SOCIAL MEDIA

7.30.2018

Barista-Style At Home Iced Coffee Recipe



If you've been following me for any time period on my Instagram, then you know I love me some good iced coffee! There's nothing better than the perfect blend of coffee, ice, half and half, and caramel (or whatever syrup you prefer). The problem with iced coffee though, is it's different at every coffee shop. Some make it strong enough to raise the hair on the back of your neck... others make it watery and weak. As for me, I like something in between... not too strong, not too weak, just right there in the middle... the perfect medium roast.

Now, I have been known to spend way too much money at coffee shops over the past few years trying to find the perfect iced coffee (Dunkin Donuts has always been (and still is) my go to for "out and about" iced coffee. The new Brown Sugar Cold Brew is a must if you haven't tried it!). 😁

Since I only had a Keurig or a coffee pot I was never able to conquer the perfect iced coffee at home... Pouring hot coffee over ice just melted the ice and made it much too weak... I even tried cold brew, but it took too long (HA! I mean, because you know when we ladies need our coffee... we need it now! 😉)

A few months back I posted an Instagram story asking my followers for recommendations of a good, quick (less than 10 minutes) iced coffee recipe... Well, you guys delivered! I received SO many responses and lots of helpful tips! One of my favorites came from a local Cincinnati friend, David Walker, who is actually a barista at Joseph's Cup! He pointed me towards several small pieces of equipment that I would only have to purchase once and be able to make endless coffee shop quality iced OR hot coffee! Needless to say my trips to coffee shops have been almost cut in half after starting to make this yummy iced coffee! What I love so much about this recipe is that instead of pouring hot coffee over ice and making it watery... You use ice as part of the water ingredient in the coffee (half hot water, half ice) and it makes the most perfect medium roast room temperature coffee. Then you can turn around and pour it over a glass of ice and the ice stays perfectly cold and doesn't melt... Genius!

To make the perfect Barista Style At Home Iced Coffee, here is what you will need:





   

I also found a good deal on a dripper and pitcher combo (same brand as the one I have, just with the 02 size pitcher instead of the 03).... Only $34.99.


Equipment You Will Need: 

1. Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Size 02
This is what you place your filter and coffee grounds in

2. Hario V60 Glass Pitcher, Size 03
This is where you place the ice that is part of the coffee recipe... I have the size 03 just in case I want to make a giant cup of coffee... but the 02 would be perfectly fine as well.

3. Electric Goose Neck Kettle 
This kettle is amazing because you can choose the exact temperature. If you pour boiling water over coffee then it will scorch it. Around 200 degrees is the perfect (non boiling) temp for coffee. This kettle measures in odd numbers so I put mine on 201.

4. Kitchen Scale 
Self explanatory... I use it to measure the coffee, ice, and hot water.

5. Hario Coffee Cone Shape Filters, Size 02
These filters fit perfectly into the V60 coffee dripper


Ingredients You Will Need

1. Fresh Ground Coffee
I prefer Deeper Roots fresh ground coffee from Ecuador. I purchase mine from Joseph's Cup and have them grind it for me and ship it straight to my door. They sell coffee via their Facebook Page or Instagram Page. Send them a message to inquire. You can also buy any coffee beans that you like and grind them yourself. I have tried making this coffee with pre-ground coffee and the flavor wasn't nearly as good as using fresh ground beans. I store my fresh grounds in a mason jar, and it will stay fresh for about a month.

2. Filtered Water
I use water from my fridge and it works just fine!

3. Syrup
My go to is always caramel! I just recently started doing half caramel and half white chocolate syrup, which is also delicious! You can purchase these at your local grocery store.

4. Half and Half (not pictured)
I use 2-3 TBSP

5. Ice


RECIPE

For 12 oz. of coffee
This is the size I made in the photos, and the perfect size when making for just one person. Once you add your cream and syrup it probably makes around 16 oz. of iced coffee.You'll need about a 24 oz size cup so you have room for your ice. I usually have a tiny bit left over and can use it to top off my coffee later.

29 grams of coffee grounds
133 grams of ice
266 grams of hot water

For 16 oz. of coffee 

38 grams of coffee grounds
173 grams of ice
347 grams of hot water

For 20 oz. of coffee 
This is the size I make when making two 24 oz tumblers full of iced coffee. I made this size a lot when I first started making this recipe because my sister would come over and we'd have iced coffee together... or I would ride my bike to her house and deliver it! HA! She was so in love with this recipe for iced coffee that she finally bought her own V60 and kettle to make it on her own! See... I told you it's good! 😉

47 grams of coffee grounds
221 grams of ice
441 grams hot water

Instructions (for 12 oz. of coffee)


Start by filling your kettle about halfway full with filtered water from your fridge. Then turn it to 201 degrees. Make sure to push the "steaming" button which keeps the water at temperature once it reaches 201. 

Next, place the V60 dripper with the filter in it onto the scale. Make sure to zero it out before adding any coffee to it. Then measure 29 grams of coffee grounds out.

Next, measure out 133 grams of ice in your pitcher.

While I'm waiting for the water to heat up, I usually add my syrup to my cup... For 12 oz of coffee I usually do 3 good size squeezes of syrup. For this tutorial I did 1.5 of white chocolate and 1.5 of caramel. You obviously can go more or less to your taste, but the key is to pour it in the bottom of the cup with the cream and mix it up before adding ice or coffee. It blends much easier into the coffee if you combine it with the cream first. 

I then add about 2-3 tablespoons of half and half to the syrup. You can adjust this to your taste as well.

Make sure to mix the syrup and half and half really well together.

Your hot water should be ready at this point. Now, stack your dripper with the coffee in it on top of your pitcher. Place it on the scale and make sure to zero out the scale before adding your 266 grams of hot water. 

While you are pouring the hot water, make sure to take your time. The slower you pour, the richer the cup of coffee. I pour in a circular motion to make sure all the grounds are covered equally. Also, be careful your scale doesn't shut off if you take a break from pouring to let the water settle. Just give it a tap with your fingers to keep it from shutting off. 

Once you have poured all of the water... Just sit back and watch the magic work. 😍😍😍 The ice should be almost completely melted at this point.Next, you can add as much ice as you like to your cup. I like my cup about 1/2 - 3/4 full of ice.
Once you're positive the coffee is finished dripping remove the pitcher and give it a good stir to make sure any small pieces of ice are completely dissolved. 
Pour your coffee over the ice... Give it a good stir...


3.19.2018

"Classically Courtney Collection" Launch with Lace & Lilac



If you have been following me on Instagram or you're my Facebook friend then you more than likely already read my announcement on Friday. If you are one of the people who missed it, then long story short... Last Fall I was privileged to meet Julia, the owner of my favorite boutique, Lace & Lilac. We struck up a friendship and began working on something I have dreamed of for a long time... an exclusive collection of modest, feminine clothing hand picked by me to reflect my personal style and taste. It has been a dream working with Lace & Lilac to bring it to life.

The day is finally here, and today I am SO happy to finally launch my "Classically Courtney Collection" RIGHT NOW! The collection includes three feminine dresses and two dainty tops. Below you will see detailed photos of each clothing item along with a link to shop each piece. I am also reviewing the sizing for those of you who are skeptical of shopping online! Lace & Lilac has also included exact measurements of each item on their site.

Now, for the ladies who want to get straight to shopping (or gentlemen who like to shop for their ladies 😉) you can CLICK HERE TO SHOP THE ENTIRE COLLECTION. 

For those of you wondering about receiving your items in time for Easter. ALL items, except for the Blushing Beauty (pink) dress, will arrive in time for Easter if you order by Friday, March 23rd. The pink dress won't be coming in until May and will ship then. You can go ahead and purchase it on the site as a pre-sale though. The pink dress is one of my absolute favorite pieces, and I don't think it will last long. :)

Thank you again for your amazing response and support in this new adventure, and I am so excited to be making feminine, modest clothing available to purchase for so many of my sweet friends with the help of Lace & Lilac! Let's let inner beauty shine, and represent Jesus the best way we know how! <3 "She is clothed with strength and dignity"... Proverbs 31:25

Blushing Beauty Dress

This dress is one of my absolute favorite pieces in the collection. It has a soft blush pink color in a linen fabric with button front detail. The skirt is double lined so no need for layering or slips! For the nursing mamas out there this dress is perfect! The buttons are REAL, which makes it a functional dress for church, and special events, etc. I'm 5'6" and it falls just below the knee. I normally wear a size small or size 6 dress. I found that this dress ran a little on the smaller side...  I'm wearing the medium so the bust wouldn't be too tight. The waist is elastic in the back (pictured below) so it gives you plenty of room.  I think the medium fits like a 6-8.

Basically Blue Tee

If you follow me on Instagram then you have probably have seen me mix and match embellished tees over and over in my everyday outfits... So, I thought it only seemed right to include a tee in my collection. This ruffle sleeve, light blue tee fits true to size and is the most amazing soft stretchy, silky material. It could easily be dressed up with a lace skirt and heels or worn with a denim skirt as pictured here. I'm wearing the small.  

Lady in White Dress

The lady in white dress is the perfect blend of class and sophistication. The fabric is a pure white stretchy lace with a white knit underlay. The fit is very flattering since it comes in at the waist and then flairs out at the hip. The collar is such a pretty detail, and even though the dress is lace it is surprisingly comfortable! I'm normally a small or size 6 and I'm wearing medium here (once again to keep the bust from being too tight. I had plenty of room in the waist. I think it fits like a size 6-8. I'm 5'6" and the knit underlay comes to the knee and the lace overlay falls around 3" below my knee. I also love that the sleeves are lined as well.  


Pretty in Pinstripes Top


Blush pink, pinstripes, ruffle sleeves... What more could you want in a top? Perfect for brunch with your lady friends or to spice up an everyday outfit. The material is light linen, so it's nice and cool for summer days. It has a very loose baby doll fit so I definitely recommend sizing down if you are unsure of your size. I'm wearing the small and have plenty of room. I love the feeling of not being restricted in this top, and also love that the top is longer in the back. So comfy and cute!

Color Me Blue Dress

My favorite feature on the Color Me Blue dress is the pockets! I love a dress with pockets, and with the loose fit on this dress you really can hide your cell phone or chapstick, and no one will know! The fabric is a cotton type fabric and it's double lined, so once again no need for layering or slips! The buttons are also real on this dress so another winner for my nursing mama friends! It has a generous fit. I'm wearing the small and I would say it runs true to size in the bust and more generous in the waist. The small fits like a 6-8. This is my personal favorite type of dress for comfort. The ties on the sleeves are also a super cute detail. I'm 5'6" and the dress falls a few inches below the knee. 


I want to say a huge thank to each and every one of you for following along with me on social media. This collection wouldn't have been possible without you! <3 I appreciate your support and encouragement more than you know! Also, many thanks to Julia of Lace & Lilac for taking care of all the details to bring this collection alive! Happy Shopping! 
1.03.2018

New Year Sale Finds

Hey Everyone! Today I'm excited to share with you some of my favorite New Year's Sales and Deals. A few of these items I have been eyeing to purchases myself, and a few are just amazing deals that are plain hard to pass up! A lot of you asked for some home decor options. If you're like me, you like to find some new home decor pieces to freshen up your living space after all the Christmas crazyness is taken down. I've also included a few great deals on some clothing that I'm loving right now. Just click each item to shop it. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Home Decor Finds

   
This decorative wall clock is the perfect
addition for any decorating style.
It's also only $34.99 for the 18.5" clock!
Free shipping if you have Amazon Prime!  
CLICK PHOTO TO SHOP

    
Two black and white buffalo print
pillow covers for $11.99! So cute
and so on trend for 2018! Free
Shipping! CLICK PHOTO TO SHOP
                                      
Scroll through the rest of my home sale finds by clicking the arrow
Clothing Finds

Scroll through my favorite clothing finds by clicking the arrow.
Also, if you are looking to shop on your own, one of my favorite places to get amazing deals on clothing is Shein! I have worn items from them in THIS POST and THIS POST. They are offering some awesome discounts right now. for the new year! My favorite thing about Shein is they write the EXACT measurement of each clothing item in the sizing description, so pretty much everything I have bought from them has fit me perfectly! You can also use the coupon code publish15 to get 15% off any purchase! Just click the ad below to shop! 



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Happy New Year
12.18.2017

Classic Sugar Cookie & Royal Icing Recipe


Growing up, sugar cookies were always a staple at Christmas time. I made them every year with my siblings, and we loved to decorate them together. The problem with sugar cookies is everyone makes them differently... Some like them cakey, others like them crispy. I, on the other hand, have always loved them soft and chewy... Chips are supposed to crunch... not sugar cookies! 😉 When I was a teenager, one of my friend's moms (Hi Tammy! 😄) made the best chewy sugar cookies on the planet... I asked her what her recipe was once and she just said it was the classic Betty Crocker sugar cookie recipe... Well, a few years ago, I finally stumbled onto the same recipe that Tammy uses! I tried it with my sisters, and it was an immediate hit! Over the past couple of years we've made them over and over, and finally figured out some little tricks to get the perfect chewy sugar cookie... I also discovered royal icing... which makes your cookies super adorable as well! Scroll down for the recipes.





Classic Sugar Cookie Recipe
Makes 15-18 large, thick sugar cookies. I usually double the recipe for around 30 cookies.

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 sticks salted butter, softened

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 egg

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cream of tartar

Directions:

1. Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond, and egg until smooth (I use a kitchen aid mixer). Stir in remaining ingredients until smooth.

2. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours (You can also refrigerate overnight if you like).

3. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease cookie sheet.

4. Remove from refrigerator and divide dough in half. You may need to let the dough sit for 30 mins or so to make it more workable. Work it with your hands to smooth it out, then roll out onto a floured surface. Make sure to flour your rolling pin to get an extra smooth, even surface on the cookie dough. I like to roll it to about 1/4 inch (or more) thickness. The thicker the cookie the chewier it gets. I use a large round glass to cut out my cookies, but you can also use any large shaped cookie cutters. Your cookies should be easy to pick up off the floured surface and place directly on the pan.

5. I bake mine for about 5 1/2 - 6 minutes. Every oven is different, so keep an eye on them. The main goal with these cookies is to have NO COLOR at all. If they start to get golden in the least bit they have gone too long, and will most likely dry out easily. I usually pull mine out around 5-6 mins. You might think they aren't done yet, but you want the center to look a little gooey. If you let them cool on the pan for about 10 mins you will see the center start to set up, but still look moist. This is what makes them so chewy! All white cookies means the best flavor/texture! After they are firm enough to move I transfer them to wax paper to continue cooling.

6. Let them completely cool before icing.









Royal Icing Recipe 

Royal icing has become a fad recently... I love it because it can make your cookies look so pretty, plus it tastes amazing too! Most recipes I have seen call for meringue powder, but I use the old fashioned egg white kind. If you are worried about the raw egg white you can refrigerate the cookies, but I have never had any problems with leaving the cookies out once the icing dries.

Ingredients

2 egg whites
2 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract

Directions

Combine all ingredients with a whisk by hand or a kitchen aid mixer with whisk attachment. Make sure there are no lumps in the icing.

For those of you who are royal icing newbies... Here are a few things you should know. There are two types of royal icing.

1. Piping Icing

I use extra powdered sugar to thicken the above icing recipe to a piping texture. This is used to outline your cookies. Just keep adding a spoonful of powdered sugar until the icing is a toothpaste texture... You want it to fall off of the spoon slowly, but not break the flow completely. Once I get it to the perfect piping texture I put it in a piping bag with a very small pin dot tip and coupler (The coupler keeps the tip in place. I'll link tips, icing bags, and couplers below.). I then use a rubber band to tie the top of the bag so icing doesn't get all over my fingers.. I'm sure there is something more fancy to use than a rubberband, but I'm no professional! 😉 I pipe a line around the edge of all my cookies before "filling" them in.

2. Fill/Flood Icing

This icing is used to fill in the cookies that you outlined.  make a second recipe of the icing, then, depending on the size of the egg whites, if the icing isn't runny enough I add water (about a tsp at a time... be careful, a little goes a long way.) You want the texture to be more fluid, but not watery. If you pull the spoon out of the icing, you want it to run back into the bowl and take about 5 seconds or so before it settles into a smooth surface again...

Pour your fill icing into icing bottles (these are SUPER handy... I'll link what I use below) and fill in the cookies. Be careful not to over fill them since the icing will settle  and can run over if you use too much. I use a toothpick or tiny icing knife to spread the icing to the edges. You can also use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles, but be careful... They begin to dry very quickly so if you mess with them too much you will crack the icing. The icing will smooth out pretty evenly on it's own. If you let it dry for about 30 mins you can go back with a second layer of piping icing to draw designs. I love doing this because it makes them look like they were made at a bakery. Practice a little on a napkin or piece of waxpaper (this helped me get the hang of it!). I used the piping icing to make the snowflake and  tree designs. My cousin, Ally, also helped out with her piping skills!

A Few More Royal Icing Tips and Tricks

1. Let your Icing Dry For 8-12 Hours.

Another thing I learned the hard way... You have to let royal icing dry 8-12 hours before you can store or stack your cookies. The first time I made royal icing I stored my cookies immediately, and the icing ran and dripped everywhere and ruined the cookies. I usually finish my cookies later in the evening and let them dry overnight before stacking or storing. Don't worry about the cookies getting dry. If you didn't bake them too long they will stay nice and chewy since the icing is so moist.

2. Make 2 Colors of Royal Icing

I like to make two colors of both the piping and fill icing. It's so fun to use the two different colors to draw designs, fill, or line the cookies. You can make more than that, but I love using just two colors.
SET OF TIPS, COUPLERS, AND PIPING BAGS. CLICK TO SHOP.

SET OF FILL ICING BOTTLES. CLICK TO SHOP. 

 I hope you enjoy my favorite sugar cookie and icing recipe! If you decide to try your hand at baking them... make sure to tag @courtneycollingsworthmetz and use the hashtag #classicallycourtney on Instagram. Have a blessed day and a Merry Christmas!