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I know it’s fall and we’re all scrambling around trying to figure out what pumpkin dessert/craft/drink we’re going to indulge in today, since pumpkin season always seems to go so quickly. But I have to pause and share with you my cold brew recipe that’s perfect for summer, which is ending.
There are lots of reasons why I’m only now, in mid-September, posting a mid-Summer recipe. They might be:
This is a cold-brew technique, which means the beans are never heated. A lot of people think it’s a better way to drink coffee cold.
My favorite part is you make a big batch on the weekend and you have iced coffee for the whole week!
You filter the ground beans once through the mesh strainer. Then, cover the strainer with the muslin cloth and pour the coffee once more through the strainer. The cloth will filter out the smaller grinds and oils.
Go ahead and grind your whole beans, if you haven’t done so already.
Pour the coffee beans into a large beverage pitcher.
Then add eight cups of cold water.
Cover the container and let it sit and steep overnight in the fridge.
Once the coffee is done steeping, cover a mixing bowl with your mesh strainer. Pour the coffee through the strainer, so it catches the grinds.
Discard the grinds (or use them as a facial cleanser!).
Rinse out the pitcher, removing any leftover grinds, then pour the coffee back into it. Clean out the mesh strainer and the mixing bowl and repeat the pouring process, but this time with the muslin cloth. Pour it in a cup or two at a time, since it will take longer to strain. If the coffee is getting clogged (so to speak) in the cloth, just pick it up and give it a squeeze or wash the cloth in between pours.
Place the cloth over the strainer and pour the coffee through the cloth to filter it.
Once it’s gone through the muslin cloth, it’s well-filtered and drinkable. The cold brew is very strong so I add the other two cups of water to dilute it. Then add some ice to make it a true iced coffee! Fix it up with milk and sugar or maybe some fancy syrups, if you like. Whatever’s your preference!
So, what about you? Do you miss iced coffees in the winter?
Wouldn’t you love to attend a party featuring a photo booth? Have you? They seem like a great way to add a lot of fun to a party or wedding. So many people bring their own cameras and who doesn’t like taking pictures.
A lot of photo booths look intimidating, but they’re so easy to make. Here are my to ten favorite DIY photo booth ideas. Which ones are your favorite?
(from top left to right)
1. Gold Sequined Photo Booth – perfect for New Year’s.
2. Ombre Pinwheels Photo Booth - lovely for a wedding.
3. Floating Hearts Cutout Backdrop - very romantic.
4. Wax Paper Backdrop – bright and airy, almost like you’re floating.
5. Tissue Paper Photo Wall – I love how much color this would add to a party.
6. Colorful Streamers Photo Backdrop – a lively (and interactive) addition to a party.
7. Classic Scallops – What can I say? Scallops are the best.
8. String Lights Backdrop – dim the lights low and let this backdrop set the mood.
9. Balloon Photo Booth Wall - What’s a celebration without balloons?
10. Floating Marshmallow Backdrop – I can’t believe how dreamy this looks.