Link Up #76

It’s time for another Link Party! :)

Now is your chance to link up your favorite blog posts of crafts and recipes!  :)  I hope to see some awesome projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, I really hope all of my readers will participate and help us spread the word!  :)

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How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

You all know how much I love my coffee…well someone introduced me to the Pour Over Method and honestly, I’ve never looked back.  It’s cleaner, quicker, easier, and the coffee honestly tastes that much better!  “Whhhhat?  How can coffee taste better than in a French Press?” you ask?  Well it totally does; I promise!  :)

You can Google Pour Over Methods and you’ll find all sorts of complicated explanations and measurements…and just…directions that sound like it takes too much time to do.  I did read some of them, and then I adapted it to make my own method and I haven’t looked back!  :)

I love my iced coffee, you all know that.  I still use that awesome pitcher that I told you all about months ago to make the iced coffee, and you can still use it with this Pour Over Method.  :)  It’s all about saving time and multitasking.  :)

The first thing you’ll need to do is get a Glass Coffee Dripper along with some Coffee Paper Cone Filters to use with the Dripper.  Place the Dripper on top of a mug, pitcher, or server and place the Filter inside.  Depending on the Filters you get, you *may* have to fold the seal over to create a sturdier seal (read your packaging instructions for the Filters).

How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

Next, add your ground coffee inside the filter; I tend to use about 1 overflowing tbsp per “cup.”  Now we all know that they consider a “cup” of coffee to be 6 oz.  After the coffee grounds have been added to the filter, shake it to make sure it’s level and not piled to one side.

How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

Now it’s time to boil some water.  For 8 “cups” of coffee, it’s about 32-34 oz.  I still use my Electric Kettle to boil the water because it’s the quickest and easiest way.  So since I’m going to boil water for this pitcher to eventually cool and use for iced coffee, I tend to also boil a little more water so I can also have a cappuccino at the time of “brewing!”  :)    Hey, why not?!

The next step is pouring the boiling water over the grounds in a circular motion.  You’ll see the Filter dampen all the way to the top, and then your coffee grounds will start to foam up (this is normal).  Only pour enough water on the grounds to cover them.

How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

Let the foam and liquid start to drain our into your “container,” and once the water is almost gone, continue to pour more around the outside to “move” the ground down further in the Filter.  It will again foam up and you just continue the process.  Try not to pour too much water in the dripper as you want to get every last bit of coffee goodness out of those grounds.  Therefore, be patient!  :)

How to Make Coffee with the Pour Over Method

There you have it…that wasn’t so hard, was it?  :)  Some people will act like this method is more or less a chemistry project.  It’s not.  :)  There are different sizes of Drippers and Filters.  You need to make sure you buy the right size that will suit your needs as well as having the two match up with how much coffee grounds you add versus liquid to make the coffee!  :)

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent movie review

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

The Divergent Series: Insurgent

Again, no surprise that I’m literally OBSESSED with the Divergent series…books…movies…I LOVE them all.  :)  I was SUPER pumped to see this movie and was able to catch it over the weekend with some family.  The theater was packed and we actually waited in line to get inside the theater (and this was 2 days after the premier day)!  I will say, that if you’ve never seen the first movie, I’m not 100% sure you’ll understand the second one of the series.  While they did show some flashbacks and recapped a few things, the whole gist of the story would be missing if this was your first introduction to Tris (played by (Shailene Woodley), Four (played by Theo James), and the gang.

The plot of Insurgent takes place three days after the previous installment, which as we saw at the end of the first movie, Tris, Four, and what family they have left (oh yeah, and Peter) are on the run from Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet) and the rest of the power-hungry Erudites.  Tris and Four end up searching for allies and answers through out what faction system is left in the ruins of Chicago.  The main goal?  Find out what Tris’ parents sacrificed their lives to protect and why the Erudites will do anything to stop them.  Side by side, Tris and Four face one seemingly insurmountable challenge after another, as they unravel the secrets of the past and — ultimately — the future of their world.

For the most part, the most was based on Insurgent, the second book in the Divergent trilogy written by Veronica Roth. Now, I haven’t read the book in well over a year, so I couldn’t remember all the itty bitty details, however, for the most part everything seemed familiar to me.  There were a few things that I think were changed a bit (one being the closeness of Tris and Four).  This movie definitely has more violent fights scenes compared to the 1st one and it also has WAY more Tris and Four interaction than we’ve ever seen (which made me very happy).  We also learn more about Four and his past, compared to the info from the first movie.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie and cannot to watch it over and over when the DVD comes out.  :)  I honestly can say that I think I prefer these books/movies over The Hunger Games the more I dig deeper into the movies.  Some try to compare the two, but I’m not sure if that’s fair to do so.  I think they have pretty different storylines and purposes…as well as the relationships that the characters share.

So go on, go see this movie ASAP…if you haven’t seen the 1st installment, then what are you waiting for?

This is NOT a Sponsored post. This post is written by me. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Fried Kielbasa and Potatoes recipe

Fried Kielbasa and Potatoes

Sausage and Potatoes are our go-to when we don’t know what else to have.  This is one of those recipes where you could probably add anything ti it and it’d still taste amazing!  :)  The potatoes in this dish are simply to die for!  Yes, they’re that amazing ! :)  ENJOY!

Fried Kielbasa and Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 14-16 oz. kielbasa
  • 4-5 decent sized potatoes
  • 1 vidalia onion
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat skillet on med-high heat; meanwhile, cut sausage into slices and drop in the heated pan.
  • Stir while frying; as kielbasa is browning, chop the onion and potatoes.
  • Once the sausage has browned up a bit, and released most of the grease, scoop it out and put aside; be careful to leave grease in pan.
  • Drop potatoes into the kielbasa grease to fry; once they start to brown cut down heat to med-low, and add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
  • Once the potatoes have softened, add the kielbasa back into the pan mix in and all to reheat before serving; top with parmesan cheese

source: http://blommi.com/homefried-kielbasa-and-potatoes-recipe/

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Link Up #75 and a $5 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway!

It’s time for another Link Party! :)

Now is your chance to link up your favorite blog posts of crafts and recipes!  :)  I hope to see some awesome projects, recipes, tips, and tricks; also, I really hope all of my readers will participate and help us spread the word!  :)

If you are at all interested in co-hosting upcoming Link Ups, please contact me!

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