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Easy and Elegant Custard Pear Pie

We have two fruitful pear trees.
We have lots of pears this time of year.

I’m always looking for quick and easy recipes to put all these pears to good use. this is one of my favorites. I wont go on and on about the recipe, because if you are like me and looking for quick and easy recipes, you are reading – you;re scrolling. All I will say about this recipe before I get on with it is: the batter is made in the blender! THE BLENDER! So fast. So easy. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium-sized firm pears, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cups unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cinnamon sugar for topping
  • butter or cooking spray to coat pie plate

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees and coat pie plate with butter or cooking spray
  2. Place pear slices in pie plate
  3. Put melted & cooled butter, eggs, milk, salt, sugar, flour and vanilla in the blender, blend until smooth
  4. Gently pour batter from the blender over the pears. Bake for 50 minutes until the custard is firm, golden. Let cool the dust with cinnamon sugar.

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Review: Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 — Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 — This tea is a bit delicate (this rating was given because this is a loose tea and requires an infuser of some sort)

Abby says:

Temperature: @200 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes, loose in a teapot
Served: Nothing added

It’s getting to be that time of year again, when I’m switching back to hot tea from the iced tea of the summer. These past few days have been even colder than usual for the season and having hot tea has taken my mind away from thinking about when I’ll turn on the heat! That’s sure to be a few weeks away yet, but I’m a back on the hot tea train for sure. It’s also the time of year when everything turns to pumpkin spice and chai. Our first review of the fall will be no exception. We’re talking about Adagio Rooibos Vanilla Chai today. It’s a blend of rooibos tea, ginger root, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, orange peel and vanilla flavor. Everything you need for fall.

Rooibos isn’t my favorite tea, but I do love chai so I gave it a go. Overall the aroma is nice, but the rooibos adds a sweet scent that I don’t love. Thankfully, for me, the spices in the blend mellow it out quite a bit. Once steeped, the sweetness is completely incorporated into the spice blend and it smells wonderful. The taste is really nice too. Its sweeter than most chai blends, but not overwhelming. The chai spices blend to give you that warm, spicy taste. The only thing missing for me was the vanilla. After each sip I tried to find it and sometimes found hints of vanilla flavor, but not much. That being said, all the ingredients together make for a nice warming cuppa. Give this one a try if you are a chai connoisseur like me, or if you are looking for a tasty, caffeine-free chai.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 — This tea is a bit delicate (this rating was given because this is a loose tea and requires an infuser of some sort) – however I did not find over-steeping to be an issue when I went back for seconds.

Katie says:

Temperature: @200 (boiling point)
Steeped: 4 minutes, loose in a teapot
Served: with milk & honey 

This is one of those rare cases when I like a tea much better than Abby. Usually we agree! I looooved this tea. My suggestion is to brew an entire pot and add honey. Enjoy the first cup hot with milk. Later in the day put your tea over ice with a little almond milk. I think it tasted just like iced chai from a good barista. I find that chai is best with milk and sugar so if you’re not a big fan of sweet drinks this might not be your favorite. However, if you’re looking to brew your own and still get the nice flavor of the cartons of liquid chai give this tea a try. This tea mixes traditional chai spices that are well balanced with vanilla favor for an excellent tea! I usually prefer black to rooibos but in this case I love this “red” tea!

Taste: 5 of 5 a must try!
Steepability: 3.5 of 5 — This tea is a bit delicate (this rating was given because this is a loose tea and requires an infuser of some sort) 

 

Review: Teavana Mango Black *Iced Tea*

 

Abby says:

Tea type: Loose
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling) – then chilled for iced tea
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Isn’t this tea just beautiful to look at: a slurry of colors and textures?!? Teavana tea blends are always to pretty coming out of the tin, both dry and steeped. This one is a blend of primarily candied mango chunks and black tea, but also contains apple chunks, pieces of passion fruit and marigold petals.

As an iced tea, I tasted mostly mango and fruit flavors, but not much tea. For me, it’s just the right amount of sweet for an iced tea, but I did miss the balance of a strong tea taste that my iced tea usually offers. Overall I liked this tea and would make iced tea with it again, the fruit flavor is quite nice. It was a nice change of pace compared to the usual iced tea I make, even other fruit blends.

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

Healthy One-Bowl Banana and Blueberry Mini-Muffins

I’m forever looking for a healthy, fast breakfast option. something that I can either make in a minute or two in the morning, or something I can make ahead and grab on my way out the door. Muffins work best for me, but often they aren’t as healthy as I’d like. Splurging on a big, sugary muffin every now and then is one thing, but for my weekday breakfast, that just doesn’t work. So, I’ve made these mini-muffins, so that I can grab a couple on my way out the door. You could easily make larger ones from this recipe, if that works better for you.  The BEST part of the recipe it that all you need is ONE bowl and a muffin tin – quick and easy preparation and clean-up. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large overripe banana
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom (or nutmeg, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat over to 350°F and line a mini-muffin pan with four liners (or grease), I used my reusable silicone liners that I LOVE
  • In a medium bowl, mash banana. Add sugar, egg white, and oil. Stir until just combined (mixture will still be lumpy).
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir until just combined, then gently fold in blueberries.
  • Divide mixture between 12 mini-muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 20 minutes, the tops of the muffins begin to turn golden. Test with toothpick, it should come out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

Review: Harney & Sons Black Currant Fresh Brew *Iced Tea*

Abby says:

Tea Type: Bagged –  1 over-sized iced tea sized bag
Temperature: Iced
Served: Nothing added

Here we are again, smack in the middle of iced tea season! My favorite style of iced tea is unsweetened black tea with a hint for fruit. I like other styles as well, don’t get me wrong, but this is my favorite. Which is why I was so excited to try this Black Current iced tea from Harney & Sons. This tea is specifically packaged for making iced tea with an over-sized tea bag stuffed with tea.

When making it I followed the directions precisely, see below, and I ended up with a tasty iced tea ready to go. This tea has the strong flavors of black tea that I love and the slightly sweet fruit flavor of the black currants. The blend for me is spot-on, with the black tea as the star and the black currant just noticeable. This tea would be great for a crowd because its pretty mellow with a traditional blend. I enjoyed it a lot and expect to go through the 8 cups that this batch made pretty quickly.

Here’s how to make this tea properly: Boil 2 cups of water and pour over tea bag and let steep for 15 minutes. Then add 6 more cups of water and you’re done!

 

Taste: 4.5 of 5 tea leaves – quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

Review: Atlantic Spice Company China Black Tea BOP

Overall Rating:

Taste – 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability – 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 200 (about boiling)
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Looks like coffee. Kinda smells like coffee. Tastes like tea! Just the way I like it. Atlantic Spice Company China Black Tea BOP is one of those teas. Its a loose leaf tea, but the leaves are chopped up into tiny pieces that almost look like coffee grounds. When you smell this tea there are hints of coffee in the earthy aroma, but the flavor is all tea. Although not at rich as I like my black tea to taste this one has a nice hearty, toasty taste.

If you buy this tea in bulk it is quite inexpensive and who doesn’t  love a giant bag a loose leaf tea around to tempt you to make another cuppa? This tea is nothing fancy, but does make a nice everyday tea. Easy to drink and also makes great iced tea.

Taste – 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability –  4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

 

Katie says:

Temperature: @ 200 (about boiling)

Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: With cream & sugar
I ordered this tea from Atlantic Spice Company, a wholesaler I like quite a bit. I hoped it would be a big hit for me like their BOP Assam that I LOVE (review coming soon) but I found this one wasn’t really my favorite. It’s an OK inexpensive tea but it wasn’t strong enough to hold up to adding cream & sugar the way I like my tea. So I gave it to Abby and luckily she likes it! 🙂

Taste – 2.5 of 5 leaves – This tea is just OK

Steepability – 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

Review: Tea Forte Vanilla Pear – Loose Leaf White Tea

Overall Rating:

Taste: 3.25 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

If you are looking for a bright, slightly fruity loose leaf tea for the summer, we’ve got you covered! I’ve only tried this tea hot so far, but I think it would like a lovely iced tea too! As a hot tea, it has a floral aroma with a blend of light white tea and fruit taste. There is no sweetness, so a bit of honey added would be nice. I’m going to try that next time, for sure.

 

Taste: 3.5 of 5 leaves  – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Temperature: @2oo (about boiling)
Steeped: 3 minutes
Served: A teaspoon of creamed honey (see below)

A pretty and yummy tea! I love the cornflowers that give this loose tea lovley blue specks. The lightly fruity taste is very good both hot and iced. I started with a hot cup but when I got busy and let it get cool I poured it over ice. I liked it iced a bit better. I almost always add a hint of sweetness and this tea way lovely with a little local creamed honey that I got at the Natick Farmers’ Market.

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves – A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 3 of 5 leaves — this tea is a bit delicate.

Review: *ICED TEA* Honey Ginger by Impeach Tea

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.


Abby says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling) – then chilled for iced tea
Steeped: 5 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

As a northerner “sweet tea” is quite foreign  to me, and frankly, something I just don’t understand. This being said I was nervous to try something with honey in the title. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this tea is perfectly sweet.  Just a touch of sweetness.

For steeping I used two heaping tablespoons of tea in three cups of water. Let it steep for five minutes then added two cups of cold water and one cup of ice and let it chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes. This yielded some really tasty iced tea! There is some sweetness, but mild enough to be suitable for a Maine lady. The ginger also adds an interesting flavor and blended well with the black tea and honey flavors. Will def. be adding this to the summer iced tea rotation!


Katie says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf

Temperature: @200 (@ boiling) – then chilled for iced tea

Steeped: 5 minutes

Served: A little honey 

 Unlike Abby, this New England Girl likes her tea sweet and almost always adds a touch of honey. I like to add honey to the warm tea and then store in the fridge for later. (Unless Abby is visiting, then I leave some plain!) Even though this tea has peach ginger and honey I find peach to dominate the flavor. I do get tiny hints of ginger and I played up the honey taste by adding more. Be careful, this tea will get bitter if you oversteap, so be sure to remove the tea after 5-6 minutes. 

For a sweeter tea, mix in a teaspoon of lemonade mix. This is a summertime favorite of mine! *This will make the tea a bit cloudy, see the photo above.

Pro-tip: store in a mason jar on your countertop. Even though this tea comes in a nice tin I’d suggest sorting it in glass to see the pretty blue and orange petals!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 4 of 5 leaves — this tea requires very little effort.

*Note, this tea was provided to us free of charge by the supplier. We were not paid for the review, we simply received free product. We always review every tea to the same standard. If we receive free tea that we do not like we simply choose to not review it. (Who wants to read a bummer of a post?) If you’d like to submit a tea for review please email: delecteable@gmail.com.

Silicone Reusable Tea Bags

Hey guys, check these out! I just got them and I LOVE them. A whole set of candy colored reusable silicone tea bags. These are perfect to use with loose-leaf tea when you only want to make a cuppa, instead of a whole pot of tea!

Pro tip: these would be prefect for Mother’s Day along with some fine loose-leaf tea! You’re welcome 🙂

They are super easy to use, just pop of the bottom piece and spoon in your tea. Then pop the bottom back on and use like a regular tea bag. When you’re done, just dump out your tea leaves into the compost and wash out the tea bag. These are dishwasher safe, so toss it in there to make things even easier!

You can find them on Amazon. With the six-pack, I keep a few at home and a few at work. I’ve always got one ready to go. And just look at all the cutie colors!

Review: Tiesta Tea Lean Green Machine

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.25 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Abby says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @175 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Here’s another one from Tiesta Tea! This time it’s a zesty green tea in their slenderizer line of teas. Lean Green Machine is a blend of green tea, lemongrass, orange and lemon peel, bergamot oil and natural flavors. Isn’t it so pretty, too?! I love all the big chunky pieces.

As this tea steeps it looks and smells very vegetal. The tea leaves and other pieces expand, taking up a lot of room in the teapot! The smell is very fresh, of lemons a grass. As far as taste, for me, the most prominent flavor is the bergamot. Maybe because I’m used to tasting it in black tea? Or maybe because the orange peel and lemon peel act to accentuate the flavor? No mater, it tastes good – flavorful without being flowery. On second steep I found the lemongrass much more noticeable than in my first cup. So, that was fun!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves –  This tea is a bit delicate.

Katie says:

Tea Type: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @175 (below boiling)
Steeped: 2 minutes
Served: Just a touch of honey

This is a delicious green tea. It has a clean, crisp, and just slightly green/earthy taste. For me the bergamot, lemon, and orange notes rounded out the green tea and softened the sometimes harsh taste of typical green teas. It’s a pretty tea that opened up to reveal big full leaves! I love when the steeped tea looks almost like fresh-picked picked leaves! This is a good choice to keep in the cupboard as a solid stand-by solid green tea.

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 3 of 5 tea leaves – This tea is a bit delicate.

Photos: katiering.com

*Note, this tea was provided to us free of charge by the supplier. We were not paid for the review, we simply received free product. We always review every tea to the same standard. If we receive free tea that we do not like we choose to not review it. (Who wants to read a bummer of a post?) If you’d like to submit a tea for review please email: delecteable@gmail.com.