Do you remember Russian tea? Being a teenager in the 1970's, this was the mix to make! I had really forgotten about it until I came across it a couple of weeks ago and decided that this was the time to make it again. It's SO easy to put together, it's a wonderful gift to give (along with a Christmas or Winter mug and pretty napkins), and with the cold and flu season it's a welcome hot drink that just makes you feel good.
You probably already know how to make this, but I'll post the recipe anyway. : ) Here it goes:
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea powder
2 cups Tang or any orange flavored powdered drink
1 Tbsp. lemonade powdered drink mix
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Mix all of this in a large bowl or a large ziploc bag. This needs a lot of mixing because the tea powder tends to be heavier than the rest and can be difficult to mix in, but if you keep at it, it does work. Store in jars for your pantry - again, great for giving!!! Add instructions: Mix 3-4 Tbsp. (or to taste) to 1 cup of hot water. Enjoy!!!!!
It's evening now, and I look out the window and see a layer of snow. So nice when the outdoor lights come on and give the whole yard a pretty glow. I have a few decorations to put up yet but I'm more or less finished. Now the baking begins. I'm not going to do a lot this year - the traditional sugar cookies cutouts, gingerbread cutouts, and Grandma Pearl's special candy that she made for all of us at Christmas. I really feel the need to keep that tradition alive. My husband will be making his Chex mix that we eat all through December and we also give that as gifts in tins. I thought I'd be sewing/crafting something new (and maybe I will), but right now I'm very content with what is up and to be honest, I don't know where anything new would go!!! : )
The one thing that I'm enjoying in the kitchen this year is that in the evenings I'm lighting a lot of candles to give it a soft inviting feeling. I tried to take a photo, but it doesn't do it justice. I did take a few other photos however:
by the front door.
on top of the china cabinet.
looking into the living and dining area.
I love the snowman on the left - he's one of my favorites.
just another little scene.
our dining area.
And, for now, that ends the tour. : ) When the decorations are up, I always wonder how in the world we went the rest of the year without them! It's just so festive and cozy.
Well, I will say "good night" and wish you well. I hope you are enjoying preparing your home for Christmas. Thank you for dropping by for a visit because I really do appreciate it! : ) God bless.