who am I

I have told you about Kerrie's Cup of Tea...but who is Kerrie?

*First and most importantly I am a child of God, that makes me a daughter of the Risen King. God is first and foremost in my life.

*Next I am a daughter, sister, and aunt. I have two amazing parents, two wonderful sisters, two great brother-in-laws, one terrific niece and three incredible nephews.

*I am a friend

*I've been a ESL teacher to some amazing students.

*I am a Sunday School Teacher to an INCREDIBLE group of Jr. and Sr. High students

*And to support myself and my cat, Earl Grey, I've worked for a local insurance company for over 16 years. Some day my dream job is to own a tea shop and use it as a ministry.

*I have recently lost over 50 pounds-okay, that was back in 2011/2012. In 2013-2015 I have put 40 of that back on...but I will be working at trying to take that off again - I need to drink more green tea!!! But, I am back at it again. 2021, I have lost 35 pounds. It's a constant battle, but one I will win.

*In my free time I drink tea, make jewelry, write (I have four published books), knit, attend rodeos, do paint by numbers, play card/board games, watch NASCAR, cheer for the Buckeyes, watch HGTV, take photos, go on mission trips (Over seas I've been to Africa twice, Spain twice, France, Thailand, and Malaysia). I also love geocaching with my nephews, working around my 100 year old house, going on adventures, entertaining, and hanging with family & friends.... and basically embracing my singleness- it's a gift right now.

*God has blessed me with an amazing life- I want to give Him all the glory!!!!

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Ohio Tea Company Raspberry Matcha Latte

In keeping with eating and drinking healthy I have been drinking more matcha.  I am not a fan of plain matcha tea.  But, I do really like them as lattes.  I typically use oat milk- it froths better and I like the deep, rich flavor that it adds to the latte.  But, I have also used soy milk, coconut milk, soy milk or almond milk.

Matcha is powdered green tea, and has been used in the Japanese tea ceremony for centuries and as such is normally associated with the beautifully complex, and rigid procedure.

Ingredients: Shade grown green tea (Samidori cultivar)

I take 8-10 oz of oat milk, pour in my frother and forth, adding a 1tsp of matcha, and top with ice.  It is super easy and very healthy.

Matcha possible benefits:

  • Promote Focus and Calm
  • Help Detoxify the Body
  • Boost Energy Levels
  • Increase Metabolism Speed
  • Increase Immunity

The green is beautiful.  The matcha has an earthiness to it, but once you get passed that it is good. Just keep telling yourself how good it is for you!

I give it 4 tea cups. The raspberry notes come through.  Matcha is healthy, but also pricey.  This is a good boost and I am learning to really like the flavor.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

DelighTeas Golden Milk Latte with Beet Root Powder

When you go to the cafe a Golden Milk latte can cost you around $3.50-$5.00.
But, you can make them at home cheaper and the way you like it.
You can get this 5 oz for $12.90, that gives you about 50 lattes.

Golden Milk Latte-

  • TURMERIC: Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and is a very strong antioxidant.
  • CEYLON CINNAMON: One of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet, loaded with a powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • GINGER: Highly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent; energizer and stimulator. Ginger root can help relieve upset stomach, indigestion and nausea.
  • BLACK PEPPER: Increases absorption of the turmeric, improves digestion and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Golden milk, also known as haldi doodh in hindi or as turmeric milk in popular culture, is a drink with a lot of history. ... The basic recipe involves combining animal or plant milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, and some kind of sweetener. Some recipes also include black pepper, nutmeg, or other spices and sweeteners.

The potential benefits of golden milk include:
1. Reducing inflammation
2. Preventing cell damage
3. Improving mood
4. Supporting brain function and improving memory
5. Preventing heart disease
6. Possibly reducing the risk of cancer
7. Lowering blood sugar levels
8. Boosting the immune system
9. Improving bone health
10. Aiding digestion

Beet Powder-

I have been trying to loose weight and eat and drink healthier.  I have been adding beet powder to some foods and drinks.  I find you really can't taste the beets, but it does add a sweetness.

Their recipe:
Suggested Use for Vegan Tea Latte: Place 1/2 tsp of Golden Milk Turmeric Tea Latte into a blender; Add 1 tbsp of almond butter, 1 cup of water and 2 Medjool dates; Blend until smooth; Pour into a small saucepan, warm over medium heat and enjoy. Can be served cold or warm.

I make my lattes really simple.  I use oat milk or soy milk or almond milk to coconut milk- depends on what is on sale.  Although oat milk is my favorite- it is deep and rich in flavoring.
I put milk 8-10 oz oat milk in the frother, add 1 tsp golden turmeric, 1/4 tsp beet powder, and froth.  I don't add a sweetener since I am watching my weight, but you are welcome too.  I used to love maple syrup in mine.
My frother mixes, froths, and heats.  I add ice in mine in the summer to cool it off.  It is so delicious!!

I love the taste and color!!  I find playing with your tea is a great way to discover new drinks.  You never know when you will have a hit on your hands.  Don't be afraid to try new things. 

This Golden Milk has great flavor. And I find I love the black pepper notes that come through.  The ginger comes through nicely too.

Friday, July 30, 2021

teapots as succulent plant holders

During the summer my office allows me to take flex time.  I work four, 10 hour days.  I love it!!!  I even joke that I would take less money to do it year round.  It is fantastic to have a day off mid-week.  I take Wednesdays off.  I call them my Wednesday Wandering Days.

This Wednesday I went to give plasma, did some second hand stores, tried to find tea...this one Latte Love Cafe was closed.

I did get a green tea with bubbles at Dunkin Donuts. It is really sweet, so I doubt I will get it again.

I really enjoy going to second hand store.  We have this great antique store in town, Journey in Time.
I found this little teapot for $4.  One Wednesday  I found these treasures. 

I made this teapot a succulent pot.  I used fake succulents and I can't decide which plants to use...

I also found these cute blocks.

I just love the way it turned out!!  And the bright color of the blocks adds so much.

I then found these teapot for $2 and $4 at this second hand store in town too.  Mission Thrift is a great place to find treasures.

I am using this one as a succulent pot too.

I went to these Goodwill in Canton.  I got these two tea pots for $2 each.  I decided to put love succulents in these pots.  I am not great with plants, so I am headed to Walmart to find plans on sale.

I love decorating with these teapots and it is great that they were so inexpensive. 

I also decorate with kombucha bottles on my window sill.  I have added some bright, bold flowers to them as well

Friday, July 23, 2021

Sunshine Daydream Latte Iced, Woodstock Cafe, Vermilion

I was in Vermilion Ohio in May.   I love Vermilion, I lived here for a year when I worked at Beulah Beach as a guest service coordinator.  It is such a cute town.  When I lived there Woodstock was not there.  But, it is now and I love coming here for their fun teas.  The food is good too, a bit pricey, but good.

The place is adorable.  This is kind of the vibe I want in my place.  Eclectic and a bit vintage.  I also want the farmhouse with industrial feel too.  There are so many cool looks out there!!  And this is one of my favorite looks.

I asked for the coconut latte, and I got more of a chai latte with coconut syrup in it.  I was a bit disappointed and no one asked to re-do the drink.

I got the Grateful Grilled Cheese.  It was really good, a kind of treat, since I am trying to eat healthy.  I did avoid the chips, which helped me feel like I was doing okay.

ripe avocado, roasted red peppers, applewood smoked bacon, swiss, provolone, mozzarella, aged white cheddar, served on Seeded Grain Bread

Before I left I tried again to get the coconut latte that I have had in the past and loved.  I ordered the Sunshine Daydream Latte.

This still was not the drink I remembered, but it was very good.  I loved the coconut flavor and coconut flakes.

I give it a 4.  Last time I had the coconut latte it was a 5.  I need to try it again and see if it was just made by someone different.

I then headed to Beulah Beach for the annual benefit auction.  Friday night was the plant sale.  It was a windy but great night.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Goldberry Chai Latte and Golden Milk Latte, Ashland OH

It's the second annual girls outing to Goldberry in Ashland.   It's so fun to get together outside of work with these gals.  Our companies consultant has started Goldberry with his son.  

The coffee and tea currently come from origins all over the world. Goldberry plans to source much of its coffee and tea components from the Sierra Norte de Puebla region of Mexico in the near future.  Goldberry works with the farmers there and their sister company, Coffee Growing Community. At least 10% of Goldberry's profits goes back to helping the Coffee Growing Community. This money helps provide spiritual. economical and social development in the Sierra Norte de Puebla communities.

They have these beautiful cookies!  I did not try them as I am trying to watch my weight, but they were tempting!

But, when it came to their new teas- I had to try them both.  I went with the hot chai and cold golden milk latte.

Us girls with Peter.

I love what they have done with their shop.  They have been here two years and are constantly adding cool new drinks and features.  Last year when we were here they just had the one large room, but now they have a new room off to the side.  The furniture in their is super fun, looks like it's all made from wooden pallets. 

Everything is bright and clean.  The prices are good.  They also have free wi-fi.

I really enjoyed the hot chai.  The flavors are really good.  I had them add oat milk, which I think always adds a great depth of flavors.  The cardamon and spices are great in this chai.

The golden milk latte was really great too.  I am not sure which was my favorite.  The golden milk has the great turmeric notes.

Excellent drinks and price.

If you are in the area, I recommend you stop by here and meet the friendly staff and get a great drink.

They are right across from the blue water tank.

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