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Snacks & Drinks

Amy's Southern Sweet Tea

I swear I am famous for this tea and there is nothing to it. People come over and the first thing they ask is if I have any of my tea. My mother-in-law doesn't even like tea, but loves my tea, which is quite flattering. Here is the embarrassingly easy recipe:


  • 6 tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar

In a pot boil six cups of water and six teabags to a boil. Allow to steep for a half hour. Remove tea bags from the water. Add 2/3 cup of sugar to the bottom of your pitcher. Pour in the hot tea and then top with cool water. Stir with a wooden spoon and serve with lots of ice.

Easy Brownies

During this month, I prepared two batches of these brownies. They are like a little piece of heaven and are so easy to make. If you are a brownie mix kind of mom, I guarantee that these are just as simple as the mix and are great to try when making your first batch of the homemade variety.


  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In microwave, melt chocolate and butter for one minute. Stir and then heat again until melted; allow mixture to cool. In bowl beat sugar and eggs. Stir in the cooled chocolate, flour, and chips. Pour mixture into an 8x8" pan (not greased). Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes. Mixture will appear a little gooey due to the chocolate chips so be careful not to overcook them.

Snack #2

Heavenly Banana Bread

Yields 1 loaf


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas (usually is about four bananas)

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Bake 60-65 minutes. Allow bread to cool ten minutes in pan and then turn onto wire rack.

Snack #3

Chocolate Butterscotch Cookies


  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 oz) packages instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instants pudding and mix until blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in flour mixture. Finally stir in butterscotch chips. Drop cookies by spoonful on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake ten to twelve minutes. Edges should be golden brown.