Want a way to make yourself feel bad? Then, look at warm locations when you are sitting looking out the window at 12+ inches of snow. While I love the appearance of snow, freshly fallen, it gets a little old when you live in New England and have long, drawn out winters. The weather sure does love to play tricks on New Englanders...this past weekend it was 40 degrees and felt great. I saw people walking around with sweatshirts and even bicycling around, as we didn't have snow on the grow. Then, we get hit with over a foot over snow yesterday. Thank you Mr. Groundhog. :-)
I started looking at photos of Savannah, GA, the Outer Banks, NC and even Charleston, NC, as I look for ideas for an upcoming summer getaway with the girls. I am not sure if I want to put my husband and I through the headache of traveling on a plane with the girls, and have to lug car seats, strollers, etc. through the airport. But, also, will they girls cooperate during an 11-15 hour drive, with stops in between? Oh, how I wish we lived closer to the south. Not only is the weather always great (minus the snow storm that his the South a couple of weeks and wrecked havoc on the highways), but I just love the Southern hospitality, food and parks. Since welcoming the girls, we haven't been back to Savannah, GA (where we got our oldest daughter, Savannah's name from). Oh, how I have longing to return and walk through Forsyth Park, enjoy homemade sweet tea in mason jars, and walk along the sandy beaches of Tybee Island.
Unfortunately, we are stuck with the snow and cold weather here in CT, with summer 4 months away. I guess in the meantime I will pretend I am in the South by making some of my favorite Southern dishes -- fried chicken, hoppin' johns and boiled peanuts, as I sit and drink homemade sweet tea -- all while looking out at the white fluffy snow that covers the ground.
And, when I made my next batch of sweet tea, I will be serving them up in the new limited edition Ball® Heritage Collection Spring Green Jars from Jarden Home Brands.
"Available in both Regular-Mouth pint and Wide-Mouth quart, these jars celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the “Perfection” jar, the next iteration of the Ball brothers “Perfect Mason.” The new Heritage Collection jars feature a period-inspired green color with embossed logos on the front and back and maintain all of the modern standards for quality and reliability. BPA-free and 100% made in America, the Ball® Heritage Collection Spring Green Jars are the perfect addition to a canner’s collection!"
Last year, they offered a lovely shade of blue from their mason jar line, which I picked up and used to can salsas and jams with, to give as part of Christmas gifts. Everyone who received a jar not only loved the contents, but couldn't help but compliment on the beautiful blue mason jar.
Want to join me in pretending I am sitting on a back porch in Savannah, GA sipping on some homemade sweet tea from a mason jar? Here is a quick and easy, and oh so tasty sweet tea recipe I have been making for years, that I found in the April 2004 issue of Southern Living magazine, my go-to guide for all things Southern. :-) Enjoy!
Homemade Sweet Tea
- 6 cups boiling water
- 4 family-size tea bags
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
- Pour boiling water over tea bags; cover and steep 5 minutes. Stir in 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar. Pour into a 1-gallon pitcher, and add enough water to fill pitcher. Serve over ice in glasses. Add a lemon slice or mint sprig to each serving, if desired.