Refreshing Summer Drinks: Argo Tea

Version 2As you may have heard me mention in my July Favorites video, I have been loving Argo Tea lately. This isn’t a sponsored post, I just love this stuff so much that I thought I’d give you a little review of all the ones that are available at my supermarket. Argo Tea does make other flavors, these are just the ones that are available to me. Also, I just looked it up, and they have actual locations, including one that on the Northeastern campus in Boston. So if I decide I want to go to Northeastern I can have Argo Tea EVERYDAY!

As I mentioned in my July Favorites video, Hibiscus Tea Squeeze is definitely my favorite of these five Argo Teas. The sourness of the hibiscus tea is perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the lemonade, making it perfect for my taste buds. The Hibiscus Tea Sangria is my least favorite of these five. It honestly just tastes like plastic. I’m not a fan. The three other ones I like equally because they’re all so different. The Green Tea Ginger Twist was the one that originally got me into trying Argo Tea so this was actually my favorite before I tried the Hibiscus Tea Squeeze. It’s not super ginger tasting––which actually kind of disappoints me––but instead balances the ginger flavor with a nice blend of green tea and lemon. The Mojitea is a take on a mojito and is a refreshingly blend of peppermint tea and lime juice. This one tastes best when it’s ice cold. The Carolina Honey is the sweetest of the five, but it’s not overly sweet and it doesn’t taste fake. The name fits it well as you can definitely taste that honey flavor. This one is probably the friendliest of the five, so if you’re not sure if you’d like any of the other ones, I’d give this one a try.

Please let me know if you try any of these and what you think of them if you do! I just think these are the perfect summer drink!

What’s your favorite summer drink?

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

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Hey guys! I’m super excited for today’s post! It’s been a long time coming and I’m so proud of it. Almond Joys are one of my favorite candies, but since I’m trying to be healthy, I’ve been staying away from candy. Sometimes I still crave a little something sweet though and although I don’t know if I can classify this as healthy, it’s definitely healthier than eating a bunch of Almond Joys and is a super filling breakfast. I hope you guys enjoy it!

This recipe is created and owned solely by the author of this blog and any similarity to  recipes elsewhere is purely coincidental.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup milk (you can use whatever kind you’d like; I usually use regular old 2% cows milk)
  • 2 tbs chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but dark chocolate is probably better for you)
  • 1-2 tbs unsweetened (or sweetened if you prefer) shredded coconut (if you’re a big fan of coconut like me, go for 2 tbs, but if you’re kind of like, “eh, coconut is fine” just add 1 tbs)
  • 1 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 tbs Ovaltine
  • 2 tbs sliced almonds

The Recipe:

  1. First, grab yourself a jar. Any jar will do as long as it’s empty and clean.
  2. Now you can basically just add all the ingredients to the jar, but if you’re like me and like to have a little rhyme and reason to things, I’ll give you the breakdown of what I normally do:
    1. I like to add my oats first since it’s basically the center of the whole dish. Everything else is just flavor.
    2. Then I add my chocolate chips, shredded coconut, Ovaltine, and chia seeds. (I don’t usually add the almonds until the next day because I like to keep them crunchy!)
    3. In goes the milk! Now get yourself a spoon and mix it all together!
    4. Now cover your jar, put it in the fridge, and get some sleep. In the morning you’ll have beautiful, delicious, Almond Joy Oats!
    5. Add the almonds here. Now eat.

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Version 3Version 3 Version 2Please let me know if you try this and send me a picture on Twitter if you do! Also, let me know in the comments if you want me to create other overnight oats for other candies!

Pumpkin Scones

Now that it’s fall, it’s time for everything pumpkin. Pumpkin spice lattes (you’re probably sick of hearing about them), pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie…the list goes on. So of course I took advantage of my concussion (see my post about that here) to make these bad boys. I have now made these guys three times and I must say, they’re quite delicious. Find the recipe here.

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First some flour, sugar, and spices went into the food processor.
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After the dry ingredients were mixed, the butter was added. My favorite part about this recipe is the fact that you do almost everything in a food processor. It means you don’t have to mix anything with a spoon or your hands (well, until the end of the recipe) and it means there’s no need to use a pastry cutter to combine the butter with the dry ingredients. Basically, the food processor has changed my life.
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In a separate bowl, the pumpkin puree, egg, and cream were combined. Then the liquids and dry ingredients came together and made beautiful pumpkin scone dough!

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Yay! We’re finally putting the scones in the oven! In the recipe that I used, you’re to roll out the dough and then cut it into eight triangles, but I prefer to just shape my scones with my hands. Once the scones are all baked (I cooked them for 14 minutes, 10 in the middle, 4 on the top) put them on a wire rack to cool. After they cool it’s time to put not one, but TWO glazes on your beautiful scones. One is just a regular glaze and the other is a spiced glaze.
IMG_1160 IMG_1147 IMG_1165Aren’t they just beautiful? *Sigh* Mama’s so proud of her babies. (If you continue to read this blog, you’ll realize that I consider scones my thing.) A little tip for you: these are best served warm so I recommend popping one in the microwave for 15 seconds MAX before eating.

What pumpkin desserts are you making this fall?

Green Curry Pot Pie

Hey guys! Today I thought I would write about a dish I made for my mom the other night. It was so delicious and it took very little effort, so I thought I would share it with you. View the full recipe here.IMG_9312 IMG_9318

The first thing I did was cut up a leek.IMG_9319Then I rinsed everything off. Who knew that leeks were so dirty? I also learned while making this recipe that leeks are basically just giant spring onions. You learn something new everyday! 🙂
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Then I peeled a potato…IMG_9332

…and cut it up.IMG_9342

I had lots of vegetable scraps after that (as you can see above)…IMG_9352

…so I put them all in a pot, covered them with water, and simmered them over the stove for a while to make a vegetable broth. Then I strained out the vegetables and stored the broth in my fridge for a future recipe!
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Now the cooking begins! I put a little bit of olive oil and the leeks in a pan and cooked them until they were soft.IMG_9646

Then I added the potatoes and sautéd those for about 5 minutes. IMG_9650

In went the ground turkey, as well as some water. I was pretty confused with exactly how much water to put in whenever the recipe said water, because the recipe just said 2 tablespoons, but you added water to the recipe about three times. I ended just putting in 2 tablespoons each time and that seemed to work okay. However, I added more when cooking the turkey (maybe about 6 tablespoons?) because the potatoes were just not cooking fast enough for me.
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The turkey is all cooked up!IMG_9663_2

Now time to add the star of the show! This little jar gave the pot pie all of its delicious flavor! Check it out here.
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In it goes!IMG_9682_2 I actually used a gluten free crust to make this recipe, since my mom doesn’t eat gluten. The pie still turned out great! I used the above crust. The package comes with two pie shells. I used one for bottom crust and flipped the other one out of its container to be the top crust.IMG_9687_2 IMG_9692_2

As you can see, I had a little bit of trouble getting the crust out of its metal pan, so the top of the pie looks a bit patchy…IMG_9697_2

…but spread a little egg and water mixture and everything evens out a bit!
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TA-DA! It was so delicious! I made it for dinner last night, but I actually had it for breakfast this morning as well. I might have it for lunch too…

IMG_9699_2I also wanted to show you the apron I was cooking in! I look a bit out of it in this picture (I was so tired last night), but I wanted to show the apron my grandmother brought back from Hawaii. (The green and dark pink think around my neck is supposed to be a lei by the way.) It’s a bit cheesy, but still kinda cute so I thought I’d show you.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you make this recipe, let me know how you like it!

What are some of your meal recommendations?

 

Harney & Sons Tea Review

I must say, I am a fan of these teas. Of course, what tea don’t I like? However, these tea bags were packaged especially beautifully and had especially lovely tastes. I received both of these teas in my February Birchbox.

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This first tea is called Organic Bangkok. Such an interesting taste! It has coconut in it; something I’ve never tasted before in a tea! Now this is not something I would have every day, but I really enjoyed being able to try this in my Birchbox. If you are an adventurous person who likes trying new trying new things, I would definitely give this a go! Not something you think you might like, but it might turn out really enjoy it! Anyways, a thumbs up from me! IMG_5444_2_2Sorry the light is so orangey in this picture! I took this at midnight while I was studying for AP Gov a while ago. Anyways, for the less adventurous of you tea lovers, you might enjoy this tea (Mint Verbena) a little bit more. It’s more of your classic type of mint tea, except for the fact it has lemon in it. I honestly don’t really remember if I tasted lemon or not, all I can remember is that this was a delicious mint tea. This is a lot coming from me as I can be pretty wary of mint teas. They can taste pretty gross if you don’t buy the right ones. However, this one is delicious and you should definitely try it if you have a chance!

I can’t get over this beautiful packaging that Harney & Sons has! It’s so beautiful… Also, looking at the Harney & Sons makes me want to go buy a bunch of tea now. Too bad I don’t have any money… Boooo 😦

Check out the Harney & Sons website and let me what teas look best to you while I try to scrounge up some money to buy them! 😉