Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 29, 2011 // by admin // Blog, creativity, knitting // 2 Comments

This last week has been a busy week of knitting. I finished a couple more projects, started a couple more, and had a couple evenings knitting with friends.

my latest completed projects... another child's hat and scarf set

These are my latest completed projects – a child’s hat and scarf in Kelly Green.  And I started a pair of arm warmers/fingerless gloves for myself. I’m having fun playing with this new ribbing pattern. These are my new metro knitting project.

the start of my new pair of arm warmers/fingerless gloves








In the last week, Alison finished some fun wrist/hand warmers, too. Aren’t they adorable? And they were a quick project.

one of Alison's finished projects... wool wrist/hand warmers

It’s been quite the productive week and I look forward to having more projects to share next week. I’m definitely in gift mode right now, but still finding that sitting with my needles and yarn continues to help me relax and calms/quiets my mind.

Are you making any presents for the holidays this year? What are your favorite homemade/handmade gifts to share?

It’s tea time… again…

Nov 28, 2011 // by admin // Blog, tea // No Comments

Now that I’ve had the mint and white tea editions of tea time, I think it’s about time we focus on some of my other favorite non-traditional teas – herbal infusions. Herbal infusions come in many varieties, some with and some without caffeine. This tea time features Mighty Leaf Organic Detox Infusion, Tea Forte Wild Berry Hibiscus, and Tazo Organic Red Apple.

Might Leaf Organic Detox Infusion – a blend of organic peppermint, organic burdock root, organic dandelion root, organic spearmint, organic licorice root, organic red clover flowers, and basil.

You might think from looking at the ingredient list that this tea would have fit just as well into the mint edition of tea time, and well, you’d be right. As I said in that post, there are many varieties of mint tea and this would be one of them. The tea is said to help detoxify the body. I’m not really sure that it does that. What I know is that I love the combination of flavors. It’s not just a peppermint or spearmint tea. You can almost immediately taste the peppermint, but then, the flavor seems to develop and you begin to taste all of the other elements. This is more of a minty tea than it is flowery. It is very refreshing too. There’s a subtly to the inclusion of licorice and basil. Neither is too over-powering nor completely absent. There seems to be just the right amount, which makes them extremely enjoyable. I happened upon this box when I was cleaning out my pantry and I’m so happy that I did. It’s a nice variation on classic mint tea and definitely something that I enjoy.

Tea Forte Wild Berry Hibiscus – a blend of organic hibiscus, organic apple pieces, organic licorice root, organic blackberry leaves, natural berry flavor, organic orange peel, organic rosehips, organic raspberries

This tea is a caffeine-free fruity and flowery tea blend, that is right up my alley. It’s another variety that I was introduced to while visiting a day spa (monthly visits are part of my self-care routine). This tea smells heavenly. And although it is a flowery tea, the berry components help to cut out the opportunity for it to smell like a vase of fresh flowers. The natural ingredients make the tea a pretty pink color. This tea is a bit tart, which is consistent with the amount of berries, and I’d expect that some might want to add a touch of sugar to bring out some sweetness. I find the tartness to be refreshing, so as with many of the teas I drink, I drink this one black – no cream or sugar. It’s a nice caffeine-free pick me up. I’m loving it warm, but I think this is another tea that would lend itself quite well to being served cold. I’m hoping I can find this in the store, because otherwise, I will have to order a box online. It’s that good, that I want to keep some on hand for when I want a warm beverage without caffeine and when I’m not in the mood for mint.

Tazo Organic Apple Red – a blend of African Rooibos*, cinnamon*, natural flavors, apple*, and chamomile*. (* all organically grown)

I filled my cup with water and I immediately thought that there was an apple pie nearby. This tea smells like apple pie. It seems like another perfect tea for the fall and winter months, especially if you are fond of apple pie. And this tea actually has a flavor very reminiscent of apple pie. You can really taste how the cinnamon plays off the apples. I probably would add a tiny bit of sugar or maybe even extra cinnamon the next time I drink it to bring out those flavors a little bit more. It’s definitely something to consider. This tea fits in perfectly with this time of year – apples cakes, apple pies, hot cider, apple tea. And on a side note, the rooibos makes this tea a naturally beautiful shade of red. I am looking forward to drinking this tea throughout the fall and winter months. It’s like a slice of apple pie, but without any of the calories.

These are just some of the many, many, many varieties of herbal teas on the market. Hope you enjoy these!

Have you had tea time recently? Are there any herbal teas that you would recommend?

This week in food…

Nov 26, 2011 // by admin // Blog, food // 2 Comments

These last couple weeks have been really busy and I’m definitely a little behind with my blogging. And these last two weeks, I’ve definitely enjoyed some great food, including an awesome thanksgiving feast and for the most part five veggies/fruits everyday. Here are the highlights (November 12 to November 26).

the november salad at sweetgreen


cranberry apple cider lemonade and crispy kale from sweetgreen









crispy, spicy kale from sweetgreen




portobello mushroom flatbread at Seasons 52





farm fresh vegetable platter at Seasons 52




more dessert minis at Seasons 52



dessert minis at Seasons 52





asian noodle salad from Teaism Dupont location (I did enjoy this with a Salty Oat Cookie)



oreo cookie cannoli from Basil Thyme DC food truck (it was accompanied by butternut squash lasagna and a side salad)













I enjoyed a lot of great food. I found myself back at the Basil Thyme DC food truck for the “Guiseppe” meal combo (butternut squash lasagna, side salad, and a cannoli) at least three times. I also have made frequent visits to sweetgreen for their delicious November seasonal salad with extra crispy, spicy kale. And I’m so glad that I got to try Seasons 52, the food was delicious and I’m excited to go back to try more seasonal fare.

And we can’t forget the highlight of the last couple of weeks… the thanksgiving feast…

the thanksgiving feast... corn, mashed potatoes, carrots, and of course, turkey

the thanksgiving feast... from scratch french bread, stuff, asparagus, oven roasted autumn veggies, and the gravy










the star of the show... the turkey (I don't eat meat, but it's a must to feature, my sister did such a great job with it)




the thanksgiving feast - the desserts... lots of pumpkin treats, apple pie, crumb cake, and some cookies







my sister made almost everything, my contribution –  my pumpkin spice muffins/cupcakes for dessert.

It was a great couple weeks in food. Hoping the next couple will be just as great.

Things I’m thankful for…

Nov 23, 2011 // by admin // Blog, Events // 2 Comments

2011 has been quite a year so far, filled with many, many things that I am thankful for.  In that spirit of giving thanks, here are many things that I am thankful for (in words and images)

1. A family who loves and supports me and continues to grow

9. Being open to taking chances, making mistakes, and learning from them

10. My health

What are you thankful for this year?