Sunday, July 25, 2010

Memory Verse, Chocolate Chip Cookies & Heather's French Press Coffee...Yum!!!!

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Happy Sunday everyone...I hope it's a good one :) :) :) I was going to post part of this on Monday...but I decided to do it today. I'm going to give myself a day off on Monday so I can read everyones blogs and get caught up :)

I know that I posted this photo before of the bleeding heart flower. I'm not sure if I ever posted it with Scripture.  So I decided to make John 13:34-35 the memory verse for today :) :) It's a good one...and I love how God put His hand on creation, even a flower in the shape of a heart. How cool is that?

Below is the Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that was on the side of the vintage-looking cookie tin purchased at a yard sale awhile back.  I thought you might like the original chocolate chip cookie recipe!!!

The ingredients....

......and the recipe to make these yummy, yummy cookies.

I decided to make coffee at home today because I didn't have money to buy it at my favorite coffee spot!!! So here's what I did. Now I don't know if it's conventional or not...but this is how I remember making it as an exchange student in Germany. The French press that you see pictured here, I bought from an acquaintance in Germany for just under $1. I've had it ever since :) :) :)

Okay, so I like to call this Heather's "Depression Era" Homemade Coffee...Why "Depression Era" you ask? It's because my finances are so bad, that this is what I make to make do :) :) :)  My dad and I will often use this phrase a lot...and it makes us laugh!!! For example, Depression Egg McMuffin...a slice of bread toasted in a frying pan with a thing layer of butter and a fried egg...voila, Depression egg sandwich :) :)

Alright, let's get to business...first off you need a French press.  It doesn't really matter what size you use...but since I"m only making one 8 oz. cup of coffee and this is the only French press I've ever owned...I'll use this little one :)

This French press holds about 12 fluid ounces...sometimes less, if you have coffee grounds or tea leaves in there.. :) :)

Next step is to choose your favorite type of coffee. I always choose ground coffee, because I don't own a coffee grinder yet.

I purchased a little 1.75 ounce bag of Vanilla Nut Cream by Millstone. It really does have a slightly vanilla-nutty flavor and smell. It's nice.

Next, set some water to boil. I use a small pot...because that's what I have and it's all about making do with what you have ;) :) I also use this little 8 fluid ounce Pyrex glass measuring cup.  It's really nice and gets used a lot in my home.
Make sure and set enough water to boil for the desired amount of coffee. In this case, I'm making an 8 ounce cup of coffee. Now I did put more water in the pot so that I can dip the measuring cup into the water and then pour into my French press. It's a little extra step, but there's less chance of burns and spillage.

Next, add the necessary amount of ground coffee. Some people like their coffee the strength of dirty water...others like it strong like crude oil. I'm somewhere in the middle. So I always add 2 ROUNDED Tablespoons of coffee grounds to every 8 fluid ounces of water :) :) I like it sort of strong..then again, I do dilute it with milk and sugar :) :)

Once the water has reached a boil, I carefully pour a total of 8 fluid ounces of boiling water into the French press. This French press is made of Pyrex glass and designed to handle hot liquids. Place the lid on top of the press. Make sure the knob is all the way UP...that give's the coffee a chance to brew.

I let my coffee brew for about 6 minutes. I don't know if there's any set time. It's just what I tried this afternoon.

After you have let the coffee brew for a few minutes, gently press the knob down. There's a round screen at the bottom that will carefully let the coffee rise while the grounds are being "pressed" down. It keeps your coffee from becoming gritty. It works really well!!!!

Oh yeah...somewhere in all of this you want to pick a favorite coffee cup or mug. It's no good to have Depression Era coffee without a mug!!!

I'm very picky about what else besides my grandmother's wedding china goes in this cupboard. As it happens, my favorite white coffee mug is in here. It's cute and complements the color of the dishes!!!

I bought this coffee mug at The Allan Bros. Coffee shop in Eugene, Oregon a few years back. It's a nice thick mug that's also great for tea!!!

The most important step of all is to flavor your coffee to taste.  I added fat-free milk and some sugar substitute...because that's what I happened to have on hand today!!! I used it up on my coffee :) :) Next time I'll have real sugar!!!

I do love a good cup o' joe!!! Yummy, yummy, for my tummy :) :) :)

So that's how I make "Heather's Depression (Era) Coffee".  It's easy, fast, and cheap...and it gets the job done :) :)

Funny story before I go..when I was still living in Germany, my college pastor loved to drink coffee. He always had coffee and cookies or some treat to offer us. Some of us would go to his office for prayer meetings etc.. One of my German friends would always ask "Who made the coffee today?"  If my pastor has made it, then they knew to only fill their cups half full...because it was STRONG. I affectionately called it "crude oil"...or as my dad calls it "30-weight"...not sure what that means..but it means "strong".. :) :) :)

Oh my coffee was delicious by the way.

That's the news from Oregon today. Have a great week!!! Love and hugs, Heather :)


Sheila said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial on how to use a french press. I have one but only used it once--I had no idea what I was doing. I think I had too much coffee in it. I'll try your "recipe"!! I think I even have some of those little Millstone coffee packs in the pantry. Love that mug--that's the kind I like--and the coffee in it is the perfect color. I usually don't measure the milk and sugar--I go by color!! So scientific!!
Love the picture and the memory verse for today.
I think I'll use this instead of the flower picture on my blog as your button. I've been trying to put my name on my photos but I can't figure out how to do that. Not that my pictures are anything special but they are mine.
WOW--you lived in Germany? My mom's mothers family came from Germany--would love to see it some day. I hope you have a wonderful week. You and your father are in my prayers.

Olive Cooper said...

Hi Heather. My goodness, a French press would be a lot of work for me. I need coffee fast but I know it tastes great from a press. I have a coffee grinder but grind flax seeds with it. Thank you for visiting my little corner. Blessings♥olive

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

@Sheila...FRench press is really easy. I don't have a coffee maker, so this is what I use and it works great!!! Since it's so small, it's also easy to store away!!! I"ll have to check out your blog to see the photo :)
I don't measure out milk or sugar either. With the milk, it's enough when it reaches the right color :) :)..Sugar..maybe I do measure that..but I seem to generally know how much to add to make just enough sweet without being overpowering!!

Thanks for paying me a visit and leaving me a comment :) :) I know what you mean about fast coffee :) :) I don't have a coffee maker, so this is what I use. It actually goes fairly quickly once the water boils...hee hee hee :) :) I've also tried Starbucks brand instant coffee called VIA..I bought a small sampe at the grocery store. It's really good. It's a mix of instant and powder-ground Arabica coffee. It taste great!!! Have a great week!!!

Thanks for visiting me everyone!!! Have a good week and I pray you all experience something amazing this week!! Love and hugs, Heather :)

Parsley said...

I've seen others using a french press but never really understood it. Good for tea?...I'm in!

I actually have a Keurig coffe/tea maker. It's fun. Just pop a single in and drink. No cleaning. No mess.

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

HI Parsley...
Yes, a French press is excellent for tea. In fact, when I first bought this from my friend in Germany, that's what she used it for...I've done both!! I've seen people make frothy coffee drinks in it by pumping the handle. So I think it's great.
My mother almost bought me a Keurig coffe/tea maker. I think I said "no"...not sure why now!!! Her hubby uses one and he loves it!!

Have a great week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Karen Long said...

Heather,, I can relate to what you and your dad are feeling..
I only work part time and John is starting a new job tomorrow..but we went a year and a half with out him working ,,and it was very very hard.. but we didnt go home less and never missed a meal.. and Im sure you will be fine too. Just be grateful everyday for gods grace when you get up in the morning and when you lay your head to rest at night..
I will keep you in my prayers..

Jill said...

That french press is so neat! I've never tried it this way. I don't care for coffee too much, I'm a HUGE tea lover! LOL But my husband drinks gallons of coffee a day LOL Maybe I'll try to hunt one of these down. ;-) Thanks for sharing!
Blessings, Jill

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi everyone...I'm having a good evening. It's H.O.T. hot here tonight. I'm sleeping with the window thankful to God that my window has a screen!!!

@Karen...Oh, thanks for visiting. You know when my dad and I first moved to Oregon almost 20 years ago now..he was out of work for over a year..and I was in high school then and not working. God really took care of us. My dad was still able to collect unemployment from California because he'd lived in the state for so long. Oh, we have never been homeless either..and for that I"m very grateful. I will remember to thank God for all my blessings in the morning when I wake up and when I lay my head to rest at night :) :) I love how you put that :) :)

@Jill...That French press works great for tea too. I've used it with bag tea and loose leaf tea...both. I haven't tiny ones like mine very much...but I'm sure they're around somewhere. I might have mentioned earlier that I don't have a coffee I'm making do with what I have :) :) :) it's kind of fun figuring out how to get the job done without having to spend money :) :) OH that gives me an idea for another blog post. You'll hear me talk about "Depression" food a lot...I"m not talking about the feeling. It's a pure reference to the Depression Era of the 1930s
It's what I like to call my "bare bones" recipes...not much, but enough to get the job done :) :) Oh, I toast bread in a pan, too,...because I don't ahve a toaster!!! That's actually something I learned to do in HomeEc class in Jr. High..

Ladies...thanks so much for visiting me. I always love it when you stop by!!!! I hope you all have a great week and that God does something extra special this week!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Heather--thanks so much for your prayers!!!! I really appreciate it!!! You are such a dear, dear person....I just started the Atkins diet last week...I couldn't look at the (I want them all!)

aimee said...

Your photo with the memory verse is incredible and I absolutely LOVE it!
I am praying for you too re: a job. I love and totally agree with what Karen L says about being grateful for God's grace. Beautifully stated!
Blessings, Aimee

Camille said...

What a GORGEOUS photo of the bleeding heart flower Heather! SO beautiful!

I *love* your Grandma's china ~ from what I can's all creamy white isn't it? THAT is on my "wish-list"...a set of lovely dishes in creamy white with a design on the edges. SO "country"! :)

Have a WONDERFUL day!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi ladies...I read your comments and you always make me really happy when you stop by t visit. I've been slow with writing back...but as of Monday I'm going to be back on top of things!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :) :) :)