Simple Advice For Brewing Better Coffee Every Day

joanfrankham:

If you love coffee as I do, this is an interesting post.

Originally posted on Italian Home Kitchen Blog:

Coffee CupEveryone loves a freshly brewed cup of coffee at your local coffee shop, but do you ever wonder why your own homemade coffee doesn’t taste quite as good. Well this is a problem that many people face but if you read on, you can learn how to make cafe style coffee right in the comfort of your own home.

Don’t grind your coffee beans until just before making a fresh pot of coffee. The coffee begins to lose flavor immediately upon grinding. Don’t grind your beans before you brew if you want to drink good coffee.

The best way to get iced coffee in a hurry is to make it ahead of time via cold brewing. This involves brewing with just grounds, water, a fine filter, and if you like, some milk. You can easily do this before bed. By the next morning, you’ll have refreshing iced coffee that is…

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A Walk at The Wallace

The Wallace Collection in London is a national museum which displays art collections collected by Sir Richard Wallace and his ancestors, and the Collection was bequeathed to the British nation by Lady Wallace in 1897.

In the gallery is a huge collection of  18th century French art and furniture, and many important paintings and, for the military minded among us, a huge display of swords, old arms and suits of armour.

Let’s start with the Front State Room, with lots of paintings of birds and animals, and wonderful furniture.

Painting in the Front State Room

Painting in the Front State Room

French writing desk

French writing desk

Beautiful wardrobe

Beautiful wardrobe

The above French wardrobe dates back to 1715, and was designed by Italian craftsmen.    Would it fit in your home?

The East Gallery

The East Gallery

Each room had a different colour theme, with fabulous wallpapers as a background to the paintings and furniture

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There is a Front State Room, Back State Room, Dining Room, Billiard Room, Smoking Room, Armouries and a 16th century gallery on the ground floor, all full to the brim with fabulous paintings and furniture, and on the first floor there are Drawing Rooms, Boudoirs, and more galleries.

16th century gallery

The Great Gallery

In the Great Gallery downstairs, there were lots of budding artists sketching some of the paintings, there were folding stools and plenty of art paper and pencils supplied for anyone who cared to sketch their favourite.

 

Painting by Velazquez

Painting by Velazquez

Another Velazquez

Another Velazquez

And my favourite is this shot of the Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals, and a possible future famous artist!

The Laughing Cavalier and friend

The Laughing Cavalier and friend

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walk

Wordless Wednesday : A Masterpiece

The Laughing Cavalier and friend

The Laughing Cavalier and friend

Weekly Photo Challenge : Twinkle

While out and about last night and this morning, I came across many twinkling lights, as all the towns and houses around make a very special effort to put up lots of cheery lights to welcome the Christmas season.

My first two photos were taken in Kinsale harbour, where some of the boats had run twinkling lights up and down the masts, making everything very festive. Then this morning, outside our main Post Office, the postbox was all in sparkly red, just waiting for our letters to Santa Claus/Father Christmas!

Linked to Weekly Photo Challenge : Twinkle

 

Look Up, Look Down Challenge :

 

Look up to where we've been

Look up to where we’ve been

Let’s go for a hike in the Kerry mountains above Kenmare, it’s quite a climb, and watch your step coming down through the rocks and tall grass

The Lakes of Killarney

The Lakes of Killarney

This was our view from the top, looking back down on the Lakes of Killarney.

Long way to go

Long way to go

Keep on, and don’t get lost in the clouds!

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Linked to Which Way Challenge and Look up Look Down

Cee’s Black and White Challenge : Open Topic

Kerry Mountains

Kerry Mountains

This photo was taken on a recent hike in the Kerry mountains, near Kenmare, where the hills seem to go on forever, I think it would take a very fit person, and quite a bit of time, to cover all the mountains.

Westport House

Westport House

The eagle is one of a pair on top of Westport House, in County Mayo.   He looks very impressive as he guards the house from all intruders from his perch on the roof.

Linked to Cee’s Black and White Challenge

Wordless Wednesday : Lighting Up Time

Christmas trees

Christmas trees

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