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OMG exploding! SOOO MUCH FOOD for Canadian Thanksgiving extravaganza. I’m so happy my friends put so much effort (and food) to celebrate it here in the US. Feels like better timing for me than American Thanksgiving.

The food: 26lb smoked turkey, muffings (stuffing made in muffin tins, roasted potatoes, gravy, pomegranate jelly, creamed spinach, amazing asparagus big coucous salad, a whole roasted pork loin, macaroni and cheese made with an entire giant brick of cheese, blue cheese stuff bacon wrapped dates, homemade bread, pumpkin pie spiced fudge and nanaimo bars. So much food for 9 people, though a couple of my husband’s friends ate like 2 full plates of food.

After eating all that, then cleaning up, I curled up with a big tumbler of Blushing Geisha iced and Pokemon X. It was really refreshing and a nice tea to end the day with.
See previous notes or my Oolong Owl post http://oolongowl.com/blushing-geisha-from-steep-city-teas/ for review of this tea.


mmmmm! Sounds like a great celebration! :-)


Muffings! What a fun idea.


Whoa, that’s quite a feast!! Sounds like a great day :)

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I’m baking up a storm for tomorrow’s Canadian Thanksgiving celebration. This morning I was making desserts that could be made the day before: pumpkin pie spice fudge and nanaimo bars.

I have a sample of this tea and I really wanted an oolong, so I steeped it up in my yixing pot while I baked and cleaned the kitchen. It’s surprisingly lighter than I thought it was going to be, with a nice buttery flavor. Actually, very similar to that nanaimo bar custard filling, though not as sweet. I forgot my tea steeping twice, so my last steepings got some astringency and mushroomyness.

Oh man, I want some nanaimo bars! DROOOLLL
(lol, I seriously smuggled 3 cans of Bird’s Custard powder from Canada just so I can make nanaimo bars in the US)


What is a Nanaimo bar? Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!


You can’t find Bird’s in the States? So weird! Would you be able to share your Nanaimo bar recipe? No one in my family ever makes them, and I don’t totally trust the internets. :)

Awkward Soul

I use this recipe http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBars.html
BUT double (or add an extra half) the middle custard layer – doubling it makes it similar to store bought ones, but taste better since they are homemade.

No Bird’s Custard powder in the US unless ya go searching at like a world market, and it’s not cheap there.

Bonnie, Nanaimo bar’s are a Canadian no bake, layered dessert and crazy rich. It’s a layer of chocolate/ graham/ coconut / nuts, a custard icing layer, then topped with melted chocolate.

Terri HarpLady

…drooling…wow! Of course, I’m allergic to half the ingredients, but it still sounds delicious to me! Happy Canadian thanksgiving! :)


Awesome! Thanks. :)

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Yum, this tea was unexpectedly good! This one was a last minute selection – I figure it was interesting enough to give a try as I had room for another tea, but it wasn’t as cool as the other teas I already decided to get for Simple Loose Leaf’s custom tea subscription.

It’s a light green blend, that is lightly raspberry in flavor, but with lots of vanilla and mint. With some sweetener, this tea really shines, tasting like creamy berry yogurt or mousse, with a hit of mint garnish at the end. NOm NOM, I’m one of those weirdos that eats the garnish (if I deem it safe to eat, lol)

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/raspberry-vanilla-mint-green-tea-simple-loose-leaf-oolong-owl-tea-review/
Also with explanation of how Simple Loose Leaf’s custom tea subscription works, which is pretty nice deal.

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Oh yeah, love this tea!

But geeze, I remember when I first open the bag the rooibos and petal bits separated. I mixed it well then. I opened the tea today, which was rolled up in its bag inside a tin, and the rooibos and petals separated again! Grrrr! It’s not a simple toss with a spoon kind of mix, its a go in with your fingers and break up the flowers kind of mix as the flowers create some insane tangled floral wall. I should really just put the tea straight into the tin, which would be easier to mix.

Anyways, great tea – sooo creamy! Love the rhubarb mashy cooked flavor! Here’s my blog review of this tea I did a few months back http://oolongowl.com/rhubarb-custard-from-bluebird-tea-co-tea-review/

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Black Jasmine tea! with creamy? Ohhhh! The dry leaf and steeped cup smells freaking amazing, I just wanna rub it all over me as lotion!

Using the steeping instructions on the package, 212f water for 4 to 5 minutes, the tea came out bitter and dry, too much for my liking. The floral level is pretty good and a nice creamy aftertaste. Adding sugar is a must! Milk would be really good to add here too. And some scones. A nice afternoon tea!

After that, I tried this tea with 200F water for under 3 minutes – it was less bitter and dry, more to my personal tastes – the shorter steep is better if you don’t want to add milk and sugar as well as not like a bitter tea.

However, this tea is good though I think I like DavidsTea’s Black Jasmine Pearls more as I personally prefer the base there better as it is not as heavy.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/black-jasmine-cream-new-mexico-tea-company-oolong-owl-tea-review/

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An impressive sip down! I had three servings left, so I just made a teapot full to have during breakfast and knitting after breakfast.

Actually came out really good – last time I drank this tea it came out meh when it usually comes out good. Nice level of spice with raisiny sweetness!

I’m busting my butt on the mystery knit along project, the new clue was released monday, and I’m 10 rows off from finishing the first clue. However, now that my tea is done, time to do some more cleaning.

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Finally have a nice hot cup of tea. I’ve been busy with cleaning and errands – planning for a big Thanksgiving dinner party this weekend (yeah, celebrating canadian thanksgiving in teh US)

I also got my stripe last night at brazilian jiujitsu! Yay! Good timing, as I stopped caring about progressing, I’ve been just going to beat up people.

Yum, quite a tasty cup of tea! Tangy, blueberry flavor! (see previous note for review)


Congrats on your stripe!!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, congrats!


Ooooh – congrats!


ROFL!!! Glad to hear you’re getting out your aggression in a (somewhat) healthy manner. LOL!

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Hmmm, I drank all my DT Earl of Lemon, so I was happy to get this tea. I always have a lemon tea kicking around for sick days or lemon ice tea cravings.

This one has a good lemon flavor with a bit of floral interest, however has a tart dryness going on. Pretty good natural flavors too. Overall not bad though it could do without that dryness.

Full review with pics on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/lemon-rose-white-tea-whittard-chelsea/

Hmm.. tea brick?

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drank Chocolate Orange by DAVIDsTEA
1011 tasting notes

Ah, this tea is old! I got after sampling it when it was released. Was that two years ago? My tin still has the old name, Oh Christmas Treat on it.
Anyways, 1 serving left! I made a mega mug size this morning of this tea.
Of course, I was so zoned out, I dumped the leaf into my mug without a filter in it. Sigh. So I had to scoop the tea out.

Yum, I feel the pu’er is mellow here, I couldn’t tell I was drinking it if I was unable to see the colour of the tea. Smells chocolate orange, taste chocolatey with a zesty orange flavor. I used to love love love this tea, but I found Butiki’s 3 Friends even better!


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My husband bought an insane bbq recently – its some giant cast iron thing that uses charcoal, can smoke meat and has a trailer hitch, all weight like 150lbs. oh, and two bottle openers on it (apparently that’s important feature, I dunno).

We gave it a test run today with pork ribs, smoked away for like 5 hours. Turned out pretty good, though I liked my quinoa salad more! With it, I had some iced orange glam tea! Love this tea iced, has a nice orange flavor and super refreshing.

(see previous notes for review)


Smoked meat Mmmmmmmm. I guess it is a guy thing. Your description sounds like my wife talking. ;P


Haha, no K S I am in love with the description of that smoker and I am most definitely a girl. A barbeque girl, for sure. :)

Awkward Soul

haha! Yeah I don’t know much about BBQs, my husband did all the research to buy the thing and all the cooking. We’ll be smoking an entire turkey next weekend!

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I’m a crafty knitter and crocheter that loves to work on a project and drink tea. I worked as a counsellor and I chain-drink tea to keep me calm and grounded.

I’m a tea blogger – The Oolong Owl
www.OolongOwl.com – I do tea reviews, obsessively photograph teas with mischievous crocheted Owls and get tea drunk.

I was raised on floral oolongs and green teas, mostly “beauty” teas. Early on as a kid, I can guzzle an entire pot of tea (or two) at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant.
These days I like adventurous and interesting tea blends. I’m fearless in trying new teas! I’m into oolong, pu’erh, white, green, black, guayusa, mate and herbals. I’m not into red rooibos but I keep buying it anyway.

The tea brand that got me started into loose leaf teas was DAVIDsTea. I used to live in Vancouver Canada and had access to their shop, however that is now limited since I moved to southern California.

However, the perks of living in the US is ultra cheap, fast shipping! Since then, my tea stash insanely expanded.
My recommended tea shops:
Mandala Tea
Steep City Teas
Butiki Teas
Della Terra Teas
Verdant Tea
Yunnan Sourcing
52 Teas / Zoomdweebies
Red Leaf Tea
New Mexico Tea Co
Bluebird Tea Co
The Persimmon Tree

Other stuff I’m into that sneaks into my tea notes: Brazilian jiu-jitsu, metal music, drawing, painting, cooking, photography and nail polish.

I have a husband and a bunny who both hate tea. More for me!!!! MUUAHAHAHAHAAA


Long Beach, CA



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