Maybe we'd have world peace if...

Saturday, November 29, 2008

We all just drank Russian tea. True, you may be surprised that world peace would come about by any way of Russian, but I feel confident in my theory... Who can resist the sweet, savory goodness of this holiday concoction? Who can sip this drink and not automatically be taken to place of nastalgia induced euphoria? I can't say it any better than RUSSIAN TEA IS SO GOOD.

It seems that I'm becoming increasingly more festive with each holiday spent as an adult (i.e. a married person). I was beside myself with excitement last year as Tyler and I bought our first Christmas tree, our first stockings, ornaments, etc... And this year, no amount of school work, thesis meetings, or finals stress can hold back my holiday cheer. I've been chomping at the bit to pull out my decor, but was able to hold out until Thursday. Once Thanksgiving hit, though, it was no holds bar. The first thing I did? Make a pot of Russian tea to snuggle up with while watching the parade.

Since then, we've hung ornaments, garland (to Tyler's dismay, I've already increased our collection of decor this year), placed candles, and we're already on our second pot of tea as we hunker down to watch some more great football (how 'bout that Husker game yesterday?)...or countless hours of B-list actor filled holiday movies on ABC Family's 25 Days Until Christmas (I have not yet reached my quota of Mario Lopez, Mimi Rogers, Heather Locklear, and Jason Priestly movies...). Tomorrow we get our tree to officially top off our weekend of holiday prep. So, pull out your Amy Grant Christmas albums kids! Christmas is officially here...

What?? You've never had Russian tea? You've never even heard of it?? Be still, my friend. Here is the recipe:

16 cups of water
2 cups of sugar (we use Splenda to cut cals)
1 small can of orange juice concentrate
2 lemons (juice only-- I just use the bottled juice you get for .99)
12 whole cloves
20 oz. pineapple juice (2 1/2 cups)
6 small tea bags (or 2 family size)

Place water in pot over heat. Once water is hot, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add cloves and tea, remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and add fruit juices. Make several hours ahead of time (whatever-- I drink it right away) and do not boil when re-heating.

Here's to world peace.

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