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From the Diary of a Kitchen Goddess: Refreshing Summer Sun Tea with Fruit and Peppermint
Friday, July 13, 2012 ~ Sunny summer afternoons are for sipping sun tea with neighbors ~
A Lucky Day for Celebrating the Glories of Summer
For me, every Friday the 13th is a lucky day. To encourage luck to visit me abundantly this day, as she does most days, I walked my wooded labyrinth, and collected the energies of the four directions. Doing this grounds me and keeps my own energies fresh.
To invoke the energy held by each direction I stand in the middle of the labyrinth, spread my legs wide, and bend down to touch the earth with my palms. After welcoming the energy of each direction, I lift my arms and spread the energy around me like a silk scarf or mantle. Then I hold my arms stretched out and take a few deep breaths, thanking the spirits of the labyrinth for their graces.
These are the words that I say while my palms touch the ground:
My Four Directions Invocation
"Guardians of the North/East/South/West,
I thank you for your blessings and energy.
I invite and welcome your wisdom and guidance in my life.
Sun Tea and Porches Make a Fabulous Combination ~
Kicking off the Weekend
Not only is Friday the 13th a lucky day, it is also the kickoff to another fun summer weekend. It is an opportunity to slow down my pace and enjoy some time chatting with my neighbors. Often, the young adults of the neighborhood sit with me to chat about something important to them.
To show them that they are welcome to sit with me and chat, I usually blow bubbles or make sculptures with pipe cleaners or Bendaroos®. They often walk by and express curiosity about what I am doing before they delve into chatting about the subject that is most readily on their minds.
Creative Ideas for Employment ~
Hillary was the first to climb my front stairs and sit by me. She took a bottle of bubbles and started blowing through the bubble wand.
"How are you today, Hillary?"
"Great! How are you?"
"Just peachy." We both giggle.
"Have some tea. It's peach tea, and there are things to put in it."
"Mmmm. Tea with fruit and mint...this tastes delicious! I want to make it sometime for my friends."
"They won't ever want to leave if you serve them this."
"That's fine. They're my friends."
"Is there something special on your mind?"
Friends brewing ideas for mindful livelihoods ~
"Yes. It's is one friend named Jo. She has been saying mean things to the rest of us. I asked her if something was bothering her, and she said no. I asked her why she has been saying those things, and she won't answer."
"What types of things has she been saying?"
"That the rest of us are going nowhere. Whenever we talk about ideas for jobs that we can do to make money, she says that we are foolish for wanting to work for a living and tells us that she won't ever have to, but won't tell us exactly how that can happen. She just says that we should give her money to buy things that we can resell and make a profit from. But we don't want to do that. We want to be active, make things of our own to sell."
"What types of things do the rest of your friends like to make?
"Paintings, books, lemonade. Anna wants to work taking care of horses at a stable in exchange for riding lessons. Paul, Danny, and Julia want to work at a coffee shop. I want to work at a gourmet pizza restaurant. A few of us want to get together to create meals for people who are busy."
"Those sound like excellent, creative ideas, Hillary. It also sounds like you should hold onto your money, save what you make, and only spend it on something that you really want. It's yours. If you respect money and what it can do for you, it will always be there for you."
"That's what my parents told me when I asked them for money to give to Jo."
"Getting together with friends to make meals for busy families is an excellent way to make money if you love to cook. Perhaps you and your friends can spend an afternoon spreading out art supplies on my big, round table and have a brochure design party. Think up a good name for your service and start handing out flyers or brochures to people. You may get some good bites, so to speak."
"Oh, ha, ha, ha. Thank you, Karen. I will call my friends and tell them about your invitation. Can we get together tomorrow afternoon?"
"Yes. You are all welcome to come over tomorrow afternoon. That includes Jo, too, if she would like to be included."
"Thank you, Madam Kitchen Goddess." Hillary gave me a quick hug and ran back to her house.
Sun tea at Sunset ~
Are you ready to make some sun tea?
Sun tea and fruit preparation
Magical ingredients for a magical tea ~
- 1 White Peach tea ball, or several bags
- 1- 3 gallons Water
- 2 hours Sunshine
- 1 cup Raspberries
- 1 cup Peaches, peeled and chopped
- 1 Lime, juiced
- 2 trays ice cubes
- 8-12 Mint Leaves
How to Make and Serve the Tea ~
- Wash the raspberries. Wash, peel, and cut the peach(es).
- Juice the lime and toss the fruit in a bowl with the lime juice.
- Let the fruit soak up the lime juice in the refrigerator while the tea is "brewing."
- Fill a large glass jar with water and place the tea ball or bags in it. Set the jar out in the sun for two hours to make the sun tea.
- After 2 hours, bring in the jar, remove the tea ball or bags, and add a tray or two of ice cubes to the tea.
- Fill glasses halfway with ice cubes, and fill them 3/4 with tea.
- Add a spoonful of fruit and a mint leaf to each glass of tea.
- Give each glass of fruit tea a stir and serve.
Voluminous iced tea bottle
The sun will catch the colors in your home-made iced tea if you serve the drink from a large, clear jar such as this, highlighting your artistry visually as well as on your palate.
1 Glass of refreshing iced sun tea with fruit and mint
|Serving size: 1 glass of fruit tea|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 0 g|
|Saturated fat 0 g|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 3 g||1%|
|Sugar 0 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
© 2012 Karen A Szklany