Saturday, June 29, 2013

Refreshing Sweet Tea

Lanie Leads The Chore Team

Gorgeous weather today! So much so we turned the a/c units off and opened all the windows. Then Lanie decided we needed to help weed around the backyard.
So we took Cocoa, Starburst, and Tatlo outside grabbed some tools and headed to different sections.(These are the before pictures.) Lanie assigned me to the section by the hose. 

Kirsten to the area around the rock. 

Then she and Kaya went to the other side of the porch.

It was a lot of fun to remove the weeds. The hard part was cleaning up the piles afterward. But then it looked much better when we were done. These are the after pictures.

And this is resting by the daisies. A nice afternoon called for a cold glass of tea.

End of National Iced Tea Month

This is the fourth way to make iced tea...on the stove. For this demonstration we are going to use the recipe for Sweet Tea that Xyra received from her dear friend, Lady Decca.

For this recipe it is best to use Luzianne tea bags. We chose decaf, but either works well.

Teamwork again!

I poured the water into the pan while Lanie got 6 tea bags from the canister.

When the water boiled, Kaya measured the sugar out while Xyra added the bags to the boiling water and set the timer for 10 minutes.

This is what it looks like when it has finished steeping.

Kirsten did the stirring. Once...then again. 

Voila super tasty Sweet Tea. Oh so refreshing after a hard afternoon's work. 

Half the pitcher is gone already.


While we were in the kitchen, we decided to make a cake. Kirsten, Lanie, and I took our tea and headed to living room. This one was all Kaya. It was pretty easy...started with a box mix. Kaya emptied the mix into the bowl...added the water, oil, and egg whites...then counted the 450 strokes for Xyra.

The batter went into a greased and floured 13x9 pan and into the over for 30 minutes.

This is what it looks like out of the oven.

We put a tea towel over it while it cooled.

Finished product picture to come.

Have a great night!
Melody, Kaya, Kirsten, and Lanie

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