Friday, July 20, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Simple Syrup

I love sun tea!  Visiting my Mom last week she had a jar of simple syrup in the fridge next to the iced sun tea.  She had infused her syrup with basil!  She's so smart!  It was so delicious.  Just a hint of basil in the tea was fantastic.

I decided that we needed some here at home!  I made a double batch.  2 cups of sugar to 2 cups of water.  Brought to boil on the stove - while mixing so that my sugar would disolve.  I poured 1 cup of syrup into my measuring cup to infuse with lemon.  To the syrup left in the pot I tossed in a handful of fresh picked basil and put the lid on.

First the basil

Next came the lemon

I forgot to take pictures of the finished product which I poured into canning jars.
They're sitting in the fridge nice & cold just waiting for that next cup of iced tea!

What a great way to sweeten your tea without that clump of
undisolved sweetener in the bottom of your glass.

My youngest daughter and the hubby like a bit of each in their glasses!

I have extra basil.  Thinking of making nut-free pesto and freezing
in ice cube trays.  Stay tuned!

Do you make simple syrup?  Have you thought about infusing it with something?

I have my eye on the lavendar in the yard.  Wondering......

Friday, July 13, 2012

Where I am:  In the office

What I hear:  The dog I'm watching for the weekend is pacing in my kitchen.

I am wearing:  Capri's, t-shirt - barefoot as of right now.

In my kitchen:   Nothing cooking yet. Just the coffee.

What I've been doing:  VBS week at church.  My kids have been volunteering.  I have been catching up on errands.  Much easier to do alone than with 2 kids in tow.

What I'm reading, listening, watching:  I'm restarting Made to Crave. 

How I'm taking care of my health:  Making better choices about what I put in my body.  Fresh, clean foods.  Lots of water.

Plans for the future:   My oldest daughter is starting high school NEXT MONTH!  I'm not so sure I'm prepared for this transition.  Not to mention she's been giving me a hard time lately.  I'm sure she's nervous as well.

My prayers:  For us to enjoy our summer together.  Not get to crazy about school starting. 

We're headed out to camp.  A new place - with a swimming lake.  Whoo hoo!  I'm excited.  Hope to share more next week.