• Cold Brew Coffee

    Hey everyone! I recently received an Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag from Tomoson.com to try out and share what I thought with all of you. All opinions on this product are my own. While I was trying to decide what to use it for first Alabama decided it was done with fall and has scheduled a week of temps in the high 80s. That pretty much means no more lazy afternoons with sweaters and pumpkin flavored coffee. It means ICED coffee! I’ve made cold brew coffee so many times and the hardest part has always been the straining. I’ve tried coffee filters, strainers and paper towels, and cheese cloth. The cheese cloth was the best option until this bag came into my life. It couldn’t have made the process any easier!

    Cold brew coffee


    First, get a large container with lid. It should hold about 2qts of water. Grab your bag of ground dark roast coffee and dump it in and then add about 10ish cups of water. Stir it up, pop the lid on, and let it sit for about 12 hours. I did this in the afternoon and let it sit over night so it definitely brewed longer than 12 hours.

    cold brew coffee


    After your coffee has plenty of time to sit all locked up in the container it’s time to strain it all out. This is where the bag comes in. Plop that bad boy in a large pitcher. This one is 1 gallon. And ignore the Sweet Tea part. This is ALL COFFEE.

    nut milk bag


    Next, dump your coffee into the bag. Preferably not while trying to take a picture. I spilled a bit…

    cold brew coffee

    cold brew coffee


    Now, lift out your bag, put down your camera, and wring out the bag as well as you can to get all the liquid out.

    cold brew coffee


    After this step I dumped the coffee grounds in the trash, flipped the bag inside out and rinsed it well. Once it was rinsed I flipped it right again and put it in a smaller pitcher and poured it all through one more time. When you’re totally done straining rinse the bag out well and let it dry.

    This recipe made enough to fill a 2 quart pitcher. But please note…this is very concentrated! Perfect for me since I fill my glass with ice, half coffee, and half milk (and some stevia). If you just want the iced coffee without milk or any other girly additives then you might want to dilute it down with some cold water.

    I made some for T with just ice and this coffee. He made the omg it’s too strong the ice needs to melt face. I obviously forgot the point of this recipe was so *I* could add all my goodness for *me*. Oops.

    cold brew coffee


    My glass was much better. ICE, half milk, have coffee concentrate, 2 packs stevia. BOOM. You could add a tiny bit of flavored syrups too if you want to get crazy

    best iced coffee


    So there you have it! Cold brew coffee using the Ellie’s Best Nut Milk Bag. You can buy it HERE on Amazon and it’s super cheap. So worth it.

    coffee concentrate

    **I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

  • Organic Matcha Green Tea Frappe

    matcha powder

    Do you like green tea? I’m not a fan of actual hot green tea but I do love all the green tea flavored backed goodies and frappes. Do you know where the pretty green color and tea flavor comes from? I honestly had no idea until I got this bag of organic matcha green tea powder.

    Honestly, my first impression was pretty iffy…when you first open
    it you’re hit with a strong grassy smell. Once you use it though it’s nothing but good flavor.

    My first test run with the matcha powder was a green tea frappuccino like Starbucks.  I only tried one recipe and I wasn’t too thrilled with it. More milk next time maybe. This is what I did:

    • 1/2 tsp green tea powder
    • 1/8 cup hot water
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 1 tbs sugar
    • 1 cup ice

    Mix tea powder and hot water until disolved. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

    I’ve also been adding this powder into all of my smoothies lately which definitely tastes a lot better!

    The green tea powder I used was the Organic Matcha from Kiss Me Organics.


    I received this product for free using Tomoson.com.

    Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman

    I just finished If I Stay by Gayle Forman. I’m not going to write a super in depth review here but did want to jump and let y’all know about this book. I clicked a link through Facebook a few weeks ago about books turned 2014 movies. Since I love books turned movies I had to check it out and I found this one on the list. It definitely looked like something I’d want to see so I downloaded it first to my Kindle. Fast forward to a few days ago when I remembered I had bought it and decided to actually read…

    If I Stay

    If you’ve read A Fault in Our Stars I think you’d like this book too. A little romance, lots of sadness, and a quick read. The movie trailer is out and I am excited to see it.  Also, I really like Chloë Grace Moretz.

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