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Country Coffee Talk - August 12, 2013


By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
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Don’t you just love the summer! There’s nothing more enjoyable than sitting on the porch in the morning with that first cup of coffee, ignoring what’s ahead for the day. How did that jingle go...“The best part of waking up...”? Did you know that it’s the aroma of fresh brewed coffee that awakens and soothes you. According to some studies the scent of coffee puts people in a positive mood state.

What an easy way to conjure up that warm and fuzzy feeling. Remember when the “social network” used to be face-to-face chatting over a cup of coffee…or am I just showing my age.

Sometimes you just don’t want to brew a full pot of coffee but don’t know how much coffee to use. Keep in mind that most coffee brewing systems have an optimum brewing capacity. It is almost always necessary to use more coffee in relationship to water when brewing smaller amounts. The basic recipe is two level Tablespoons of coffee for each six ounces of brewing water.

The ratio may seem a little “strong,” but that amount develops the proper taste and balanced brew. If overpowering, (and it probably will be) just dilute with hot water in your cup.

But, if you have brewed a full pot of coffee and have some left-over coffee, here’s a perfect way to use it in a cold pick-me-up coffee drink and is especially good on these warm and muggy “dog days” of summer.





Cappuccino Cooler

(even non-coffee drinkers will love this)

•1 1/2 cups cold coffee

•1 1/2 cups chocolate or vanilla ice cream (depending on your chocolate fix)

•1/4 cup chocolate syrup

•Crushed ice

•Whipped Cream

•In a blender combine coffee, ice cream and chocolate syrup. Blend until smooth and pour over crushed ice or blend ice with coffee. Garnish with dollop of whipped cream. Makes 4 servings.

•No leftover coffee and you would still like a cold pick-me-up coffee, try this...

Coffee Shake

•1/2 cup warm water

•2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

•1/2 to 1 tray ice cubes or coffee cubes

•1/2 (5 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

•1/2 cup milk (can use soy milk)

•1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

•Dissolve instant coffee in water. In a blender combine ice cubes, coffee mixture, milk, .....
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Tech Bytes - Profiling

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Profiling, “the recording and analysis of a person’s psychological and behavioral characteristics, so as to assess or predict their capabilities,” is often associated in a negative light when you’re the potential employee. When you’re th ..... 
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Musings from the back porch! - August 5, 2013

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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In the good old summertime We waited quite awhile for it to get here and before we know it, it will be gone. Since this is my first attempt to share bits of myself and who I am, I guess I could describe myself as liking to meet and getting to know ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - A Bird? A Plane? A...Magnet

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
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Dear Readers, Picture this: a giant circular object, apparently a ring, shrink-wrapped in some kind of white plastic, on top of a 16-axel red flatbed trailer, driving maybe five miles per hour through a gap in the trees opposite the building wher ..... 
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Postcards from the Windy City - Casablanca

By Abby Stocker

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Here’s looking at you, Readers. I got stuck in “Casablanca” this week. Astoundingly, I’d never seen the movie. So I spent nearly two hours last Monday evening with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and my host parents, waiting for letters ..... 
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Tech Bytes - Uninvited Guests

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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Keeping in touch with family and friends via instant messaging is great, through video is even better. Skype, for example, is a great program to video chat at people’s convenience by utilizing your computer’s webcam. However, if a stranger was ..... 
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A View From The Woods - Blackcaps and Bites

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
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I rose at sunrise, anticipating a sweltering hot day with only a couple of hours of relative comfort in the shade before the sun reached the forest edge. I forced myself to put on lightweight slacks and a long-sleeved shirt, both stained and relegat ..... 
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More notes from a country kitchen.

By Vicki Christianson

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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Summer always makes me think of hay and that is one hot, sweaty, and itchy subject! When we first started farming, we had many acres of hay ground. We didn’t have any animals that ate hay as we only raised pigs, but we sold our hay to others. Si ..... 
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Tech Bytes - The-end-for-the-telegraph-has-come. Stop.

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
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The telegraph; it has served as a worldwide communication platform decades ago, sending messages with its dot/dash combinations that proved to be the most innovative technology at the time. What is most likely considered a primitive device to many ..... 
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