Field of Dreams!

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Last week I went to visit a friend at her home for the first time. She had stated to me numerous of times that she was in the country! But as I traveled from the city… It really hit me! This girl lives in the boondocks! The scenery was so relaxing and I felt at peace. The street that her house is on has the prettiest field! And a dirt road leads you to her home. Her yard was like a little garden!

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We sat on this country gone modern porch and talked and laughed and drank. I stayed over and outside the guest room window I could see perfectly aligned fields. Excellent to dream to.

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Black Bird in Asheville

I’ve dined in Asheville several times but while there these last couple of trips I had to feast at Black Birds. It is right in the heart of town and the windows are open wide. It feels like you are still on the streets… Walking right along with passerbys. I actually, went there twice during this weekend getaway. But I will feature my brunch!

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Surf & Turf burger paired with a beautiful house salad!
Mimosa!
Bloody Mary!
Yum

A day well spent!

This had to be the perfect Monday! Just to sit and stare at the mountains! Feeling the breeze and seeing the clouds roll in. It really didn’t matter that it began to rain. The Bistro umbrella was there to keep me dry. But even if I had gotten wet; everything would still proven to be great.

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Saint Paul’s Mountain Vineyard proved to be the perfect pit stop… That turned into a half day visit. I didn’t even venture on to my original destination. This was GREAT enough!

Barista!

Trying to stay warm in this SNOW! and SNOW is a bit rare in my area. We get snow but it is here one day and gone the next day. Well not this time! It has been SNOWING almost none stop for two days! WOW! So I must steep! Being inspired by God’s beauty and creative work at play… I decided to play and create too! So steeped my beautiful lady like teas! ‘Lady Like’ you may say?!?! Well, it starts as a bud and as the water boils she blossoms into a beautiful full grown flower or ‘Lady’! These teas come in all different flavors with different color flowers.

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Graze Nibblebox

It’s here again!

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I am really enjoying this box subscription. There are two options. I want it often so I subscribe to the nibbler choice and that means it comes twice a month.

Inside the box was wonderful goodies:
Honeycomb crunch 183 cal
Bonnie wee oatbakes 114 cal
Summer berry flapjack 236 cal
Graze’s chocolate orange 208 cal

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Nutrition Fact sheet is included so you do not have to guess about fat or fiber. It’s all there for you.

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FATTY SUNDAYS

FATTY SUNDAYS is my product of the day. Maybe I should say guilty pleasure of the day. If you like salty and sweet snacks… Well these are for you. These delicious pretzels are thoughtfully flavored, generously dipped, perfectly decorated and guaranteed to please. The guarantee comes from me. These pretzels come in about 9 different flavors. My favorites are Mint Chocolate & Toffee!

This is a Brooklyn, New York company ran by two sister using their mothers recipe.

I order these delights from Birchbox.

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Avid Coffee Drinker becomes Tea Lover! Why? Part 2 of 7 series

I apologize that this is so late but something else has been on my mind other than tea. I’m still steeping like crazy, of course. Anyway, today we are going to continue to fall in love with tea for it’s medicinal powers. The choice selection is Oolong Tea.

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This beautiful and delicious tea offers many health benefits.

Prevent heart disease. Oolong tea can support heart health and prevent heart disease. Oolong tea is a rich source of the antioxidant known as quercetin. It is very useful in protecting against heart attacks and strokes.

Reduce Cholesterol. Oolong tea helps reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream. Quercetin is a plant-based antioxidant. It is very good for blood vessels as it allows the blood to flow more easily through the arteries.

Help with digestive disorders. Oolong tea can be used as treatment of digestive problems. It is beneficial for the stomach and the digestive tract.

Burn fat. One of the great oolong tea benefits is the effect on weight loss. It increases metabolism and controls the production of sugar in the body. Oolong tea is an ideal beverage for those who wish to lose weight.

Boost immune system. Oolong tea has great benefits for people with a weak immune system. Oolong tea antioxidants stimulate the immune system. Regular oolong tea drinkers have less infections and more energy.

Prevent diabetes. Oolong tea can help in the treatment of diabetes. its components regulate insulin levels in the body.

Prevent osteoporosis. Oolong tea promotes healthier and stronger bones, protecting people from such diseases as osteoporosis.

Prevent tooth decay. Oolong tea also has a positive effect on gums and teeth. The fluoride component of oolong tea reduces the main bacteria involved in decay.

Avid Coffee Drinker becomes Tea Lover! Why Part 1 of 7 Series

All of my family and friends want to know what made me go from being crazy about coffee! Loving Starbucks and Caribou coffee to no longer drinking coffee… Now only drinking tea and being mad in love with Teavana and Tealux! Well I will tell you too. Over the next 7 days I will make you fall in love with tea… Not for its addictive taste but it extreme power. Each day I will cover a type of tea. Today is Green tea.

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Green Tea Health Benefits

Cancer prevention. Scientific research has shown that green tea drinkers have a significantly lower risk of cancer. Green tea may be especially helpful in preventing lung, prostate, breast and skin cancers and is helpful against lung cancer in former and present cigarette smokers.

Heart Disease prevention. Green tea can lower cholesterol and the risk of stroke and heart disease. Green tea antioxidants slow down the oxidation of cholesterol in the arteries. Green tea is helpful in the prevention of blood clots. In addition, drinking tea is useful to treat hypertension as green tea extracts lower blood pressure.

Tooth decay prevention. Green tea also has a positive effect on gums and and teeth. Green tea contains fluoride components that reduce the bacteria involved in tooth decay.

Weight Loss. Green tea drinkers are able to successful drop body fat because green tea can increase the metabolism in the body. It is an ideal beverage for those who wish to lose weight.

Inflammation prevention. Arthritis and cardiovascular diseases can result in inflammation in the body. Test results have demonstrated the green tea effect in preventing inflammation. Green tea lowers the amount of inflammation and over exertion in the muscles. Drinking green tea daily helps reduce swelling in the ankles, wrists, feet and legs.

Immune system support. People with a weak immune system have found great benefits from drinking green tea. The antioxidants of green tea can build up the immune system. Green tea is classified as as ‘super food’ due to its healthy components. Green tea ingredients effectively kill bacteria which cause food poisoning. It also deactivates the toxins produced by bacteria. At the same time, it soothes the stomach and the digestive system. Also, green tea inhibits the flu virus. Regular green tea drinkers have fewer infections, but more energy in their everyday life.

That’s the rundown on Green Tea… From that alone… It was enough to get me to start sipping a couple of cups a day! But guess what?… I have six more tea to discuss. Tomorrow I will give you the benefits of Oolong tea! This is gonna be a good series!