Sunday, August 16, 2015

Iced Tea Sweetened with Sugar and Lemon

We are big fans of iced tea here, so when I make this, I make a gallon at a time. It goes quickly even still, that's for sure. We like our drinks cold, but we also don't like that ice dilutes it, and since I haven't made this in a while, I have to iced tea cubes (when I make it, I pour some in the ice cube trays so as it melts, the flavor remains the same).

  • Ingredients:
    • 8 tea bags (I use Lipton but it all depends on your preference)
    • 16 cups water
    • 1-1/3 cups sugar
    • 2/3 cup lemon juice
It's super simple. Ready for these tough steps? Boil the water (I don't boil the entire 16 cups, probably about half of that). Once it is boiling hot, turn off the heat and add the 8 tea bags and let them seep for an hour. Once it's cool enough, pour into your container and add the sugar and lemon juice and stir until dissolved. Now, use the rest of the water to fill your container. 

If you want the ice cubes too, just pour some into your ice cube tray and freeze and enjoy! (This works great for other drinks too!) Now, enjoy!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Homemade Italian Sauce

Yes, it's very easy to open a jar of sauce, but it is so easy to make your own, and so much better, why bother? Now, right here I will say that I do add some sugar to my sauce, but that is to kill the acid so that I win the fight and don't spend the entire night regretting my love of Italian food! LOL

For years, I just stood over the stove and just sprinkled in the spices and seasonings that I wanted, and I never really knew how much of everything I added. One of my neighbors asked for the recipe, so I literally just sprinkled what I usually did into my hand and then measured it that way. So, a big thank you to Kayla! I can now actually share my recipe! Now, once you get the hang of it, you can alter the ingredients to suit your taste buds! It's that easy!

I am attempting to grow my own tomatoes this year, so hopefully I will be able to make my own completely from scratch this year! While they seem like they are doing well, I truly hope they get enough sun to get ripe all the way!

Whether you make this from cans or tomatoes, there is plenty of sauce, that you can easily freeze some for future use!

  • Ingredients:
    • (1) 28 oz can tomato puree
    • (1) 28 oz can tomato sauce
    • (1) 12 oz can tomato paste (plus fill the can twice with water)
    • 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
    • 1 Tablespoon parsley
    • 1 Tablespoon oregano
    • 1 teaspoon basil
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon thyme
The rest of this just involves time on the stove. Combine all the ingredients in a large sauce pot and then just simmer. It's that simple! Now, enjoy your own sauce and be sure to have the recipe handy when you take it anywhere, because someone is sure to ask you for the recipe! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Snickerdoodle Blondie Cups

If you love snickerdoodles and want to change it up a little bit, you have to try these snickerdoodle blondie cups. The recipe that follows will make about 2 dozen. They will go fast! They are similar to brownies, but without the chocolate.
  • Ingredients:
    • 2-2/3 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 cups brown sugar
    • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
    • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • For topping:
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 4 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

You will want to combine all the ingredients (except the flour) and mix well. Gradually add in the flour. You want to grease some muffin tins well or spray some of the silicone baking cups, like the ones that I use.

Fill the cups about 1/2-3/4 of the way full and then sprinkle with the topping. You will want to bake these cups about 20 minutes, perhaps a little less. You want them a little undone to remain the moisture, but not too early. Think of this part as you would baking brownies.

If you want to just make a pan, you can grease a 9x13 baking pan and fill and then sprinkle the topping over that. For this, you will want to bake about 25-30 minutes.

If you want to make mini muffins, do the same, but watch the baking time. They should be done in about 10 minutes, give or take a minute.

The best part? Enjoy!