I've discovered a new favorite drink at Starbucks -- "Peach Tranquility" tea! And, a trick I learned from a friend -- I order the grande and ask for them to make it with only one teabag and that gives me one to take home!
I tried a batch of this Chai Tea substituting rooibos for the black tea. It's good, but I think I want to add more cinnamon and cloves. I wasn't exact in my measurements and just kind of dumped things in!! :) Thanks to Elizabeth for pointing me to the recipe!
Sharing a bit of my Teavana tea with a friend. I'm getting to the bottom of my Fall Break stash!
Another friend had a birthday and to celebrate I made a gluten free chocolate cake (King Arthur's mix) and filled it with cherry preserves, Nutella, and topped it with chocolate whipped cream!
Last week I met up with my dear friends from Lithuania! But, instead of Lithuanian food we had Lebanese! It was SO good! One friend is married to a man from Lebanon so their family gets to enjoy many cultures!
I use this glass tea holder everyday mostly all day. It is so handy for keeping tea warm on these cold days. I'm so afraid I will break it one day. :(
Sunday I tried making a gluten free persimmon cake. The persimmon was not as strong as I wanted it to be. But it was nice with cranberries on top (and cream for the others).
Can you believe we have had our first significant snowfall?! This is crazy! But it is beautiful!
And it calls for fires in fireplaces! When I arrived for our neighbor tea this was welcoming us in the fireplace!
And this welcomed me at my sister's home when I arrived for a quick shawl pattern photoshoot!
I discovered a new tea while food shopping yesterday -- Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland. It's really good! I'm not a huge fan of the added Stevia as it tastes different than sugar but I think it is good enough to tolerate that.
Other than sipping tea, and my other responsibilities, I have been planning for our family Thanksgiving with Michael's side of the family! Everyone is converging here for a whole weekend and we can't wait to see them!!!! I've been hard at work on the menu and thought I'd share my ideas here......
Thanksgiving Menu 2014
Our Favorite Cheeseballs with Crackers
Sweet Potato Chips (Aldi) with Hummus (Trader Joe's or Costco)
Fresh Veggies with Dip (plain sour cream with Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute and salt)
Spiced Nuts -- must find alternative to butter in recipe
Apples with Caramel Dip (Aldi)
Hot Mulled Cider -- I found mulling spices at Costco
Turkey -- spatchcocked so each one cooks in 2 hours!!! (I've tried it! It works!!)
Gravy -- guess what?! Trader Joe's sells decent gravy in cartons!
Mashed Potatoes -- another miracle -- Trader Joe's also sells amazing frozen mashed potatoes!
Rolls -- Costco
Stuffing -- don't tell, it's going to be Stove Top this year!
Cranberry and Orange Relish
Blackberry Raspberry Jello Salad -- recipe is similar to this one
Green Beans with Lemon Sauce
Sweet Potatoes in the crockpot
Spinach Salad with candied pecans, sliced persimmons, and dried cranberries and this dressing
Quinoa Sweet Potato Pilaf
Dessert (most of these are going to be adaptations of simple recipes I have around)
Pumpkin Pie and No-Sugar Pumpkin Pie
Vegan and Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie
Vegan and Gluten Free Blueberry Pie
Vegan, Gluten Free, and Sugar Free Apple Pie
Chocolate Pie? (I still need a good recipe for this!!)
And now I better run and get some more cooking under way!