July 21, 2013 § 1 Comment
One of the first things I didThis re purposed mailbox is no more difficult than planting any other planter, you fill with dirt, make sure there is appropriate drainage and away you go! I wanted something that would fall out of the box and had some left over Creeping Jenny that I needed to put to good use. The one downfall is that the mailbox doesn’t collect rain and can get quite hot, so be sure to water appropriately.
July 17, 2013 Comments Off on DIY: Lavender Room Spray
I would love nothing more than a house that smelled like nothing. The kind of absence of smell that makes you think your house is clean. However in a house with two big dogs, that just doesn’t happen. So I resort to this easy solution for deodorizing.
DIY Room Spray
- 1 part water
- 1 part alcohol( I use a cheap high proof vodka)
- Approximately 1 Tbsp of baking soda per 2/3 cups of water ( you want it to dissolve)
- Essential Lavender oil (for a small spray bottle I use 40 drops)
If you have a more refined olfactory pallet, you can mix scents with lemon, bergamote, rose, or geranium. I have even mixed with citronella, but that is really a more acquired smell.
April 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
There is nothing like drinking a cup of coffee when you don’t have to go to work.It becomes something you can enjoy slowly instead of something you need to get through the drudgery of the day. Or maybe you have an enjoyable job and get to experience this every day!
This weekend I experimented with cold brewing coffee, the process of letting coffee grounds steep in room temperature water for an extended period of time. The cold brew method results in a lowers acidity and this is what primarily results in the change in flavor. The lower acidity is something I rather enjoy, as someone who stresses quite a bit and often has some acid reflux going on! Opponents say this method lack complexity of its heated brethren, however I found the flavors complete and enjoyed the smoothness. They do sell cold brew systems out there, but I find this rather unnecessary.
The recipe for the batch below makes quite a bit of coffee, and you can do smaller batches if you wish, but I enjoy having the extra on hand in the fridge. As an added bonus, every cup saves you $2-$3 and who doesn’t love saving money.
Have you tried cold brew coffee? What did you think?
Cold Brew Coffee
What you’ll need:
About a half pound of course ground coffee
10 cups of filtered room temperature water
A large container
Something to strain the mixture with, I filtered batches in my french press but you can buy filters or even filter through cheese cloth.
What you need to do:
Take the coffee and put it into your container add the water, I chose to stir the mixture at that time, but you can also let it sit for ten minutes and then stir.
Cover the mixture and let sit for at least 12-72 hours. I steeped mine for 24 hours, which seems to be happy medium.
This next one is important, DILUTE! This process actually creates a concentrate, that you can drink straight if you are a strong coffee fan. You can dilute with water, milk, cream,or even soy. I first tried the dilution with soy , but it actually seemed to overpower the flavor of the flavor. I found I much more enjoyed the following dilution:1/2 cup concentrate, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 of milk.
If you do want to add sweetener you may want to try making a simple syrup that will mix better. You make simple syrup by using 2 parts sugar and 1 part water. Bring the water to a boil and dissolve the sugar.