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I May Have Found The One

by Courtney on February 8, 2011

I’ve never really been a huge tea drinker.

When it comes to getting my caffeine fix, or the comfort of a warm beverage, I almost always reach for coffee (or hot cocoa coffee).

That being said, I just may have found a tea to make me change my mind…

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A couple weeks ago, I picked up this box of Bigelow White Chocolate Kisses tea, solely based on the fact that the box looked pretty and it had the word “chocolate” in it. Winking smile

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But no matter what my reasons, I’m so glad I did because I am really enjoying sipping on this stuff right now. YUMM!

Perhaps my problem is that I just haven’t found my “Tea Identity?”

Are you a tea drinker? What teas do you like?

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Rewind to bright and early this morning, and I will tell you that I started my Tuesday with a fantastic workout!

  • Jillian Michael’s 6 Week Six-Pack Abs
  • 2 mile run (17:43)

You know, I may not enjoy getting up at 5:30am, but I sure do love having my workout done for the day by 6:30am! Winking smile

Breakfast

There was no waiting until I got to work for today’s breakfast…I was famished after my workout!

Hip-Hip-HOORAY for OIAJ!

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In the jar:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Blueberries (>1/2 cup)
  • Cinnamon

Mixed together and thrown in the fridge last night…all ready to go today. Smile

Pre- & post- granola adage…

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With my mug-o-joe, of course. Smile

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Speaking of my mug

I’ve actually had quite a few readers ask about this little guy!

I will tell you that if you’re in the market for purchasing a new one, this is phenomenal. I leave my house around 8:00am every day, and slowly sip on my coffee throughout the entire morning. At 11:00am, my coffee is still warm. That’s how insulated this bad boy is!

The mug actually comes in a set of 2, and can be found on QVC by clicking the link below:

Set of 2 Vacuum Insulated Autoseal 16oz. Elite Travel Tumblers

I would definitely recommend this in a heartbeat…and since it comes in a set of two, then you could always give one as a thoughtful gift! That’s actually how I got mine. Winking smile

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Lunch

Oh, how I love me some leftovers.

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After last night’s chicken dinner, I put together a salad using the rest of my piece of chicken, romaine, grape tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, dried cranberries, and fat-free feta cheese crumbles.

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To “dress it up,” I mixed up some balsamic vinegar with a drizzle of EVOO and a sprinkle of rosemary garlic bread dip seasoning that I have. I really like making my own vinaigrettes like that, since I get to control how much of everything goes into it.

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On the side, some Kashi crack crackers. Winking smile

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Tonight, Jay and I have plans for a mid-week Date Night at the movies. Smile

I’m thinking we’re going to go see No Strings Attached, since it looks pretty cute, and any other movies I wanted to see originally have gotten terrible reviews (i.e., The Roomate, Sanctum..)

We have a gift card from Christmas AND Tuesday’s are Free Popcorn Day at our theater, so I’m thinking it’s going to be a good night!

Question for the Evening:

Do you ever schedule special nights out during the week, or do you save them for the weekend?

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1 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Mmm your OIAJ looks delish!! Especially with White Chocolate Wonderful, which I seriously HAVE to try soon! I’ve almost finished my Dark Chocolate Dreams, and can’t wait to have OIAJ with that! :D

Have fun on your mid-week date night!! I usually wait till the weekend, but I think that’s a great idea!!
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2 Jordan February 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Mmm, I love tea! Not as much as coffee, though. Coffee is my one true love. ;)
My favorites are Tazo Awake, any sort of Earl Grey or English Breakfast, Celestial Seasonings seasonal teas such as Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride + Nutcracker Sweet + Candy Cane Lane, and Tazo Berryblossom White [SO GOOD and smells like a blueberry muffin].

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3 Courtney February 8, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I wanted to try the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride SO BAD, but couldn’t find it ANYWHERE around me!! :(

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4 Shanna, Like Banana February 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Too funny…we were going to have date-night movie-night too! But then hubby found out he has to work late. Boo.
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5 Marg February 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Oh, I thought that movie was pretty cute! Really liked Natalie Portman in it. We tend to save bigger date nights for the weekend, at most we’ll do dinner on a weeknight.

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6 mm February 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I schedule nights out during the week a lot. Last night I went to dinner with a friend, tonight I’m going to get mani/pedis with a group of my girls, and then tomorrow night I’m going out to dinner and a movie (No Strings Attached for us too!) with 2 other friends of mine.

I love coffee and tea. For tea I typically drink Tazo Awake or Tazo Zen. Also, they sell those coffee mugs at Costco too (or at least they do at our Costco) :)
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7 Shelby February 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm

I have the same coffee mug (but mine is red!) and it is awesome. Spill-proof and keeps things hot forever! We got ours at Costco and it was a little cheaper for both of them!

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8 Courtney February 8, 2011 at 10:08 pm

This is why we need a Costco around here!!!

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9 Charlie February 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm

That tea sounds delicious! I am definitely a tea drinker, as in I have TONS of tea :P.
I understand why you liked this tea since sweet “dessert” teas are usually liked by everyone. I have creme caramel & buttered rum and they are DELICIOUS!
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10 Courtney February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Love free popcorn Tuesday’s!! :) Enjoy!
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11 Charlie February 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

And my boyfriend’s parents bought the same mug as yours in a pack of 2 at costco!
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12 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I love mid-week date nights. They really break up the monotony of the work week!

You should try the pomegranate white tea from Trader Joe’s. It’s a beautiful fuschia color and tastes fantastic!

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13 Lisa @ Healthy Diaries February 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm

We usually save date nights for the weekend! Once in a while we have a week-night date but it’s been some time. Thanks for reminding me to fit it in soon. :)
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14 Blog is the New Black February 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I love tea, but mostly for the health benefits. I like green tea with mango, or peach, etc. That tea sounds AWESOME though!
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15 Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I haven’t seen that tea anywhere around here! I’m dying to try it! I did have a really good apple cinnamon tea last night that was perfect for right before bed!

We typically save our date nights for the weekend – it seems something always comes up during the week :( Hope you have fun!
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16 Leanne (For Health's Sake) February 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm

I love orange pekoe tea… the taste, the smell, it makes me weak in the knees! :)

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17 Lauren @ Hungry Dancer February 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I need to get that tea!! I’m obsessed with anything and everything white chocolate!! Oatmeal in my favorite jar!!! I can’t wait to do that when I finish my White Chocolate Wonderful!
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18 Elizabeth R. February 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I love my Contigo!! They sell them at my Costco, as well.

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19 Karen February 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

That tea looks awesome. I haven’t seen it yet in the store but I’m definitely going to keep my eye out for it! I enjoy a nice cup of tea on a cold day…I tend to like flavored green teas and some of the seasonal Christmas teas (sugar cookie sleigh ride & peppermint)
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20 Anna @ Blissful Whimsy February 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I absolutely loooove tea. My mom was so excited to pack up my giant tea stash and send it with me when I moved out. I love TAZO Chai and Vanilla Rooibus, and Celestial Seasonings Coconut Thai Chai :o)
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21 Erica February 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm

i’m not really a tea drinker, but i’m going to look for that one you have. chocolate tea? i’ve got to try it!
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22 Stephanie @cookinfanatic February 8, 2011 at 7:17 pm

we saw no strings attached this past weekend and i thought it was really good! hope you have a great weeknight date night – those are always the best!
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23 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 8, 2011 at 7:21 pm

I always save fun things for the weekend. I’m too tired to do a special night during the week! Although on occasion it can be a nice change. That tea sounds great!
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24 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries February 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm

My fiance and I always have a date night during the week. Why save all the fun for the weekend? :) It also gives us something to look forward to mid-week, which actually makes the days go by faster!
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25 Melissa February 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love the Celestial Seasonings Cherry Berry or Black Cherry or something cherry! It’s really fruity & doesn’t need any sugar to sweeten it up!

I usually do dinner out during the week with a friend, but it’s hard to go out after school. Sometimes, I’m just too beat!
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26 Courtney February 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

They sound delish! I’m not usually into fruity teas, but the black cherry sounds so intriguing!

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27 Amy B @ Second City Randomness February 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I have a feeling I would LOVE that tea. The “chocolate” in the name would have had me, too. Plus, I love tea in general. Black, green, iced, hot- doesn’t matter!
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28 Angela February 8, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Quick Question – how much PB is in your OIAJ? Looks yummy!!

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29 Courtney February 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm

It varies from jar to jar. This jar I had already done a pretty good job of wiping clean, so there wasn’t a whole lot left in there…maybe a few teaspoons? I’ve been known to leave a couple tablespoons at the bottom though. ;)

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30 Stacie February 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm

White chocolate tea?!? I’m so intrigued.

Have fun on your date night!
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31 Paige @ Running Around Normal February 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Courtney I’m totally looking for that tea next time I’m at the store!!
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32 Erin @ The Grass Skirt February 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I’m loving that tea right now too! I am a sucker for anything with hearts on it and the white chocolate part totally sold me.
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33 She Rocks Fitness February 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I am so EXCITED to have my oats in a jar tomorrow AM! I think the combo is going to be apple, cinnamon, and oats. I’m not really a tea drinker and never have been. I prefer coffee and love having it every single morning! :)
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34 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I had to giggle when I saw this post because I too posted on the same thing last week, I love that white chocolate tea! See my post here: http://thescenefromme.com/2011/01/30/winter-avalanche/

And I am eating some white chocolate cherry peanut butter now from CHerry Republic in Michigan!

:)
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35 Courtney February 9, 2011 at 8:03 am

Say WHAAAAAT?!? I need to get my hands on that peanut butter…how can I make that happen?!?!? :)

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36 Amy at TheSceneFromMe February 9, 2011 at 10:42 am

Here is the link to buy the white chocolate cherry peanut butterhttp://www.cherryrepublic.com/product/White-Chocolate-Cherry-Peanut-Butter/uniquely-cherry-republic. It’s very good. And it comes in a 15oz. container!
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37 Ally (oatsandspice) February 8, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I am going to look for that flavor tea because I am not a huge tea drinker either… I don’t understand why people think it is so good!

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38 alyssa - fashion fitness foodie February 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm

I only drink tea when I feel sick! But that looks chocolatey. Is it?
Those OIAJ sound good… Since I finish off a PB jar weekly that should be no problem for me to be make those soon!

Let us know how the movie was :)

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39 Courtney February 9, 2011 at 8:02 am

It does definitely have a hint of chocolate, but I also added some vanilla almond milk to mine, which is why it looks creamier

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40 Michelle February 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm

I love tea!! I like Revolution Ginger Peach, Forte teas, and a lot of Celestial Seasonings teas. English Breakfast is my basic go-to, though.

Our planned date nights are on weekends, but we have spontaneous dates during the week and on weekends sometimes!
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41 ashley@quasichick February 8, 2011 at 11:12 pm

White chocolate kisses tea and white chocolate wonderful PB..I think there may be a pattern!
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42 Courtney February 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

Hahaha, I think you’re right! Just wait until Friday when you see my next white chocolate cookie recipe. ;)

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43 christina February 9, 2011 at 12:07 am

WHERE did you buy that tea!?
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44 Courtney February 9, 2011 at 8:01 am

Price Chopper!

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45 CaSaundra February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

I am not really a tea fan myself. The only hot beverage I really like is hot chocolate, but I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for this tea–it may be worth a shot :-)

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46 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Looooove OIAJ! My favorite breakfast!
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47 GiGi February 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Have you tried the egg-nog tea too? It’s PHENOMENAL!!! I haven’t tried this one and REALLY want to order it on line but the only way Amazon ships it is in a pack of 6 boxes… and without me trying it first I am a bit skeptical, but I think I may just CAVE! ha ha. I love my tea!!!!! :)

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48 GiGi February 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

ha ha ha ha! Just bought it!!
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49 Courtney February 20, 2011 at 12:08 am

Hahaha, good for you!! :)

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