Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tea-Baking-Books-Kindness

L👀k what has arrived @ WalMart!! ☕💛🍯☕💛🍯☕💛🍯😄

I regularly check tea aisles when shopping and was so pleased to find Harney & Sons at my local WalMart. Vanilla Comoro is a decaf tea, and my absolute favorite right now.  It smells like cream soda when you open the tin! I enjoy it with a splash of milk and local honey.  In fact, I enjoyed a cup on Sunday when I read a free download of a novella called A Goose Creek Christmas by Virginia Smith and paused after Ch. 1 to spontaneously make Millie's Apple Cinnamon Muffins listed in the book.  Although I slightly overcooked the mini loaves, they were quite tasty with the tea, on a very rainy day!


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Millie’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour 
¾ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk or canned coconut milk
1 T. canola oil
3 T. unsweetened, natural applesauce
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups peeled apples, diced


Topping
½ cup brown sugar
2 T. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
¾ cup old-fashioned oats
3 T. butter, room temperature
½ cup nuts, finely chopped (optional)


Preheat oven to 375°. Spray muffin tins (18 regular size or 12 large size) with cooking spray or line with paper cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
In a second bowl, stir together the buttermilk or coconut milk, oil, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract.
Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not overmix.
Fold in the diced apples.
For the topping, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and oats. Cut in the butter. Add the nuts, if desired, and combine with a fork until crumbly.
Fill each muffin cup three-fourths full with batter and then sprinkle with the topping.
Bake for 20 minutes or until muffins are browned and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 10 minutes before removing from tins.
Makes 18 regular size or 1 dozen large muffins.


As for the book, I would give it 3 to 4 stars, but only because I far prefer historical fiction. What I did like about this story was that there were characters of all ages. It was a pleasant diversion, but I doubt I would seek out the other books. The writing is decent, just not "wow". However, it is a clean read, which I always appreciate.


Now some other thoughts:
Some of my blogging & IG friends have posted some lovely reminders I wanted to share, along with my own.

Abbey at Little Birdie Blessings blog

Stephanie at The Enchanted Rose blog
MyTeaJourney on Instagram

I will pray for our president, just as I did the last one.
I will pray for our country.  I will pray for unity.
I am grateful for prayer, and the freedom to do so.
God bless you all. Hugs and a cup of tea,


4 comments:

  1. Hi Heather...heading to Walmart to check out the tea! Amazing! I have been wanting to check out the Vanilla Comoro, so thanks for the heads up. Love the little graphics.
    Ruth

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  2. You are very welcome Ruth. Hope it is in stock for you!! Blessings, Heather

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  3. Thanks for sharing the tea. I will look for it.

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