200th Post ! Let's Celebrate!

No one could ever accuse me for being at a loss for words... or ideas! I always say that I have more ideas rolling around in my head than the time, money and energy to do them. And that seems to be true of blogging! I have been a blogger for just under 10 months and this is my 200th post! Blogging is a wonderful creative outlet for me, a hobby and a big passion.

Thank you for visiting my blog, leaving sweet comments and being so encouraging and supportive!

Please celebrate with me by participating in a giveaway.

Since we are in the hot DOG days of summer, how about a cool teat of a giveaway? I am giving away a Cuisinart Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Sorbet Maker. Make your favorite icy treats in 20 minutes in this 1 1/2 quart, fully automatic maker! I love mine and use it all the time! One lucky winner will too!

There are 3 easy ways to enter. You can enter all three times!
1~Enter by leaving a comment on this post. If you do not have a blog~ please leave a comment~ and check back to see if you have won!
2~Enter by becoming a follower or letting me know that you already are a follower.
3~Enter by posting this giveaway on your blog!

StoneGable's 200th post giveway ends Wednesday July 14, 2010 at midnight EST and the winner will be announced on Thursday July 15 in the evening.

And speaking of giveaways~ I recently won a giveaway at Haden News. Kendra's fabulous prize was this chicTea Forte Ice Tea Brewing Pitcher and Nantucket Tea Sampler!

I made a brew of white ginger and pear iced tea! Yummy!
It looks so fancy and upscale to serve iced tea in this... not to mention it is delicious! Thanks, Kendra!

Visit  Haden News for great recipes and food tutorials! I used some of Kendra's recipes in my weekly menus!

StoneGable Iced Tea

Now how hard can making Iced Tea be? There are zillions of ways and techniques to making the the perfect glass.

Here's how we do it at StoneGable and people love my iced tea~ not bragging, but truth. I am not from the south (does wishing count- and could I please live in Savannah?) so I don't make sweet tea. I'm not from San Diego (another dream spot!) so it's not California Iced tea either. It just how it is done at StoneGable.

StoneGable Iced Tea Recipe:
1 gallon good cold water (We have good well water. If your water has a funny taste, so will your iced tea. Opt for a jug of bottled water)
6-8 tea bags of good black tea
2 tea bags of herbal fruit tea (raspberry, red zinger, peach are some favorites)
1/2 container of Crystal Light Lemonade for 1 pitcher
1/4 cup Splenda

Pour water into a large pitcher. Add tea bags. Let steep on the counter for 3-6 hours or out in the sun for 2-3 hours. It really depends on how strong you like your tea, and what tea bags you use.
Squeeze the teabags and remove.
Add Crystal Light and Splenda. We are figure friendly. Stir!
Chill in frig. Serve over ice. Add a lemon, mint or fruit for a little extra flavor.

If you want to serve immediately, pour over ice cubes made with iced tea. Iced tea ice cube won't leave you with watered down iced tea!

I make iced tea ice cubes and keep them on hand. I always have a couple of empty ice cube trays in my freezer ready to use. I fill them with ice tea and add any fruit I happen to have. Also, adding the zest of a lemon makes an intensely lemmony iced tea!

Another great way to flavor your iced tea is to freeze in-season fruit on a baking sheet in your freezer and add it like ice cubes to your iced tea.

Enjoy this classic summer libation!

I am participating in Foodie Friday at Designs By Gollum. Michael Lee our famous author/ hostess works hard to give bloggland the best recipe forum. I always say~ it's the best cookbook! Thanks, Michael!

I am participating in Tickled Pink  at 504 Main. Holly, my very chic friend, is our always fabulous!!!! And she finds the absolute most creative posts on the web! You will love this meme!