Category Archives: Heart

Momma’s Famous Sweet Iced Tea

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When I asked my son what he thought I should put on my blog, this is how the conversation went:

Mom: Hey buddy, do you have something in mind that I should put on my blog? Maybe something that is your favorite?

Boy: My Momma’s Famous Sweet Tea.

Mom: Umm, well, I will have to see about that. Anything else?

Boy: Well, mom, all little boys should have great sweet tea made by their momma’s. I am a lucky kid!

Here’s a picture of that lucky, tea lovin’ kid and his lucky momma!

Well, after that exchange my heart was full and how could I not share my technique for making sweet iced tea. I may have my “southern lady” card plucked out of my wallet if I say this, but… I do not drink tea. I just dont care for the taste. GASP!!! I know, I know! It is terrible of me. I had to learn how to make sweet tea. I didn’t like it, so I never made it growing up. Then I met The Husband. He loves it! Then we had The Boy. He Loves it, too. So, even though I do not like tea, I make a lot of it.

The Boy and his dad have called my tea “Momma’s Famous Sweet Tea” for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure who made it famous or whom it is famous among, but I even have a sign in my kitchen that claims that love and sweet tea are served daily. I once grumbled about making tea and was told if I didn’t it would be unethical! I politely smiled and thought to myself…EXCUSE ME, HAVE SOME WATER! But, the sign! My husband pointed to the sign, with a huge smile and claimed it would be deception in advertising! So off I go, happy as can be, that my family loves me and my sweet tea…

  1. I use a gallon of bottled water, we have well water and it does not taste the best. A gallon of water will turn into a gallon of tea.
  2. Pour 6 cups of water in a microwave safe glass bowl or pitcher.
  3. Put 4 family sized tea bags in the water
  4. Place water and tea bags in the microwave and cook on high for 4 minutes
  5. Let the water and tea bags steep (just hang out and sit there) for about 20 minutes (sometimes more or less, depending on my time schedule).
  6. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher. I love this one: http://www.pamperedchef.com/ordering/prod_details.tpc?prodId=29280&words=pitcher
  7. Add 2 cups of sugar, yup 2 cups! Your tea should be still pretty warm, which will make the sugar dissolve wonderfully.
  8. Stir
  9. Add the other 10 cups of water and stir again! and then a little more stiring…
  10. Fill up a glass with ice and pour yourself a glass of Momma’s Famous Sweet Tea. Enjoy!

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Mmmm Mmmm Potato Soup

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My mom tells a story that when my parents were first married, she was working with my dad’s brother and sister-in-law at their family owned flower shop. My dad called one day to ask if she could stop by the grocery store to pick up the items to make potato soup and some orange soda pop, too. My mom said she would and proceeded to tell my aunt and uncle what he had requested and they looked at her and laughed and said your new husband is sick. That is what he always asks for when he is sick! Growing up, when anyone in the household was sick you could always count on some hearty potato soup to make the day brighter.

My own family now enjoys this soup. We even eat it when we are healthy (GASP!). My husband, who is the typical “meat and taters, don’t you dare give me a salad” kind of man, has stated that anytime I want to make him Mikey’s Potato Soup, go ahead, don’t even ask. I’m so sweet, I shared my cold with my husband a few days ago. So what did I do, whipped up my man some good Potato Soup. But really, who can resist a soup with bacon? Really?!

Here’s what you’ll need:

6 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed, (note: I used a whole 5 lb bag of russet potatoes or about 10 cups of potatoes once diced.)

Here’s how I do it:

1/2 cup onion, chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped

1 Tablespoon of minced garlic

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon celery salt

3/4 teaspoons pepper

  • cover all of the above ingredients with water and boil till potatoes are tender

In the meantime:

  • Fry 8 slices of bacon, save 6 Tablespoons of bacon grease
  • Crumble bacon and set aside, save a little to garnish the top of the of each bowl.

Make a white sauce:

  • in a small sauce pan combine 6 tablespoons of the bacon grease you saved and
  • 2 tablespoons flour.
  • Stir till that is nice and bubbly, then
  • add 2 cups of milk.
  • continue to stir until it simmering

Once potatoes are tender strain excess water and return to large stockpot.

Add the white sauce and crumbled bacon mash and stir, mash and stir, till you have the texture you want your soup to be…

Top with grated cheddar cheese and more crumbled bacon… VWalllaaahh!!

Enjoy with some fresh cornbread and if you are my dad, with some orange soda pop!