Today is a very special day, for it is my one and only little Abram’s very first birthday!
I am sad to say that he is no longer technically Abe the Babe, but Abe the Toddler.
This past year has been incredible. Abram was a surprise pregnancy that wasn’t taken all that well, and boy did I fight it til the very end up until the moment he was born. But that moment changed my life (ugh, now I’m starting to gross myself out a little with all of this mush) and my life certainly has not been the same!
Having a child has taught me things I don’t think I would have learned without one. The biggest lesson would have to be the realization of how naturally selfish I was and can still be at any given moment. It definitely taught me that I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for. It’s like babies windmill kick you into adulthood, no matter how “adult” we may think we already are. And from what I hear, I’ve got plenty more lessons to learn.
But putting the lessons aside, it’s just been a blast. This kid is hilarious, and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not bent over with laughter from some form of entertainment Abram is providing me. And he’s only 1! I cannot imagine what he will come up with in the years to come.
My favorite part about being a mom is having the opportunity to help create a man. Abram may only be 12 months old right now, but one day he will be A MAN. That’s insane to think about. I want him to be the kind of man that intentionally loves the people around him. The kind of man that serves others, and that actually uses his gifts to worship in whatever form that may be. I mean, not gonna lie: hope that’s music. But it could be sports, writing, photography, organization, etc. I just want him to love God with all that he is and all that he has. You don’t meet those people everyday. Daniel and I have quite the responsibility on our hands. Thank God for grace and forgiveness, cause I know screw ups (and many of them) lie ahead.
Well now I’m just gonna cry. Happy Birthday Abram Isaiah Webb!
Well I didn’t post yesterday or Wednesday, which is a big fat FAIL. I’ve been having a rough week, and during weeks like this I tend to not do anything that I should do. Fear and laziness. Plan and simple.
I know I should be writing about what I’ve been going through, but I’m just not quite ready to do that yet. Instead I’ll prolong the inevitable and talk about coffee.
Hey, I’m just being honest.
So I’m not a big hot coffee drinker. I will drink the scolding lava every now and then, but I’m a iced-drinker at heart. Maybe it’s because I run hot, or perhaps I’m just a wuss. Call it what you will. Iced coffee is better.
I’ve found over the past several years that coming up with a time efficient and not-watered-down iced coffee recipe has proven to be difficult. I almost threw a cup of soggy coffee on the floor once because I was so mad that a COFFEE SHOP had no idea how to make an iced coffee. I’ve also had a few friends share with me their iced woes. I found a blog that talked about freezing ice cubes of coffee and putting that into your hot cup, but I just don’t buy it. You’d have to use A LOT of ice cubes to get it to at least room temp. And I’ve tried making a big batch of coffee and putting it in a pitcher and letting sit in the fridge. But that just leaves the coffee stale.
Are you ready for this? I have found the solution. Well at least for me. Here is a simple and pretty convenient way to make iced coffee at home. And yes, you SHOULD be making your own. Don’t be wasting your hard earned bread at Starbucks everyday (but do waste it sometimes…..)
Ok, here we gooooo…..
First brew your coffee (duh.) I put a picture up of a coffee grinder because you need to be grinding your own coffee. Vacuum packed Folgers is not acceptable. I know that grocery stores and coffee shops offer to grind the pound for you, but it will just never be as fresh as grinding your own. You can get a grinder for as cheap as $10 at Walmart. Make the investment.
Pour your coffee into your mug, and set it in the freezer. As you can see, there have been some coffee spills that I’ve chosen to ignore. Gross. Anyway, leave it in there for one hour. If you wanna get a little crazy, shoot for the stars and go for the hour and a half. Your coffee will have some frozen froth in there. Yum.
While you’re waiting, do something fun like stare at your cute baby. If you don’t have a baby, play with your pet. Or get ready for work. Or take a couple of laps. Or do whatever you like to do for an hour.
Can you tell that I’m not very good at pouring things? Take the coffee out of the freezer, and pour it into a regular glass. I’m kinda anal about this. I don’t like to drink my iced coffee in a hot coffee mug. There’s no particular reason. Usually I pour it into my cute teal iced coffee tumbler, but unfortunately it is sitting in the back seat of our car parked at Daniel’s office.
Now for the sugar and cream. Here’s where it gets debatable. I like to add my sugar in AFTER it’s gotten cold. No, it doesn’t desolve as well but I like it that way. It leaves some sugar granules at the bottom of the glass for later, and I love the crunching texture of sugar between my teeth. But of course you can add the sugar before you put it in the freezer so it melts first thing. Also, I don’t usually use heavy whipping cream to lighten my coffee, it’s like drinking love handles. Usually I use Organic Valley’s Half-n-Half and somehow justify that that’s healthier.
Add some ice cubes and drink up!
I go through this process every morning and it has worked out just fine. No watered down or stale coffee. It’s worth the hour wait, and I have that time to kill anyway. Most people wake up at least an hour before they go to work, so just brew that cup first thing. If you simply don’t have the extra sixty minutes in your morning, then you can make your coffee the night before. But only make enough for one serving and make sure you cover or put a top on the glass while it sits overnight. I just hate a skunky, dried out cup of coffee. It tastes like bad beef jerky.
So how do you like your coffee? Any good recipes you’d like to share?