Saturday, July 29, 2017

Starbucks Ombré Pink Drink



I have to laugh when someone gets a tea drink and they don't like it- so they give it to me! I have to say this new drink taste like bubble gum- not good!!!!! 

 FROM STARBUCKS---"Ombré Pink Drink As delicious as it is gorgeous. This refreshing Ombré Pink Drink combines our light, fruity Cool Lime Starbucks Refreshers® beverage with cool, creamy coconutmilk and a splash of Teavana® Shaken Iced Passion Tango® Tea, for a bright burst of hibiscus." 

  I say no to this!!!!!  I did not finish it, I tossed it.  Sorry, this is a fail for me.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Costa de Sol Hotel tea in Spain, Hills Brothers Tea


 
While in Spain I wanted to try as much tea as I could.  I was disappointed that there really was not much tea to be found.

I tried black tea one morning and then this other tea- I am assume it was a green tea since it had a green label- hahahaha  It was okay...it was just tea, nothing exciting about it.

 


 
The breakfasts at the hotel were REALLY good!!!
 



Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Wild Plum Tea Room, Gatlinburg TN


 

My entire family (all 11 of us) went to Gatlinburg to celebrate my parents 50th. My parents had been to this tea house before, my sister said we had eaten here in 1994, but I don't remember it.   Glad we made reservations well in advance, but it was busy and people were getting turned away.  It was girls day- so my mom, my two sisters, my niece and I had a very nice meal.
 

The tea house sits a bit off the road nestled in among some trees. 




 
Wild Plum Tea (served hot or cold) 3.00- since it was over 90 degrees I got the cold tea. It was really refreshing!!!!  I think I had 3 glasses of it. 

 

 The Wild Plum muffins are served with all entrees.  These were nice little bites.

I was so hungry and I just needed to eat something before I got a headache.  I ordered the humus. It was really good- it had a kick to it.  I enjoyed snacking on it while we waited for our food.

I ordered the chicken salad it came with the peanut soup and quinoa salad.  I loved it all.  So very tasty!!

My mom got a great salad plate, I think it had 5 salads on it with humus.

My older sister got the Strata.
 
My niece got the chicken salad with fruit and sconce
 
    My younger sister got the same thing I did, but I think she got a kale salad instead of quinoa.
 
The table looked beautiful with all of our food on it.  We joked about getting all the photos taken so we would finally eat.
 
 
 
Why it that even with such small servings I am satisfied?  I think it is that we eat with our eyes and my eyes are happy with what they see :)
 
 
The dessert sampler or was it the dessert trio- there was some debate.
 
trying the goodies.
 

What a nice afternoon with my family.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Teacup Ride at Dollywood

Great night for an amusement park!!!!

In Gatlinburg celebrating my parents 50th.  All the adult kids and grandkids went to Dollywood (in Pigeon Forge) one evening.  Did you know that if you go after 3pm, the next day you can get in for free?  Well, it's true.  We had a nice few hours there Wednesday evening and then spent most of Thursday there too.

I of course, wanted to ride the tea cups!!!!!!

Last time I was in a tea cup ride was 1994 with my friend Kate at Disney in Florida!!!  Now, here I am with my niece Kate!  Must be a Kate thing!




My niece and I giggled and laughed as we spun around!!! It was so much fun riding with her!!!!
 


I only get to see my beautiful niece once a year, sometimes twice.  I love spending time with her.  She is so amazing and special.  She has a heart for Jesus and the lost- it doesn't get much better than that!!!

It was in the 90's, so I was soo hot, but it was also soo fun!!!!

 

 
Thumbs up!!!!
 
 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Kombucha with loose leaf tea

Someone asked me the other day if I added loose leaf tea to my F1...the first fermentation process of Kombucha.  I do!!! If I made a gallon I do 4 black tea bags and then an equivalent to 4 bags of loose leaf tea.  I found these great cotton/muslin spice bags.  I bought them at Lehman's Hardware in Kidron Ohio (4 bags are $3.95 on line).  I live close, so I can shop at the store cheaper then the on line prices.  The bags are great for adding loose leaf tea into your F1 blend.


https://www.lehmans.com/product/muslin-spice-bags


They are probably cheaper on line at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=spice+bags



As you can see I added the loose leaf tea into the bag and tied it shut.  Then once the blending/steeping is done, I turn the bag inside out over the trash can.  I throw away the loose leaf tea, but I keep the bag!  I just rinse it out.  I can use it over and over again.



Sipping Sunday


Enjoying my new mug from my cousin!