The sting of spring.

I think I can, without jinxing myself, say spring has officially arrived in Vancouver. The morning air is still a bit cool, and there will still be monsoon rains to come, but the sun has a warmth to it that we have been missing for a long, long while. Trees and flowers are blooming, the birds are devouring the seed from the feeder daily and neighbours are stopping to say hello as I dig in the dirt. Yes. Hooray for spring.

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Penpals, presents and new friends.

As you get older it’s hard to make new friends. (sorry kids – it’s the truth). People get busy with jobs and families, friends move, free time lessens. Many will argue that with all our technology people are becoming even more isolated. We text rather than pick up the phone, we email rather than write a letters, we use abbreviations (IMHO) and speak in 140 character soundbites. I can’t disagree. But this past month I made two new friends. And I made them with the most fabulous combination of old school and new school communication methods. I saw a post on twitter, exchanged a few emails, wrote a letter, mailed a box and got a different box back.

In short, I got two penpals!

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Summer Ice Tea.

A few years ago, for some odd reason, I gave up coffee for several months.

During that time I got looking for a pre-workout drink to get me going and keep me hydrated.  My Coach and I came up with a recipe for an ice tea.

While coffee has made a welcome return to my life, this is still a great drink for hot summer days in or out of the gym.  It is not only refreshing but a great energy booster and chock full of antioxidants.

  • 1 mug or pot EACH of (organic) oolong tea, green tea and white tea
  • juice of 1/2-1 lemon
  • fresh grated ginger (I use at least a 1″ piece – but more if I’m feeling particularly run down)
  • 1-2tbsp cinnamon (sometimes I float a fresh cinnamon stick – yummy to chew on later and no “floaties”!)

Add all spices to tea while it is hot to allow them to steep (you may want to pour through a strainer before you serve).  If you like it sweetened add stevia to taste.  Feel free to add more or less of one ingredient as you find the taste blend you enjoy!  Keeps for about 3 days in the fridge.

Having company?  Pour over ice and garnish with stevia or mint leaves!