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Tea Terminology You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know
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At the four-ish coffee shops I frequent, I have a standing order – or really, separate standing orders. Which is to say I mostly choose the same things from each of them, give or take a visit. At the coffee place and its sister shop (with the worlds most frigid bathroom), I get coffee. House roast, generally, with a dash of sugar and cream. At the other place or when I’ve had too much caffeine for the day, I go with tea, either peppermint, gunpowder green, or my trusty Earl Grey. And once I’ve finished my coffee, or if it is after 9 am, I also get tea at the coffee place. Really, it’s anyone’s guess as to what I’ll be drinking at any given time. Only I order it special; the way with fewer dishes. No tiny tea cup, and no hoddle. Yes a hoddle – a non-Word-recognized term […]

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The Grossest Foods of Them All
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I’m not picky. Really. If you cook it, I’ll almost always eat it … or at least try. I’ve never been scared of home cooking and prefer someone’s kitchen adventures to eating out almost every day. Creating my own kitchen adventures are also a good time. In fact, I catch flack for trying too many weird things, or for being willing to try too much. Admittedly, my experiments sometimes are over the top – to the point where they aren’t that worth eating. But I still attempted, right? But I’m not universally a garbage disposal, either. There are still some foods I dislike. Some that I won’t even touch, and am grossed out by a single whiff. Including: Hot Dogs Puke. These things are about as disgusting as they come. As I understand it, it’s basically all the animal leftovers ground up and put into tiny little tubes. Then marketed […]

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My Real and Ridiculous Fear of Hotel Waffle Makers
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Real life confession ya’ll: I’m afraid to use hotel waffle makers. They, much like having the remote pointed in my direction, are incredibly unnerving. Just how hot do those things get? And why am I making waffles in a public setting, like I’m some type of short-order cook that only serves herself? No thanks, I’ll stick to my yogurt cup and weirdly moist muffin instead. But thanks for the concern, guy who wore his pajamas to the dining area. To date, I have never made a waffle that wasn’t frozen first; I am too freaked to even consider the irons. Even as an adult who is mostly logical and owns some things, I won’t touch those danger-breeding devices. While home versions do seem less terrifying, they take up serious cabinet space. Which is why I’ve never purchased one. Pancakes, in contrast, are made with a more universal dish – a fact that […]

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Coffee Creamer Flavors That Need to Be Invented
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In a controversial move for a tea-based blog, today’s post will be about coffee. Or rather, coffee accessories. It’s nothing personal to my homeslice, tea, it’s just a nice change of pace to smell coffee (when it is 6 am) and feel caffeine affects that actually work. Also works as a cheat for dessert. Pour in some of these delicious creamers and you can trick yourself into thinking you’re actually getting dessert. But I’d like to offer some suggestions, coffee creamer makers. Flavors that can (and should) be made to enhance our fake sugar meals. Also, to the grocery stores, if you could go ahead and stock every single one of these, year-round, that’d be great. No skimping to make room for the same generic crap; everyone is over French vanilla. Especially when it’s fat-free. (Can I get a collective bleh?) Instead, you should be making and stocking (depending on […]

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Going Pioneer in All the Good Ways
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It’s getting crunchy up in here. And I like it. The crunchier, the better, I say – just like my peanut butter. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, it’s a new-fangled way to talk about being green and/or organic. But just like everything, I only ever want to make my own version of it. I’m not going super hippie and hand-crafting everything. Just some things. There will be no hand-fashioned tampons by moi. And especially not cleaning the carpet with a homemade vacuum. Or not shaving and avoiding store-made clothes. Store-made clothes are the best fitting kinds of them all. But sometimes, I like being super pioneer-y. Like that day, two days ago, when I made homemade fruit roll ups (that are delicious, BTW) and transferred the starter plants into the ground. Then ate man casserole that held more than 2.5 pounds of meat. Or the time I organized all […]

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Foods I Want to Try This Summer
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I’m somewhat of an adventurous eater. Maybe I’m a little hungry while I’m writing this post. Or I might just need a hard copy of things I’m gearing up to eat on vacation. Probably a little of all of them. But I’m still making this list, so deal with it. The things I want to eat this summer, or at least try: All of this Seafood ALL of it. Homegrown Veggies Don’t mind me while I become a farmer’s market regular. (If you have one that lets you pay on the honor system, I need to know about it.) Chocolate Cake But maybe not all in one sitting. UNSWEET Tea — So Much Tea It’s my main vice. Salads in a Jar Don’t mind me while I get my Pinterest on.   Burgers Burgers with blue cheese, burgers with bacon. Seriously, where is the beef?!

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What I’m Going to Do With My Summer
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Remember every year in elementary school when, on the first day, you had to tell everyone what you did? Whether in paper or show-and-tell form, you compiled the past three months of you life into a 30-second segment. Like that was enough time to contain how incredibly awesome not going to school was? This post is going to be like that, kind of. Except that it’s the very beginning of summer, and I don’t have to go to school ever again. (Unless I later decide I want to … doubtful.) Also I will still be working through the duration. But the rest of the time, here’s how I’ll be spending my days. At the Pool For the first time in forever, it’s the beginning of June and I have a tan. (And partial burn.) And I plan to keep it that way. Even if that means waking up ultra early […]

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