What a night. Last night we celebrated Courtney and Jordyn's birthdays and lets just say we were successful. We had drinks and danced and I stayed up way past my bedtime. Thing to remember if you live at home: If you stay out really late and your mom wakes up really early, you might get to say good morning to her as you walk in the door. Yeah, that happened to me this morning. I said good morning, followed by good night and put myself to bed. Which is where I stayed for a good part of the day. Just reminding me that I am not 18 anymore and I cannot bounce back like I used to. Necessary recovery time took longer then I would have liked but it was totally worth it because celebrations like that do not happen often.
Once I woke up and forced myself to function like a normal person, I met up with Courtney to go downtown and visit Chalk Fest. Once a year people draw awesome art on the sidewalk and the park becomes a big outdoor gallery. The artists can draw whatever they want so you get a wide variety of subject matter. I took a few pictures of my favorites, I would credit the artists if I could but they didn't have their names posted at the sites. I love things like this and definitely want the next city I live in to value local events. Oh and just so you know, next weekend will involve going to the U.S. Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship happening in town. You'll want to tune in.
It was a really beautiful day and it felt good to breathe some fresh air and get my legs moving. After Chalk Fest, we walked a couple blocks to a local cafe and got some drinks. I went with iced coffee which probably wasn't best for my definitely dehydrated body but it tasted delish. It was fresh cold brewed coffee which if you have never had it, you should do yourself a favor and try it. My friend Kelsey introduced it to me and it is all we drank on our road trip. Making cold brewed coffee makes the coffee less acidic and taste sweeter. Since I have been home from our trip in the beginning of June I have had a jug of it in the fridge at all times. There are instructions for you to make your own at the bottom of this post!
To Make Cold Brewed Coffee:
- Grind your favorite coffee beans.
- Put ground coffee into a container. (bowl, tupperware, jug, anything large enough to hold grounds and water)
- Pour water over the grounds and do a quick stir. I use about about 1-1.25 cups grounds per half gallon of water. **
- Cover and let sit for 24 hours.
- Using a fine mesh filter or cheese cloth, filter the grounds out of the water by pouring over a new container or into the jug you will keep it in.
- Put a couple of ice cubes in a glass and enjoy your cold pressed coffee.
**This is the ratio that I have found works for me. If you make it and the coffee is too strong for your taste, you can always dilute it with milk or more water.
One time I was feeling fancy and toasted some coconut flakes and let those sit in the water and coffee mixture before filtering and it was definitely a nice addition. Let me know if you try making it and/or get creative with your mixture!
Just because coffee shop selfies are necessary.