Blueberry Maple Mint Syrup and Notes to self.

I made this one with someone in mind… My soon to be/ just is brother in law. For those that know me personally may say since when do you have a sister? I have since I was 12. She’s not only my best friend but is my sister. We have no shields from each other. We miss each other when we don’t see each other for a week. We call each other bitch for the hell of it. Whatever, maybe, she see’s me in my underwear dancing around. Maybe we kinda ruined the couch when we were 14 and mom still reminds us every so often. (It’s. Not my fault we were flying!)…She has seen me at my best and weakest moments. Not many people do I let into my life, like that. Only a select few. She and her mother (My second Mama) are my extended family! To me that is where my home is.

Anyway, Back to my brother in law guy thing. Tom, I do speak to Tom like he is a brother let’s just say he get’s my craziness, well he understands me, he is a nerd too. It makes me feel kinda normal to be around people who understand what I’m talking about and no face palming. I made this syrup just for Tom really, He helps me with my crazy girl brain problems on occasion. but he reminds me of things, things I like to call: Notes to self.

This note… BE BOLD!

Take a jump in your life, go big or just go home. Be bold because no one is going to do it for you. Stand up straight, put on a dress, blazer, and those glittery shoes you made. Eat bourbon and ice cream together, work hard. play hard, pay your own dang on rent, and make your dang on way in life. But it’s okay to admit you have crazy girl brain moments at times and admit you just have normal human being feelings…. So thank you Tom for making it easy to admit that to a man.

I did make this an Italin soda. I added a splash of coconut milk.

YUM! my most favorite yet…

Maple Blueberry Syrup

makes 2 cups

3 cups water

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen blueberries, thawed of still frozen is fine.

juice of half a lemon

small handful of fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup maple syrup

soda water

In a saucepan, combine water, frozen blueberries, lemon juice (and why not toss in the entire half of lemon), mint leaves, and maple syrup. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl. Using a spatula, press the blueberries into the strainer, releasing any juices. Return the warm, strained liquid to the saucepan. Bring to a boil once again, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes, until syrup is reduced to 2 cups of liquid.

Place in a jar and allow to cool in the refrigerator.

To make blueberry soda, add a few tablespoons of blueberry syrup to iced soda water. Enjoy!

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