#ADAGIOTEA | The Zodiac Series: LIBRA

Okay, I don’t really know how to explain the relationship I am currently growing with this tea, but I feel… You know how people say that when they find “the one” that they just know. Like someone will ask a married woman, oh when did you know that he was the one for you?.. and they say.. oh i just knew. That is exactly how I feel about this tea. I know, it’s ridiculous. But it just gets me. I knew it from the moment I opened up my package, and found this little tin box staring back at me. And get this! The picture on the tin, is a girl.. with pink hair.. in pigtails. How. Did. They. Know?! *shifty eyes*

Seriously, let’s get down to business. The tea I am talking about is this one right here. It’s LIBRA from The Zodiac Series, by Adagio Tea. The Libra tea is a black tea backed by chocolate and strawberries, with a hint of rose and cream. Steep at 212° for 5 minutes is what they recommend on their website, however it can be hard to adjust for the temperature depending on where you are making your tea (like at the lake!). I just keep an eye on it, and it usually takes about 4 minutes for my preferred flavor.

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The smell of this tea is quite honestly one of the best. I can be having the worst day.. come home, smell this tea, and it’s like my whole body just relaxes. They should think about making a body spray in that scent blend. I want to bathe in it. Oh wait.. maybe I should try that! – Stay tuned lol.

The first time I made this tea, it wasn’t even half way done steeping and I was already sold. It’s romantic. It’s kittenish. And it’s the perfect dessert tea. Yes, I know, we all love and want dessert every single day, but that’s not good for anyone. Now, it doesn’t matter! This tea is so perfect for after dinner that you won’t miss out. I really enjoy the strawberries and cream feel it has, and the rose with the cocoa nibs are a good addition to balance it out. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s rich, but not too rich. Yet, light. I prefer to drink it straight up – some people like to add cream and sugar (or honey) to it. I have also heard that this tea makes a killer latte. Have not tried it yet. Imagine it would be amazing. I will get back to you on that.

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The price point on this tea I find not too bad either. A 4oz tin is $9, while a 16oz refill bag will getcha for $29. I should also mention that Libra is a part of their Zodiac Elements: Air package, which also include Aquarius, and Gemini.

This tea has easily made it into my regular rotation. It has become one of my most favorite go-to’s. I had just found out about Adagio Teas recently, yes I live under a rock, but if this is just one of the first ones I have tried, I can not wait to taste more!

I also wanted to include the description of the tea straight from their website:
A balanced blend of black tea and sweet strawberries, chocolate and creme will appeal to Libra’s sense of harmonious beauty. Libras have mastered the art of diplomacy, and enjoy bringing people together over a cup of tea. Rose petals and cocoa nibs are stylish details in a blend that will complete Libra’s sophisticated tea collection.

Since I love this tea, and refuse to share it with anyone, you should head over to Adagio dot com and get some for yourself! I would love to know what you think after you try it, so make sure you let me know!

 

Disclaimer: I am not getting paid money to write this, I just really do love this tea so much. Also, I most certainly scooped up every last bit of the tea from the photos, and put it back in the tin. No tea was harmed in the making of this post. (Except the serving that I added to my mug!)

 

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ADAGIO.COM

“AH-DA-GEE-OH” – Say it with me now.. AHHH-DAAA-GIO.. and get used to saying it because after you get you some of what they are offering… you’ll never look back. I know I haven’t! Okay, let’s get serious.. I am talking about ADAGIO TEAS. If you haven’t heard of them, now you have. They recently reached out to me and I am so happy that they did. I don’t know if I live under a rock or something, but how I did not know of them sooner is well beyond me. I received my package of choices I had made and upon arrival I was impressed. I must say that when I pulled out the Libra tea – and it had a picture of a girl with pink pigtails on the front – I knew it was meant to be. I mean, it’s basically like looking in the mirror! 😉

I have spent the past few weeks putting these teas through all my tests! Drank them hot, drank them cold, incorporated them into recipes, smeared them on my face and used them as a mask, and I even have a tea party planned so I can share them because they are too good not to.

Over the next couple of weeks I will let you in on what I have been up to and more about why I have fallen in love with this company, so stay tuned! It’s way to much to fill you in on all at once… but in the mean time.. head to http://www.adagio.com and take a little peak! And!..Let them know I sent you 😉

 

 

 

Baked Sour Cream Chicken

Alright, I am not going to start off lying to your face. This one is not the healthiest option, but it does taste delicious, and its super easy to make! Once in a while, you just have to chuck it in the f*ck it bucket, and eat whatever you want! One of our patients brought this recipe in to me after finding out about my love for three things.. 1. mushroom soup 2. sour cream 3. dry onion soup mix. And lo and behold – she walked in to her next appointment with this recipe in hand and brought a smile to my face. It sounds like it would taste not very good when you read it, and even I will admit I had my doubts. But! After trying this, I had to share it with you!

Baked Sour Cream Chicken

What you need:

1 – 3lb Chicken Fryer(or if you prefer legs or thighs, you can use that too)
1-10 oz. can Cream of Mushroom Soup (I use regular, not anything like fat free, or reduced salt as i find they really just don’t taste the same!)
1 pkg Dry Onion Soup Mix
1 Cup Sour Cream

Cut the chicken into serving pieces. Mix the 2 soups, and the sour cream. Place chicken into baking dish and pour the soup/sour cream mixture over the chicken. Bake at 350 for 1-1.5 hours. (If baking in a glass casserole, bake at 325 covered.) The sauce will become lightly browned. Serve with veggies or salad!

 

 

 

 

 

Sneaky Swap Out #2: Creamy Mashed Cauliflower

This will be quick because there is literally not much to it! We all know how hard it is to get kids (and even some adults!) to eat their veggies. This idea is a fairly well-known one.. however I still get a number of people who sound surprised when I mention this one to them, and after having it happen a couple of times over the past week, I figured.. why not just get it out there?!

This one is the Creamy Mashed Potatoes – with Cauliflower! Now let’s get serious here.. who in their right mind does not love to gorge on creamy, delicious, buttery & garlicky mashed potatoes. Okay, well I suppose that there may be some who don’t like them, or can not eat them for health reasons (allergies, etc.), but for the most part, mashed potatoes are a staple. And a completely delicious one at that!

This one is so easy you guys. I don’t even use a recipe for it anymore, I just do most of it to taste. But.. for those who really enjoy following a recipe, or maybe their “to taste” skills aren’t up to par (which is totally okay!).. here you go! And remember – any of these quantities can be increased or cut down depending on how many people you are serving!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut up
  • Approx 1 TBSP of olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic – smushed, minced, or just cut up into smaller pieces
  • Reduced fat cream cheese – this one truly is to taste.. I use a few tablespoons.. but it depends on how “creamy” you want them to be.
  • 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (sometimes I use a full cup if I’m feeling extra cheesy)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Steamer (sauce pan, steam basket)
  • Pan (small one to cook garlic)
  • Food processor

What you’re going to do with it:

  • Get out your steamer, put in some water and let it come to a boil.Toss in that cauliflower and let it get a good steam for about 7-10 min. (depending on how big or small of pieces you cut it into.) You should be able to stab through it with a fork.
  • While you’re waiting for your cauliflower to cook, heat up a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a pan, over med heat. Add the garlic and let it cook down a few min until it’s softened. Don’t let it burn, or it will turn bitter!
  • Once the cauliflower is cooked, put about half of it in your food processor. Blend on high. Add the rest of your cauliflower slowly, blending until creamy. Then, add in your butter, garlic, parm cheese, cream cheese, salt and pepper and blend until mixed.

Voila! Enjoy!!.. Hey I said it was delicious, not completely healthy!

Easy Tomato #MEAT Sauce

This is one of those easy sauces that you can easily whip up for a weekday dinner, or a Sunday afternoon project that you can do in bulk, and freeze for when you need it later! It’s a Tomato Meat Sauce. It’s easy. It’s simple. And it’s pretty darn good!

Tomato Meat Sauce:

Olive oil or butter to cover bottom of your pan/pot
1 lb Ground meat (beef, elk, bison – if using elk or bison, you can cut it half and half with beef)
Handful or two Mushrooms – diced
1-2 Onions (1 Big guy or 2 littler ones) – Diced
3 Garlic cloves (or more or less depending on your love for garlic!) – Minced
Herbs – thyme|oregano|basil|italian seasoning (Season to your personal preference, I usually add about 1-2TBSP of each)
3 Grilled tomatoes (or roasted if no bbq)
One Large Can of Seasoned Stewed Tomatoes with the juice
One Small can of tomato past

Meat sauce. Enough said.

Toss some oil or butter in your pan, medium to high heat, and add your ground meat. Once it’s pretty much browned up, add your onions, mushrooms, and garlic and let it cook down until translucent. Add in the herbs, grilled tomatoes, and stewed tomatoes. Let simmer on low-medium for about 15 min stirring throughout. Once it starts all coming together, add in your tomato paste until the sauce reaches the thickness you are looking for. Let it simmer on low heat, about an hour, so it can cook through, stirring occassionally.

The longer it simmers the more intense and delicious your flavors will become. I try to let mine simmer for at least an hour, or longer..but of course there have been nights I have just whipped this up and tossed it on just as soon as it was done!

#MEAT : CRUSTED SIRLOIN TIP ROAST 

  
I created a new dry rub for our sirloin tip roast tonight and wooooo-ie! It has turned out to be quite a gem! I am now entering a food coma, but once I come back to reality I will let you all in on how to make it in your own kitchen! Happy Long Weekend & Happy Love Day everyone! ❤️❤️

Post Holiday Body Cleanout!

Let’s face it. You probably spent the last two months pigging out, stressing out, drinking your faces off, eating crap, and staying up late.. And yes, it was probably worth every second. I know, I know.. the holidays are like a free for all.. Not a care in the world… Eat! Eat! You hear time and time again! Calories don’t count during the holidays..right?!.. Dinner after dinner.. Brunches..lunches..Chips and dip..Veggie trays and then the dainties..oh don’t even get me started on these little bites of heaven!..Tables and tables full of dainties.. And it’s all fun and games..until January 2 hits, and reality comes slapping you in the face when you have to return to work, and this of course means wearing actual clothing.. getting out of your sweat pants, and going out into the real world.. Until, wait.. what is happening?! Suddenly those pants that fit you perfectly just one short month ago..now, they are feeling a tad snug! Did they shrink in the dryer?! (That’s always my first thought! 😉 ) Nope.. you just ate your face off and now your body is paying the price. So.. because lots of people are in the same boat, I thought I would share my tips for detoxing, and replenishing your body post the holiday season! I apologize now if this get’s lengthy..

WATER
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! I know you hear this one all the time, and you’re angry that this is the first tip I give you. WAH! WAH!! It’s the truth. I will say it over and over again. Drink WATER. Not coffee, not water mixed with some sort of flavory dyed sugar powder, not a fountain drink/soda/pop, not a “well it came in a glass container, so it’s probably good for me” drink.. (and yes, someone once said that to me!). WATER. H20. W-A-T-E-R. Pure and simple. If you’re body is not staying hydrated, you are not functioning to your fullest potential. Get in the habit of drinking water. And drink it a lot.  When you wake up. While you’re working. Shopping. Riding in the car. Waiting for the bus. While you’re watching TV. Even when you don’t feel thirsty! Not only will drinking water help to flush away toxins, it will also aid your digestive system. Lots of times when you find yourself mindlessly snacking, or eating but not feeling satisfied, it’s because your body is thirsty for water and not food. Next time you feel like you want a snack, drink a full glass of water first. Do you wonder why your head is pounding? Sometimes (I know not all, but some) headaches are caused from the amount of toxins you have built up in your body that need to be flushed away! Next time you feel like you’re getting a headache, drink a glass of water or two before you pop a couple pills!

How will any of this help with shedding those sugar pounds?.. Well without water, the body is not able to metabolize fat. What does that mean in plain English? You retain water, and you gain weight. And how do we rid ourselves of fluid retention? By drinking water, people! Do you see where I am going with this?! It’s all linked back to drinking lots of QUALITY water. I once read that if they could sell water as a prescription, and an aid for healing, they would. And you know what, I believe it!

SLEEP

I bet now that the holidays are over you are exhausted. It was go-go-go and now you feel like you ran into a brick wall! People need permission to sleep these days. So here is yours; Go to bed. Stay in there for 8 hours. And don’t leave it until 8 hours is over. Your body needs sleep. Regeneration and healing of the body happens while you sleep! And don’t even start with the, I can run off 4-6 hours of sleep! I don’t need 8.. No. You mean you are surviving off 4 hours of sleep a night. I promise if you actually let your body “catch up” and you make sure you are well rested, you will enjoy your life so much more. And with all that water you are drinking now 😉 nothing will be able to stop you!

EXERCISE
And not just for the first week of the new year! Even if it’s only 30 minutes a day, even if it’s only 15 min a day!.. MOVE. YOUR. BODY. Stop being lazy little bums and take the stairs, carry your groceries, dance around your house naked if you want! If you want to get all that crap building up inside of you out, you gotta get moving! Sweating is good. Plain. And. Simple. Besides, exercise does wonders for stress levels & your mental health. After the stress of shopping during the holiday season, every one needs a little TLC in that department! Create a little workout for you and your friends, and motivate each other!  Having a workout buddy always helps!

DON’T CHA PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH.. NU, UH!
Duh! Besides all those sugary holiday snacks, and goodies?! Anything that starts with Fast, Fried, or Processed. IS OUT! Don’t eat it. Just don’t. It’s not rocket science here people! If it’s in a box, or a can.. it’s out. If you want to detox your body of toxins, you will benefit from cutting out salt, sugar, flour, and anything white.
I know you are dying for a list of foods that I would tell you to try to avoid besides the basic “Fast, Fried, and Processed” so.. here goes;
Butter, cakes, chocolate, chow mein noodles, corned beef, cream, yellow cheese, whole milk, toaster pastries, lard, ice cream, poultry skin, muffin mix, chips, mayonnaise, deli meat, packaged potatoes, smoked meats, imitation dairy products, cookies, crab, packaged food in general, most things that come out of the aisles section of the grocery store, bacon, whipped cream, bologna, sugary cereal, cocoa, caffeine, cream cheese, duck, goose, gravy, hot dogs and hamburgers, margarine, spare ribs .. okay seriously this list could go on forever, and I am going to assume you get the idea. When in doubt, think of the saying “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead!”

LET’S AIM FOR THIS INSTEAD!
You’re ideal diet will be natural, seasonal, rotational, balanced, moderate, and well-combined. It’s a good idea to start your day with some water with the juice of half a lemon mixed in, or some ginger! Fresh fruits and vegetables (frozen is your next best choice) are at the top of the list. Alongside would be nuts and seeds, whole grains, light proteins, and lots of greens! Smoothies, soups, and juices are a great way to pack a lot of nutrients into one drink, and they are good if you will be on the go! Always try to keep a small Ziploc with some seeds and almonds in your car if you are the kind of person who spends their day working from their car! “Because I was busy” is not an excuse for not having proper nutrition.

  • Here are some Food Combining guidelines as per “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” – Elson M. Haas, MD with Buck Levin, PhD, RD
                 1. Fruits are eaten by themselves or with other fruits.
                 2. Proteins and starches are not eaten together.
                 3. Combine protein and vegetables or starches and vegetables.
                 4. Do not eat more than one protein per meal.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting recipes that you can try at home that will be easy, low sodium, and low sugar and will help you get back to feeling like you again!