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Iced Coffee

May 9, 2012

This Iced Coffee recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman. When I first saw this recipe last year, I thought, “Genius!” I love getting iced coffees and iced lattes from coffee shops, but boy does it add up. Making your own is wonderful for your wallet, and it also tastes awesome! (I’ve come to find I prefer my own iced coffees to the coffee shops.)

This is really easy to make. All you do is put your coffee grounds in a water pitcher, add 9 cups of water, stir and let it sit overnight. That’s basically it.

I didn’t change the recipe at all, except to make the amounts smaller. If you need some add-in ideas for your coffee, PW has some on her blog. So yummy!

Pioneer Woman’s Iced Coffee

recipe from PW

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups ground coffee
  • 9 cups water
  • milk, sugar, cream, whatever you want to add to your coffee

Directions:

  1. Put your coffee in a water pitcher and add your water. Give it was a mix and then let it sit overnight on your counter. (I try not to let my coffee sit out more than 12-13 hours or it can get bitter.)
  2. Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set over a container or another pitcher. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all the liquid to run through. Throw away the grounds.
  3. Place coffee in fridge and allow to get cold.
  4. To make iced coffee: Fill a glass with ice, and pour as much coffee and other add-ins as you want. I usually do half coffee, half milk. If I’m feeling adventurous, I might add a little chocolate syrup.
  5. Enjoy!

— the Jilb

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The Jilb’s Top 5 Things of Summer

August 5, 2011

I realized this morning that we only have a month or so left of summer. Am I sad about this? I don’t really know. Anyways, it got me thinking about what my favorite things of summer are. Here’s my top 5 in descending order.

5. Watching TV

I bet you’re thinking that watching TV during the summer is stupid. Well, you’re wrong. And here’s why. For us, we have more time at night during the summer than any other time to watch TV. We love to catch up or start a new TV series because our kids go to bed relatively early. We do still watch a lot of TV during the fall and winter, but it just seems like we get more TV watching done during the summer. Or maybe we just watch a lot of TV. That’s probably it. We just watch too much TV.

The summer is a great time to catch up on all those shows you might have wanted to watch during Fall and Winter but didn’t have time for because you were already watching too much TV to begin with. We’re catching up on our Smallville right now. We plowed through Parks and Rec and Firefly earlier this summer, which are both great shows by the way.

I have a feeling though that watching TV could make my top 5 any time of the year. That’s just how we roll. Plus, it’s fun to watch 2-3 episodes a night of some new show you just found. That and eating lots of snacks. My rule is you must have a new snack with each episode you watch. Think ice cream treats, popcorn, candy, or some sort of baked good.

It’s a wonder how I lost any weight at all.

4. Summer Cuisine

It took me forever to think of the top 5 summer things I loved. I could only think of 4 and then it hit me. What do I love? Food! The smell of burgers being grilled, the sight of yellow sweet corn, ice cream, watermelon, and pretty much any other summer food. I can’t believe I didn’t think of you sooner, Burger. I’m sorry.

3. Backyard Volleyball

photo courtesy of Mike R.

We started playing volleyball in our backyard last year and it’s become a favorite. (At least to me. I’m sure some people are sick of me calling and saying, “Doesn’t it look like a perfect day for volleyball?” “Isn’t the weather outside perfect for volleyball. There’s no wind!” ) I love the ginormous orange ball we use. I think it’s like 8 feet wide. Seriously.

And we have these wires that come dangerously close to the top of the net. If a ball hits a wire you never know what could happen. It could bounce all crazy and smash back at you or it could land just out of the reach of the person it was going to — it’s like plinko in the backyard. I know it annoys some of our players, but I love it!!

I love that backyard volleyball is a game anyone can play. I also love that I feel a little rebellious because we tend to play when our three youngest kids are in bed. We’re having fun and they’re sleeping. Haha, suckers! And then I hear the Bear yelling, “Mommy! Mommy!” because he can see us through the blinds in his room. Poor boy. Go to sleep already.

2. More Family Time

Reinman has summers off (sorta), which means there’s more time for family things, like going to the beach, playing outside, and if we want we can drive 20 miles away to the closest town that has a Target so I can get Starbucks and browse for clothes or good deals. And then the kids get McDonald’s. So everybody wins. Except maybe Reinman since he’s trying to contain four loud, squirmy kids while I walk around with my pile of coupons looking for sales.

1. Iced Coffee

Surprise. Surprise. Since I learned how to make this awesome drink a couple months ago I am slightly obsessed. Slightly.

Spending more time with family should probably be number one, right? Oh, well. I am, as always, honest. So someone bring me some coffee!

And that leaves me to ask: What are your favorite things of summer?

— the Jilb