“She’s incredibly sweet, funny, down to earth, genuine, doesn’t take herself seriously, and that is the most admirable quality that I love in… In anyone. I mean, she has that in buckets” -Andrew Garfield.
So I wanted to give a friend the ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ greeting card from Easy A, which Emma Stone’s character receives in the movie. However it’s not a card that actually exists. And I don’t want to live in a world where the greeting card from Easy A doesn’t exist. So here it is, recreated in its full musical glory. The only change I made was to remove the granddaughter text on the front, making it suitable for any occasion. I will put some up in my Etsy store for anyone who would like one.
YOU CAN TURN ANY HERB, CITRUS FRUIT, OR SWEET SPICE INTO TEA
Making DIY herbal tea doesn’t even require a teabag. Just break off a 2-inch branch of a fresh herb (basil, thyme, mint, or rosemary are especially good here), a couple strips of citrus zest (removed with a vegetable peeler), or whole sweet spices (like cardamom, cinnamon, or clove) into your mug. Then pour in just-boiled water and steep for a few minutes, stir in a bit of honey if you like and start sipping.
MAKING YOUR OWN BLENDS IS EASY
A simple tisane made from a couple strips of lemon zest is pretty delicious all on its own, but you’ll also want to start experimenting to make combinations. Pro tip: Herb/citrus combos and citrus/spice combos work especially well.
USE UP YOUR ODDS AND ENDS
That leftover bunch of herbs that are starting to dry out in the fridge? Use it to make tea. That leftover half lemon in your fruit basket? Same deal. In fact, slightly dried herbs and citrus usually intensify in flavor (see below for more on that).
CREATE A HOUSE BLEND YOU CAN SIP ANYTIME
Once you find the combination of herbs, citrus, and/or spice that you love, you can make a big batch of your tisane mix to brew in a tea infuser anytime. Just lay out your combo of ingredients on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and let dry overnight. In the morning, the mix will be nice and crackly—perfect for crumbling into pieces and storing in a resealable jar for a fresh cup of DIY tea whenever it’s cold out.