A Little Sweet Tea

A Little Sweet Tea

When I saw the Mixed Drinks stamp set in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, I knew I wanted it. It has so many glasses and options for drinks. Of course, there’s wine, beer, and other alcoholic stuff. But there are also options for Coke (or Root Beer) Floats and Sweet Tea.

We had Coke Floats (we called them Ice Cream Sodas) every Sunday night when I was growing up. Sunday mornings, we’d have salmon cakes and soft boiled eggs. Weekdays and Saturday mornings, breakfast was either fried or scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage, and usually pancakes as well. (My dad was a farmer. Breakfast was a Big Deal!) But Sundays – Sundays we had Salmon and Soft Boiled Eggs.

After church, we often had a huge dinner with family – grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins. (Hey – it’s the South.) And after dinner, we’d just hang out on the porch or gather around the piano and sing. Sometimes, there would be a horseshoe or baseball game. And some Sunday afternoons, we’d stay home for dinner and then Dad & Mom would load us up in the 4WD and we’d go exploring back roads. My childhood was a magical time.

Sunday evenings were another tradition. We almost always had open faced grilled cheese sandwiches – which was broiled cheese on bread – for dinner. My friend called it Cheese Toast. Whatever the official name is, it was delicious! And then Mom would pop popcorn and make Coke Floats while we watched The Magical World of Disney.  If we didn’t have to go back to school the next day, Sunday would have been my favorite day of the week!

Sweet Tea is another Southern Tradition. I’m thinking because we live in the northern tip of Virginia, we’re not as Southern as some Southerners. Our Sweet Tea was half sugar and half artificial sweetener. I think Mom and Dad got tired of paying dental bills. Still, Mom made the best iced tea – and there was always a pitcher in the fridge. So here’s a tribute to her tea. (Which, of course, never had lemon and was never drunk through a straw. But I loved the images and had to stamp them.)

Mixed Drinks, Stampin' Up!

Besides the Mixed Drinks set, I used Blushing Bride and Soft Suede card stock. The designer series paper is from the Playful Palette DSP stack. Although there is Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape, I used some of the Affectionately Yours washi tape for this card. It just seemed to “go” with the tea.

As a final touch, I stamped the ice (or sugar) cubes in Blushing Bride on the Blushing Bride card stock. And I added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the lemon. Now that the 2-way Glue Pen has retired, I was in a bit of a quandry about what adhesive to use. I’m happy to say, the Multipurpose Liquid Glue worked ok for the glitter.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a wonderful day full of sunshine and wonderful memories!

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to A Little Sweet Tea

  1. Jackie says:

    Buffy, I wasn’t interested in this set, but your story of family meal traditions really causes me to look at it differently. Being a northerner, we called them root beer floats and they were a special treat once in a while. My Dad had worked at A&W, so he was partial.


  2. Mom says:

    What a great trip down memory lane! Can you believe I had forgotten some of that??!!
    Anyhow, I love the card and the ones you made at Stamp Club Thursday.
    Hope to get back soon.


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