Cold Brew Coffee

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Hello sweet summer time!  June is flying by in a flash and July is quickly approaching!  I love, love, love this time of year but just hate how fast it seems to go!  We have not even begun to touch our summer bucket list and it seems like we may be having to make some compromises on what we really want to do. :( Adulting sucks sometimes.  

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One thing I am super excited about doing this summer is having a booth with my awesome friend Crystal at the Grand Junction Farmer's Market.  She is an incredibly intelligent and talented herbalist who will be featuring some of her amazing skin care items {among other things} and I will of course be selling my jewelry!  I have been working away like crazy to prepare for it and have been making some special things just for the market.  Follow along on Instagram to see what I have been up to!

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With a super busy summer, coffee has been my friend lately.  There was a point where I had given up coffee and I had made peace with it.  Occasionally I had a latte if I was super desperate or as a little treat, but between trying to get pregnant, being pregnant and then nursing I had been off coffee for over 2 years.  That was until last month...  Man oh man it started calling my name when we went to Texas at the beginning of May.  There were long nights, long days and keeping a toddler happy that made me do it.  I have not looked back since.  You can find a reason to drink coffee anytime of year.  Cold outside?  Wake up to a hot cup of coffee!  Hot outside?  Have an iced coffee!  I am about to embark on a Candida cleanse {after Cash's birthday!  I can't miss out on the cake I am going to make him!} and will have to give up coffee then, so I guess I am indulging while I can. :)  

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So that brings me to this bad boy... the Toddy Coffee.  I have to thank my mom for getting me this!  It is a game changer.  I have tried the Pinterest tricks of doing cold brew which ended up with a huge mess and coffee grounds in my cold brew.  Womp womp. :(

All you do is add water and coffee to that big plastic jug which has a stopper and a filter.  Let it sit overnight.  When ready, take out the stopper, sit the jug on top of the glass decanter {see above picture}, walk away for an hour and come back to a decanter of cold brew.  The filter is super thick {not like a regular coffee filter} and is reusable!  It keeps all the coffee grounds out of the cold brew!  

I shared this on Instagram and my mom actually shared there that she uses flavored coffee too.  Great idea!  Now this makes strong cold brew, so I had to add half and half to mine to mellow it out.  I also added coconut milk vanilla creamer for a little vanilla flavor.  It tasted as good as the coffee shop iced vanilla latte. 

If you make this, make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Or if you have another way that works for you, let me know!  I am up for trying new things. 

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Cold Brew Coffee

Ingredients:

  • 7 c water
  • 12 oz medium/dark roast coffee

Directions:

  1. Put the stopper in the bottom of the Toddy Coffee.  Dampen the filter and place on the inside in the Toddy Coffee at the bottom {it will fit snug}.  Add 1 c of water.
  2. To that add 6 oz of coffee.  Then add 3 c of water.
  3. Add another 6 oz of coffee.  Then add 3 c of water.  With a spoon push the coffee grounds under the water.  The Toddy Coffee instructions warn to not stir the coffee grounds, as it will plug the Toddy Coffee.
  4. Let brew overnight {12-18 hours} on your counter.
  5. Take the stopper out of the bottom of the Toddy Coffee and place it on top of the decanter.  I usually let it sit for about an hour, by that time it has pretty much drained out.
  6. Place lid on the decanter and put in the refrigerator.  
  7. Once chilled, enjoy!  I added some vanilla coconut creamer and half and half to mine.  It is strong just black!  

Note:  Add coffee grounds to your garden as fertilizer!  No waste here. :)

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Broccoli Bites

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Oh boy, things feel different lately.  I feel like something big is about to happen for both Kass and myself.  Something in the universe just feels different.  I could be totally off and probably am but I just feel something.  Hopefully it is good changes and further pushes on in the direction we both desire to move toward.

It could also be the change of seasons.  I always get this way with the turning of the seasons.  I desire to travel or move or pick up a new hobby or something of that sort.  Maybe I am just echoing Mother Nature's changing ways and desire that change as well.  Does anybody else ever feel this way?  I sure hope so, because I thought this desire would dissolve as I got older and it has not.  Maybe that is not a bad thing.  I used to think so, like I could never be satisfied with my current situation but lately I am thinking it is not bad.  I think we need to feel this in order to promote growth and push us in new directions.  Otherwise it is easy to get stuck in a rut and who wants that?  I have also realized that it is okay to change and go in new directions.  I used to think that I was a failure because I didn't follow in the typical path of go to college, graduate, get a job, stay there for 30-40 years and retire.  In the past year or so I have come to peace with the fact that I am not that person.  I truly hope that I continue to grow and evolve and explore new avenues.

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Enough with the deep stuff, let's talk food!  These bites are awesome!  I initially made these for Cash as a way for him to enjoy vegetables in new and tasty ways but I have since enjoyed them tossed on top of salads or as a side to steak or chicken.  They are also gluten free, made with coconut flour.  If you have not used coconut flour you need to try it!  I love this stuff.  I can get a 5 lb. bag from Sam's Club for less than $10 and because a little goes a long way, it lasts me for at least 6 months.  These days I may be going through it faster because of Cash and that I make him quite a few things with it.  I make tortillas, crepes, pancakes, waffles, breads, cookies, bars and so much more with it.  It is my favorite flour, for sure.  So go get yourself some coconut flour and enjoy these bites! :)

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Broccoli Bites

Makes 15 bites

Ingredients:

  • 4 c broccoli florets
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 c coconut flour
  • 1/2 c parmesan 
  • 1/2 tsp pink himalayan sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Bring medium pot of water to a boil.  Add broccoli florets and cover.  Simmer for about 10 minutes or until you can easily pierce it with a fork {but not falling apart}.  Drain and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan add butter.  Once melted add the onions and garlic and sauté until the onion is soft and translucent.
  4. In a large bowl addd the egg and whisk well.  Add the broccoli florets, onion mixture, coconut flour, parmesan and sea salt.  Using your hands mix it all together.  Make sure everything is combined. 
  5. Make 15 balls and place on a baking sheet with a silpat liner sprayed with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 6 minutes, then gently press the balls down with the back of spatula to form a thick patty. 
  7. Bake for another 6-9 minutes or until they are browned on the bottom.
  8. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to let them "harden up" up a bit more.  Or jump right in but they will fall apart pretty easy.  Enjoy!
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Salmon Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pineapple

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How is it when you are a kid the day drags on and on and now I blink and the day is already over.  The nights come so fast and there is so much I want to accomplish while I have a few kid free moments, so I end up going to bed with all of these ideas and desires rumbling around in my head and then insomnia kicks in.  Ugh.  Does anybody else have that problem?  Tell me I am not alone.  A few nights ago I went through some books my mom passed along and grabbed A Perfect Day by Richard Paul Evans, which has turned out to be the perfect cure.  It is a super simple read and it takes my mind off all those thoughts rumbling around and makes going to bed much easier now.  I have spent the last several months reading inspirational and personal/professional growth books, so it has been a breath of fresh air to just read and not really have to think or digest what I am reading.  The words just flow off the page and my mind releases all my thoughts until dawn.  

The past two weeks have been crazy and hard!  I don't know if Cash is getting his 2 year molars or what, but last week he was showing signs that the terrible two's are fast approaching and this week he is super needy, clingy, and lacking on sleep.  He only wants to be on my hip and hates being anywhere else.  I love the snuggles but he is heavy and it is so hard to get anything done with him attached to me ALL DAY.  It's not only Cash and his growing pains this week that is making this week crazy.  There is just something in the air.  I am not sure if is the full moon or what and I can't quite make sense of it all but something is up.

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This salad or some variation of it is a lunchtime staple in this house.  Cash loves it, I love it, so let's just call it a win!  The salmon can easily be swapped out for chicken or beef and sweet potato substitutes in perfectly for the butternut squash.  If I am feeling frisky I use chipotle mayo and give Cash the good ol' regular kind because the chipotle one has a bit of a kick!  I love it!  We love the Sir Kensington brand.  It is so good!  I loved mayo growing up and gave it up several years ago when I learned how much crap is added into the conventional ones, so finding this brand has been awesome.  Of course I could always make my own, which I sometimes do, but I also have to pick my battles and where I want to spend my time. 

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Salmon Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pineapple

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 2- 5 oz. salmon fillets
  • 4 c cubed butternut squash
  • 1.5 c cubed pineapple
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt + more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • mixed greens

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit.
  2. Place butternut squash and pineapple on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.  Add the sea salt, chili powder and cinnamon.  Toss and place in the oven for 25 minutes or until they are evenly roasted.  Make sure to toss and turn the butternut squash and pineapple to evenly roast them.  
  3. Reduce the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit, add the salmon on top of the roasted butternut squash and pineapple.  Sprinkle some sea salt over the salmon and place back in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon is done.
  4. With a fork pull the salmon apart and mix into the butternut squash and pineapple.
  5. In a small bowl mix the mayo and lemon juice together.
  6. Drizzle the mayo mixture over the butternut squash mixture and toss together.
  7. On 2 plates add the lettuce greens, then top with the butternut squash mixture.  Eat as is or toss to mix in the greens.  Enjoy!
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