Author: Monarch Way

Dalgona Coffee

I kept seeing recipes for whipped coffee. I had some instant coffee so I thought I would try a recipe and just substitute the milk with half and half. Well, I can’t decide how I feel about it. My coffee mixture definitely turned out darker and thicker than the recipe I used. Once I mixed the half and half with the whipped coffee, it was much better but it wasn’t impressive enough to try it again. I may look at more dalgona recipes and try it again with milk and a different type of coffee.  Ingredients 4 tbsp of instant coffee 4 tbsp sugar 4 tbsp hot water Milk (I used half and half) Ice cubes Instructions Whisk together instant coffee, sugar, and hot water until peaks are formed. Fill a glass with ice cubes and top with milk or half and half. Top milk with a couple of scoops of the whipped coffee mixture.

Neutral Patio Decor

Initially, I bought pillows to coordinate with the fabric of the outdoor sofa. A little back story on the outdoor sofa: we moved from North Dakota where Colter (our dog) lived inside. He liked to lay on the sofa and in an attempt to successfully transition him to an outside dog, I decided that he needed an outdoor sofa. My mom took me to a discount fabric store where we found some outdoor fabric and foam and someone to make a bench seat and pillow covers. Matt made the sofa based on the bench cushion dimensions. Last year, I started ignoring the brightly colored sofa cushions and bought orange decor for fall and red and green decor for Christmas. The back door was an eye soar and originally planned to replace it but I eventually chose the cheaper option: paint. The front door is black so I decided to paint the back door black too. I sanded and scraped and painted the frame and the door. Matt installed new hinges and weather stripping. In addition …

Jinan, China

This was my husbands third trip to Jinan, China. The university he works at has an exchange program with Shandong Jianzhu University. Professors go to teach during the summer and winter semesters and undergraduate and graduate students can participate in student exchange programs to attend classes overseas. Professors and students from Shandong Jianzhu University gave us tours of the campus of Shandong Jianzhu University, the Shandong Museum, Baotu Spring, a horse racing park, Lingyan Temple, (Buddhist temple), and places around the city. Shandong Jianzhu University Shandong Museum Traveling around Jinan without native speakers and a driver would have been difficult. Jinan is an ancient city with a large population but not a lot of people speak English and my husband and I only know about 5 words/phrases in Mandarin. It was very neat to see such an old city. The people there were very nice and the university professors and students take hosting guests very seriously. They bought us gifts, food, and souvenirs. It is an interesting city and I look forward to my next …