My Threadbanger roundup on Friday was Drinks for Winter Warming, and ever since then I’ve been excited to try some yummy hot drinks. I thought the White Spiced Coffee on delish sounded so good, but the super crazy time-consuming recipe involves simmering the crushed coffee beans in a saucepan (not up to leethal “recipe” standards!), so I combined some ingredients from that one with a Christmasy Coffee recipe given to me by Diane, with my own additions, and this is what I made (and very much enjoyed)!
- 1 big-ish serving worth of ground coffee beans
- ground cloves
- grated orange peel
- soy milk (original flavor) (I’m sure regular milk would be good too)
- cinnamon stick (optional)
- dark rum (also optional)
Make the coffee as you normally would (I use a regular drip coffee maker, but it would be even yummier using a french press I’m sure!) except add some cinnamon, cloves (not much), and orange peel (more) mixed in with the grounds. If you have a cinnamon stick, then add only a little or no cinnamon, but if not, then add a whole lot of cinnamon with the grounds! Now pour your spiced coffee into your mug and add milk – as much as you like, or a little more than you’d normally add. Stir the milk in with your cinnamon stick! Now stir in some honey, as sweet as you like it! Last, add some optional rum if you want your yumminess adult-style. Keep the cinnamon stick in there and it’ll get spicier as you drink it! Enjoy! Mmmmmm.
So I’ve been thinking about this idea for awhile, and now that’s it’s halfway into November, I think it’s a good time to do something about it… Back in college I organized some Winter mix CD swaps with my fellow radio station DJs and buddies, and I have such fond memories of them that I want to do another one! So I’m opening it up to anyone who wants it, but be aware, it’s a pretty huge time and effort commitment, so only join up if you want to do it right! Here’s how it works:
- Swappers each create an original mix – it can be Winter themed, or not, any genres, no musical requirements, as long as it’s made with mixxy love! (I spend so many hours on my mixes, it’s ridiculous, but you don’t have to be so crazy like me)
- Everyone participating makes a copy of their mix for everyone else (20 people swapping = make 19 copies)
- All mixes include some form of packaging with some kind of artwork which includes the track list
- Everyone mails their mix to every participant (remember, postage costs $ so this can add up a bit), except for swappers you see in real life, of course
- So each swapper receives a mix from every participant (20 swappers = you get 19 new mixes! so much music!)
I have no idea how many people there will end up being – it gets to be just too much effort if there are more than about 25 people, so I’m kind of hoping for a low-ish level of interest. Also, it needs to be restricted to US only, because of postage, sorry everyone else. But you can organize a swap like this in your own country!
So, right now all I’m doing is putting the idea out there – if you are interested, or might be interested, email me at leethalkoala at yahoo dot com with something like “winter mix swap” in the subject, by Thursday night at 8pm (Portland time). I’ll see how many people express interest, and I’ll send out a follow-up email to let everyone know about how many people there might be, and then if you want in for sure, you’ll confirm then. So, emailing me now does not mean you’re committing, but please only email if you think you probably want to do it, so that I have a semi-accurate idea of the swapper number.
If a ton of you are indeed into the idea, and I get well over 25 interested mixers, I’ll figure out a way to divide it into 2 or more groups, so that everyone who wants in can do it, without have to make and mail like 50 copies. Oh, also, once it’s all organized and planned out, it’ll probably be a couple weeks from now, which means after Thanksgiving, which means holiday gift-planning/crafting stress galore – so, the mix mail-out deadline will be after Christmas to make it easier on us all, and allow plenty of time for track list making. (Around the first week in January perhaps?)
As for some specifics, if you need more info to decide whether you’re into it… I’ll be making up a .doc file with every participant’s name and address, so we can all print that out to attach to packages for easier addressing. You can totally include anything else you want with your mix packages (like a business card for your website, or anything else like that) – the only requirement is that each package for each swapper includes a copy of your mix CD with packaging/artwork.
Want some packaging ideas? Of course there’s a normal CD case, or the skinny kind, into which you can slip a piece of cardstock (or photo paper or whatever) with your art. You could go all out with a normal sized case, making art for the front and back, or even a booklet, but that’s pretty intense. One piece of paper or cardstock can fold into a case, by folding the 2 long edges over the CD first, then fold the short edges in and tuck one end into the other end. I’ve made a few mixes like that, including my leethal mix, made with this strip of art/track list which gets taped onto a recycled book page folded around the CD:
There are other ways to fold cardstock into CD cases/envelopes, or you could experiment to figure out your own weird way of making cases. Mix CD packaging doesn’t have to be a big deal, but be creative with the artwork, because it’s fun!
So yeah, let me know if you want in (or might want in) via email – I’ll be doing all the swap organization and communication through my yahoo email, so even if you let me know via twitter or elsewhere that you’re interested, please still send me a quick email. Thanks! And comment if you have any questions or confusion, and I’ll answer in the comments for all to read.