Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Monday, August 10, 2009

How to Make Sun Tea

A few readers have asked how to make sun tea. Thanks! I'm glad you're interested!

1. Start with a clear glass jar, as large as you like. I use a recycled one gallon (that's about 4 liters) jar. Fill it with cold water.

2. Add tea bags of your favorite tea. I like Stash teas (that's a brand name in the USA; I don't know if it's available elsewhere). They come in many flavors, both with and without caffeine. Each bag is good for 2 cups of tea, so I use 8 bags in a gallon. If you prefer loose tea, I'm sure it will work, also, but you will need to experiment with amounts.

3. Put the lid on and set the jar in the sun, either outside or in a sunny window.

(If you click on the second picture you will see the swirls of color from the tea infusing into the water.)

4. After several hours your tea will be ready. Remove the tea bags and discard them. Pour the tea into a pitcher for ease of serving. Serve over ice in glasses, adding sugar if you like.

5. Enjoy!

This can be done without the sun on your kitchen counter, but then it won't be SUN tea! :))

The tea can be frozen into cubes to add to the glasses so it isn't diluted when you drink it.

I store what is not consumed right away in the refrigerator for future thirst.

1 comment:

m.d.weaver said...

I like the "almost neighbor" thing. I go through Sandpoint to get to Libby Montana for the mountain air and good company. I also like tea. The good doctor says to cut out the coffee, so I try tea. My mother used to make sun tea a long time ago. I miss it in a way; the central city is not friendly enough for the making of sun tea, so I do it by brewing the tea and sticking it in the fridge. Peace to you.