July 3rd, 2018
It is 9.32pm as I sit here trying to write this blog post. I finally gave in and put on the AC in my room. Discipline has become a thing with the cooling system only when I need to sleep. I really don’t want to be the reason why we pay winter prices for energy in the summer. Beyond cooling down, I have been surviving by drinking as much fluid as I can manage. The Peach Lavender Lemonade I made today should help me drink more.
I mostly spend my time at home on the balcony. I spent today sewing a wrap skirt from a pattern from Seamwork. It is called the Laura skirt. The skirt was a relatively easy make with just 3 main pattern pieces and 8 strips of fabric to form the waistband. This Seamwork pattern was a good make for a day when I really wanted to relax. I did not have to use too much brain power since I am discovering that I am no good when the temperature goes above 80. It was 95 today.
All I did today, besides sewing, was sweat. My tank top has been wet all day. My jeans are so soaked with sweat I could almost get away with saying I felt into a puddle of water. I feel like I ran a marathon of some sort because my muscles are clearly dehydrated no matter the amount of water I drink.
Making drinks is one of my favorite things to do today. I made a fruit cordial and I have included the recipe below. I usually make my cordial by seeping fruits and herbs into a syrup. Today’s version is a peach lavender lemonade. Lemonade is such a classic American thing and I am always hesitant to call my cordials “lemonade” because most of the flavor of the lemon comes from the skin not the juice. I am not a big fan of the acidity that comes with lemon. This Peach Lavender Lemonade definitely taps into the American vibe this Fourth of July.
Today I tried a basic syrup made with half sugar and half honey. Added in a couple of peaches and a whole lemon into the hot syrup for some flavor. I also sprinkled in some lavender for a floral punch. I am always worried when I use lavender. Too much of it and everything tastes like soap. If you choose to try this recipe, use slightly less lavender if this is your first time using the flower. See how your taste buds take to it.
Since I prefer seeping the fruit into the syrup rather than crushing it, I like to leave the chunks in the syrups for the flavor to develop. Once the syrup cooled, I popped the jar in the fridge to sit overnight. The flavors on my cordials tend to be gentle which I like. I mix in some sparkling water with the cordial and suddenly I feel like a fancy grown-up.
After writing this, I am going to take a cold shower and hop into bed. My phone tells me that even though the sun looks gone, we are still above 80F. Hopefully, the air conditioning in my room would mask that heat for me.