SKewed Clues #39

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This is a collection of things I think about, find,
want to share, but don’t need a dedicated blog post for.

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Things We Should Know

Ghislaine Maxwell case opening up documents and listing names

President Trump suggests delaying 2020 Presidential Election; He doesn’t have the authority

Portland sees night of peaceful protests FOLLOWING federal troops removal

NASA launches new rover, Perseverance, to Mars

Hurricane Isaias to Strengthen as it nears the US east coast

Remembering John Lewis

Eid Mubarak to those who celebrate!

Eid al-Adha Eid Mubarak

Things We Should Still Be Talking About

Coronavirus Numbers

China’s Uighurs: More and more evidence of genocide coming to light

US-Mexico Border: Hurricane Hanna’s destruction and impact in the area

Brexit: Is anything happening?

Hong Kong Protests: Hong Kong postpones elections for a year

U.S. 2020 Election: Biden Only Needs to Win 3 Battleground States to Defeat Trump – and He’s Leading in All 6

U.S. 2020 Election: Things are getting ugly

Lift the Mood

Local Loves

I live in Houston. I love living in Houston.
Here’s were I share some of that love.

Houston Ballet at Home
Houston Ballet at Home

Currently Listening To

Breaking Benjamin - Dark Before Dawn

This album is perfect for working from home –
great background noise if you aren’t paying attention and amazing lyrics if you are.
My current-favorite-song is also on this album.

Currently Reading

Ember and the Ice Dragon by Heather Fawcett

To read any of my book reviews, check HERE.

Also, check out Book Reviews with MyChild.

Currently Watching

Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan - Season 2
Season 2

Here’s a full list of things we’ve been watching
and what’s coming up next

Humans are Amazing

See you next time!

What if 2020 isn't cancelled? by Leslie Dwight

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How To: Cold Brew Coffee

Everyone has an opinion on coffee.

Even if you don’t drink coffee or don’t like coffee or prefer tea or green smoothies, that’s an opinion. Often, those opinions are shared with the tone of:

You need to do it this way!
OMG, you like it like that!?!?
Don’t you know what that stuff does to your body????

Sometimes those questions can lead to supportive suggestions and you find your new favorite drink and/or way to make coffee. That’s my goal here.

You drink what and how you want. Instagram is FULL of people telling you what to order at Starbucks and, if that’s your jam, go for it. The brilliance of coffee and coffee places is that there are SO MANY options.

Personally, I’ve grown away from Starbucks, because I feel like their beans are all over roasted and oily. Their drinks don’t sit well with my stomach if I’ve had them too many days in a row. But, when I do order from Starbucks, I go for

A grande cold brew with 4 pumps of vanilla syrup,
3 pumps of mocha sauce, and a splash of nonfat milk in a venti cup.

But, for over a year I’ve been making my coldbrew at home and LOVING it.

How To: SandyKay Cold Brew

Cold Brew Coffee

I order my coffee from Method Roasters.

Method Roasters Kingpin

Specifically, I use their Kingpin Blend. The chocolate and cherry notes are just amazing. I highly recommend it.

Don’t worry – all of their blends are delicious, perfectly roasted, and roasted when you order.

My Husband got me this grinder from Kitchenaid for Christmas one year and it is amazing. As I only grind beans about once a week, I deep clean it about once each quarter. But, even that is very easy. Before this gift, I was using this smaller coffee grinder and getting the same great results – the bigger one is just easier to clean.

I use this cold brew coffee pitcher from Ovalware, 1) because it looks so cool and 2) Because it makes brewing coffee very easy. Instructions are included, but I’ve found my perfect brew to be:

98 grams (3.46 oz) coarsely ground coffee beans
1.77 L (60 oz) water
13-14 hours of brewing

SK Cold Brew before and after

I was buying this Starbucks Vanilla Syrup to add to my cold brew, but I was going through it pretty quickly and didn’t like how much money I was spending. So, I found a copycat recipe.

Copycat Starbucks Vanilla Syrup

Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Directions
1. Bring water to boil.
2. Slowly stir in sugar until completely dissolved.
3. Return sugar water to boil.
4. Remove from heat.
5. Add in vanilla.
6. Let cool. Store in refrigerator and use as needed.

Assembling the drink

½ – 1 oz copycat vanilla syrup
½ – 1 oz Torani Dark Chocolate syrup
(I haven’t perfected a copycat for this one, yet)
16 oz cold brewed coffee
Splash of skim milk
Handful of Ice

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