Dreams of Kombucha: finding delight in small things

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It’s funny what will ignite my imagination, spur my creativity,

and renew my mind.

Today, it was kombucha.

Yesterday, it was working on dinner with my sweet husband, unloading the dishwasher while he cooked, with baby looking on happily from his high chair. I was in a funk, feeling depressed and blah, and just a few minutes in the kitchen with my people turned my mood completely around.

But today, it is sampling some of my mother-in-law’s kombucha from the store and getting excited about making some of our own. It’s a bit of a bonding experience for us, since we are both excited about it and interested in the mysteries of kombucha. Dreaming about making new flavor combinations and feeling scientist-y with a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) living in a jar in our kitchen. I’m daydreaming about going to the thrift store and looking for the PERFECT jar for our scoby to live in.

At times I feel a bit fenced in staying home with Eli.

But bit by bit, as I feel more in control of the situation and not simply tied to baby’s schedule during every waking moment, I am loving, LOVING having the time and freedom to be more creative. I actually bake our own bread and rolls every so often and it is not a burden, but a pleasure, because I actually have time for it. I might BREW OUR OWN KOMBUCHA (how cool is that????). Perspective. It’s nice when I can find it. I am so thankful to be home with baby for this season.

Baking bread and brewing kombucha. It’s a simple life, but I love it.


the above journal entry was written Oct. 27th. 

If you haven’t heard of kombucha, it is basically sweet tea fermented with a funky-looking culture of yeast and bacteria (the culture is called a SCOBY). It is tart and vinegary, so it is usually combined with juices or fruit to make it taste good. It’s got TONS of good bacteria – similar to yogurt – and has many health benefits. You can easily find it at any health food store…it’s all the rage!

I started said kombucha SCOBY that day with these instructions from Kitchn because I was too impatient to wait on an already-grown SCOBY to arrive from Amazon.

It’s been a little over two weeks, and there is definitely SOMETHING growing! It smells vinegary and is turning lighter over time. It’s really fun to check on it every couple of days and see if there’s any progress. Supposedly it can take up to 4 weeks for it to grow. It should turn out as a globby pancake-looking disc….we shall see.

Here’s to growing new things!

 

What small thing inspired or delighted you today?

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