I am happy to report that I have been furiously tending to my projects the last couple days. I found out on Tuesday that my neighbor is having a yard sale today and Friday which turned out to be just the motivation I needed to kick myself into high gear and take the opportunity to get all the things I have been piling to get rid of outside of my house. So that is what I will be doing over the next couple days. And I while I am a bit 'wah wah' about spending the next two days putting on a yard sale, I am so, so happy that I will very soon be turning the corner of the less-than-fun process of cleaning, clearing and de-cluttering, I will soon be able to move on to the fun task of decorating M+L's room.
We have been having quite the heatwave around here and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. I am not complaining though, I love summertime. But I am not always the best at drinking as much water as I should, truth be told I have a pretty bad diet coke habit, but obviously it takes on a whole other level of terrible when it's soaring in the 90's for days on end. So one way I try to get more water is by making my own infused waters and agua fresca. And considering I will be outside baking in the sun at our yard sale I decided to make a couple batches to have on hand over the next couple days.
One of my favorites is to make Agua Fresca. I made this the first time when I bought yet another watermelon that just wasn't that good. So instead of tossing it out I cut it up and blended it up in the blender with filtered water, a bit of mint from my garden and a squeeze of lemon. It's so refreshing and really simple to make. All you need to do once it is all blended is strain it to get all the chunks out.
Another favorite of mine is Infused Water with cucumber and basil. I get a large jar (or two) fill with filtered water, ice, cucumber slices, whole basil leaves and stick it in the refrigerator for a couple hours before drinking (usually I let it sit overnight). Sometimes I add a squeeze to lime right before I drink it and, I also will trade out the cucumbers for leeks - but I skip the lime if I use leeks.