Oct 20, 2012

Shades of Fall

Boise is not located in Boise County. Go figure. This could be akin to French fries not really being French, especially in a potato state with a French-named capital. I digress. Actually, Boise is situated in Idaho's Treasure Valley. The word Boise stems from the phrase le bois, which means wood or the woods. Canadian French explorers felt that the name best described the area. I agree.

My hubby and I attend church outside of Boise in the city of Eagle. We enjoyed Fall last Sunday from the patio of the Wild West Bakery and Espresso. The old downtown area was radiant with color.


Our mountain range can be seen down this tree-lined street. We share some of the same foliage as the valley, but the color dwindles the higher one travels. Fall foliage is most spectacular along Highway 21 in the canyons. 

The photo below was snapped this foggy morning outside of our home. Rain has been in the forecast, although we have seen little of it. Days are chillier and nights below freezing. What a contrast between the 2 photos!


If precipitation does make an appearance, we could even have snow as the temps drop. This would not be the first year that mountain trick-or-treaters have traipsed through snow.

Blessings galore,

Oct 19, 2012

Neutralizing with Swedish Coffee

We had to ask our 18-year old son to move out. This decision was made after a 5-year roller coaster ride prompted by our son's unfruitful choices. The details need no belaboring. We thought we understood tough love prior to this. Obviously, there are more layers to peel.

In this bittersweet season and given the breadth of my maternal emotions, I could use a little neutralizing. I was reminded of a style of coffee that seems apropos. As both a coffee and tea lover, I am continually curious. The website, Talk About Coffee, shared a recipe for Swedish Egg Coffee. They wrote... 
According to chemists, the egg is the reason that Swedish egg coffee is so smooth – the proteins in the egg bind with the acid in the coffee to neutralize it. That could make Swedish egg coffee ideal for someone who loves coffee but can’t drink it because they have a sensitive stomach. Here’s one recipe for Swedish coffee that you can try for yourself and see if it doesn’t make the smoothest cup of coffee you’ve ever tasted.

You need:

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 crushed eggshell
  • 1 cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 8 cups boiling water
In a small bowl, mix the ground coffee with the beaten egg until the coffee grounds are well coated. Stir in the crushed eggshell, then add in the cold water. Meanwhile, bring 8 cups of water to boil in a large saucepan. Add coffee mixture to the boiling water and stir for about four minutes, or until the foam subsides. Remove from the heat and cover the pan. Let stand for 7-10 minutes, until the grounds and eggshell have settled to the bottom of the pot. Strain the coffee through a wire or cloth strainer into coffee cups or into a serving carafe. 

Add sugar and milk to taste if desired.

Have an egg-ceptional day!