just a smidgen

Summer Citrus Refresher

I learned a long time ago

that if you can’t get what you want

sometimes you just have to figure out a “work around”

i once wanted to have my own flower shop

and couldn’t..

instead i grew roses and brought sweet bouquets into my home

i wanted to run a bed and breakfast

and couldn’t..

so instead i began to bake

and i began to decorate..

soon my home felt as lovely to me as any

bed and breakfast i might want to visit..

with those crisp white linens tucked into a soft bed

piled deep with pillows to rest my head

and there are those times

you want to last forever..

times and places

where only memories are left to cherish..

and so i try to keep most of my days the same,

drink the same coffee from the same mug,

meditate in the morning light by the same window where i always sit

while Pachelbel’s Canon softly plays,

i dance the same dance and

share fudgsicles and walks at dusk with Bella

it’s not the same, I know..

it can’t be the same without that familiar accompanying voice,

but observing some of these same


instills such an enduring place in

my heart

for those memories

this cool beverage was made for me most nights

so i can’t claim it as my own recipe..

but one that most certainly deserves a place in Just a Smidgen’s heart

such a simple concoction of freshly squeezed citrus, chamomile tea, ice and stevia

and pungent leaves of


..it tastes like a little bit of heaven on a warm summer’s eve

Summer Citrus Refresher
Serves: 1
  • 1 chamomile tea sachet
  • 1/2 fresh lemon
  • 1- 1.5 fresh small limes
  • 3 small stevia packets, or drops to taste
  • 2-3 fresh mint leaves
  1. Place the chamomile tea bag into a large tumbler or oversized mug. I tear off the string and leave the tea bag in the cup.
  2. Pour 1/3 full with boiling water. Let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. While steeping, squeeze the lemon and lime juice into your cup.
  4. Stir in stevia.
  5. Fill the cup with ice and top with water.
  6. Stir well and taste, adjust for sweetness.
  7. Tear and top with fresh mint.
  8. Sip and top with more ice if your drink is still a bit warm.


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