Meadow Mint Tea

If you’ve ever been to Amish country, you’ve probably heard of or tried Meadow Tea.

I was raised in Amish country, and its probably my #1 favorite drink (well, other then water).

I had a plan to grow out my leg hair really long, quit using deodorant and get an Amish dress so I could infiltrate their community and get the super secret Meadow Tea recipe.

However, I quickly decided that was a ridiculous idea, and figured out their recipe on accident!

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Meadow Tea

You will need:

1 packed cup of fresh cut spearmint (bruised and put in a glass container)

2 cups of water

1 cup of organic unbleached sugar (I like this brand)

Put the sugar and water together in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk and boil until all the sugar is dissolved and it becomes syrupy. Pour the syrup (while still boiling) over top of the spearmint. Let it rest until its cooled down. Strain out the leaves and make sure to squeeze them a lot to be sure all of the syrup is out.

This is spearmint simple syrup. (Just like the honey suckle simple syrup I made a few weeks back).

Put approx. 8oz of simple syrup in the bottom of a half gallon container. Then fill it the rest of the way with filtered water and shake it to combine the two. Sip a little bit and make sure its a sweet/minty as you like it and then put it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning it will be cold and delicious!!

If your impatient (like me) and want some tea right away, you can mix 2 or 3 tablespoons of syrup into a glass of cold water.

Add a sprig of mint to garnish and enjoy!

You can also make extra mint syrup while its in season and freeze it to have tea in the off seasons!

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P.S. Mint is super easy to grow! I have a pot of it growing in my kitchen I use to make minty things. I dug a few of the runners from my moms mini mint forest she has growing and buried them in a container of organic potting soil. Its growing like crazy.

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To anyone who’s had Meadow Tea before, your welcome! This tastes just like Amish are cooking in your kitchen for you!

And to anyone who’s never had authentic Amish Meadow Tea, I’m so sorry you’ve missed out thus far in your life. Make this now!

Happy sipping!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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‘I Love’ Tuesdays!

My container garden.

I love it.

I dream about planting acres of just edible plants. I drive by peoples empty yards and just think how great it would look with fruits, vegetables, herbs, greens and anything imaginable planted in it.

But, unfortunately, I live in a basement apartment and in 2 days will be living in a  second floor apartment, neither of which have yards.

However I have been freaking out (excitedly not scared) about our new place. Its huge and open with big windows. In the basement apartment there is one window that gets sun. So no plants here.

I have been growing my container garden at my moms house in anticipation of this move. And we’re moving stuff in today. So I finally get green things in my house!!!

Its all planted in organic potting soil. So fresh, organic herbs and salsa all summer!!

I’m growing two kinds of tomatoes, sweet peppers and habanero peppers in window boxes. Then in my indoor pots I have Rosemary, Lemon balm, St. Johns wort, Texas bird peppers, spearmint, basil and aloe.

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You can tell I love it because I buckled them in for the trip to the new place and didn’t buckle myself…

Its so exciting. I can’t wait for everything to be big enough to use!!

I think that everyone should at the very least, grow some herbs. Obviously, if your in my situation and have no yard, your limited on what you can do. But as long as you have some sunshine you can grow something!!

I plan to have mint tea with my spearmint. Make salve with the St. John’s wort. I have lots of plans for the lemon balm, as it is medicinal and lemony tasting for recipes.

No one can possibly comprehend how exciting I am to finally be growing things in my own home. There aren’t words.

I’m gonna go finish moving… Ugh. So much work.

Go plant something!!

Happy Tuesday!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

Cooking with Honeysuckle!!

Depending where your located, you may have noticed that the honeysuckle is in full bloom!

Around here there’s hundreds and hundreds of bushes everywhere! Just in the short 10 minute drive to my fiance’s work, there’s probably 100 bushes.

If you’ve ever sucked the sweet insides out of a flower, you know honeysuckle is delicious. And seeing so much it this year, I knew I could make something yummy out of it. So I picked lots of flowers and created some pretty good stuff!

Freshly picked honeysuckle

Freshly picked honeysuckle

Honey Suckle Simple Syrup

Simple syrup can be used to sweeten anything liquid (its especially helpful with iced beverages because honey won’t stir in easily and sugar won’t stir in at all, generally). Simple syrup is simply sugar and water. So I made some flavored syrups that you could add to iced tea, lemonade, alcoholic beverages, pretty much anything you like.

Ingredients:

3 c. water

1 c. honeysuckle blossoms

2 c. organic unbleached sugar

(I believe you can use honey, if you want, but it lasts longer made with sugar. And since its sweet you use very little at a time. It’ll take us a long time to finish ours, so I used sugar)

Start off by picking off all of the little green ends and stems from the blossoms. Then, submerge them in water in either a glass or steel container and let them in the refrigerator over night.

Soaking in the fridge

Soaking in the fridge

The next day remove the blossoms and put them into a pint size mason jar.

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Take 2.5 c. of the water you soaked the blossoms in and put it in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add in the sugar and stir occasionally until it comes to a boil. It will become clear (well yellowish because of the honeysuckle and unbleached sugar) and thicker. Pour over the blossoms and let cool to room temperature.

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Remove the blossoms and that’s it!! =)

This recipe actually makes 2 pints of simple syrup. You could either make two jars full of honeysuckle syrup, or I put one jar honeysuckle and poured the rest of freshly cut spearmint leaves to make a honeysuckle mint syrup.

Honeysuckle syrup and spearmint syrup

Honeysuckle syrup and spearmint syrup

Honeysuckle Spearmint Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 c. coconut oil

1/2 c. honey

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. flour

1 c. oats

1/4 c. honeysuckle blossoms

1 tbsp. fresh, chopped spearmint leaves

Note: I used 1/4 c. spearmint and they were overly minty, so I’m thinking 1 tbsp. would be a good amount.

Preheat your oven to 350°

Combine everything in a big bowl. Mix thoroughly and roll into balls. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies are starting to get golden brown. And your done!

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Both these recipes and super yummy, so get picking!!

Just note that if you aren’t picking flowers on your own property, make sure your not picking them somewhere that doesn’t get sprayed with pesticides. I picked mine along a trail that I know doesn’t get sprayed. Also make sure you aren’t picking them right along side a busy road, they will be covered in exhaust fumes and gross road gunk.

I also soaked all the blossoms for both recipes in the same bowl overnight and used 3 cups of water on 2 cups of honeysuckle. Not that it makes that much difference, just what I did.

Happy picking!!

~Courtney, The Crunchy Delinquent

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