Make Your Own Vitamin Water
I think what they're showing here is a large Mason jar. I'm a little shy of Mason jars at my house (it's all that canning I do *wink*) so I just put it in the biggest glass I have. I tried making it in a pitcher the first time, but for one thing you'll need a whole lot of fruit in there, and at least where I live, things like raspberries are expensive. So, I slice up/pop fruit in a large glass (has to be glass to truly enjoy the esthetic beauty of the whole thing), put ice cubes on top, and just keep filling it up all day. The other bonus to doing it this way is that it gets me out of my chair to run up and down the stairs getting new water in my glass. (Also, as the day wears on you run to and from the bathroom a lot too.) But if you're on the go, this would work just as well in a large drink container. Plastic won't taste as good, and you also need ice as it tastes much better nice and cold, but whatever works for you. So far, I've tried the blackberry sage (delicious) and today I'm sipping raspberry lime - my favorite so far.
Salad On The Go
Now this was an idea I could have used when I worked in an office and took my lunch to work. I rarely took salads, as it was too hard to transport everything. But look at this! - dressing on the bottom, next your veggies/fruit/meat/what-have-you, and finally the lettuce on the top. Genius! Of course you need the ever-popular Mason jar to add interest and allow you to see those beautiful salad layers, but really, I think Tupperware would do as long as it couldn't move around too much.
Green Idea - Love the Earth!
This is one of the most clever ideas I've ever seen, as far as re-using something that is nasty for landfills in a good way. Keep your chocolate chips fresh in the bag, or rice, or just about anything that comes in a bag! Normally I would just be boring and recycle the old Diet Coke bottle, but THIS I actually would do. It's a very clever way to repurpose those old soda bottles. I notice that it does say "wide mouth plastic bottle" but especially if its something like rice or something small I don't see why a soda bottle wouldn't work too. Whatever. You can always recycle if it doesn't work.
Patio Dining Table Complete With A Salad Bar
I'm still trying to figure out how to do this one. But isn't that the coolest idea ever? A table with 3 places on each side with a garden of salad greens growing down the middle and on the sides. Beautiful AND practical! I showed it to L, and even he was intrigued but we couldn't figure out how to water it nicely, how does it drain, are the garden sections lined with plastic, etc. Perhaps a nursery could shed some light on the logistics if we ever get to the point that our patio is worth sitting on.
The other really nice thing that L and I have done the last few nights is a twilight/evening bike ride. Now, these are not to be confused with the kinds of bike rides where you sweat profusely and you might actually tone muscles. No, no. These are the kind where it's too late to hit the bike trail, but you need to move a little bit to work off that nachos plate you just polished off. On our hard-hitting rides we never pedal side by side. We rarely talk except briefly at beginning, midpoint, and at the end.
But these evening rides with our lights blinking on and off like crazy little strobe lights are the equivalent of an evening stroll. It's leisurely, and we notice that the moon is now more than a sliver of a crescent - it's almost a half moon. Sometimes you can see some stars (we are city folk), but most of all, the air is balmy and we ride along and discuss the events of the day, or ones coming up. We mostly just ride the same streets round and round, but we aren't paying much attention to that. We're enjoying moving our muscles while we also enjoy each others' company. Cats skitter across the street here and there, and sometimes people are out walking their dogs. It's been a nice end to a busy day, and happily, I've learned to avoid trash cans.
I can't believe that next week brings July 4th. It's one of my favorite holidays, although I haven't planned one thing yet. There's just something about laying back on a blanket on the grass, and watching fireworks exploding overhead. Preceded, of course, by a good BBQ or an abundant picnic shared with family and friends. Our little community puts on a pretty good show, although it's a bear to find parking anywhere close. But maybe this year we'll bite the bullet and go and enjoy a night out with everyone else. Patriotic music, kids running amuck, and a sky full of loud fireworks. Waving sparklers in the shape of your name, careful not to step on a hot one in bare feet. Dessert after the show. Celebrate this wonderful country we're so lucky to live in.
What new ideas have you been obsessing over? What new fun has summer thrown your way, what activities do you have planned? Paint me a picture of what summertime is where you live.
*Excuse me. I'm just going to run down the hall. All that water, you know.*