Friday, October 17, 2014
Coffee Tea Bags ~ Two and Three Word Tea Bag Quotes
I wanted to send Daughter some good coffee, and finally found a way to do it. The first thing that came to mind was a "Coffee Tea Bag" but they are really Coffee bags.
After I made these. . .
...I realized they would be excellent for taking on trips, as well as for gifting. Most places to lodge now have a way to heat water, and if you are like me, I don't like using an "in-room" coffee maker. I can heat water over a campfire and take these along too.
We did give this a whirl before I posted this. The coffee tastes a bit weaker than brewed of course, and we noticed a few coffee grounds sneak out of it, but works pretty good.
I simply cut a natural coffee filter to be somewhat of a rectangle shape.
I put about a tablespoon of organic coffee in the center, then folded one side over then the other.
Then I folded up the bottom, and folded down the top. You can use a wooden spring clothespin to hold the bag shut while you do the next step.
I cut a piece of kitchen string (food safe butcher string). I used about a 12 inch piece. I simply held the top of the string with one hand and pulled one thread out with the other.
Knot one end of the string, and using an embroidery needle, gently sew into the top of the bag. Don't cut the string.
I cut some cardstock to make my own coffee bag tags. Using markers I decorated them. I then used the needle to sew the tag to the end of the string. No staples needed, no bleach from cheap coffee filters, food-safe string, and it can all be composted.
I put these in the mail to Daughter, to life her spirits and send her a bit of "happy" from home. I better get busy and make some for Son too.
Quotes for handmade Coffee or Tea bags:
Believe in yourself
Do it better
Grace brings contentment
Grace brings prosperity
Live, Love, Laugh
Love without cause
Speak the truth
Trust creates peace
You are beautiful
You are unlimited
Work, but don't forget to live
Let your heart guide you
Be proud of who you are
Live in your strength
Note: I'll continue to add more as we drink up more tea here, and/or the kids come up with some new ones.
Tip: You can also simply fill an unbleached (disposable) paper steep sack. To mail it, tie the bottom closed with a piece of butcher string (so the coffee stays secure). These steep sacks do cost more than the coffee filters, but will keep you from getting coffee grounds in your cup.
I do have muslin to sew my own tea/coffee bags (reusable) as well, but it makes me wonder if the thread I have is food safe. I'll have to look into that. I did email the company that makes the embroidery floss I use, and they tell me it is not food-safe. Maybe some day they will consider making it now.
It rained again last night, so the remainder of the garden remains. I got a lot done in my kitchen, and more that needs cleaned up yet. I finally put all my printed recipes in a file folder (along with magazine pages), and have a plan to do type up one a day to get the file folder empty. Most recipes are ones we have tried. After a good harvest this summer, it feels good to get things in order.
The kids have been loaded with homework lately. One is on in the National Honor Society, and the other two are struggling (but striving) to get their grades high enough to join in the future as well.
Five Minutes for Me ~ Breakfast on the porch.