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March 5th, 2016 my grandmother celebrated her 83rd birthday. She’s doing amazing for 83! You can’t keep this woman down. She’s always on the go digging up plants or doing some kind of crafty thing. She’s often a bit too determined to get things done and more often than not ends up hurting herself. She’s one of those people that you have to say “Grandma, get off the roof!”. Yes, the ROOF. A place she definitely shouldn’t be!
Well, for her birthday we decided to come over and get some things done for her. Got to try to keep her from doing things that may hurt her. My dad, his wife, and I helped her rake leaves, mow, and do random odd chores around her house.
Before I started on my leaf duty I set up a table with yummy treats and LOTS of ice cold Lipton tea. It’s so easy to have a Yard Work Lipton Tea Time Birthday – all you need is Lipton, some treats, and the willpower to roll up your sleeves to get it done.
I picked up some donuts from her favorite place, Shipley Do-Nuts. I had never tried Shipley Do-Nuts before but I have to say they were pretty good. Way better than Dunkin’ and almost on par with my favorite Krispy Kreme. I placed them on a cake pedestal with a doily and they looked almost as good as they tasted.
I brewed five different kinds of Lipton teas the day before – Enticing Chai, Pure Green Tea, Stirring Ceylon, Peach Mango, and Berry Hibiscus. Check out the full line-up of Lipton Green, Black and Herbal tea flavors here. Let me tell you each of these teas smell amazing.
As I was unwrapping each tea bag to brew I could smell their lovely scents directly through the boxes and plastic wrap. It smelt SO good! You know you have some high-quality ingredients when their aroma fills your nose without even trying.
Just to make sure everyone had enough tea. I placed extra tea bags in a glass jar. We didn’t end up needing them but they helped decorate the table. I love the pop of color they add!
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These carafes really show off the brighter, clearer color of the teas and just trust me on the amazing taste and smell. I’m typically not an unsweet tea drinker but these flavors were so amazing I didn’t even need sugar. Now that’s saying something. I LOVED the Peach Mango! It’s super cute its milk bottle too. I love the old timey feel.
In between running back and forth between inside and outside grandma’s house we’d take sips of all these amazing, unique tea flavors. They were the perfect yard work thirst quencher! My dad doesn’t look too bad after blowing leaves off the roof, does he? I don’t really think he should be up there either. He’s not getting any younger. They should just hire professionals at this point!
Speaking of my dad, I have one of my earlier memories of him and Lipton tea. When I was a child our yard was, at least, half an acre. It would take him a while to mow so before he’d get started he’d set up a container of sun tea. You know where you place tea bags and water in a container and let the sun do its job. By the time, he was done mowing all he’d have to do is pour it over ice. We’d share some together, it tasted SO good!
I hate hearing the stories she tells about how she hurt herself THIS TIME. In this picture, you can’t tell but she scraped up her knee, cut her nose, got a swollen ankle tripping over something. She was doing a tile backsplash in her eat in kitchen area and had made a barricade to block the dogs. She ended up accidentally tripping over it because she was carrying too much stuff and didn’t lift her leg up enough. She went face first into the ground. Breaks my heart.
Luckily, my dad, his wife, and uncle come over often to help keep her out of trouble. Bless her heart. I hope I have half her energy and spunk when I’m her age! Happy birthday, grandma!!
Do you know someone like my grandmother?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.