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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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Get Your Glow On With Mocktails Recipes For Your Holiday Season

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I do cocktail recipes on Thursdays but today is Wednesday and I promised mocktails to help calm your jittered nerves this holiday season. These are also great for girls night in or for a party. Thank you to beauty, fashion and lifestyle expert Jamie Krell for these easy and tasty mocktails!

Good Earth Tea Matcha Maker
Matcha Maker Shaker

Ingredients:

1 bag Good Earth Matcha Maker tea

3/4 cup hot water

1 tsp shredded or chopped fresh ginger

1/2 lime cut into two wedges

Method:

- Steep Matcha Maker tea bag in hot water 3 minutes then cool in refrigerator 10-15 minutes

- Muddle ginger, juice of one lime wedge

- Add cooled tea and stir

- Shake with ice then pour into your favorite glass

- Garnish with remaining lime wedge

Good Earth Tropical Rush

Tropical Mai Tea

Ingredients:

1 bag Good Earth Tropical Rush tea

1/2 cup Hot water

3 sprigs Fresh mint

1/2 lime cut into two wedges

1/8 cup Pomegranate juice

1 tablespoon Pomegranate seeds

Method:

- Steep Tropical Rush tea bag in hot water 3 minutes then cool in refrigerator 10-15 minutes

- Muddle mint with juice of one wedge of lime

- Add pomegranate juice and cooled tea

- Shake with ice then pour into your glass of choice

- Garnish with remaining lime wedge and pomegranate seeds

 

Make a few of these and enjoy the holiday season.

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Mini Break and Spa Night Ideas For This Stressful Holiday Time

Jamie Krell lifestyle expert Good Earth Tea

This little pinup knows that this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but goodness there certainly is a lot of rushing around!  Even in supposedly laid back SoCal it seems that there isn’t one bit of spare time unless I cut out a few moments.  Luckily for all of us,  beauty, fashion and lifestyle expert Jamie Krell has some  get-gorgeous skin tips that she uses with celebs.  Use these simple ideas to prep for a big event or occasion, or just use regularly for radiant skin every day!

  • Make a green tea and honey face mask to get glowing skin. Mix moistened green leaves (just cut open a green tea bag) with honey to form a paste and coat your entire face – leave for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water. Use once or twice a week leading up to your big event.
  • Drink white tea (two cups a day!) since it’s known to be packed with anti-oxidants and protect skin – it also promotes healthy and radiant skin to give your complexion an all over glow.  Think of it as “TeaGaming” – hydrating from the inside out to prep for a big event. If you’re going to drink two cups a day, it needs to be a killer flavor that you’ll enjoy every time.  One of Krell’s faves is Good Earth’s new Mango Me Crazy, a blend of bold, juicy fruit flavors. The brand’s fusions have pumped up flavors and unique combinations. Even better – they’re made with all-natural ingredients and you don’t need to add any sweetener.
  • Go into your own kitchen cabinet! Use apple cider vinegar as a toner to keep skin looking tight and firm. Dilute with some water and use twice a day.
  • Mix baking soda with water and use as face wash or mix with some of your cleanser for an effective exfoliator. Helps with breakouts and to keep skin clear!

Tomorrow, I will have a few mocktail recipes for you to enjoy on your girls night in, or throughout the holiday entertaining season.   Nothing like a little bit of Ahhhh when everyone else is starting to stress.  ;-) 

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