A piece a Week – A lesson in Kombucha Brewing!

Last weekend we had friends visit from Seattle and our friend brews Kombucha back at her place and shared some Scoby with me to make some! I found a great tutorial on the Kitchn after my friend explained that all I need is to follow these instructions:

Ingredients:

4 x tea bags 
1/4 cup sugar
water 

How to:

brew tea and wait for room temperature to add scoby
scoby should multiply in a couple of days
taste tea and bottle kombucha

Yep it is that easy! 

This week was big as my husband turned 40 and we went away to Carmel to stay at a yurt for a family getaway to relax and go to the aquarium for his birthday! I have to say it was super fun to hang out at the aquarium for a whole day and eat dinner locally at this great restaurant called Peppers MexiCali cafe in Pacific Grove and head on back to the yurt for a hot tub at sunset – perfect! On our way out of Carmel on Saturday at the Earthbound Farm Stand less than 5 minutes away from the yurt we found Camp Vintage – an antique show held each year in the Summer. What perfect timing as it gave us an opportunity to wander around and see what we could find. I was on the lookout for a container for Kombucha and I found this super cool ceramic bean pot from the 1950s!
That Kombucha is a brewing

Batch number 1 and number 2 in the bean pot ready to go! 

Bottled Kombucha – trying a fig flavour and a ginger flavour

At our getaway in Carmel we wandered out to the aquarium for the day and saw such amazing creatures – it really makes me want to protect the ocean. The mission of the aquarium to inspire conservation of the oceans and they have me totally in line with their mission. I loved being immersed in an underwater world for the day and I had my SLR with me and here are my favorite pictures of the day.

Welcome to my world  says the Crystal Jelly

This puffin can fly underwater – it is amazing to watch

I loved the subtle colors on this squid

The flamboyant cuttlefish in all their glory – I could not believe how small these guys were!

Sitting in a giant clam

The color on this sea anemone are inspiring – what can I make with these colours? 

The birthday boy having a rest by the ocean

My favorite animal the sea otter under the water – looking so peaceful!

I loved this so much, a quote at the tentacles exhibit – marvelous indeed, Aristotle 

Missy as a diver in the aquarium shop!

Every time I stay in a yurt I just want one even more – which is a good thing as it will encourage me to save and manifest that yurt in our future so we will have that yurt (or yurt village) of our own one day! To sleep in a yurt is an experience everyone should have and the feeling of living in the round has a profound effect on your soul.

Morning light and playing Bananagrams

Inside the yurt with the Solar Skylight Arc – I imagine an artists studio with this amazing light!

At the hot tub relaxing at the sunset – my fractured toe enjoyed this time out to heal

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