this seems to make a huge difference in the flavor of the coffee for me. I also found that either a blonde or medium blend of whole bean coffee has the best flavor. Whole bean is better if you have a grinder and can grind the beans just before you make the cold brew. Do  not use a dark espresso bean! If you do you will end up with a bitter charcoal/pencily flavor. :) The last thing I want to add is to make sure you follow the ratio of coffee to water that I recommend. If you do not use enough coffee grounds you will not get the right flavor.

There you have it! That is my version of the perfect iced coffee recipe. If I keep experamenting (which I am sure I will) and come up with another improvement I will be sure to update this recipe.:) Hope you enjoy!

Oh and in case anyone is wondering Starbucks is not paying me to promote them or anything like that. I just really like their products. ;)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Enjoying the Sunshine!!

We finally had a nice sunny day here so I decided to let Little L play outside for a while. She LOVED being outside! Lately she is begging me to go outside and play but most days are just too cold and wet! It was so nice to get out in the fresh air again. Little L was having so much fun! She played contently for an hour just looking around and running.:) I can not wait until this summer! I plan on making many trips to the park and library! It will be nice to get in the habit of going for walks again. I think we both need it! LOL

My silly little girl.:)

Exploring everything!

So happy to be in the fresh air!

Acting like a big girl.:)
While she was playing contently I decided it was the perfect time to take some pictures of my latest project for my Etsy shop. :)

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop back soon. I am hoping to do my next post on my yummy iced coffee recipe that I have been developing for a while now.:)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Making Flowers

My newest hobby...

Making flowers out of fabric!
I have been having fun the past few nights making flowers to go with my crocheted hats.:) It gives me something fun to do other than crochet. What do you think of them?

These hats and flowers can be found for sale here.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Going Crazy Crocheting Hats!

I have made the leap and joined Etsy! I am so excited to give it a try and a little nervous at the same time.:) I have had a lot of time on my hands in the evenings because my husband recently started working swing shift. I decided to take up crocheting again and have gone a bit crazy with it. :) I had forgotten just how relaxing crocheting can be! I decided to open the shop partly just because I have made so many hats and such that I need to start getting rid of them so I can make new ones.

Here are a few samples of things I have been working on and now have listed in my shop.

These first three pictures are pictures my talented sister took and she used some of my hats as props.:)

If you would like to check out my Etsy shop go here.