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Summer Iced Coffee

I love love love coffees and teas, and in the dead of winter, nothing feels more satisfying than a warm cup of mocha between my hands and my cat curled up in my lap.

But wait.  It’s spring now, and in Arkansas it already feels like summer.  No warm coffee and cat-cuddling for me!  I’m going to show you how you can still enjoy your daily cup of joe without burning yourself up — however, I do not have any solutions for making your cat cooler and nicer to snuggle in this heat.  Sorry ’bout that.  Maybe you can make them wear a fanny pack filled with ice?  Let me know how that works out for you.

Anyway~, here’s all the things I’m using — you can substitute your own ingredients as you please:
– Coffee and whatever things you typically use for your coffee (sugar/sweetener, cream/creamer, etc.)
– Ice trays
– Blender (or a sno-cone machine)!
– Cocoa powder
– Vanilla extract

There are a couple ways you can do this, but I’m just going to write up my method.  I made two pots of coffee ahead of time (but my carafe is tiny, so you can get away with making just one, unless you plan on serving a lot of people), and I made it extra strong.  I poured it all into a pitcher and added some cold water to cool it down faster and bring the strength down to normal.  If you use a powdered creamer, you need to add it to your coffee before watering it down, as powdered creamer doesn’t blend well in cool coffee.

Pour one or two ice trays full of coffee (I just used one), and, obviously, let them freeze.  You should also refrigerate the rest of the coffee while you’re at it.  Once your coffee has become dark, caffeinated ice, you’re ready to blend~!  If you use a liquid creamer or just heavy cream like I use, add that to the blender first, plus your sugar and other miscellaneous ingredients (like the cocoa powder and vanilla extract that I used).  If you use cream, go ahead and whip it up for just a few seconds to give it a fluffier texture (but not too fluffy).  Then add your ice and your coffee, blend until your coffee is snowy…

Done!  Serve in some pretty glasses for extra finesse.  Comment below how you make your perfect cup of joe, hot or cold, and let me know if you used any other interesting or even unusual ingredients in this recipe.

Oh, and here’s +10 charisma points for you,
Katie.

Photo credits:
1. CooketteOnline.blogspot.com
2. LifeQueen888.wordpress.com
3. IcedCoffeeRecipe.info
4. TheLuxurySpot.com

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Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Cooking, Lifestyle, Tutorials

 

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*Big* Plans

It seems every now and again, my mind races at night and keeps me awake, even when I’m exhausted.  Sometimes the things on my mind are worrisome.  Sometimes I just get so excited by project ideas that they won’t let me sleep.  Last night was the latter.

Now, I don’t want to share exactly what it is that I plan on doing, but I’m going to make something for Gary’s birhday.  It seems so cheesy, and yet so… unexpected.  So unexpected that it is instantly perceived as sweet and surprising!  Hehehe.  Now, here’s a slight hint: what I plan on doing just might involve this tutorial from See Kate Sew.  Maybe.  Considering my plans are *rather large*, I’m not sure whether I’ll have the time and/or patience for lining a giant envelope.

“Giant envelope,” you say?  =).

In other news, have I told you guys I have a new camera on the way?  It’s still a bit old school, I believe — Nikon Coolpix S3000.  Cost me seventy bucks.  I can’t complain — I have few bills.  Anyway, this means I have my old Nikon Coolpix L11 that just might waste away, right?  Well, I told a friend that I’m going to let them have it and I’ll even ship it to them at no expense to them (I’m such a sweetie).  I told Gary this, and he got a little upset because he doesn’t have a camera (though I’m pretty sure I remember he had a camera that he was letting me use when mine wasn’t working), and he was really hoping I would give him my old camera.  Now, as much as I love Gary, I already promised the friend he could have it — I’m not going back on my word.

Gary does not have, you know, a camera-camera, but he does have a Droid, and I despise camera phones, but it’s really not that bad.  I doubt I will have the money to get him a nice camera, so I think what I’ll do instead is get him this attachable lens set from Photojojo.  Here be a picture to tickle your fancy.

It’s a three lens set for fifty dollars, plus shipping and handling, of course.  Still, should I get the lens set for fifty dollars, or try to find a refurbished camera for a little more?  The camera is, you know, an actual camera, but the lens set is three lenses (whereas if I get a camera, it will be a simple point-and-shoot, not an SLR, so it will have its default lens).  Any suggestions? ;).

Last thing, I love coffee.  That being said, I believe I am going to make a tutorial on brewing a cup of coffee without any fancy one-cup coffee makers.

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Art, Lifestyle, Updates