Saturday, September 22, 2018

Old Town Battle Grounds - lavender chai




Spending the morning with my niece.  She took me to Battle Ground, Washington.  We went and visited a friend who has a Dahlia garden and picked some flowers- and hen he took us to his orchard for fruit.



They made me a lavender Chai.  They use Oregon Chai as the base and then the added lavender syrup to it.  I really enjoyed it.



This is my face when I spill out tea on me!  It was so full and I sloshed tea on me- ouch 😩


I enjoyed the tea.


My niece got a hot chocolate- she enjoyed it.


I also ordred a Jasmine Pearl tea.  I will blog about that later...wait and see...


Lunch...

I ordered a Rueben- it was exceptional!!!  It came with a side and picked potato salad.  It was nicely done.


It’s a very nice shop.  It’s in an old church.  It’s very quaint.




Their are still stain glass windows around.  It was a fun vibe.  The staff was super friendly!!!  They were helpful in helpful me pick a tea.  I thought they were great!


Yes, I got a third drink- I was on vacation 😂😂😂

I got another lavender chai. The first one was really good- I didn’t notice it was Oregon Chai.  I’m not always a fan of Oregon Chai and I think that is why I liked the first Chai better then the second cup.  The second cup tasted more of Oregon Chai- it had a more concentrate in it- so it may have needed more lavender.
I did love the design on top of the second cup though.


Downstairs of the church is Dungeon Donuts.  You’ll need to check them out...


Very fun setting!  Right in the middle of town- a great setting for a coffee/tea shop and deli.




The fruit we gathered from the orchard- the Italian plums were fantastic!!!  







The flowers were gorgeous!  The owner said he just had done a show and had 10 flowers make the judges table.  He did real well!! 


Friday, September 21, 2018

Blueberry Lemon Scones



 Lemon Blueberry Drop Scones

1C whole wheat pastry flour
... 1C flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp salt
1C Vanilla yogurt
1 T lemon juice
1 egg
1/4 C butter, melted
1 C fresh or frozen blueberries

glaze
1/2 C confectioner's sugar
1T lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel

in a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. In another bowl, combine yogurt, egg, and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in blueberries. Drop by heaping tablespoons 2 inches apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm scones.



My sister makes these scones for me every time I visit her in Washington.  I love these scones!!! They are so yummy.  Great with a cup of tea in the morning or a snack.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Good Earth, Sweet & Spicy


A co-worker gave me some tea to try.  She and her daughter love this tea.  I was excited to try it.  But, I have to say it was not for me.  It was very Cinnamony and hot.  So, if you like cinnamon you will love this tea.  I kind of reminded me of Big Red gum.
This tea had too much "heat" for me.




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Yellow Mountain Tea House, Colorado






I was out in Colorado Springs visiting friends that I have met through our church.  On my way to seeing my sister in Washington I spent 2 days in Colorado.  
We decided to try this tea house in Old Colorado City.  My friends said I was an easy guest- as long as tea was involved I was happy!  It is true- give me tea and/or a photo opp and I am very happy!!!





fun teas and tea accessories


This was a nice tea house.  They had a nice selection of tea and tea accessories in the shop.  The gals that were there were super friendly and helpful.  If I lived closer I would visit this place more often.  The prices were reasonable and they had a nice selection.


We had our choice of seating.  We could sit up on the "stage" with an open base.  Or in the back of the room.  The seating area in the back was divided by fun bling, fringe curtains.


We decided to sit in the back.  We each picked a tea we wanted to try.  We were able to do a Chinese Tea Ceremony for $5 a person.  I thought it was a great price.  It was a fun treat.  

Janet went with a blood orange herbal tea


Carrie went with a Matcha and I went with my favorite Coconut Oolong.




The gal came and set up our table with all the tea supplies.

The table had marble base with a trough around the edge.  She poured hot water in the tea pots and cups to warm them up. She then poured the water out into the trough.  There was a small hole in the trough and the water ran below into a container.



The gal prepared each tea.  The herbal tea she let steep in the pot the longest, since a herbal tea you usually steep for 5-6 minutes, Then she made my Oolong since it steeps for 3-5 minutes.  Then she made the Matcha- since that is usually whisked together for a few seconds.  She made a pot of each tea.
With the Oolong tea she used a bowl and lid to pour the tea into a pitcher....using the lid to keep the leaves out.  With the Herbal- she had a tea pot and she used a "stick" to keep the leaves from entering into the serving tea pot.





THE GAL OFFERED US  SWEET TEA LEAVES- CARRIE ENJOYED THE SWEET TEA LEAVES, JANET AND I DID NOT.  WE FELT THE LEAVES HAD TO MUCH OF A "STEVIA" TASTE.  THEY WERE TOO SWEET. 
 from the website- "Chinese sweet tea is a traditional Chinese herbal tea, made from the leaves of Chinese Blackberry (Rubus suavissimus). These leaves contain a natural sweetener, called rubusoside, which is 200 times as sweet as cane sugar. The tea has long been used to alleviate kidney symptoms, and a recent Japanese study also indicates that it has anti-inflammatory effects and helps against allergies.
Sweet tea leaves are no sugar but contains 5% ~ 8% high sweetness Rubusoside, a diterpene glycosides, low-calorie high sweet substance, 300 times than sucrose sweetness, the degree close to the pure sweet sugar, heat production is 1% of sucrose and no accumulation. It is the best sugar substitute for all ages.
It can be used in processing pastry, bread, beverage, chocolate, as well as home-made cooking. It is good for people, especially those who suffers from diabetes, obesity, hypertension, constipation, bronchitis, pollen-allergic, rhinitis, angina and also good for those heavy smokers and drinkers.
Wild sweet tea leaves live on altitude of 2,000 meters mountain, pure nature environment, pollution-free. Sweet tea has a special taste, mellow flavor, quenching thirst, is a rare, valuable, new natural health tea for all seasons drinks.
It contains 18 kinds of amino acids, especially 8 amino acids which cannot be absorbed from food only produced from our body such as lysine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, also rich in various body necessary trace elements and many kinds of vitamins. The high nutrient content is one of the hallmarks of sweet tea. "


Watching the process....

Carrie pouring her Matcha. She really liked it.



We each got a cute little tea pot and a little tea cup- "bowl" to drink tea from.



Love these gals!!!  Carrie and I met in Thailand in 2015 and Janet and I met in 2017 in Columbus.  Even though I haven't known them long or spend much time with them- we connected.  We are all Christians and share a love of the Lord- that is a great base for our friendship!



I was glad I ordered the Coconut Oolong- it was by far my favorite!  I tried Janet's Blood Orange and it was good, but I could not even finish the Matcha tea. It was way to grassy tasting!!!



We ordered chicken steamed dumplings and rice pearl meat balls.





Carrie was checking out the Pu - erh 

Pikes Peak



So much fun in Old Colorado City