Homegrown Fresh Mint Tea

Homegrown Fresh Mint Tea

 If you’ve ever tried growing your own mint in the yard or in a pot…you know for sure that it likes to spread, and spread.  This innocent little fresh herb can double and triple in size over just a few weeks without much care.  I started this plant in May.  I put it in a pot so that I could keep it under toe with some restraint.  I didn’t want to end up with a Mint Lawn! I’ve cut it back probably 5 or 6 times since then and it’s still growing strong in my office window.  It enjoys the morning sun from dawn until about 11am and after that the room is cozy warm.  Mint heaven.    If you’re at all stingy  frugal like me, you can’t bear to take the time to make something and then just throw it out when it’s too much to use up.  So I made up my mind I would find ways to use up my mint.   I do love Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream 🙂  But my husband doesn’t and even so, a whole gallon will only use up a small bunch of Mint. I needed something that would last through…

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Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

Crystallized Ginger Candy & Ginger Pear Tea

  A funny thing happened to me when I ventured into making my own homemade crystallized ginger candy this week. I discovered Ginger Pear Tea ♥   This candy is simple to make.  Just slice up some fresh ginger into thin strips, boil it for 30 minutes, add sugar, dehydrate, eat!  A wonderful thing happens  when you pour off the liquid you’ve been softening up the ginger in.  It makes a fantastic tea.  I had yet another overly ripened pear again so I added some juice from the pear  in with the ginger water.  Add a little stevia and BOOM! A spicy rich tea that is even good for you.  Between the candy and the tea I am loving my ginger this week!  I purchased a small 4 oz. jar of crystallized ginger last month from Pensey’s and nibbled away at a little each day.  At $4 I felt the need to conserve my cravings no matter how deliciously healthy the bits were.  But now its all mine at only pennies per cup.  Its ginger all around and as much as I’d like.  I love the spicy sweet and the chewy texture of the candy.  The tea gives it’s own…

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Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip Tea

Guest posting last week at Veganosaurus was  such fun….thanks Susmitha for featuring my blog and for being such a wonderful friend and blogger ♥ Here’s the post I shared last week for Rose Hip Tea: This is a simple…very simple…herbal tea recipe but it  has given me many hours of peaceful relaxation…………..it’s just great!  I’ve discovered a new and healthy way to relax each evening and it’s just ‘groovy’ that a habit can be good for me these days….. Who knew that roses, such a lovely thing to look at, can also be a super healthy drink to sip and relax with? Rose Hip Tea is a mildly sweet herbal tea made from the fruit of the rose bush, or “hips”. For an extensive look at Rose Hips, check out my old friend and Foraging Expert Sunny Savage here:   http://youtu.be/yzftj3kJkd0 Rose Hip Tea is most famous for it’s abundance of Vitamin C but also contains significant amounts of A, B-1, B-2, B-3, D, E and K.               It also provides plenty of Calcium, Iron, Zinc and lot’s of fun flavonoids!  YEA…… So how can you steep up a cup of this light lovely tea for…

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