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Lifestyle – Giving It Up: 20 Days And Counting

Busy Bee Blogger coffee mug with tea Lent day 20

Today marks day 20 of 40 of my no coffee routine. I have officially made it to the half way point without sitting down with a nice mug of coffee first thing in the morning. Even when others around me are enjoying their own. Instead of coffee, or lattes, I have been enjoying my rather large stock of teas. There are so many different types of teas and flavors that I find just about anything I want any time of day.

I know there are some of you that are giving something up, whether for religious reasons or health. How are you dealing with the cravings? Did you pick up something new?

I want to hear about it. Good luck!

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Giving It Up For 40 Days

coffee mug lent

Today is the first day of Lent. Traditionally, one would give up something for 40 days, until Easter.

Esquire even did a piece on giving up something that is ingrained in their daily lives such as alcohol, email, the news, driving, to see what the effect was on them for one month.

This year, I have chosen to give up coffee. My life seems to revolve around my coffee cup, so this will be an especially interesting experience. Last year I gave up sugar, like I had in the past. It was much more difficult than I had expected and I was diving everyone crazy with my mood swings.

Even if you aren’t religious giving up something for an extended period of time can change your outlook on why you do certain things. Is it just habit or do you really enjoy/need to do it?

For those giving something up today, what is it?

Good luck.


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Holiday Side Dish – Pomegranate Burst™ Mostarda

Pomegranate Burst Mostarda

I love entertaining.  Love it.  I love making dinner, whether plates of snacks or a full sit down for friends.  But, after a while, I start to get bored with what I am making.  While delicious, sometimes the same side dishes are just a little worn out.

Today, I wanted to share a special holiday recipe from Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner. She wowed the San Francisco/Bay Area with her desserts, then two Michelin-recommended restaurants, and today is the Executive Chef at Corvo Bianco on the Upper West Side of New York City. She’s also been featured on many top culinary television programs including Top Chef All StarsIron Chef, and Chopped.

Known for her unique fusions and flavor combinations, Falkner has created a Pomegranate Burst™ Mostarda that pumps up the volume on traditional cranberry dishes, great as a condiment or side for turkey, pork roast or game birds, or to top a sandwich or panini. Falkner created this recipe exclusively for Good Earth Tea, drawing inspiration from their bold flavors. This recipe is sophisticated in flavor but super simple to make.

Pomegranate Burst™ Mostarda


  • 3 apples, preferably golden, pink lady or gala apples
  • 1 cup cranberries or dried cranberries
  • 1 tea bag Good Earth Pomegranate Burst Tea
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water


  • Chop up the apples to a small dice with skin on
  • Combine the apples with all of the other ingredients in a saucepan
  • Bring to a simmer for 5-8 minutes or until apples are translucent
  • Turn off heat and cool
  • Squeeze out the tea bag and discard. Serve chilled or at room temperature. 

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