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Thursday, July 27, 2017


GUEST BLOG / Editors of Southern Living Magazine--Sweet tea is synonymous with Southern culture. When we order tea at a restaurant, we assume that the waiter will bring an ice-cold glass of sweet tea (maybe with lemon) that perfectly complements our meal. We serve tea at every Southern gathering, from funerals to baby showers to church potlucks. A pitcher of Southern sweet tea doesn't last long in the fridge – but with this recipe, you'll be able to replenish the supply in no time.

Making sweet tea isn't difficult at all, but many Southerners argue about how much sugar you should include. When it comes to this Southern staple, we say the sweeter the better! This recipe from our Test Kitchen is one of our highest-rated recipes for good reason. Made with plenty of tea bags for a strong, steeped flavor, a simple syrup brings sweetness to this recipe without having to worry about loose sugar granules. One trick calls for adding a little baking soda to the tea removes any cloudiness and will give you a crystal-clear pitcher.


12 regular-size tea bags
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 qt. distilled or bottled water
1 qt. ice cubes
1 1/4 cups Simple Syrup

How to Make It:
--Place tea bags and baking soda in a large heatproof glass pitcher.
--Bring water just to a rolling boil in a saucepan or kettle, and immediately pour over tea bags, making sure bags are submerged.
--Cover and steep 7 minutes. Remove tea bags without squeezing;
--discard tea bags.
--Add ice, and stir until ice melts. Stir in Simple Syrup, and serve in a glass or mug over ice.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017


The original Orlando Eye Ferris wheel carried its first passenger on April 29, 2015.  Since July 28, 2016 it has been called the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye and currently is the tallest observational wheel on the United States East Coast.
         The 400 ft. tall Ferris wheel is located in Orlando Florida (8401 International Drive #100).  Because the topography around the Greater Orlando area is so very flat views from the capsules include the City of Orlando skyline, vast areas of central Florida and on a very clear day the Atlantic coastline all the way to NASA’s Cape Canaveral (54 miles away).
         Stats show each of the 30 capsules weigh 6,600 pounds, or the average weight of an Indian elephant and weighs approximately three million pounds, that is 1,500 tons or equivalent to 300 school buses.
The Eye is made up of components produced all over the world. The glass covering the capsules was crafted in Turkey
The capsules were assembled in Hungary and shipped to Florida from Northern Germany. Switzerland-based Intamin designed and manufactured the wheel
The Coca Cola Orlando Eye and its sister Coca Cola London Eye are observation wheels.  They differ differs from
Ferris wheels in the following ways:
Observation wheels:
•Feature enclosed passenger capsules designed to remain stable throughout the rotation
•Supported by an A-frame support
•Offers a 360° unobstructed view
Ferris wheels:
•Feature free-swing passenger gondolas or carriages suspended from the rim
•Supported by two towers on each side of the axles
•View can sometimes be obstructed by the wheel itself

 Other Ferris Wheel postings on
July, 20, 2016—Staten Island, New York
August 17, 2016—Las Vegas
September 21, 2016—Japan
October 19, 2016—Nanchang, China
November 9, 2016—Dubai
December 14, 2016—Melbourne
January 11, 2017—London Eye
February 7, 2017—Chicago
March 15, 2017—Singapore
April 4, 2017--Vienna
May—Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
June 14, 2017—Helsinki, Finland
July 26, 2017—Orlando, Florida