Saturday, August 3, 2013

TEALIGHTFUL Devonshire Vanilla Bean Dip Mix

Peanut Butter Layer
1 Tealightful Devonshire Vanilla Bean Dip mix
... 4oz. Cream cheese
4oz. Creamy peanut butter
2 cups prepared whipped topping
1.Blend all ingredients in a large bowl until creamy.
2.Spoon mixture into one corner of a large freezer bag and snip one end.

Cookie Layer
One 9oz. box of thin chocolate wafer cookies

Garnish
1 10oz. package mini Reeses Pieces candy

Chocolate Peanut Butter Decadence Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches
1.Layer peanut butter layer between the flat side of two chocolate wafer cookies.
2.Roll edges into mini Reeses Pieces candy.
3.Layer in freezer bag and freeze for one hour

Chocolate Peanut Butter Decadence Mini Dessert Shooters
1.Layer two teaspoons of crushed chocolate cookies into glass.
2.Layer with peanut butter filling.
3.Repeat.
4.Add Mini Reeses Pieces to final layer as a garnish.


http://www.tealightfultreasures.com/
Product # F1537
Devonshire Vanilla Bean Dessert Cream - All Natural Recipe. Contains two mixes.
Devonshire Vanilla Bean Dessert Cream
Our new Devonshire Vanilla Bean Dessert cream is a classic topping for scones with jam. Our recipe has just a touch of real Madagascar vanilla bean. Enjoy as a topping with fresh fruit or use as a layer in a trifle or parfait. All Natural Recipe. Contains two mixes.
$9.75

 




NUMI SAVORY TEA Tomato Mint

 
My sister gave me some teas to try.   I am not sure about a savory tea.  I think it might be better for marinating chicken in than drinking, but I am dying to give it a try and be proved wrong about what I think.  I think maybe it will taste like a soup.  I also am nervous to try it!  She gave me other interesting flavors too....Spinach Chive, Carrot Curry, Broccoli Cilantro, Beet Cabbage, and Fennel Spice


 
I steeped the black tea for 3 minutes, the smell is great!  Not a normal tea smell, more of a soup smell.  The color is beautiful looks more like an herb tea than a  black tea.  okay, here I go....I am going to take a sip...
I mainly taste spiciness, it's like hot water and spice, almost like an oregano.  Very odd, I do not know I would drink it again.  It would be nice for a marinade.
 

This bright Mediterranean infusion is reminiscent of the sweet savory scent of stuffed grape leaves (dolmas). The combination of ripe tomatoes, mint leaves, decaf black tea, a touch of cinnamon and lemon peel makes for a zesty, mouthwatering cup.
from the website:


We named our company Numi after the Middle Eastern dried lime teasan that we drank as children in Iraq. Traditionally harvested and dried in the hot desert sun, this rare dried lime is steeped in hot water and has been enjoyed as a tea for centuries (Numi in Arabic means citrus). Numi has a distinct, tart citrus flavor and is an oasis of health.

While the tea inspired both the creation and naming of our company, we have come across several iterations and meanings from around the world for these resonant two syllables
Numi inspires well-being of mind, body and spirit through the simple art of tea. Our company is rooted in the principle of creating a healthful product that nurtures people and honors the planet. With all of our company initiatives, we strive to foster a healthy, thriving global community while bringing you the purest, best-tasting organic tea.

Our teas are made using premium quality, hand-picked organic and fair trade teas and herbs, blended with only real fruits, flowers and spices. Nothing else. We offer a range of Green, Black, White and Pu·erh teas as well as Herbal Teasans in tea bags.
 

MIGHTY LEAF- Earl Grey and Mint Melange

I got some fun teas from my friends, Charlie and Robin!  Robin shared some Mighty Leaf Mint Melange with me.  Charlie shared Mighty Leaf Earl Grey.  The teas were both so good that I ordered some Mighty Leaf tea samplers to try some different ones.
 
 
Organic Mint Melange herbal tea renews and refreshes with the finest mint leaves from the lush Middle Atlas Mountain range in Morocco. A well-rounded herbal infusion with sweet lingering notes, Organic Mint Melange captures the cool and pure essence of mint.
Ingredients -Organic mint from Morocco

Preparing the perfect cup of tea is a process to be savored. Watch how the traditional elements harmoniously come together to make the perfect cup and enjoy the liberation of pure tea goodness.

This is what we call the Mighty Leaf signature multi-sensory ("sensory melange") tea experience. Come share with us and learn how to get infused.

Water
The quality of tea is affected by the quality of water used to prepare it. Using filtered or bottled water is best. If possible, avoid brewing tea with tap, distilled or mineral water. Never over-boil water, as it results in flat-tasting tea.

Fire
1) Heat filtered or bottled water to a rolling boil or to 205 F. 2) While the water is heating pour hot water into your teapot and cups, let sit and then drain completely. A warm teapot will maintain the requisite temperature for superior tasting tea.

Whole Leaf Tea
Prepare Mighty Leaf teas using a teapot, paper tea sachet, infuser or traditional brewing methods. Use one rounded tablespoon of loose herbs and fruit per 12 ounces or cup of water.

Infusion Time
Pour boiling water over tea leaves. Keep teapot covered to retain heat. Time steeping carefully and infuse for 5 - 7 minutes.

Savor the Leaf
Sip your cup and rediscover the pleasure of the way tea was naturally meant to be. This is the magic of Mighty Leaf.


 
 
Organic Earl Grey black tea is made of rich organically grown black tea leaves and golden buds with a twist of citrusy organic bergamot. Mighty Leaf perfects the classic flavored tea with an elegant, balanced and full flavored cup and organic tea leaves. Earl Grey himself would be proud - especially drinking this blend in our silken tea pouch, our take on the gourmet tea bag.
Ingredients: Organic Earl Grey:
Organic black tea, bergamot.
Origin China, Sri Lanka
 

 
I liked the Earl Grey with this vanilla soy milk.  It was good, it was strong- not in a bitter way, just strong as in a deep rich flavor.

TEAVANA Berry Basil Blast

 
One of my favorite teas from Teavana is Berry Basil Blast.  What an odd combination of flavors, but yet it blends so well.   It's light and springy.  I can taste the hint of basil with the citrus.  It is great!!! It's a little pricey at $12.00 for 2 oz, but it is fun splurge.
 
 
Berry Basil Blast! White Tea
Price reflects 2oz (25-30 teaspoons per 2oz)
$12.00Description
Expect the unexpected and be pleasantly surprised with this unique and flavorful white tea blend that is a culinary delight. Sweet meets savory, fruit meets herb, as luscious and juicy blackberries, strawberries, pineapple, orange and lemon marry well with sweet, smooth basil; creating an extraordinary union of unexpected flavors that combine into a bright berry basil sensation.

Explosive multi-berry flavor with zesty citrus and a hint of sweet basil

TEA FORTE Forte Breakfast

http://www.teaforte.com/store/gourmet-tea/

A great way to try teas are sampler packs!!!   I love sampler packs!  With Tea Forte you get 3 of each loose leaf flavors and you get 5 different pouches.  If you are unsure what to get, see if you can find 3 friends, you each spend $12.00 and then you get 15 different kinds of teas.   Just typing this makes me want to grab two friends and see if they want to get some tea.  How great to spend $12.00 and get 15 different kinds of tea!!!!

For Christmas I purchased Steep Herbal and Single  Steep and spilt them between my sisters and I.  The Herbal ones I did not care for. The Single Steep ones I did really like.  Next I want to try the Garden Harvest White.

CHOICES FOR $12.00 each:
Single Steep Skin Smart- three each of the following blends: Cherry Marzipan, Cucumber Mint, Honey Yuzu, Lychee Coconut, Swiss AppleSingle Steep Garden Harvest White..... tea three each of the following: Peach Rhubarb Preserve, Tangerine Rosemary, Tupelo Honey Fig, White Cinnamon Sage, Wild Apple Ginger

 Single Steep Herbal - three each of the following: Cherry Cosmo, Blueberry Merlot, Apricot Amaretto, Kiwi Lime Ginger, Mojito Marmalade
 
Single Steep World of teas - three each of the following blends: Bombay Chai, Moroccan Mint, African Solstice, Sencha, Estate Darjeeling




single steeps single steeps
12-15 servings with three each of the following organic blends: Earl Grey, Forte Breakfast, Chamomile Citron, Green Mango Peach, Ginger Lemongrass
$12.00


Today I had Forte Breakfast!

English breakfast black tea A robust full-bodied cup with a concentrated character of malt and deep undertones that welcome a bit of milk and sugar. Satisfying and delicious, this tea is a great breakfast cup that can be enjoyed throughout the day
   Ingredients organic Indian Assam black tea


I really liked the dark tea. I thought it was really good.  I added milk and it was not bitter or too strong. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

DUCK DYNASTY- Si's Tea Cup


HERE IS MY POST #200!!!  I am paying tribute to one of my favorite tea drinkers...Uncle Si
I walked into the break room at work this week and smiled when I saw this cup on the counter.   My favorite show is DUCK DYNASTY...and if you have ever seen this show, you know that this cup looks like the one Uncle Si always has with him.
Are you familiar with Duck Dynasty?  The show is a riot.  But, what I really like about the Robertson Family is their love for the Lord.  They make no apologies for the way they live their lives.  And I love it! 
I can not wait for Season 4 to start (August 14, 2013).  I am thinking about having a Duck Dynasty party the night of the season premier.  I will ask people to dress in camouflage. We could serve duck and maybe I will make tea and serve them in cups like Si's.  People can keep their cups of souvenirs of the evening!!


Here is Uncle Si and his tea cup

 
  
Here I was snapping photos, being all excited as if it were really Uncle Si's cup.  Can you imagine how excited I would be if it were really Si's tea cup?!  Maybe in my tea shop I should sell Uncle Si's tea cups :)

FIND THE TEA CUPS:









Burger King Tea and time with nephews

Last Friday I spent the evening with 2 of my 3 favorite guys ( I was missing my nephew JOSH!)
 
My nephews Ryan and Kyle and I went to Burger King for dinner.  The boys are so cute, they love to point out when eating out when a place has tea.  We walked in and they both told me that I should try the Burger King tea...so I did.  It was a peach ice tea.  I thought it was really very good.  I still would put McDonald's first, you also can not beat the $1.00 price tag at  McDonalds's !

 


 
Then after Burger King we went to Pat Catans,  Oh Yo's, and then home to play.  The boys wanted to spray paint, since they never had done it before.  So, I let them practice on my trash cans.



GOOD EARTH Chai Tea Vanilla


Good Earth® Vanilla Chai Tea Delicious spices with deep vanilla create a soft and smooth, sweet and gentle tea. The spices provide the initial flavor sensation while the vanilla follows with a sweet velvety taste. Enjoy with milk for the true taste of India.

 
Isn't funny how everyone has different taste buds?  I love it when my four and half year old nephew, Kyle, reminds me of this!  Well, here is another example of this.  Work bought some teas for the break room.  One was Good Earth Chai Tea Vanilla.  I have liked Good Earth in the past so I was excited to try this flavor.  My friend Melanie, who I work, with really liked it.  What did I think????  I did not like it.  I thought it had a perfume taste. So, this is one Good Earth tea that I will avoid in the future.  I even tried it with milk and it was still no good.