Thursday, May 29, 2014

David's Tea

I have to quickly post about my newfound obsession... David's Tea. My dear friend Amie, who runs Off-Beat Charm, turned me on to these teas and now I can't stop!
This was my first sampling of their teas. I purchased two mugs, and Amie hand-picked a lovely sampling of several tea flavors that she thought I would enjoy ...and I certainly did! I don't think there is one tea flavor, that I've tried so far, that I've disliked. My absolute favorite so far is Queen of Tarts. I liked it so much that I placed an order for more before I even finished the sample. It's tart, it's sweet, it's bright red, and it's great iced or hot.
I'm usually not at a loss for words when it comes to most topics, but I am with this tea. It's just good. Any flavor, any variety... it's good. Try it. I am in no way benefitting from this endorsement, I simply wanted to spread the word about David's Tea. I do plan on trying to create some tea-infused recipes, so keep this post as a mental reference for the future.
If you've tried David's Tea before, leave me a comment and let me know your favorite flavor!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Incredibly Simple Summer Desserts

Do these look complicated to you? ...because they're not. Not. At. All. For these desserts, presentation really is everything. I made my ingredients from scratch, but if you're in a rush, your ingredients don't even have to be homemade!
What you need:
  • Mason jars, with lids (I used 1 dozen of the smallish ones)
  • Your favorite sheet cake
  • Pudding, flavor of choice
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh fruit, diced
What you do:
Slice your sheet cake in half horizontally, making it into two thin layers. With a biscuit cutter, or another mason jar, start cutting jar-sized circles into each cake layer. You will need two cake circles per jar.
Once circles are cut, place one cake circle at the bottom of each jar. Press it down firmly to eliminate air pockets, but do not crush it. Add layers of the remaining ingredients in this order: pudding, diced fruit, whipped cream, cake circle #2, pudding. Top with remaining diced fruit and/or whipped cream.
That's it! Screw those lids on, pop the jars in the fridge, and you're all set. All of the cuteness, for half of the effort.