ICED COFFEE :: made at home

I don't know about you, but come 3ish in the afternoon, I am craving something sweet.

My go to afternoon treat is usually a home made iced coffee.  The recipe is from the ever so talented Pioneer Woman.  I don't often have time to read through her blog, but when I do, I always walk away laughing and feeling inspired.


Iced Coffee ::

1/2 pound of good ground coffee

1 gallon of filtered water

milk, half & half

chocolate syrup

ice cubes

:: Grind 1/2 pound of coffee beans.  In a large bowl {or container} pour in your ground coffee, add 1 gallon of filtered water.  Stir the coffee and water together.  Cover with lid or dishtowel and let it sit for 8-24 hours.

Take a fine mesh strainer, or add a couple of layers of cheesecloth to a larger stainer.  Slowly pour the coffee mixture through the stainer.  Be sure to not let any coffee grounds escape through the strainer, I know from experience.....iced coffee doesn't taste good if you are chewing coffee grounds!

Store the coffee goodness in your refrigerator.  It will last a few weeks, although, I go through mine much faster than that!  

When you are ready to make a drink::

Fill your glass with ice.

Fill your cup 1/2 full with the coffee goodness.

Top off your cup with milk, 1/2 & 1/2, or a little bit of both.  

If you like a little sweetness, add some chocolate syrup, or any flavored syrup, and then give it a good stir.

I usually add some whip cream to mine.....

And there you have it, the perfect iced coffee!


PS ~ If you want really detailed instructions, pop over to Pioneer Woman's blog.  She is much funnier and more detailed than I am!!

YUMMY WATER :: a great resource for flavored water

I thought I would share a fun website that someone sent me....a website with different ways to flavor water!  I am always looking for ways to drink more water.  This is an easy way to get everyone in the family to drink more water!  Plus, it is so pretty!

The Yummy Life


Right now, we are loving the Pineapple Mint flavored water.


Hope you feel inspired to create some beautiful, healthy flavored water!

**both images are from the yummy life website**