Product Review: Art of Tea’s Brewed Awakening

“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.”

– Chaim Potok

I drink tea… a lot of tea. With Mr. Wonderful’s gift of a personal Keurig for my office I drink probably more tea than I should. This tea was ordered from Art of Tea, it was one of my first sample sized buys

Wait… there’s coffee in my tea… Brewed Awakening is not fair trade certified. While the fair trade certification does nothing substantial in the flavor of the tea, it does tell you that the quality and standards of life of those that grow and harvest this tea are greater than those who earn below living wage for what they produce. This is neither the time or the place for standing on a soap box… so I will not digress further at this time into the definition of fair trade. There are wonderful explanations on the Art of Tea website and you are more than welcome to go view the videos and learn about what they are doing to ensure a higher quality product. Why is Brewed Awakening not fair trade certified? I have no idea… maybe it is the ingredients or… who knows.

Please also note that my Keurig is not the recommended way to brew this tea. While it might be the easiest way for me to enjoy tea throughout the day… they recommend steeping 1 teaspoon for 3-5 minutes in 206° water. I do own a tea pitcher with infuser (that I highly recommend) that I bought from Art of Tea. While this allows the tea to properly steep… though I have no control over the 192° temperature. Do I think that the 14º difference is really important? Maybe, if you’re a purist and you are making tea like a science experiment. I make tea and then remember to drink it while I am working.

The picture shows that there are some big chunks of white chocolate in the tea. I was a little put off at first and almost did not order this tea. Who puts white chocolate in their tea? When the sample tin came in there were no big hunks of tea like the picture only tiny little bits here and there. That I could handle.

The tea smells of coffee and is a little bit bitter. I would imagine that a little dash of cream and sugar would take care of that for those that do not like the taste of black coffee. I am happy with it as is and it is wonderful both hot and cold. This would be a good tea for those that are trying to wean themselves off a several cup a day coffee habit (or the other way around…).

Will I buy this tea again? Most definitely yes. I had thought this would be a one time try tea, but with each cup and brew I am convinced I will need more than just what my sample pack has to offer.



Goals Update: Week 41

Let’s see how well I did with this week …

1. Loose some weight: Not speaking to the scale.

2. Exercise:  Total Biked: 206 miles… have found the power cord

3. Eat more whole foods:  unknown

4. Pay off some debt: 73.45%

5. Finish 6 quilts: on hold… trying to find thread… must go to craft store

6. Host 4 dinner parties: 5/4

7. Try 12 new recipes: 6/12

8. Read 12 non-fiction books: 8/12

9. Write at least 100 words a day on my maybe novel… that would be at least 36,500 by the end of the year: 8.24% to 36,500 words… I have not wanted on this at all something about not being inspired… maybe it is writers block

10. Go to Ireland… again: England… Amsterdam… and Paris instead… on trip currently…

11. Try 12 new wines: 8/12

12. Learn some basic phrases in German: whose bright idea was this?

13. Go to Saint Augustine or New York City: not yet… probably not in the cards

14. Switch banks: not yet

15. Participate in 6 WDC review raids: 2/6

16. Find a new place to live and move: Complete

17. Attend couples cooking class: not yet

18. Join a meet-up group: Already complete

19. See 6 movies in movie theaters: 3/6

20. Visit 3 new wineries: 2/3

21. Get rid of 100 things: about 75% there

22. Make cleaning schedule and stick to it: making a new one

23. Yoga!: starting to get back into basic stretches

24. Stay on budget: yeah… about that…

25. Take vitamins on regular basis: 6/7 days

26. Date night out at least once a month preferably somewhere new: 6/12

11 more weeks to go.


September 2012 – Grocery Staples

What did we end up using the most of this month with so much unpacking to do…

  • Bananas
  • Cucumbers
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Avocados
What did you eat the most of this month?


Guest Post – How Not to Use a Grocery List – Tick Tock Style

Tick Tock’s Making the Groceries (that’s what grocery shopping is called in the dirty south lol)
Grocery shopping? I can handle that. Let’s see how I did this time.
What was on the list?
Pre-cut fruit tray
Peach fruit cups
Pumpkin seeds
Ramen noodles
Ace’s soy milk
1% milk
Mint oreos
Frozen pizza
Hot dogs
Hot dog buns
Hot chocolate
What made it home?
Pre-cut Pineapple (No fruit trays)
Cherry tomatoes
Ramen Cup O’Noodles
2 Chocolate Soy Milks
1% Milk
Mint Oreos
2 Totino’s Pizzas (Plus boxtops!)
2 Hot Dog (BOGO)
1 Hot Dog Buns (I don’t want the other package of buns to spoil in the meantime)
Hot Chocolate
Baked Chicken (it was a dollar off; and very yummy looking!)
Emme, you may notice that my Pumpkin Seeds may or may not be surreptitiously missing from this list. I did not forget them. I went to the aisle, found the spot where they should be, and proceeded to stare at the EMPTY spot for an entire minute. How can they be out of my beloved Pumpkin Seeds? I’m having withdrawals.
It should also be duly noted that I did walk very fast past the wine aisle.
What did I throw away this week?
Harris Teeter fried chicken, some leftover fruit from a fruit tray (it tasted fizzy), a little vanilla soymilk, bean sprouts
What did you throw away this week?

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more luck I have.”
-Thomas Jefferson

What’s local to me in October?

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Apples
  • Arugula
  • Basil
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoli Raab (what is this?)
  • Brussel Sprots
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac/Celery Root
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Chicories
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers
  • Escarole
  • Fennel
  • Grapes
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi (Oh have we missed this!)
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Parsnips
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach (We like to buy it frozen as we use it mostly in smoothies or soups)
  • Sweet Potatoes

Oddly enough I know what everything is this month and I am very excited for more of a variety!

What are your produce plans this month?


Pintrosity – Easy Cork Coasters

Easy Cork Coasters

Tick-Tock and I  have been working on some Pinterest Crafts together. We decided to start with an easy craft for the first night. This craft was so easy there was no real instruction.

So we grabbed our corks.

Tried to cut the cool plastic ones… which turns out are very hard to cut with bread knifes and kind of self heal… give up on the plastic ones.


Learn if you score around the outside they can easily be snapped in half.



We tried to make them round, but it was really hard to keep them smushed tight together… maybe they used a ring or something. Also… please notice that the corks are all different links because… well… how did the original pin get them even?

Tick-Tock’s became a 



Mine Became a Butterfly… sort of…

The results:



Yeah… nailed it.

What went wrong?

  • We had no way of keeping the corks in a super tight circle or butterfly for that matter.
  • The corks were uneven (can you sandpaper corks… that’s a lot of sandpapering…)
  • Hot glue peels off corks (this project will not stay together long)

Here grandma… have a trivet… I made it just for you when I wasn’t drunk even though it looks like I was…

Tick-Tock’s shape held together so much better and was a lot less wobbly than mine. And it looked super cool.

Super cool… but still not a coaster. 🙂

What to do differently:

  • Find sandpaper and try and make corks even.
  • Find someway to get them to be tight together
  • Superglue instead of hot glue?

Have you given this craft a try?