Sunday, June 11, 2017

Orange, Mint, and Blueberry Infused Water

Some exciting news - I've officially moved into my new apartment, and this is the first recipe from my new kitchen! My kitchen is disproportionately large (it's literally the same size as my entire living room), but I can live with that.
Moving was not easy - it was towards the end of my q4 28 hour call month (which means 28 hours straight in the hospital every 4 days), so I was already fatigued at baseline, but with the help of many wonderful friends and, of course B, we did it!
B had a golden weekend thank goodness, so he could come up to Connecticut and move things while I was at work. Fortunately, I married a very tall, strong man to make up for my rather petite size (and also my equally, if not even more petite friends whom I had recruited, as B pointed out with a facepalm).

B wanted to pay for packers/movers 100% but I'm more of a DIY person, especially since we're moving my studio just a few blocks over, so we compromised with paying for movers only for the heavy furniture.
B and I had started moving a few smaller items during the week, but we really moved everything over the weekend. Unfortunately, the elevators in the new apartment broke the day before we started the heavy moving (and of course got fixed the day after we moved), so we were forced to carry everything up 4 flights of stairs.

My friends, despite being on equally difficult rotations ranging from VA, medical ICU, cardiac ICU and despite working 80+ hours, came after work to help out (that's the Yale family, indeed). We drove back and forth, dropping off boxes, and carrying everything over many trips up and down 4 flights of stairs for hours and hours. It wasn't fun, but they definitely made it waaay more enjoyable, and we celebrated with buying everyone dinner and hanging out afterwards.
The next day we had movers; despite their best effort, we had to go over time because one can carry beds and tables and sofas up the stairs only so quickly. Importantly, I had a bed to sleep on, since I had a 28 hr call the very next day >_<

We probably spent >40 hours packing, moving, and cleaning, unpacking, so we were super exhausted at the end. B and I each went up and down >100 flights of stairs, which is crazy. I'm happy to not have to move for at least a few more years.

B says thank goodness it's over, because if I move again while we're working residency hours, he's going to look for a new wife lol!
Even typing about my move is making me hot and tired again, so I'm sharing my infused water recipe, with oranges, fresh mint, and blueberries. The summer heat is coming and this is a great way to stay cool!

Orange, Mint, and Blueberry Infused Water


Ingredients
6 cups water
2 oranges, sliced into circles
1/2 cup blueberries
handful of mint
tray of ice

Directions
Combine orange, blueberries, and mint in a pitcher of water and put in the fridge for at least an hour to allow the water to infuse. When ready to serve, add ice. Serve cold and enjoy!

21 comments:

  1. All my muscles cramped up reading your post (-_-;

    However, The drink looks refreshing!

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  2. I couldn't image moving while working the shifts you do. I have enough trouble with a normal shifts.

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    1. On the flipside, I can't imagine working 40 hrs a week. My perspective is so skewed haha.

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  3. better a kitchen that's too big than one that's too small! enjoy your time in there! this is a great beverage, very refreshing. love those colors together too. :)

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    1. Thanks grace, very excited for the upcoming recipes to christen the kitchen :)

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  4. Congrats on the move! What a great recipe to break in your new kitchen- soooo refreshing!

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  5. Love this flavour combination! Infusing water makes it so much easier to drink I find! Love it!

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  6. Going to try this recipe! Enjoy your new apartment and rest up a bit!!!

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    1. I will - only briefly since I start off on my next rotation right after one day off!

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  7. Sounds very delicious! I haven't yet tried infused waters, but they look like a great way to boost nutrients and stay hydrated (especially during these hot summer months).

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    1. It's not as hot as my Texas days but still hot enough!

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  8. Looks and sounds delicious and healthy! In my to-do list! :)

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  9. What an intense move! I don't know how you did it. This water sounds quite refreshing though I'm sure you, B and your friends enjoyed the refreshing drink

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  10. I'm with you--why pay movers? I can do it. And my husband is the opposite. Why do it? LOL

    I love how pretty that water looks in the pitcher. The blueberries definitely look cool--do they turn the water cloudy at all after a bit? I think it would be good with strawberries too. :)

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  11. I was just thinking today about drinking more water and if I should try fruit-infused. Does it really affect the flavor?

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  12. I love the idea of this flavor combo! Flavored water is the best, especially in the summer!

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