I've been doing chores already this morning so I'm a little later than usual for posting. Sorry.
Here's my "likes" list for this week:
1. My new Dream Catcher I made for the living room. As is usual for me, I was sitting in my rocking chair and decided that part of the room"needed" something. I knew it needed something "fun". So, I purchased a hoop for a couple dollars and some inexpensive yarn ($5 total). Then, I took colorful ribbon and wrapped it around the hoop (oh, I only used one part of a wood 12 inch embroidery hoop, so I could make another one I suppose but I would recommend a one piece metal hoop instead). Anyway, I then took the yarn and sorta made a design in the middle. I gathered a few jelly roll strips, some of the yarn, a few scrap pieces of ribbon and finally some selvage strips I saved. Wrapping them individually around the hoop with a loop knot, the project only took an hour!
I LOVE IT!
2. Cold Brew Coffee. I like cold coffee in the summer and I also use half decaffinated so I have to make my own. But, I don't like the watered down by ice version. Sooooo I went online and found many recipes for cold brewed coffee.
It was so easy I wish I had tried it earlier. You can purchase fancy machines or a french press ( which I have and never use) but it all "boils" down to this: Using a 1:8 ratio of coarse ground coffee to cold water, place the grounds in a large jar, add water, brew in the fridge (or on the counter) for 8 hours. Pass the mixture over a cheesecloth on a large bowl to remove the grounds-twice. Pour back in jar and refrigerate for a week. I used that ratio the first time but today changed it to 1 to 4 to get a more concentrated result where I can add creams, etc. You can use this brew to make a cup of hot coffee-just add hot water to your cup. The best part of this type of brewing is the much lower acidity and a better flavor in general. Plus, I don't have to brew coffee every morning! I am so lazy first thing.
If you want further ideas for cold brew, visit jamieoliver.com.
I label the jar so my brother doesn't confuse it for tea.
3.The day after the Summer Solstice (longest day of the year) here in the Northern Hemisphere. This year it was June 21st. This means we are getting closer to Christmas and cooler weather. Just sayin.
I hope everyone is healthy and happy. Please check out my favorite blog with Lee Anna at Not Afraid of Color for a lot more "likes".