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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Cool and Quiet Glade and Iced Blueberry Tea for Outdoor Wednesday




As summer ebbs, an unrelenting sun will bleach blossoms in beds gone dry and overgrown. The vibrant pinks and reds of spring will fade as the blues and greens of the forest floor become ascendant. The landscape of the shade garden is serene and sings a sirens song; these are the spots that lure us to stroll or sit and read and ponder. A pensa tola. Grab a chair, stake a claim and pour an icy flavored tea. The day has passed too quickly. Stay awhile and enjoy the insects song. I hope you enjoy the pictures. I know you will like the tea.

Iced Blueberry Tea

Ingredients:
1 (16-oz.) package frozen blueberries
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups water
3 family-size tea bags
3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

1) Bring blueberries and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, using back of a spoon to squeeze out juice. Discard solids.
2) Wipe saucepan clean. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in same saucepan; add 3 family-size tea bags, and let stand 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags. Stir in 3/4 cup sugar and blueberry juice mixture. Pour into a pitcher; cover and chill 1 hour. Serve over ice. Yield: 5 cups.

I so enjoy participating in Outdoor Wednesday. I'm sending this to Susan at A Southern Daydreamer who hosts the event.

33 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Iced Blueberry Tea sounds so relaxing, refreshing, delicious and calming. Bet it would be perfect for a hangover, seriously:)

Ill have to try this!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Happy Outdoor Wednesday Mary! Everything looks so lush and green... absolutely beautiful! And blueberry tea...sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Mary,
Thank you for sharing the blueberry tea recipe, I have frozen blueberries and lemon as well as tea, it sounds so delicious, I will try it and let you know how I liked but ..It sounds to good to not like. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Sue

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Such beauitful scenery! And that tea sounds so great! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

XO,

Sheila :-)

ellen b said...

Oh your photos show such a beautiful lush green! Very nice. The tea sounds wonderful! happy O.W.!

noble pig said...

Now that sounds delicious! Love the garden ics as well!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the show..
And the tea sounds lovely!

Donetta said...

This sounds like just the thing for the morning. Thank you for sharing the beauty.

Lynda said...

You are really churning out wonderful recipes! This tea is one I'll have to try as we love fruit flavored teas!
Your garden pictures are beautiful!

Light and Voices said...

It was such a pleasure seeing your slide show and drinking blueberry tea. Excellent blog post!
Joyce

Cindy said...

So lush snd green, I think I will come sit for awhile! Cindy

Susan C said...

That is one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever seen. What is the clover-like ground cover?

I think I could sit for hours in the glade with iced blueberry tea.

Katy ~ said...

I was carried away with the sounds of your words as I was in that little glade, sipping that blueberry tea. Aaaaahhh..... serenity

Martha said...

I've made lavender tea but never blueberry tea -- this looks wonderful!

flmom said...

That spot does look cool (something it's not here!) and peaceful. A good place for hiding away for the afternoon. :o)

Mary said...

Susan C, the ground cover is Oxalis.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

You have lots of clovers there. Do you always get lucky? :-)

Love the look of the tea, Must be refreshing to drink a blueberry tea. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Li

Mary said...

Hi Li, welcome to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll visit with us often. As to being lucky, I am but it has nothing to do with the clover :-).

girlichef said...

This is so relaxing :) You must be overrun with blueberries right now...you've made me want ours to hurry up!!! This tea sounds lovely.

Southerncook said...

Hi Mary, I so enjoyed your photos for Outdoor Wednesday. Very relaxing and the tea I will try since our blueberries will be coming in soon at our farm. The tea sounds so very refreshing.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I always enjoy yours.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Southerncook said...

Mary, I loved your photos for Outdoor Wednesday and the tea sounds so refreshing. I will make this tea soon since our blueberries will be ready to pick at our farm within the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

The tea sounds lovely.

Happy Outdoor Wednesday!

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

A great new way to use delicious blueberries - thanks. You pics are lovely!

Green Tea Fiend said...

This recipe sounds fabulous! One of my co-workers came up with a recipe along the same lines, incorporating green tea in a simple syrup mixed with fruit salad & mint. I just tried it last weekend and was in heaven...

We'll have to try this one too!

Lori E said...

Oh I am so going to serve this blueberry tea this summer. Thank you.

Brenda said...

I've never had blueberry tea! Sounds delightful though. Your photos are so tranquil.
Brenda

the ungourmet said...

I love the slide show. Beautiful!

The tea sounds refreshing and delicious. Perfect for today! :0)

Carrie said...

The tea sounds very yummy. The picture is beautiful.

Delightfully Wed's Weblog said...

Enjoyed your slide show. I could sit in your glad and drink iced blueberry tea ALL day! How relaxing and peaceful.

sunnymama said...

A beautiful outdoor picture and a delicious recipe! Thanks, sunnyboy loves blueberries and I think he would love the blueberry iced tea :)

Debinhawaii said...

I was just thinking I needed to make iced tea and this one loooks amazing!

RobinfromCA said...

I love all the blueberry recipes! I don't drink black teas so I'm wondering if red tea could be substituted. It doesn't come in family sized tea bags though so, my question is, how many regular sized tea bags should I use? I really want to try this!

Thanks for stopping by yesterday and for your lovely comments.

Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

Mary said...

Robin, I' guessing 6. Welcome to One Perfect Bite. I hope you'll come often.

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