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A Warm Cup of Coffee to Fight the Coldness of Winter

Survive through the winter with these espresso recipes you can do at home! Don’t worry if you don’t have an espresso machine, a decent article on this topic can help you. After reading the article, be sure to get your espresso machine right away to try these recipes!

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Ingredients:
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • Ground coffee
Procedure:
  1. First, brew ground coffee.
  2. Transfer the brewed coffee in a cup.
  3. Add two shots of espresso.

Gingerbread Latte

gingerbread latteIngredients:
  • 1 c. of hot milk or soy milk
  • 1/2 c. of hot espresso
  • 1/3 c. of sugar
  • 1/3 c. of water
  • 1/4 tsp. of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • A 2-inch piece of fresh peeled and thinly sliced ginger
  • Optional: Whipped cream
Procedure:
  1. Gingerbread Syrup: Get a small saucepan. Put the cinnamon, ginger, sugar, vanilla, and water. Bring the ingredients to a boil. Stir often until the sugar completely dissolves. Lower the heat and slowly simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Get your espresso and place it in a mug. Add the gingerbread syrup. Top it off with heated milk and garnish with whipped cream if you wish. Enjoy!

Espresso Creme

Ingredients:
  • 1 oz. of heavy cream
  • 1 shot of espresso
Procedure:

Simply pull a shot of espresso and combine it with an ounce of heavy cream.

Café Bonbon

cafe bonbonIngredients:
  • 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. of cocoa powder
  • 2 oz. of condensed milk
  • 2 oz. of espresso
  • 2 oz. of heavy whipped cream
Procedure:
  1. Whip the vanilla extract and cream using a hand mixer until peaks form.
  2. Pull 2 oz. of espresso.
  3. Pour it into a glass cup.
  4. Pour your condensed milk into a cup. It should of the same amount as your espresso.
  5. Top the cup with whipped cream.
  6. Sprinkle the cocoa powder on top
  7. Serve this Spanish “candy coffee” drink with a spoon.

Espresso Breve

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. of espresso
  • 2 oz. of foam.
  • 2 oz. of half & half
Procedure:
  1. Steam and froth the half & half at 145° to 160°F.
  2. Allow it to set.
  3. Pull a 2-oz. shot of espresso.
  4. Carefully pour the steamed half & half into a mug, holding back the foam.
  5. Pour half of the foam on top.
  6. Pour the espresso slowly into your mug.
  7. Top it with the rest of the foam.

Spicy Viennese Espresso

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp. of allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 4 ground cloves
  • Whipped cream
two-shots-of-espressoProcedure:
  1. Pull two shots of espresso.
  2. Put in a cup.
  3. Mix the ground cloves, cinnamon, and allspice.
  4. Top with whipped cream.

Macadamia Mocha

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of steamed milk
  • 1 oz. of chocolate fudge
  • 1 oz. of macadamia nut syrup
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • A dash of grated chocolate
  • Some toasted coconut
Procedure:
  1. Pull two shots of espresso.
  2. Place in a cup.
  3. Add the macadamia nut syrup, chocolate fudge, and steamed milk.
  4. Top with toasted coconut and a dash of grated chocolate. Enjoy!

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How to Winterize Your Pool and Robotic Cleaner

Winterizing your pool before the cold days arrive is a must to protect your pool. To make sure it’s winter-ready, follow the instructions below.

Winterizing the Pool

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First, clean your pool using a quality robotic cleaner. You can get one from https://poolcleanerhub.com/. It’s crucial that you have a sanitized and balanced pool before you proceed.

Next, add 10 ounces of algaecide for every 10,000 gallons of pool water. Also, add a metal remover or a sequestering agent if necessary. For this part, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Get rid of debris left (if any).

The fourth step is to let the pool chemicals filter for 24 hours.

Then, remove all the plugs, as well as the water, from your pump and filter system. Of course, that includes the ones in your heat pump if you have one.

Now blow out your pool’s plumbing lines and plug all lines. For this step, it’s best to use an air compressor.

Next, add a skimmer plug to your skimmer. In case you didn’t know, it’s called a Gizzmo.

Hang on; you’re almost done!

The second to the last step would be to remove the handrails and ladders.

Lastly, place a pool cover on top of your pool to secure it. If you use a tarp or solid vinyl cover, make sure you put a pump in the middle of the cover so that it can get rid of rainwater.

Congratulations, you just winterized your pool! Now onto the next (and a lot easier) part.

It’s also essential to winterize your robotic pool cleaner to extend its life. This cleaner is efficient at removing dirt from your pool, which is why it deserves to be taken care off. Keep it safe for the wintry season by following the steps below.

Winterizing Your Robotic Pool Cleaner

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Unplug its power supply from the outside socket.

Next, take out the cleaner from your pool. You wouldn’t want to leave it there.

The third step would be to unplug the robot’s floating cable from the power supply.

Then, remove the filter bag or basket and clean it. This part isn’t even difficult to do.

Now remove any water from your robotic cleaner and make sure it’s entirely dry.

After which, coil its floating cable, sit the cleaner on its side and place it on top of the cable. If the unit has a storage compartment for the cable, then place the cable there.

The seventh step would be to position the power supply next to the robot.

Finally, store the cleaner in a dry place at room temperature. This way, it won’t become frozen during the winter months.

That’s it!

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Fun Things to Do in the Cold Months

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Surviving the cold winter months does not have to be a chore, especially if you have an arsenal of fun activities for the winter to get you through it.

Visit musuems. Entertain yourself by checking out the museums, art galleries, or cultural centers in your area. Walking around studying period pieces and artifacts is not only a great way to soak up more knowledge. It can also give you the exercise you need.

Get organized. You don’t have to wait for spring to start decluttering and organizing your home. Beat boredom and get active cleaning your home. Sort your stuff so you can get rid of the things you no longer need. Put items you can give away in a box and look for a community homeless shelter where you can donate them.

Get some sunshine. Lack of exposure to sunlight can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle and affect your mood. Soak up some healthy sunshine by spending some time outdoors in the morning. Dress comfortably and go out for a long walk or a good run. Enjoying the right amount of sunlight exposure especially during winter can uplift your outlook.

Invite friends over for a movie or game night. Movie marathons and game nights are just some of the activities for the cold winter months that you can enjoy with family and friends. Organize a movie or game night. Get busy in the kitchen preparing healthy meals or snacks you can serve to your guests.

Read as many books as you can. The winter months are a great time to catch up on your reading list. If you don’t have a reading list yet, it’s time you make one and visit the library to check out the books you have always wanted to read. You can also join a book club or connect with your friends for a book reading challenge.

Get cooking. Preparing home cooked meals is also an excellent way to make good use of your time indoors. Hone your culinary skills by trying out healthy recipes that can help you manage your weight during the cold months.

Do something new. Arrange a weekend getaway to somewhere you have not been to before. Go skiing or book a room at a hot springs resort near you. You can also try some new restaurants or coffee shops with your friends.