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Chocolate Covered Strawberries Are The Perfect Summer Treat

As the snow begins to melt and the flowers start to bloom, we know that summertime is just around the corner. Aside from being able to actually get outside and enjoy the weather without having to be bundled up, this is also the perfect time to start thinking about those foods that go best with the warm weather. One food that seems to go synonymous with fun in the sun and good times with friends and family is chocolate covered strawberries.

Avoid The Kitchen

Even though chocolate covered strawberries are not especially difficult items to make, most of us don’t look forward the idea of spending time in the kitchen when we would rather be outside. In fact, you could probably make a long list of things that you would much rather be doing than cooking or preparing meals. With this in mind, why not avoid the hassle of making chocolate covered strawberries on your own and purchase them instead? Although these treats seem decadent and expensive, you may be surprised to find out just how affordable they are if you purchase them from an online retailer. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you can have chocolate covered strawberries on their way to your front door.

Great As Gifts

Of course, you don’t have to wait around until the weather is just perfect to give the gift of chocolate covered strawberries to that special person in your life. If you have a friend or family member that lives far away and you want to send them something special and unique that they are sure to love, there is probably nothing better than a sweet treat to send that message. If you are especially handy in the kitchen, you can order chocolate covered strawberries online and have them sent directly to someone’s home. Imagine the surprise and delight on their face when they receive such a wonderful gift in the mail.

Perfect All Year Long

Although chocolate covered strawberries may be synonymous with summertime, they are also a great treat when you find yourself indoors hiding from the cold winter months. In fact, they may just be the best way to inject a little summer fun into even the darkest months of the year. Whether you have a picnic planned at the local park in the middle of July or are huddled around the fireplace deep into January, chocolate covered strawberries will definitely put a smile on your face and make it feel like it’s summer no matter what the weather is like outside.

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The Best Tea To Drink For The Ultimate Tea Experience

Are you a tea obsessed person and carry your own loose tea bags whenever you go for a vacation or a business trip? There are very few places in the world where you can find premium quality tea leaves.

It doesn’t matter in which part of the globe you reside, you can always enjoy drinking the best tea and have an ultimate experience. Do you know tea is one of the highest consumed beverages followed by water across the globe?

Seeing the benefits of drinking tea more and more people are making it a point that they drink tea at least twice a day. There are numerous types of tea available in the market each with its unique flavor and aroma. Let us go through some of the best teas to drink that gives you the ultimate tea experience.

Tea types

Do you know the darkest member of the tea family is the black tea? It contains less antioxidant properties since it gets washed away during processing through fermentation. Black tea is consumed for losing weight and it can be enjoyed both as a hot as well as cold beverages.

If you are looking for tea that has high level of antioxidant properties, white tea surpasses all its counterparts. It has a soft and subtle sweet flavor and a pleasant taste. It is also known to help in body weight loss. Try out and explore the taste and health benefits of the white tea.

If you are looking for a tea that not only tastes good but is extremely beneficial for your health is the green tea. Because it is high in antioxidants, green tea is capable of fighting some major illness like cancer, coronary diseases etc.

Depending on the quality and variety, oolong tea varies in its tastes. You can get the flavor of sweet and honey aroma or the flavor of the fresh and pleasant flavor of the flowers. Like all other types of tea even oolong tea offers numerous health benefits, one of the most common being aiding in weight loss.

Best tea to drink

It is very difficult to point out any one as the best tea to drink for the ultimate tea experience. Tagging the best in terms of quality, taste, aroma and flavor varies from person to person. Thus it depends on your preference level- which type of tea suits your taste?

What do you expect from your hot cup of tea? Its taste and aroma should take you to a different world, right? Invite your guests to afternoon tea party and impress them with the flavors and aroma of the different types of tea.

Whether it is summer or winter, you can enjoy drinking tea at anytime of the year and anywhere. You don’t need any reason or occasion to drink tea and undergo an ultimate tea experience with the help of impressive tea makers.

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The Inspiration of Good Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

I have enjoyed writing my blog and sharing my family with you. Throughout this year of blogging and writing, I have come to love talking to people about meal planning and healthy eating.  People ask me how I manage to cook for my family every night while working full time.  Honestly, I just love grocery shopping, cooking and talking to people about food.  In the past week, I have given multiple people advice on meal planning and grocery shopping.  They like my advice and I love giving it.  Best of all, I received a call from one of my closest friends to tell me about her triumph at breakfast.

She made the commitment to stop serving sugary, processed foods to her kids for breakfast.  This is a big commitment because she has four kids.  Starting this past Monday she decided to serve her kids old-fashioned oatmeal for breakfast and served it everyday.  Her nine-year old daughter was not on board at first.  In fact, the first day she wouldn’t touch the oatmeal.  It didn’t stop my friend, she kept making oatmeal.  She added apples one day and ripe bananas the next.  She even had a ripe persimmon and mixed it right in the oatmeal on Wednesday.  I was impressed, I would not have thought to add persimmon to oatmeal but I will now.  To make a long journey short, she called to tell me that her kids are now asking for oatmeal in the mornings.  She was so excited and she knew I would be just as thrilled as she was.  While the health of her children inspired her to make the change, I influenced her to just do it.  Not only has she committed to serving them a healthy breakfast, she says that now everyone eats breakfast together in the mornings because the oatmeal has to been eaten when it is hot.  They can no longer come down whenever they are ready and toast a Pop-Tart or pour a bowl of cereal.  I am so proud of her for doing making the effort and I am also inspired by her.

I have decided to commit this blog and my time to inspiring people to provide healthy meals for their families.  In the coming year, my blog will include tips on meal planning, grocery shopping, and finding time to eat family meals.  If any of you want to try oatmeal for inspiration, I have included my original recipe.  She told me that the best thing about making oatmeal was that the time it took to make one pot of oatmeal was less than the time it took to open and heat individual oatmeal packets.

Don’t worry, you will still hear about Zoe.  She is my ultimate inspiration after all.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal
2 cups 1% milk
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar or to taste
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
dash of salt
1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed meal

Combine all of the ingredients in a pot and place pot on stove over medium-high heat. Adding the oatmeal to the milk before the milk simmers is another tip to add creaminess. Bring to a simmer and lower heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until it reaches a creamy consistency, stirring frequently. Serve immediately. When using flaxseed be careful not to over cook the oatmeal or it will become gummy.

I like to top oatmeal with walnuts, raisins and dried cranberries. I typically serve oatmeal with orange slices on the side because it gives a refreshing bite of acidity to contrast the creaminess of the oatmeal.

Variations:

Maple Syrup: If you would like to use maple syrup, omit the brown sugar and slowly blend in 2 tablespoons of maple sugar after cooking the oatmeal.

Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal: Melt 1 tablespoon butter with 2 tablespoons brown sugar in the pot. When the butter starts to foam, add 1/2 of a large chopped apple, I use any apple variety I have on hand. Cook until apples are softened and start to caramelize. Slowly add the milk and stir until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients increasing cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon and cook as directed. You could go crazy and caramelize chopped walnuts with the apples, yummy!