Sunday, July 8, 2012
Sun Tea !
Backyard bar-b-ques, running in the sprinklers, strawberry shortcake, ice cream cones, sitting around a fire at the beach or down at the lake.........cooking outside and sitting in the shade eating watermelon.....are some of the delicious delights of summer.
I don't know about you, but a lot of things like oh, strawberries, watermelons, and shorts...I save for summer. I can buy anything I want anytime at the supermarket, but I find that waiting and saving the summer tastes and seasonal foods for summer makes them even better!
If everything is special...then nothing is !
Strawberries in winter....yup, they're in the supermarket, but they don't really taste like strawberries and we know it.
I do freeze and can in the summer so I can have a tiny taste of summer when I'm going crazy! But I don't buy summer in the winter.
Sun tea is too easy.
Find a big glass jug...I love my vintage Kerr 1/2 gallon Mason jar. Fill it with crisp clean fresh water. Drop in 4 - 6 tea bags...any kind.
Then, set it in the sun for about 2 - 4 hours....and then toss the teabags and drink the tea! Add ice, a bit of sugar or honey...
Summertime baby !
If you have some herbs in your garden, toss in a few leaves of mint or basil, or a few lavender flowers, along with your teabags, for some yummy flavors....this is a time to experiment and come up with something delicious.
Aww ! done.
All tea leaves are the green leaves of Camellia Sinensis. Green tea leaves are dried in ovens, and the time can vary, and create different flavors. While whole tea leaves make the most delicious tea, we might know tea from teabags!
The flakes or powdered tea is tasty and fantastic for brewing with hot water, quickly.
White tea, oolong tea and black tea, as well as jasmine tea (which is jasmine-infused tea leaves) are just a few varieties easily available. If you want to dive into the amazing world of tea...seek out a local tea shop....they are often as abundant as the ubiquitous coffee shops. Lots of tea information is out there ! you can learn so much ...and buy tea by mail if your town doesn't have a tea shop...with more than tea bags, that is.
the fabled summer daisies summer not....with purple alyssum....smells so sweet!
Green vintage sunnies.........
yellow snapdragons, blue campanula, tall white daisies, and weeds...tall pretty dock.......
Deee - licious Rainbow Chard from the garden...so darn yummy!
another kooooky pair of sunnies......
wow, I better get busy !! Those pictures aren't gonna take themselves ............