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Southern Sweet Tea!

Southern Sweet Tea!

Hi yall! This is Amanda, the owner and creative force behind Deep South Delicacies. Today, we’re going to talk about two of the most important things in the South — sweet tea and my momma!

My momma was the epitome of a southern lady. You could find her in the kitchen at any given time of day. She loved to cook, and did it well. We generally had three home cooked meals every day. Feeding her family was her passion. She knew that she could express her love through food, which brought many extended family and friends to her table over the years. 

Momma passed down her love for cooking and baking to me and my siblings. My first lesson was learning how to make sweet tea! No meal was served in our home without a glass of sweet tea filled to the brim with ice. A gallon of tea, or two, could be found in the refrigerator at all times.

My momma will be celebrating her seventh anniversary in heaven on February twenty-sixth. Every time I have a glass of sweet tea, I am reminded that she isn’t very far away.

Sweet Tea

  • 4 family-sized tea bags 
  • 2.3 to 3 cups of water for boiling
  • 1.25 cups of sugar
  • 0.75 gallons of water in a pitcher 

Step One: Bring the water to a boil.

Step Two: Add 4 family-sized tea bags.

Step Three: Turn off heat and steep for 5 minutes.

Step Four: Place 3/4 gallon of water in your tea pitcher along with the sugar.

Step Five: Carefully remove the used tea bags and discard.

Step Six: Carefully pour the hot tea into the pitcher — stopping about 2 inches from the top of the pitcher.

Step Seven: Stir well until sugar is dissolved.


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Amanda Lucius Sanderford is a local caterer and business owner. She is the owner and creative force behind Deep South Delicacies. She and her husband Ricky have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandsons. Amanda is a Tupelo native, having lived on both the East and West sides of town prior to moving to Mooreville in 1998. Amanda has always had a passion for helping others. After her twenty-five year nursing career was interrupted by a local clinic closing, where she was clinical manager and a Certified Diabetes Educator, she and her husband took a leap of faith and opened Deep South Delicacies. She believes that food speaks to the soul and is an expression of love. She considers her business her ministry. When she isn’t in her bakery, you will find her and her husband, cooking for the family and playing with their grandchildren.


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