Stroller: Relax with a cold cup of iced coffee and a good book | lifestyles

word of the day is reprimanded. Example: Trevor was warned by his boss because he showed up late for the third time in the same week while also having a hard time asking to leave early as well.

Wednesday word It was a rumination. It means thinking deeply about something. Example: Howard was forced to think for 30 minutes about what he wanted for dinner after his friends rejected his multiple suggestions.

iced coffee

Iced coffee hits the spot on a hot summer day.

There are two ways to make iced coffee. One simple way is to brew a pot of coffee, then leave it in the fridge until it’s cold. However, the flavor seems to be too weak to use as an iced coffee, so if you’re only brewing for iced coffee, brew it a little stronger. Or you can cool down the rest of your morning coffee, and stir half a spoonful of Folger instant coffee into your cold brew when you’re ready to drink it. (The stroller has tested all popular instant coffees just for this purpose and found that Folger works best.)

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Japanese-style iced coffee gets great reviews: Fill a mason jar (or other heat-resistant drinking glass) with two cups of ice. Place a small strainer or tea strainer on top of it, and line the strainer with a paper coffee filter. Put 6 tablespoons of ground coffee (not instant) into the strainer. Gently shake the coffee grounds to level the surface. Heat the water just below the boiling point, but not to (the boiling point) (boiling will make the coffee bitter). Pour hot water (it will be 1 1/3 cups water in total, little by little) over the ground coffee until completely saturated, which “blooms” the coffee. Wait 30 seconds. Then pour the rest of the hot water over the grounds in slow, even circles, pausing when the water level reaches half the level of the filter. When the ice melts, the coffee cools.

library books

What’s new at Blue Ridge Regional Library this week is:

  • Escape: The Thriller of Billy Harney by James Patterson and David Ellis
  • “House Across the Lake” by Riley Sakr
  • The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark
  • Die With You by Scott Blackburn
  • “On the Rotation” by Sherlyn O’Booby
  • “The Hunting” by Alison Fairbrother
  • When Stone Wings Fly: A Smoky Mountains Novel by Karen Barnett
  • “Night of the Were-Cat: A Cat Groomer Mystery” by Eileen Watkins
  • Make Me Disappear by Jessica Payne
  • “Four Seasons Food Gardening: How to Grow Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs All Year Round” by Messila della Lallana
  • Diabetes Easy Dessert Cookbook: Blood-sugar-friendly versions of your favorite foods by Mary Ellen Phipps

Wednesday’s answer on Tuesday: On the Beer Mile in Canada, runners drink four 12-ounce beers, one every 1/4 mile, before running a one-mile lap around the track. According to their website,, Corey Bellemore holds the record at 4:28.10.

Today’s TRIVIA question: What is the fastest breed of dog?

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