Monthly Archives: August 2014

ICED COFFEE ~ Detroit Style

I love iced coffee. I have become particularly focused on (some would say obsessed) creating the perfect iced coffee brew.

Here’s my version of perfection:

Cut a 5X5″ square of cheesecloth

Dump 1 cup of your favorite ground coffee into the center

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Bring the corners of the cheesecloth together, twist and tie tightly with cotton thread/twine.

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Fill a large glass container with 5-7 cups of cold purified water.

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Place the cheesecloth pouch into the water. Let sit out on your counter or in your refrigerator overnight or for at least 8 hours.

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Voila!

Keep in your refrigerator with the black gold for up to a month. Enjoy ice, cream, sugar or just plain, like me, for up to a month.

If you do not love strong coffee, use less coffee to water in your brew and take the cheesecloth out after the first “overnight” brew.

Cheers!

Lake Erie Metro Park

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Lake Erie Metro Park is AWESOME! We arrived at 10:00am on a hot August Saturday morning for a wonderful adventure. We started with a guided tour ($3/per person, although most are free) that began at their Nature Center and went along the Cherry Island Trail over bridges and through the woods along the lakeshore.

We were enchanted by a mother Monarch butterfly laying her precious eggs on the leaves of the milkweed plant. As we walked along the man-made dike between an estuary and Lake Erie it was as if we had been transported back in time. The lotus and lily flower fields, in full bloom this time of year, were wafting their delicate scent across the breeze in the most exotic way. It’s hard to believe we are less than 30 miles from DETROIT!

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This 1400 acre wood also has an amazing bike/ hike/ jog trail that will take you from the Nature Center to the wave pool, along the lakeshore, over marshland, past ponds and the deep woods. My preschooler wasn’t about to let a perfectly good play ground distract him from his botanical exploration… Ha ha! The tire swing wins out!!

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They have river cruises to the lighthouse, kayaking, fishing, beaches and more and that’s just summertime fun. We have been lucky enough to have adventures there in every season. Please see their events calendar at http://www.metroparks.com and have your own Metro Detroit adventure!

*as always, these are my opinions and experiences. I was in no way paid or compensated to write this about the park.