It sure feels like summer is here. That may be because I’m in sunny Florida, but geez the humidity has arrived. In my house I battle the AC unit. I try my best to keep the AC off for as long as I can possibly bear. That’s what windows and fans are for anyway, right? But when the process of walking from one end of the house to the other causes me to perspire… (uggh) sometimes I give in and crank the lil sucker on.
But with that said, I try to avoid the AC until the temp gets in the 90s. It’s not as hard as it sounds. It’s pretty easy to keep cool via ceilings fans. Believe it or not a ceiling fan can lower your body temperature anywhere from 3 to 8 degrees. Also central AC costs about 70 times more mula to run than a standard ceiling fan. (I love what I can learn on google) Yowzas! Ideally, keep the shades drawn, ceiling fans on, and drink lots of ice cold beverages. That way you can post-pone turning your AC on until absolutely necessary, or if you are way up north and tend to have cool summers, perhaps indefinitely.
Here’s what I’m cooling down with this week.
Iced Mint Green Tea
4 green tea bags (I use decaf)
1 Tbs. agave syrup
8 oz. fresh mint
coffee filter or fine mesh strainer
1. Fill an entire tea kettle with water, or about 2 quarts in stovetop pan.
2. Bring water to a boil, add a handful of fresh mint and tea bags, and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes.
3. Add agave syrup after 30 minutes, but while tea is still warm, and stir to combine.
4. Strain tea through coffee filter or fine mesh strainer into pitcher for storage. Place in fridge for at least 4 hours, until tea cools.
5. Pour cool tea over ice, and add fresh mint for garnish. Enjoy! I like to add a fresh squeeze of lime too. yummmm.
If you are lucky like me and have a nice little herb garden kickin’, this is a great way to use up some of that mint!
Also here is a peek at the new addition. A wee wittle baby fig tree. Awww it’s so cute. Poor little figs have been getting scorched by the sun since it’s so tiny and there are so few branches for protection. Hopefully this lil guy will thrive in the next few years!
One of the branches is sort of growing horizontally… not really sure what’s going on there.
Now I’m off to whip up a nice and refreshing batch of homemade Sangria! It’s girls night at my casa! My girlfriend is coming over to talk about her wedding planning and I’m helping her make her bridal invites too. What’s a girl’s night without some libations? ;) Recipe to follow!