How to Make French Press Coffee

Another coffee related post from me. Are you shocked? ;)

There are just a few things in life that everyone really needs to know, and one of those things is how to brew coffee with a french press. I just couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t help you out in that area. It’s just what friends do! 

How to Make French Press CoffeeBrewing coffee with a french press is actually really quick and easy. The flavors of the coffee are enhanced with this method of brewing. You’re going to end up with a more full-bodied cup of coffee from a french press than you will with a drip or Keurig. 

How to Make French Press CoffeeYou will want to start with coarsely ground coffee. I like to grind my coffee fresh before brewing. I used my handmade Steampunk Coffee Mill from Uncommon Goods to grind the coffee. Uncommon Goods carries a wide variety of unique and handmade gifts. I would definitely keep them in mind for the upcoming holiday season! There is something for everyone on your list. You can feel good buying from them as they not only support the artisan community; but they pay their employees well, and support awesome non-profits that protect and support women and work to end hunger {among others!}. I like to pass on companies that do good to you. :) You can find more gift ideas here and here

How to Make French Press CoffeePut your kettle on the stove and start boiling water. While the water is boiling, put 4-8 tablespoons of the coarsely ground coffee into your french press {depending on how strong you want your coffee to be}. 

How to Make French Press CoffeeWhen the water is ready, fill your french press. Stir in any grounds floating on the top so that they are all wet. Place the plunger and lid on the top and allow the coffee to steep for about 5-7 minutes.

How to Make French Press CoffeeWhen time is up, slowly push the plunger to the bottom of the press. You don’t want to push too fast, otherwise you’ll have scalding hot coffee spewing out. A lot of people think you have to push the plunger up and down several times, but you really only need to push it once. 

How to Make French Press CoffeeServe immediately and enjoy!

How to Make French Press Coffee

How do you take your coffee? Do you have a favorite brewing method?

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Uncommon Goods provided their product in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

 

Neutral Fall Table

The official first day of Autumn is next Tuesday! We got a little sneak peek of the weather to come this past weekend. I am so looking forward to it! The fall seems to always be a busy season for us; especially this year. The programs and groups we are a part of relaunch in the fall, there are a lot of birthdays, holidays to plan for…there is just a lot going on! I think it is so important to be intentional about slowing down and carving out time for quiet or to be with people you love. 

I can think of no better way of doing that than to gather around the table and “break bread” with your loved ones. A little warm comfort food and a pretty fall table never hurt anyone, right? ;)

Neutral Fall Table

This year’s fall table is a modern take on the lodge look, with warm neutrals, textures, patterns and layers. It has a cozy feel that can only be made better by a bowl of butternut squash soup. Yes please!

The first layer is my drop cloth table runner that I made for last year’s fall table. I’ve kept it on ever since. It’s a perfect neutral background for any centerpiece with just a hint of texture. My antler candelabra steals the show and sets the stage for a “modern lodge” look. You can find the tutorial for these here {Spoiler alert! They’re crazy easy to make!}. 

Neutral Fall Table

Vintage cloth napkins with a crocheted edge and brown transferware plates sit on top of our every day dishes. I love the contrast of the vintage elements against the more modern bronze-edged plates. 

Neutral Fall Table

On top of each place setting sits a couple of sprigs of rosemary, clipped from the garden and tied together with baker’s twine. It adds a natural element, more texture, and it smells great! :)

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

Neutral Fall Table

It’s simple, but warm and inviting. What will be on your table this fall?

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Planning Ahead : I need your help!

We are just 100 days away from Christmas. We have 13 weekends left before the big day. Didn’t we just celebrate New Year’s? I must be getting old, because every year seems to pass quicker than the last! I know it seems early, but it’s time to start thinking about your annual Christmas card! 

I love sending out cards every year {and receiving, of course!}, but it’s one of those tasks I seem to have a hard time finishing. I’ve sent many Christmas themed New Year’s cards. :) The last couple of years I’ve started much earlier on our cards and it has worked really well! I pick out a card, find a favorite photo from the year and have them ordered by October. Then I have an entire month or two to slowly add a note, address the envelopes, and get those puppies in the mail. I think last year I had all of our cards about the first week of December and it felt awesome! 

I’ve started my card shopping, and have been so impressed with the selection at Minted. They have so many options, and they’re all beautiful! I also love that Minted crowd-sources from independent designers around the world. They pick the best designs and artists earn commission on each sale. So cool! I’m all for supporting indie artists, designers and makers. 

So, I’ve narrowed down my choices to 5 cards. I need your help! Which one of these beautiful cards would you choose? 

1) Rustic Christmas

rustic christmas card

2) All is Bright

all is bright

3) Fun Facts

fun facts

4) Season to be Jolly

season to be jolly

5) Merry Typography

merry typography

Ok, folks! Help me out! Which one do you think  I should choose?

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