Posts Tagged ‘tea’

I had the privilege to try another tea from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Peace Tea is an organic herbal loose tea.

 This is a gentle and calming nervine blend; a chance for reflection while providing an opportunity to imagine a peaceful world. Takes the stress out of life for a while. A wonderful infusion drink for meditation and quiet moments.

Contains: organic Chamomile flowers, organic Spearmint, organic Lavender flowers, organic Cinnamon bark, organic Passionflower, and organic Rose petals.

In the bag, this tea had a heavy Spearmint scent. I reluctantly tried it, as I’m not a big mint fan. My hot cup turned out sensational. All the ingredients blended into a pleasant tasting, yellow-colored tea. With the diverse flavors of this tea, I forwent adding honey like I usually do.

I suggest this tea for the late afternoon or evening

with quiet conversation and feet up.

I received Peace Tea from Mountain Rose Herbs to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Mountain Rose Herbs offers herbal products of the freshest quality. The photo will  link  to their site where you can see for yourself their plentiful selection of  natural and organic products.

I reviewed the Organic Oregon Chai Tea  & the Celestial Tea Strainer.
Contains: Organic Ginger root, organic Cinnamon, organic Darjeeling Tea, organic Cardamom, organic Cloves, organic Nutmeg, and organic Vanilla bean.
This was my first experience drinking loose leaf tea. I experimented and enjoyed it black, with a little milk which added some richness and sweetness, and with a teaspoon of honey -my favorite. It suited me best at breakfast; I liked the Oregon Chai paired with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Honey Grahams or Nonni’s Original Biscotti.  🙂 I really appreciated the vanilla in this tea.
The Celestial Tea Strainer is stainless steel and fits on mugs of all sizes.  It’s an attractive way to brew loose teas.
I also reviewed the Cucumber Aroma Spray.
Contains: Certified Organic Cucumber Hydrosol, Distilled water, and Witch Hazel extract.
This is how Mountain Rose describes the Cucumber Mist:
 Pure and fresh “summer in a bottle”, this has become our affectionate name for this wonderful and irresistible new aroma spray. Merely a mist or two will invoke summertime memories, and perhaps a little bit of salivation from the intoxicating scent of fresh cucumber slices. Refreshing and evocative, this aroma spray smells like freshly cut cucumber straight out of the garden. It is superb as a room freshener, body spritzer, as a facial mist, and it has anti-inflammatory and soothing effects on the skin. Who could ask for more?
I love the simple, natural ingredients. The scent is all cucumber! I used it as a kitchen freshener and it helps with the wintertime blues.
The winner is: Bev Elliott
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Timestamp: 2012-03-01 10:39:04 UTC
Mountain Rose Herbs is giving away a 3 oz. bag of Oregon Chai to a random Notes From Dawn reader.
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Contest ends February 29th @ 11:59 pm est. (available only to US residents)  A winner will be selected at random using the integer generator from The winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.
I received Organic Oregon Chai Tea, the Celestial Tea Strainer, and the Cucumber Aroma Spray in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones are one of my favorites.

Try them for breakfast or with afternoon tea.

2 cups flour

5 Tablespoons sugar, plus 1 Tablespoon for topping

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 Tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

2/3 cup half-and-half, plus 1 Tablespoon

1/2 cup halved cranberries

A fun freshness test: Ripe cranberries will have a bounce to them. Drop a cranberry onto a countertop. If there is no bounce, then the cranberry is past it’s prime.

In a bowl, whisk together flour, 5 Tablespoons sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter (I use two knives) until the mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in 2/3 cup half-and-half until just moistened. Gently fold in cranberries.

On a lightly floured surface, knead dough gently, 5 to 10 times. Pat into a 1-inch-thick round. Cut into 8 wedges; place on a baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Brush tops with remaining half-and-half; sprinkle with remaining tablespoon sugar. Bake at 425 until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.

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