Friday, January 29, 2016

Downton Mugs and New Tea

On a recent trip to HomeGoods and Marshalls, I was happy to find some new tea to try, as well as a book and shortbread cookies.  I thought the book had some interesting recipes and I've been infusing water with veggies and fruit lately to try to reduce my evening tea drinking.

The shortbread was disappointing.  I thought it was not nearly as good as the Walkers brand shortbread fingers. The texture was different (crumbly) and I didn't like that it is totally covered in coarse sugar on the outside.

The oolong tea is nice and I'm always happy to find a tea that I can enjoy without milk.  Many times the tannin in the tea makes it too harsh for me without the addition of milk.  Does that sound weird? Anybody else have this issue, or is it just me?  Happily it is organic and fair trade too.

The Basilur "Magic Nights" tea was a pleasant surprise.  It has a lovely aroma and mild fruity flavor because of the addition of strawberry, apricot, pineapple and papaya to the Ceylon black tea.  Makes me think of another favorite tea from Harney and Sons named Tower of London.

I've been using my Downton Abbey mugs every day. Don't you fans just love these quotes by the Dowager Countess?  My t-shirt with the "Ration One's Excitement" quote shown in a previous post is a new favorite too.  It is such a lovely color and fits nicely - not too boxy like a lot of them.    

Now I'm off to sip my tea and enjoy a little more of my "A Year In The Life Of Downton Abbey" book. 


Friday, January 22, 2016

Matcha Breakfast Shake

Unfortunately I managed to gain a few pounds over the holidays.  Unlike many people, I don't make New Year resolutions, but nevertheless have decided to get back on track, start using my Lose It app again and try to lose four or five pounds.  It's amazing how quickly shorts and swimsuit weather arrives here in Georgia. 

This matcha shake sounds like a great replacement for my usual egg, tomato and toast breakfast.  I'll have to figure out how the calories compare, but at least it has lots of healthy ingredients.

What are your favorite "get in shape" breakfast choices?
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