Making Great Tea

Often times when people make tea, they tend to make it the wrong way.  Ever notice how some people’s tea is just strong and others are kind of so so?  There are things you want to watch out for when making tea.

– Never ever boil your Tea.  Tea is not meant to be cooked, it’s meant to be Steeped or Brewed.  You’ll want the temperature of your water to be just before the Boiling put.  For me, this is often the number 4 on my stove nob.  Turn it on high, then turn it down once the bubbles start to appear in the bottom of the pot.

– Don’t cook your Tea too long.  A lot of people cook their Tea way too long.  This causes bitterness in the Tea and makes it unbearably strong.  We don’t want this.  We want a full flavored Tea and not have the bitterness.  Set your timer on the stove and turn over the tea bags half way through the cooking time.  I recommend 6-8 minutes.  For a full flavored Tea that’s not overpowering, go for the 6 minute mark.  If you like your Tea a little stronger, go for the 8 minute mark.

– Never add sugar to Cold Tea.  It just doesn’t work.  Maybe a little, but Sugar best dissolves when the water is still warm.  Therefor, you’ll want to add the Sugar to your Tea when the water is still hot.  Right after you take the Tea bags out and turn off the stove.  This ensures that the Sugar gets mixed into the Tea and you get the most out of your sugar.

I like to use 1 Family size Lipton Black Tea bag to make a Gallon and the Tea turns out just fine with this Method.  I also add 1cup of sugar to my Tea, often times, this is plenty for most people.  You can adjust the sugar according to how much Tea you’re making, 1qt, 1/2 gallon, etc.

Keep to these simple tips and you’ll be making great Tea every single time.

Optional: (Lemon or Lime)

Enjoy the “19 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea” article from Southern Living by clicking on the image below.

Sweet Tea

Machines vs Calisthenics?

When it comes to fitness and health, can machines teach you to do this?  Many people hit the gym on a daily basis, but what good is muscle that you can’t use?  Much of the muscle that is trained on Machines in the gym, is unusable.  It’s not feasible.  Tell me something.  In a fight, who do you think would win?  A bodybuilder?  Or someone who uses Body Weight only?  Check out the video below and then decide.

Pets – The Ups and Downs

When we decide to get pets, we have to consider the ups and downs of owning them.  Rather, taking care of them.  It’s not all fun and games when it comes to taking care of them.

What are some of the things we have to consider?  Cost, Life Expectancy, Vet Visits, Intelligence, Size of Animal, Sex of Animal, and even possible problems such as Fleas.  Is it worth it to you to have a dog or cat?

Dogs and Cats are notorious for being Flea ridden, especially if the care takers don’t take care of them properly.  Regular baths and flea medicine can help with that.  Do you have to time to take care of them?

Some animals are cheaper to take care of than others.  For example, other than the initial investment of the tank, decorations, pump, filters, etc Fish are relatively cheap to afford.  If you don’t go overboard, that doesn’t even have to be expensive.

Let’s go back to the Flea issue.  I mean, do you really want Fleas in your house?  What about if you have small children?  What about babies?  Do you really want them to have to deal with that?  Let alone you?

Some pets actually stink.  Ok, let me rephrase that, some pets actually stink if you don’t take care of them.  What does this mean?

Not every pet is easy to take care of.  None of them are really.  Just some easier than others.  Some pets even require you to clean out their cages, if you don’t, guess what?  Here comes the smell.

I’m sure you’re probably tired of hearing the bad sides of having a pet.  What about the good sides?  Yes, there are positive reasons for taking care of pets.

Children for some reason are attracted to pets.  Their like magnets.  Polar opposites.  Don’t believe me?  Go into a big Pet Store one of these days, you’ll see.

Why are pets good for Children?  They can offer companionship to them in times of need.  Perhaps a child is feeling down, but their dog might be able to help cheer them up.  Medical institutes let Pets into children’s hospitals to help easy the burden for the children.

Elderly can find companionship in pets as well.  When there is no one around for Mom or Dad, a pet might actually do them good.  Doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go see them.

I for one will probably never have pets, unless it’s some Fish, or maybe an Eel.  Those Snowflake Eels are pretty cool.  I for one don’t see the benefits outweighing the down sides of caring for a pet.  At least in my situation.  For others, that may be a different story.

Snowflake Eel

My Thoughts On Abortion

Now, I’m probably going to get some flaming comments and heated debates about this topic, but I wanted to make it clear how I felt about Abortion.  The short answer?  I’m against it.  Here’s why.

Some people may not know this, but there are options for Pregnant women.  The last thing we need them doing is giving up on life completely.  Pregnancy centers and adoption centers are there for them when they need it.

Let me ask you a couple of questions.  Is it legal for someone to murder a child?  Is it legal for someone to murder a child that is only 6 months into pregnancy?  Chances are, you answered no to both those questions.  Then why should it be legal for someone to commit murder on any child?

Well, what about rape victims?  Shouldn’t they have the option to abort?  Can I abort your brain right now for asking that question?  I’m sure we can put it to good use for Scientific study to find out why some people become stupid.

Let’s get a few things straight.  If you abort a child, you might be aborting the next great scientist with the cure for aids.  You might be aborting the next great person who’ll be able to bring this world closer to world peace.  You might be aborting the next great doctor who discovers a way to double the life expectancy of mankind.

Women that abort their children can attest that it crosses their minds all the time.  It’s another pain that they have to deal with on a daily basis.  So, if a woman was raped, then why should she be “Forced” to go through another pain that could scar her for life?

It’s much better for a person to go through life and become a stronger person knowing that they gave their child the best chance they could give them.  Not to mention easier.  Abortion should not be an option.  Period.

Abortion in my opinion is an atrocious act towards humanity.  Any sane mother wouldn’t kill their children, so why should we be allowed to do that legally?  Which side of the fence are you going to be on when it boils down to it?  Life or Death?

 

Note: This post was made with Logical Thinking.  If you make a comment without thinking about it, I’ll ignore it.

You Know You Spend To Much Time Online When

you change your desktop background almost daily.

you rarely turn off your computer.

you get hemorrhoids because you’ve been sitting at your computer so long.

a weekend of time spent offline feels like a nice break

you *do* take breaks from the computer, you psychologically schedule yourself to come back when the “4-hours” are up and you can replenish your Slot Game [or insert your favorite game here] tokens!

every time you leave your desk you take both your iPad and iPhone with you, just in case…and your car lighter charger

your dust bunnies have become dust elephants!

you don’t understand the meaning of “too much time online”

you’re too busy online to answer this question and simply go “huh??”

you get cankles from sitting for too many hours. (don’t worry, it’s temporary)

you think it’s Tuesday but it’s really Monday?

you search for the like button on your car radio

you search for reviews for things when you’re at the store.

you turn to your computer to look something up and realized you already are sitting at your computer.

the first thing you do in the morning is turn the laptop on.

you don’t ever have to turn on your computer