The weather here is warming up, believe it or not the ground is thawing after a very cold winter. This finds us out in the backyard, discovering everything the dogs and the kids have brought outside to play with…and left in a snowbank, hidden from view. Our yards looked a GREAT mess, with Halloween skeleton hands and dog toys strewn everywhere. It’s embarrassing to say but I had been avoiding doing the heavy work of cleaning it all up and raking away the debris of the lawn…until the sun began to call my name this past weekend.
You know you’re someone who lives in cold climates when you feel the call of the sun through the window when it’s only ten degrees Celsius outside. On go my Birkenstocks, sweat pant capris and the sweaty work begins! The first weekend of yard work is much like a honeymoon in that it begins with the romance of what Spring and Summer will bring but quickly ends with me being as annoyed as I was by my husband leaving the toothpaste on the sink on the honeymoon. Am I pushing it with that analogy? Probably…but you get my drift.
So Saturday began with the best of intentions and the sun was lovely upon my skin but after a few hours, my body ached and I was dying for a rest. My husband is a BEAST, he’s a workhorse who somehow doesn’t need breaks. This is a wonderful attribute but when I compare my feeble efforts to his, I feel like I’m dropping the ball.
The one thing I’m good at is providing sustenance to my Goliath-of-yard-work, so I went in and quickly made up a super simple Virgin Mojito for us to relax and enjoy. Yup, I was forcing him to take a break with me so that I felt better about it. Hey, you know as well as I do that watching someone work while you chill can make you fell all guilty like! Why not take 5 minutes and prepare a nice drink we can enjoy together.
The weekend ended with my gardens being nice and tidy…and my body aching. We did enjoy working together and taking multiple breaks of course…
Super Simple Virgin Mojito Recipe
- 1 sprig fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon simple syrup (equal parts boiling water and sugar, cool before using)
- 1/2 lime, sliced
- Sparkling water
- Mint leaf for garnish
- Muddle the lime and mint leaves (if you prefer to, remove the lime skin first)
- Combine the muddled mixture with simple syrup
- Place ice cubes in a ball glass, add mixture
- Top with sparkling water and stir
- Garnish with a mint leaf and serve
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Need some adorable straws? Check out these Yellow, Lime Green, Blue and Fuchsia Striped Paper Straws on Amazon, so cute!
If you’re interested in another Virgin Mojito recipes, check out my Pomegranate Mojito Mocktail!