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Sweetened Iced Tea

iced tea

Ingredients: 1 pinch baking soda 2 cups boiling water 6 tea bags 3/4 cup white sugar 6 cups cool water Instructions: Sprinkle a pinch of baking soda into a 64-ounce, heat-proof, glass pitcher. Pour in boiling water, and add tea bags. Cover, and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags, and discard; stir…

The Queen Gives Fake Fur the Thumbs-up

At the age of 93, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain has made a notable clothing statement by removing real fur from her day-to-day wardrobe. The move was revealed by her senior dresser, Angela Kelly. “If Her Majesty is to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, fake fur will be used to make sure she…

A Flatpack Home for Sicily’s Stray Dogs

As well as selling flatpack furniture, Ikea’s store in Catania, Sicily, provides an unusual service. It welcomes stray dogs off the street, feeding them and allowing them to curl up and nap among the store’s living room displays. The practice is popular with customers, who include local shop owner Giovanna Pecorino. “I know those dogs…

Grans Keep Art of Pasta Alive on Film

A filmmaker’s project to capture the art of handmade pasta has turned the so-called “pasta nonnas” featured in her videos into a social media sensation. Since moving to Italy’s Le Marche region, Vicky Bennison, a former international development worker, has filmed more than 200 nonnas (grandmothers) over the past four years making all sorts of…

The Musician Inspiring a New Generation

Twenty-one-year-old British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason first won attention aged 17 as the first black musician to win the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. But it was his performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018, watched by a global audience that made him famous. Now, thanks to…

Homemade peanut butter dog treats

Make 120 mini bones Ingredients: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce or mashed banana 1/4 cup vegetable, chicken or beef stock Bone-shaped cookie cutter   Instructions: First things first! Preheat oven to 350°F, and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.   Wet ingredients first! In a medium-sized mixing bowl,…

Apple Pancakes

Ingredients: 3/4 cup butter, melted 3 eggs 3 cups milk 3 cups shredded tart apples 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon and 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons white sugar   Instructions: Wet ingredients first! In a medium-sized mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to combine butter, egg, milk and apple,…

Easy Dinner Rolls

  Make 15 dinner rolls Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups warm water 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons yeast, we use instant 1/3 cup oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 egg 3 1/2 cups flour   Instructions: First things first! Preheat oven to 375°F, and grease a 9 x 13 cake pan   Wet ingredients first! In a medium-sized mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, then add in sugar…

Homemade crackers

Makes 70 crackers Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2/3 cup cold water 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted Sea salt, for topping   Instructions: First things first! Preheat oven to 400°F, and line 3…

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