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Monday, 25 May 2015

Review: Cheeky Charlie by The Kettle Shed

This week, as part of my Kettle Shed tea review series, I'm tasting a rather cheeky tea!

Sadly, the box got a little squashed in the post, hence the creases but it didn't effect the tea in anyway. In fact, on opening up the box, the smell was absolutely, incredible! I could pick out the apple and lime instantly and an amazing sweet, fresh citrus smell. Stunning!

Fifteen  biodegradable fuso bags came packed with Chinese green tea, lemon verbena, lime leaves, apple pieces, calendula, sunflower petals and flavour. The flavour isn't specified and I would prefer to know as I'm definitely the kind of person who likes to know exactly what's included in food and drinks (yes, I'm that woman at the supermarket reading the contents of tins and packets!).

I brewed the tea for three minutes as suggested and the aromas and taste of apple and lime were gorgeous and really refreshing. 

On the back of the packet it also suggests trying the tea iced. It would be nice to have a tip on how best to make iced tea for those less familiar.

I was really surprised that it also contains Chinese green tea as I'm not usually a fan but the mixture of flavours were balanced perfectly. This has to be my favourite tea so far and I'm going back for a second cuppa!

Stay tuned for next week's tea tasting session and happy tea drinking!

Friday, 22 May 2015

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

This song. Stunning. Beautiful. Heart breaking.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Simple Stylish Knitting: Stationery Corner - Stamps

Head over to Simple Stylish Knitting to check out my latest blog post on stamps!

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Thrifty Tips: Breadcrumbs

This week's thrifty tip includes one of my favourite things, bread, yum!

Do you find when you get towards the end of a loaf of bread, the last slice or two has usually curled up and gone a little stale? It's not exactly appetizing is it but it can still be used. Simply whizz that slice up in a food blender and ta-da, you've just made yourself some breadcrumbs! 

You can either use them straight away to cook with or freeze them to use at a later date. Sometimes when I'm in a particular hurry, I will just pop the end of the bread in a freezer bag and straight into the freezer for making breadcrumbs when I need them. This works just as well. It's quick, easy and means you're throwing less away, which has got to be good thing!

I hope you like this week's thrifty tip. Catch up on my other tips here and happy thrifting!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Review: Sleepy Head by the Kettle Shed

This week as part of my Kettle Shed tea review series, I'm tasting 'Sleepy Head', a loose leaf tea.

On opening up the packet, the smell was incredible and just look how unbelievably pretty it is!

It contains buds of chamomile, elderflower and lavender, which are great to sooth, relax and help with insomnia too. 

On the side of the box it suggests how long to infuse the tea for, which I like as I'm a firm believer in letting tea brew properly. It would be nice to see a suggestion of how much to infuse though. I went for one teaspoon, which did the job.

The taste and smell was very soothing. 

As I'm a fan of a cup of chamomile to help me relax and nod of to sleep every evening, I tend to have it with a drop of honey. So, I thought I'd try some in the Sleepy Head tea. It was nice but worked just as well without.

All in all it's a good evening tea and the mixture of ingredients work well.

Next week I'll be tasting a tea, which has a complete POW! factor, so stay tuned!

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