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green.mint.suntea

I have a confession. I’ve never really liked ice tea. There. I said it. There’s just something about it that has put me off for most of my life. Maybe because the stuff you buy at the store is full of sugar and chemicals? Even hot tea tends to be off putting for me…probably because I willingly put sugar in that and then immediately get heartburn. (My guts are jerks and hate sugar). However, with that all said, I can get behind some peppermint tea when the burn gets good, because as we all know, mint is good for those kinds of things.

So, if I hate tea, how did I end up making suntea and loving it? I’m so glad you asked.

Last year we grew mint in the garden and it gave us a bumper crop. I dried what was left when winter was upon us and figured I would do something with it at some point. Fast forward about a year, add a cool refreshing looking photo on instagram, and a lofty plan to kick my coffee habit (yeah, we’re still working on that), and I was digging jars out of the cupboard. I tossed 3 bags of humble Costco brand green tea in the jar with a handful of dried mint leaves, and let mama nature do her thing for the day. The result? Delicious. I’m getting the caffeine my body insists it needs and the mint is refreshing and makes my guts happy. Add a lemon slice or two to your glass and now you’ve got a swanky, pinkies up kinda drink that I can get behind.

 

I have managed to replace my late morning/afternoon/anytime really coffee with the tea and it’s been great. Now we just need to get rid of that full pot of the brown stuff early in the morning….

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raspberry.scones

A friend took me to the most amazing full-yard garden this past weekend, where I not only drooled over their fabulous vegetables and chickens, but picked more raspberries than I know what to do with. I came home with 2 full gallon containers, and I lost count how many went directly into my mouth.

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Today I pulled out my ‘proper English tea’ cookbook and decided to give some scones a go, all proper like.

  • Sift and mix 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt in a mixing bowl
  • Cut in 3-4 TB butter and slowly add 2/3 cup buttermilk and mix
  • You should have a nice heavy dough at this point. Add a handful or 2 of raspberries to the mix and gently mix into dough – no, it won’t be pretty
  • Roll out on a floured counter top. 1/2 thick is best, cut into triangles, and arrange on a baking sheet, close together, but not touching
  • Bake at 425F for 12-15 minutes

If you have some clotted creme sitting around, you are more than welcome to throw that pinky up and dive in. I had ice cream, and more berries, and man oh man are these little guys good.

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