Thursday, March 8, 2012

Great Scott! (slurp)


I have decided that it is a huge waste of time to sit for an hour and pin things and then never use them. So to justify my Pinterest habit, I've been making an effort to go back through the pins I've hoarded and try the ideas. One of which is Ree's iced coffee. Holy smokes. I'm on my second glassful. You should see how fast I'm typing. My thoughts are so FOCUSED. My hair is actually standing on end. Not really. But I am wired. This stuff is so good, man. I am usually a hot coffee type of person, especially in the morning. But this. This transcends temperature. I highly recommend it.


I didn't want to buy a whole pound of espresso for the first attempt, so I went for the 10 oz package of Cafe Bustelo. Instead of 2 gallons of water, I used 1.25 gallons of water with it and steeped it overnight. Be prepared to wait for the filtering process. I used paper towels in my strainer because I didn't have cheesecloth and a coffee filter was way WAY too slow. With paper towels you can at least change them out after a couple of times so the speed picks back up again. You end up with a pitcherful of black gold.

She says (insert chuckling) that you can use skim milk instead of half and half to mix in. Hoo boy. That's a good one, Ree. As if. And of course I went for her Vietnamese version that has sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar. It's totally worth the splurge. Especially when your first sip through the straw is a glob of pure condensed milk. Bonus. Instead of about halfway up, I filled up most of the glass with coffee, then about 3 TBS sweetened condensed milk and then a splash of half and half.


What else? We've been getting back into our usual school groove after Michael's hospital stay. Not a huge amount of making going on at the moment. I'm trying to force myself to finish up some WIPs. It's not going so well. I have also been trying to organize things in my craft room so it looks less like a paper and felt explosion and more like a place to get something done. I love my felt organizer (otherwise known as a shoe rack from Target). Scraps go in the old Coke crate above it.

I did forget to mention that I was invited for an interview recently with talented Abby Glassenberg over at While She Naps. Abby has been doing a great series of posts on how to monetize your softie making habit. I took some time out to discuss cottage industry as it relates to my own pattern business. Go on over and check it out.

16 comments:

  1. I am trying that coffee this afternoon! Love the way you have your felt good idea.

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  2. What you need is a Filtron cold brew coffee system! I got mine a couple months ago, and I LOVE it!! Email me if you have questions.

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  3. Hey my sister reccommended your blog totally hooked already thanks for the hard work x
    (www.rustickitsch.blogspot.com)

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  4. Why didn't you just use one of Michael's nice white tees sans cheesecloth? Seem to recall it worked with raspberry puree...

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  5. Grandma G, I'm intrigued. Is it just for iced coffee? If so, I don't have the room on the counter for another gadget and will have to settle for the Tupperware method.

    Rustic Kitsch, welcome!

    Robyn, wouldn't that result in eau de Tide flavor in the coffee? Hmmm, it seems like a good solution if I had some clean ones on hand that didn't have scented detergent/fabric softener in them. Maybe I'll steal one and launder it without all that for next time.

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  6. I was kidding. Although I'm sure it'd work well. Surely you remember us stealing one of his tees to make raspberry puree for my cheesecake back in ol' Marietta? Good times...

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  7. Oh, yeah...that's ringing some really vague bells. LOL. What girls do for cheesecake. Good times...

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  8. I have tried that Iced Coffee, but not with the condensed milk, and I LOVE that stuff! I may have commented before, not sure, but I had kidney stones several times. It was worse than childbirth, and yes, I went natural. However, my chiropractor told me to try taking magnesium everyday. It has been several years and I haven't had a stone since. It is definitely worth a try. I hope you all are back to normal soon.

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  9. I wish I liked coffee sometimes. :-)

    Your felt collection is pure awesomeness.

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  10. HA! I can hear the caffeine in your post. :D We'll have to try that.

    I, too, need to put some action behind some of my pins!

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  11. Lol! Thanks for the heads-up and warnings. This was also on my list of things to try though I'm still using old-fashioned bookmarks instead of pinterest. :-)

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  12. I, too, am hooked on Ree's Iced Coffee! Found it on Pinterest, made half a recipe, and am looking forward to summer when it will always be in my fridge! I'm using 2% milk and caramel flavored syrup. The half and half and sweetened condensed milk is definitely an awesome splurge!

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  13. Haha, from one Pinterest addict to another...it's a good thought to put some action behind all that pinning. This Rees thing could be dangerous! :P

    And hey! Am I going to see you in Atlanta?

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  14. I tried that (from pinterest) last summer! AMAZING! I need to do it again. I actually used a scrap of muslin to strain mine - since I had no cheesecloth. It worked pretty well.

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  15. Emedoodle, well, duh. I had boatloads of muslin upstairs. But you see, I had not had coffee yet, so I was not thinking outside the box. LOL. I'll try to remember that for next time. But paper towels are so close at hand.

    Rae, um YEAH, love to meet you! Is there some crafty Atlanta happening I'm unaware of?

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