Saturday, May 28, 2011

Iced Coffee Allena's way...

Rarely do you see me with out the wondrous brew we call coffee! and in the summer it's iced for me. I've had a few people ask me how I make my iced coffee. I thought I would give you a photo tute to copy if you wish.
 This summer I bought a few of these Cup / Tumbler with Straw  (I love how the straw has a little stopper at the bottom) Actually I bought one and had to go back and get a 2nd b/c I found I was using it like every day. I may have to get 1 more... why not have all the colors there are?
Anyways on with the tute!

Firstly Gather your Supplies:
I use espresso b/c when you're making iced coffee you want the strong stuff. So I use my Mr. Coffee Espresso/Cappuccino Maker of course mine is an older version. I also have Milk, flavored creamer, espresso ground, my cup and if you don't do the creamer you can have flavored syrup. I use simple syrup for extra sweetness. 
Ok.. so I put the grounds in the filter and add the water and while it brews I get my cup ready. 
Filled with ice, then I pour a bit of simple syrup over the ice. like 1tsp-1tbls it's up to you and your taste buds, but remember you'll be adding a flavored creamer so don't go overboard. 
The espresso is brewing I love how it foams. To get the perfect cup it should foam like that! You can tell if it comes out like honey if it's going to be good or not. 
When it's done brewing you pour it over the ice. Don't stir yet! add your creamer and enjoy how it swirls down through the coffee and ice making pretty patterns in your cup. I use only about 2 Tlbs at the most of the creamer, remember we used simple syrup (or flavored syrup)
After that top it off with your milk. Now you can stir and enjoy! 

How I made my simple syrup:
I took 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar and on the stove boiled it until the sugar was dissolved then I poured it into an empty syrup bottle capped and it's ready to use for coffee or tea.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

I love ModPodge!

We found this on YouTube and the girls are so excited about it. we're going to have to make a trip to Michaels to find some wooden disks and blocks to make the checkers and puzzle!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Special Summer Classes

This summer, I won't be having the Wednesday night classes but I will have 3 special classes on Saturdays throughout  the summer. The classes will be repeated in June, July and August. So hopefully one of the days will suit your schedule. Monday classes will still continue as normal. You can sign up for a class by calling Forget Me Not or stopping by the store.
For these special classes I'm asking that you please sign up and pay 2 weeks before. There will be a  3 person minimum for class.

1: Dye your own yarn 10AM-1PM $40 – bring pen and paper for notes.  Other materials included  in class price. We will be learning how to dye our own sock yarn using koolaid. We will also talk about other types of dyes and methods of dying. June 11th, July 16th, Aug 6th

2: Broomstick Lace 10AM-12PM $20- Materials Needed: Basic knowledge of crochet.US size 19  (15mm)Knitting Needle, Size E (3.5mm) crochet Hook. 100 grams of Sock Yarn. (hand dyed works wonderfully with this pattern) We will be  making a skinny scarf and learning how to do the stitch.  June 18th , July 23rd, Aug 13th

3: Beginning Spinning 10AM-1PM $50-Bring pen and paper for notes. Other materials included in class price. Learn how to use a drop spindle and how to make your own yarn. June 25th,  July 30th, Aug 20th

I hope to see you all there!