drinks

  • make your own: violet syrup.

    Recommended: A spring afternoon spent playing with flowers. My kids are on spring break this week and we’re spending a few extra days at my parents’ house, half working and half playing and mostly…

    April 23, 2019 6 Comments
  • simple stuff: tea strainers.

    Contrary to popular opinion, I don’t read tea leaves. Not real ones anyway. Indeed, I’d prefer the leaves to stay mostly out of my tea. But I recently had folks over for dinner and,…

    February 12, 2019 30 Comments
  • make your own: ginger tea.

    It’s a good day for taking extra special care of yourself. Recovery from a stomach bug notwithstanding, there are lots of reasons to feel more than a bit queasy today. Ginger to the rescue.…

    September 27, 2018 12 Comments
  • make your own: linden leaf tea.

    In early summer there are linden blossoms on city trees. Yes, even as the world warms and it feels increasingly like it must also be spinning out of orbit, there is comfort to be…

    June 28, 2018 16 Comments
  • make your own: oat milk.

    I’ve been drinking oat milk lattes on days when I find myself working from coffee shops, which is a shorter way of saying my expensive coffee habit has become more so and I’m feeling…

    February 5, 2018 43 Comments
  • make your own: chamomile tea.

    We’ve been reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit on repeat for the past month. At bedtime, at lunchtime, at bath time, during bathroom visits where a bit more time and bit more relaxation is…

    June 6, 2017 13 Comments
  • make your own: strawberry lemonade.

    Here’s a simple thing to do with the last bedraggled strawberries you might have. And isn’t it funny there are always a few that get left behind? Well, when small fingers pick around berries that…

    May 30, 2017 7 Comments
  • floral ice cubes you should not make.

    Here’s a thing that positively no one needs to have: Flower-filled ice cubes. Here’s a thing that’s very pleasant to have: Flower-filled ice cubes. Here’s a thing that sometimes goes utterly awry: You guessed it.  The…

    May 15, 2017 19 Comments
  • make your own: plum shrub.

    No, we’re not crafting woody plants with very low hanging fruit. We’re making summery drinks. Allow me to explain. First things first: To get down with shrubs, the drink, you need to have a healthy relationship…

    August 15, 2016 30 Comments