Summer times

Life lately

Sarah is planning her road trip to Oregon and Abby is busy clearing clutter and purging nursing clothes now that Plum is no longer breastfeeding.

Reading lately

Sarah read Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. She explores the values of Tea Party voters in Southwestern, Louisiana from a sociologists perspective. It is a necessary read for anyone who felt baffled and confused by the election of Donald Trump.

On the recommendation of an Instagram bookstagram, Abby read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. It is a YA romance between two female protagonists and was a good book for getting out of a reading slump.

Summer times

We reminisce about what summers mean to us, the summer heat, what summers were like growing up, summer jobs, summer holidays, and what kind of summers we want to create for our families.

Eating lately

Sarah is enjoying a roasted new potato salad that includes red onions and kalamata olives. Abby is still in the midst of Frugal Month and found the ingredients in her pantry for a wild rice and barley casserole.

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3 thoughts on “Summer times

  1. In the summer I almost always have iced mint tea in the fridge–my Mom did this when I was growing up. If you have dried spearmint from the garden, you can crumble it up in water, or you can use tea bags (I like Celestial Seasoning’s ‘Mint Magic’ for this, as the peppermint feels more winter-y.) I make a giant mason jar at a time.

    I don’t really measure but would suggest similar proportions to if you were doing hot tea–one tea bag per 2ish cups of water, or 1 tsp crumbled dried mint per cup of water. You put the mint or tea bags and water in the fridge overnight and then strain the mint out or remove the teabags the next day, and it is just SO cool and refreshing! It is also very tasty with a little honey. I like that it’s not caffeinated, too. You can also do this with boiling water and then cool the tea down if you’re in a hurry, but who wants to boil water in the summer if they don’t have to?


    1. I have never considered not boiling water for tea in the summer. Genius! Will be trying that once we make it through winter!


      1. Right! A friend suggested the fridge tea-making and it was a pretty amazing change! I don’t want to be boiling water or manning the stove when it’s so hot I want iced tea. When summer comes around again, enjoy!


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