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Here Is An Easy Way To Make Delicious Iced Coffee For The Summer

Here Is An Easy Way To Make Delicious Iced Coffee For The Summer

There’s a lot to like about summer. Vacations, time off work, and the return of mindless (yet insanely addicting) reality TV shows like Big Brother. But if there is one thing about summer that is a bit of a drag, it’s that the heat makes it just a bit more difficult to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee. That steaming cup that got you through the day during the fall, winter, and spring now only serves to overheat you during the, at times, excruciatingly hot summer months. So what can you do to solve this problem? Sure, you can always go out and buy iced coffee…but that’s not very economical. Instead, you should make it yourself. If you want to know a cheap and easy way to provide yourself with a continuous refreshing supply of ice cold java, read on!

What You Will Need

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    • 1 French Press
    • 1 Coffee Grinder
    • 6 Tablespoons Of Whole Bean Coffee
    • Ice
    • Milk or Half And Half

    If you don’t own a grinder or french press, you can easily get both for a combined cost of under $35. The secret to this iced coffee recipe is that it is cold-brewed, meaning it’s not just hot coffee that you plop a few ice cubes into. I personally don’t suggest that method because it only serves to water down your brew, plus, the end result tastes nothing like the kind of iced coffee you would get at an establishment like Starbucks.

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    Not only is this coffee brewed cold (more on that below), but it is brewed overnight. This gives the beverage that strong flavor and intense aroma that you’ve come to expect from your iced coffees. If this sounds like a daunting prospect, don’t worry. It really isn’t any more difficult to brew than your standard drip coffee!

    Instructions

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      1. Using your coffee grinder, grind your beans.

      When using a french press, it’s important to grind your beans to the right consistency. Usually, 3-4 seconds is enough when using a manual button-press grinder. If you have a fancy grinder with settings you can choose from, any option above “fine” should work. The reason why you don’t want fine grounds in a french press is because they don’t work as well with the metal mesh filters in them, leading to a suboptimal brew.

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      2. Place the beans in your french press, and pour cold water over them.

      It doesn’t have to be ice cold water, just put your tap to the coldest setting and use that. This recipe makes around 1 liter of iced coffee, which is about the amount of liquid that a standard french press will hold.

      3. Mix the beans and water, and close the french press.

      Using a spoon (preferably a small wooden one), mix the beans and water for about 5 seconds. Make sure there aren’t too many clumps. Then, put the lid of the french press on so that it is completely sealed.

      4. Put the french press in your refrigerator.

      Find some room in your fridge, and put the french press in. It might be a bit hard to find room since most french presses are so tall, especially with their plungers extended. Usually I’m able to make room by moving things around.

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      5. Steep overnight

      Usually, steeping your grounds for around 12 hours is optimal, but you can go longer if you want a stronger brew.

      6. Use your french press’ plunger to separate the liquid from the grounds.

      Remove your french press from the fridge. Place it on the counter, and carefully press down on its plunger. This will separate the grounds from the iced coffee, leaving you with a smooth, caramel colored liquid.

      7. Enjoy!

      You can drink your iced coffee in a number of ways. Some like it black. Some like it black, but over ice. I like mine over ice and with a bit of half and half added. This gives your beverage that trademark coffee shop taste that would normally cost you a pretty penny were you to pay for it on a daily basis. If you want to give your iced coffee a dessert-y twist, feel free to add a bit of sugar.

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      That’s really all there is to it. Using this method, you can save yourself loads of cash, and best of all it’s extremely easy to do. One french press’ worth of iced coffee should last you an entire day, if not more (additionally, you can keep it in your fridge and it will maintain its flavor for several days).

      With this simple recipe, coffee lovers can continue enjoying their favorite beverage even during the hot summer months. Please try this out, and let me know how it worked for you in the comments below!

      Featured photo credit: Sightglass Iced/Jeremy Brooks via flic.kr

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      Last Updated on January 17, 2019

      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

      Listen carefully:

      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

      1. Pray Daily

      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

      3. Smile Often

      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

      4. Organize Your Working Desk

      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

      How do you do that? This is my formula:

      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

      8. Go Exercise

      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

      The Bottom Line

      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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