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I love the fall, because the sun shines brightly with a warm beam, and a cool breeze drifts through the air. It’s a beautiful time of year, and in New York the changing colors of the leaves adds to the beautiful atmosphere.
Growing up, I remember fondly sitting on the stairs in front of our home, sipping iced tea, eating seasonal fruits and treats, and taking turns playing hop scotch or hand-clapping games with friends. Today I still love to sit on the stoop in front of my house, but now I do it with a girlfriend while we watch our children play tag and other childhood games, and all I can think is that life is good.
Then and now- 25 years later
Lunch enjoyed outdoors with friends and crisp cool iced tea on a sunny autumn day- I don’t think anything beats that. I did it 25 years ago, and I still do it today… but now I’m the person brewing.
Everyday after school, I bring the boys home and friends from the neighborhood come by to play while we sit outside on the stoop. I make a pitcher with Lipton fresh-brewed tea and bring it out to keep the fun going for the last few hours of sunlight before it’s time to come inside for homework and dinner. And I provide the cookie goodies too.
My boys are growing up fast, so I enjoy these evenings watching them play. These are the moments that matter, the images I want imprinted in my mind to keep close to me- my kids laughing and playing and being full of joy. They are truly living in the moment, and I love being present for the days they will look back on fondly as some of the best days of their lives- mom was there too.
Here is my recipe for Sugar Cookies with Autumn Flavors. My mom used to make sugar cookies when I was little, so I recreated it for my boys- but bigger, with fall-inspired spices, and toppings they can add on themselves for a fun twist!
Sugar Cookies With Autumn Flavors Recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
2. Add butter and sugar into a bowl together and beat until fluffy. Add in egg and mix well.
3. Add in nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, then stir in flour and baking soda to batter and mix well. Keep mixing until dough forms.
4. Separate dough into balls of about 4 tablespoons each (to make larger diameter cookies). Place dough onto lightly floured surface and flatten with rolling pin or flat bottom of a bowl to about 1/3 inch thickness. Place cookies onto greased baking sheet 2 inches apart and decorate with sprinkles or candy-coated chocolates (if topping with chocolate chips, wait until after step 5).
5. Bake cookies for 12 minutes at 350º F, then remove from heat. If decorating cookies with chocolate chips, add them on now while cookies are still warm and soft, then allow to completely cool before serving.
We enjoy Lipton Iced Tea that I brew in my glass pitcher with two family-sized tea bags, then add ice after it’s done brewing in hot water. I sometimes throw in some lemon slices too, and some raw sugar, and it’s perfect ♥︎
Make new memories
However you enjoy your mealtime with family and friends, however you choose to celebrate your days and your meals together, iced tea is the perfect beverage for it. The delicious taste of Lipton iced tea is one of those wonderful sensations we remember forever from the happy moments of our childhoods. We continue to savor those feelings and recreate the positive feelings of fun days by bringing it to the table (and stoop) for our meals and get-togethers now.
Lipton and Food Network invite us to remember our favorite memories with iced tea, and to recreate them in a reimagined moment, family mealtime together, or other moments that matter. Find seasonal Lipton Iced Tea recipes, articles, and videos to inspire great mealtime moments at LiptonBrightBites.com.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.