What is a Betty?

Betty is the term used to describe an amazing person who you can depend on. Betty is also a term for "sweet and loving girl." The more you get to know her, the more you love being around her. She has a good sense of humor and has a cute laugh. She's chill yet hard working as well as kind and considerate. Betty lights up the room and lights up my life. She's always happy and cheerful. She's also cuddly, independent and smart. She appreciates the simple things in life and can make anything good out of a bad situation. -Urban Dictionary

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sweet Tea

A summertime must.  Sweetened iced tea.  Did you know there is a science to it?
If you are from the south you know what I'm talking about.  Filling a glass up with iced tea and adding sugar to it is one way...but dare I say it's not the right way?  So today let's talk about the proper way; southern style.

Aunt B's Sweet Tea

4 quarts of hot water (Aunt B uses Distilled Water to keep the tea clear)
3 family size Lipton tea bags or 7 regular size tea bags
Let tea bags sit in hot water for at least 30 minutes
Throw out tea bags and add 1 cup of sugar while it's still hot.
Stir to mix and dissolve sugar
Add 2 quarts of cold distilled water into a large serving container
Add sweetened tea
Now add store bought ice until the tea is ice cold
(store bought ice keeps the tea clear and pretty...no cloudiness here!)

This recipe will serve an army of guests depending on the temperature outside and the length of their visit!  Cut the recipe in half if your aren't expecting anyone and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Of course the amount of sugar can be limited or not added at all if your dietary needs require.  If you would like an even sweeter tea, keep adding sugar until it suits your tastebuds while the tea is still hot.


A great way to repurpose and reuse...Dana's Aunt B uses a large container that pretzels or candy come packaged in from Costco or Sam's Club.  Find a fancy lid from an existing pot or pan, add a ladle and viola!!  A beautiful way to serve iced tea (make sure the opening is large enough to fit the ladle)! Make sure your tea is cool and not hot before pouring it in.  These plastic containers are not meant for hot liquids.  It's lightweight and won't break!
Plus no drippy nozzle at the bottom to contend with.

-The Betties

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