Coffee Magic

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I’ve read that it’s awful for you, I’ve read that it has antioxidants…but the bottom line is, I love coffee, I love with with a lot of soy milk, I love the ritual of making it in the morning and I have to admit, it could be a love affair.

I always felt bad tossing the grounds though. Before we moved here and began contributing to the covert compost pile our awesome neighbors had started, we just tossed it in the garbage.

Quite a bit of research in, I found out there is so much more you can do with coffee grounds! Now, I haven’t tried these, and this is just a small list so far, but when my life calms down and I really figure out my schedule, I’m going to start trying them out.

1. Compost – I mentioned this already, but the grounds add necessary nitrogen to the compost.

2. Pin cushions – make a coffee ground pincushion! The coffee grounds will keep needles from rusting. Dry the grounds first in the freezer for about two hours.

3. Clean your hands after chopping garlic or onions – Rub some coffee grounds into your hands after chopping the healthy but smelly food stuffs to clear the odor!

4. Replace baking soda in your fridge – the coffee grounds will absorb that nasty fridge smell!

5. Paint – use coffee grounds as water as paint to create vintagey, isntagram worthy masterpieces!

 

Not a coffee drinker? No problem! Most coffee shops, Starbucks included, will give you their used grounds for free!

See more usage at these sites here:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/amazing-things-you-can-do-with-coffee-grounds#matfbd

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2013/07/how-to-recycle-used-coffee-grounds.html

I’m still here!

I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog – I’ve just been really busy trying to organize my life and money. I haven’t had much time to record everything I’ve been doing, but I’ll report in now!

My porch garden is still small but after a few tribulations, it seems to be growing well. My basil is shooting up like a kid having a growth spurt, and my thyme and rosemary are as fragrant as ever!

I’m trying to use less paper towels and more washable rags/sponges. Sure, it takes extra time but trees are more important than the convenience paper towels give me. I’d rather have cleaner air.

I’m getting back into the vegetarian groove. Commercially packaged meat is gross and dirty and full of fear and hormones…I’m planning of writing a post more in depth about my feelings about meat, but for now, I’ll just say that the meat found putrefying in grocery stores is unappetizing and makes me want to cry.

I’ve been using this website called FreeRice. There has been a lot of speculation as to whether or not FreeRice actually donates rice to the hungry, but after some research, I personally believe they do the good that they say they do. You answer questions, and every time you get one right, 10 grains are donated through the World Food Programme. Click HERE to try it out! and if anything, you’ll at least learn some new things.

That’s it for now. I’m eating kidney beans sauteed with soy sauce and sriracha. Because I’m poor and I love beans.

More soon! Much love and light,

Stephanie