Friday, November 18, 2016

This Week

I’m a year round coffee drinker but when the fall season kicks in I also enjoy drinking a cup of tea in the evenings. My favourite flavour is orange pekoe followed by earl gray and a bunch of others. However, lately I’ve been drinking herbal teas. There are two that I’ve been really enjoying for the past little while: lemon ginger and peppermint. I’ve had lemon ginger before but never peppermint. I picked some up on Saturday when I was out doing some shopping even though I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. But it smelled so good that I couldn’t resist. When I took the first sip later that night, I declared it a winner. Do you drink tea?


When I was much younger, I didn’t put much thought into what I ate and the products I used. I don’t think there was as much information available to us. If there was, it certainly wasn’t as easily accessible as today. With the internet, you can research about anything and everything. It is a great tool and you can gather information quickly, some of which is alarming. Snoop around a bit and you discover the terrible things companies do, and the type of crap they put into foods we eat and stuff we use. As a result, I now read nutrition labels and ingredient lists, use soaps and shampoos that are natural and cruelty-free, and make homemade versions of foods I used to buy ready made. Over the years, I’ve changed many habits and ditched and replaced and overhauled a lot of things. There is still so much I want to do but I’m pleased with how far I’ve come. And my body thanks me for it, too.


It’s taken me all morning to prepare a post for today. Halfway through I had to put it on hold so I can go add ingredients into the slow cooker to get it going. It seems like it’s turning into a weekly Crock-Pot Friday. Once I clicked that machine on, I decided - what the heck, I'm here - to put together a tomato soup. Homemade tomato soup is the easiest and quickest thing in the world to make. It’s almost criminal to buy those canned versions. The soup is on the stove simmering as I type this and I’m enjoying a cup of coffee and an almond biscotti. Do you like biscotti? They are so delicious. I happened upon a box of them that lists about four ingredients that you can actually pronounce. Real food. How often do you see that? Don’t ask which brand because I added them to a glass jar and recycled the packaging. Next time I buy some, which I absolutely will, I’ll share the name of the product with you. If I remember.

I have nothing else to say. That’s it for this week. And yes, I will share another song with you this Friday. It’s ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy. Whenever I hear it, I think of my younger daughter. She plays guitar and sings, and so does one of her best friends. Then one day they performed this song together. And. They. Were. Both. Excellent. So whenever I hear this song, I think of these two great kids. And I get all emotional and stuff. All part of being a mom.

Okay, I'm done. Enjoy the song and have a terrific weekend!


42 comments:

  1. I rarely drink tea but when I do I heat milk on the stove (we don't own a microwave) with chai tea bags. It's so delicious and smoothing.

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    1. I've never had this but I ran across a recipe of it earlier this week and it sounded great! I will definitely make this as soon as I pick up some chai tea.

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  2. I am also a coffee drinker. Roast my own beans to get the freshest cup with the best flavor. But I have enjoyed peppermint tea for years. Good find on the cartoon.

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    1. That is great about roasting your own beans! I bet your home smells wonderful when you brew your coffee.

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  3. No, I don't drink tea. I'm down to only water. Caffeine revs me up, even decaf has caffeine, sodas give me stomach problems, alcohol gives me kidney stones. Ahhh, the joys of getting old. ;)

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    1. HAHAHA! I'm on the road to that, Silver. I'm battling with menopause right now!

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  4. I think I'm heading over your way for dinner :) I must say I don't think I have ever made tomato soup. Might in the new year :)

    I'm a rare tea drinker; drank more in my younger days. I'm even finding the 3-4 cups of coffee I used to have aren't so enjoyable and have cut down to 1 cup a day :)

    Happy weekend!

    betty

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    1. Give it a try at one point, Betty. It's such an easy soup to make. But maybe it's best to prepare it when tomatoes are in season.

      Like you, I used to drink more coffee. Now it's two cups in the morning and rarely any after that unless we go out somewhere. Tea is something I enjoy during the colder months in the evening. When it's warm, I don't typically drink any.

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  5. I used to like tea. PG. .Tips. Or Yorkshire Tea. Only the best. It's important what you eat though. Stay away from the junk if you can.

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  6. I drink neither tea nor coffee

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  7. I drink tea but it has to be the real stuff...a good kick of caffeine. I don't like herbal teas and wonder why they call them tea? However , to each his own. If somebody likes a flavor so be it.

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    1. I love a good strong tea but I find that I have trouble sleeping if I drink it in the evening, so I have that occasionally, about once or twice a week. The other times I like herbal tea, which is relaxing. There are so may choices out there!

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  8. I drink the odd orange pekoe cup of tea. You are right to check the ingredients list, I should do more of that, usually I am checking the calories!

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    1. Once you get into the habit, Christine, you'll be doing it without thinking about it and you'll start buying healthier versions. Much better for you!

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  9. I prefer coffee, but I like tea too, especially when it is really cold out. I usually stick with plain old tea, but peppermint sounds good.

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    1. I wasn't sure if I'd like peppermint tea but was pleasantly surprised at just how good it is!

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  10. I'm a 100% tea drinker. I love me a good orange spice or English breakfast tea. But I recently got some coconut truffle tea that is to die for!! Yes, it's alarming how much "crap" is put in our food these days.

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    1. Coconut truffle tea! Oh, that sounds delicious. I'll have to track some down.

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  11. Coffee first thing in the morning. Sometimes tea (just normal orange pekoe), but I never have caffeine after about mid afternoon because it messes with my sleep. I've never made my own tomato soup. I might have to try that. -Jenn

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    1. Orange pekoe is my favourite flavour! I've enjoyed that for years. And earl grey, too. I first tried that with a friend in my teen years. And I've enjoyed it ever since then.

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  12. I love the way coffee smells but it's hard on my stomach. Iced coffee is more tolerable. I mostly drink black tea with milk and sugar in the morning. I also like ice tea.

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    1. The smell of coffee is one of the best things! I only drink two cups in the morning now. Too much caffeine and I get heart palpitations!

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  13. It is wonderful that you have two great, respectful, talented and wonderful daughters...much like their mom.

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    1. Aw, thank you, Gail! That is really kind. I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.

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  14. I love my cup of tea, especially the first one of the day ...
    I just drink the usual 'breakfast' teas - although I know many do like the herbal variety.

    Hope your weekend is going well.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Breakfast teas are great, Jan! I used to have a whole collection of them at one point. All long gone but eventually I'll pick up some more!

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  15. in my teens though unconsciously but i was eater of healthy stuff like dry fruits and salad specially raw tomatoes .
    i used to have my pockets filled with peanuts and eat and my brother named me a cow that keeps her mouth in movement all the time .
    inspite of all this i was huge fan of tea .used to take even more then six cups of a day which is much more for our less cold areas .
    i suffered with stomach ulcer for fourteen years and since i am cured my habits of eating are changed .i take thrice a day in winter and twice in summers because my husband keeps eye for not taking much tea and it irritates me sometimes.

    how lovely that this song is one of most favorite song of my eldest son .
    love and hugs

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    1. I always enjoy your comments and the stories you share. And sometimes you make me laugh out loud. But not about the stomach ulcer. That sounds awful! Your husband is keeping an eye on you because he loves you! :) Love and hugs to you, too ♥

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  16. I got surprised when i was reading your post about your interest in drinking tea, coffee and etc... I am not that much fond of them. I like to have fresh juice!

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    1. Fresh juice is very tasty and refreshing! Sometimes I squeeze grapefruit and tangerine or orange, and mix it all together. So delicious!

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  17. Finally, there is something we don't share! I am not a coffee drinker at all but I do drink tea. Lots and lots of tea. I, also, like Earl Grey and Orange Pekoe. I especially love Irish Breakfast and English Breakfast teas. I occasionally drink Peppermint tea but generally not a huge fan of mint in anything.

    Funny comment about quinoa. I do like it and eat it fairly often. I also didn't give a lot of consideration to what I ate when I was younger but now an very diligent in eating natural, whole foods. I find I feel much better when eating a healthy diet that is low in fats and sugar.

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    1. It had to happen sooner or later, Cheryl! Although we do have the same taste in teas because I really like all the ones you've listed. And I avoid things with mint in them, especially chocolate, because I'm not a big fan of mint in anything either. But I was so curious about this tea because it smelled so nice. The mint flavour is not too strong, which makes it really good.

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  18. Now you are reminding me of a certain lady we both know with a very happy whisk! ;) Glad you are eating healthy.

    I'm not a big fan of tomato soup, but we grow tomatoes every year, so we have plenty of our own canned tomato soup if ever we get hungry for it. I am a fan of crockpots...my next project will be talking my grandma into teaching me how to make her crockpot bean soup--that is after she teaches me how to make her famous seven-layer salad for Thanksgiving!

    I don't drink much tea (water is what I love), but I participated in the blogger teacup exchange early this year, and had a cup of the lemon-flavored tea my exchange partner sent me: it was good. The peppermint tea sounds like it might be something I would like.

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    1. I didn't think I'd enjoy the crockpot as much as I do but it is wonderful. Right now I'm using it about once a week but I imagine that will increase over time. I like the idea of throwing in the ingredients and just walking away. I can concentrate on other things while the meal is cooking.

      I bet you can learn many wonderful recipes from your grandma. And then you can share them with us :) With her permission, of course! I meant to mention that I made your grandma's goulash last week. It was great! A whole big batch came out of it, which was terrific. We ate a couple of times and I froze the rest for another time. It is so easy to make and quick, too. My kind of recipe! Thanks again for sharing it.

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  19. I don't dislike tea but I don't drink it - well...i USE to drink Long Island Ice Teas but as I got older I thought forget that . But I do love a margarita once in awhile. I use to drink a lot of coffee when I was younger and when I smoked - but now I hardly drink coffee except for a cup in the morning and I haven't smoked in many years. Seems like most of the foods I like wouldn't be considered very healthy but yet I do eat good stuff too. Certain things I don't eat because of when i was a kid and on Fridays (we were Catholic) - me not so much anymore..... I had a lot of canned tomato soup, tuna casseroles, ugh... ham and lima beans which to this day I won't eat, asparagus out of the can - thank God I discovered fresh asparagus and great ways to cook it. This is probably way more than you care to know, lol.

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    1. No way, Sandy! I love when my blogging pals leave comments. And the longer and more detailed, the better. It's always fun learning about all of you.

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    2. well good then, I'll send you my autobiography, hehe. jk

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  20. i love eating, ergo i am fat. hahaha!

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    1. If you're in the neighbourhood this Friday, come by for dinner. I have a nice meal planned :)

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