Sunday, July 31, 2011

Coffee, Not Just For Drinking

Just finished enjoying a delicious, yet simple dinner! Sweet yellow corn fresh from my neighbors garden! Thanks Micheal! He also blessed us with some beautiful red tomatoes.Yummy! However, my reason for this post involves the filet mignon to which I rubbed on this awesome coffee rub from Cafe Roche in Winston-Salem,NC. The owner blends his ground coffee with various spices to create this rub that is great on beef. I learned of the rub from an article in the WS Journal. My daughter Maggie visits this little coffee shop at least once weekly, so I requested that she pick some up for me. The rub is sold by the ounce so you don't have to commit to a large amount before trying. Try it you won't be disappointed!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Gift For Baby

I made this sweet little toboggan and mittens for a coworker awaiting the arrival of her sweet baby boy. Made from Cascade Superwash, I won't worry that Mom will felt or shrink it. Check out the book 60 Quick Baby Knits. Great patterns all made with Superwash worsted weight yarn.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Hot Pepper Butter Mustard

If you happen to have 36 hot banana peppers, then I have the recipe for you! This stuff is great with pretzels, sandwiches, and will certainly liven up those hotdogs. My friend, coworker,and fellow home coffee roaster, Kim shared this recipe with me!
36 hot banana peppers
1qt generic mustard
1qt vinegar
4 cups sugar
1tsp salt
1-1/2 c. of flour
Chop peppers in food processor.purée with the vinegar. Add everything but flour to a large pot. Make a thin paste with the flour and the water. Bring pepper mixture to a boil,remove from heat and add flour mixture. Mix well, return to heat and boil hard for 10 minutes. Process for 3 minutes. Makes 8 pints. I used half-pint jars.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Getting Ready To Roast/Baby It's Hot Outside!

If you are thinking of becoming a home coffee roaster you should consider this book. The title was the inspiration for my blog title.

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Water Bottle Sock

This little bottle sock knits up quickly and is a great way to use up leftover yarn. I am planning to knit them for coworkers to give as Christmas gifts! A great little break from big projects. The designer is Carol Fuhr and is a free pattern on The bottle is by Brita and has a filter that attaches to the lid. I am hopeful that this will help to increase my water intake!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011


First day of staycation and I was awakened at 4am with a sinus Headache. I was hoping to get in some good knitting and spinning time. There are so many projects and so little time! Not feeling well wasn't in my plans.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Great Summer Salad

OK, I know this blog is supposed to be about roasting coffee and knitting, but I just made a wonderful summer salad with this little box of Near East Taboule wheat salad. It's a great way to use those fresh cukes and homegrown tomatoes. I have to give my foodie daughter,Maggie,
credit for introducing me to this grain. The recipe is on the back of the box and takes minutes to prepare. Each serving of the grain itself has 5gms of fiber!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Welcome Knitters and Home Coffee Roasters

You are invited to share in my adventures as a knitter and home coffee roaster. I hope to spark some interest that will inspire others to try home coffee roasting.