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We love iced tea at our house and my boys surprised me the other day with a beautiful iced tea jar.  They said they bought it at Five Below for $5.  They make their Momma proud.   What an awesome deal!!  I was excited to see how it works and it works beautifully.  I make my iced tea like my Great Grandma used to make hers.  I boil about a gallon of water.  Whenever it comes to a boil, I turn it off and add 10 tea bags (black tea).  Let it steep in the water for 30 minutes.  I always set my timer so I don’t forget. Let it cool to room temperature and then chill and serve.  If you chill it immediately, it will turn cloudy.  This does not affect the flavor but it isn’t very pretty.    If you prefer sweetened tea, after you remove the tea bags, add about a cup of sugar per gallon.  Yummy.  We love lemons with ours!


1 gallon water

10 tea bags

1 cup sugar

lemon to garnish

Perfect Iced Tea

Delicious Iced Tea

Ginger Ale doesn’t seem to have the flavor it once did. It’s not as strong now as it used to be.  Adam found this recipe for Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer that he has wanted to try for a long time.  He loved it!


2 cups ginger peeled and grated

4 cups water

3 cups sugar

1 lemon


After you peel and grate the ginger make sure you have enough to fill a 2 cup measuring cup. Place 4 cups of water in a pot and bring to boil. Add the ginger and sugar. Zest the lemon and add that along with the juice to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and allow it simmer for 1 -2 minutes. With a bowl and fine sieve strain out the juice and dis-guard the pulp that is left. Place in jars to cool and or store until use.  To make ginger ale just add 1/4 cup syrup to a 12 oz of club soda or use a soda stream machine. To make Ginger Beer add 1/4 cup syrup and 12 oz water to a 16 oz bottle. Add a very small pinch of yeast. Squeeze out the extra air in the bottle and allow it to sit on the counter for a few days until the yeast makes bubbles  and the bottle is back to its normal shape.  Open the bottle of the sink just in case the is too much pressure. Keep extra in the refrigerator so they don’t explode. There will be a slight amount of alcohol and the yeast will make the flavor a little bit different.

Ginger Ale Syrup