Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Days of Things I've Been Wanting to Do, Day 27: Nail Flop Turned Sweet Tea

Some things that you plan on doing don't always turn out the way you wanted. I saw a nail painting technique on Pinterest I wanted to try on my daughter. She is a nail biter and we're trying to help her quit. I have a present wrapped and ready to be opened when I can see 'white on her nails' (that's what we call long nails.) She informed me that to help her stop biting her nails, they needed to be painted. So, I found this idea...
"How to Paint Your Nails by Dipping Them in Swirled Paint"

Sounds fun, right? Well, it didn't work as well as we had hoped. Here was our finished project...
(In my defense, I didn't have much nail to work with.)

She still loved it because it was something different.
Maybe I'll be adventurous and try another nail technique sometime, but in the meantime, I'd love to share how I make southern sweet tea....

What You'll Need:
3 Family size tea bags (or 6 small bags)
1 Cup of sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda

Here's How:
1. Fill your coffee pot with water how you would if you were making a full pot of coffee. Instead of adding a coffee filter and ground coffee, add tea bags to the pot.

2. Then add the baking soda to the tea bags.
(I use decaffeinated tea bags because we have sweet tea most nights for dinner and my kids enjoy drinking it too.)

3. Brew...

4. While it's brewing, add your cup of sugar to a gallon sized pitcher.

5. When the tea is done, remove the tea bags from the coffee pot. (Don't squeeze them or you'll end up with tea 'floaties'.)

6. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Then add ice and cold water to fill the pitcher.

Wha-la! (And good sweet tea is NOT just for the summer time!)


  1. I have to say I have never seen anyone add baking soda to sweet tea. Does it make the tea taste better? By the way, I have really enjoyed reading your blog. I am impressed with all you accomplish. I need to come watch you for some inspiration =)

  2. I read about it this summer. It's supposed to take the bitter taste out and help the color of the tea.
    And I need to watch how you do showers! :)