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Fresh Ginger Tea

Fresh Ginger Tea
I think my all-time favorite tea is ginger. There is something so crisp yet so spicy and warm about it. Plus it’s got lots of great health perks.

I used to buy store-bought ginger tea but once I started making fresh, there was no going back. The dried stuff is fine in a pinch, but in comparison, it so mild and flat. I found myself often adding too much sweetener to jazz it up. But when I make it fresh, it has such a burst of flavor that sweetness isn’t necessary. (Though, I’ll admit it is nice to add a little!)

So today, I’m going to share a super simple recipe/how-to for fresh ginger tea.

Fresh Ginger Tea

You’ll need:

+2 quarts of water (about 8 cups)
+between 5-8 ounces of fresh ginger root (depending on your strength preference)
+lemon juice (optional)

Also: a sauce pan/pot, mason jar or glass jar(s)/pitcher(s)/containers(s) for storing, fine strainer, funnel (if necessary), knife or spoon

(Alternatively, you can boil 8 cups of water in a kettle and then steep in a bowl or pitcher, voiding the need for a sauce pan. And I’m sure you can use a tea bag or tea ball and void the need for a strainer.)

This recipe makes a strong flavored tea. I like to think of it almost as a concentrate. It usually put ice cubes in mine or add a little water, which is why I prefer a strong base. I’ve found I’d rather have it too strong (and scale it back) than too weak.

First off, start heating up your water in a saucepan. I use two mason jars to store my tea in the fridge, so I fill them with water then dumped that water in the pan to measure.

Then you want to rinse off/wash off your root. For a size reference, you’ll probably need one or more rhizomes equaling about the size of your palm.

Next you remove the skin. My preferred method is similar to peeling a potato: I hold it in my hand and peel it with a paring knife. However, because ginger roots can be so knobby (and the skin so thin), some folks swear that the edge of a spoon is best to get in all the nooks and crannies.

Now you don’t want to drop the whole meaty chunk into water. Instead you want to slice the knob into thin slices. You basically you want to create as much surface area as you can to suck as much of the flavor out as possible.

Now I drop those in the water in the pot. (You can also add a little splash of lemon juice, if you’d like.)

Bring to a rolling boil.

Turn the heat off but leave the pan/pot on the burner. Leave the lid on.

Set the timer for about 10 minutes.

After that I remove from the burner and take off the lid and let it cool for a few minutes.

Next I run it through a fine mesh strainer and a funnel into my mason jars. (this is how I rig my set up.)

Now let them cool on the counter until they are safe enough to put in the fridge. (I put the lids on when they are hot and it actually creates a vacuum seal.)

I usually drink mine up with one to two weeks so I can vouch for that fridge-life. Beyond that, I’m not sure how long it’ll last.

I always end up with a little sediment in the bottom each time. I pour/drink until I reach that and toss it. I don’t see how it could hurt but I’m not too interested in it.

Serve in a glass with ice and a little sweetener, if you wish. Or reheat at any time for a warming, spicy tea.

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To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder

To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder
To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder
To Run With the Gods, You Gotta Run Harder

I can’t believe these photos are from almost two months ago. Where does time go?

Date: 7.2.12
Skirt – ASOS (via eBay, only $5!)
Flats – eBay
Ring – trade with Pretty Wit

Title Inspiration: Abigail Washburn, “City of Refuge


Hopefully I’ll get back to some regular blogging soon but for now, here is a smattering of photos of the going-ons, garden happenings and other what-nots.

This may very well have been the prettiest thing I made all summer. And it was mighty tasty too—though, honestly, how can you go wrong with homegrown veggies topped with cheese? Here is the recipe.

Harvesting herbs, here and there.

Bean Blossom
The second planting of bush beans are doing very well.

The overall harvest is dwindling but still producing enough to please me. (We got so many peppers this year!)

Been bringing my ginger in on these cooler nights.

Curious critters are always following me around outside.

And the morning light. Oh, the morning light.

Casting On
I cast on. (More details in a future post.)

I splurged. (Again, more details in a future post.)

What is life like by you?

Light: Evening, Night and Morning

Light : Evening
Yesterday I was about to sit down for a bit to work on my “To-Sew” pile when I realized it was being bathed in the softest evening summer light. After a bout of true summer heat, the air conditioning was turned off yesterday and the windows opened once again. I’m hoping it stays like this. As much as I love the beauty of the summer, I can’t stand the heat. And I don’t know which is worse—the heavy heat or stale air-conditioned air.
Ah, I’m rambling a bit, aren’t I?
Anyway, on the top of the pile, under the scissors and thread, you can see a sneak peak of one of the potholders I plan on giving away here on my blog in the next week or so. So stay tuned.
Under the pot holder is the second batch of make-up bags in the works. After I complete these I believe I’ll take a break from make-up bags so they don’t wear out their welcome in my creative sphere.
Light : Night : MoonNight : Moon
Last night I spent some time out in the cool August night and attempted to get a few pictures of the Sturgeon Moon. I still have a lot to learn about photography and stubbornly am trying to do so myself. Here are two shots with very different exposures—neither all that fascinating, I’ll admit, but part of the learning process.
Light : Morning
Yesterday I shared a photo of an unnecessarily large pile of fabric I just splurged on. There are a lot of Lizzy Dish prints which I plan on making into more kitchen items. But first this morning, I’m going to finish enjoying the glorious spills of morning light. Then I’m off to Jo-Ann to pick up some white thread (and hand quilting thread, as I’m out of both) so later today I can finish up the Granville bag holders and hopefully get photos and list them in the shop this weekend.
Speaking of the weekend: I wish you all a wonderful one!

My Wednesday

I’ve had a lovely Wednesday so far. I’m in love with this July we’ve been having. The windows remain open all the time. The hummies are flitting around. The garden is growing and producing. Most days are sunny with the ocassional rain to keep things green.
I sat outside for a while and did some quilting. I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve decided to hand quilt the latest baby quilt. I am going to do the spirals (like I did here) on the gray sections and there is no way I could figure that out on the machine.
Sewing Spot
I also have a feeling these new garden gnomes of my Moms (dubbed Peter and Rudy) will be making sneak appearances in future photos.
Lily Gnome
Lily is still my favorite garden gnome though. : )

Summer 2008

Summer went by so fast. Here is a mosaic of some of the perks.
Summer '08 Mosaic
1. She & Him, 2. Homemade Crab Apple Jelly, 3. Foggy Morning, 4. Ping Pong, 5. Ping Pong, 6. Flower, 7. Buckaloo Brook, 8. Flower, 9. Veggies and Feet, 10. Strawberry Box, 11. Strawberries, 12. Lily


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