Wednesday, January 15, 2014

celebrating 10 years


above 2014
below 2004
MAN, do I look like I have aged in 10 years!  Maybe it was the bad hair day I was having in 2014?





Celebrating 10 years at my job as an insurance adjuster!!!!  How do I celebrate?  Flowers from my Mom and Snapple Tea!  Snapple was on sale at Buelhers last week to for $4.00.  LOVE THAT!!!!! 


ice fishing tea???

 If you know me at all you know I love cold weather!  I also like to fish.  So what to do but mix the two.  My friend Robin- that you all read about on here, that loves tea...well her husband, Charlie likes to fish.  So we went ice fishing after that polar vortex ice freeze we had when it had been -10 degrees out. 

 What tea to take???  Stash Blueberry Superfruit.  Right tea, wrong container!  It was not insulated, so at first it was so hot I could not hold the thermos- so I added my homemade cozy.  Then once it was okay to hold, it was freezing and soon became iced tea.  But, still a very good choice for fishing :)

http://www.stashtea.com/Stash-Tea-Company-Blueberry-Superfruit/dp/B005CRMY28

 Charlie had to "chop" us a hole.  The ice was about 6"-7" thick.  We fished with wax worms for almost two hours and did not even get a nibble.  Oh well, it was a beautiful night in the the 30's.  It snowed and we had fun!  We sent Robin a photo of us fishing and she sent us back a photo of the roaring fire she was sitting in front of at home.  THANKS ROBIN!!!

 fun night!  We will try again, but maybe in the day time.  I think I will bring the same tea, just in a different container.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Heavenly Stairs inChina called Mt. Hua Shan, look for the tea house


This Might Be The Scariest Trail In The World. But You’ll NEVER Guess Where It Leads. Unbelievable.

We hope you’re not afraid of heights, because this even made our palms sweat. What you see below is a mountain in China called Mt. Hua Shan. At its base, you’ll find a gigantic set of stone stairs, called “the Heavenly Stairs.” These stairs go so high up the mountainside, it’s hard to see where they end. If that wasn’t enough, the precarious stairs lead to the world’s most dangerous trail, the Hua Shan plank path. The plank trail leads high up the Hua Shan mountain just outside the city Xi’an. No one will force you to wear safety gear, although it’s strongly encouraged. The trail itself is dangerous and stunning, but what is at the top will really shock you.

So, either these people really like dangerous climbing, or they really like tea. Either way, you should probably check out the teahouse at the top of Mt. Hua Shan.



note from Kerrie...How beautiful is this little hidden gem.





BALIS BEST Tea Candy

http://www.fusiongourmet.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=1_4
An ancient beverage savored for its rich, complex flavors, tea has been enjoyed for centuries in exotic lands. The natural tea extract that is used in our candies originates from whole green tea that is grown exclusively in the islands of Java. Mindfully hand-plucked, our tea derives its fresh and lively flavor and light floral scent from the sultry Javanese climate and rich soils. The result is an exquisite candy that is perfectly balanced with eh essence of the whole tea leaf.

I have noticed 3 flavors on line- Green Tea Latte, Citrus Green Tea, and Classic Iced Tea

https://www.lehmans.com/
My sister got this candy for Christmas.  It came from one of the best stores EVER, Lehman's Hardware!  Never been there?  You need to go, they are located in Kidron, Ohio.  I am a little boast since it is my uncle who founded and runs the store.  But, it has everything you could ever want there- or so it seems. They also have a nice little tea section with tea and tea products.  You need to pay them a visit!

A little about Lehman's Hardware, it was started in 1955...it used to look like this...

















It now looks like this.....

















Here is what it says on the website
"Housed in our 45,000 square foot retail store is the finest selection of non-electric technology you'll ever see. You'll see the lighter end of things first.
Entering near the Soda Pop Shop, check out over 70 varieties of root beer - and those are just a few of the 300+ vintage-style and handcrafted sodas we stock every day. Lehman's Candy Land stocks tasty old-fashioned treats too: salt water taffy, real milk caramels, jujubes and more!
Don't miss the Major Appliances Room. It's a showcase for the latest in super-efficient heat stoves and cook stoves. Of course, you'll also find gas-powered appliances like refrigerators, freezers and stoves.
And if you're a grillmaster, we're a source for high-end grills, smokers and accessories. Looking for a sturdy, long-lasting fireplace or heat stove accessories? Look no further than Lehman's.


We feature thousands of items in ur Housewares and Pantry area, from modern necessities like silicone utensils, Silpats and pre-seasoned cast iron, right down to vintage-style copper cookie cutters. If you have a new kitchen to outfit or an 'experienced' one to update, you can do it all right here.

Looking for classic toys? Right this way to our Toy Room - and don't forget to stop in the Lego Loft, with shelves full of hard-to-find collectible sets, and Duplo blocks for the younger ones.
If you're interested in sustainable living, urban gardening, or running your small farm, then you'll be spending a good deal of time in our Gardening, Lamp and Hardware Rooms, which offer alternatives for efficient, low impact living.
And as you move through our bright and inviting surroundings, you should know that the store itself is a repurposed antique, gathering four pre-Civil War era buildings under one soaring roof. Reminders of America's farming past are all around you. Founder Jay Lehman's collection of museum-quality agricultural antiques line the walls.
The Buggy Barn Cinema features short presentations on organic gardening, oil lamp restoration and other topics. Relax on the Cinema's Amish-made hickory church pews and explore some new ideas. Fancy a quick bite? The Cast Iron Café is at the heart of things with sandwiches, soups and more made fresh daily. The Amish desserts alone are worth the trip!
Today, Lehman's ships old-fashioned, non-electric merchandise all over the world through our catalog and online. Our store in Kidron, Ohio is where it all began in 1955.
We're proud to offer the best in non-electric products in our store, through our catalog and via our website. With an emphasis on products that are made in America, we provide necessities to a large customer base, including missionaries and doctors working in developing countries ;to homesteaders and environmentalists living in remote areas; to those with unreliable electricity living on islands and mountains; second home owners, hunters, fishers and cabin dwellers; the chronically nostalgic; and even Hollywood set designers looking for historically accurate period pieces."

Now back to the Tea Candy!!!

I thought the candy was good, if I had not known what the flavor was I am not sure I would have guessed iced tea, but once I knew that was the flavor, I thought it did taste like it.  I thought it was a fun and tasty candy.