Apple Lemon Tea

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I do love a nice warm sweet cup of tea!  I've never been a coffee drinker (even though I wish I could like the stuff, because it's a lot easier to get at.  Ever tried to get a hot cup of tea on an airplane?  Unless you are going to London, you are pretty much relegated to lukewarm weak tea after all the coffee drinkers are served.  Sigh.)  So I am always on the lookout for new and interesting tea recipes, and I'm loving this sweet and soothing apple lemon version that is, as the saying goes, both good and good for you.  Here's one of the more recent reasons why I've been enjoying lots of tea lately. Read More & Get the Recipe

Shrimp, Brie and Cucumber Sandwiches

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Every once in a while, the Southern husband goes where very few men have gone before him.  He takes me to one of my favorite little spots, an adorable little tea house nearby that serves a real, honest to goodness English cream tea.  Cream tea, for those of you who haven't experienced the happiness of it, is when you get a pot of tea brewed from actual tea leaves, served with scones and clotted cream and jam, and some pastries...and tea sandwiches.  All served in pretty china on flowery tablecloths with classical music in the background.  Heaven on earth...especially the tea sandwich part. Read More & Get the Recipe

Fresh Mint Tea

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Fresh mint tea is one of the ways I know that yes, spring is here for sure.  Because out of all my brave herbs out there in my kitchen barrel gardens, the mint is always the first one to leaf out, and just like that, winter is gone and summer is just around the corner.  And one the best ways to celebrate (especially on those spring days when there is still a little chill in the air) is a warm, sweet-smelling cup of the easiest tea in the world to make.   Read More & Get the Recipe

Last Minute Christmas Wonderfulness!

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Last year, right before Christmas, I came home one day to see this intriguing box outside my front door. The great folks at Tassimo had sent me this this fabulous little number. It makes cappuchino, hot chocolate, chai tea latte...oh and also coffee and tea. You get all this hot beverage stuff done via these handy little pods - you pop one into the top of the brewer and it magically figures out what you are cooking up and adds in the exact amount of hot water for exactly the right amount of time. Now THAT'S what I call the miracle of modern technology. It was pretty much love at first sight for me, and I've spent the last year saying to everyone who comes to my house, "May I get you a hot beverage?" And being ridiculously excited when they say yes. So you can imagine my excitement last week when I came home and there was ANOTHER Tassimo box outside my front door...this time with the T20 model. Which is kind of like the original machine's cute little brother. And before I Read More & Get the Recipe

Lemonade Mint Iced Tea

This one is going to be short and sweet, but I needed to get this up here before summer starts in earnest, because everyone needs to have a good, dependable iced tea recipe in their back pocket. Now, I am a big fan of something called the Arnold Palmer, which is basically a mixture of half iced tea and half lemonade. The problem is, not everyone knows that a drink that is half iced tea and half lemonade is called an Arnold Palmer. So sometimes I order it when I am at a restaurant and they write it down like it is a perfectly normal thing to order, and sometimes they look at me like I have a screw loose somewhere. I have no earthly idea why this is called an Arnold Palmer, although I think a safe bet is that Arnold Palmer used to drink glasses of half lemonade and half iced tea? And now that you know all that helpful background, here's a great version of this iced tea, and adding mint into the mix makes it just about perfect. Happy lazy summer days to you.   Lemonade Mint Iced Read More & Get the Recipe

Last Minute Christmas Gift: Tassimo Hot Beverage System!

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Okay you last minute procrastinating Christmas shoppers, have I got an got an idea for YOU. Yesterday I came home from my maniacal last minute shopping and this was at my front door. The awesome folks at Tassimo had sent me a gift of my very own Tassimo Hot Beverage System, and there it was, just waiting on my doormat. Now, I've seen these things before -- coffee makers where you drop in the special pod and press a button and it makes a single cup, and I gotta tell you, I have not been tempted. First of all, I am not a coffee drinker (although the Southern husband does love a good cappuccino now and then). And us dedicated tea drinkers have gotten the whole single serving thing down to a science: drop a tea bag into hot water and voila. But a gift is a gift, and I wasted no time getting the box open. And right on the box were all these tempting looking cups of not just coffee, but other stuff that the teenager and I actually love and drive to far flung places to get. Chai tea latte. Read More & Get the Recipe