On the afternoon of the Fourth of July my friend and I decided to pick ingredients from the garden and make our own herbal teas!
We decided to try lavender, lemon balm, chocolate mint, Bee Balm leaves and flowers, and Bee Balm leaves alone. We just washed the herbs, stuck them in jars and poured on the hot water.
Did you know that Bee Balm's other name is "Bergamot"? That's where Earl Grey gets its flavor! (The red and pink firework-looking flowers in the arrangement are Bee Balm.)
It was really a fun experiment! We both loved the chocolate mint, especially paired with a piece of dark chocolate! My other favorite was the lemon balm. Several of the teas tasted best with honey added. And, we let the lavender steep too long and it tasted like perfume. I found the Bee Balm to taste quite like Earl Grey (without the black tea) while my friend, Karen, thought it was too close to thyme flavor and wasn't as enthusiastic.
It was the perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon!
Last week during VBS Laura and I went to Auntie C's to spend one morning. She had prepared a tea feast for us to enjoy on the deck out back. What can be better in summer! Tea, flowers, friends, knitting, cousins playing.....
John and Laura had their own table (the very table and chairs Christina and I sat at when we were little).
And now another weekend is upon us! I think cooler weather is ahead......