Friday, February 18, 2011

Time to Say Goodbye!

To this blog... anyways. Now that my business is closed, I really won't be keeping this blog up to date (I guess I should say, I haven't been keeping it up to date).

However, you can still find me online! Instead of flavoring & blending teas, I'm writing about them regularly. You can read my thoughts on tea here: SororiTea Sisters, The Tea Review Blog, and Steepster.

I am also still writing about my art on occasion (and hopefully will be doing more of it in the near future): EccentricPastiche.

My newest venture is my Foodie Blog: Hungry in Portland. I hope you'll check it out!

Thank you to everyone who followed me, who inspired me, and who enjoyed my tea!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Well, it's not my recipe, exactly. In Portland, OR, there is an awesome little food cart called the Grilled Cheese Grill. And, they have a sandwich there that is called The Jaime. And... this is truly the most sinful, decadent, delicious sandwich I have ever tasted in my life.

Since I can't go to the Grilled Cheese Grill as often as I'd like to, I decided to gather the ingredients of The Jaime and try to build one for myself... and my own version is quite like the original.

Here's the ingredients:

  • Cinnamon Bread - I like the Cinnabon bread with raisins... but it can be rather spendy. Really, any cinnamon bread will suffice, I prefer it with raisins... and it's been a while since I've been to the Grilled Cheese Grill so I can't even remember if they use Cinnamon Raisin bread for their sandwich or not. But it's really good with the raisins!
  • Marscapone Cheese
  • Banana
  • Nutella Spread
Yeah... just reading the ingredients makes my mouth water!

So, here's how you assemble it. I start by sauteing the banana. I slice it thin and saute it in butter until it's really loose and golden brown. After it's golden brown and delicious, I remove it from the pan and mash it up.

Take two slices of bread and spread marcapone cheese on both sides (you don't want to go too heavy on your spread otherwise it will be rather messy when you grill your sandwich). Then, spread a thin layer of Nutella on one slice and a thin layer of mashed, sauteed banana on the other. Then, I sprinkle one side with cinnamon toast spice, which I buy here.

Close the sandwich. Melt a pat of butter in a hot skillet, place the sandwich in the skillet and grill it the same way you'd grill a grilled cheese. When the sandwich is golden brown and delicious, devour with reckless abandon.

Make yourself a cup of tea, and Enjoy! But be warned... these are extremely addictive.

I've even made these using my regular "go to" bread (which is Dave's Killer Bread, my newest favorite is the Good Seed variety, and you can read my review of this bread here) and it is really good with that bread too... and, I've even made it when I'm out of marscapone cheese... just nutella and banana - and it's really good like that too.



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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Going Out Of Business Sale - part 2!

OK... I've decided to change things up just a little bit on my going out of business sale. I wanted to make it nice and simple, so here goes:

Everything is available currently in tins. I'm nearly out of the refill bags, and I will probably go back to them after the tins are gone, but for now, let's focus on the tins.

All products in my Artfire Tea Shop!

All 4-ounce Tins are just $10.00 - including shipping! (that's right, shipping is FREE)
All 2-ounce Tins are just $ 7.50 - including shipping!

This offer is available only while supplies last. I'm not planning on restocking!

Also... here is the low-down on a few customer favorites:

Earl Grey Creme: as I type this, I have only one 4 ounce tin of Earl Grey Creme, and one 2 ounce tin of Earl Grey Creme.

Breakfast in Bed: as I type this, I have only three 4 ounce tins of Breakfast in Bed, and one 4 ounce tin of Breakfast in Bed.

Thank you to everyone for your support!


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Friday, July 02, 2010

Going Out Of Business Sale!

Yep... it's official!

Well, it was official a few months ago when I first announced it...

But now it's really official, complete with a "Going Out Of Business" sale!

All of my remaining teas have been priced to move! Be sure to check out my Artfire Tea Shop and see what I mean!

Also, for a limited time only (I don't actually have a time limit on this, but it is limited to stock on hand as I won't be restocking!) - if you purchase a 4 oz. tin of Potpourri Green Tea, you'll receive a 2 oz. tin filled with the tea of your choice - absolutely FREE! Just use coupon code FREETIN in the coupon code at checkout. (it doesn't have to be in all caps, but, it should be typed out as one word with no spaces)

Potpourri Green Tea

You should also either email me (or convo me via artfire), or leave me a seller's note either at the Artfire checkout or the Paypal checkout to let me know which free tea you want!

My Potpourri Green Tea is fantastic! It is a blend of Chinese Green Teas, jasmine, rose, laurel and lemon myrtle. The result is in a tea that is sweet, floral and so luxurious! I enjoy this tea hot or iced!

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