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Carless Iced Coffee

No, that’s not a typo. I didn’t mean to say “careless.” I actually meant “carless,” as in “without a car.”

Neil’s van is in the shop this week (all this week, and most of last week too. big [stupid expensive] repair.) and he’s been taking my car to work. I’m pretty much a homebody by choice, until you tell me that I have to stay home, and then suddenly I feel like a caged bird, longing to fly free.

Being August, there is the added pressure to indulge in as much Summer fun as possible before school starts again.

I don’t live in an area where getting around on foot is practical. I can take walks for pleasure, but I can’t easily get anywhere useful.

Suddenly I want to visit the local farm so I can get us fresh picked Jersey corn on the cob for supper.

I want to go get my eyebrows waxed because right this second I find them unbearably unruly.

I urgently wish to spend this 90-degree day hanging out in my parents’ pool.

I need (need, I tell you) to visit the library, go to the bagel shop for lunch, sneak out for an iced coffee…

And even though I have plenty to do here, none of it satisfies me.

Time for a little mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Iced coffee in a mason jar.

Iced coffee in a mason jar.

I am feeling sleepy and unbelievably unproductive today.

At some point on a day like this, I have to decide to stop spinning my wheels and just change my focus. This time I make myself a jar of homemade iced coffee. It’s less strong than the Starbucks variety, but I’m fine with that.

Iced coffee in a mason jar.

One of the kids walks into the kitchen and catches me in the act, and so it becomes three iced coffees.

Iced coffee in a mason jar.

Iced coffee in a mason jar.

I’m refueled for the time being.

I’ll be really happy when I have my car back.

P.S. My iced coffee recipe: fill 16-oz mason jar halfway with ice, pour leftover or cold-brewed coffee over ice to 3/4 mark, top off jar with milk (we often use almond milk or soy milk, too), sweeten to taste (I like a teaspoon of Dave’s Mocha Syrup, and the boys like considerably more than a teaspoon of Dave’s Vanilla).


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4 thoughts on “Carless Iced Coffee

  1. I never cared for cold coffee but I saw a recipe on cold brewing and now I’m hooked! Try a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk and a squirt of chocolate syrup along with some regular milk.

    1. That sounds rich. I’ll have to give it a try!

  2. Oh, I can relate! lol This coffee syrup is the best! My husband likes vanilla also. 🙂

    1. I just ordered more yesterday – I was down to a dribble of the mocha. I can make a bottle last a nice long time, but my kids polished off the vanilla within weeks of buying it last summer!

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