Category Archives: Drinks

Easy Cold Brew Coffee at home

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I don’t know why I haven’t been doing this!

Ingredients

1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans
2 cups cold water
1 mason jar

Instructions

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DSC_0069Place the coffee grounds and cold water in the mason jar.

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Strain through a fine mesh sieve lined with a paper towel. Return the concentrate back to the mason jar and discard the grounds.

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You can refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
To serve, stir one cup of concentrate with 1/2 a  cup of water and serve over ice. I personally didn’t add water as the ice will melt and provide a decent balance:-)

Refreshing Lemongrass Ice Tea

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I love lemongrass.  This plant was grown off a single stalk of lemongrass from my local grocery store.  It’s about 3 months old, and as you can see loves my greenhouse.

Ingredients:
1  knob of fresh Ginger – peeled and sliced
4.5  cups of water
4  stalks of Lemongrass, white inner part only
4 teaspoons Raw Sugar

Cut your lemongrass stalks. You will be chopping the white part of the stalk only.  Keep upper portion of stalks to serve with your tea for presentation.  I throw my lower lemongrass stalks and ginger knob in a smoothie chopper however you are welcome to cut yours. IMG_5353

 

1. Add water, ginger, raw sugar, and lemongrass to a small pot, and bring it to a boil.

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Turn the heat off and let steep for 5 minutes or more depending on the strength you desire.

 

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2. Strain out lemongrass and ginger pieces

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Prepare your glasses

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and enjoy a refreshing glass of lemongrass ice tea for just 16 calories.

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Growing and Making Smoothies with Wheatgrass

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Have I mentioned that I have the best neighbors!  One of our neighbors grew some wheatgrass for us in Celebration of Easter.  It’s fairly simple to do and the health benefits are out of this world.

Two ounces of fresh wheat-grass juice is equivalent to the nutritional value of roughly 4 pounds of organic green vegetables in vitamin and mineral content. On an empty stomach it is assimilated into the blood in about 20 minutes. The vitality lasts throughout the day. How’s that for eating your veggies!

It should also come with a disclaimer it is BITTER..  I choose to add mine to smoothies.  This smoothie is not a sweet one but it’s packed with nutrition and it is refreshing.

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Purple Wheatgrass Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 handful of frozen grapes
  • 1 handful of frozen cranberries
  • 10 almonds
  • 1 handful of wheatgrass clippings

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This is your end result!

Here are a couple of links to growing your own wheatgrass   http://www.wheatgrassgreenhouse.com/growgrass.html www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS8Xch0G0jM