The Best Cold Brew Coffee and FREE Recipe Card

It looks like someone has failed to write anything since they launched their new website...way to go Katie! A lot of great things have been happening and whenever I start to get overloaded my journaling is always the first to go. I am really trying to do better at it, promise. 

To make up for it I wanted to share with you all a recipe for my favorite cold brew coffee AND some awesome FREEBIES!

 

My last year of college I worked at one of the busiest coffee shops on campus and it is still one of my favorite jobs. I got to work with some awesome ladies and BFFs (hi Lauren and Bee), my boss was adorable (hi Erin), shifts flew by and making coffee is SO fun. Back then the cold brew coffee craze had not hit so we just had our usual iced coffee or iced americanos, I am not going to group lattes or mochas in here, strictly for technological terms. Anyways...moving on. 

Cold brew coffee is kind of the "it girl" right now. You can find it at some of your local coffee shops and Starbucks carries it but only in limited quantities, which I totally get and you will see why in a sec. I should probably rewind for a second and explain what cold brew coffee even is. It is simply coffee that has been brewed in cold water for a long period of time and which then creates a coffee concentrate. Since it brews so slowly and for such a long period of time it takes a lot of the bitterness/acid out of the coffee, creating a smoother drink and more distinct flavor profile. All you really need to know though, is that it is super delicious AND really easy to make!

I whipped up a recipe card for you and some cute coffee art. You can print them off and use them separately, like if you had a coffee bar in your home, just put the print in a frame and you are good to go. Or you can print them off, cut them out and glue them together to create a fun double sided recipe card, totally your call!

This recipe makes around 12 cups and usually lasts us 5ish days. I would not keep it any longer than 5 days because it will start to taste a little off, like most things that sit in your fridge for long periods of time. 

Also, while we are on the subject of coffee, if you haven't visited the Etsy shop in awhile there are 11 new coffee mugs and tumblers! And just for baring with me and reading through this whole thing, I am giving you a 15% discount off of your entire purchase until next Wednesday! Just use code: ILOVECOFFEE at checkout!

 

I hope you all enjoy the cold brew coffee as much as we do around our house! Let me know what you think!!

 

Watercolor Wedding Vows



I am a sucker for anything handwritten (go figure). Cards sent to me from friends, old thank you notes, love sticky notes Travis hides in places for me to find, I treasure all of these and have quite a collection of them. I even still have the note cards Travis wrote out to use in case he froze during our proposal, so sweet!

So when we were planning our wedding it was a no brainer that I really wanted to write our own set of vows in addition to the traditional ones we would be saying. I have a weird love of public speaking so I was excited to do this, Travis was not super thrilled about the idea but once again, did it to make me happy. His were obviously way sweeter and lovey than mine (story of our relationship) but we are both so happy we did this. 

I kept the papers that we read off of on our wedding day, mine tear stained from my bridesmaids (thanks ladies) and Travis's from himself. This is really making me sound like I'm heartless and unemotional... I just kept telling myself not to cry and mess-up my makeup for photos. 

I have been trying to think of a fun way to display these in our house for over three years but have not come up with a great idea yet other than a shadow box which I did not want to do. I decided to keep these in Travis and my memory box and transfer the text to beautiful wall art instead.

I love the way these turned out and am currently looking for the perfect place in our house to display them! 

With summer coming up, so will many anniversaries. These would make the perfect anniversary gift. If you are into traditional gifts, paper is for a first year anniversary and cotton (think cotton paper) is for a second year anniversary. Personally I think these would be lovely for any anniversary or as a wedding gift. OR how special would it be to surprise your fiance with a beautiful handwritten marriage proposal *hint, hint, guys*





Vineyard Styled Shoot With Laura Hernandez Photography



When I attended the Bloom Workshop in California, I met the sweetest mother/daughter photography team who take photos in the Monterey/Bay area but are always willing to travel! Check out their website!

They were asked to do a styled shoot (not a real wedding, a dreamed up one) at a local winery. Laura was kind enough to ask if I would design and take care of the details for the shoot and I of course said, yes! 

The theme was centered around Pantone's color of the year, Marsala. You will see shades and variations of it throughout the shoot and also lots of greenery with touches of gold (my favorite). I boxed off the items and shipped them down to California for the other vendors to play with and style. 

I can't wait to see Laura's pictures and how everything turned out! In the mean time, you will have to enjoy a couple of the photos I took before sending everything off!