Any one who has ever been here for a visit knows there is always a pot of coffee on and ready. Well those were the days. Lately my husband has switched back to herbal tea, coffee is upsetting his stomach and our older gentleman who drank coffee all day long isn’t here. This leaves me…
I out of habit I make a full pot every morning and at noon have half of it left. What to do with all this coffee, I hate to toss it out. Some would say, now, Karyn quit being a dumb dumb and only make half a pot…Yes that is the simple solution but what to do until I can change the years old habit, especially when it’s 4:30 in the morning and I’m not thinking just making coffee….But I’m getting better at it.
Now there is only so much iced coffee any one persons wants or should drink daily. So here are a couple of ideas I have come up with.
I freeze the coffee in ice cube trays and store in bags. These I add to the iced coffee and it doesn’t water the coffee down.
I do save the leftover for iced coffee too and makes nice frosting.
Coffee syrup may be a regional thing, I’m not sure but I haven’t ever seen it down south or out west. Coffee syrup is good to mix with milk, make milk shakes, and add on top of ice cream.
Here is how I made some the other day that was quite good on top of my vanilla ice cream.
I had a half a pot of cold coffee, I heated it up and boiled it until about half of it had evaporated.
This left me 2 cups of coffee, to this I added 1 cup of sugar and boiled it some more to make a syrup. I put it in a bottle and stored in the fridge. Quite good, and nice and strong.
I am also going to try using some of this in my baking next time I make chocolate cookies.
The weekend was a busy one for us. We purchased some landscaping timbers and started to put in the raised veggie garden bed. We will need to cut a couple of trees and push back a stone wall before we can go any further. We decided to move it closer to the barn, we were going to put it near the house, but decided since the barn has outside water it would be easier. The house doesn’t have outside water hooked up yet. I use a watering can to water the flower beds and make several dozen trips each time.
I also have had the idea of hooking up a rain barrel and collecting the run off from the barn roof. I first thought about it a couple of years ago. But not for watering the garden but to wash the horses. A bit of warm water would be very nice. This will be quite easy to do, but will have to be put up in a way that is easy to take down in the fall. The snow sliding off the roof in the winter would break the gutters the very first time. The water barrels will also have to be emptied because they would freeze solid and break. A new blog I found recently, and interestingly enough they live very close by, has just hooked up a summer veggie washing sink in their barn. A NICE washing sink, using much the same method I would like to use. Stop by Maggie May Farm and have a look.
I will need to go back and change all that nice planning I did over the winter on how I was going to plant the garden. I had thought we would make several small beds close to the house. This changed to one that is about 10′ x 20′. I also decided to move some flowers out of a bed beside the barn I already have and put the tomatoes there. It’s always fun digging in there, I always find some treasure in the dirt. Pieces of broken pottery what looks like an old pickle crock were discovered recently. The winter frost must have pushed them to the top.
A nice guy came and took about half our poop pile, that’s about 12 yards total. He is stock piling it for some reason. To me it doesn’t matter, the pile is going down! I’m glad he can use it, it really is quite nicely composted. If any one is close by and interested, come on over and get some.
And the 2 baby chicks Stewie and Dumpling spend their days outside in a temporary cage. They have discovered that clover is quite tasty, and it’s fun to have a dust bath. It amazes me that these little chicks learn these things without a mumma to show them. They are getting bigger every day and enjoy riding around in my jacket pocket.
Have a wonderful day and I hope you spent your weekend doing something you enjoyed.