Tea Time, Just You and Me

It’s been a while. I don’t have a long explanation, other than that things have been hectic lately. All good things.

My teaching schedule has expanded and Eric and I moved to a new place, so I needed a little time to adjust.

I missed you!

Not posting for a couple of weeks made me feel like something was missing.

I think it’s time for us to have a little tea time.

In my family, tea time is relaxing time. We have tea when we get together and chat about life, laugh, and make plans. So make yourself a pot of tea let’s make up for the loss time.

I’m having a cup of Assam black tea, slightly sweetened with stevia.

A couple of months ago, Eric and I decided it was time to move to a new place. We were outgrowing our living situation, wanted a small backyard so we could have a garden, needed storage space and a garage. Not to say that we moved on a whim, but we gave our month notice quickly and started searching for a place right away. After looking at a handful of places, we found the one. My favorite part is my new office space, and our lovely backyard.

Take a peek. This is where the garden will go.

J Street Backyard 3

J Street Backyard (1)

It’s an overgrown mess, but hopefully soon, it will be a garden. With the amount of produce we eat and juice, it’s silly not to grow our own.

Huge tree in our backyard. I wonder how old it is.

J Street Backyard 4

The searching and the moving pre-occupied us for a couple of weeks, but I still found the time to play with a new kitchen tool.

My friend, Michele, let me borrow her dehydrator for a few weeks. So far I experimented with kale chips. Who doesn’t love kale chips? Every time I’m at the Co-Op, I try to resist the $5 small bag of chips. They are so good! For my first batch of cheesy kale chips, I used this recipe from Nourished Kitchen.

*photo from Nourished Kitchen.

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After only 13 hours of dehydrating, I had to pull them out and give them a taste. They were a huge success. I could have kept them in for longer, but hunger took over and they were good enough to eat. So much so that I didn’t even get a chance to snap a photo before Eric and I munched on them. I packed some in little bags for snacks.

I decided that the Excalibur is definitely a top of the line dehydrator worth investing in. It has nine adjustable trays. I wouldn’t want any less because big batches are the way to go. The only drawback is that it is a little loud and that it takes up a lot of space. On the flip-side though, if you want the tay space and a bulk capacity, then you can’t complain about the size. Once we get unpacked and settled in, I’m sure you’ll see more dehydrator recipes on the blog.

How’s your tea? Mine is really good.

We also have some travel plans for July. Eric and I will be celebrating our two year anniversary in Seattle this year. We still have no idea what we are doing, so far we just have the flights booked. Need to get on that this week. So far, I’ve been told to check out Pike Place Market. Sounds like my kind of place. Since I’m practically a rabbit, Eric and I are planning on exploring many markets in the city and packing up a lot of snacks on our trip. I’m tempted to bring my Vitamix, but since we are flying and I don’t want to check my bags, it’s probably not the best idea.

Finally, my newsletter came out yesterday, if you have not seen it already, check it out here. If you need a little extra motivation to start a new fitness program, sign up for your first run, or triathlon, check out who has really inspired me this summer. You may even see a familiar face.

Here’s what else I’ve been up to – instagramin’ style

#ShepardWedding #DomaineChandon

Shepard Wedding

#CoOpAnniversary Bash #CSAChallenge

Co-Op

#vegan #raw #CSAChallenge

Co-Op Food

Kyle Bardet, visiting from Philadelphia. #MyFavoriteAntiqueStoreShopper #PhiliLove

Kyle

#hotmoves #truckload5

Moving

Hope you enjoyed our tea time. Now, I’m off to teach and then I have some unpacking to do!

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