How to Make Southern Sweet Tea

Okay all you non-southerners or otherwise sweet-tea-impaired bloggy peoples, I’m going to give you my recipe for homemade Southern Sweet Tea! It’s just as good as Chick-Fil-A or Chicken Express tea if I do say so myself. And it’s easy peasy. Amber’s Southern Sweet Tea Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, pour into 1 gallon tea pitcher. Add three family sized Lipton tea bags and let it steep for at least ten minutes (or thirty depending on how strong you want it. Just don’t let it cool completely.) While it’s still plenty warm for the sugar to dissolve,

WFMW – Homemade Advent Calendar

Ah, yes – Advent! It’s practically here! It’s right around the corner!! WAIT – Advent is here? It’s right around the corner? Yikes!! Hey, no worries. We’ll just pull out some paper towel tubes and finger paint and we’ll do this: What is that? That’s our homemade Advent Calendar. (Well, that’s it before we added the candy!) We did this a few years ago and we’ll do it again this year, too. Why? Because it works!! It’s a great way to plan and stay on top of Advent activities each day. It’s also a great way to field questions from

WFMW – Removing Rust Stains From The Kitchen Counter

Tip: Don’t leave a cast iron skillet sitting next to the sink; it may get water on under it and leave a rust stain. Tip: You can remove said rust stains from your counter top with your homemade dishwasher detergent and a stiff scrub brush (as stiff as is safe to use on your counter surface.) Proof: After a few minutes of scrubbing and with minimal elbow grease, the rust stain is gone for good. Note: Scrub time and effort may vary with different counter types. Note: I’ve used this on new stains and old stains with success. Works for

Homemade: Cooking from scratch.

This year has been a year of discovery: my inner baker. Or is it chef? Ah, whatever. I’m discovering that I really like making things from scratch. They taste better than boxed or frozen things. It’s frugal. It fulfills some inner homemaker need deep within. This past year I’ve learned how to make: Chocolate Chip Granola Bars Homemade bread Pizza dough Buttermilk biscuits Soft pretzels Bagels Flour tortillas They’re all so easy. (Especially if you have a bread machine to make the dough, but even if you don’t.) The pretzels and bagels are basically the same process, you just divide

A Pancake Tip

So it’s not rocket science, but sometimes when I make pancakes I make extra and freeze them in ziploc baggies for later in the week when we need a quick breakfast. Astounding. I know. So I make a double portion of batter with my Pioneer baking mix, some milk and some buttermilk and then whatever we don’t eat, I freeze in the freezer. They can be popped in the toaster like storebought frozen pancakes, only they don’t taste like cardboard and freezerburn. (If they’re thick they may need to be toasted twice to get heated through.) I’m not sure exactly

WFMW – Homemade Saxon Math

Ideally, if all things came together and the stars aligned and a magic fairy waved her wand and zapped my school supplies,… I’d be teaching Princess with a Saxon 2 Math book right now. Alas, as the stars did not align, no fairy waved her wand, and God chose to bless me with an extra dose of ingenuity in lieu of plopping a book in my lap…here’s what we came up instead. I looked up the table of contents for the Saxon Math 2 book, to see what is covered. Then I search online for worksheets or games pertaining to