Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Canada Day

 I had found a link to a great everyday cake, but while I was there I saw this beauty and I knew I had to make it! I love lemon cake, this one is so moist and delicious.

So far our Canada Day long weekend is really warm, but that hasn't stopped me from baking this lovely treat and starting a loaf of bread, I'll post about that tomorrow.

In the meantime check out Smitten Kitchen's Lemon Yogurt Loaf to make your own treat.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Homemade Iced Tea

We love homemade iced tea, so much better than the pre-packaged mixes. This is one of my new favorites - Peach Infused Iced Tea. I love Peach flavored iced teas. To make a 3l jug follow the instructions below, switch it up a bit with different fruit tea infusions, I think this would be great with any citrus, mint or berry teas.

What you Need
10 tea bags
3 l of water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup boiling water

*On a hot day fill a jug with 10 tea bags and water, place a lid on it and set it out in the sun to steep, yes it really works! You can also steep it overnight on the counter, but I like letting the sun steep my tea.

To sweeten 3 litres of iced tea take 3/4 cups of sugar and stir in 3/4 cups boiling water to make a simple syrup.

To infuse the tea with fruit tea flavoring, steep a cup of water with triple strength of fruit tea, this can be bagged or loose tea. I used a loose tea called Peach Dream. Steep for about 5 minutes. Add this to the jug of iced tea. Serve over ice.

Store on the counter, keeps for two days. If it's refrigerated the tea will be cloudy.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mason 'to-go' Jar

A few weeks ago a FB friend had a photo of a lovely Ball Jar to-go glass, I fell in love. I searched, scoured but could not find anywhere online that sold this baby! I was just thinking I wouldn't find it and I stumbled upon a blog - I'm embarassed to say I can't remember where, but she had her own how-to. Today at Wal-Mart I picked up a dozen Bernadin Single Mouth 1L jars, and 8 of the plastic screw on lids. I brought it home to my DH who promptly went to the garage and drilled an 11/32 hole into the plastic lid, voila! I now have a to-go Mason Jar! For me this is a rare treat, you see I'm one of the rare people who finds the taste of drinking from a plastic cup to be less than pleasurable, to me the plastic definitely affects the taste of the beverage. I had picked up an insulated travel mug with a straw, used it once and vowed to never bother again. Some people think I'm crazy, but I definitely can tell a difference. So I will enjoy the summer drinking my iced tea or lemonade in the backyard or wherever, no bugs can fly in and I will not have to settle on taste in favor of functionality. Try making them yourself, they are drastically cheap in comparison. I got 12 jars for $10 and 8 lids for $2, so for a little over $1for a jar isn't too bad. Keep some of the plastic lids hole free, this way you can travel to your destination without any worry of spilling your cool beverage.

The only thing I couldn't find were reusable straws - or even longer straws would work. Enjoy! And if this is your idea, I'd love to credit it you for it - I'm in love with this and you have totally improved my summer beverages :D