Month: July 2013

Magic (cleaning) wand

I really like a clean house. I do not really like house cleaning. So after seeing this idea several times on Pinterest, I tried it. It’s as good as the pinners say so I’m sharing it with all of you who have better things to do than scrub your tub and shower.

imageYou need:

  • A dish washing wand (I got the one with the softer top to avoid scratches)
  • Dawn dish soap
  • White vinegar

imageFill the wand handle with 1/2 dish soap and 1/2 vinegar. Give it a gentle shake just to stir. Leave this in your shower. Once or twice a week while you’re getting out of the shower or tub and it’s wet, wipe it down with the sudsy wand. Give it a rinse and you’re done.

My place has a ‘builder’s basic’ shower/tub surround installed. I’m giving it a quick wipe 1-2 times a week and it’s never looked better. It also feels like I never actually clean it because I’m not setting aside time to roll up my sleeves and scrub. It just doesn’t need it anymore! Magic!?

Iced coffee cubes

frametasticPretty sure I’ve already established that I’m a coffee lover. Drinking it in the summer is always a bit of an issue though. I love my first morning cup piping hot but as the days heat up I like cold drinks. I’ve tried a few iced coffee drinks out and at home and often find them a bit watery….until now.

Allow me to share my full pull iced coffee making success with you. It’s very simple, isn’t it always?! Instead of adding ice cubes to my coffee (and watering it down as the ice melts), I now make coffee ice cubes. Duh! Here’s exactly what I do, and I like to do this in the evening so it’s all ready the following day.

  1. Make a pot of coffee using the regular routine. I love my french press!
  2. Let it steep for longer than usual and let it cool in the process.
  3. Pour enough into an ice cube tray to fill it. I have a separate designated tray just for this but it’s not really necessary. Put that in the freezer.
  4. Reserve any remaining coffee in a pitcher or canning jar and refrigerate.
  5. When ready to make iced coffee:
  • add 5-6 coffee ice cubes to a cup/mug/whatever
  • top it up with the leftover coffee to about halfway if adding milk, all the way if not.
  • add milk, sugar or coffee syrup as usual for coffee. Stir and enjoy!

frametastic (1)frametastic (2)As the cubes melt, more coffee gets released into the cup! Yum.

Canning jar sipper

imageCan the blogosphere stand another post on the functional loveliness of a canning jar sipper cup? I sure hope so. I’m a huge fan of canning jars and use them for everything from storing craft supplies to holding candles. Clearly, I need a few of these to round out my collection.

The materials and method are simple: put a hole in the lid of a canning jar, insert a rubber grommet and straw, pop it on your jar and hold it in place with a ring.

imageNow, the reason I feel justified in writing this post is I’ve stumbled upon a helpful hint and am compelled to share. Drilling the hole in the lid is the tricky bit of this project since you don’t want any sharp edges which will tear the grommet. My grommets are 3/8″ but when I used that size drill bit I got a really rough hole and an odd shape. I knew there had to be an easier way. Hello hole punch. Yup, I pulled out my ordinary old stationary store hole punch and it blasted right through the lid. The hole was a bit too small so I made 3-4 small holes beside and overlapping each other to get a bigger hole. This is much easier to do than it is to describe! Try it on paper first and you’ll see it’s super simple! The hole will be off centred but I think that’s best anyhow.

imageRubber grommets are available at local hardware stores. I used food safe silicone ones instead, ordered from etsy. I feel better giving these as gifts knowing there’s no risk of off-gassing or funny taste from rubber. Check your favourite thrift shop for canning jars, they often sell them for pennies! Splurge on new rings and lids so you get a good, clean seal!

imageimageObviously, you can use any jar size or shape you like! Just punch the hole, pop in the grommet and you’re sipping in style. Cheers!