People think that tea comes from a many number of tea-plant species since there are so many types of tea that we are accustomed to drinking. After going to a tea tasting at a place in Portland, Maine called Dobra Tea, I learned this was not the case. When we hear white, black, or green tea we may assume that it might be due to the plants being close to those colors or how the leaves are. There is so much more about tea that I never knew until I went to this tea tasting.
I didn’t feel like making a pie today. I wanted something to snack on that had pumpkin in it. I already made muffins, but I’ve never made them in cookie form. Pumpkin and chocolate? Yum. Though now I have to pick up more pumpkins to carve for later. That just means I give myself an excuse to go on another hay ride this year and maybe pick some apples while I search for the perfect carving pumpkin. That is part of why I love fall. The weather is just right where you don’t sweat when hiking, the leaves change, and I get this need to want to bake again. Colder weather makes me think of warm apple cider and cuddling.
Lots of things have been going on in my life. I’ve been attempted to set up a new job while continuing my education. I love my classes in my Environmental Health major, and I’m looking into future paid internships at the USDA. So that’s basically where I have been. This is my quick and delicious recipe for days when I really just need to focus on homework.
I know that it’s still August, but even Trader Joes has tempted me with Fall by bringing out their Pumpkin Ales. Soon Starbucks will have their Pumpkin Lattes, and Dunkin Donuts will bring out their famous Pumpkin Muffins. Well, why not make something much more delicious at home and the correct portion size?
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I just got back from my vacation in Acadia, Maine. What a gorgeous place! After 3 years of wanting to go, I finally went camping there. Acadia is one of those places that there is simply too much to do in such a short period of time. I’m going to have to go back and plan out more. For the most part, my meals consisted of lobster rolls and clam chowder. I really wanted to go visit Jordan’s Pond for some tea and their legendary popovers, but I couldn’t justify close to 15 dollars and up on simple desserts and tea. Instead, I bought the Popover mix and some fresh wild blueberry jam from Maine. I was trying to find something to bring back to hold a little reader’s contest, and I felt that the jam and popovers really reflect well on Acadia.
This past weekend I had the best time with a couple of my friends up at Lake Ossipee in New Hampshire. We had planned a weekend of swimming and hiking up near the White Mountains. One thing we all agreed on was that we wanted to eat decently healthy. It almost seems like a waste to enjoy the outdoors and pig out only on chips, preservatives, and food mostly made of fat. So I wanted to go over some tips that I have learned and still learning during my great outdoor adventures.
I had just finished my workout at the gym, and I wanted to really avoid the Friday pizza night. It’s really hard to get back on track when you have slacked off. That goes for anything; not just the gym. Like this website for example. I really want to progress further, but due to money and my head being all fuzzy/ baking blocked… well I’ll get on the ball. Anyways, this was what I was striving for, and it is not as easy as it looks. My friend Megan sent me a photo on Facebook of this:
This is a very simple and very cheap project to really bring life into your tables or even chairs. In an earlier post I mentioned I loved to have wild colored furniture. I have been collecting magazine pictures, CD album art, my own photography, and things I’ve found in my travels. I bought a really cheap coffee table at Ikea, and I plan to do something similar with my round coffee table. I actually might use blackboard paint on it so that I can doodle or make notes on the table for parties. Continue reading
Tired of the same old pasta, meat, tomato sauce on you Wednesday Pasta Nights? Try this kick of flavor. It doesn’t take long and it’s a burst of herbs and spices that latch onto the pasta, broccolini, and lentils.
Summertime makes me think of a couple of main things. The smell of BBQ wafting into the streets as you drive or walk by. Sunscreen white as snow sticking on sections of your face you forgot to rub in. Cold ice tea or lemonade dribbling down thirsty lips and throats. Fire cracker red, white, and blue popsicles in all their patriotic glory. Of course, the one thing I always look forward to is caprese. The room temperature mozzarella clinging to the juicy ripe tomatoes with basil to accent it all into perfection. A wonderful snack, and an even better panini sandwich.
This is the most easy snack or meal you could ever make besides a PBJ.
- 1 large ripe tomato
- large fresh basil leaves
- thick cuts of mozzarella, but if you are watching potions you can use the thin pre sliced at your local market
- olive oil
- 2 slices of your favorite bread. I think pumpernickel would be amazing with this but I lacked it. Whole wheat worked.
- Grilled mushrooms (optional)
1. Make your sandwich with mozzarella, tomato, basil and optional mushrooms.
2. Lightly coat each outer side of the bread with olive oil. You can make it grilled version in a skillet or put it into a panini press.
3. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until you get how you like it cooked.