6/18/11

Saturdays are for ... iced tea

iced tea poured to perfection

I had a hankering for some homemade iced tea. Specifically sugarless iced green tea (been sugar-free for 3+ weeks so far!). I had this Moroccan Green Tea (a President's Choice brand) that has peppermint added to it, as well as a bit of stevia to sweeten it. {stevia is a good alternative to sugar, but I much prefer agave nectar}

I had it in my mind to make sun tea, but reading up about it turned me off (did you know bacteria can grow in tea steeped in the sun? ick!). So, I boiled about 2 cups of water, added 4 tea bags to the water and let it steep for at least 5 minutes. Then I transfered the tea to my fabulous vintage glass carafe (which I had in my Etsy shop, but then realized I needed it!) and added a few more cups of cold water. Last, but not least, I added some ice cubes and threw it in the fridge for a little while. A 1/2 hour later, I happily poured my Iced Moroccan Green Tea into my pretty little cup & drank in the heat of the sun.

pretty iced tea!

Grace sniffing the iced tea
yup. Gracie had to sniff it all out.

here's lookin' at you, kid. :)

As a cute extra, I had some of my new neighbours come and "visit" me through the fence.
Can you see them hidden amongst the greenery below? They were cluck-clucking their hellos to me!


I also went to a "Barn Sale" earlier today. I was pretty excited about it, and about taking a little trip into the farm lands. When I got to the Barn, I was pretty excited. First, there were two large families of Canadian Geese to greet me and there was a beautiful huge pond to gaze at. Then I saw the Barn, and from a distance it looked pretty sweet. Sadly, it wasn't what I hoped for. It was mostly antiques that were priced as such, and mixed in with that was a bunch of crap. Still, it was a lovely drive.

I did stop into a church yard sale on the way home, though, and scored an end-of-day deal of filling a bag for $2! So, I filled the bag with as much as I could stuff in it (a vintage Samsonite carry-on, a old blue toolbox, some gifts for a friend, and a vintage owl toy that teaches kids how to tell time).

It's been a good Saturday, and it's not even over yet. :)
xo
Caren

4 comments:

  1. Homemade iced tea? Yum! I love iced tea but haven't ever made my own batch ... your recipe sounds pretty delicious. I'm glad to see is passed Gracie's quality control inspection too! ;)

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  2. You have to try Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry or Wild Berry Zinger Iced Tea and add a squeeze of lemon to each glass even if you don't like lemon - no sugar needed or stevia or anything! It honestly tastes like a delicious glass of Kool-Aid! It helped me give up my serious Coca-Cola addiction!

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  3. Ooo, I've thinking of going sugerless for awhile. I also now think I need some iced tea...

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  4. Homemade iced tea is so refreshing in the summer!

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