Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mis Abuelos Coffee Finca

{getting ready for a tour this morning}

{coffee from the recent harvest}

{beans ready for some water to soak the outer covering off}

{after soaking and drying, the cherries are crushed in this machine}

{pulp from crushing the cherry fermenting on the hillside with chickens enjoying it}

{the Burns Jubilee Roaster, new to the farm six months ago}

{grinding the coffee before bagging and sending it to local grocery stores}

{owner feeding the chickens some cooked rice}

{coffee plant nursery}
{Juliana found a cherry in the driveway from the recent picking season}

This morning our friend Laura brought us up into the hills of Mayaguez to about 1000 feet elevation to where her neighbor owns a coffee farm, Mis Abuelos. It didn't take that long to drive up there, maybe 20 minutes. We had a lovely visit and a beautiful view looking across the mountains towards the ocean. We had a casual look around and saw them grinding coffee that was destined to the grocery stores along the west coast of Puerto Rico. We left with three bags of coffee beans to try out.

(Want to visit? Mis Abuleos Coffee, CARR 354, Km. 5.5, Bo. Rio Canas, Mayaguez, 787-265-2521)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Almost Done

I finished the body of Juliana's Triceratops costume. One more day to finish the hood and gloves. I've been so happy with my new sewing machine during this project. It does a great mattress stitch around all the applique. And my little dinosaur is quite the model!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

One Down, One to Go

I'm definitely missing the thrift stores that we frequented so much in the US. When Halloween comes around, costumes are so easy to find for the little ones. There are lots of cheap ones in the stores here, but they are so flimsy. I decided to see if I could find a pattern for a costume and found this fun Simplicity pattern (1765A) with dinosaurs for Pieter. I figured Juliana could wear one of her fairy dresses. Well, when she saw me making Pieter's stegosaurus costume, she decided she really wanted one, too. I see a few late nights for me this week! Her mantra is "Make my costume!"

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Chocolate Chili Spiced Nuts

Chocolate Chili Spiced Pecans, a delightful new recipe I just found. Walnuts are much easier to find here in Puerto Rico than pecans, so that is what my batch was made from. Go make these right now. They are that good! The caramelized goodness is making it hard to keep them from disappearing around here. Oh, and the better news? They are spicy, so only the adults in this house want them! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

French Toast

Just up the street from our home is a small panaderĂ­a where we having been indulging in fresh bread and the occasional treats. I sure do wish they used some whole grains in the their baking so I wouldn't feel so guilty about bringing it home. One thing I've enjoyed making more often now is French Bread. It is such a quick and easy breakfast if you have a loaf of french bread and a few yummy eggs on the counter. Making this is so straight forward it almost seems silly to write up a recipe, but it might be nice for someone that hasn't made any in a while.

French Toast
6-8 eggs
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk, cream or a mixture of both
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 loaf french bread

  • Beat together all the ingredients except for the bread
  • Slice the bread into 1 1/2 inch thick pieces
  • Dip the bread on both sides, soak for a bit if necessary (not too long or the inside of the bread will not cook through). 
  • Cook both sides in frying pan with a little bit of butter over medium-low heat.

I've had a hard time taking pictures of everyday life lately. Just picking up the camera throughout the day and capturing those moments. Here is my resolve for starting over, trying harder, new habits. Pieter woke up this morning and had a hankering for wearing jeans again and his cowboy boots. We'll see how long those warm pants last on him today as the mercury creeps upward.

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