Thursday, July 7, 2011

Iced Coffee

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Can I take a moment to complain?  Only a moment, I swear.
My kids drive me crazy with their never-ending arguing!
They have 752,861 toys to play with, stacks of books to read, a dog to chase--endless forms of entertainment, and yet...they torment one another.  All.  Freakin'.  Day.
Does anyone else have this problem?
Sometimes I just cannot listen to anymore, referee anymore, re-direct anymore and then...then I hide from them.
I fix myself an iced coffee, find a baking book, and hunker down in a corner of my closet.  I credit this iced coffee with saving the tattered remains of my joke.  I sip this sweet beverage, flip through my book and find the strength to get back in the middle of the battle (literally).  My iced saves me.

K.  The moment is over.
Back to the important thing here:  Iced Coffee.
Until I saw The Pioneer Woman's post about iced coffee, I had been making mine with freshly brewed coffee over lots of ice.  Simple and tasty, but...but...but now I've seen the light and know the truth!
I tried it PW's way and I'm converted...forever. 

I've scaled down her recipe to fit my iced coffee needs.  Yes, you read that correctly, I said needs...iced coffee needs.  A 2-quart pitcher has been lasting me about a week.
Make some for yourself and you'll see the light too!

Iced Coffee

1.  Get some cold filtered/purified water, about 2 quarts (1/2 a gallon).
2.  Get some good quality ground coffee, about 1/4 lb.
3.  Mix the two together and let the mixture sit for about 8 hours or overnight.
4.  Line a fine mesh strainer with cheesecloth or paper-towels and set over a pitcher or other container. Pour coffee/water mixture through the strainer, allowing all liquid to run through. Discard grounds.
5. Put the coffee mixture in the refrigerator and let it chill until you're ready to use it.

Here is how I usually prepare my iced coffee:
I fill a glass full of ice, pour in the chilled coffee (about 2/3 full) and then add in some milk or half and half.  At this point, it needs a little something to sweeten it up.  Sometimes I just add a little sugar, sometimes I add some sweetened ground chocolate and call it an iced mocha. :)  I've also got some caramel sauce that really puts it over the top.  Just add what you like and make it your own!  Hiding from your children is optional at this point. 


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Holly said...

I HEAR YA!!!! I do love how you deal with it-iced coffee-perfect!!lol I made this too, its awesome!!!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Yummy! That iced coffee sounds fabulous. I only have one child so I can't relate on exactly the same level, but I know we all need our getaways now and then. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe!

Desi said...

I'm glad you are able to escape with this drink! I don't have kids yet but I see what I will have to look forward to :) I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It said...

What a great idea in scaling it down-- when I first saw it on PW I was amazed at the size the recipe made-- my mom loves iced coffee so I might have to try this soon!

Foodness Gracious said...

Haha, I can just picture you in caffeine bliss stuck in the closet while war rages on in the next room. Good for you, I know how it feels to need a break!

anna ~ random handprints said...

sounds delicious, i love iced coffee (and escaping from the children) too.

when mine fight one of my only tricks that works is sending them to do a chore. they are usually better behaved afterwards - suddently the books and toys look like the right choice!

nancycreative said...

That iced coffee sounds so good! It's so refreshing in the summer. I'll have to try this recipe--I've always made it before with freshly brewed coffee, too, but this way sounds great!

Patty said...

I keep seeking this recipe all over the place and I've got to try it! It looks divine!

Kirsten said...

It's so reassuring that I'm not the only one with a wicked coffee habit! Sounds fantastic!

Priscilla M said...

I feel your pain. My 2 boys are 12 and 9, and now that they're on summer break, they're driving me nuts with their bickering, roughhousing, yelling and whatever else they're doing. As a proclaimed coffee addict, I can't imagine going thru a day dealing with my rugrats without coffee :)

The Better Baker said...

What a simple and wonderful recipe! Bless your heart...I think it must taste best while hiding in the closet. =) I'm gonna try this soon!

José Miguel. said...

hahaha loved the

" fix myself an iced coffee, find a baking book, and hunker down in a corner of my closet "

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