Saturday, May 16, 2020

Pioneer Coffeehouse Hibiscus Iced Tea




          

I heard that Pioneer had Avocado Toast and I wanted to try it. I had a $5 gift card I thought I would use too.

But, then I saw if you bought a $25 gift card you would get one of their Pioneer glasses for free.  The glasses are normally $8, so I figured it was win win.  I would surely use a $25 gift card here.

I love hibiscus, so I ordered their iced tea.  It has great hibiscus flavor, but I must warn you it also has a strong licorice flavor too.  So, if you aren't a fan of licorice, I would try another one of their iced teas.  


You can order on line and pick up in their drive thru.  Super easy!!


I need to find out if they sell loafs of this bread!!  It was amazing!!!!!  It was garlic and something and it was so flavorful and delicious.


There are lots of tea options at Pioneer. See below:




For $2.99 I got my first Hartzler mini milks.  The strawberry is so good!!!

Here also is my free glass.


Check out Pioneer!  They have really great, friendly staff  and their drinks and goodies are really yummy too.


Friday, May 15, 2020

Day 41 Inca Tea, Machu Picchu Mango




I tried to visit Inca Tea in Cleveland- but I went to their old location.  So, someday I will have to find the Inca store that is open.

I did find them at the CLE airport and enjoyed a chai.


Day 41 of working from home.  I am fever free and cleared for the day!


I am featuring Inca Tea.  They are headquarter in Cleveland Ohio.
The unique thing about this tea is that they have Peruvian Purple Corn in all their teas.


Mango, Purple Corn, Hibiscus Petals, Natural Flavors, Rose Hip Peel and Apple.


This is an herbal tea- I had my water temp at 212 degrees and I steeped for around 3 minutes.

Tea made with purple corn - The deep, rich color of purple corn makes it a rich source of antioxidants – compounds that knock out harmful free radicals and reduce inflammation.



From the wesite, "A hike into the Andes doesn’t follow a straight path. Neither does Inca Tea. Mango is a favorite flavor of our founder, so we made this slightly tropical variation of our original Peruvian Spiced Berry purple corn tea blend.
With luscious mango, sweet herbs and citrus flavors added to the antioxidant-rich purple corn tea base, Machu Picchu Mango is a refreshingly different, exceptionally healthy tea experience. Especially when served on ice. Try one and live life with a twist."


I really do enjoy this tea and I don't taste any corn in the tea at all.  It's got the tartness from the hibiscus, which I love, and then then the other fruity flavors.  I would say I taste the apple and the mango next.  They blend well together.  I love the notes I get from this tea.

I actually got THREE cups of tea from the one serving.  Note- I did steep the last cup for about 5 minutes.


After I shared my featured Tea, look what popped up in my feed!  This is the second time this has happened.  If you are wanting to try this tea, the sampler is a great way to do that.




I also had some visitors for tea!!!

Heidi came  over for some Bubble Tea.  
I am excited for some Wednesday Wanderings this summer with Heidi.  I can't wait to see what kind of ethnic foods we find this year.  We have tried to do one field trip a month during the summer. 
The past two years we have done- Vietnamese, French, Ethiopian, Thai, Nepalian, and more.


Okay, these guys did not come for tea- but were part of my day.

These ladies came over for tea and stayed for lunch. They brought me Baja. Kristie and I graduated together, we have been great friends for over 35 years.  I love hanging out with her and her daughter....or even her husband too, lol.   I always laugh and have a great time with them. Good friends make everything better.



#Kettleson

Find joy and give joy!


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Day 40, featuring Tealyra Scandinavian Wild Berry - cold brewed


Day 40 of working from home, I am fever free and cleared for work.

Apple bits, blackberry leaves, hibiscus blossoms, chokeberry pomace, blueberries, goji berries, bucho leaves, cornflower blossoms, natural flavoring 

https://www.tealyra.com/loose-tea/herbal-teas/wild-mountain-herbs-clone/



Making cold brew iced tea.  One teaspoon of tea per 8 ounces of tea.  This pitcher holds 2 quarts, which is 64 ounces, which would be 8 teaspoons of loose leaf tea.

if  you don't have a pitcher with a filter, that is fine- use tea bags.  I use these tea bags that hold one cup of tea for my kombucha.  They are also for cold brew, because they hold a lot of loose tea.


Cold brew is great.
Cold brew is great- have you tried it yet?  
I put in about 1 teaspoons per 8 oz of cold water, within 5-8 minutes I have cold brew tea.  It doesn't get bitter because the water is cold and you are not releasing any tanins. I can add water to the cup at least 2-3 more times throughout the day.  You can add ANY loose leaf tea to water for cold brew. 

There are several ways you can cold brew- you can buy special containers or you can simply add a tea bag to your water! Easy Peasy!

What are the benefits of cold brew tea?  Cold brew tea is infused slowly over time to extract more goodness, producing a deliciously mild but flavorful taste with no hint of bitterness. And you can add water multiple times- you get a lot of bang for your buck.


This tea is refreshing and fruity.  There is a sweetness and also a tartness.  Everything blends so well together. I love it cold!!!

from the website:
"Scandinavian Wild Berry wonderfully celebrates the pure delight of summertime wild berry picking! A cool and forest-shaded summer climate causes the berries to ripen slower to develop a deep, sweet flavor. Berry season starts around late June with strawberries and finishes in October with black currants.
Buchu is an aromatic plant native to South Africa, it is known for its traditional healing properties as a diuretic and to be healing for urinary tract issues. It is fragrant and has an intense natural flavor of black currant. We have blended buchu leaf with blueberry, chokeberry, goji berry and hibiscus for a flavorful Scandinavian-inspired jammy sweet tisane that is sure to please.
Once steeped, the fragrant black currant blend infuses a maroon-pink tea liquor with a sweet-tart aroma, at first sip you will adore the delicious balance of sweet ripe blueberry, with sharp blackcurrant taste and tartness like freshly picked lingonberries!
Enjoy the bounty of the forest with every sip!"

These cuties showed up for free Bubble Tea.
While I am working from home anyone is welcome to come over for a free cup of tea to go!

#Kettleson

Find joy and give joy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Day 39, Featuring Ohio Tea Company - Ontario Icewine



First off, Happy birthday to my dad.  He is 76 years young today!!!  He is an amazing man and a fabulous dad!! He and I have a special bond.  We used to work together, around 10 years at Lehmans Hardware.  He also helped me fix up my house.  
Some say my dad is the reason I am still single, I can't find anyone to measure up.   One of my greatest memories with my dad was when I was really struggling with my chemical imbalance and we were at work together, we would go into the warehouse and he would pray for and with me.  Both my parents were so great while I was struggling.  In the 90's no one really talked about mental issues, but my parents were so supportive and helpful to me during that time.  I also have so many memories of going to auctions with my dad.  We both had off Tuesdays and we would drive all over to auctions.  So many other great memories too!!
One of best compliments I ever received was from a lady who told me I was the best of both my parents, I can only hope to achieve that.  God had blessed me with wonderful parents.


I think I get my orneriness from him too....

But, back to tea....
Today is day 39 and I am fever free.  So, I get work from home!


Today I am featuring a tea I was just introduced to at the end of the last year, Ontario Icewine.


The complex method for making Ontario ice wine is modeled after the centuries old techniques for making German Eiswein. (The first ice wines were produced in Germany about 700 years ago.) According to Canadian law, in order to be considered true Ice Wine, all grapes must be harvested after the first hard freeze at a minimum of 8.
Freezing temperature is key. If it doesn't come quickly enough in the season the grapes can rot. If it is too severe, the grapes will become to hard and no juice can be extracted. In order to retain their sweet flavor, the harvested grapes need to be pressed immediately while still frozen. The pressed juice is thick and sugary, much like the wine produced after fermentation!"
These leaves remind me of a silver needle tea.




It is white tea, so you need to make sure you never boil the water or over steep the leaves.   I put my electric kettle at 175 degrees.  I also steeped the tea for 3 minutes.  Add the water first to the teapot, then the leaves.  This way the teapot takes the brunt of the heat.

The other day when I took the Smith Tea Class Webinar, the leader, recommended when you are making white, green, and oolong tea that you leave the tea pot lid a askew.  This lets an air space.  If you have the lid on tight the teas leaves can get "stewy".  You get a better flavor when the air moves and the leaves don't stew.


Ice wine also helps in lowering blood pressure and has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. 

This tea is not like any tea I have ever tried- in a good way.  I have never had icewine, so I am not sure what it taste like, but this tea is great.  The notes are sweet.  It is super delicate.  I really love drinking it.


Today at lunch I headed to Kidron, to MCC.  I had my "lunch" at 10 am.  The store opened at 10 and there was already a line.  They were only letting 25 people in at a time.  I love MCC for fun dishes. 

https://www.facebook.com/MCCConnectionsThriftShop/



Note- they do require face masks here.

I purchased this beautiful pottery platter that I can not wait to fill with veggies for the next family get together.  It was a deal at $5.00
I also purchased this pitcher for $4.50 - I am either keeping it or giving it to my mom.  


This afternoon Sarah stopped by for some bubble tea.    Love seeing her smiling face. 

#Kettleson

Give Joy and find joy

Crab apple tree, crab apple tea???




I love this crab apple tree in my back yard. But, it really only looks this beautiful for about 1 week of the entire year.  As soon as a big wind storm comes the blossoms are gone.
Yet, while the tree looks like this I could stare at it for hours.  God's handiwork is beautiful.  His creation is incredible.






The neighbor boy, who is 5 or 6 gave me some of the crab apples last year.  He told me I could use them in my tea.
First, how adorable is that???!
Second, how does this youngster know of my love for tea??!


I love it.   I think I will pass on making tea, but I love the thought!