Dixie In A Pitcher

sweetteaOver the July 4 weekend I taught my older son how to make Southern sweet tea. He took a taste of our first attempt and declared it “Dixie in a pitcher.” Here’s the simple recipe:

  • Boil 2 cups water.
  • Add 8 regular tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags and pour hot tea over 3/4 cup sugar.
  • Stir until dissolved, then add cold water to make 2 quarts

Note that this is SOUTHERN sweet tea (if you can see through it, it’s not strong enough, and if you can’t pour it over pancakes, it’s not sweet enough) so you may need to adjust tea and/or sugar to suit Yankee or Midwestern tastes.

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Unclaimed Baggage Center

Ever wonder where unclaimed airline baggage ends up? Apparently a lot of it goes to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, AL. In 1970, founder Doyle Owens purchased a truckload of unclaimed baggage for $300. Today, Doyle’s son Bryan oversees an operation that handles 20,000 pieces of laundry a day and over a million visitors a year. Items acquired from airlines are cleaned and sorted, then donated to charities or tagged for sale at 20-50% off retail value. In addition to the usual clothing and electronics items, unusual items have included taxidermied animals, a suit of armor, and a Ferrari engine.

Check out the Center’s website here and this great article at The Points Guy blog here.

Getting Rid of Resentment

If you are feeling resentful toward someone, maybe the problem is not the other person. Maybe the problem is that you gave away power — over your time, over your emotions, over a relationship — that you shouldn’t have. You want someone else to fix the problem, to take better care of what you’ve given away, to give it back to you. But that person may not even want or need that power, or be aware that they have it. Maybe the solution is not to confront them about their misuse, but to simply reclaim what you should never have given away in the first place.