Petting Archie the cat on the way back in the house. He used to be an indoor cat, until he decided the litter box wasn't good enough for him anymore. He is doing pretty well outside, already caught several mice! Good cat!
More apples... are you getting sick of hearing me talk about apples? Me, too! I'm so done with apples right now. I made several more batches of apple sauce, dried apples and the apples above are about to be made into apple chips. Apples are sliced thinly then dipped in lemon juice, then dipped in cinnamon and sugar and dried in the dehydrator until crispy. I have about 10 apples left and I will NOT be getting anymore.
We are big iced tea drinkers and I make it by the gallon every few days. I never liked tea growing up and one of my best friends always offered me iced tea and I always said "eww, no!" Then when I was 17, I went to Cordoba, Argentina in South America with my performing arts group and we were told not to drink the water unless it was heated. For two weeks, it was either soda, warm milk or hot tea. I watched all my friends drink the tea and they added lemon or honey or sugar to it. I thought to myself that if they all liked it, tea must not be that bad. So I tried hot tea for the first time and liked it! When I came back home and went to my best friends' house, I asked for the iced tea. You should have seen the look on her face! I learned how to make iced sweet tea the way her momma makes it and I've been making it that way ever since. I even got me a gallon sized tupperware pitcher just like her momma has and it is used exclusively for tea.
In case you're wonderin' how to make sweet iced tea...
6 tea bags
1 cup sugar
1 gallon water
1 gallon size tupperware pitcher!
Boil tea bags in a small pan. Let it boil about 5 minutes then turn off heat but let tea bags sit for a little while. In the pitcher, add the sugar and then the hot tea. Stir to dissolve sugar and then add cold water to make 1 gallon. That's it! Less sugar than a gallon of kool-aid. Less sugar and caffeine than a liter of soda.