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Southern Breeze Sweet Tea: Southern Taste at It’s Finest


If you have never tried Sweet, Southern Ice Tea raise your hand. Now lower that hand to forehead level and give yourself a smack cause you just don’t know what you are missing. There is just no other flavor on the planet like an Ice cold glass of Southern Sweet Tea! I swear it should be a food group because I could do without a meal but not without a glass of sweet tea! There are not even words that I can use to describe the flavor, well, I could say it just tastes Southern but unless you have had REAL food and drinks from the South, you just won’t understand. It tastes like tradition, family and lazy days.

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Both sides of my family are from the South and I grew up on Southern Cooking and sweet tea and I thank God for that every day of my life. I grew up eating biscuits and gravy ( the real thing, not the stuff you find in the grocery store) , southern fried chicken that my mamaw slaved over a stove frying all day long, fresh picked green beans sizzled up in bacon grease, cobblers so good that they would make you slap your mama, and good ole Southern sweet tea! We didn’t just make it in a pitcher, oh no, that would never be good enough in my mamaw’s kitchen. Our sweet tea was made in an old, glass pickle jar that was so huge us kids could never lift it. It’s the kind of pickle jar that sits in old country stores and if sat on the ground, would reach a grown man’s knees!  She took great pride in her tea and that’s all we ever knew. Now what you find is the swill that fast food restaurants pass off as sweet tea and let me tell you, IT IS NOT!! Real Southern sweet tea is not made , oh no, it is crafted, it is lovingly prepared, it is a work of art.

Until now I have made do with making my own version since my mamaw is no longer with us and I do a pretty good job but it will never be just like hers. I fresh brew my own, sweeten it myself and I like it but have never loved it like hers. Recently I was given the opportunity to review Southern Breeze Sweet Tea bags that are already sweetened with Splenda! Yay! This is a double bonus for me because I get to try a real Southern Sweet Tea and since I only use Splenda, and not real Sugar due to health issues, it’s a huge win!! You can choose from Real Sweet tea, peach flavored and raspberry flavored and all of them have Splenda built right in for the perfect amount of sweetness. They sent me the Sweet tea and I immediately fell in love, so much so that I jumped on the computer and ordered 6 boxes of the Raspberry Sweet Tea bags and 3 boxes of the Sweet tea bags. Now I knew I couldn’t be greedy, even though I really wanted to be and gave my bestie a box of each since she loves sweet tea almost as much as I do. I had her hook, line and sinker baby! She is now as big a fan as I am. She has in turned shared it with her mom and dad and they love it, and so on and so on…..

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I like to make my tea on my stove and it’s so easy!! I put my water in a pan and boil. Once the water is boiling I turn off the heat and add 2 tea bags and steep it for about 5 minutes. I then let it sit for a bit to cool ( well I will admit I fill a big glass with ice and pour myself a glass while it is cooling, but I know you won’t tell anyone 🙂 )  I then add ice to my glass pitcher, because let’s face it, no self-respecting Southern Girl puts her ice tea in a plastic pitcher, ewwww yuck!  That’s it!! The sweetness and flavor are already there so I have nothing more to do than sit back and enjoy! There is no more perfect place than to sit on the front porch just as the sun is sinking low in the sky with a glass of sweet tea in hand. It’s the southern way of unwinding!

Now to say I was a little skeptical about trying a tea that claimed to be real Southern sweet tea would be an understatement. I have tried other products before and was always let down. But I have to say Southern Breeze sweet tea delivers on its promise, it is absolutely delicious and since my mamaw isn’t here to hear me say this, it tastes just as good as hers! ( Forgive me granny). It has just the perfect amount of sweetness married with an amazing tea flavor. Not all tea bags are alike so don’t be fooled. There are distinct differences in flavors in every one I have ever tried and believe me I have tried them all in search of a good glass of tea! I am now in the process of sharing my tea bags with friends and family and they have to know I love them if I am sharing tea this good! Did I also mention there is ZERO calories in this tea? Oh yeah that’s a reason to stand up and do your happy dance, just make sure you’ve closed your blinds so the neighbors won’t think you’ve lost your mind!

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I love that you can find amazing tea recipes on the Southern Breeze website. I know I will be trying all of them! Unfortunately Southern Breeze teas are not available at any store within 100 miles of me but I purchased some Southern Breeze on Amazon! You can also look up your city on their website to see if you are lucky enough to have it near you and you can print out a form to give to your local store to ask them to add Southern Breeze to their shelves. While you are on the site, make sure you print off a coupon too!

You can also find Southern Breeze on Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest and Instagram. Make sure you follow them to keep up to date with the latest products and promotions. I know once you try this tea, whether you are Southern or not, it will put you in a Southern state of mind!!

 

 

 

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Almost Sugar-Free Caramel Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

Almost Sugar-Free Caramel Apple Crumble Cake Recipe

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Yesterday I was spending some time with my mom for Mother’s Day and my dad got to talking about Father’s Day and of course, how he did not want any gifts, not even a card, because it’s a waste of money and he doesn’t need anything. The same conversation we have every year 🙂  But he did happen to mention I could make him one of my sugar-free treats instead of a gift. I told him that’s a long ways off daddy are you sure you want to wait and with a smile he tells me he will take sweets any time!  My whole life my dad was a huge sweet eater but now being very close to diabetic he has had to change things quite a bit.

So tonight my hubby was at work and the house was quiet and I decided to play around in the kitchen yet again!( I swear the song , Here we go again by White Snake was playing in my head) This is what I came up with. This one takes a little more work but let me assure you it is so very worth it. This one has been claimed my best so far by very knowledgeable and experienced judges, my mommy and daddy. I hope you enjoy as much as we have!  This recipe replaces the oil in the cake with applesauce. This not only lowers the fat content significantly, it also makes the cake amazingly moist. The moistness of the cake and the crunch of the crumble is one amazing combination!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Caramel Apple Crumble Cake

Ingredients:

1 box Pillsbury sugar-free yellow cake mix

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

about 1 tbs + 1 tsp cinnamon

1 can Comstock no sugar added apple pie filling

1 jar Smuckers sugar-free caramel sundae topping

1 cup Splenda brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup( 4 tbs) unsalted butter cut into cubes softened

 

 

Directions:

1 box Pillsbury sugar-free yellow cake mix made as directed on the box except instead of the 1/3 cup oil use 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce. If you get the individual cups, one of them is 1/3 cup and pour into 9×13 glass or ceramic baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Then sprinkle a light amount of cinnamon on top of the cake batter before placing it in the pre-heated oven to 325 degrees.

TIP: with using applesauce instead of oil the batter cooks faster so keep an eye on it. Bake about 17-20 minutes remembering that all ovens are different. When the cake is about 3 or 4 minutes from being done remove from oven.

Next make the caramel apple filling. This can be done while the cake is baking. In a large bowl  mix the apple pie filling, cinnamon and caramel sauce, mix well until all is blended.  Set aside until cake is almost done. When cake removed from oven spread the caramel apple topping all over the cake like frosting.

In a large bowl place the 1 cup Splenda brown sugar and 1 cup all-purpose flour and blend well with a hand mixer. Slowly add in the softened cubes of butter and mix on high. As you add in the butter make sure it is getting folded into the mix well. The mix will look all crumbly, that’s what you want. If having a hard time with the butter use your fingers to mix it in. When it is fully incorporated, sprinkle all over the apple mixture, coating it well and getting it into the corners. Place it back into the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 10-12 minutes. It will be hard to tell if it is browned , After 10 minutes carefully feel the crumble with your finger, lightly, if it feels hard, it’s done. Remove from oven and let cool or eat warm, which is what we did.

It is perfect the way it is but you can serve it with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  You can even shave some dark chocolate over it for an even more amazing flavor. Want to go gourmet? Top it with coffee flavored ice cream.  You can add slivers of almonds on top.

You can also top with whipped cream then add as a garnish:

  • cranberries
  • currants
  • banana slices
  • fresh grated ginger
  • drizzled honey
  • plum slices
  • cherries
  • peach slices

and whatever you desire.

 

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Almost Sugar Free Chocolate Cherry Brownies 1.5g sugar each


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I love chocolate and Pillsbury sugar-free mixes for me are like crack lol. I have created many, many desserts using them and now I have this one. Cherry brownies. Super easy and super yummy. Each brownie has only 1.5g of sugar!! YAY! This number is for a 8×8 pan cut into 12 brownies.

 

Ingredients:

1 box Pillsbury sugar-free brownie mix

1 can Comstock no sugar added cherry pie filling

1 egg

3 tbs water

1/3 cup oil

 

 

Directions:

Place brownie mix, oil, egg and water in a large mixing bowl and mix til smooth.

Add one half of the can of cherry pie filling and mix again

PLace batter in a 8×8 pan that has been sprayed or buttered

cooking time states 25-32 minutes depending on your oven but about halfway through the cooking time

take pan out and cover with the remaining cherry pie filling. use a spoon to spread it evenly over the top

place back in oven and continue to cook til fork or toothpick comes out clean. approx another 10-12 min

Let cool, cut into 12 equal squares and serve.

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Great topping ideas are a tsp of marshmallow fluff ( low in everything including sugar)

sugar-free cool whip works well too

 

 

 

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