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Money Saving, Sugar Saving, Space Saving Iced Tea Hack

No this isn’t drink less tea and consume less sugar post. That would be pretty pointless.

I just found a simple hack. That is if you make smaller pitchers of iced tea (recipe below), you get by with using far less sweetener (and tea).

I love using my 1 quart French Press for iced tea. Often I don’t really have room in the refrigerator for 2 quarts, but I can fit this little French Press in.

So most tea recipes call for 2 cups of sugar or sweetener per gallon. I brewed a pitcher of sweet tea in my French press. So it holds a 1/4 of a gallon. So using that ratio I would be putting 1/2 a cup of sugar in that little thing.

Now that’s actually a lot of sugar. If you were making hot tea, that would be 6 tsp per cup!

A 1/4 a cup is more than enough, and I have done well with less. 3tbsp even 2 tbsp depending on the tea. Even if you are using a sugar substitute this will stretch it.

Ingredients:

A French Press or small heat proof container is necessary.

1 black tea bag

1 green tea bag

1/4 cup of sugar or sweetener (try 3tbsp if you feel like it)

1 and 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice (recommended but optional)

Pour hot water into French Press. Add sugar and stir to dissolve. Toss in tea bags and let brew at least a half an hour. Remove tea bags, and let cool completely. Stir in lemon juice last. In this small batch the lemon taste seems to get stronger the longer it sets. Serve chilled and pour into drinking glasses . Enjoy.

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Knit Fast, Die Warm: An Update

You know what is pretty? Tie dye socks. My friend that I was making the socks for  loves tie dye too, and I had mentioned them to her to see if she had ever done them.

No. Also she rarely wears socks in the summer. Or in the winter for that matter according to her.

What is wrong with you people?

I guess I will make her something else. 😂 As you can see I had made pretty good progress on them.

I did finish the burnt orange socks. Yay!

The yarn is 100% wool in a merino alpaca blend. It is comfy.

I also started another sock. It is toe up with a cable. I’m concerned that I didn’t cast on enough stitches initially and that this toe might be pointed. 🙁 I think I will know in a few more rows.

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Chickpea Salad Sandwich Recipe

Chickpeas are good. They are great to put in a tossed salad and in so many recipes. Did you know you can make a sandwich spread from them? Like tuna salad, or egg salad, chickpea salad goes great on a sandwich. They themselves taste sort of eggy, and go great on a sandwich.

With the price of eggs here I remember this sandwich spread that I liked to make. And I thought I’d share it with you.

Ingredients:

Two 15oz cans drained and rinsed chickpeas, or 3 cups cooked.

1 small onion diced finely

Salt and pepper

~1 tsp of olive oil

1/4 tsp onion powder

Sprinkle of parsley

Mayonnaise and/or salad dressing to taste. I recommend olive oil mayonnaise. It is about half the calories of regular mayonnaise and doesn’t taste any different. And I also do half salad dressing. My Mom always did when I was growing up and that’s how I like it.

Instructions:

Either place the chickpeas into a food processor, or put them a bowl and mash them until they are mostly mashed, but with a few chickpea pieces here and there. If not using a food processor I recommend using used the flat bottom of a cup. They just slide through my potato masher.

Add salt, pepper, onion powder and parsley. Drizzle olive oil on until the chickpeas are just coated.

Add diced onion. Add mayo and/or salad dressing.

Spread chickpea salad on bread. Top with pickles, relish, cheese, or topping of choice. Add another slice of bread. Enjoy.

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Jello Sunrise Tea

Hello. Have you heard of Bubble tea? It’s milk tea made with tapioca pearls.

Well you know what else is good? Jello tea. In this recipe I used pineapple jello cut into cubes. I mixed it in with a peach lemon and green tea, and it tastes great at breakfast time!

This certainly can be keto and sugar-free. You could even make even make  your own jello from scratch. They sell pineapple juice by the quart in the grocery stores. I love that. I don’t know about making sugar-free pineapple jello. To be zero carb I suppose you could use  pineapple extract, but I have no experience with it.

Jello Sunrise Tea

makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

(I recommend using a French Press)

1 peach tea bag

1 green tea bag

2 TBSP lemon juice

2 TBSP allulose, or sweeter of choice to taste (sugar is fine just not for keto).

Prepared gelatin cut into cubes. 2/3 a cup. 1/3 a cup per glass. A box is more than enough for this recipe.

Instructions:

This recipe is best made ahead of time to enjoy as a morning treat. To begun add tea bags and sweetener to a French Press.

Fill French Press with water and stir to dissolve sweetener. Let tea brew for 10-15 minutes. Remove tea and let cool.

Pour tea into a glass. Add 1/3 cup diced Jello.

Serve with a straw. Enjoy.

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Knitting Update

For various reasons I’ve been distracted from posting.

But here’s what’s been going on with the knitting. I finished the ankle sock that I started. I knit it entirely on my Chiao Goo 12 inch circulars, except for the very last row grafting the toes. I probably could have did that, but I hate grafting on circulars . . . so.

The circulars work great, but I had a ton of accidents. Cat Bordhi’s heel is really easy to knit, but I kept dropping stitches. And dropping stitches when you are doing any kind of shaping is kind of a pain in the neck.

I’m sure it will look better after I wash it.

I knit the second sock toe up, because I messed up the cast on twice. The heel turned out beautiful.

I was almost done, when I decided to try it on. I did it 3 times when I was knitting the first sock. And then this happened.

😞*sigh* I will come back to it in a few days.

So I was really anxious to start a pair of socks for my friend. So I did that. It’s really pretty. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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I Went Shopping + 2 FO’s

So I bought some new knitting needles. And I wanted to show you two FO’S. They are two pairs of socks. Both are gifts.

First off the socks.

These socks gave me nightmares! They were knit with the worst yarn I have ever used. (The beige yarn, not the blue.) So the first sock came out ok. For the second skein the thickness kept changing, and it shrunk down to hair thin in some places. I kept breaking it off and reattaching it so it would work. They are wool and nylon. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough to finish.

After this I decided to treat myself to new knitting needles. 😅 I was not a fan of small circulars in the past. My hands would cramp up, and it was just too unpleasant. I also had read that this was typical for those who knit continental. But I read people raving about the Chiao Goo 12″ bent circulars. How fast they were.

And I loved them! Very fast and no cramping! They were perfect for the helix socks I was knitting. These don’t have heels, but the shape hugs your foot.

I knit the Chiao Goo sock top down with just a knit cast on. I did switch it out for dpns to do the toes. I used the crochet hook bind off rather than the kitchener. It is neat and tidy. It’s not invisible, but it looks good. And it is quicker than kitchener.

It is smooth underneath too! You don’t feel any bumps.

The first sock I started earlier and I knit differently. It was toe up. I’m not sure what cast on I used, but it was seamless.

This one I used Neko’s Double Pointed Needles. I got them for less than $5 on eBay. Maybe $3? They are retro, so I wanted them.

I liked them for dpns. They are ok. I think I would have liked them better if they were a different material other than plastic. A little bendy, and I think it slowed me down. But I liked that I could throw them in my purse and they wouldn’t fall off so easily. Oh I did knit the toes on them.

I just ordered some pink self-striping yarn to make socks for a friend. I’m happy to take a break from my stash of burnt-orange sock yarn.

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Iced White Tea

Have you ever had white tea?

Like black and green tea it comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. It is the least processed of the teas. It has a lighter flavor than them both. It tastes a lot like black tea, but milder and almost sweet.

So I used it to make iced tea. Being white tea it tastes so mild almost sweet on its own I left the sugar out. But don’t worry I will include directions for adding sugar/ sweetener.

My usual blend of iced tea consists of black and green tea. It gives it more depth of flavor. This recipe uses white and green tea.

Iced White Tea

Makes 2 Quarts

Ingredients:

5 white tea bags

3 green tea bags

1/3 cup of lemon juice

*optional 3/4 cup of sugar (or sweetener of choice to equivalent sweetness)

Instructions:

Remove tags and string from tea and place in a quart of water and bring it to a rolling simmer. Shut off heat. Let tea bags steep ~20 minutes. When completely cool transfer to 2 quart pitcher. Add cold water. Stir. Serve in drinking glasses and enjoy.

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Candy Bar Iced Coffee Recipe

There are so many different chocolate coffee creamers out there. Now they make coffee creamers based on candy bars.

They are good in hot coffee, but I wanted to make an iced coffee with them. Now a lot of recipes for iced coffee taste watery to me. So I brewed my own version.

Candy Bar Iced Coffee

For this recipe you can use your favorite candy bar flavored creamer, (Almond Joy, Hershey’s, etc), or just chocolate creamer. (There’s a chocolate caramel creamer tastes great. But seriously you probably want to just run out and use Almond Joy creamer . . .)

To begin you will need regular hot brewed coffee. About 2/3 of a coffee mug full.

Stir in 1 tsp of sugar, (or sweetener of choice to taste). Stir in 1 (measuring) tablespoon of favorite hot cocoa mix (this thickens the mixture and enhances the chocolate taste). Stir until ingredients are dissolved.

Carefully spoon in ice until the mixture is cold. Never transfer hot liquid into a drinking glass. It will crack.

When the mixture is cool transfer into a drinking glass. Add water until the glass is nearly full. Finally add your desired coffee creamer until it reaches a color you like. This is about 2-3 tablespoons. Stir and enjoy!!

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More about Yahtzee

So my new game finally came. “Super Yatzy”. It’s played with six dice, and has more scoring options than regular Yahtzee. It’s really popular in Scandinavia and Finland.

But you can’t really find it here in the US?? 🙁🙁🙁

I only found it on Amazon by “The Purple Cow”. It is a travel version. And it is in English. You get quite a few score cards, but I want to make some copies of them. Maybe blow them up so they are easier to see. They are readable, but are travel size and could be bigger.

I’ve also found a new game called “Crag”. It is played with only three dice, and is quicker than regular Yahtzee. I want to see if I can find it.