So I know I kind of signed-off in my last post from writing another blog post until after Christmas, but then… THEN I got these gorgeous Le Parfait jars in the mail yesterday from Glass Is Life™. And I just couldn’t. Just COULDN’T not come up with a last minute gift idea to use one of them!
And then I just couldn’t. Just COULDN’T not tell you about it! Because after all, it is a Lazy Mom Recipe. And you all need to know Lazy Mom Recipes. Am I right? Clearly I’m right. So let me walk you through my inspiration for this last minute gift, mkay?
When I was a young lass (or is it lassie? Please choose whichever one is feminine.) my mother would make Hot Spiced Tea. It was a recipe she received from her piano teacher, who also was my piano teacher… and incidentally is STILL a piano teacher in my hometown. (She must have great genes. *ahem*)
Anyway, this piano teacher gave my mother the recipe, along with a box full of other recipes, when she got married. Because apparently she was insightful enough to know my mother couldn’t cook. (I sadly inherited that trait, as well.)
Moving on. My mother then started handing out this Hot Spiced Tea recipe to her choir students in high school. (She was a high school choir teacher, in case you didn’t pick up on that.) She did so to help give her students a boost of vitamin C right before big events or contests where good singing voices were required. Neveryoumind that this recipe is laden with lots more sugar than vitamin C, mkay? So while I don’t think the Hot Spiced Tea really performed some singing voice miracle, students swore by it (plus it tastes really good) and so she handed it out every year.
There now. That’s the history of this Lazy Mom Recipe. Don’t you feel like a richer more interesting person now?
So when I saw these beautiful Le Parfait jars just sitting there staring at me all pretty like, inspiration struck! I just couldn’t help myself from putting such a wonderfully historic spiced tea mix into one of them! After all, storing food (or in this case, drink mix) in glass is so much more lovely, not to mention healthier for you! Glass is a natural material that safeguards your food and drink giving it a better quality and taste. Plus there’s no nasty BPA leeching into your food. And did I mention these jars are lovely? (Check out Glass Is Life™ for more on the benefits of using glass every day!)
Here’s how you can use a Le Parfait (or any other airtight glass jar) to gift Hot Spiced Tea as a last minute Christmas gift to someone!
Hot Spiced Tea
14 ounces Tang® (an orange drink mix found by Kool-Aid®)
1 cup unsweetened instant tea (found in tea aisle)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
For a pretty gift giving effect, I decided to layer the ingredients in my jar so you can see each ribbon of color several times over. The ingredients listed above fill (and then a little more) a 1 liter Le Parfait jar. So if you are layering the ingredients in a 1 liter jar, like I am, you may need to cut down on the ingredients by a few ounces. I would suggest 12 ounces of Tang®, 1 cup of instant tea, 1 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
To layer: get your ingredients measured out (in glass measuring cups of course!)
You’ll need a funnel to get each ingredient to lay in the jar the right way. But who can ever find their funnel, I ask you?! So I made one out of computer paper! Just roll it up and tape it!
Then cut off the top to make it more manageable.
There. Total “I-can’t-find-my-funnel-cause-I’m-not-a-super-mom-but-a-real-mom” funnel fix!
Now, start layering your ingredients. I started with the Tang®. Pour it down the funnel, being sure to move the end of the funnel around the jar to get the layer as even as possible. When it is at your desired height, tap the jar lightly on the counter to get it to even out in the jar a bit more.
Continue making layers all the way up the jar, careful not to tap or jostle the jar too much and mix the layers! I used this layer pattern: Tang®, tea, sugar, Tang®, tea, sugar, repeat. (I ended up throwing the cinnamon in with the tea since it was the same color.) And then you’ll end up with a fun glass jar like this:
Tie the jar with twine or pretty Christmas ribbon and include the recipe for Hot Spiced Tea!
Remember to include how you serve the Hot Spiced Tea! The ingredients would need to be all mixed up in the jar first, and then you scoop 2 heaping tablespoons in 8 ounces of hot water! Use more or less as you desire… or as my mother says, “you know it’s right when it looks like really dirty dishwater.”
The Lazy Mom
Disclosure: O-I Glass Is Life™ provided me with the beautiful set of Le Parfait jars. All opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was received.