Earlier this morning, I had a guest post go live on a blogger friend’s website. After the post was published, I was praised for my humorous look on the challenges of mothering and for my honest style of writing. I was pleased to hear the praise, but it also left me wondering…why am I being praised for my honesty? Why isn’t everyone being honest about how they feel?
I am not referring to being dramatic, ladies. I know drama happens. (Or we just make it happen, haha!)
I mean, why aren’t we all honest with each other about motherhood, or life in general?
I feel like so often, people are so busy trying to “keep up with the Joneses”, that they don’t realize the “Joneses” have a failing marriage. Or children they have difficulty keeping in line. Maybe a husband who isn’t always as nice as he could be, or very few, if any, devoted friends.
Now, there are some things about my life I don’t share. I don’t divulge personal aspects of my marriage. I won’t gossip about my family or friends, and I won’t purposefully engage in mean spirited talk about other people (ok, not in public…maybe just to my hubby. I’m not perfect!).
Hearing this praise for my honesty isn’t a first time occurrence. Before I became a blogger, I heard positive responses from friends when I aired candid complaints on Facebook about my rotten toddler, or colicky baby.* I didn’t pretend like life as a mother is always glamorous, happy, and easy, while posting only picture perfect holiday photos. I posted status updates about the ins and outs of motherhood, just like I do on my blog now.
(*Disclaimer: I also heard negative responses a time or two. Mean people who like to kick a dog when it’s down. And to that, I just have to say…Be nice, people. Support, don’t judge. You’re not perfect either.)
We all know life isn’t perfect. So stop pretending like it is. You only make the rest of us feel like crap anyway.
Today, I want to tell you, it’s okay to let your guard down. You don’t have to pretend like everything is hunky-dory (for lack of a better word, lol!). Make sure you confide in a close friend or two at the very least if posting on social media is not your thing.
I love to laugh at people’s misfortunes, though, so please, humor me! Next time your kid spits up on your brand new shirt, or you leave your fresh latte on top of the car and drive off…please, share it with me so I can have a laugh! I need something to brighten my day while my toddler cries at my feet over yet another ‘owie’ (which, by the way, is fine the minute I kiss it, or cuddle with her.).
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Today’s post is about how to make gourmet coffee in the comfort of your own home!
Now, when I call it ‘gourmet coffee’ I am stretching the term a slight bit…I mean, we’re not talking sugary, whipped cream topped, caramel drizzled lattes…I am talking about a quick, easy way to make delicious, special coffee.
Moms, if anyone, deserve special coffee! We need it to get through our day! Plus, buying caramel mochas every day gets expensive, and fattening.
So, without further ado…
How to Make Gourmet Coffee at Home:
First of all,
Buy fresh beans.
Whether this really makes your coffee taste better, or it’s all in your head, do it anyway. Coffee experts say as soon as your coffee is ground, it begins to go stale.
But if for no other reason, buy whole beans and a grinder, because you will save money in the long run! Whole beans are cheaper than pre-ground, and this #1 bestselling Krups Grinder is only $15! I have had this blade grinder for two years, and it is still going strong.
I have since upgraded to a Krups burr grinder (actually a $2 yard sale steal!). Now I use the other Krups blade grinder I had purchased for grinding spices, grains, or flax seeds, etc.
So what’s the difference between burr and blade grinders? Why does it matter?
A blade grinder is less expensive, but it doesn’t really grind the coffee beans. It smashes them with two very fast moving blades. This results in un-uniform grounds, which matters if you are using a french press or espresso machines. Too powdery, and the grounds can cause clogging.
A burr grinder crushes the beans between two burred plates-hence the name, I guess! which increases their surface area. (Equaling more flavor per square millimeter, according to my theory!) Uniform grounds are key in maximizing flavor and avoiding clogs in your coffee/espresso maker or french press.
I read nearly a dozen articles before I discovered why uniform pieces are so important. Did you know that you can over-extract coffee? Over-extracting results in nasty bitter flavors. Read about it in the article here.
But remember! Any grinder is better than no grinder at all!
Unless you like the taste of pesticides, buy organic beans. The great thing is, organic coffee isn’t outrageously expensive. I only pay a dollar more for my organic coffee! I’m already saving money buying whole beans, so I don’t feel guilty about it in the least. 🙂 I buy my coffee online from Copper Moon Coffee. Shipping is free after you spend $50, so go in with a couple friends if you don’t want to spend that much at once.
Okay, so now that you have the basics (good beans, good grinder), choose your method of brewing.
I love my moka pot for making espresso-like coffee. It doesn’t create a true espresso, but for budget home brewing, it’s not too shabby!
(Check out my post to learn how to make relaxing Lavender Infused Coffee with a Moka Pot here)
My personal favorite brewing method is the Bartelli Paperless Pour Over. It is amazing. A life changer. Now, when I want a quick cup of coffee for one, it is as simple as spooning instant coffee into a mug- except the resulting flavor is a million times better!
Using a pour over is simple:
I push a button to grind my coffee (extra beans are conveniently stored in a reservoir on top of my burr grinder), put the Bartelli pour over on top of my mug, spoon out two tablespoons of ground coffee and boil some water. Slowly pour the hot water over the grounds in your pour over and let the coffee drip into the mug below. Voila!
Now, if I want to be even fancier, I froth my own milk. My sister in law taught me this amazing trick, that doesn’t require any special equipment if you happen to already have an immersion blender.
All you need to do is heat some milk in the mug you plan to use. (The amount of milk is up to you, about 1/3 cup for me, I think.) Then stick your immersion blender right in the cup and use the low setting to whip up the milk. Done in 30-60 seconds!
If you sweeten your coffee, add it into the milk before you froth. You can froth milk, cream, half n half…but don’t use skim milk, or even 1% milk if you can help it. You won’t get much froth without the fat. Adding unrefined coconut oil is an option, too! Buy unrefined, because it should actually taste like coconut. I like this brand.) Add a tablespoon or less of coconut oil into your warmed milk. It is tasty, helps you feel full, and will help your 1% milk froth up better!
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Now go make some coffee!
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Happy Saturday and welcome to this week’s Link-Up Party! It doesn’t feel like it could possibly be Saturday already…I’ve been busy all week putting together a yard sale to run this Friday and Saturday. It’s a lot of work to carry all my crap (very valuable heirlooms, I mean) up from the storage room in the basement and price it all. One day, my Fitbit Charge showed I’d done 17 flights of stairs by the time I went to bed that night! I was home all day, just working on my yard sale- that’s it! Aside from the manpower and tagging part of it, I LOVE having a yard sale. Sitting in the sun, talking to customers, making money….it is basically my perfect dream day, lol!
What have you been up to this week? Any great new family/kid related posts to share with us?
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Let’s get this party started. Please remember that this is a link up for family, kid, recipe and DIY posts. We welcome you all to Link Up Party #18.
Now, lets enjoy a great party this week, and remember sharing is caring!