Monday, July 29, 2013

Tea for Summer

If you know me, you know that I like tea (especially loose leaf Earl Grey).  I drink a whole pot myself sometimes in the winter.  Well, now that summer is here, I have been experimenting with cold tea after having a scrumptious cup of Vanilla Chai Frappe at McDonalds a few weeks ago.  Here is the recipe that has had the best success.

Make Tea:
Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan.

Add 4 bags chocolaty chai and simmer for 2-4 minutes.  Remove the teabags and add in
-         2 cups milk (I made it with powdered and it tasted fine)
-         1 tsp vanilla extract
-         3 heaping Tbsp honey
-         ¼- ½  tsp cinnamon
-         ¼ - ½ tsp ground ginger
Simmer a few minutes and then remove from heat.  Cool in the refrigerator for a few hours (I left it overnight). 

Put 6-7 ice cubes in the blender, add 1 Tbsp sugar if desired, and pour tea in to cover the ice cubes.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve with straws.  Enjoy!

Variations: Instead of chocolaty chai, make tea with 4 bags regular tea (or equivilent loose leaf) and add in more ginger, cinnamon, and either cardamom, allspice, or cloves.  If you use fresh ginger root and a cinnamon stick it is even better. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Rotic Evenings

A couple weeks ago, I felt like having a special evening.  Since there were no dates readily available, I decided to have a Rotic evening.  Now, if you’ve never heard of Rotic before, it stands for Romantic without the man.  For this evening, I made a delicious and garlicky pasta and watched a movie called “Miss Austen Regrets” (about Jane Austen wondering if she should have gotten married).  Until God brings a man into my life, I may have a few more Rotic evenings from time to time...and girls you can join me if you want.  :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A View From My World #16

This week’s theme: Work 

In this week’s photo you get to see a picture of me at work.  Now that it is summer time, I am busy, busy at the library.  We hold a summer reading club and have lots of programs running to keep the children engaged and learning throughout the summer.  In this picture, I am helping fourteen 9-12-year-olds make some duct tape crafts.  It was fun, but challenging.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A View From My World #15

The theme for this week is Summer
Capturing the evening light
One thing I love about summer is that it stays light for so many hours each day.  I am so glad that when I wake up it is already light.  I enjoy that it is still light when I am done work (even when I work the late shift).  I enjoy that I actually get to see the sunshine and sit in its warmth (even it it is in the early morning or early evening).

At 10:15 pm on July 11, the sky was still glowing as the moon was setting.

Friday, July 5, 2013

A View From My World #14

This week's photo theme is Patriotic
After the post on Tuesday about Canada Day, I thought I better honour (or should it be honor) the other country to which I hold citizenship.  My dad is American, and so all of his children were able to get dual Canada/US citizenship.  Last night we got together for a barbecue and special desserts to celebrate the 4th of July.

Happy Independence Day, USA!
My Dad wearing his well worn, but very patriotic T-shirt

Layered Jello ... I think I like jello too much!
Berries & Cream ... Yum!  Thanks, E.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Canada Day Storytime

Yesterday was Canada Day.  The day that Canadians celebrate the creation of our country as a separate dominion from the British Empire.  At the library last week, I got to do the storytime for the preschool crowd.  I wanted to celebrate the fact that Canada is coming up to its 146th birthday, but could not find many good books or rhymes to make this possible.  So, after some internet searching and some tweaking of 4th of July songs, here is what I came up with.

Canadian flag using hand prints.

Opening song: Shake my Sillies Out

Song: Maple Leaf (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little maple leaf, on a maple tree
Red, gold and orange as I can be
When the wind blows and sets me free
Watch me float and fall gently.
by Melanie Mazurek

Song: O Canada! 
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Rhyme: Five Birthday Candles

Five birthday candles
Wish there were more
Blow out one (blow quickly)
Then there are four
Four birthday candles
Pretty as can be
Blow out one (blow quickly)
Then there are three
Three birthday candles
Mother bought them new
Blow out one (blow quickly)
Then there are two
Two birthday candles
Birthday cakes are fun
Blow out one (blow quickly)
Then there was one
One birthday candle
A birthday wish is fun
Blow it out (blow slowly)
Then there are none

Song: Way up in the sky (tune: Row, Row, Row your boat)
While we sang this song, the children and I marched around the room with Canadian flags in our hands.
Wave, wave, wave the flag, Hold it very high.
Watch the colours gently wave, Way up in the sky.
March, march, march around, Hold the flag up high.
Wave, wave, wave the flag, Way up in the sky.

Craft: Handprint Flags (see above)

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