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Easy Iced Tea Concentrate Made In A Mason Jar!

Easy iced tea concentrate in a mason jar

I have a super easy way to make Iced Tea that does not include boiling water or sitting it in the sun all day, and uses a mason jar — which we all know I love!

Just take a jar, put in 4 tea bags, fill it to the top, screw on the lid and put it in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning, take the bags out and give them a little squeeze over the jar.  Voila’…you now have iced tea concentrate! 

 When you want a glass of tea, pour about 1 part concentrate to 3 parts water into a glass of ice and stir. I adjust the amount of concentrate depending on how weak or strong that particular brand of tea is.

Here is the blog that I got the idea from, there are a bunch of comments regarding specific measurements if you are someone who likes more details.

*the picture above was taken before the jar sat overnight.  The concentrate gets much more, well, concentrated:)

I plan on adding some fresh mint leaves or lemon balm from my garden for even more flavor.  Herbs are incredibly good for you so this is a great way to take advantage of their health benefits.

Cancer Journey/ Drinks/ HEALTH/ Healthy Eating/ How-Tos/ RECIPES

Health Update, Foods High In Potassium, & Cantaloupe Basil Agua Fresca


Well, I woke up today with my symptoms much worse.  I had a doctor appointment at 2, and she drew more blood for more tests & scheduled a brain MRI on Monday.  I already had bone scan and CT scan scheduled on Monday, so what’s one more, right?
We are not sure if all these random symptoms are due to low potassium or not.  Many of them fit the bill, but they want to make sure we are not missing anything.  In the meantime, I am doing my best to make sure I’m ingesting as much potassium containing foods as possible, and supplementing with magnesium as it helps with absorption of potassium.
Potassium is:
is a dietary mineral necessary for balancing the pH of your body and for keeping fluids in balance as well, so it’s important for normal blood pressure regulation (it works in opposition to sodium). Potassium is also needed for normal muscle growth, and for nervous system and brain function. It’s found in many different foods, especially fruits and vegetables, so you may be getting plenty of potassium in your diet right now. If not, here’s a list of foods that contain potassium.

It has surprised me that in my reading I have found that many people are low in potassium but do not even know it.  Both men & women need 4,700 milligrams a day.
Some of the symptoms of low potassium include:
Muscle Twitching
Muscle Aches
Feeling Chilled
Muscle Weakness
Foods high in potassium:
  • Raisins
  • Prunes
  • Apricots
  • Dates
  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Citrus fruits
  • Beets
  • Greens
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Soy and soy foods
  • Many veggie burgers
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Salmon
  • Cod
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Coconut Water

Best sources for potassium
Here is a potassium-filled recipe from Bon Appetit that I’m planning on making this weekend, but instead of straining the pulp, I’m going to make a smoothie!  
Cantaloupe basil agua fresca


Cantaloupe Basil Agua Fresca


  • 15 cups chopped cantaloupe (about two 3 1/2-pound melons)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves

  • Special equipment



  • Working in batches, purée cantaloupe in a blender until smooth.

  • Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl; line sieve with cheesecloth. Strain purée into bowl; gather cheesecloth into a bundle and squeeze any remaining juice into bowl. Repeat process with fresh cheesecloth, straining into a large pitcher (you should have about 5 cups juice).

  • Add lemon juice, basil, and 2 cups cold water to pitcher. Let steep at room temperature for 1–2 hours. Fill glasses with ice. Divide agua fresca among glasses.


I will let you know when I get scan results.  Love to you all!

4th of July/ Drinks/ FUN/DIY/ Holidays/Parties/ RECIPES

2 Ingredient Sparkling Lemonade

This is the easiest beverage to make, and tastes great!  I have used it for 2 parties in the last 2 weeks, and I got positive feedback both times.  Both kids and adults love this.  
All you have to do is buy frozen lemonade concentrate, and in place of water, use sparkling water!  
That is it!  The sparkling water adds fizz and sparkle, but does not over-sweeten like adding a lemon-lime soda would.  It is delicious and super refreshing!

I love to use Lemonade Concentrate from Trader Joes.  It is the only brand I can find that does not contain high fructose corn syrup.  The brand of sparkling water really does not matter.  Add a slice of lemon to each glass for pretty!

Sparkling Lemonade
1 can Lemonade Concentrate
Sparkling Water

Make lemonade according to directions on can, using sparkling water instead of regular water.  Add a slice of lemon if desired to each glass. Serve over ice & enjoy!


Fresh Lime Soda

Boy oh Boy oh Boy!  I’m so excited about this recipe for Fresh Lime Soda!  It is SO refreshing and delicious.  This would be perfect on a hot summer day, or frankly, ANY day!  I love finding delicious  recipes that are great substitutes for things that are not so good for us, like regular soda.

The original recipe calls for homemade simple syrup, but I used Organic Raw Agave Nectar.  It gives it a tea color, but makes it so good!  I think its quite a pretty drink!  I’m eager to serve it to my friends who visit. It is the perfect ‘sit in the sunporch and sip’ type of beverage, and I intend to do just that!

Fresh Lime Soda

2 Tablespoons Organic Raw Agave Nectar (or maple syrup, or simple syrup)

Slice of Lime

2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (about one medium sized lime)

3/4 Cup Sparkling Water

Pinch of salt


Put ice in jar.  Add agave or syrup, lime juice and water.  Put lid on and shake until well blended.  Add lime slice and enjoy!


In A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food (Oxford University Press, 1998), author K. T. Achaya says that fresh lime soda was “the supreme quencher of colonial thirst” in India.

I totally agree with K.T. Achaya!