This is pregnant lady friendly (or just afternoon/had to many coffees already but still want one friendly) and is sooooo good with the almond milk.
I was at Starbucks the other day and had a cold brew toasted coconut coffee. While it was good, it got me thinking of some other flavors – and the fact that I can make my own cold brew in a decaf form so I can drink more of it! Or at least still have my approved one cup a day AND an afternoon cold brew.
I don’t need a gallon of sun tea. But I want some amount of sun tea to be in my fridge at all times. I love trying different flavors, blends and teas as sun tea too. They way sun tea works, is that you put the tea in a glass container and let the sun work it’s magic on it. The slow, steady rise in temperature from the sun creates a brew that is so delicious, and smooth. It’s different then just regular iced tea!
Lemonade is such a simple thing. Lemons, water, sugar. That’s it. Yet, we complicate matters… packets, powder, stirring endlessly. This is all unnecessary. Come with me and let’s go back to a simpler time (and a simpler way). Let’s squeeze, juice and macerate. You won’t regret this.
Kombucha… it’s so delicious, refreshing and magical. I love pairing new flavors with the tart base of kombucha and the results are usually unexpected and delicious.
I woke up with a crick in my neck this morning. One of our cats (JOEL’s cat, when she annoys me), Luci, likes to sleep on my pillow at night. Sometimes she arrives there, while I’m unconscious and (usually) having concerning stress dreams, and I move into a position that was never intended for human necks to be in.
Yes. We are in to cooler weather this week and that makes me so happy. This kombucha is also making me extremely happy… it has the last of the summer blackberries in it! Plus a lovely FALL ingredient: fresh sage.
Sweet Jesus it’s hot. Hotter then it’s been in a loooong time, and it’s only the beginning of summer here. How does one stay cool and keep their inner thighs from sticking together? I rely on cold beverages and sunscreen. The sunscreen doesn’t really help with the heat, but my fair skin needs it.
By now everyone is making cold-brew coffee. And with the heat like it’s been lately, how could I resist it?
If you missed my post last week about the different flowers I have in my garden and some ideas of what to do with them, check it out! There is some amazing blooms out there and I really wanted to share them with you. But if you want a way to ease into the world of edible flowers, herbs and gardening, this is a great place to start!
Here, we have one of the classics. Chamomile. Chamomile is calming, peaceful and promotes contemplation and rest. Chamomile is super easy to grow (you can put it right in your garden bed, or in a container). I put it in the herb garden which is right outside the back door of our house. I love my little herb garden. I had no idea Chamomile grew tall and liked to flop over, so I added a tomato cage around it a few weeks after I planted it. I wish I had done this at the start, because trying to force unwieldily chamomile stems into a cage and breaking them, as well as bruising some flowers and leaves, isn’t exactly a graceful and um…”peaceful” task, but it was done and the plant seems to have bounced back just fine. In fact, just one plant gives me quite a bit of flowers, and I find myself drying a small batch about every week.
When they are all dry they should look something like this:
The center yellow part will still have some moisture, that’s okay. Store in a small jar, adding more dried chamomile as you make it.
To make a cup of tea, use 1 tablespoon of flowers per 8-10 oz cup. Boil some water, pour over the flowers and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain or remove the tea ball/sieve and then add honey or lemon as desired. I prefer it without any further adornment… it’s the best chamomile tea I’ve ever had and I don’t want to cover up the flavor.
Some mornings I need a drink that is mellow, not coffee, but something to ease me into the morning. When I feel like this, I want this green tea. It’s cleansing in a way that you can’t see, but you feel instead. It has grains of roasted brown rice, and popped sorghum in it, making it slightly nutty and savory. I found this at our local Salem, OR Asian market, but you could also get it online here. There are a lot of varieties, just pick the one that looks the best to you. I this next time I’ll have to try this one.