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A friend of mine has raved about Teavana, so the other day I was in the store getting a gift for someone and I thought I would try out some things. I’ve never found a tea I like, but I would like to like it. I tasted a sweet tea they had as a sample and I was sold!
So I went home and made a cup. It was awful! There’s no getting around that. So I started asking my tea drinking friends what I did wrong. First guess was my water was too hot. So I made another glass with slightly cooler water. It was better. Still bland, though. A couple days later, I tried some more with a friend. I steeped it longer and used more tea. Success!
So now that I have found a way I actually like drinking it, I am so excited about it! So here is what I got.
Then I also got Strawberry Lemonade mixed with Wild Orange Blossom Herbal Tea after talking to Morgan (a sales associate at Teavana) who likes the sweet tea just like I do!
I need to tell you how yummy these smell. I want to eat them right out of the jar. That would be weird, I know, but I want to.
I also got Perfect Tea Maker. Wow. This thing is cool!
You put your tea inside and pour water over it. I also got some rock sugar to sweeten the tea and I add that in to the tea maker with the tea. Then you let it steep. When you are ready, you put it over any cup/mug and it has a quick release on the bottom so the tea comes out the bottom without any leaves or anything in your glass. SO cool!
Here are some pictures of my tea I took yesterday with my phone. It looks like a ton of tea in there but it was only a couple scoops. The tea rehydrates and get huge in the water.
And here is when I am putting it in the cup.
And look at the pretty color!
Ok…this picture wasn’t very pretty. But it was a really deep pink in person.
So there you have it. My failed, then successful attempts at tea. Do you like tea? What are your favorites? Do you like it sweetened or any way you can get it?
During lunch yesterday, Maddie was having some of my rigatoni noodles. I would cut them into smaller rings for her to eat and she kept putting them on her finger to eat. It was really cute.
Maddie also learned her own version of signing “more” yesterday, too. So she would finish the noodles then “more, more more.” It was really cute! Maybe I can get her to learn some more signs. She does “all done” and “more” now.
Maddie has learned that spoons are fun. I have been giving her yogurt on her spoon and handing it to her to eat. She licks it all off then hands the spoon back for more. It’s really cute. So the other day, I thought it would be fun to give her the yogurt and spoon and see what she did. I have about a thousand pictures of this, but here’s a video, first!
I took a couple other videos, but this one was the best. I love that she gets it all over herself. I don’t know what I was thinking not putting a bib on her!
At most family functions, someone in the family makes Tuna Pasta Salad. I love this stuff! But I never make it. Last weekend, Maddie and I went to a baby shower for my cousin’s wife and without fail, the salad was there! So my next trip to the store, I decided to pick up the ingredients!
Cook some ring pasta. It’s supposed to be the large rings, but I used the small ones.
Then I chopped up some celery, red onion, added some canned peas, Miracle Whip, salt, pepper and garlic salt.….
I mixed it all together, adding more Miracle Whip as I went, to make it the right consistency. Then I threw in some tuna. (You are supposed to add hard boiled egg in there, too, but I don’t like it, so I left it out.)
It might not look that tasty in this picture, but I couldn’t wait to eat it. It is supposed to be refrigerated for at least an hour before eating it. I was snacking the whole time I was making it. (I had to taste test, you know!) Then Maddie and I had it for dinner! Yum!
Here’s the recipe in case you feel like whipping up some deliciousness for your next event….or lunch, or snack, or dinner!
Tuna Pasta Salad
1 box large ring pasta
2 envelopes tuna (packed in water)
1/2 or more medium onion
3-4 stalks celery
1 small can peas (drained)
3-4 hard boiled eggs
¼ tsp garlic salt
Miracle Whip (enough to make your salad moist)
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to directions. Drain. Put into your container. Empty contents of tuna to the pasta (use the envelopes so you can use the “juice” this adds extra tuna fish flavor.) Chop onions, celery, and eggs. Add all ingredients to bowl. Mix Miracle Whip with a little milk, add it to your salad and mix gently. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Well, since my last couple food posts were meals that didn’t really turn out (the Egg Bake and the Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups)…I thought I should post a meal that turned out better. And this meal is a new go-to for me. I just love it! It’s so simple and turns out great every time!
HERE is the recipe that I came across and followed.
First mix the cans of soup with the minute rice. The first few times I made it, I used Cream of Mushroom and Broccoli Cheddar soups. This time (when I remembered to take pictures) I used Cream of Chicken and Cheddar Cheese soups.
The you put it into a greased baking dish and top with half a packet of onion soup mix.
Top with chicken breasts. And then cover the chicken with the rest of the onion soup mix.
Cover and put into the oven and bake for about and hour. It comes out looking like this!
It is so yummy! I am sure there are endless soup combinations you could do with this meal. The next time I make it, I am going to use brown rice instead of white rice. Oh man, I get hungry looking at this picture! I need to put it on my food menu rotation again soon!
My friend Trisha was looking for an egg bake recipe to make in a muffin pan for her daughter. I thought this was a brilliant idea. I gave her an egg bake recipe I had from my aunt. Then decided to try to whip up a batch for Maddie.
First, you preheat the oven and grease the muffin pan.
Then I added some bread.
Then you add some meat, cheese, and green peppers (or whatever you feel like adding into the egg bake).
Then I mixed up some eggs, milk, salt, pepper and a little mustard and poured it into the muffin pan.
Then I baked them….admittedly a little too long.
Here is where everything went bad. I had to literally scrape these puppies out of the muffin pan. It was horrible. The just fell apart when I tried to take them out.
Chuck said they still tasted good even though I thought they looked terrible. (I also don’t like eggs very much, so I wasn’t very interested in them from the beginning.)
I tried making another batch a week or so after I made these. They turned out a little better. I used more cooking spray when I greased the pan, I cooked them slightly less, used more eggs and tried to let them cool a little more before trying to remove them. They were a little better, but I still wasn’t that pleased with them. I decided I would at least freeze them for Maddie to eat. She doesn’t seem to care what they look like, but I still hope I will get them to turn out some day.
I have never been very good at cooking eggs or egg bakes. Maybe I subconsciously screw them up because I don’t like eggs. Who knows. Oh well. Two food posts in a row that didn’t turn out. I guess I’ll have to post something more delicious next!
You mix the spinach and cheeses together.
You cook the lasagna noodles and lay them out so you can fill them.
Then spread the mixture onto the noodles and roll them up, seams down, and put them into a pan with some sauce on the bottom.
Then top them with the remaining sauce and cheese.
Then you bake it up and eat it.
Well, I thought this was going to be delicious. But there was way too much spinach in there. Maybe it would have been good with half the amount of spinach, but the flavor was so overpowering, neither of us liked it very much. Maybe it’s because the spinach was frozen. If you LOVE spinach, you might like this. But I would rather stick to the chicken roll ups and maybe add in just a touch of spinach to that one.
Oh well, live and learn. I won’t like everything I cook.
I came across a recipe recently for General Tso Chicken and it looked simple enough. No fancy ingredients and something I could make any night of the week without too much trouble…my kind of meal!
Beware….photos of raw meat ahead. scroll quickly if you don’t like looking at it.
First I cut up some chicken into bite-sized pieces.
Then you dredge the chicken in flour and put it in a pan with oil and fry it up until it’s cooked through and crispy.
In a saucepan, mix together sauce ingredients.
After the sauce is done, add some green onions to the chicken.
Then add the sauce to the chicken. I decided not to fully thicken my sauce in the saucepan. So when I added it to the chicken, it thickened up in there after just a minute or two of being in the pan with the chicken.
Then I made some Rice-a-Roni Fried Rice. I added an egg to it to make it more like fried rice.
The verdict? Delicious! We all loved it. I will definitely make this again. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Nothing replaces the yummy deep-fried stuff you get when you order take-out, but if you want something a little healthier, give this a try!
One of Chuck’s favorite snacks is “Chex Mix”. But it’s the best when you make it yourself and don’t buy it premade.
So I picked up the ingredients and whipped some up for our Christmas celebration we had recently.
HERE is the recipe.
Mix the cereal, pretzels and peanuts (and bagel chips if you have them) together.
Mix the other ingredients together. Mix together. Then you cook everything in the microwave for a few minutes. Then you spread everything out on paper towels to cool. I actually had two trays full.
Then you EAT! And hopefully you make this when people are over because holy cow…it’s yummy and hard not to eat it all in one sitting!
Since I had a ton of cereal leftover from the Chex Mix, I thought I would try one of the other recipes on the box. I was surprised I had everything I needed in the house. That never happens.
They were so lemon-y and delicious. I love lemon flavored things. This is definitely going to be out at the next party I have!
If you are in the need for some little snacks to bring to an event or just want to take something with to work for a snack, either of these would be great options!
Last Saturday, I decided to make some fruit leather. Fruit leather, also known as fruit roll-ups, are delicious! I had a bag of frozen strawberries and bananas and thought I would give it a try.
I used this link as a guide to make them.
First, I blended the frozen fruit with some strawberry banana v8 fusion I had in the fridge. I also threw in some applesauce and some lemon juice. I decided not to use an sugar to sweeten it. I didn’t want to feel guilty when I ate these!
Then I pureed the heck out of it, adding a little more juice as I went to make it smooth enough.
Then I lined a sheet pan (actually I ended up using 4 pans for the amount of puree I had) with plastic wrap. This was, by far, the hardest part of this project. Getting it not to stick to itself and get it smooth wasn’t the easiest.
Then I poured some puree on the plastic wrapped pan and smoothed it out.
Then I stuck it in the oven as low as my oven would go (I ended up using both of my ovens) and let it cook for hours! The house smelled so good while it was cooking!
But, sadly, I think I made it too thin. After only a couple hours, one of the trays had dried already. It was crispy and TART. I guess I should have added some sugar after all! You can see how it broke into sharp pieces at the corner.
After I saw the first one was done too quickly, I took the other ones out and brushed some water on the stuff that had already dried to rehydrate it while the centered dried out.
Those three were crispy on the outsides, but they were soft in the middle and I could roll them up. They were still too tart to eat, but they did roll.
Overall, it was a learning experience. Next time I will add some sugar, make the mixture thicker and make less of the mixture so I don’t waste so much if it doesn’t turn out.
So there was my failed attempt at fruit leather. Better luck to you if you try it.