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Another Rainy Day

I woke up this morning anticipating rain since the forecast for the whole rest of the week calls for a down pour. Out my bedroom window the sky was overcast and there was a typical puddly wet sidewalk, but no real rain. I lumbered down the stairs half awake, turned up the heater and gave each dog a pet hello on top of the head. Sprout barely waited for the pet, opting rather to turn back to her bed of blankets and cozy up.

The kitchen was freezing cold as usual, and just as I was debating on hurrying out to do a bit of gardening before the rain came – the rain came. I tossed my felcos and gloves back on the table and lit the stove for some tea, no pajama gardening for me this morning. Whoosh went the flame under my copper tea kettle, quickly boiling my tea water.

I love rainy mornings like this – it gives me a chance to just watch the garden, rather than work in it. Sometimes you don’t even have time to notice what you’ve done, when you are constantly doing.

Bobbi Bankston from { Poppy & Pearl } gave me one of her gorgeously simple mason jar tumblers to try… and this morning was perfect for a huge jar of hot green tea! The tea was from Red Blossom in SF, procured from a trip Matt and I took to China Town the other weekend. We stopped in and had a fascinating lesson on tea leaves, and a tasting (of about 7 types) to go with it. We vibrated out of there with a big bag of different types of green, oolong and flowering tea (I didn’t get any sleep that night!).

Bobbi was kind enough to answer some questions for me the other week… here’s our mini interview:

 
1. When is your favorite time to use your tumblers?
 

I’d have to say camping in the mountains with friends at a little place called Kennedy Meadows. My friends and I have been spending summer vacations there since we were young and now we go with our husbands and kids… it’s so special! Every year my boys and I hike up to “the meadow” for a picnic… Aspens and snow capped mountains make for a picture perfect setting. 

2. They seems perfect for using at a picnic… any yummy drink recipes you suggest using in your tumblers?

            Sangria- my all time favorite drink. The thing I love about Sangria is that you can’t mess it up! 

 
          1 bottle chilled cabernet
         2 cups club soda
         1/4+  Brandy
         2 sliced limes 
        2 sliced oranges
        a few handfuls of mixed berries- whatever your preference.
        sip and enjoy!
 
3. What is your favorite plant to grow and why?
 

 

My tomato plants because they always look like they are on steroids! I love it! My three boys love picking them and it’s always rewarding to share the extras with neighbors and friends. 

 

Need a tumbler of your own?

Bobbi is generously offering a { giveaway } to you fine readers… the first { 2 people } to add your favorite drink & the recipe to the comment section – wins!

Have a lovely rainy day! xo xo Jenn

 

PICS by Rob Co.

8 comments

  1. Kelly Butler

    I love plain iced tea…no sugar, no lemon. Just the way it was made.

  2. Chrissy Navarro

    Vodka Bubbler
    Premium vodka (2 or more shots depending on size of the glass)
    Flavored sparkling water (I use lemon and lime)
    Fresh fruit (again with lemon and lime slices)

    Pour all over I’ve in your tumbler and voila! Perfect for the hot summer days :)

  3. Chrissy Navarro

    I meant *pour all over ICE!

  4. jenn

    Ohhh, YUM!

  5. jenn

    Me to… love cold green tea or mint tea…yum.

  6. Christine

    Vermontucky Lemonade
    1 shot bourbon whiskey (I like Maker’s Mark)
    6 oz. Lemonade sweetened with maple syrup
    A good amount of ice (or high country snow)

    Perfect for a hot summer afternoon! The maple syrup really does taste amazing with the whiskey even tho’ it sounds bizarre. :-)

  7. jenn

    ohh I’m going to have to try that on the next warm day here… thanks for the recipe!

  8. Gabby

    I take any regular plain tea bag and put it in my mug, then I boil my water with berries in it, or orange slices, or any type of fruit that I’m in the mood for. Then I poor the naturally flavored water into my tea. I’ts my favorite thing to drink. I’ve been interested in making tumblers. I just am confused on how to get the gaskets. Can you help?