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Lemon Ginger Switchel

August 29th, 2017 Posted by Drinks, Health, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet

Pregnancy has me eating (and drinking) differently! I discovered a couple new favorite foods that are particularly good for pregnant mamas, or just plain yummy, like the decaf cold brew I whipped up awhile ago, and this lemon ginger drink. 


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Cold Brew Decaf Coffee with Cinnamon Honey Almond Milk

June 5th, 2017 Posted by Drinks, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet

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. 


Sun Tea Brewing Guide

July 20th, 2016 Posted by Drinks, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet

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! 


The Best Homemade Lemonade

April 15th, 2016 Posted by Drinks, Food, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet

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.


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Super Ginger Kombucha

January 12th, 2016 Posted by DIY, Drinks, Fermentation, Food, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet


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.


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Lemon Turmeric Tea

December 10th, 2015 Posted by Drinks, Health, Non-alchoholic 2 comments

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.


Blackberry Sage Kombucha

September 16th, 2015 Posted by DIY, Drinks, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet

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.


Small Batch Cold Brew Coffee

June 30th, 2015 Posted by DIY, Drinks, Non-alchoholic 2 comments

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? 


DIY Chamomile Tea

June 23rd, 2015 Posted by DIY, Drinks, Gardening, Non-alchoholic No Comment yet

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!

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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.

The process is easy. I learned about this from this blog out of the UK. You can read the original article here.

  1. Pick your flowers early in the day (anytime before noon is okay). This ensures that they will be fresh, perky and full of flavor. If the picking is done later in the day, the plant may be more tired, taxed or stressed from being in the heat all day. If your life is such that morning picking isn’t for you, then wait until evening or anytime the plant has some shade on it for an hour or two.
  2. Place all the flowers in a bowl of cool water to gently wash off any bugs, dirt, or spider webs. A note about washing: washing does not fully remove pesticides. If you are using pesticides in your yard, you should not spray pesticides on (or near!) herbs or things you plan to consume. I’ve found that a mixture of soap and water takes care of the aphids, and having a well-balanced eco-system in your yard (meaning plenty of bees, butterflies, dragon flies, lady bugs and spiders) helps combat other bugs that are likely to feast on your precious herbs. But I’m learning more about organic gardening everyday, so if you have any thoughts about this, please comment!
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  3. Let the flower buds soak in the cool water for a few minutes, then put them in a salad spinner to dry them, or put them in a single layer on paper towels until dry.
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  4. Preheat the oven (or a toaster oven, which is how I do my smaller batches) to 200 degrees (250 or 300 works better in the toaster oven, it doesn’t seem to run as warm as my full size oven).
  5. Put the flowers on a parchment lined baking sheet, trim off any stems that are a little longer then 1/2 inch.
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  6. Put the tray in the oven and turn the oven off, leaving the door propped open about 2 inches for a full size oven or 1 inch for a toaster oven.
  7. Let them dry in the oven for a couple of hours, about 3 and then check them. You can also heat the oven back up after a few hours (remove the flowers first!) and repeat until all the moisture is gone from the petals and they look dried. Mine took about 6 hours, or basically all day and I re-heated the oven twice. These ones I put back in: 
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When they are all dry they should look something like this: 

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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.

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Green tea and honey kombucha

May 26th, 2015 Posted by DIY, Drinks, Non-alchoholic 2 comments

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. 


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