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drank Sansa Stark by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I’m now watching hockey because I have watched 10 episodes of Game of Thrones in about 3 days. Oops?

Anyway since I felt I used a lot of tea on the pitcher of iced tea, I decided I’d cold steep it too. This bunch of tea was less pink in color and looked a bit more like black tea, so I intermixed the two, which was much needed. I tried a glass of what I had originally steeped and it had become completely tart – no underlying cream flavors at all.

In the future I will probably just make this on a cup by cup basis.


Tea and hockey is exactly what i’m doing right now. Good choice :0


I hate the Bruins and dislike the Blackhawks and yet I can’t stop watching them. So good.


Bruins are going down! I’m a habs fan. Naturally, that makes the bruins (and the G-d leafs my worst enemies)


Hey, I know nothing! I’m sure when the next season starts I’ll arbitrarily pick some team (though now with you I know two people who watch hockey. And they like the Bruins! Oh no)


yeahhhh fellow habs fan!! sens too. it’s been nearly two months and i’m still mad, but ughh in the future i CAN’T WAIT

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drank Sansa Stark by Custom-Adagio Teas
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The funny thing about this tea’s description is that I have been knitting a blanket while watching Game of Thrones. I bought this because it sounded good out of all the Stark based custom blends, so I got it. It smells amazing, and I thought it’d be good iced.

I oddly feel like the pouch wasn’t entire filled though? It seems less full compared to a couple of my others that I’ve yet to open…It seems actually it’s heavier compared I guess. I used almost an ounce to make a pitcher of tea…jeez. Kind of an expensive iced tea.

So the strawberry tea in here is the strongest ingredient because the tea is bright red.

It’s really good though, I really can’t taste black tea at all until the very end, but the vanilla cream is there. The hibiscus isn’t terrible, it tastes more like strawberries.

I’m just sad it takes so much to make iced tea :( Next time I’ll be less impatient about it..


Am I allowed to smirk at the knitting comment? :) lol. I thought it was a dying hobby


haha well in high school it was a huge deal to knit because the cool chemistry teacher (a guy!) knit. He even led a knitting club. I really stopped knitting much after high school but my mom asked me to knit a blanket for my grandma, who lives in a nursing home and is constantly cold despite the fact it’s not bad at all in there. I’ve been working on it for a year because I can’t stand doing it still but I know how much she’ll appreciate it so I’m trying to finally finish it up.

Then definitely it’s dead with me LOL


I just taught myself! I figure there’s enough geek related patterns out there that it would be worth it. I’m making a Tardis cover for my kindle right now, and after I want to knit something with the Stark wolf on it. If you go to ravelry.com. There’s a pretty active community – not just older people. :)

Course that doesn’t mean it isn’t dying.


ooh I should do that too if I have yarn sitting around for it.

I mean maybe it’s just fine but where I am there’s such a lack of even your general sort of craft store. I think the only craft store even in my city of almost 100k is a fabric store, although maybe this really sad Michael’s is just on the border of being in the limits.

I just feel like everyone I knew who knit doesn’t anymore, and those generic type craft stores never have much yarn on sale. I used to work at A.C. Moore (pretty much only on the east coast) and they had such a glorious yarn area. They had your $2 acrylic but then you could get alpaca, super cool ribbony yarns, etc.


I just realized I live about a mile from a yarn shop I went to once trying to find a certain green. I may have to go back and look at it!

There were two cool shops where I used to live, one I even got to advertise in the yearbook but both are gone now :( That’s why I kind of figured it was dying in interest but of course it could have just been the economy there, since I have been assuming this shop went under too.

Terri HarpLady

I used to crochet, & have thought about taking up knitting, but it will probably never happen. I already have too many things to do, I doubt I’d ever find time to knit. Still, on the rare occasion that I visit a craft store, I always end up in the yarn department. The last time I almost bought stuff.

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drank AppleTEA'ni by Art of Tea
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So I coldbrewed this for a really long time. It didn’t make it gross or anything though. It’s a lot like an apple pie herbal with a bit of rooibos in it. It’s not bad. It’s a bit more cinnamon flavored than I’d really want in an iced tea.

This really is the only Art of Tea sample I bought that I have even slightly enjoyed.

The problem is though that its name has a cocktail connotation, as does the description, and the tea does not match it whatsoever.


I ran into the same thing. I bought it for cold steeping because appletini, right?! Then it’s all apple cider and no appletini. D:

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When this one became available online I loaded up on half a pound. I’ve now used up two of the bags I think. I am still convinced I’ve only used up one but I find no proof of it anywhere. It’s that good I hope I have more.

I typically make it hot and then leave it sitting until it cools. This is probably not the best option right now because I’m sure it’s still a gram of sugar per cup max but that’s a lot of sugar right now. I should probably water down the rest since I have powered through it today.

Still as delicious as ever. And it’s going to have to keep me occupied since I have to wait until morning to get my Adagio order. ARGH MAILMAN WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST PUTTING MY MAIL IN THE LOCKERS.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I REALLY wish the notes on here would have some semblance of organization…having your own listed first would be marvelous. I’m trying to find out if I ever coldbrewed this before, I’ve logged this tea five times but because the first time was in 12/11, that comes up first, and because it barely has any likes, it bumps me all the way to the FIFTH FREAKIN PAGE. In fact last time I logged it I bitched about this.

Answer: I coldbrewed it after the first time trying it. Guess I better commit that to memory now.

So I got this going last night when I realized I finished off a gallon of the pink lemonade iced tea already.

If you bought tea from me, it’s going out tomorrow. It was going to today but after I ate breakfast I felt like hell and my stomach is now realizing what’s happening (I’m doing a Whole 30) and oh it was not fun until about 3:30pm.

Then all I felt like doing was going to my garden and seeing what was grown…I had another huge zucchini. In 4 days I’ve picked 30 ounces of zucchini. I’ve picked 3 jalapenos too. There’s a lot of standing water in the mulch around the plots and it’s attracting mosquitos :( I got so many bites and I was only there less than 10 minutes! The deluge of rain lately has really screwed everyone’s tomato plants…they all look horrid on the bottom halves. I hope they’ll be okay. I’ve got some little bell peppers and cucumbers on the way soon.

I ate a lettuce wrap burger that I knew would be okay to eat because otherwise I was definitely not gonna eat nearly enough food for the day…and finally felt okay ot nap. That felt good, but I slept till 7:30 hahaha. So finally after that I got around to getting this out of the fridge. For being in there about 24 hours it didn’t get gross.

I. LOVE. IT. I need to do this more often. I think I far prefer it this way. It seems less bergamot-y and more fruity with a nice creamy vanilla flavor too.

Too bad I only made a quart of it and I’m already polishing it off.

PS anyone have any ideas of how to eat zucchini I’m already tired of it :(


I dislike zucchini, but my family loves it. So try eating it raw with lemon pepper on it. Baking it into zucchini bread or muffins, put it in any kind of stir fry or casserole, shred it into a coleslaw.


bread stuff is off limits for now :( but I did see a recipe for brownies that involves zucchini that will be back in later, and I’m sure I’ll still be picking zucchini then. I’ve actually never eaten it raw so I’m going to have to try that! I always saute it and for some reason raw it has never appealed to me, but at the same time I’ve never actually tried it to know for sure.


Zucchini tater tots or pancakes! Or hollow out larger ones, add spicy sausage, marinara and parmesan then bake. Or dice into fry sized strips, coat with egg and panko/parmesan blend with lemon pepper then bake on a cookie tray. Om nom nom!


Dice or slice them, blanch them, cool them and freeze them. :) Then you can eat something else for a bit and no food is wasted.


I envy the time you get to spend in your garden. I don’t get home from work until the Mosquitos come out. I’m certainly not doing any gardening then!
As for zucchini, you can make a nice light soup. Onion, garlic, broth, zucchini. Cook. Blend. Cream if you want. Eat.
You can add whatever flavors suit your fancy. Also nice chilled.
And just another shout out to zucchini pancakes. With feta. So tasty.


I tried to do a whole 30 in January, I maybe made it two weeks and definitely had a few chocolates in there, lol. I’d like to try again sometime!!

I’m waiting for my veggie garden to start growing. For zucchini I’ve used a julienne peeler to make “noodle” for chicken “zoodle” soup, or with an avocado cilantro sauce…. You could maybe layer it like you would eggplant to make lasagna too!
I didn’t read the other comments yet so I apologize if these have already been suggested :)


I think combining everyone’s ideas is going to be best…chop up, freeze, make these pancakes in the future. Also in the future: not let these silly zucchini grow so much!

I wish the garden had benches or something because it’s such a nice spot. But man the mosquitos were not fun. That was the middle of the afternoon too, I thought I’d be safe! But the standing water was that bad :( I’m waiting for the stuff on my patio to grow. I at least have all the herbs available but I’m kind of disappointed that the tomato plants there have just grown upward and done nothing otherwise. Maybe someone sprayed around there for bees without saying anything :[


I love to make stir fry with shrimp, onions, bok choy and zucchini; and zucchini-potato latkes with tzatziki!


You can also cook zucchini blossoms. Nip that problem in the bud… Literally! :D


I’ve had them tempura fried before…I have been so tempted to pick some of them on the ones on my patio since they had so many more but now I think it’s purposely dropping ones way too early on me on purpose. Though zucchini from there will actually be a normal size so clearly I need to go after the garden ones haha.


Grate them and pat dry. Mix in a few beaten eggs,salt and pepper pepper and fry like latkes. I’d experiment with pancake batter, grated zucchini, lemon and cardamom.


Grilled zucchini is delicious!

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drank SBT: Pink Lemonade by 52teas
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USPS said my order wasn’t coming till Monday so I was psyched to check my mail last night and find these already arrived!

First off I like that they come in bigger bags now, although I’m guessing the need to make the labels bigger played in that too. Over the seasons I was not drinking iced tea I lost my ability to carefully open the smaller packets these came in last year.

I did the usual steeping of the bag in 2 cups of water then transferring it to a pitcher filled with ice and cold water. I then put the bag in a quart of water to cold steep it for a second steep since getting 2 uses out of these bags is great.

I always think these taste better after chilling in the fridge overnight so I didn’t even try it last night, but it was definitely the first thing I did this morning. Straight out of the fridge there wasn’t much flavor, but as it warmed at room temperature, out came the pink lemonade flavor. You can definitely smell the cotton candy in here over any other flavors, but you don’t taste it. It does its job at just adding sweetness, which is great because sometimes the grapefruit seems a bit heavy, especially as it gets too warm.

When it’s right it tastes just like a mix of pink lemonade and iced tea, minus the it being super sweet. I’m sure if you do sweeten it, it’ll be even better, but I quite like it how it is.

Honestly this might become my favorite SBT already.


Mmmmm! Can’t wait for mine to get here.


Ooooh, still waiting for mine to arrive too. Hurry up USPS! LOL!

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drank SBT: Neapolitan Ice Cream by 52teas
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I’ve been meaning to write this since Monday since it was my National Iced Tea Day iced tea! In fact, I wanted to do it last night but right before 8pm the power went out after a massive storm blew through. I only got power back at 4:50am, and I only know this because my smoke detector’s first power source is electricity and it beeped twice when it came back on, scared me half to death. There are trees down all over the place, I can’t even get to my garden and I’m worried about one of my tomato plants since it already looked like it had too much water D:

So yes this tea, it is hard to pick a favorite SBT because they are all so good. This one though I’d say isn’t up there, but it’s still good. This time around, it seemed more chocolatey than the other flavors, but the strawberry and vanilla were still there. I love that it’s sweet enough I don’t have to add extras, and it tastes creamy even though it’s just water and tea.

I guess the other bag I had, I made at the Dragon. I don’t even remember that, oops!

I haven’t made any iced tea since I came back home to my apartment so I feel like today and right now might be the time to do that. I could have done it by flashlight last night but then I would have taken my bird’s only light source. Once I set up the flashlight by him like a lantern, he ate dinner haha.

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drank Earl Grey by Tazo
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On Sunday, I went to a hotel for breakfast to meet my great aunt, who I’ve actually never met before. Her husband’s son was getting married here and a week before they found out we lived here, so they invited us to come eat breakfast. It was pretty neat! She reminded me a lot of me, as I do a pretty crappy job of staying in contact with people…you wouldn’t believe how much grief I’ve been given for this being only the second time I’m visiting this year.

So because this is one of those very Starbucks integrated hotels, Tazo was the tea. It was a pain because the cups were so tiny so judging how long to even steep this was impossible and it got grossly bitter with the bergamot. I tried to salvage it with some honey, but it did not help entirely.

And someone else there just left their tea bag in the cup while they drank it? blech.

This was the only black tea option, pretty much the ONLY thing there with caffeine too…who wants a tisane or decaf green in the morning? No thanks.

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Since I’m up at my parents, I brought along all the sample sachets I got when I last ordered from Harney.

This wasn’t bad, I just don’t think English breakfast is anywhere close to my top choices for a black blend. It ended up being steeped a bit longer tan I wanted so I had it with milk, which generally lately I have felt pretty meh about.

It wasn’t as hearty as I would like, because of that, but otherwise it would have been too strong/bordering on bitter. Blah! Well, it’s just yet another thing where it’s like if it was around, I’d drink it, but I wouldn’t actively seek it out.

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drank Stars & Stripes by Art of Tea
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So I guess nobody else has ever bought this tea and that is why Art of Tea discontinued it. For good reason, it’s not very good. I used my entire mini tin to make a pitcher of iced tea last night.

It’s alright…the black tea just has this odd almost musk to it and it overpowers any of the flavoring. I ended up having to add splenda to bring out other flavors, but it only did so for strawberry. The kiwi’s absolutely nonexistent. The black tea just overpowers everything and it doesn’t taste like it’s even a good type to use for iced tea.

I guess I am going to be the only one drinking it. Bleh. It totally made the steeper thing disgusting too with the little sugar stars. I’ve never had a problem with sprinkles in there before and now there’s a nice red sugar ring in a spot I can’t reach. Lovely.

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