Friday, July 11, 2014

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub

I’m a huge fan of coffee, especially my new found love of cold-brewed coffee. After cold brewing, I am left with a ton of coffee grounds after. I wanted to find a way to re-purpose my leftover coffee grounds. I was researching ways in which to use them and stumbled upon a great scrub idea from The Kitchen on the Food Network.
Coffee, and caffeine in general, do amazing things for the body. Coffee intake has been studied on its affects, and drinking coffee helps prevent certain types of cancer! It is also an antioxidant. The grounds, when used as a scrub, are excellent exfoliates. They diminish the appearance of cellulite and tighten and tone your skin. Plus, you get to smell like coffee after! I love the smell of coffee.

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
3 TBSP coffee grounds
1 TBSP sugar (any one will do, I used brown sugar)
2 TBSP olive oil (or coconut oil)
½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub~ The Dreams Weaver
Mix up all of the ingredients in a jar or some sort of seal-able container.
It will last up to 2 months in a sealed container. 


Enjoy!


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Monday, July 7, 2014

How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

No morning is complete without my coffee fix! No matter what season, my coffee of choice is always over ice! I grew up in a coffee family {maybe that’s why I’m on the shorter side!} Coffee is connected to so many moments in my life: the smell of coffee at family breakfasts on the weekend, hanging out at Starbucks with friends, midday iced coffee with my mom and sister, and finally getting my husband to share my love of coffee with me. 

However, when I try to make my own iced coffee from hot brewed coffee, it never tastes quite as good as the iced coffee I get at Starbucks or any other good coffee shop. Hot brewed coffee over ice always tastes watered-down and slightly burnt. 

I think I have found the answer to my problems. I am going to share my secret, an at-home cold brewed iced coffee that is bold and flavorful. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
First, you need to choose a coffee. You want to use a good quality coffee, as the taste will really come through. I used one of my favorites, Starbucks Dark French Roast. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Once you have course ground your beans, {if you are starting from whole coffee beans like I am} measure out how much coffee you will need and pour it into you container. I used a mason jar since it closes airtight. You are going to want 4 ounces {1/2 cup} for every 1 quart {32 ounces} of water. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Pour in your filtered or spring water. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Give the coffee mixture a good stir to combine everything. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Screw the cover back on to your mason jar. You want it to be air tight, if using a container without a lid cover with saran wrap. Let the coffee sit for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
After 12 hours it's time to strain the coffee grounds out. {If you let the coffee sit longer, the final result will be more bitter and bold.} You can use a cheese cloth or a fine strainer like I did to strain the coffee. 

To strain, place your strainer over a bowl or a pitcher and pour the coffee mixture through. The cold brewed coffee will filter through and the coffee grounds will stay in the strainer. 

The cold brewed coffee will last in a sealed container in your fridge for up to a week!

Save those coffee beans!  I have an easy DIY coffee sugar scrubyou can make with them later in the week! 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Now it's time to pour some of your cold brew over ice.

Tip: Make some coffee iced cubes so your coffee never gets watered down! 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver

You can drink it black, as cold brewed coffee is naturally sweeter than hot brewed coffee, it will naturally taste sweet. 
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Or, add some milk and sugar for even more decadence.
How To Make Cold Brewed Iced Coffee~ The Dreams Weaver
Enjoy!

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Easy Summer Iced Tea

 Happy 4th of July!  So happy that there are blue skies and no more humidity today for the holiday!  4th of July is like the unofficial start of summer for me, and nothing says summer like a cold glass of iced tea!
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
4 tablespoons of your favorite tea 
3 cups of boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
Cheesecloth
String

Measure out 3 cups of water, I used a mason jar since it fit perfectly, and microwave for 3-4 minutes until bubbling.
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
While the water is coming to a boil, you want to prepare your tea bag.  Cut a square of cheesecloth and place your tea in the center. Then, bring up the corners of the cheesecloth and gather together.  Secure your tea pouch with a long piece of string. {your want it long enough to hang out of your mason jar}
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
Measure out a 1/2 cup of sugar.
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
 Once the water has come to a boil, add the sugar and stir.  Then place your tea pouch into the jar, leaving the string hanging out, and seal the jar.  Let the tea steep for 2-3 hours.
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
 When the time is up, the tea will look nice and dark.  This tea will be very concentrated, perfect for a tall glass of ice on a hot summer day.
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
I removed the tea pouch and transferred my iced tea to a glass bottle. {totally not necessary but I think it pours better}
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
Enjoy!
Easy Summer Iced Tea~ The Dreams Weaver
 What is your go-to summer drink?

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Where I'm From Swap Reveal

I participated in the Where I'm From swap hosted by Kallie from But first, coffee blog. 
I was paired with Rachel, her blog is The Rachel Emily Blog. Rachel is from Indiana.  We both like to cook {and eat!} and love the scent of vanilla and cinnamon!
My swap box from Rachel:
1. Vanilla scented candle 
2. Grippies potato chips
3. Local butter cookies {it looks like my post man got to it first!}
4. Ski soda
5. HGTV Magazine {I love DIY}

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Easy Summer Potato Salad

As summer is fast approaching, I wanted to come up with a new spin on the old potato salad classic.  I love potato salad, but the mayonnaise can sometimes be a bit much.  I don't usually eat potato salad, as I feel like the mayo makes it seem a little fattening and indulging. That is where my summer potato salad comes in.  Instead of mayonnaise, I used apple cider vinegar and spices in order to coat the potatoes.  As the potato salad sits with it's coating, the creaminess of the baked potatoes give the salad a great texture. 

This recipe is perfect for a barbecue, which I used for my Memorial Day barbecue along with my Touchdown Football Cookies turned patriotic red,white, and blue.
 Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
What you will need:
1 lb. Idaho potatoes {or red bliss if you're feeling fancy} 
2 cloves garlic
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
1 bell pepper
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 TBSP. sugar 
1 1/2 tsp. whole-grain mustard
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 cup chopped parsley
4 scallions, finely chopped
2 slices of bologna {optional}
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
 Cut up the potatoes into small cubes. 
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
In a large pot, add the potatoes, garlic, a nice pinch of salt, a few grinds of pepper and water to just cover. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are fork-tender all the way through, about 15 minutes. 

Drain in a colander and rest the colander over the top of the empty pot to allow the heat to dry the potatoes. Once cool enough to handle but still warm, add to a large mixing bowl. 

If using a gas stove, place the pepper directly over a medium flame and allow to char on one side, then rotate until the entire pepper is black and charred. If you don't have a gas stove, roast the pepper on a baking sheet under the broiler or at the highest temperature of your oven. Carefully watch to rotate the pepper and char on all sides. Remove and wrap tightly in saran wrap, allowing it to steam for 5 minutes to loosen the skin. Once cool enough to handle, remove the seeds and charred skin and chop the pepper. Set aside. 

Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver

In a large pan on medium heat, add the bologna and cook, stirring, until crisp, about 8 minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar, mustard, paprika, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper to the hot pan. Cook at a rolling simmer until the sugar and salt dissolve, about 2 minutes. 
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
 Add to the potatoes and toss until they soak up the vinegar mixture. 

Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver

Cut the parsley and scallions and toss into the salad along with the pepper. 
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
Pour into a serving bowl and serve warm or cold.
Easy Summer Potato Salad~ The Dreams Weaver
Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies

This past weekend I tried out something new with my stand mixer. Have I said lately how much I LOVE my KitchenAid mixer? I don’t know how I lived without it. It’s like having an extra set of hands, but better than the hubby’s who’d be eating any of my raw confections before they can make it to the oven. 

Meringues are light, airy, delicious and low fat! You can add all different nuts, chocolate, sprinkles, food coloring, extracts…the possibilities are endless! And it’s amazing how far so few ingredients can take you. 

Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver

What you will need: 
2 egg whites at room temperature 
½ tsp. baking powder 
2/3 cup sugar 
1 tsp. vanilla extract 
1 cup toasted almonds or chocolate chips, optional 
½ tsp. cinnamon, optional 
Yields 2 dozen 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Ignore the 4 eggs- I made two batches in the same day
Preheat the oven to 350°. 
In the bowl of an electric mixer {or hand mixer}, beat egg whites until foamy. {It should almost look like sudsy soapy water.} 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Add the baking powder and beat until fluffy, but on at all dry. Be careful not to overbeat. Add the sugar in gradually, 3 tablespoons at a time. When about half of the sugar has been added, add the vanilla extract {and cinnamon if you're using}. 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Continue beating and adding the remaining sugar in increments until all of the sugar is dissolved and the meringue is shiny and tight. 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Gently fold in the chopped nuts or chocolate chips. 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Working one teaspoon at a time, push a teaspoonful of meringue from the tip of 1 teaspoon with the back of another teaspoon onto parchment lined baking sheet, leaving an inch between the meringues. 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Place the baking sheets in the preheated oven and turn the oven off. Leave the cookies undisturbed in the oven for at least two hours, or even overnight, until the meringues are crisp and dry. 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver
Enjoy! 
Forgotten Kisses Meringue Cookies~ The Dreams Weaver

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Friday, May 23, 2014

New Fashion Obsession: Kate Spade Staurday


Kate Spade is one of my favorite designers, I have tons of her bags and jewelry.  But, this week I ventured over to her new line Kate Spade Saturday. The stuff on the site is definitely more wallet friendly and I love that it has free shipping on everything and free returns. That means, more for me to buy and say I will only keep my favorites and totally not return anything!!

I just placed my first order this week and it should be arriving today!!

Oh, and what I love even more, it racking up points for liking and sharing my favorite items.  The more points you get, the more free stuff you get! I currently only have 78 points, but I just started two days ago! I'm eying the 5,000 point Weekender Bag.

New Fashion Obsession: Kate Spade Staurday ~ The Dreams Weaver

Some of the goodies I got (plus an extra May discount!)
New Fashion Obsession: Kate Spade Staurday ~ The Dreams Weaver
Assembly Crossbody Bag {$66.50 $49.87}- I love the color of this bag and it's so roomy for all my stuff, plus it can be worn multiple ways!

New Fashion Obsession: Kate Spade Staurday ~ The Dreams Weaver
Mesh Tube Necklace in Metal {$14.00 $11.90}- i love how simple and elegant this necklace is, it can be worn with so many things.
May28th & Kate Spade Saturday Watch In Signature Zig Zag {$35.00 $29.75}- Exclusive collaboration, it reminds me of my mom's old Swatch watches and a girl can never have too many watches.

What do you love from Kate Spade Saturday? 


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