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Coffee – Sumatra or Italian Blend?

Coffee – Sumatra or Italian Blend?

I love coffee. You may think I love craft beer from all the beers reviews I do, and I assure you – I do love craft beer; but java… I have a different relationship with.

I have been drinking coffee since my early teens, something I couldn’t obviously do with beer, so right there my relationship with coffee is longer. Also, I can drink coffee first thing in the morning; in fact, it’s kind of the point! I start every day with a cup (or two) of joe, made with fresh ground beans. On the weekends I get up earlier than my husband, so instead of brewing a full pot, I make a single serve from our Keurig machine. Yes, we are a household who needs two types of coffee makers. Three if you count the french press we seldom use, and four if you count the backpacking espresso maker we bring along with us on camping trips.

Then during the week, in the mid-morning, I set out with friends from work for a small walk to grab another cup of brew from Starbucks…usually an Americano for me. If it’s the weekend, another k-cup is popped into the Keurig a few times throughout the day. And then around 2 pm I cut myself off from the caffeine for the day, otherwise I am not sure I would ever sleep!

I drink my coffee black most of the time. Around Christmastime I will add in a bit of light egg nog to make it festive, and if it is in the evening (and I am not worried about sleep) I have been known to add in some Bailey’s, Amaretto or other tasty liqueur. But for the most part, black coffee is the way for me!

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I received two flavours of Faro Roasting House’s Keurig coffees from JavaFly Coffee Co. to compare and review.  I decided on the Sumatra Mandheling and Italian Blend to compare and I enlisted in my husband to help out as well! We are at a difference of opinion on which we like better – the Sumatra or Italian blend. 

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Orange Liqueur, Beer, Coffee, Wine and a Freebie!

Orange Liqueur, Beer, Coffee, Wine and a Freebie!

I have a lot to write about today. I finished my orange liqueur and have been trying different beers, wine and coffee and I need to share! Also there is a freebie available to you if you subscribe!

Early April I started a batch of homemade orange liqueur. Check it out here! This is part two of that process, so let’s do a recap. I took four oranges and peeled them ever so slightly so I only got the orange and left the white pith behind. Then I added some sugar and mashed the peels and sugar around. I put my peel/sugar mixture into a glass jar, added some vanilla bean, vodka and brandy and let it sit for 20 days. And here we are – and the next step very easy!!!

Orange Liqueur, Part II

– Take the glass jar of peels and mixture, and strain into a bowl, using a colander and discard the orange peels.
– Stir 1 cup of sugar with 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved. This is a “simple syrup”
 – Let the simple syrup cool completely. While the syrup is cooling, take your strained orange liqueur and strain again through a coffee filter 2 – 3 times, until the orange liqueur is coming through clear. 
– Add the cooled simple syrup to the orange liqueur and mix. Pour mixture into a glass bottle, refrigerate and store for a up to a year! If it lasts that long, that is!!

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3 rubs for meat – all you’ll ever need!

3 rubs for meat – all you’ll ever need!

My husband and I like to smoke and barbecue a lot. We started out with a little smoker from Canadian Tire (a lot like this one Smoker) and we put it to good use! Friday we upgraded to a large barrel Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe Smoker
My husband spent Friday and Saturday putting it together, sealing it and seasoning it; getting it ready for Sunday where we celebrated a belated birthday for my mom and an early Mother’s Day. The menu for the lunch was as follows:

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Coffee, beers and a highball!

Coffee, beers and a highball!

Hey!
Coffee, beers and a highball – that’s a lot of drink! Here’s the thing – I have realized that I drink a lot more than I eat…and one drink post a week is just not enough…I am getting backed up with drink reviews – so today I bring to you a few different beverage reviews; one coffee, a couple beers and a highball.

This week I tried a new coffee bean that I ordered online: Barefoot Yirgacheffe Kochere Coffee from Ethiopia and roasted in California. The write up on the bag says it “explodes with bright notes of honeydew melon and mandarine orange…” Before I read this I had a cup and the first thing I said was “It tastes fruity!”  I prefer a more bold, strong coffee with more spice undertones, however this fruity cup of joe was really smooth and easy to drink and my husband really enjoyed it. We are now done this bag of beans and onto another bag of barefoot that I will let you know how it is!

Coffee, beers and a highball!

My husband and I stopped in at Sherbrooke Liquor Store and kind of went crazy, spending way to much. (Note – if you haven’t been to this store, you should – it’s kind of amazing. If you don’t live in or near Edmonton, then I am sorry and hope you have an awesome liquor store in your local area!)

We love to try different beers and we bought quite a few new ones to test out. One that we grabbed was tucked way back in a corner with a little sign saying “Hidden Gem”, a large bottle of beer called Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale. Not only did the “Hidden Gem” sign intrigue me, but the fact that it was a blood orange beer made it a must try for me. If you know me you know that I am a sucker for anything citrus. (Hence the Citrus Spring Salad!) This beer does have it’s citrus undertones, and it is an unfiltered beer so it pours cloudy. Because it is a pale ale it has that hoppy bitter after taste, which is not my favourite thing; and even thought it has a feint citrus flavour, I was hoping for more blood orange flavours to come through. All in all it was a decent beer, and if I were forced to give it a rating I would say 7/10. Some of that rating was for the rad bottle design!

Coffee, beers and a highball!

Next up is one of my favourite beers! If you like dark beers, try the Erdinger Dunkel; it is my favourite malty dark beer. It is a dark wheat beer with full flavour with some hints of coffee, and is smooth and creamy to finish! If you don’t like really strong beers, or are just starting out trying different beers, try this one. Beer advocates often give the Erdinger Dunkel a low rating, saying that it is just a boring beer; but I still love the malty, richness, somewhat bready taste to it . This was one of the first darker beers I have ever tried, so that is probably why I still love it so much.

Coffee, beers and a highball!

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I just went a little crazy at The Silk Road in Edmonton, and bought WAY too many spices. Within my spice adventure, I picked up a bottle of Cardamom Orange Porter’s Tonic Syrup. I loved the fact that this setup was 1) local (made in Calgary!); and 2) is made with orange (citrus!!) and cardamom! As soon as I got home I immediately mixed myself up a drink with this – see my little recipe below. You can really taste the orange and then hints of the cardamom goes so well.  The drink is so refreshing; I am looking forward to hot summer days with a few of these mixed for me! Porter’s Tonic also has a grapefruit, which I am pretty sure I also need.

1 ounce vodka
1 ounce Porter’s Tonic Syrup, Cardamom Orange
Orange Sparkling Water (I use PC Blue Menu’s)
Ice

Directions: 
1) Put ice into a tumbler. Add in vodka and tonic syrup. Top up with sparkling water. Mix well with a stir stick. Enjoy!

Coffee, beers and a highball!

I hope you enjoyed coffee, beers and a highball!
Do you like dark strong coffee or the lighter fruity flavours? What is your beer of choice? Do you have a drink you think I should try?

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Hi there! How are you doing?! It’s Friday!! 😀

You may remember I used homemade whole wheat English muffins in my first blog post of a quick and easy breakfast sandwich. I promised that I would share that recipe with you and here I keep that promise! I love these English muffins and have had them as part of my breakfast almost every day since September 2014! If I don’t get sick of something daily, then it’s that good! 

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