Tea Time / fall

Earl Grey Tea Cucumber Body Spray

Earl Grey Tea Cucumber Body Spray

Fall is here to stay, and with it comes cooler air and nipping breezes to chap and damage skin.

 

So today, I'm doing a different kind of recipe! Why not put the antioxidants in tea to work for you in a different way and wear it! This is a fresh calming body spray made with aloe, cucumbers, and tea that will help smooth and repair wind blown or sun damaged skin as the weather gets cooler.

This would be a fantastic gift idea this winter with a cute label and recipe card!

 

Any tea will work for this, but I chose to go with Star Crossed for a delicate earl grey scent with hints of mint and blueberry -- yum!

 

 Earl Grey Cucumber Body Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of tea (I used Star Crossed)
  • Half of a cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Small spray bottle

 Directions:


Brew 4 ounces of tea, using 1 tbsp of leaf (for an extra strong cup) to 4 oz water. Once steeped, pop that in the refrigerator to cool. Peel and puree half of a cucumber. Strain and discard solids.

Once the tea has cooled, add 2-4 ounces of tea to the cucumber juice. Add 1-2 tbsp aloe vera gel. Whisk or shake to combine. Store in the refrigerator.

Lasts about 10 days.

 

 

What are your favorite ways to use tea?

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Maple Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Maple Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

I don't make rice pudding as often as I'd like to. It's one of my favorite desserts -- sweet, creamy, and comforting. It's like a rainy-day antidote in a bowl.

So, with fall on us, the days shortening, and the weather getting chillier each day, what could possibly be better than a big bowl of comfort! 

Okay, so tea infused rice pudding is better. You got me there.

 

And we went full on with all the stops for this one. Including rum-soaked raisins!

 Rum Raisin Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup rum

1 cup medium grain rice
3 cups almond milk (or other milk)
1 tbsp salted butter
pinch of salt
2 tbsp Spiced Rum Raisin and Maple Cream Tea

6 ounced, fluid sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 whole large egg, beaten
1-1/2 tsp allspice

 Directions:

In a small bowl, add raisins and rum. Set aside. The longer, the better.

In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, milk, butter and salt. Add tea in a filter bag, or other removeable method. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat and simmer for 18-20 minutes.

Remove pot from the stove and take out the tea bag. Add the sweetened condensed milk, maple syrup, and allspice. Return to head for 4-5 minutes to continue cooking.

Remove pot from the stove and temper in the beaten egg. Drain the raisins and fold them in.

Serve immediately in a small bowl.

 

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Pumpkin Tea Bread

Pumpkin Tea Bread

 

In our house, September starts three months of all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice, and a hot tea habit that might rival China.

This recipe brings together both things. It's my favorite no frills pumpkin bread recipe, elevated to a new level with a layer of spicy, gingery happiness with the addition of Roasted Pumpkin Carrot Cake tea. You won't need anything for this one other than a spoon, loaf pan and a few bowls!

Make it for yourself, friends, neighbors, coworkers -- whomever! It's so easy it's sure to be a staple for you all fall, too!

 

 Pumpkin Tea Bread 

 Ingredients:  

1-2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1-1/2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp salt

2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup grapeseed (or other neutral) oil
1/2 cup Roasted Pumpkin Carrot Cake tea (brewed double strength)

Toppings or Mix-ins (cranberries, almonds, walnuts, etc)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine first six ingredients. Whisk together eggs, pumpkin, oil and tea. Add wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in any mix ins desired.

Pour into a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan, top with any toppings you choose. Bake until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 70 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.

 



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