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I’m ashamed to admit it, but this money coach has been known to purchase mint water. Profligate.  A silly way to spend money.  And contravenes my commitment to a bottled-water-free life.

I’ve mended my ways!

When I saw a baby mint plant at the local nursery (yes, we have one in Yellowknife) I knew I should probably buy it to regain my  self respect.

The northern light has nurtured it over the months.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

And does this not look refreshing?   Score one for the money coach; begone expensive bottled water!  And if anyone else has ideas or recipes (beyond Mojitos) for mint, I think I have more mint than I can handle if I use it for water alone).

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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. Good for you! We started doing this very same thing with the lovely mint plant we started this year. We boil and steep it first, let it cool and then refrigerate. Double bonus – house smells fresh and we get great tasting water. Considering throwing in a few lemon slices next time. Ahh, the simple things!


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Oh – you boil yours first? I’m going to try that. I imagine that would release more of the oils = mintier water. yep, the simple things. Thanks for popping by, Kate!


    Aug 01, 2011
  2. Kat

    Yummy – fresh mint is so wonderful. Never plant it directly in your garden as it will over take everything else and may kill other plants to live. Always have it in a separate pot.

    Bundle up a bunch, tie with string and hang up to dry. When it is dry enough to crumble, crumble it up and store in jar with tight fitting lid. Great in the winter to give you mint flavoring in tea, hot chocolate and cooking. Mint is great for upset stomachs, anxiety and headaches. You can also put the leaves in a blender with a bit of water and puree it. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. Great to put in your jug of water that way. You can do this with basil as well and use them later in soups and stews. Add fresh flavor in the winter months.

    At chop mint to cooked peas or baby potatoes. Add to salads- very good with fruit (raspberries, strawberries, watermelon) Grill chicken breasts, in a bowl mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1/2 the juice of the lemon, 1 tsp of lemon rind, 1 tsp of minced mint and a dash of pepper – whisk together and pour over chicken – serve with mixed greens of spinach.

    Add to soups, great with lamb stews or chicken soups/stews.

    One of our favorite pastas is mint, peas, bacon and Parmesan cheese.

    Sorry I could go on and on.

    Enjoy it,


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Wonderful ideas, Kat, wonderful!! and “do’h” I hadn’t thought of drying some. ohhh… imagine (and I know you can!) those dark winter nights up here then opening up the jar – memory of summer – to add some to homemade hot chocolate. The best things in life, eh?


    Aug 02, 2011
  3. Grace

    Hi Nancy,

    Hurray for your great website!

    Loved your mint plant. Mint is still our favourite tea, either iced or hot. As children, we used to gather it by ponds and streams in the summer, bring it home to my mother, and she would make iced mint tea. She also loved to grow it and I’ve been told it deters ants if you plant it near the house.

    To make the tea, just bring a covered pot of water to a boil, turn off, add the mint (stems and all, not roots.) Keep covered and let steep for at least 5 min. Experiment–some think it looses its lovely light taste and becomes bitter if you steep it too long.

    Strain. Add white sugar or blue agave syrup to taste. Let tea cool and put in pitcher in fridge, or if you can’t wait that long 🙂 add ice cubes if your tea is strong enough. When you serve it, add a few fresh mint leaves in the pitcher for fun.

    My mother dries it on trays till it’s crunchy, then takes off the leaves and stores them in a glass jar in a dark place. She still makes the best mint tea in the winter, better than any leaves I’ve bought. It also tastes great with a bit of fresh squeezed lemon.

    It sounds like you’re back in Yellowknife. Yes?

    Thinking of you with fond memories, Grace


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    Hey Grace, thanks for popping by and thanks for the recipe for mint tea. I was wondering! I’ll let you know how it turns out.
    And yes, I’m back in Yellowknife for a bit.


    Aug 03, 2011

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