yesterday, i drank tea

6 Dec


How was your weekend? Mine was pretty great – it’s really hard to not have a good weekend during this time of year methinks.  I know it’s not the happiest time of year for everyone out there, which makes me so sad.  This year I’m really trying to be thankful in every moment. One of the best moments was Saturday night, when the husband and I cruised around OKC looking at Christmas lights.  There’s an area of town where the houses are huge and breathtaking, and every year it seems they have a competition to see who can put up the most extravagant lights!

The husband and I spent much of Saturday out and about, finishing up our Christmas shopping for the McCoy side of our family.  We do a small Christmas with this side a couple of weeks early, and it’s this weekend.  I can’t believe it’s almost already here!  I’m so excited – and I’m even more excited now that we got our shopping done…nothing like waiting ’till the last minute.  We actually still have to pick up one more thing this week, but otherwise the next few days will be about wrapping, baking and packing.  I’m looking very forward to two of these.

While we were shopping, we got distracted for a little bit in the Teavana store.  Have you been to one?  I’m loving tea more and more everyday lately, and I’ve been eying several different loose leaf teapots for awhile now.  I finally splurged and got one!  I’m feeling a tinge bad about spending money on myself right before Christmas, but I’m happy that I’ll have my favorite loose leaf tea to drink throughout the holidays!  In my defense I probably wouldn’t have bought it for myself had the husband not insisted…but that’s neither here nor there I suppose.  I do have a pretty sweet husband though:) just sayin.

So yesterday, I drank tea.  And a lot of it.

Here’s she is!  Well, most of her anyway.  This is what she looks like all ready to be filled with water and popped in the microwave.

After removing her from the microwave – she now has the tea sieve (not sure if that’s what you call it?) back in

prepare one teaspoon of tea

and dump it in

now we wait

and wait

and wait

and now the best part – we pour!

I’m obsessed with this little teapot, so expect to see a lot of it!  The coolest part is that you can steep the same tea leaves up to 3 times within a 24 hour period – when you consider that, the price isn’t bad at all!

Aside from drinking tea, upon my dear husband’s initiation, we also cleaned out our long overdue fridge.  The kind of clean out where you remove every last thing, take out the shelves and scrub.  It wasn’t pretty.  I think it’s one of the worst jobs, but also one of the most rewarding.  Afterwards, I finally went to the store and stocked up on food for this week – I got lots of stuff for juicing (organic carrots, tomatoes, beets, kale, apples, cucumbers, bell pepper) as well as ingredients for Vegetarian chili and homemade vegan cornbread. But not just for us.

Tonight we’ll be stopping by our friends’ house to take them chili and cornbread.  They just had a baby last week, and I can’t wait to get my hands on that baby girl (Carissa, if you read this, don’t be freaked out:).  I debated for about 5 seconds over whether to take them a vegetarian meal, since they are not vegetarian.  But one thought about having to handle beef, and the decision was made.  I decided on chili because I think it’s a vegetarian meal that many meat eaters will love.  You can bulk it up with lots of beans, veggies, and spices, and they won’t miss a thing!

I’ll be back tonight with recipes for chili and cornbread – and hopefully some irresistible baby pics!

Are you more of a tea drinker or a coffee drinker?

How would you feel if someone brought you a meal that was vegetarian (if you’re not)?  Would that bother you?


18 Responses to “yesterday, i drank tea”

  1. Dorry December 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    I’ve become a big fan of tea in the past year or so. Nothing makes me happier that a hot cup of peppermint tea when it’s cold outside!

    • candice December 7, 2010 at 8:01 am #

      Ooooh, peppermint tea sounds good. I think I’ve only had it once before – I definitely need to pick some up!

  2. Halley (Blunder Construction) December 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Yesterday, I drank a LOT of tea as well. Mine was green, and it was mostly to soothe my sinuses. Moved into the new apartment, and all the dust had my head in a fit. I found that if I constantly drank tea, I felt fine 🙂 I think it’s one thing to bring over a plate of tofu to a meat-eaters house, maybe it wouldn’t fly. But, it’s totally acceptable to bring over a dish as delicious as veggie chili!

    • candice December 7, 2010 at 8:03 am #

      Yay for getting moved in to your new apartment! And glad the tea came to the rescue and made you feel better:) I think it has a way of doing that.

      Thanks for the affirmation – I thought the same thing! Who couldn’t like veggie chili?

  3. Heather (Where's the Beach) December 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Chili is definitely a great choice. Can’t wait to see your recipes. It does indeed sound like you have a fantastic hubby.

  4. Amy B @ Second City Randomness December 6, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I’m a fan of both coffee and tea. Although I’d say iced tea makes “tea” the clear winner. Can’t get enough!

    And I don’t think I’d mind if someone made me a vegetarian meal even if I were more of a meat eater.

    But this opinion isn’t that valid being as how I go a week at a time without eating meat and then will eat it several days in a row. I’m sort of all over the place and not one of those people who need it at every meal…

    • candice December 7, 2010 at 8:04 am #

      I also love iced tea…but what about iced coffee?! I love it just as well:) I think it just depends on what I’m in the mood for.

  5. Amanda @ Vegacious December 6, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    I’m a big tea drinker, but do not drink coffee at all! My husband on the other hand, is quite the opposite – although he does drink a fair amount of tea. Love your little teapot!

    • candice December 7, 2010 at 8:05 am #

      lol, thanks! I think maybe I love it a little too much:)

  6. Anna December 6, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    I love tea! Several years ago, I gave up coffee and so tea started to take its place. I have not started drinking coffee again but tea warms me up and relaxes me so much more than coffee. My favorite tea is a Korean tea called honey citron 🙂

    • candice December 7, 2010 at 8:07 am #

      I haven’t tried that tea, but I’ll have to ask my Korean tutoring students about it. The name makes it sound delicious! Is it available at most places?

      I think tea makes me feel better than coffee does as well. I love coffee, but it never fails to make me feel a bit jittery.

  7. Anna December 7, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    I have found honey citron tea at Hmart’s and some international stores. It looks like marmalade and can be used on toast or in baking.

    • candice December 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm #

      Thanks for the info (comment and email) about the tea! I talked to one of my Korean students about it, and she got so excited! She says it’s delicious as well and that she’s going to bring me some next week. I’m so excited to try it! I’m thinking using it on toast sounds like a pretty grand idea as well:)

  8. cristen December 8, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    i had veggie chili the other day and loved it! perhaps more than regular chili.

    • candice December 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

      Good to hear! Jon’s marketing team is coming to our house next week for a Christmas party lunch. I’m thinking of making a huge pot of Veggie Chili for that – do you think that will be okay? Will people be bitter about the lack of meat?

  9. amber@SAHM's musings December 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Hello My name is Amber and I’m a tea drinker!

    Not that you have time or anything but when you do have a few moments of down time you can read my views and reviews on all things tea in my life including recipes from my March 7-16 2010 posts (5 posts altogether)

    Happy Tea drinking 😉

    • candice December 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm #

      I would love to read all about your love for tea! Putting that on my (mental) to do list right now. But first, heading over to read your linked post:)

      And tea drinking is definitely happy.


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