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January is Hot Tea Month – Let’s Celebrate!

 

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January is Hot Tea Month – Let’s Celebrate!

I enjoy hot tea daily. I try to have a tea time ritual at twice a day, time permitting. I usually have a morning tea around 10am with a light snack and an afternoon tea around 2pm also with a snack. So in honor of Hot Tea Month, I would like to share some of my tea time rituals with you.

 

First the tea.

I love Adagio Teas. I have been sipping a variety of tea from Adagio the past couple months. I found that I prefer black tea. Earl Grey Moonlight, Earl Grey Lavender, and Summer Rose are just a few of my favorites. I’ve also had the pleasure of trying Harney and Sons Chocolate Peppermint Tea, which tastes like Christmas candy.

 

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Earl Grey Tea Cookies

With my cuppa, I like to have some cookies or biscuits. I made my favorite Earl Grey Tea Cookes (recipe from previous post) complete with a teaspoon of lavender for that extra touch. These cookies are so addictive. It takes a lot of resolve not to eat the entire batch in one go.

Thankfully they are easy to make and freeze well, so I can whip up several batches and try different flavors, like my other favorite: Earl Grey Rose (I just add a teaspoon of dried, food grade rose petals to the recipe).

 

I also decided to make a batch of drop sugar cookies. Read the rest of this entry »

For the Pin: Cookies

Happy Chinese New Year: Year of the Horse!

 

Some friends and I enjoy celebrating Chinese New Year, when we can. This year we’re having a small gathering, just a few friends, some Chinese takeout from the nearby restaurant, and an Asian film—we’re still not sure if we’re watching Mulan or House of Flying Daggers.

 

Since I’m hosting the activities I decided to try my hand at Almond Cookies. I’ve never had Chinese Almond Cookies before, so I turned to my trusted source of recipes: Pinterest.

 

I found lots of great recipes, however I decided on this one:

Almond Cookie Crisps

(original recipe found here: link )

Almond Crisps

Almond Crisps

 

I chose this recipe for two reasons.

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A Foodie in France

paris, france, eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower at Night

Paris, City of Lights, City of Love, City of History, and the City of French Cuisine!

I recently spent a week vacation in Paris, France, and while I climbed all the steps of the Eiffel Tower, heard the bells of Notre Dame blast through my soul amongst the gargoyles, traipsed the bowels of Paris up close and personal with ancient bones in the catacombs, I must say that after coming back home and going through those memorable pictures it is the scenes of food that really stood out.

And so, I realized I’m a foodie.

croque italian and hot tea, Paris, France

Croque Italian and Mariage tea! One of the many meals in Paris, France.

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Holiday Helper Hints: The Crock Pot

Feeling the hustle and bustle of holiday planning? I know I am. With so many things on my to-do list it can sometimes be difficult to enjoy the wonder that the holiday season brings, not to mention finding the extra time to shop for the perfect gifts for everyone on my list. So I decided to break out the good old trusty Crock Pot. Spend less time cooking and more time enjoying those priceless moments that make holiday merriment memorable.

Crock Pot

I seem to forget that I have a slow cooker sitting on my kitchen counter, just waiting to be used.

While I was hanging out with some of my girlfriends at our local Barnes & Nobles a couple weeks ago, I wandered upon a Crock Pot recipe book that was geared for the Holiday season. The book was Phyllis Pellman Good’s “Fix-It and Forget-It Christmas Cook Book 600 Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes Recipes.” While some of the recipes were simple slow cooker meals that can be found in Good’s other “Fix-It and Forget-It”crock pot recipe books, a few recipes were perfect for this busy holiday season (I will share 2 recipes in this post).

So I rolled up my sleeves, cleaned off my crock pot and gathered my ingredients. One simple recipe I want to introduce you to is the “Christmas Meatloaf.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hamburger Steak w/Onion Gravy

Hamburger Steak Dinner

Hamburger Steak with Onion Gravy

Today I would like to present another wonderful recipe from Cooking With Dog.
I have made this recipe a couple times now, and fully enjoy the taste of the onion gravy. I recommend watching the video (provided in the link bellow) for step by step guidance.
Hamburger Steak!
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