The French Press Makes All The difference

Confession time, I have never used a french press before today. I own one and I have coffee beans that I can grind and brew, but I haven’t really been brave enough to use it. After watching a couple of episodes of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, I really wanted to make myself a really good cup of coffee. The clips of coffee being made are kind of amazing. It really made me appreciate a simple cup of coffee even more.

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I love coffee.

This is pretty much all you need to make a couple of cups of coffee (below). Everything is from Juan Valdez, a wonderful gourmet coffee company from Colombia. My dear friend from Colombia gave us this set for our wedding.

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my new favorite way to make coffee.

I began grinding the coffee a handful at a time, this didn’t work out very well, so I started to put only 5 beans in at a time. After I had a quarter of a cup, I decided to stop. This was hard work! TIP: Now I grind coffee beans when I am watching TV so that I will never run out of fresh ground coffee. It’s great because I feel like I am working out a little bit, you really use your core when you are grinding the beans.

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Coffee ground by me.

Next I put the kettle on and waited for it to boil.

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Can you tell that I like yellow?

Once the kettle began to whistle, I knew the water was ready. First I put 2 teaspoons in the french press, then I added the water, about 8 oz. You want to let this brew for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you want your coffee.

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French press at work.

You can make the coffee the way you normally like it, but I say that I like my milk with coffee in it. When the coffee was ready I poured it into a mug with sugar in it. After mixing the sugar and coffee together I added unsweetened vanilla almond milk to it.  Mix well and enjoy with  or without a pastry. I added a double chocolate shortbread cookie from the Honolulu Cookie Company. Delicious!

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Enjoy!

See you next time!

-Jackie

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DIY: Mini frame earring holders

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This is a wonderful way to display your frequently used earrings. I know that I am not the only one that has had earrings on top of earrings in my jewelry drawer and cannot find a matching pair in the morning.  This was such a simple project, but it makes a big difference in organization. I am finding it easier to change up my earrings in the morning or before going out after work.

Here is what I used:

  • Gold painted frames (garage sale find)
  • Canvas fabric (enough to fit the frame)
  • Glue sticks
  • Glue gun

Step 1: Gather your materials together.

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Step 2:  Measure the inside of the frame and cut canvas to size.

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Step 3:  Make sure that your fabric fits.

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Step 4: Glue along the inside edge of your frame.

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Step 5:  Add fabric to the inside of the frame and push it down along the edges to make sure it adheres to the frame.

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Step 6: Glue the edges down to prevent fraying.

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Step 7: Admire your finished frame!

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Step 8:  Add your most loved earrings to your frames and enjoy how cute it looks on your wall!

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Dangley earrings look great on this frame too.

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You can do this project using different frame styles and for different objects to display. I like how elegant these frames look with all my jewels displayed in them, it really goes with the rest of my bedroom. This is a great project because you can pick which ever frame style you like and whatever fabric you would like. I suggest going with a heavier fabric with a weave that allows some holes to be poked in it without sagging or loosing too much of its shape.

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Here is my first version of this project. I made it for my brooch collection. I did the same steps for this project, except this frame is solid wood, so I stapled the canvas to the inside of the frame.

Let me know if you make this frame earring holder! Let me know what you did differently.

See you next time!

-Jackie