Friday, December 28, 2018

Coffee & Tea Zone, Colorado Springs CO, 2018


 I stopped off in Colorado Springs to see some friends  I have met on along the way in my life.  I had a blast being with them over the course of 2 days!  So many great memories and lots of laughs.




I went down town to eat lunch with my friends, and then we headed to find tea!  I mean, really- why not find tea, lol.  My friends said I was easy to please on this trip.  I said of course, give me tea, and a photo moment and I am happy.  You throw in good food and laughter and I am a happy camper!!





We looked at Google to see what tea places were close and what looked good and we saw Coffee & Tea Zone.  I thought an Iced Chai sounded good since it was 92 out.

They had several choices of flavors- Tahitian Vanilla, East India Spice, Green Tea, and Wild Raspberry.  I asked what was the most popular and he said East India Spice, so I went with that one.




My friend went for her favorite Matcha and had the bubbles added.  Since I knew I was going out for bubble tea later tonight, I went without the bubbles.


This was more a frozen chai then iced, but I thought that made it better.!


Tazo chai Concentrate



I purchased this chai at a scratch and dent store.  I love a good deal!  .75 was way to good a price to pass up.


I mixed it with an almond milk. I have to say I was NOT a fan.  I am finding more and more that Chai from concentrate is NOT for me!!  I found it sweet and not spicy.  Also weak, and weak in a bland way- I know you are to add half chai and half milk, however I added more chai and I could not get the flavor up.




I tried to enjoy my chai while watching Christmas movies with my cat.  I enjoyed my cat, Christmas movies, but I did not even finish the chai.  Glad I only paid .75 for the chai.




Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Hydro Flask vinyl vs laser engraved



I purchased this 40 oz Hyrdo flask.  I love it. It works a lot better than my Yeti.  I feel that it really keeps things cold. I wonder if I purchased a bad Yeti.  Anyway, I love this Hydro Flask.



I went online and purchased some vinyl stickers.  I would NOT recommend vinyl stickers for mugs/jugs/flasks....even though they say they work.  Within in a few weeks letters were coming off.  The vinyl stickers did not hold up to washing, even thought I was only hand washing.



We have a FREE laser printer at our local college. So, I headed over there one Saturday to laser engrave my flask. Now, I don't have to worry about the stickers coming off.  


We set up the design on the computer.  I twas very scientific...I let the computer lab guy so all the math.





In less than 10 minutes in the laser machine, I had my mug completed.  Totally thrilled with the way it turned out.  I recommend seeing if there is a local college near you that offers this free service.




I now have my favorite things on this mug, my love of Jesus, tea, travel, and a moose....













Tuesday, December 25, 2018

tiesta tea Chai love- using stainless steel tea filter stick

Merry Christmas 2018


I hope you had a great Christmas- celebrating the true meaning of Christmas...JESUS!!!

Luke 2:1-20 New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,

    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

I am a fan of fiesta tea.  I have discovered some loose leaf teas I enjoy from this company.  This chai is really good!!  It has a nice blend of spices.

  • + black tea
  • + ginger
  • + cardamom
  • + cloves
  • + cassia vera
  • + pink peppercorns



Tea Infuser, 1 Pack 6.4 Inch Stainless Steel Tea Filter Stick Single Cup Tea Strainer for Loose Tea

This is going to be a fun travel infuser.  The loose leaf fits nicely in the infuser for a cup of tea.  You push the top and the bottom opens.



tea infuser



Enjoying a cup of chai on Christmas day!!  Instead of milk I added Hartzlers Egg Nog 

Yummy tea and I love the infuser too!


I love spending Christmas with my family!!!  We are all together every other year.  This is the year!!  And I love it!!!  My niece and nephews are my favorites- they rock!!!