It is spring in Vermont, which I'm fairly certain has never happened before in March. In fact here's documentation from a little over a year ago of what March normally looks like in Vermont.
|Our house last year, aka buried. 3/7/11|
|The view of our back deck 3/9/11.|
|The tunnel my husband dug for us to get out. 3/7/11|
|Ankle high BOGS- good traction for beginning and end of mud season.|
|Knee High Hunters for mud season at it's worst. Impossible to take off by myself while pregnant.|
|Insulated Muck Boots. For those days when the mud is a little chilly.|
|Bulbs are actually sprouting before May.|
|Clothes hung outside actually dry- not freeze!|
I am pregnant though, and not drinking enough liquids can lead to early contractions. The last thing I want is 4 weeks of bedrest like I had with my daughter. Water is getting boring so I make mass quantities of iced teas to stock in the fridge.
|It's the perfect weather for iced tea!|
Gather your mason jars. Make sure they're clean and that you have lids for all of them.
Boil water. I use an electric kettle. Put the tea bags you want in each mason jar. I use two per jar. A clothespin is handy to make sure the tags don't fall in. I put the tea bag wrapper under the corresponding jar so that I know what it is until I have the chance to label it.
You can also use loose tea if you have a tea ball or tea sack to steep it in.
Fill up the jars halfway with the boiling water and let it steep for six minutes. This is also a good time to add honey or sugar if you're so inclined.
When six minutes is up take the tea balls out (I leave the tea bags in) and add cold water to the top of each jar.
Label the jars so that you know what kind of tea they are.
Store them in your fridge until you're ready to enjoy them!