Monday, October 1, 2012

Day 1 ~ Happy Monday!

For those who know me, you know how much I LOVE Fridays! I even have a Friday song and dance. After a week of waking early for work, spending oodles of time chasing playing with kids, homeschooling my son, making meals, cleaning house and running from one activity to another,  I cherish the weekends. Especially weekends when I have a little extra time for sleeping in and taking naps (yes, I love naps). 


However, Monday is also becoming a favorite weekday of mine. I'm refreshed from my weekend of sleeping and I have the energy necessary to enthusiastically exclaim, "Bring it on, Monday!" Last Monday I decided to make some brews as my kombucha and water kefir cultures have been sadly neglected. Last spring I had purchased some sarsaparilla root in hopes to make a fine root beer but I never got around to it. Until now.........
"Root Beer" Water Kefir and Ginger Kefir
Sarsaparilla Root Water Kefir

Boil 4 c. Water with 3 T. sarsaparilla
Simmer for 20 minutes
Add to 2/3 cups sugar
Add four more cups of water

Let cool completely before adding 1/2 cups water kefir grains. Set in place that it will not be disturbed for 2-3 days. Strain grains (and sarsaparilla), bottle and refrigerate. Make sure to leave some head room - the longer is sits, the more carbonation....the most likely to EXPLODE! :)


Kefir Grains and Sarsaparilla Root both can be purchased HERE

Not only did I get my new batches of kefir and kombucha brewing but I also cleaned out the chicken coop. I'd been reading online the benefits of adding herbs to the chicken bedding so I decided it was time to stop pinning such things to pinterest and actually DO it! 


The poop filled bedding was sprinkled onto my freshly cleaned garden beds. Fresh bedding was laid  and sprinkled with herbs from my yard. I'm sure the chickens loved the scent of lavender in their coop. :)

Chicken potpourri made from herbs around my yard ~ lavender, lemon balm, rosemary and mint.  


I can't wait to see what this day brings. Happy Monday, friends!
This is the day that the Lord hath made! I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24


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