Lovely and Refreshing, ‘Sweet Tea Tuesdays’ Restores Our Faith in Friendship [REVIEW]

Girlfriends

They thought they would be friends forever. Meet Georgia, Midge, and Lula in Ashley Farley’s Sweet Tea Tuesdays. (Photo by Torrey Wiley, Flickr)

During Charleston’s long, languid, sultry summers, the heat can be so oppressive even the family dog doesn’t want to move from his spot in the shade. But three women find a way to survive, year after year: with laughter, friendship and iced cold refreshments in Ashley Farley’s delicious new novel, Sweet Tea Tuesdays.   Read more of this post

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Cucumber Sandwiches [RECIPE]

Cucumber sandwiches

The next time you host a tea, shower, or other gathering, try whipping up our yummy and refreshing cucumber sandwiches. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

I’m a girl who loves her tea, and I especially love sharing it with a girlfriend or two as we catch up, laugh, and enjoy one another’s company. But what is a tête-à-tête without a little nosh? These cucumber sandwiches make the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea, but also work nicely at showers and other gatherings.  Read more of this post

Hawaiian Breeze

Hawaiian Breeze

Don't throw out the rind the next time you buy a fresh pineapple! Instead, use it to create our refreshing tropical beverage, Hawaiian Breeze or Hawaiian Breeze Tea!

One of our favorite fruits is a big, bold, juicy pineapple! Whether we’re slicing them up to caramelize them with ham or poultry, chopping them to go in a fruit salad or shredding them to prepare our yummy pineapple jam, we’re always left with one thing: the peel, which until now was always tossed into our compost bin. But now we sometimes buy pineapples just for their rough skins to make this tropical beverage we’re sure you’ll love! Tinged with fresh ginger, allspice and a bit of sugar, our Hawaiian Breeze is so refreshing you’ll want to make it again and again!

PREP: 10 minutes + 24 hours brewing time

INGREDIENTS

  • Peel of 1 pineapple, washed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 1 teaspoon peeled, freshly grated ginger (about one ½-inch piece)
  • Ice, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.
  2. Place pineapple peel, sugar, allspice, and ginger in a large heatproof pitcher. Pour boiling water into pitcher and stir to combine. Let stand at room temperature for 24 hours; strain. Transfer to refrigerator to chill; serve over ice.

TIP: You can also use this recipe to make Hawaiian Breeze Tea. Simply add two family-sized teabags to the ingredients in step two and allow tea to brew.

YIELDS: 4 8-ounce servings

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