Monday, January 5, 2015

Back To School Day!

We had a great day back in school. I wasn't feeling up to teaching today after being on break for 2 weeks. But once we got started, the good Lord gave me the strength and zeal to get through the day!! Glory to GOD! LOL Now, I'll end the night trying another tea that I found in the giveaway bag. It's called Mantra Specialty Chais. I tried their Rooibos Chai tea.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Home For Unwanted Teas

My sweet church members often give me their unused or wanted teas. I love it. I get to try many different types of teas without spending my own money. I just tried one tonight. It was called Rooibush Caramel Dream . It tasted great. I look forward to trying some white tea that was also given to me. I've heard that it has a light fresh taste. So, I look forward to trying that kind of tea to see what I've been missing.

I tried to include the link to the tea I had, but I couldn't find it. It was from Community Tea House if you're interested.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sweet & Spicy Coconut Tea!!

I love a variety of tea flavors. There are some tea flavors I prefer more than others. Like Celestial Seasoning's Decaf Sweet Coconut Thai tea. I like it, but it's not one of my "must haves". Well, as I made a stop in the tea section at a local grocery store, I saw a box and contemplated if I wanted to buy it. I decided not to get a box because I didn't think I would use it. Well, guess what!? Yup! Today was the day when I wanted to fix a cup of that tea and I didn't have ANY! Boo! LOL

I just started a new "diet" plan and I thought it would have been a nice "reward" for me sticking to my meal plan today. I WANTED that spicy coconut taste!! (growling) LOL Then BING! The Lord gave me a sweet idea! I had some coconut flakes in the cabinet. I also had some Good Nature's Sweet and Spicy as well. I wasn't sure how it was going to taste, but I decided to give it a try.

I added a cup of water, a sweet & spicy tea bag, and about 3 tablespoons of sweeten coconut flakes and boiled them all together. It turned out GREAT!!

I'm so thankful that the Lord gave me that sweet idea. I tell you, He truly is the One Who can help us to be creative. Here's my recipe. I called it, Sweet & Spicy Coconut Tea

1 cup of water
1 Sweet & Spicy tea bag
3 tablespoons of Sweetened Coconut Flakes
2 tablespoons of half & half

Boil the tea and coconut flakes together. Then pour in the half & half and enjoy.

When I do purchase a box, I'll make my other drink (that I really wanted to make tonight)

Coconut Delight

2 bags of Sweet Coconut Thai tea bags
1/4 cup of Coconut cream (or you could use about 1/2 cup of coconut milk)
2 tablespoons of hal & half

Mix and enjoy.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Creamy Ice Tea Please

Starting yesterday, I've been drinking creamy ice tea. What?! Yes, just like I said, CREAMY ICE TEA!

It started with me having some Bigelow's Peppermint Bark tea leftover after spending time with my girls. I just poured the rest of it in my favorite cup with the straw. I added some green tea, syrup, half & half, and wow! I nice creamy, cool, taste!

I made another cup later on that night. I call it "Cool White Chocolate Drink". Here's the recipe:

Cool White Chocolate Drink
1/2 cup of green tea
1/2 cup of almond milk
1/4 cup white chocolate-peppermint syrup
2 Tbsp of half and half

Add ice, mix, and enjoy.

I loved that cool taste.

Today, I wanted to have another cup of ice tea, but I wasn't in the mood for peppermint. So, I fixed Vanilla-Caramel ice tea. Here's the recipe:

Creamy Vanilla-Caramel Ice Tea
1/2 cup of water
2 bags of Bigelow's Vanilla-Caramel tea bags
1/2 of Almond milk
2 Tbsp of Splendor
2 Tbsp of half and half

Add ice, mix, and enjoy.

I love the smell of this tea brewing on the stove. My five-year-old even commented about the smell. It gives such a sweet scent in the air. It just calls you to come over and enjoy a cup of it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Eggnog Chai

Yesterday, I shared my tea recipe JavaVana Eggnog Mate. Today, I'd like to share this Eggnog Chai tea recipe. I just made it. It's really creamy, but without the eggnog.

Eggnog Chai
1 cup of Bigelow's Eggnog tea
2 scoops of my Chai Mix
2 Tbsp of Half & Half

Brew the tea and add the mix and half and half.
Drink and enjoy!

Dry Creamy Chai Mix & Sweet, Creamy, Caramel Chai Tea

I'm thankful that when and if I'm near a Duncan Doughnut, Starbucks or Panera Bread, I can get a nice cup of Vanilla Chai tea. I love how creamy and sweet their chai teas are. But, whenever I tried to make a cup at home, it would NEVER taste the same. Some tea drinkers told me that most of the shops use a concentrated version. Okay, I get that. But, I didn't want to use one. It just feels "cheap" to me. LOL

So, I decided to use some of the chai recipes that I found on Pinterest. I first tried one similar to this one. It wasn't spicy enough. So, I found this one. It included some of the same ingredients as the first, only it included allspice and white pepper in their recipe. I confess, I thought adding white pepper would give it the heat that I wanted. Not!! LOL

When I made the chai tea mix, I didn't have any unsweetened tea mix. So, I omitted it from the recipe. You can pretty much say that I just made a creamer. From now on, I'll just call it my Sweeten Creamy Chai Creamer. Here's the recipe:

1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French Vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
3 cups of Splendor
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon allspice
1/4 white pepper

When my husband and I came home after doing some Christmas shopping, I had a taste for some tea with my creamer mix, but I thought to brew some of Bigelow's Caramel Chai tea to put the mix in. I also thought to add a tablespoon of caramel coffee syrup. Wow! It had a caramel, sweet, and creamy taste.

I still didn't get a nice heat after every sip (other than the temperature), but it was close. Today, I fixed Good Earth's Sweet and Spicy and mixed the Chai creamer in it. It tasted great! If you are looking to try some new flavored Chai teas, try these:

Sweet Creamy Caramel Chai Tea:

3 teaspoons of the Chai creamer
1 cup of Bigelow's Caramel Chai tea
1 Tbsp of Caramel coffee syrup
1/4 cup of half and half

Mix and enjoy.

Spicy Creamy Caramel Chai Tea

3 teaspoons of the Chai creamer
1 cup of Good Earth's Sweet & Spicy tea
1 Tbsp of Caramel coffee syrup
1/4 cup of half and half

Mix and enjoy.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Creamy JavaVana Eggnog Mate

This is going to be my new holiday tea drink! I found this recipe for Eggnog Latte. Now, of course I don't drink coffee. I had to tweak it to suit me as a tea drinker. It seems as if coffee drinkers get to have all of the fun of trying different kinds of creative coffee flavors. I think only tea drinkers get to find out about all of the cool and funky flavors through other tea drinkers or (for me) the grocery stores and tea shops. But, you can go into just about any coffee shop and find all kinds of flavors.

{record scratches}

Anyway...I just wanted to share my Creamy Java Eggnog tea. Here's the recipe:

Creamy JavaVana Eggnog Mate

1/2 cup of JavaVana Mate tea from Teavana
2/3 of Eggnog
1/3 cup of half & half
2 Tbsp of sweetener (or 1 if you'd prefer less sugar)

Mix and enjoy.