Fruity Meyer Lemon Smoothie Recipe

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This is most certainly a “wake me up” kind of smoothie featuring Meyer Lemon Tea from Art of Tea! You can play around with this basic recipe, store but we’ve chosen to start with an antioxidant heavy morning blend.

Antioxidants actively help the body fight free radicals, which are chemical compounds that damage cells, DNA, and can even lead to premature cell death. Green tea is reported to have the highest concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols.

Meyer Lemon TeaWe chose to use our Meyer Lemon tea, but any green tea will do for this recipe. Jasmine Blueberry would also be a great blend to infuse. It is easiest to make your iced tea ahead of time, check out our Iced Tea Brewing Guide.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ripe banana, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen peaches
  • 1 cup iced Meyer Lemon or other Green Tea
  • ½ cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup ice
  • 2 Tablespoons honey

Directions

Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

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Matcha Mini Cheesecakes



Last Friday, price Anthony, search Kennedy, Maya, Quinn and I loaded up the car and drove to Bentonville for the day. I had wanted to take the kids to the Scott Family Amazeum since it opened, and we finally got a free day to go. Our 12-year-old Madison was at church camp, so unfortunately she missed out this time.

amazeumAmazeum lives up to it’s name! We all had such a great time. Even though it’s geared toward kids ages 4 though 9, it has two play areas for toddlers, as well as managed to peak the imagination of our teenager. Anthony and I enjoyed watching our daughters have so much fun.

We had lunch at Crepes Paulette, a food truck in downtown Bentonville — not too far away from the Amazeum. There was a long line, but the wait was worth it. Maya got a strawberry and Nutella crepe.

Crepes PauletteAfter lunch, we went back to the Amazeum. We had 2:15 passes to the Hershey Lab. I thought we would get to play with chocolate (as in EAT chocolate) in the Hershey Lab, but instead it was an experiment about weights of items. This was my only disappointment of the day because I WANTED CHOCOLATE of course.

After we left the Amazeum, we drove back to downtown Bentonville and parked near the square. We walked to the Walmart Museum and did a quick tour through there, then walked over to Onyx Coffee Lab for a pick up me before the drive home.

It was an awesome day. We definitely want to spend more time in Bentonville — and spend the night next time; maybe even a whole weekend. There is so much to do in this bustling, little town.

Maya and Quinn conked out on the drive home. I call that a sign of a good day. asleep in the car

Please share your favorite family town to visit in Arkansas. I want to do more of these family roadtrips and welcome your suggestions.

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Tea GiftsIt is no secret that matcha is swiftly being recognized as a wonder tea from East to West. Much of this has to do with how much of the benefits of green tea are multiplied by the total immersion of stone ground green tea leaves.matcha

These little matcha cheesecakes are a great addition to any afternoon tea time or party. We’ve added the element of sesame seeds to compliment the elegance of matcha. (For more on Matcha, check out our Introduction.)

Matcha Mini Cheesecakes

You may choose to make the crust a day ahead, to save on waiting on time. We used our Grade A Matcha for this recipe, but it would be very nice with our Ginger Matcha.

Crust

  • 1 cup of cookie or graham cracker crumbs
  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted. (Keep a bit extra at room temperature for greasing the pans.)
  • 3 Tablespoons raw cane sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine grain salt
  • 3 Tablespoons black sesame seeds, toasted.

Filling

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ¾ cup raw cane sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ? cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 Tablespoons matcha powder
  • ¼ cup ground black or white sesame, powder, for dusting

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease four 4” springform pans. Wrap the entire exterior of the pans in tin foil.

Grind your cookie crumbs in a food processor until they resemble a fine powder. Add butter, sugar and salt. Pulse until combined evenly. Transfer to a bowl and add sesame seeds. Mix until evenly combined.

Divide the raw crust evenly between your prepared pans. Press down on the top of each crust with the backside of a measuring cup for an even layer. Place pans on a baking sheet. Bake 15-18 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and firm to touch. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

In an electric mixer, with paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium high, until light and fluffy. In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar and flour. Reduce the mixer speed to low, and incrementally add in the dry mixture. Mix until smooth.

Add sour cream, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix until just combined – do not overbeat.

Add the matcha powder to bowl. Stir gently to combine. Divide the cream cheese filling between the four pans. Set the well sealed pans in a shallow roasting pan. Carefully fill the roasting pan with boiling water, so that it reaches halfway up the springform pans.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. The cakes should be set, with a slight wobble in the center. Turn off your oven and leave the door slightly ajar, with the cakes still inside. Let sit for 45 minutes. Carefully remove cakes to a wire rack. Let cakes cool completely.

Refrigerate uncovered overnight, or at minimum 4 hours in their springform.

Release the cakes from the springform. Dust with sesame or matcha powder before serving.

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A Simple Cup of Tea

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It’s been just over 240 years since the Sons of Liberty destroyed an entire shipment of tea, tossing it defiantly into the Boston harbor. So began the Revolutionary War. In John Adams’ letters to his wife following the Boston Tea Party, he professed his love of tea, but admitted he would be switching to coffee. Tea had become unpatriotic and coffee began it’s reign.

Needless to say, we have a complicated relationship with tea in the states.

Regardless of where it’s being consumed, tea stands apart from coffee for a variety of reasons. One of the most interesting, perhaps, is the idea of “ritual” that seems to follow tea around like a prerequisite. It may be an echo of rituals across the globe. It might also be the very nature of tea – the time it takes to brew and the variety of flavor that lends itself to a different appreciation than a cup of coffee.

We could write an entire book on all of the ancient rituals surrounding tea. Instead, we’d like to explore the rituals that exist today, everyday, that are usually left overlooked.

  1. The Children’s Tea Party: You’d be hard pressed to find a six year old who doesn’t at least know what a tea party is. It’s almost a phenomenon – what other social event do kids regularly orchestrate on their own? Childhood tea parties are not only incredibly adorable, they are also incredibly well thought out. The table is set, “guests” are gathered around, (usually pretend) tea is poured and sometimes cookies even make an appearance. Thank you Olde English Children’s Books for keeping tea parties alive.
  2. The Morning Cup of Tea: Let us be clear – tea in the morning is a different beast than coffee. A (good) morning cup of tea requires that you heat water, steep your leaves, and wait. And wait…It’s kind of a zen experience, having to wait for your caffeine. Even if you decide to go to a cafe rather than brew at home, you never quite escape the patience that tea insists.
  3. The Iced Black Tea and Lemonade: Or, as most people call them, an Arnold Palmer. (We have our own spin on that from National Lemonade Day.) This drink has knocked it out of the park over the last several years. It started with a golf hero, but it’s fair to assume that few of the 20-something’s that regularly order an “Arnold Palmer” have a clue who the man actually is. The ritual lives in routine, and it’s always refreshing to know tea can seamlessly transition into warmer months.
  4. The Sick Day Tea: “You should drink some tea.” How many people shared that sage advice the last time you had a cough or runny nose? It’s such common sense at this point, and yet you can’t get away from the suggestion. There is a conception, and a valid one, that tea has healing properties. We aren’t doctors, but the doctors we know tell us this is more or less true. Imagine that moment after a long day of work and a nasty head cold, when you take your first sip of piping hot chamomile tea with lemon, breathing in the steam. It’s truly like a breathe of fresh air.
  5. The Pot of Tea: This always feels like a big one. A full pot of tea seems to separate the casual drinkers from the die hard. Tea, typically, is a sipping drink. A pot of tea is an hour of your life that you have dedicated to tea (and usually something else, we’re not crazy, we realize you’re probably reading a book or working on a paper.) In that moment, when you fill your pot or order a full pot at the neighborhood cafe, you’ve established yourself as a “tea drinker.” In our books, that’s a pretty awesome commitment.

We invite you to join us. We invite you to share your ritual – what does it look like? How does it inform your day? Is it sweet or astringent? Are you comforted or inspired? Is it a private moment in your day, or a shared experience around a warm pot?

Tell us. Share with us. Join in and help paint the picture of tea.

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I think it’s so fun to try different teas. A few of my favorites lately include:
Moroccan Mint Green Tea
Masala Chai Tea
Oolong Tea

What is your favorite type of tea?

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