Well, I wasn't thrilled when I saw today's tea, Organic Cinnamon Rooibos Chai, especially after the last tea which had a lot of cinnamon. Don't get me wrong, I love cinnamon, but in some things a little goes a long way, and in most cases, tea is one of those things.
Today's tea was Coffee Pu'erh. What? You don't think coffee and tea belong together? I used to feel that way, and while it wouldn't be my every day choice, one of my favourite teas is one called jumpy Monkey, which contains coffee beans.
I have been determined on this journey that I will not treat it like a diet, so that means that occasionally I'm entitled to eat a nice dessert. My only concession is that if I'm making it myself I try to cut back a bit on some of the sugar and fat in a recipe if possible. Last week I decided to try my hand at a slightly lower calorie apple crisp. I also made it in an individual serving size so that I wouldn't be tempted to overeat.
Today's tea is Alpine Punch, a new tea for me, and when I opened it up and smelled it, it smelled quite sweet, and reminded me of almonds. It almost smelled like when you open a bottle of almond extract when baking. When I looked on the David's Tea website, it described it as an almond scented tea with apples, cinnamon, ginger, and nuts. Alpine Punch is a rooibos tea and is steeped at almost boiling point. I steeped mine for 5 minutes. After steeping the almond scent is still strong, and the tea itself is a nice dark colour. This tea has a natural sweetness and I didn't require any additional sweeteners when drinking it. It definitely tastes of almonds. It is a nice smooth tasting tea, with no hint of bitterness. The apples, cinnamon, ginger, and nuts are not really detectable to me. I'm sure they are there, and probably help contribute to the wonderful flavour, but thank goodness they don't overwhelm the almond taste. Since I had lots of points left today, I decided to treat myself to a couple of the premium Belgian cookies I bought a few days ago while enjoying my tea. And now that this post is almost ready, I'm going to do just that!
Today I drove to Smiths Falls to a little cafe to have lunch with the girls I'll be cruising with in February. They're all from Kingston, so we chat a lot on Facebook, but we don't see each other in person very often. We had a fantastic lunch, exchanged Christmas gifts, and had a long, long visit. I love scones, and the cafe had an amazing looking Caramel Pecan Scone with glaze on it, and it looked delicious. It was really hard to resist it...I almost bought one to bring home, divide up and freeze, but I resisted and I'm happy that I did. I can make scones at home, and they won't be covered in sugary glaze, and I'm sure I will enjoy them. So when I opened today's tea and saw that it was Walnut Orange Scone, it seemed like it was just meant to be!