It recently occurred to me that, as much as I talk about loving me some sweet tea, I’ve never told you how I make mine – and some of my northern and mid-western readers are probably sadly deprived when it comes to sweet tea. So, I thought I’d tell you how to make your own and link you to some of my favorite “real food” recipes.
3 family-size (or 6 individual size) Luzianne tea bags (Yes, the brand is vitally important. There is no tea like Luzianne tea.)
1 3/4 cups of sugar (more or less to taste…this makes a pretty sweet sweet tea)
I make my tea in a coffee maker because I don’t drink coffee and the coffee maker was given to me as a wedding gift. I figured I might as well put it to good use. If you drink coffee, don’t make tea in the coffee maker; it ruins the taste of your tea…and probably doesn’t do much for your coffee either.
If you’re making tea in a coffee maker, just put the bags in the basket, fill the water reservoir and let it run through. If you’re making it on the stove, fill a pan with water, add the tea bags and let come to a rolling boil. In both cases, I usually let it steep for a couple of minutes before continuing.
Add sugar to a gallon jug, pour in the tea and stir to dissolve the sugar. Then, add cold water to make a gallon. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before drinking. Trust me on this. Enjoy!
Now, if you want some real food recipes, here are some of my favorites:
Those are probably the top three favorites around here with the majority of our family (my weird husband doesn’t like the casserole and my weird son doesn’t like the calzones. What can I say?)
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.