Mosquitoes and Mojitos

Good morning!

Mint!
Some very hearty mint, I might add.
For December any way.

Red and white striped candy canes made of peppermint are usually the only mint we are accustomed to seeing at this time of year.

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This mint was cut back and all pulled out at the end of the summer. I looked out the window and saw this beautiful mint plant flourishing.  It had been planted around the pool several years prior to repel mosquitoes. And it did a fine job of doing just that!

But, It’s 38 degrees outside right now.  No one is swimming, and I doubt very much there are any live mosquitoes anywhere to be found you would need to worry about killing!
Looks to me like the mint is the only thing that doesn’t seem to die.

Mint is best grown in individual planters instead of on the ground because it spreads so quickly. Once established in a flower bed or garden, it can be difficult to remove.

The leaves are best known for flavoring iced tea aside from their insect repellent properties. Did you know the aromatic properties found in the leaves are also present in the stems and flowers?

If you aren’t in need of mint for mosquitoes, how about mint for mojitos? 🙂

Another summertime past time. But much more appreciated than mosquitoes.

Who wants to be swatting mosquitoes while drinking mojitos?!  I do! Mojitos are one of the most refreshing cocktails with their fresh mint and lime.

If you’ve got fresh mint growing around your house, here’s how you too, can whip up a mojito.

2 parts rum
4 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
2 heaped tsp of sugar
1 part soda water/club soda
Sprig of fresh mint to garnish

Place mint leaves and 1 lime wedge into a sturdy glass. Use a muddler to crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and muddle again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with carbonated water. Stir, taste, and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.

In God’s creation everything has a purpose. Mint repels mosquitoes and flavors mojitos. And refreshes a great big glass of ice tea. But that’s stuff to partake in during the summer season.  What about now?

What purpose has God created for you?
What do you do that adds flavor to this world? I love the pungent flavors of cinnamon and peppermint and ginger at this time of year. Ahhh, the smells of Christmas!

I hope my daily blogs have added a little bit of flavor to your world. They’ve been there every day this past year. I hope they at least got you thinkiing about your own life. What’s going great! What could stand a little tune up. Your own views on faith. Let’s all hope this winter season brings all the love and hope of a savior and that the only thing we repel at this time of year is satan.

Let’s all pick up a candy cane and use it to stir a steamy hot mug of chocolate. With marshmallows! Yum! And save that mint for summer. It will be here before you know it!

Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
Genesis 1:11-12

Love and laughter,

Sandy

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