Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tea Time: Pretty Tea

Hi everyone,

Thanks for much for your interested in my Steeped Tea online party. I was so excited to have people interested and order. I can't wait to show you all the gifts I received. I think I'll have a regular feature on my blog called "Tea Time." If you follow my Instagram, I'm sure you'll notice alot of tea has come into my home lately. Another company that I found was Pretty Tea. They are a small Montreal based company, they don't have an actual store but you can order online. I came across them on Instagram and decided to try them out. I absolutely love their blends and their prices.


Once of my recent purchases was their mystery box. It was on special for 20$ and I received a ton of tea! I haven't tried them all yet, but the ones I have tried, I really enjoyed.




I received 10 pages from 25g to 50g bags and 3 sample packs. I really like their packaging. They come in resealable bags which not all loose leaf tea companies do (Teavana.) It helps to keep your tea fresh and you don't have to put them in tins. Pretty Tea has alot of great blends, and their prices are very good. Shipping does take a few days to process, but they are still a small company. You will be advised when your order ships out. Pretty Tea is one of my favorite places to order tea.


One of my first orders was the winter collection.

Cocoa by the Fireplace:
Apple pieces, cocoa peel, marshmallows (glucose/fructose syrup, sugar, water, gelatine, corn starch, natural vanilla flavoring), flavoring, broken cocoa bits, marigold blossoms, white cornflower blossoms, sweet blackberry leaves.

Winter Wonderland:
Black tea (76 %), pineapple cubes (pineapple, sugar), freeze-dried raspberry pieces, flavoring, heather blossoms, popcorn, marigold blossoms, rose petals.

Squirrel in the Christmas Tree:
Apple pieces, hibiscus blossoms, planed almonds, cinnamon pieces, flavoring, cinnamon rods, mistletoe.

Sesame Caramel Cookie:
Green tea (72 %), almond pieces, walnuts, cream-caramel pieces (sugared skimmed condensed milk, sugar, glucose syrup, butter fat, wetting agent: sorbit, emulsifying agent: mono- and diglycerides of edible fatty acids), brittle pieces (sugar, hazelnuts, invert sugar), flavouring.

If you'd like to check out Pretty Tea, you can go to their website at www.prettytea.ca  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Still PAR-TEA ING! Tea and Cookies?



Steeped Tea really opened my eyes that you can use tea in other things. It doesn't just have to be steeped into water. Ever steep a fruit tea in your ginger ale? I did, and it was delicious! I've seen others steep it in wine. I'm not a wine drinker but you could try. Also, tea can be used when baking! Steeped Tea has a variety of recipes on their website. They have drink recipes, baking recipes and food recipes. Additionally, they have their own seasonings, scones, brownie mixes and drink toppers. 

I'll share one recipe with you:




Cherry Pie Lemonade
Bring the delicious sweet taste of cherry pie to lemonade with our loose leaf Cherry Pie rooibos tea!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup strongly prepared Cherry Pie rooibos tea, chilled
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • lemons and cherries for garnish
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Mix Cherry Pie rooibos tea and lemonade in a tall glass with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve.


Kristilyn shares a recipe on her blog of Dark Chocolate Chai Sugar Cookies!



Check out the Recipe Here


Yum!! The Recipe can be found here.



I'll share some of their other products.



Smoky Apple Bacon Rub 


Vanilla Maple Cinnamon Topper


Caramel Walnut Scone Mix


I want to thank everyone for participating in my PAR-TEA! I really love Steeped Tea and approached Kristilyn about hosting this online. I'm hoping Steeped Tea will allow Quebec Consultants soon!! The party will close on Sunday if you decide to order. I hope I've convinced some of you to try Steeped Tea! I follow Steeped Tea on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I love looking at the #lovinsteepedtea tag on Instagram and see what others are doing with their tea.

Once again, here is the link to the Catalog. 





Thursday, January 22, 2015

Online Tea-Party! Tea Hardware


I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tea hardware that Steeped Tea has to offer. Here are a few that I own...


I love the bubble cup. It's double-walled and a perfect size for me. It also comes in red. The lid doubles as a saucer when you take the infuser out.



I also have the Tea Lover's Tea Cup and Saucer. It's another glass doubled walled cup. It's 10 oz and so cute! 



I have the pink Pop Top Tumbler. Of course, I have it in pink! :)  It also comes in purple if you love purple. This is great for being on the go. 


I mentioned these tea pots on the blog previously. I really want the pink one!

Steeped Tea has a variety of infusers and tea hardware. Take a look at the catalog and see for yourself. 








Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Let's PAR-TEA! Steeped Tea Online Party week.TEA-ZER!



Do you love loose leaf tea? Have you been wanting to try new flavors? Steeped Tea is new to me, and I fell in love with their flavors and products. I signed up to their Tea-Zer program almost right away. So far, I've received my first Tea-Zer and I was so excited. Each month, I pay 19.99$ Tax and shipping is included and I'm sent two 50g bags of tea that's picked out by the founder. It's an exciting way to try new teas. These are shipped the first week of the month.

This month I received:


Hot Yoga Herbal Tea and Creme Carmello Rooibos tea.

I'm not going to lie, I like packages in the mail. Surprise tea in the mail, even better!

Hot Yoga Herbal: A spicy blend of hawthorn leaves, ginger and cardamom.
Ingredients: Cinnamon, cardamom, hawthorn leaves and flowers, ginger bits, cloves, black peppercorns, safflowers and blue mallow flowers.

Creme Carmello RooibosLike a caramel chocolate bar, one helping is not enough! Contains Nuts. Ingredients: Rooibos tea, hazelnut pieces, calendula petals, natural flavor. Contains Nuts.



**If you choose to sign up, please add Kristilyn Hukalo as your Steeped Tea consultant.**

Monthly subscription boxes seem to be very popular. This tea subscription may just be what you're looking for.

If you'd like to join through this party, please add it to your cart here.





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Steeped Tea- Online TEA-PARTY! Types of Teas.


Do you like tea? Have you ever tried loose tea? The main difference between tea bags and loose tea is the flavor and the smell. Loose tea is a higher quality tea. Tea bags consists of small pieces of loose tea or the tea dust that is left over once they package the loose leaf tea. Kristilyn from Reading in Winter has a great post about getting started with loose leaf tea.


Did you know that Tea is the second most consumed beverage? The first being water. There is a huge variety of teas and flavors. I'll give you a quick overview of the different types of teas as well as how many times the leaves can be steeped.

Black Tea: This is probably what you think of when you think of tea. Black tea is fermented more than green, white and oolong teas giving it the darker color. If you steep this tea too long, you will probably find it bitter. Black tea has the highest concentration of caffeine, but still has health benefits. These tea leaves can only be steeped once.

Green Tea: This tea is made from unfermented leaves and you can buy it in a variety of flavors. Green Tea has several health benefits and is another commonly consumed tea. Green tea leaves can also be steeped 3 times.

Oolong Tea: Oolong tea is commonly served in Chinese restaurants. It is a traditional tea has undergoes a unique processing and the taste can vary. The leaves are formed into one of two distinct styles. Some are rolled into long curly leaves or "wrapped curled" into small beads. This tea can also be steeped 3 times.

Pu-erh: Pu-erh tea is a dark tea that comes from the province of Yunnan in China. It is the most oxidized tea and the most aged. These teas are highly valued in China. This tea can also be steeped 3 times.

White Tea: White Tea is the purest and least processed of all the teas. It's light in color and also available in a variety of flavors. White tea was traditionally a tea for the emperor's. It has very little caffeine and the leaves can be steeped 3 times.

Herbal: Herbal teas do not contain caffeine, and are often referred to as tisane. Generally these teas are made of dried fruits, nuts, flowers, herbs. These can be brewed on their own or added with other teas. Many fruit teas are served iced. This tea can only be steeped once.

Rooibos: Rooibos is a red tea made from a South African red bush. This tea is caffeine free and more sweet. Rooibos tea leaves can be steeped twice.

Mate: Mate is a tea that you will see consumed in a gourd and I've read is a coffee drinkers preferable tea. It seems to be gaining popularity for it ability to boost your energy. Mate tea can be brewed 3 times.


Steeped Tea includes a chart on all of their packaging. The re-steeping process is something I didn't really know about until I saw their chart. Which is great because you save money. My favorite teas are: Black, White, Rooibos, Herbal and Fruit.


 Here is the Catalog to check out all of Steeped Teas Tea!





Monday, January 19, 2015

Steeped Tea Introduction- Online TEA PARTY!



Hi Everyone,

Have you ever been to a Tupperware party or similar party in your home or at a friends house? Well this week, I'll be hosting an online TEA Party! One thing I know is that many reader's are tea drinkers. I recently discovered Steeped Tea and I absolutely love their products. I wanted to share with you a bit about the company. They're a Canadian company started in 2006, and they recently expanded into the US. For my online party you must be Canadian to place an order through my party. However, if you're in the US and interested, you can go to Steeped Tea and find a consultant to place an order through.

I first heard about Steeped Tea from Dragon's Den which is similar to Shark Tan in the US. When I saw on twitter that Kristilyn from Reading in Winter became a consultant, I wanted to try it out.

Here's the video:


What really drew me into Steeped Tea was the tea! The flavors are so good, and they have a huge variety- over 100 teas. I'm slowly trying out their other products as well.

How cute is this tea pot? It's on my wishlist.



It also comes in purple, and teal. It's 27 oz, comes with an infuser and no drip spout. My experience with Stainless Steel Teapots is that it keeps the tea hot for longer.

Please take a look at their  Catalog and see their products for yourself. Check out some stuff and if you're interested, you can place an order through my party. The party will close Sunday Jan 24th. If you order more than 50$, you'll be eligible for free tea!




**Please be sure to check to have the items shipped directly to you**





Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Canadian Reading Challenge! I'm in...


Random House is hosting a 2015 Canadian reading challenge. One of my resolutions for 2015 was to read more Canadian lit, and I thought this would be a great way to pick some titles. If you're interested, you can read more about the challenge at Random House. I don't normally join challenges, but I really want to try this one.

So far this year, I've read one book. It was Canadian written by a Canadian author and my second book is also Canadian.



Review will come soon!


Currently Reading.




Next Week, I'll be hosting an online Tea Party! If you love tea, and you're Canadian, please come check it out.