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These are a Few of my Favorite Things // Coffee + Printables

One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to declare from the rooftops your love for awesome businesses, and companies and connect your readers with such great entrepreneurs. It fills my heart with joy! So I am just doing a little happy dance as I write this post because these two companies are gonna make you want to dance too! Two of my favorite things are coffee & pretty paper. I cannot go a morning with out drinking a cup of joe, and there is not a room in my house that does not have some type of design print on the wall. So today I wanted to connect you all with some dear new friends, and awesome ladies - Christin of Sweet Aroma Coffee, and Lauren of Elle & Co. Design. These ladies both offer some crazy awesome monthly subscriptions through their businesses that I am thoroughly enjoying!

Christin and her husband started Sweet Aroma Coffee to make money that will go towards stopping sex trafficking. They have a huge heart for Jesus, and seeing the Lord proclaimed and lifted up in some of the darkest places around the world. Sweet Aroma offers a monthly coffee subscription that highlights coffee from different regions around the world. For example, this month I received a 12 oz. bag of coffee from Rwanda, and a 12 oz. bag of coffee from El Salvador! 

The coffee every month will come from two different countries, and is fair trade coffee. A percentage of what you pay monthly goes to 61 Project in Kenya, and Wipe Every Tear in the Philippines. The monthly cost is low for the high quality coffee you will receive. If you are a coffee drinker like me, it just seems to make sense to give money to buy coffee that is doing something for the Kingdom! I hope you will check them out. 

Elle & Co. Design has just launched an amazing printable library that you can subscribe to for just $6.99 a month! Lauren is an amazingly talented designer, and her products are beautiful. I have loved my subscription so far, and cannot wait to use all of her adorable printables. She offers invitations, gift tags, prints, note cards, and more! 


Every month there are new items in the library, and you have access to them all! I love this unique concept, and the best part is you will always have a quick gift if you ever need one. Just print off some note cards on card stock, or frame one of her adorable teacup prints...and there you go, easy and price conscious gift! 
I have already used the gift tags for wedding presents, and her note cards for keeping up with all my to do lists! I hope you check out this awesome library! You will be so glad that you did! 

What are some of your favorite things?

Some posts you may have missed:
Single and Content - my story of my season being single
Bread & Wine Project - Blackberry Crisp - FIRST Bread & Wine Project link up!
Big Announcement - Did you know we are having a BLOG RETREAT?
Lessons from Piper the Pup - Who knew you could learn so much from a little animal?


Cinnamon Vanilla French Press Coffee + Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!

Coffee is my all time favorite drink. Nothing new for you guys right? I love the stuff. Coffee makes me feel cozy, it reminds me fresh starts in the mornings, heart to hearts with friends, late night study session in college, and now late night moral support session for Ben while he works late on journal articles...I love coffee, and all that goes a long with it. 

As a wedding gift we were given this French Press, and I quickly fell in love with this way of making coffee. Maybe because it is not the quickest way to make it...or maybe because it doesn't use something that plugs into the wall (well my stove...but you know) and it makes me feel old fashion...or maybe because it makes the coffee so strong and creamy almost like hot chocolate. Whatever it is I ADORE French Press coffee. 

So today I wanted to share a few French Press tips, and a simple recipe for cinnamon vanilla coffee, using regular coffee and natural flavors that I promise you have in your pantry! 

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

There a few steps that you need to take in order to get a great cup of French Press coffee every time. 

1. Use whole beans, and grind them yourself. - This will guarantee that your beans are not stale, and will not taste bitter or have a bad aftertaste. ALSO, most pre-ground coffee is ground very fine, which is perfect for your coffee maker, but not for a French Press. You need to grind your bean to a course grind. This will help your coffee get a great flavor, without having a mug half full of coffee sludge! 

2. Use scalding water. - There is a difference between scalding and boiling. You want your water to be at the point right before boiling (scalding). You will be able to see little bubbles begin to form but it will not be boiling. It will look like this...

3. Add a tiny pinch of salt. - I know this sounds so weird, but for the same reason you add salt to sweet baked goods, it helps the overall taste of the coffee. It reduced the bitter aftertaste and just rounds out the overall texture! You will not be able to taste the salt! Promise!

Now for the Vanilla Cinnamon recipe... this is so easy, and really kicks up the normal coffee to make for a drink that is a treat, but not overly sweet like most flavored coffee. 

WHAT YOU NEED:
French Press (mine is a 6 cup)
4 tablespoons course ground coffee (I use about 4 rounded tablespoons, but I like strong coffee, adjust to your preference)
6 cups scalding water
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Extra- whipped cream for topping
extra cinnamon for dusting
cream + sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Heat your water in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add coffee grounds, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt to French Press. 

Once water reaches scalding, add to French Press, and stir to combine. Place the top on the press, and let steep for 4-5 minutes. Gently press the plunger down at a steady speed. 

Pour into mugs, add cream and sugar. Enjoy! To make it special add whipped cream and a dust of cinnamon! 

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!

Delicious Vanilla Cinnamon French Press Coffee! Make it at home with ingredients you are sure to have on hand!
For a variation of this play around with different extracts in your pantry. I think a tablespoon of cocoa powder + almond extract would be really yummy also! 

Are you a French Press person? How do you drink your coffee? 

Oh and before you go, I am super super pumped to be pairing up with Jenna of Dearest Love to bring you an awesome giveaway! Jenna is kicking off her blog sponsorships next month and is giving away ad space, and an Etsy giftcard! Whooohoo! So you know you should enter! 



This giveaway is only open to bloggers. All entries will be checked, so follow the rules, friends. :) 

A Harvest of Blessing

Check out my sweet sponsor this month, Madison of The Wetherills Say I Do!

Quick and Easy Coffee Frappe

Coffee is my best friend. I have a cup, maybe two in the mornings, as soon as I wake up. It is something that brings me a lot of joy in the mornings. Sounds lame? Well true coffee lovers will fully understand my sentiments. No I am just kidding, it is totally okay if you don't like coffee...we can still be friends. I promise. 

But really...coffee is one of my favorite drinks. I always drink it in the morning but I find that around 2 or 3 in the afternoon I am in need of a drink to sip on to give me a second wind but often I want something other than a steamy cup of joe...so what is a coffee lover to do? 

Well, I am here to help you out. Try this quick and easy recipe! It is a great way to use up leftover coffee from the pot you make in the mornings. You will need an ice tray for this just by the way.

COFFEE FRAPPE




Ingredients:

Frozen coffee cubes
Milk (almond, regular, coconut...whatever suits your fancy)
Cream (Heavy cream, half and half, flavored creamer, again, do what makes you happy)
Dash of sugar, honey or other sweetener
Chocolate Syrup or Caramel Syrup (or any coffee flavoring syrup)

Just freeze your leftover coffee in an ice tray. I use about 6-8 cubes in my drink.


Add about 1 cup of milk, a dash of creamer, sweetener and syrup. Blend your little heart out. 




Then pour into your favorite drinking glass, sprinkle some cocoa powder on top, pop in a straw and enjoy!


I just love my Anthro inspired "zinc" letters. Don't you? I may see a tutorial coming in the future here for these little guys...stay tuned! 

XOXO,

Rachel