Sunday, September 24, 2017

Tea Review: Diehl's Vietnam OP

Sipping Sunday #1

Hi! How are you? It's been quite a September and I wanted to step in and give you something to remember us by. Oh, that doesn't sound good. We aren't going anywhere. Septembers are so busy around here; it's our slowest posting month. So I thought about starting Sipping Sunday. They will be few and far between. (giggles)

Diehl's Real Teas: Vietnam OP

We have a new tea place near our house. It's called Diehl's Real Teas. Xyra went in one Saturday and had a very nice time. She picked up a bag of Vietnam OP for us to try and review.
What is OP? Well, OP stands for Orange Pekoe. That's not a flavor, but refers to leaf size. In this case, it refers to tea made from the tip of the leaf.
Let's look inside. These leaves are nice and tightly curled. There doesn't seem to be much of an aroma.
I'm going to use our clear pot and substitute a different lid. I want to see the color and dancing leaves.
The instructions say 1 to 2 teaspoons of tea leaves for every 6 ounces of water. The pot holds more than 6 ounces, so I'm going to put in 3 teaspoons.
Xyra will add the hot water and I'm going to set the timer for 5 minutes.
Wow! It's really dark already. You can barely make out the leaves.

[Timer beeping]

Wow! Still really dark. I hope I didn't over steep.
It smells malty and warm and, well, like plain black tea.

My first sip will be plain.
Um, I think I over steeped the leaves. It's kind of bitter, but not bad.

For my second sip I've added bamboo honey.
It's nice, but not quite right. Gives just a hint of sweetness to the tea.

Now let's try regular sugar.
This is better than the honey. A bit more crisp. Takes away some of the bitterness.

Hmm, I wonder what sugar in the raw will do?
Okay. This I like. The molasses left in the sugar really takes the edge off and adds another dimension to the flavor. 

Now let's see what happens when I add milk to plain. 
Not bad, but missing something. How about with the sweeteners. Honey...
Nice. The milk definitely helps to combine the flavors and smooth out the edges.

Regular sugar.
Yes, it helps here too.

Sugar in the raw.
Oooo, this is really good. I like this combination best.

I've come to the conclusion the Vietnam OP is a good morning blend with breakfast. 
It has a full flavor that holds up well with milk and sugar. (whispering) But also needs both. It will probably make a good iced tea.

What's your favorite morning beverage?

Stop again soon! Have a nice day!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl, Diehl's Real Teas, or Bee Folks honey. The tea and honey reviewed were purchased for our collection with our own funds. The review is unsolicited and consists of our own honest opinions and words. Links are provided for educational and informational purposes. No purchase is required or suggested to enjoy the above post.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Happy Monday

A Package, Woo Hoo!

Hey, Lea! Check out this package! Are we expecting anything?
Oh! I know what this is! So cool!
Help me get it inside.

Are you going to tell me what it is?
Didn't you see the return address? Our cake has arrived!
The one from Treasured Friendships with a Flair?
There's a note. Sassafras says there is tea in there too!
Four to try.
I think we should try the pink on first. (giggles)
Mel will love there is an Earl Grey. (giggles)
What's going on? Did I hear someone say, "Earl Grey" and "Cake"?
Yeah, our prize from Treasured Friendships arrived.
Looks fabulous!
Thank you, Sassafras!

Best wishes,

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Build: September 2017

Theme and Memorial In One

Hi! We're a little behind again this month. Sometimes it takes longer to come up with an idea we love. This one was inspired by two things. 
The first is Patriot Day. We have four flames atop the calendar in memory of the events from September 11, 2001. Two for the World Trade Center towers, one for the Pentagon, and one for Flight 93. I'm too young, but Melody and Xyra remember the day vividly. We always observe the moment of silence at 8:46 AM on September 11.
The second focuses on our tree theme. This time apple trees. You can see our trees are filled with green and red apples. The red ones are ready for picking. The green ones, not so much.
These friends spent the afternoon picking apples and are now enjoying an evening by the fire pit. Of course, there are bunnies taking a break from nibbling grass by checking out their surroundings, a cute little hedger, and a couple of playful pups.
What do you think?
Here's a closer look.
Next month is much easier! We have loads of ideas already. BUT we'd be interested to hear your ideas too. How do you picture October?

So glad you stopped! Come again soon!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Model Monday: Tag Team

Melody to Lanie

Maryellen's Play Outfit Plus

Hi! The other day I was visiting with Great Aunt Lanie and asked her what she thought of my outfit. If it reminded of anything she wore when she was a teen.
She pointed out a few things so I thought Lanie should model with her suggestions. She did like my glasses and, of course, I mislaid them before the shoot. 😞 But you've seen them before. The brownie ombre ones. Lanie has a bigger photo shoot.

Melody's Outfit Details
Maryellen's Play Outfit (purchased on sale without the shoes)
White tennis shoes (unknown; included with outfit purchased from a crafter)

Lanie's Turn

So Melody told me the things Great Aunt Lanie pointed out as incorrect and I tried to fix them.
First, she said she and her friends would not have worn shoes without socks. And she also didn't remember wearing tennis shoes other than when playing tennis, so I dug out a pair of Bobby socks and our saddle shoes.
This is my adjusted version. How do I look?

Lanie's Outfit Details
Maryellen's Play Outfit (purchased without the shoes)
Bobby socks (OG Sweet in the Heat retired)
Saddle shoes (Molly's retired)

Who Wore it Best?

Your turn to vote. Who did you think looks best in this outfit?

I'm so glad we can share clothes!
Me too!

Best wishes,