How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea

August 26, 2016 12:01 pm

Even if you drink tea every day, you may not be brewing it properly. Don’t sweat it, however; simply read up on these simple tips for brewing the perfect cuppa.

  • For hot teas, such as black tea, you’ll want to first bring cold, filtered water to a boil to ensure the best possible taste. Add the tea bag to the cup first, and then gently pour the now-boiling water on top of it, using wide circular motions. Let the tea brew for three to five minutes, no more, and then serve with milk, sugar or by itself.
  • For large batches of iced teas, bring one quart of cold water to a rolling boil in a pot or kettle. Remove it from the stove and add eight to ten tea bags, depending on how dark you like your tea. Let it brew for three to five minutes, and then immediately pour it over a large quantity of ice cubes. You’ll also want to pop the whole thing in the refrigerator to get it completely cold.
  • For green tea, there is an entirely unique process. Because this tea is much more delicate, it can easily burn. Once the water starts boiling, you’ll want to let it sit for about 10 minutes to cool off. Then, pour it over the tea bag and let it brew for just one minute before serving.

How to Steep Hot Tea [The Republic of Tea]
Tea 101 [Teavana]
Brewing Tea [Tea Association]
Make a Perfect Brew [UK Tea & Infusions]

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Bring a Love for Fresh Air and Sunshine to Van Saun Park

August 25, 2016 2:33 pm

If the kids are complaining of boredom, or if you are looking to get out of the house, head to Van Saun Park. This 146-acre facility is home to a zoo, a carousel, pony rides, and a splash pad. There is also a dog park for Fido.

Van Saun Park also has several playgrounds, one of which is ADA accessible. In addition, you will find picnic areas, fishing areas, and a 1.5-mile trail that allows you to walk or ride your bike around the various park amenities. The tennis center offers summer camp to children, as well as private lessons and some adult leagues. There are also three fields that can be used for soccer, baseball, and softball. Finally, if you come after a good winter snow, bring your sled for some cool fun.

Van Saun Park
216 Forest Ave
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 261-7312
www.co.bergen.nj.us/index.aspx?NID=852

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How to Plant and Grow a Terrarium at The View at Edgewater Harbor

August 19, 2016 12:02 pm

You’ve likely seen stylish terrariums filling the pages of all of your favorite interior design catalogs, but did you know that these unique gardens are also very easy to make at home? Here are just a few simple ways to create your own terrarium and add a bit of greenery to your rental at The View at Edgewater Harbor!

  1. Whether you choose a small, round terrarium that you can hang from the ceiling or a larger, tank-style option for very large creations, you’ll want to choose something in a durable class that will enable you to see the plants through the sides.
  2. Add a layer of small stones or pebbles to the bottom of the terrarium for proper water drainage. This should measure about one-inch thick.
  3. Add another one-inch layer of activated charcoal on top of that for a finer drainage system.
  4. Top it off with a 1.5-inch layer of sphagnum moss to hold the soil in place and prevent it from sliding into the pebbles.
  5. Take a soil designed especially for terrariums and pre-moisten it using a spray bottle of water. Add a thick layer of three to four inches on top of everything.
  6. Remove pot-bound roots from your plants and add them to the soil. You may need to divide the plant into sections if it’s too big to fit the scale of the terrarium.
  7. Decorate with rocks and other accessories.

Terrariums: A Guide to Plants and Care [Better Homes & Gardens]
How To Make Terrariums [About Home]
Make Your Own Terrarium [HGTV]

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