How to make the perfect Cafe Cubano!

As I continue to slowly become more domesticated, I’ve been working diligently on perfecting my Cuban coffee brewing skills.

In high school I worked part-time as a receptionist at a car dealership and had to deal with a few creepy old men who thought my only responsibility was to make them Cuban coffee. After I told one of these creepy salesmen that I did not know how to make Cuban coffee he proceeded to tell me that if I ever wanted to get married I needed to learn how to make the perfect shot of Cuban coffee.

Thankfully I married a man who could careless about my Cuban coffee-making skills, but for my own knowledge I’ve been working months to perfect my “cafesito“.

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

First thing’s first, you need the right ingredients: coffee maker (aka cafetera), Pilon coffee, and sugar. Okay, now we’re ready to make some coffee:

1. Unscrew the bottom piece of the cafetera and fill with water up to the screw.

2. Fill the filter with coffee and remember to pack it in tightly using your spoon.

3. Put the filter in the bottom piece you filled with water and screw on the top.

4. Turn your burner to High and place the cafetera on the stove. (I leave the lid open so I can see when the first bit of coffee bubbles up.

5. While you wait for the coffee to bubble up, pull out a separate cup and pour 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar into the cup.

6. Once the first drips of coffee begin to fill the cafetera pour that into the cup you’ve set aside.  It’s really important that you do not fill the cup, but just pour a little of the coffee (maybe 2 tablespoons) into the cup for now. Return the cafetera to the stove to continue brewing.

7. Stir the coffee and sugar that are now in the cup to make a thick paste.

8. Once the cafetera has finished making all the coffee pour all the coffee into the cup and stir to make espumitas.

9. Pour into small tea cups and serve hot. 🙂

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Fence Garden

As you know, we moved out of our trendy living space in Brickell to a suburby townhouse in Miami Lakes. We LOVE the extra space (the townhouse is double the size of our old Brickell apartment) and we truly make good use of every space.  One of our favorite spots, especially now during the very pleasant Miami winter/spring time, is our patio.  Doyle makes good use of it all year-round, but it’s a space that Mike and I are starting to use more and more as the weather gets cooler.

Our backyard is pretty drab as far as color goes – our fence is a moss green and instead of bright green grass we have brown pebbles that doubles as Doyle’s private litter box (there is major upkeep involved to ensure that doesn’t happen too regularly).  So…because I love the space so much I’m always looking for ways to add color and more comfort to the patio.

While perusing the CasaSugar site as I regularly do, I found this great idea in their Weekend DIY section. Since our fence is pretty boring this Fence Garden helps brighten it up. It’s a fun project that is pretty simple to do over a weekend.

Here are some pics of the process and a picture of the final outcome. I’ve received many compliments so far. What do you think????

Before - boring and drab

Before - boring and drab

Step 1 - Gather supplies

Step 1 - Gather supplies

Step 2 - Tape up rim of pot

Step 2 - Tape up rim of pot

Step 3 - Spray taped terracotta pots

Step 3 - Spray taped terracotta pots

Step 4 - Screw in all Pot Holders

Step 4 - Screw in all Pot Holders

Step 5 - Hang pots and plant colorful flowers

Step 5 - Hang pots and plant colorful flowers

Here are step-by-step instruction @ DIY IDEAS.

BTW – This project just further solidified my obsession with Spray Paint!!!!! I have a few upcoming holiday projects that use Spray Paint. I’ll keep you all posted.