July 4th Refreshments in the Garden anyone? July 4th brings garden walks and refreshing iced tea to my mind. Taking a break from whatever I’m doing and relaxing in the garden is good for the soul. With birds feeding at the bird feeder nearby, and an iced tea in hand you can almost lose yourself and all your worries in the beauty that the sights and sounds of nature bring.
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This table set up didn’t take a lot of work. Setting up July 4th refreshments doesn’t have to be a major project. I like to set up different things every few months to reflect the time of year it is, how about you? Also, I like things not to be so permanent, so it’s easy to take apart and use the pieces for other areas. The table is supported by two planters that came from the office I work in. We moved the office, and it was time to cut back on things that had accumulated over the years. I discovered my manager was giving away the planters I jumped on them. There was at least 25, so a few of the girls took home a couple each. The door came from an old house. It was inside an attic stairway for a closet door.
The iced tea recipe is at the bottom of this page
The old pot above is an old camping coffee pot. As much
as I love the outdoors I’ve lost the desire to camp so I
need to use the pot for something, right?
The Iced Tea made from spearmint, grows in our garden. People in Lancaster County, PA call it Meadow Tea because a lot of farmers would plant the mint on the edges of their meadows. They plant the mint there because of the way the plant spreads so fast. I’ll include my tea recipe at the bottom of this page.
The planter on the ground is an old aga wash basin.
And at last the July 4th refreshments – Iced Tea! Some people
making the tea out of the spearmint leaves themselves.
I like my tea a little stronger, so I make it differently.
It’s so easy to make.
I use my coffee pot and first make sure there are no grounds in the filter
I fill the pot half way with water
Then in the empty coffee pot, I put three family size tea bags
3 or 4 stems of fresh cut mint
Turn the coffee maker on and as soon as it’s finished brewing turn it off
Let the tea steep for 3 to 5 minutes
Use a slotted spoon to take out the mint and tea bags
Pour the hot tea into a gallon pitcher
Before you add cold water to it add the amount of sugar you prefer
I use a cup to a cup and a quarter
Fill the pitcher with cool water until the tea is a few inches from the top
Add ice to fill completely
Don’t forget the ice and chill in the fridge. Head outside, put your feet up, and enjoy the summer pleasures waiting for you!