Bean Roasting

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We’re a DIY family when it comes to most things.  Especially things of the food and drink variety.  Jeff has home brewed beer since 2000(ish) so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he set his sights on other projects, including coffee.

In a recent beer supply order, he added a pound of green coffee beans.  He did a bit of reading, some Facebooking with my brother (I love how country crazy seems to run in the family!!) and he was on his way.

Bean roasting

It was so easy, done before before work, using our air popper (retired after our WhirleyPop acquisition) and finished off in a cast iron skillet over a camp stove.

Freshly roasted beans

The final result was delicious with no bitterness.

First product, home roasted beans

Is it worth the effort?  I think so.  The price per pound is about the same and the satisfaction of finishing it off just so is priceless.   Besides, how many people can say they roast their own coffee?

 

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Bean Roasting

Raw

We're a DIY family when it comes to most things.  Especially things of the food and drink variety.  Jeff has home brewed beer since 2000(ish) so it shouldn't be a surprise that he set his sights on other projects, including coffee. In a recent beer supply order, he added a pound of green coffee beans.  He did a bit of reading, some Facebooking with my brother (I love how country crazy seems to run in the family!!) and he was on his way.

Bean roasting

It was so easy, done before before work, using our air popper (retired after our WhirleyPop acquisition) and finished off in a cast iron skillet over a camp stove.

Freshly roasted beans

The final result was delicious with no bitterness.

First product, home roasted beans

Is it worth the effort?  I think so.  The price per pound is about the same and the satisfaction of finishing it off just so is priceless.   Besides, how many people can say they roast their own coffee?  

Dinner Conversation

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I spent a bit of time going through my Pinterest Boards this morning.  My goal was to see how much of my “pinning” actually turns to “doing.”

One of the ideas I came across (again) was a jar of dinner questions.  I love this!  Our three are old enough where we can have some definite conversation (though not all of these suggestions are appropriate for us, yet).  So, I printed off a bunch of the ideas as well as added my own.

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Here are a few of my spinoffs.  Of course, the sky’s the limit.

*  Tell me three things you remember about Ft. Collins.  San Antonio.

*  What’s the best thing about Daddy being in the military?  The worst?

*  Do you think recess is important?  Why?

* What is the hardest part of your life?

* Tell us about school.  What do you like?  Dislike?

* What do you like about our family?  What would you change?

* Chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

What questions will you be asking tonight?

Dinner Conversation

IMG_9049

I spent a bit of time going through my Pinterest Boards this morning.  My goal was to see how much of my "pinning" actually turns to "doing." One of the ideas I came across (again) was a jar of dinner questions.  I love this!  Our three are old enough where we can have some definite conversation (though not all of these suggestions are appropriate for us, yet).  So, I printed off a bunch of the ideas as well as added my own.

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Here are a few of my spinoffs.  Of course, the sky's the limit. *  Tell me three things you remember about Ft. Collins.  San Antonio. *  What's the best thing about Daddy being in the military?  The worst? *  Do you think recess is important?  Why? * What is the hardest part of your life? * Tell us about school.  What do you like?  Dislike? * What do you like about our family?  What would you change? * Chocolate or vanilla ice cream? What questions will you be asking tonight?

Weekending

This weekend was spent…

Bringing a bit of Spring indoors thanks to my loves.

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Planting lettuce and herbs outside with tomato starts inside.

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Baking bread, granola, granola bars, and snacks for the week ahead.  Then enjoying a “silly” lunch of parfaits.

Starting (and finishing) my first knit in the round.

Listening to Blind Pilot (I went to high school with one of the band members, Kati) and The Head and the Heart.  I love that both of these groups of from the Northwest.

Cuddling and loving on one another.

Anticipating the arrival of our first visitors.  Only 9 days to go!!

It seemed like the first restful yet productive weekend in a long time.  Win all around.

Weekending

This weekend was spent…

Bringing a bit of Spring indoors thanks to my loves.

IMG_9023

Planting lettuce and herbs outside with tomato starts inside.

IMG_9025

Baking bread, granola, granola bars, and snacks for the week ahead.  Then enjoying a "silly" lunch of parfaits.

\Starting (and finishing) my first knit in the round. Listening to Blind Pilot (I went to high school with one of the band members, Kati) and The Head and the Heart.  I love that both of these groups of from the Northwest.

Cuddling and loving on one another. Anticipating the arrival of our first visitors.  Only 9 days to go!! It seemed like the first restful yet productive weekend in a long time.  Win all around.

A Little of This and a Little of That

Wednesday Morning

This morning didn’t get off to a very good start. Actually, it really is last night’s fault. I had a commitment right after dinner and Jeff left for one right after I got home. Amidst the craziness, the kitchen didn’t get completely clean, clothes weren’t laid out and I stayed up too late reading. Throw in a rough night with bad dreams and coughing kids, I decided to sleep in until just before the kids got up.

Not a good idea.

I relearn this lesson every few weeks (yep, call me a slow learner) get back on track and then decide after a few good mornings that I really don’t need that hour to wake up, read a little, empty the dishwasher, start lunches, etc. I’ve spent all morning trying to make up for those darn 30 minutes and it’s not happening.

Buds

I got to catch up with a dear friend yesterday. She shared some about her recent month long, extreme focus on whole foods. The results amazed me. It felt like another gentle reminder that I’m on the right path. We’re continuing to make additional improvements and changes in our own family as well. It feels good.

Soon

School has been a struggle for our three since we got here. There is a whole host of reasons for that but it has been heartbreaking for me as all three of them always loved school in the past. They are too young to not be excited to go see their teachers and classmates each day. We’re gearing up to make some changes next year. Rather than all three of them being at the American school on base, Connor will stay at his asilo one more year and Morgan and Jack will move to the Italian elementary school in our town. We’ve spoken with lots of different people, toured the school, met the teacher and are making plans to ease the transition. It will be hard. I have no doubt about that. But in the end, our hope is that it will be so worth it. This is after all, the experience of a lifetime.

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