Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Day 16 Lego Calendar Plus

Happy International Hot Tea Day!

Late post, but had to get today's in so we could celebrate. :) Yay! Hot Tea! A couple cool memes are floating around the internet that incorporate Captain Picard, I borrowed this one for the blog.
Love it! Now on with our regularly scheduled program...or post!

Sweet Sixteen

Oh, my! Looks like we had a mini earthquake. The oven and a few other things fell out of their rooms. 
Let me just tuck them away before opening the next door. That's better. 
Here we are at day 16 of the advent calendar. It feels like we just started. Let's see what we have today.
Another sweet build.
I think this one is a peppermint cake stand. What do you think?
Done. A few extra pieces again. Hmmm...what can I do with them? I know! 
A peppermint flower. (giggles)
Hope your day is as sweet as this build was!

Advent Tea #8

Hi! Here we are on our eighth tea. It's Choco Chili.
In the past we haven't had much luck with "chocolate" teas, but we're always trying with an open mind.
The instructions show a 7 minute steep and finish with sugar and milk.

I've poured the hot water over the bag and am starting the timer.
While we wait I can tell you about this blend. The website tells us that "Choco chili is inspired by 'xocoatl', the traditional Aztec 'drink of the gods'. In Mexico, cocoa is stlll drunk with cinnamon, vanilla, and a dash of chili. In this same tradition, Choco Chili combines these ancient ingredients with the traditional warming chai spices of ginger, pepper, and cardamom to create a deliciously intriguing tea, the perfect accompaniment to our busy lives. The essence of this tea is 'intensity.'" The blend includes cocoa shells, cinnamon, liquorice, ginger, black pepper, carob, anise, chili pepper, barley malt, cloves, cardamom, ginger oil, vanilla extract, vanilla beans.

(Timer beeps)

Cool! It's ready! Has a nice golden, brown color.
Smells good.
A plain sip. 
This is nice. Kind of chocolatey. Spicy without being overwhelming. A little sweet. Let's taste it as the package suggests with sugar and milk.
Wow! This actually makes me think of a watery, hot chocolate. The first flavor on the tongue is a very mild chocolate then the spices kick in around it.
Choco Chili is a hit!


Wrapping Presents

Hey, Kaya! Are you done with the tape?
Sure! Here you go.

Thank you!

What have you been up to today? Hope you had a nice time.

Best wishes!


  1. *From Julie's doll mom:*

    As a fan of Star Trek: TNG I wish you a happy Hot Tea Day!

    1. Thank you! :) I wonder if there is a national prune juice day...that meme could feature Worf. ;-)

  2. Picard could read me the phone book and I'd be happy, oh that voice!

    That tea sounds very interesting! I've heard of several recipes for chili that use chocolate in them, I've heard it enhances the flavor. I guess this is sort of like that in reverse.

    1. Yes, I completely agree about Picard's/Patrick Stewart's voice.

      Like coffee in chocolate cake.