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May 20 2009

episode 72: “Candy: The Thing Nightmares Are Made Of”

episode 72: “Candy: The Thing Nightmares Are Made Of”

on/off the needles:
-laundry done, socks shrunk
-ready for the Constructor Craft Fair…well, almost
-felted sweater potholder tutorial
-Book Review: For the Love of Knitting edited by Kari Cornell

-Freehaven Fun Fiber Day hosted by Patty and Caron
-Gonna be in chicago on May 24th? Head out to Berwyn for the Constructor Craft Fair!!!

-bowling fieldtrip
-They went potty
-candy….it’s scary stuff
-for the love of blueberry pancakes
-kitchen paint and a new island….dead exciting!

green thumb:
-tarping the garden
-awesome fence idea

Lettuce Sprouts

Lettuce Sprouts

my strawberry

my strawberry

-the box of goodies i ordered from beth at the spinning loft
-3ply sock yarn is finally done! and i used a weavers bobbin winder and schacht bobbins

my first 3 ply

my first 3 ply

-for the love of the flicker brush!
flicker w/lock and then a flicked lock

flicker w/lock and then a flicked lock

-beth’s awesome article on flicking locks
-spinning cloth idea…maybe…

favorite thing:



aka toddy coffee

how to make coldbrew coffee:
supplies: mason jar, bowl, coffee grounds, water, metal sieve, coffee filter, funnel
1/4c-1/3c course ground coffee (remember: good beans=good coffee)
1 1/2c room temperature water
put coffee and water in jar, stir with spoon until combined, put on lid, and let it sit. 3 hours minimum, but overnight for best flavor
in the morning, put sieve in bowl. open jar, pour coffee gunk through the sieve into the bowl.
discard coffee grounds (good for garden and compost!)
rinse out mason jar really well. put funnel in top of mason jar, put coffee filter in funnel. pour coffee from the bowl, through the coffee filter and into the mason jar. let it sit and filter through.
when it’s done, remove filter and funnel, cap jar and put in fridge until you are ready to use.
if you are ready, pour over ice, and add water or creamer, sip and enjoy.
want it hot? okay! add hot water. want it strong? don’t add any water! drink it straight!

7 responses so far

7 Responses to “episode 72: “Candy: The Thing Nightmares Are Made Of””

  1. bethanygon 21 May 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Heehee, Wolverine with the hand combs. Funny! I liked hearing about the flicking, thank you for the info. I was hoping to see pix of the bobbins you’re talking about. Could you add a pic? (‘Cause you know, you’re not busy enough) ;)

  2. JenAus0524on 22 May 2009 at 8:31 am

    Thanks, Meghan for another good episode. I am going to share you cold-brew coffee tips with my family. I loved the fence idea — probably not dog proof either but adorable. Good luck with Constructor’s Fair. That’s such a fun venue (although I’ve only been there at night time). If weather holds it should be a great event for you.

  3. Lindy-Louon 22 May 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing the terrific ideas you find with everyone. The fence idea is wonderful and will do a lot to make my wild style garden look more respectable, not to mention that the rabbits may have to find their dinner buffet elsewhere.

    I’ve been giving Starbucks a lot of my business on these first warm days and my coffee card is being drained by my love of iced coffee, no sweetener. I’m going to try your recipe for coldbrew–it sounds much like the sun tea that tastes so much better than regular tea when its iced to me. I’m wondering if I can use my french press in lieu of the mason jar and use the press instead of double-filtering the coffee after it’s steeped. Come to think of it, the french pressed coffee I make the regular way could use an extra filtering, but I generally just “enjoy” the extra fiber content in it and hope that no little grounds get stuck in the space between my front teeth.

    Thanks again for all the ideas.

  4. AmyJon 23 May 2009 at 6:34 am

    I am trying this now. I am thinking about putting the coffee filter onto the top of the jar when it’s done, and then screwing just the ring part of the lid back on, and turning it upside down to filter into another mason jar. We’ll see how it goes with that method.

  5. karmaon 01 Jun 2009 at 11:59 am

    Thanks for the cold brew idea! I’ve made it a couple of times now and we both like it! No acidity at all! Hubby is now requesting it nightly. =)

  6. Bobbieon 07 Jun 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve had a Toddy Maker for nearly 20 years; totally worth the money! I use a whole pound of coffee and make 2 quarts of extract that keep in the fridge for weeks. The thick felt filter takes out all the oils and bitterness.

    Here’s my hints for cold brewed coffee: (1) make special flavor (hazelnut or vanilla are our favorites) and freeze in ice cube trays, store in ziploc bags. Drop 2 in a mug and pour boiling water over – instant coffee that tastes like it isn’t instant! (2) Make regular coffee and freeze in cubes as above, put several in a reusable water bottle and cover with milk or water – delicious iced coffee to sip on a walk or the golf course!

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