Sun Brewed Tea

The herbs have been exploding this year, which is a great problem to have.  There is nothing like fresh herbs from the garden.  I was debating what to do with some fresh spearmint, and decided that I would give sun brewed tea a try for the first time.
My mom has a glass container specifically meant for brewing tea, but you could use any glass container with a good cover.  I’m sure you can mix and match what you add, but this is what I used.
Fresh mint from the garden:

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Mint flourishing in the garden

Just under 4 quarts of water, a quarter cup of honey, a splash of lemon juice and 6 black tea bags.  My preference would have been to use a freshly squeezed lemon with some of the lemon peel, but I didn’t plan ahead and just used what I had on hand.  

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Ready to brew, just water, honey, lemon juice, mint and 6 tea bags!

I stirred it all together to make sure that the honey was dissolved, and put it out in the sun.  As easy as that!

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Placed in a nice sunny spot

It was just about 11:30 so the sun was at it’s peak, and was already in the mid-80’s.  So definitely a nice hot day.  After only a half hour in the sun you could already see streaks of the tea soaking through.

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Already brewing after just 30 minutes!

I gave it a little stir once an hour, and let it sit in the sun for close to 4 hours.  You could probably do less, especially since it was such a hot day, but this worked out well.

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4 hours later, it looks delicious!

I added some ice and poured myself a glass.  It was a sweet minty flavor, but overall is a very mild tea.  It’s lovely and delicious.  I think it would be even better with a  fresh lemon wheel floating inside.  I would recommend giving it a try!

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Refreshing

Hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!

Time Flies!

On the Jetty, just after the proposal!
Well hello there! I cannot believe how much time has passed…it has been a whirl wind of a summer.  I’m here for a life update!  Many things have happened since February.  One of the biggest and most exciting…Brian and I are engaged!  He proposed in April on our Cape Escape 🙂  We walked way out on one of the Jettys during sunset, and he dropped down on one knee.  It was beautiful and perfect, and we couldn’t be happier!!
Back at the Hotel, ready to tell the world!
Shortly after, I was excited to come home and ask my girls to be in the wedding!  My older sister Katie, will be my Matron of Honor, and younger sister Becky is my Maid of Honor.  I also asked Brian’s sister and my good friend to be Bridesmaids.  I put a cute little tag on a bottle of champagne, and the rest is history!
Will you be my Maid of Honor?

Now the real planning has begun!  We have set a date of 10/13/13.  So far, we have the church, venue, photographer, and I got my dress!  Major things out of the way, since we knew Brian would have no time during wrestling season, but those are also the most expensive!  Stress over money has already gone into full swing.  But, we know that the day will be perfect, and that’s all that we can ask for!

This summer was also full of many more fun things.  We celebrated 4 years together!

Made it to Fenway, even though the Red Sox are not having the best year…

Visited the family in Maine for a short trip.  Even though the weather wasn’t great, we went Kayaking, and made it to a fun Wine tasting.

On top of all the wedding planning, we still had time to relax and have fun.  Which is hard to do, when you’re also working full time!  The summer felt like it flew by before I even blinked.  But I’m happy with all the memories we made and can’t wait for the year to come!

I’m now into my second year of teaching Kindergarten.  They are such a great age, but surely keep me on my toes!  We started off the year with one of my all time favorite “first day of school” classics, The Kissing Hand.  We made cute little hand prints, with our heart stickers in the middle, and a little poem for moms and dads.

We are now into our first full week, and I’m home sick 🙁  I can’t believe I’m sick already, but I’ve had some kind of nasty stomach bug.  I managed to make it through the day yesterday, but by 4:30 this morning I knew today would have to be a stay home and take it easy kind of day.  But I’m resting up and can’t wait to get back tomorrow.  We are on a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme, and I have lots of fun stuff planned!

Hope that you all had great summers too!  Glad to be back checking in!