Affogato at Home

Affogato Recipe @themerrythought
Ok coffee lovers.. If you have not yet experienced an affogato, I’m about to introduce you to the simplest and most delicious dessert your little coffee loving heart could imagine. We stopped by a European Cafe after dinner a few months back and I was first introduced to this little piece of heaven. An affogato is a scoop of gelato (or ice cream) topped with a shot of hot espresso. That’s it. But don’t be fooled by the simplicity. As the gelato starts to melt into the hot espresso, it turns into the most delicious creamy goodness.

1 scoop gelato [we've been using Breyers Vanilla Caramel gelato]
1 shot of espresso

As we mentioned earlier, the quality of your beans, grinder and method will make all the difference. We use Fuego Coffee, Baratza Virtuoso grinder, Breville Espresso Machine. If you don’t own an espresso machine, a Moka Pot would be a good alternative method. Or find someone who owns an espresso machine, grab some gelato and invite yourself over!
Affogato Recipe @themerrythought
Affogato Recipe @themerrythought
Affogato Recipe @themerrythought
Affogato Recipe @themerrythought
Affogato Recipe @themerrythought
I’m pretty sure this would be delicious over some homemade Cookie Butter Ice Cream. Mand, whip some up and invite yourself over.. ;)
- Marla

We Love Coffee Yes We Do…

National Coffee Day @themerrythought
Happy National Coffee Day! We love, love, love coffee. Okay, maybe two of us think it’s the sweet nectar of life, and maybe one of us absolutely hates it, but regardless, we’ll be celebrating coffee all week here on The Merrythought.  We’ll be sharing favorite recipes, how-to’s and coffee-ish related posts all week.  And we’re even throwing in a coffee related giveaway, so keep an eye out for that!

Three tips for you if you’re looking to get a little more enjoyment from your coffee (really, these are must-do’s!):
1. Buy better coffee. Picking up a bag at the grocery store is fine now & then or if you need it in a pinch, but you’d be doing your taste buds a big favor if you found a local coffee roaster and bought beans from them. Does it cost more? Usually. Is it worth it? Absolutely. The beans are so much fresher, so much better tasting. You can also find some good coffee online if there’s no roasters near you. If that’s not an option, at least try for some of the better varieties they do have at the store. Yes, it’ll cost more, and yes it’s worth it!
2. Get a coffee grinder and buy whole beans. It takes an extra minute to grind your own coffee each morning and it’s so, so much better.
3. Invest in a better coffee maker.  Have you been to a coffee shop lately and seen all the magical equipment they use to make that amazing cup of coffee?  You can buy it!  A lot of these aren’t too expensive and are pretty easy to use. We recommend a French Press, AeroPress or a pour over like a Chemex or Hario (FYI – you don’t have to buy the brand name, they still work the same! ;) ).
National Coffee Day @themerrythought
What about you? Are you a coffee lover, hater, or maybe just a casual drinker? Do you know which one of us is the coffee hater??

Here’s some fun coffee posts you should check out: Blackout Espresso Cupcakes | Pallet Coffee Table | Coffee Sack Market Bag | Cappuccino Cheesecake | Mocha Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Almonds | Coffee Cake | Homemade Frappuccino
National Coffee Day @themerrythought
PS – Lots of places are giving out free coffee today…I know that Dunkin Donuts is giving away free medium coffees. Stop in and get a cup of joe today!

Fern & Fig Backyard Gathering

Fern & Fig Garden Party @themerrythoughtIt’s fig season! I’ve had a few fig recipe ideas that I’ve been wanting to try out for months now but haven’t been able to get my hands on these sweet little fruits. Our fern obsession is still going strong and we had been planning a fern-themed gathering. I decided to combine the two into a sweet little fern & fig backyard gathering. What better way to try out new recipes than by making a big batch and having your friends and family try them out.
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We’ll be sharing recipes and tutorials for this party over the next couple weeks. So come on back!

xo. Caitlin

DIY Wooden Earrings

DIY Wooden Earrings @themerrythoughtManda had some veneer leftover from the tripod floor lamp that she made and I really loved the color and texture so I decided to use it to make a simple pair of earrings. I can’t wear earrings because my ears are so dang sensitive but I can appreciate a pair of simple, natural earrings! Plus they make a super quick gift!DIY Wooden Earrings @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Wood Veneer or 1/16″ Plywood
-Strong Glue
-Earring Post
DIY Wooden Earrings @themerrythoughtHow to make it:
-Use scissors to cut veneer to desired size.
-Glue cardstock (that is slightly smaller than the veneer) to the backside of the veneer to give it extra support. Let glue dry.
-Glue earring post to the back of the earring and let dry.
DIY Wooden Earrings @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Earrings @themerrythoughtDIY Wooden Earrings @themerrythoughtxo. Caitlin