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When The New Lipton Tea Flavors Are As Good As They Sound

Lipton’s new black and herbal varieties and improved green teas refresh the tea experience with bold and stimulating flavors, such as Enticing Chai, Pure Green, Orange Passionfruit Jasmine and Peach Mango. I was so excited to plan and throw a tea party with the bold, new flavors of Lipton tea as the VIP guests. I’d gotten my theme together, my guests invited and then…the thunderstorms and flooding ruined it completely.

Well almost completely.

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Culture, Foodie

5 Thanksgiving Inspired Dessert Dishes To Try This Year

A walk through your local mall may seem like we skipped Thanksgiving and went right on to Christmas but there are many of us who love Thanksgiving and are very much in the spirit of the holiday.

As a matter of fact, Thanksgiving is (and has always been) my favorite holiday. The energy that you feel this time of year is so warm, electric and one-of-a-kind. I love being able to fellowship with my family and loved ones over great food.

This year I decided that I’m going to prepare a dish and I wanted to share some of the dessert recipes I’m considering with you.

Check them out below.

Snicker Caramel Apple Pie

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Who can resist the combination of green apples and caramel? We’re not even going to talk about adding Snickers to the mix! This dish is super easy to prepare and doesn’t require any baking. You can find and print the recipe here.

Recipe/Photos via I Heart Nap Time

Apple Pie Salsa with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

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Here’s another recipe that utilizes the American fall staple – fresh apples. It requires you to prepare the apples on the stove and bake your homemade chips in the oven but I’m willing to bet that it’s worth the work. View the recipe here.

Recipe/Photos via Frosting And A Smile

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

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I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored foods but I love cheesecake. Just looking at the photo makes me want to try it NOW. I imagine that you could eat this with vanilla wafers and not all the other foods but I guess it’s up to you and whatever you like. Check out the recipe here.

Recipe/Photos via Oh, Sweet Basil

Vanilla Apple Cupcakes with Apple Cider Buttercream Frosting

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This recipe screams fall and Thanksgiving. It’s a unique combination that I’d only try if I was feeling brave. If you’re not into baking everything for scratch you’re in luck because this recipe uses boxed cupcake mix. View it here.

Recipe/Photos via Southern Krazed

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

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Although this list is short and sweet, it wouldn’t be complete with a recipe that uses pecans! Nothing says Thanksgiving like a pecan pie recipe but this one is just as good. Save yourself from cleaning up a mess of pie crust by making pecan pie bars instead. View and save the recipe as and when you click here.

Recipe/Photos via Averie Cooks

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving dessert recipes? Share them with us below.

Foodie, Reviews, Videos

(VIDEO) Belvoir Fruit Farms Lemonade Taste Testing

I got the cutest little lemonades in the mail to sample and I made a video to share my taste test of them with you!

Belvoir Fruit Farms is a company based out of England that produces cordials and lemonades with all natural ingredients. They sent me a box of their “lovely lemonades” to sample. In the video, you’ll see me try the following: Elderflower Presse’Elderflower & RosePomegranate & RaspberryLime & Lemongrass and their Ginger Beer.

Check out the video below. (P.S. – I mispronounced Belvoir the entire video…it’s actually pronounced “beever.”)

These lemonades were definitely different from any that I’ve ever tried but I really liked them. They’re a great substitute for tonic water if you’re into making mixed drinks. For more information on them, follow @belvoirusa on Instagram and other social media.

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100 In A Year, Task 37: Try An Oyster

I’ve had this task on my list since I first started this yearly project almost three years ago, and this is the first year that I’ve actually done it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to try new foods but I’m extremely sensitive to the texture of the food. It can either be absolutely delicious or it can make me want to gag before I even give the dish a chance.

Prior to actually trying one, I always knew that oysters are slimy and let’s be real…they aren’t very visually appealing. This always kept me from eating one.

All that changed as and when I dined at Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the first time.

I had to find a restaurant for my date and I specifically chose Half Shell because I wanted to knock off two things on my 100 in a Year list – eat at a restaurant I’ve never eaten at before and this task, try an oyster.

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I actually tried two oysters (yay me!) from the menu. The first, a cajun flavored oyster wasn’t very good to me although the waitress said they were one of the most popular choices. The second one I tried was Oysters Rockefeller and it was really, REALLY good.

The texture was still something I had to get over but the oyster was definitely tasty. I love spinach so that’s what prompted me to try this particular menu item because it incorporates spinach and cream cheese (yum).

So glad I could scratch this one off of my list!