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24 Days of Tea – Days 2, 3 & 4!

Day 2 – Alpine Punch

This wasn’t my favourite tea, but it wasn’t too bad. I think it would make a decent iced tea in the summer. It’s sweet but a little sharp. It smelled really good and Shawn was interested in trying it – so I told him if he did, he had to be in one of Finnegan’s photos. Good sport, that man. His love for me is very strong and he’ll prove that by the end of this post.

Rooibos, coconut chips and rasps, apple pieces, cinnamon pieces, ginger bits, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almond flakes, artificial flavouring*.

Allergens: Tree nuts and coconut – DAVIDsTEA website


Day 3 – Blueberry Jam

I was highly sceptical of this one because I don’t like berry-flavoured anything. I am not looking forward to the Strawberry Parfait one that’s in this calendar somewhere. Yuck. But it smelled good when I opened it up and it’s a black tea and I love me some black tea, so I went ahead and made myself a nice cup of this one and… it wasn’t bad! Not something I’d drink every day and I did put a tiny bit of sugar in it to round it out a little (it was missing something) but overall I was happy with the blueberry tea!

Organic: black tea**, blueberries, elderberries, pink cornflower petals, stevia. With organic and natural flavouring*.

Day 4 – Forever Nuts

I used to not drink this one at all because of my nut allergy but that seems to have vanished in the last year and a half (doctor tested and approved!) but I am still not a fan of nutty things. This one had the added yuck of apple. Dried apple makes me shudder. Yuck. But this drink – which has NO tea in it – turns red and smells like apple pie and I feel like brewing it just to let it make my house smell good. Shawn took this one for the team – as he did last year, but this time let me include him in the photo montage. Heh.

Apple, almonds, cinnamon, beetroot and artificial flavouring*.
Contains almonds

I love my husband. He helps me keep my head together.

24 days of tea 2013 – day 1 – white chocolate frost

Day 1 – White Chocolate Frost

You’ve been warned… I’ll be posting about tea all month! Most of you who know me pretty much knew this already. I don’t know if I’ll have the time to post a photo a day blog sort of thing, but I’ll be collaging the tea drinking on instagram and I’ll link them here eventually. I was happy to see that the first tea was NOT the first tea listed on the back of the package. I know this sounds silly, but I’m totally keen on having the tea be a surprise each day. Although I love the sound of the name of today’s tea, I am not sure I am a huge fan of it. Plus side it’s decaffeinated so I can drink it later in the day. It sort of tastes like the mint, rooibos tea mix I make myself but with a hint of… sweetener? It’s the sweet part that’s bugging me I think. It’s not horrible, and I’ll drink the rest of the little sample because it’s sort of peppermint hot chocolate-ish.

Peppermint, white chocolate, pink peppercorn, stevia leaf, natural sugar flavoring, natural and artificial white chocolate mousse flavoring*. – DAVIDsTEA website

Bonus… it glitters!!

pizza! pizza… pizza?

I am sick. Sicker than I have been in a long time if I were to be honest. There’s a possibility that I have mono. Because, why not? It’s one of the few illnesses I have managed to avoid having in my life (also on that list are: mumps and measles.) Granted, I have not gone to the clinic to have this checked out because I just can’t muster up the energy and patience I need to sit somewhere for 16+ hours to be told “it’s a virus, it’ll go away on it’s own”. So I have been miserable and in pain and dragging myself to and from work just trying to make it to my vacation time. (which starts next week.)

I have also had zero appetite – so you’d think I’d be losing weight pretty nicely, but of course not. Instead my abdomen is all bloated and swollen. Whatever.

However, the last couple of nights we have been on the junk food train. For me junk food is pizza. Plain, cheese pizza. We ordered it Wednesday night because of some bad news making us really bummed out and not interested in doing anything for dinner (Shawn has been cooking a lot lately) and then last night, after I went upstairs to change into my pyjamas but ended up falling asleep on my bed for 45 minutes, I suggested we order it again. I had little appetite but the thought of plain pizza didn’t make me want to cry. (When I get really sick I also get really emotional.)

We order from this 2-for-1 place often. We have been known to have pizza on Friday nights almost every night of a month. I could make my own pizza but honestly? I am seriously picky about pizza and this is one of the few places I have ever liked pizza from so much that I will actually crave it. I am not a big pizza fan normally. This particular place lets you order online and you can customize your pizza to your liking, from three crust options – thick, regular or thin, to cooking method – lightly cooked, regular or very and even what kind of sauce you might want – normal, light, heavy or none.

I like my pizza cooked lightly, with thick crust, light sauce, cheese only with parmesan. Most of the time it arrives it is heavenly. Last night? It came completely BURNT.


Not just over-cooked, but the cheese and crust were freaking burnt. I was so sad and sick and just gave up and hung my head. Shawn got on the phone and called them back and said this was unacceptable. They said they’d send another pizza within the half hour. Ok, fine. Not a huge problem.

Only when the delivery guy came back the pizza he brought me (which we checked upon arrival) was cooked just fine…but it was COVERED IN PEPPERONI!!


I can’t stand pepperoni. And I certainly don’t like it when I feel like crap. So the delivery guy got on the phone and I said, just forget it, I don’t want to wait for another pizza. Just give us a credit. I’ll pull the pepperoni off this one.

It wasn’t pull-off-able. Every time I tried I took off the cheese, too. Grr. I ate a few pieces because I was actually hungry now, but the rest was wrapped up as left-overs for Shawn. (These are tiny personal-sized pizzas, by the way.)

I somehow, miraculously managed to stay up until 9pm last night (I guess the 45 minute pass out on my bed after work is to blame for that) and as I was upstairs, brushing my teeth, the doorbell rang. I heard Shawn talking and I wandered out of the bathroom to ask who that was.

Turns out it was the pizza guy -AGAIN- 2  hours after his last trip with a brand new pizza. They felt bad that they got it wrong twice so they brought us a correct one.

At 9pm. Two hours later.

So the pizza went into the fridge. I guess we don’t have a credit. I did eat a couple of pieces this afternoon for lunch.

But that was certainly the strangest experience with this pizza place ever. The order goes through online and then THEY CALL YOU when they receive and and repeat everything back to you that was on the order to CONFIRM details and then they get it wrong. (Who sends out a burnt pizza to customers? Seriously though! It’s not like it came out of the pizza oven in the box and they didn’t notice it!) Then they got it wrong AGAIN.

But, bright side? I will have pizza to nibble on all weekend. I need to remember to add some veggies in the mix though. I have enough cucumbers to feed an army right now.

PS – when you look at the word pizza a bunch of times it starts to no longer look like a word. pizza pizza pizza… not a word. Just random, weird letters.

meal plan monday january 13 – 19

Even though I am often lazy about food and cooking, I like the challenge of making a meal plan. I read Monkey’s meal plan posts evert week and think, “oo, that sounds good!” and then convince myself I can do this. It doesn’t always happen, not on the blog either.  I also find that meal planning helps me stay on track eating healthier and with weight watchers. Added bonus of having lunches pre-made as I take leftovers to work all the time.

What I have learned in the few attempts at this meal planning thing I have done, is that I can’t start my week on Monday. I tend to think of weekend meals on the spot, and often I do most of my cooking on Sunday. So regardless of this feature’s name, I will now attempt to post my meal plans on Monday, but they will go Sunday – Saturday, yo. Deal with it.

Sunday: Chicken with Peanut Curry sauce – so, when I went to visit Monkey in December, she made this one night for dinner and I fell in LOVE. We have since made this meal twice and we put it on rice vermicelli rather than on rice. Extra score, I have two lunch-sized containers of left overs for work this week!

Monday: Corn pasta with tomato sauce – Mondays seem to be a staple pasta night. We’ve found that the spirally corn pasta from Le Veneziane is the best gluten-free pasta out there. It cooks a lot easier than others, including other forms of pasta from the same company. No slime! And it tastes pretty great. I prefer the Classico garlic and olive sauce from a jar when I don’t have any of my own homemade sauce available. (ooo reminds me! My father brought some of his homemade sauce when my parents were here! Huzzah! This is now out of the freezer, defrosting for dinner!)

Tuesday: Slow cooked chicken stew – this is a staple for the winter it seems. We make it at least twice a month. We eat a lot of chicken. Bonus – always have lunch ready for the rest of the week!

Wednesday: I don’t know! Maybe we’ll do the Thursday dinner tonight. Often by mid-week I am so exhausted I don’t really feel like eating much at all. Sometimes I just end up eating tomato soup. Maybe grilled cheese. Hmm. Ideas!

Thursday: Eggplant & turkey linguini – from Clean Eating magazine. We have made this a lot in the last year and it’s actually always better the second day. (Hmmm, lunch!) My version is pretty altered from this one though, I made it gluten free and I use ground turkey instead of the sausage.

Friday: Pizza? I have been having pizza cravings once a week lately.

Saturday: Roast beef with sides! I’m having a visitor and then some people over as a pre-birthday celebration. I will make my own roast beef and gravy and turnips & carrots and mashed potato & sweet potatoes. I might also attempt making a birthday cake the Betty Crocker gluten free mix. I have seen many mixed reviews of this cake mix though, so I don’t know how it’ll turn out.

I also want to try making the sweet potato and black bean soup Monkey made while I was there. (I swear we did other things than eat. We drank tea, too!) Maybe I’ll make that for a meal this week. Hmm. Need to return to the grocery store though. Of course I have to actually pick up the roast and cake mix for Saturday so I know I’ll be heading back there. Oh, I need to get eggplant, too.

As lazy as I can be about cooking and eating right, at least I know I’ll always have Monkey to provide meal ideas and make me want to do this myself. She challenges me without even trying! That’s what friends are for. 😉

24 days of tea – days 5, 6 & 7!

Day 5 – Organic Cream of Earl Grey

Finding time to blog this month is proving to be difficult. I have been updating my 24 Days of Tea collages though on Instagram, so if you follow me there (or on twitter, or facebook) you can see them. I happen to love the tea from Day 5 and I have a can of it in my kitchen already. It was late at night by the time I got to open my calendar and I wasn’t about to have caffeine or tea before bed (awake & peeing all night? No thank you!) I am happy to have a fresher stash of this tea though, since mine is pretty old. I did bring it to work but didn’t drink it because Day 6’s tea is one of my all-time FAVOURITES!

Organic Cream of Earl Grey

Black tea, cornflowers, with natural vanilla and bergamot flavouring.

Day 6 – Glitter & Gold

I LOVE this tea! It sparkles and it tastes like Golden Grahams cereal. I think I have talked about it before on the blog (or maybe on my book blog?) either way, this is one of my favourites! Alas, the sparkle in the tea does not show up in iPhone photos, so you’ll have to take my word for it. This is one yummy tea! Finnegan made sure it steeped properly by keeping the lid on nice and tight with his big ol’ ephelant bottom. He’s getting pretty good at making tea.

Glitter & Gold

Chinese black tea, sugar crystals, gold sugar balls, vanilla, orange peel, cloves.

Day 7 – Organic Crème Brûlée

This was not a favourite. I tried it and drank a cup of it because I promised myself I’d drink one cup of each of these teas, but I can’t say I’ll be buying it any time soon. I had to add sugar and cream because it just didn’t make me all that happy. However I DID have a ton of fun turning my collage into a cheesy 70s type Christmas photo. heh Look at that oval in the middle! And the filter from instagram! At least I am having fun, right?

Organic Crème Brûlée

Green and red Rooibos, safflowers, calendula marigold.