What I Love This Week: Chocolate Earl Grey Tea

 

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This week I’m loving more tea. It’s Chocolate Earl Grey by Numi Organic Tea. This weekend I was restocking my current everyday tea of Numi’s Golden Chai and next to it on the store shelf was this new Chocolate Earl Grey. The white box grabbed my attention and it took about three seconds for me to decide to grab it for myself. I’m so glad that I did because it’s awesome. My first sip filled with my senses with orange and chocolate scents and I was reminded of those chocolate oranges that my husband buys me for Christmas. It’s got to be a dark chocolate orange and it’s so fun to smash the orange to break it into pieces. Getting off track here…

This tea is part of Numi’s new Indulgent Tea line and I agree with the use of the word indulgent. Not only does it have organic orange peel and organic bergamot oil which is expected with an earl grey blend but it’s also got organic vanilla beans which adds another layer to the scent and flavor of the chocolate. It’s certainly indulgent. This is not a tea to gulp down in a hurry. It’s meant to be sipped and before each sip you must pause to inhale the fragrance of the cocoa, orange and vanilla. I’ve been enjoying my cuppa as a respite from busy days.

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There is a lot to love about Numi Organic Tea. Mostly that all their teas are made with organic ingredients. Someday soon I’m planning to test out one of their savory teas which are very intriguing to me.

Soft and Chewy Low Sugar Cookies

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I believe that I’m a stress eater. Lately I find myself grabbing cookies or chocolate when I’m hungry and immediately regret it. Regret is a terrible feeling, isn’t it? Food shouldn’t be something you regret. One of the reasons I regret eating some foods is that I know I will pay for it later. If I eat a lot of sugary things my joints ache more than usual. I can’t be sure of the relationship between the two and it certainly makes me feel old to wake up with a sore hip but if I can eliminate the pain by eliminating most of the sugar from my diet then it’s worth missing out on certain foods.

This recipe is adapted from the Food Babe’s Low Sugar Cookies, which I love but I find a little dry. These cookies are soft and fluffy because I added extra eggs and left out the oats.

Soft and Chewy Low Sugar Cookies

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (30 seconds in microwave)
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed mixed with 5 tablespoons water (allow to sit for 5 minutes)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup chopped, dried apricots
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Mix dough by adding ingredients to a large bowl in the order listed and stir to combine after each couple of ingredients. Chill dough in fridge or freezer for 10 minutes.

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Take heaping tablespoons of dough and shape into flattened 2-inch rounds on lined baking sheets. Bake for 13-15 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway, until golden. Cool on pan 1 minute before removing to cool completely on racks.

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The chopped dried apricots were a last-minute inspiration that turned out wonderfully. They add some wholesome sweetness that I found rather satisfying. Next time I would add less chocolate but not remove it all together.

It’s interesting which foods can cause inflammation like fried and processed foods and refined sugars (no real surprise there). But troubling that the articles seem to always mention arthritis which makes me feel old yet again.  You can’t believe everything you read on the internet either because I found lists of foods that cause inflammation that includes dairy but lists of foods that fight inflammation that includes dairy as well. Also, it’s difficult to generalize since one thing might be fine for one person but problematic for the next. You’ve got to do what works for you.

 

What I Love This Week: Autumn Leaves

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This week I’m loving the colors of all the leaves as Massachusetts descends into autumn. I just adore the spookiness of the above photo that I took at 9:30 am this past Sunday morning. This weekend I had the pleasure of driving all over our little town to help my son with a project on local history. Since I didn’t grow up where I currently live all the history is new and interesting to me. Read more…

Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Disclaimer: There is no actual pumpkin in these cookies! I’m inspired to dig up a recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that a friend claims is her grandmother’s secret recipe.

Checking on my blog statistics for the last 30 days showed me that this recipe is my most popular one lately. I figured that I might as well republish to share with more people since it’s been four years since I first posted it. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Powell & Mahoney Limited Mojito Mix

 

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This week I’m loving this vintage original cocktail mixer for mojitos by Powell & Mahoney Limited. Mojitos are one of my favorite mixed drinks and this bottle of sunshine allows me to enjoy a mojito in less than 5 minutes. No muddling and no slicing of limes. Some days just require a mixed drink with dinner and this mixer has helped with that on more than one occasion. In case you are starting to think that I might be a lush I will also mention that a splash of this mixer in a cup of hot or cold peppermint tea also tastes divine.

I love that this is produced in New England and that the bottle has a pretty vintage design. Read more…

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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My son is in third grade this year and his teacher has implemented a weekly letter writing program. It involves a notebook where he writes a letter to us every Friday and over the course of the weekend I respond to his letter in the same notebook. Then I take the notebook and seal it in a baggy which he puts into his backpack. He gets to read the reply on Monday morning at school. His teacher says that reading the letters is a highlight of the week for the class. I promise that this story has something to do with cookies. I’m getting there. Read more…

What I Love This Week: Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea

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This week I’m loving Organic Turmeric Ginger Green Tea from The Republic of Tea. I picked this up because I’ve read good things about turmeric and because this is organic tea. From my first sip I was hooked. It’s got a bit of sweetness with natural honey flavor added. I’m a ginger-addict so the only thing that I was unsure about was the taste of turmeric. The packaging describes turmeric as having an unmistakable, earthy aroma but I couldn’t really identify it. Read more…

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