10 Ways To Take Your Coffee To The Next Level

by Eden on September 25, 2014

Oh look, yet another internet list.

But this one is acceptable because it involves coffee and coffee keeps some of us from committing heinous crimes in the morning.

Here’s some things you can do to your coffee to take it to whole other level

1) Add Sea Salt

I actually add sea salt to a lot of random stuff (sprinkled on top of chocolate ice cream, cookies, even brownies). Adding a dash of sea salt (or any kind of salt, but I find sea salt tastes a little better and sounds “natural” and healthier), can soften the bitterness in coffee.  I prefer using salt when I get iced coffee since I find cold brews to be a little bitter. But I hear you can also add some salt straight up to the coffee grounds when you’re making it and it tastes just divine.

 

2) Add Extracts

True coffee snobs will burn me at the stake for this one. But hey, it’s better than buying one of those flavored coffees.

A few drops of pure extracts like vanilla, almond, or even rum, can really bring another dimension to your coffee. I love adding almond extract to a cold brew, makes it taste like marzipan! Not that I’m replacing coffee with marzipan! Marzipan is irreplaceable!

 

3) Add Ice Cream

You can’t go wrong with a scoop of ice cream with a shot of espresso poured over on top. Or even make a “coffee float” (root beer float minus root beer, plus coffee).

4) Add Cardamom 

You might be familiar with cardamom in Indian cuisine or tea (like chai). I’d start with one crushed cardamom pod per cup of coffee, and later adjusting the amount to your taste. You can add it to the coffee grounds in a drip machine, French press, or any method you use to make coffee.

 

5) Add Dulce De Leche

Substituting dulce de leche for cream and sugar will totally up your coffee game. The carmel-esque dulce de leche is made out of sweetened condensed milk so you won’t miss the cream or the sugar. Trust me.

 

6) Add Chocolate Milk (or YooHoo)

They make soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and I bet even yak milk in a chocolate version. YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE! Try it! My personal favorite is pouring in some old fashioned YooHoo.

 

7) Brew With Egg Shells

If all you’ve got on hand is mediocre super cheap canned coffee that’s too bitter, some egg shells can remedy that.

I know this sounds insane. But try this: crush up the shells, put them in with the coffee grounds, and brew your coffee as usual. Then make make deviled eggs with your hard boiled eggs or fertilize or something!

 

8) Add “Tim Tam”

A Canadian blogger started a whole blog devoted to adding weird things to coffee. He’s experimented with all sorts of stuff from smoked salmon to bacon. Not all were tasty (in fact some he admitted were down-right gag-worthy, but one that he raved about was something has called the “Tim Tam Slam”. He basically mixed up the Australian Tim Tam cookie into coffee and no wonder it tasted amazing. Tim Tams on there own are awesome, mixing them with coffee seems like a logical and caffeinated step.


9) Add Booze!

Not that I’m endorsing alcoholism, but a splash of Frangelico, brandy, rum, Kahlua, Grappa, or even vanilla flavored vodka can add an interesing kick to your coffee. Adding alcohol isn’t for everyone, but it may make Monday mornings more fun.

Bottoms up!

 

10) Add A Piece of Chocolate

A good quality block of chocolate, or heck, even a Hershey’s kiss melted in your hot brew can taste really awesome.

 

But to be honest, if you have good quality coffee, the best thing to add to coffee is nothing.

 

Do you like to add anything special or unique? Nothing is too weird, share!

 

 

 

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10 Things I Want You To Know About My Breasts

by Eden on September 9, 2014

In April, I began my journey to take action about my diagnosis of the breast cancer gene (BRCA 1) and had a preventative double mastectomy. As I explained here, my first surgery (in April) consisted of removal of all my breast tissue (and reduced my breast cancer risk from 87% to about 3%) and tissue expanders were inserted in my chest muscles to make room for a silicone implant.

Looks kinda like this:

Tomorrow will hopefully be my final surgery in the reconstruction process. Because I have nothing else to do than write an internet list, I decided to write one 48 hours before my last surgery.

Here’s 10 honest things I want you to know about my boobs:

1) Yes, They’re Fake

I’ve been walking around with rock-hard expanders that were filled with saline, and after this last surgery, I’ll have silicone. They’re FAKE and probably not organic and I don’t give a shit.

2) However…My Nipples ARE Real

I had a “nipple sparing mastectomy”. Meaning I got to keep my nipples. Not all women choose this and keeping my nipples does increase my breast cancer risk slightly, but it was an aesthetic choice I decided to make. Call me vain, but I still wanted to feel like myself when I “looked down”. However, I will say the fake nipples that plastic surgeons are capable of constructing these days are quite remarkable and real-looking.

 

3) I’m OK Talking About Them (and if you’re not totally pervy, I’ll let you touch)

I’m all about education and keeping people informed. The more women talk about the struggles of genetic testing and taking preventative measures, the more lives may be saved. I don’t think it’s slutty or gross for me to talk about my boobs and let people feel them. I think it’s pretty rad that we have the choice these days to take our future in our hands and prevent diseases before they get us. I also think its awesome how natural fake boobs can look! Had my mom done this, she may be alive today. I will talk all about my boobs forever and ever. even if it will annoy you and gross you out.

Grossing you out is just an added bonus.

 

4) Yep, I “Lost The Sensation”

Although I did keep my nipples, they don’t have any feeling. Am I sexually frustrated because of this?

No.

Nipples never really did anything for me to begin with and my sexual organs are still in check so I’m fine with it. I have heard rumors that the sensation comes back, but I fine with my boobs and nipples being purely decorative.

And like Angelina Jolie, I think they’re very nice decorations.

 

5) I Would’ve Gotten Rid of My Breasts Even If I Didn’t Have The Breast Cancer Gene

Regardless of the BRCA 1 mutation, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer (and 7 out of 8 women will talk shit about that woman, but that’s for a different blog post…).

Having lost so many women to breast cancer in my family, living with the fear and constant MRI’s and mammograms was gonna put my on an anxiety roller coaster that I didn’t want to ride.

If my BRCA genetic test came back negative, I would’ve probably done the surgery anyway. Breasts are not an essential organ and the surgery is minor compared the grueling chemo and radiation treatments that I had to see both my parents endure. I’m not on a mission to convince people to start cutting off healthy organs, but I do want to educate and inform you that you all have your health in your hands.

You can decide what you want to do with your body cause its YOUR body. You can do what you want, you can get genetic tests and you can start taking better care of your physical and emotional self.

 

You can also never have to worry about sagging or wearing a bra, EVER! But that’s just me being vain again.

 

 

 

 

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A Goodbye Letter To My Boobs

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In a few hours, I will be getting a preventative double mastectomy as I carry a gene that puts me at an 87% chance of developing cancer. A mastectomy would reduce my chances to less than 5%. Here’s my farewell letter to my boobs. Dear boobs, Goodbye. But before we part, I would like to […]

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