Posted by: rachelbarnes | July 4, 2009

Iced coffee and tea latte recipes, baby tutu

We are in the process of putting our house up for sale.  My crafting supplies are slowly being packed, but I’m holding on to my knitting and some sewing supplies for some crafting for my sanity in the transition of the sale/move.

I wanted to share today some yummy summer recipes I’ve discovered and am enjoying quite regularly these days.  The first is a recipe for iced coffee.

Iced coffee

Brew double the strength of coffee for the same amount of water.  So if you have a 12 cup coffee maker, brew twice the amount of coffee granules.  An exception to this is with a french press you can let the coffee brew longer to get stronger coffee without exactly twice the amount of coffee.

For a mug of iced coffee

1/3 cup double strong coffee

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp sugar

1/2 cup milk

Approx. 3-4 ice cubes

Pour the strong coffee in your mug.  Pour the sugar in the mug while the coffee is hot to dissolve the sugar.  We’ve tried the raw sugar with our iced coffee and it’s AWESOME.  Be careful if you use raw sugar as you don’t need as much since it’s much sweeter then regular sugar.  Pour in the milk and the ice cubes.

The green lidded container in the picture is the large batch of double strength coffee I keep now in our fridge for future iced coffees.  We like to go ahead and sweeten the batch of the stronger coffee batch while it’s hot so it’s already sweetened out of the fridge.

Hot Tea latte

2 bags of tea (I like vanilla caramel black tea)

1/2 cup boiling water

2 cup hot milk

Honey or flavored syrups to sweeten (I’m using almond and  hazelnut syrup we’ve had on hand)

Brew boiling water and pour 1/2 cup in your mug.  Steep the 2 bags of tea in the 1/2 cup boiling water.  When it’s brewed as strong as you like it, remove the tea bags and add hot milk (I heat our milk in the microwave to approx. 140 degrees F, 2 min. or so).  Add as much honey or syrup as you like for flavor.  You can make cold tea lattes in a similar way as the iced coffee recipe calls for (make a large batch of the stronger tea and save it in the refrigerator for future servings). *Be careful with both recipes using hot liquids.

I made the following tutu for a friend of mine’s little girl, Chloe.  She is so adorable, she really makes the picture.

I found the instructions in this awesome book.  I modified the instructions a little bit.  I started out cutting strips of tulle (I bought 4 yds of tulle at Jo Anne’s) at 20″ x 1.5″ but it was taking FOREVER, so I modified the pattern to use 20″ x 4″ strips.  I made the waist band out of elastic and sewed on velcrow so hopefully Chloe can enjoy this tutu in years to come.



  1. what a pretty little girl! i made one for gracie’s 1st birthday! they can be time consuming at first & then you learn tricks along the way. looks good though! hope all is well with you. miss you bunches

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