Nutty Almond Shortbread

There is nothing like a good cup of tea.  It can soothe your worries, warm you up, or heal you if you’re feeling sick.  Coffee is great for waking up or working all night long, but tea begs you to relax and renew.  Think of it like yoga in a mug.  Plus, with a bajillion varieties of tea out there, there’s always some variety of tea you’ll enjoy.  From green tea to chamomile, vanilla to licorice, the sky is the limit with tea!

That being said, sometimes too much choice can be overwhelming.  Especially when it means to try out new varieties you end up whole packages, when really what you want to do is sample and try out new flavours.  I often stay within a “tea comfort zone” because I don’t want to get a tea that I don’t like and be stuck with a whole pack of it.  Tea shops are great places to try out new teas, but when I recently heard about a tea subscription service, I was immediately interested.  I realized later that I have a close friend who had subscribed to this service and loved it, so I was excited when I had a chance to try out a tea box from Tea Sparrow. Continue reading

Chocolate Magic Shell & the Hunt for the Perfect Ice Cream

2 ingredient magic shell

Warning: this post is totally out of season. Come back next week for a great soup recipe, because if you’re looking for a way to keep warm, this post isn’t going to help you one bit!

This year had way less ice cream in it than most years. Usually ice cream is a dependency in the summer months. I love cool weather, and I use ice cream as a survival tactic through the hot months. But not this year.  The reason? Despite always reading the labels on the food we eat, I stopped to really examine my favourite flavour of vanilla ice cream. Here’s what I found:

Cream, Modified Milk Ingredients, Sugar, Glucose, Mono and Diglycerides, Locust Bean Gum, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Dextrose, Natural Flavour. Continue reading

What I Made Wednesday: My First Rag Doll

what i made wednesday

Halloween was last week. You know what that means, right? Christmas is everywhere! Sure, maybe you haven’t started pulling out your decorations yet, but you know that you’ve been planning out the calendar, thinking about what gifts to buy, and I’m certain you’ve been seeing Christmas merchandise pop up everywhere!

Many people hold off until the month of December to start decorating, while others are already pulling out items. In our house we try to wait until after Arun’s birthday (November 18) until we pull out our decorations. If not for that marker, I probably would be part of the group that is already decorating!

But this post doesn’t count as Christmas decorating. Nope. This is preparation. This is learning something new. This is anything but Christmas decorating. Let’s call
It is Christmas practicing. Practice, because when I first decided to make my own Christmas elf, I knew I wanted to do a test run…and then maybe make a million of them. Continue reading