If you haven’t read last week’s post, I’m having shoulder surgery on Thursday. I’m calling it the trifecta shoulder because there are three different issues the surgeon will be addressing. I may only be out of commission for several weeks or it could mean being in a sling for a few months. Either way lots of physical therapy. So, if you don’t see posts from me in the coming weeks, please know I’m in recovery mode, and will be back as soon as I am able.
In the meantime, I’ve been getting as much gardening in as my shoulder will allow. During these warm sunny days, my thoughts turn to icy cold beverages. Here are my top three favorites:
I drink sparkling water every day, typically at least a liter if not more. When I got tired of schlepping cases home from the grocery store and watching the recycling bin fill up too often, I decided to make my own.
This Sodastream Crystal comes with a glass carafe and each CO2 cartridge will make about 60 liters of sparkling water. This model is pricier than other SodaStreams, but I love the large size cartridge and the glass carafe. In the end, it’s much less expensive than buying multiple cases of sparking water! The cartridges cost about $14 and deliver 60 bottles, so the Sodastream Crystal pays for itself in no time.
My local grocery store has a recycling exchange program for the cartridges. With its slim design, it fits nicely on the counter.
I’m not a fan of plastic, so when there’s an option, I choose glass. While the plastic bottles are BPA free, plastic does break down over time. Plus, the glass is very easy to clean and the plastic top has a rubber seal to keep water fizzy.
You simply pop the glass carafe into the metal canister on the unit, and press the top button a few times. Release, Chill. That’s it! Squeeze some lemon or orange into the bottle for an all natural version of flavored sparkling water.
A dear friend of mine brought this delightful collection of teas with her on a recent visit and I’m officially a convert.
The Republic Of Tea Ginger Peach comes with 8 large black tea bags, and each bag makes a full quart. So much more convenient!
You simply steep it for about 15 minutes and let it cool. Then, instead of tossing the bag in the trash, you can put these in your garden for your acid-loving plants. How cool is that?!
You can make the tea in one container by using a 1 quart mason jar. Once cooled, I use these plastic flip tops and chill in the fridge.
The lids create a tight seal, and offer a no drip pour. Note when ordering: Make sure you select the “regular mouth” for the 1 quart mason jars.
Minty, Limey & Luminous!
I have “Mojito” mint that is rapidly becoming a bush in my garden. This mint pops with flavor with a little muddling. To muddle, you need a mortar and pestle set. I prefer using one made from marble, like this one:
And here’s another Luminous tip: Try adding a portion of your fruit to sparkling water for an eye-catching drink in lieu of cocktails. Try a few muddled strawberries or blueberries or frozen peach chunks.
Signing off for now, but hope to be back REALLY SOON! Love you all!