Tumblewood Teas

We LOVE tea. I’m sure you know that. We drink it, we’ve sold it, been to tea conferences, and are first level tea sommeliers. Of course we had to try some of the tea at the Made in Montana show! And let me tell you, we were NOT disappointed!

1. Shop Basics

We are located at 14 Anderson Street, Big Timber, Montana.
Our website is: www.tumblewoodteas.com
Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TumblewoodTeas/
Our Instagram user name is: @TumblewoodTeas

2. What is your personal favorite product and why? 

As true tea lovers, part of our makeup is to always be cupping ( another word for tasting) new and different offerings. On any given day, depending on our moods, the weather, the season or occasion the tea we choose to enjoy will be different. The one thing I will admit to is my complete appreciation of single origin teas. These being tea leaves with nothing else added to the cup. Laurie’s favorite type of tea is Oolong and mine is Pu’erh.

3. How do you drink YOUR tea? (I prefer a bit of sugar myself, we all know I have a major sweet tooth!)

Neither one of us adds anything to our cup. Just the tea and the correct temperature of water for that type. But we always tell our friends and customers “ it is YOUR cup of tea and you should do with it what makes you happy!”

4. What inspires you for your tea blends?

We are always thinking of and creating new blends. Our inspiration comes from many different influences. Some are suggestions or requests from our customers, our team or our own imaginations and experimentation. We just love to play with different ingredients and base teas.

5. What is your MUST HAVE tea accessory? 

As for accessories, that too depends on where and when we are enjoying our infusion of choice. It is always fun to steep a whole pot for friends or serve everyone in their own individual infuser mug. If we are on the go, then our Travelin’ Tumbler is the absolutely best little vessel (Side Note- LOOK AT THESE LITTLE COZIES!). But the most important message we share with everyone is that everyone should be able to enjoy a seriously good cup of tea no matter where they are or the “equipment” they have on hand. So even if you are sitting around a campfire with nothing more than an enamel cup and your fave tea, just make some “cowboy” tea!

What we bought: The Muddy Creek Tea! Soooo good! We tried it at the show and we are hooked!

Jess’s Tropical Curd

Most people have had, or at least heard of , lemon curd! Well, using the leftovers from our Mothers Day Brunch, I made a wonderful tropical curd! It uses great citrus flavors, without the full tartness of the lemon curd. Curd can be used on:

  1. Scones (duh)
  2. On top of yogurt, with some berries and granola (yummm)
  3. Warm it up on the microwave and pour it on top of your pancakes or waffles!
  4. Use it as a rub on top of chicken, then skewer it and put it on the grill with some pineapple, onions, and peppers!
  5. Eat it on top of oatmeal!
  6. Use it in between layers of a cake
  7. Make a Poke Cake
  8. How about a tropical curd cream cheese puff pastry?
  9. Eat it on top of banana bread for an extra tropical flavor!
  10. As a crepe filling!
  11. As a graham cracker dip!

Seriously, the possibilities are endless. Just substitute this tropical curd for anything you would use lemon curd on!


Print Recipe
Jess's Tropical Curd
This sweet, citrus, delicious curd is my play on lemon curd. Using lemons, pineapples, oranges, and a bit of mangoes we made a fun curd for every occasion!
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 minutes
Servings
8 oz mason jars
Ingredients
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 minutes
Servings
8 oz mason jars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mix all of your citrus juices together. You can do them by the tablespoon, or you can do like I do and just squeeze one orange, one lemon, and a mango into a bowl with some pineapple juice. If you do that, you just need 1/2 cup of the citrus juice.
  2. Zest 1-2 lemons, and one orange into a bowl.
  3. Add sugar to the bowl with the zest and stir well, incorporating it all. If you really don't want any little zest pieces in your curd, you can also put the zest and sugar into a food processor and pulse until combined.
  4. Cream butter in a mixing bowl.
  5. When butter is creamed, slowly add the sugar/zest mix.
  6. Once combined, add the eggs one at a time, mixing in between.
  7. Then add the citrus juice and salt. Mix until combined.
  8. Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (10-15 minutes). Curd should be at about 170 deg F.
  9. Remove from heat, and let cool a few minutes.
  10. When cooled slightly, pour or ladle into 8 oz mason jars. Let cool to room temperature, then put on lids. Curd will last in fridge for about a week, or you can freeze it for several months!

T&O Top 9: Our Favorite Made in Montana Vendors!

It’s Tax Refund time! While you may have fun plans (take a trip), or smart plans (put it into savings) for your tax refund, we believe there is always room in your refund to help support a Montana Maker! We went to the Made in Montana show in March, and compiled a list of our Top 9 favorite Montana makers for you to check out! Why 9 you ask? Well, because it fits perfectly in an Instagram square grid. Fun tip!

This list is in no way sponsored. This is based on our personal preferences and needs, and all Montana Makers are awesome. We purchased some products from some of these vendors to try out and that product review will be listed underneath the business. Have a favorite of your own? Let us know in the comments below so we can check them out!

So here it goes, our Top 9 Favorite Made in Montana vendors!

9. Swans Silver

This lady stole our hearts at the show when we caught a glimpse of a rhodochrosite necklace sitting in her booth (picture bottom right)! You know me, I instantly thought of my Orphan Girl and was drawn to it! She then proceeded to show us some drop dead gorgeous covellite jewelry! Consider me hooked! For those of you that are into it, she also does a lot of work with elk ivory, which is what got her into silver smithing full time!

1. Shop Basics

I am located in Paradise Valley Montana, about 12 miles south of Livingston. I advertise on Facebook and have 4 pages; Swanz Silver, Custom Silver by Kyndall, Kyndall Swanz Swanz Silver, and Swanz Silver sales page (I didn’t know I started all these pages… lol.. that was before I understood Facebook). And they won’t let me merge the pages… Rats!!!… But I tell people to just go to Swanz silver.

2. What inspires you?

I am inspired by the outdoors including rocks… when I ride my horse, she always comes home packing a little more weight in the saddlebag… lol… we gotta have those pretty rocks

3. Where do you find such gorgeous rocks? (As a geologist, this question was VERY important to me!) 

I buy a majority of my stones from Jerry Howard. He travels all over the country to very large rock shows, as this is what he does for a living. His eye for cabbing unique material is amazing. (Can you say dream job?!)

4. On a scale from 1-10, how patient do you consider yourself to be to do all that silver work?

The best part of my job is taking time to design around my pieces. Sometimes a piece will sit on my bench for weeks until I like the design.

8. Badass Babe

I LOVE this chick! She is hilarious, and her Instagram is awesome! Plus she makes some completely bada** jewelry, hence the name! We were fortunate to get in touch with her via email, and get a behind the scenes chat with her!

1. Badass Babe Shop Basics
  • My actual shop is on our property – my husband built it for me and my friends and I have (mostly) finished it out on the inside. (Pics top right & bottom left)
  • I am in about 75 stores nationwide (most in MT) and in a couple of online shops as well as my own website.  There’s a page on the website that tells you where to find me locally (Find that right HERE, I bet she is in a town near you!)
  • IG – @badassbabeusa, Facebook – Badass Babe @badassbabeusa
2. What is your personal favorite product from anywhere?
  • All-time personal favorite?  Quite possibly Jalapeno Cheetos.  They’re like orange crack.
  • My favorite BadassBabe?  The Chunker Sterling Silver Ring
3. We gotta know, do you shoot all the rounds for your jewelry yourself?
  • I used to, and I used to cut them all myself too with a cut-off grinder in the garage!  Now I contract with a guy out of Idaho with ties to Snake River Shooting Products (they sell ammo, etc.) who has a machine shop and fairly unlimited access to brass.  He sends them to me all pretty and ready to go.  I am spoiled 🙂
4. Craziest thing you’ve ever made?
  • Crazy cool!  My 3 favorite custom orders were all memorials.  For one, I sandblasted initials into 223 brass cases, loaded ashes (yes, real person cremated ashes) into the empty case, drilled a bullet and “reloaded” the case.  A customer requested memorial necklaces with the ashes of an uncle that had served in Vietnam.  It was a heavy project and I was honored to do it.  (Picture middle right)
5. Favorite gun and gun accessory?
  • Favorite gun to look at – my custom Glock42 380 cerakoted by Stealth Hydrographics
  • Favorite gun to shoot – CZ Scorpion 9mm carbine
  • Favorite gun accessory – the HABU charging handle for my AR15; that thing is revolutionary

What we bought: The Mini Copper Montana Necklace with the diamond(clear) crystal, because you know our obsession with copper!! PS- Her packaging is so awesome!! Almost as excited about getting gold in the mail as I was in the necklace!

Thanks Jenn from Badass Babe!

7. The Montana Scene

The Montana Scene is a mix of outdoorsy, simple, and wonderful products! I love their designs that will never go out of style! We got in touch with Kim via email, and got a behind the scenes look at one of the most popular clothing companies in Montana!

1. The Montana Scene Shop Basics

We currently have five stores across Western Montana.
Kalispell Headquarters
219 S Main Street
Kalispell, MT 59901
Bigfork (The OG location)
Whitefish
Bozeman
Missoula
You can find us online at www.themontanascene.com
You can find us on Facebook at facebook.com/themontanascene – be sure to like our main page and if you live in an area where we have a location – you can like that specific location as well. When you like the specific location you’ll get store specific deals, products, promotions and event updates! You can follow us on Instagram @themontanascene be sure to use the hashtag #themontanascene for a chance to be featured! We love seeing our fans in action with everything they love about Montana.
2. What is your favorite product and why? 
My favorite product changes because we are always getting in new things I love! My favorite right now is our Life is Better in Glacier Hoodie. It combines two of my favorite things. 1. Our hoodies – they are incredibly soft and I basically want to live in them all the time. 2. Our Life is Better series. I love that we have something for what ever you may love. Our Glacier design is one of our newest and I love how accurate the design represents so many parts of Glacier. It was the perfect addition to my closet before my hiking in Glacier season begins! Our ceramic mugs are also one of my favorite things! They are the perfect size for the big cup of coffee or tea in the morning.
3. What inspires you? 
I’m inspired by my environment and the people that surround me in my life. I grew up moving between Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, but my parents are from the Flathead Valley and instilled in me a love for Montana and all the adventure that it brings. To have a job where our mission is to inspire a love for Montana and the outdoors makes coming to work everyday very meaningful. I’m continually inspired by the story of The Montana Scene. Melissa and Sean started the company eight years ago and it has continued to grow and evolve with their new ideas and their family. I started out as their babysitter six years ago and after leaving the state for several years, I came back and now work as the Director of Sales and Marketing. As a bonus to the job, I still get to spend time with their kiddos! The family environment is an aspect of the company that is really inspiring. I love watching Melissa and Sean’s kids come up with ideas for their own businesses and I think that comes from seeing their parents work really hard at something they love to do. It’s inspiring to see people everyday love what they do and work really hard.
4. Favorite hashtag to use on social media?
There are so many! I love #montanalife because you can see so many different parts of Montana that people love.
5. Favorite Montana town to visit? 
My favorite Montana towns to visit are Libby and Troy! I’ve always had a fascination with the town of Libby and find that it is a hidden gem in our state. There are lots of locally owned restaurants and fun shops to explore – there is a shoe store that is so fun! I love the small town community pride you get when you go to both Libby and Troy. Both have tons of outdoor activities and places to explore. And one of my favorite places on the planet, Kootenai Falls, is right in between.
Whate we bought: The Life is Better in Montana Flowy Tee, you know how much we love our rivers & lakes at T&O! This shirt is so me! I also love the “Life is Better at the Lake”!

6. Morning Glory Coffee & Tea

It’s a crazy busy season for these guys, so they didn’t get a chance to answer our questions! We will update the post when they’re not gearing up for summer! BUT- you can check them out on Facebook any time of year!

What we bought: We originally fell in love with MGCT with their Orphan Girl (Bourbon Cream Liquor) flavored coffee. Again- I’m obsessed! I then tried their Huckleberry Coffee at the show, and it’s AMAZING! With a little tiny bit of sugar and cream the favor really pops!!

5. HattieRex

Another crazy busy small business! I just saw HattieRex for the first time at the MiMT show for the first time and fell in LOVE! She is seriously metal stamping *goals*! My favorite part of their collection (and what I’m planning on purchasing) are their pet tags! But they also have perfect wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, home decor, jewelry, and more!! We are planning on buying Jean the Call My People pet tag (I’ll let you guess which one of us chose this one), and Hazel the Beauty and the Bone pet tag! And if any of you really love me, I’ve been eyeing THIS! Someone please hint at Coby.

4. Lulu Pottery

Wow! Everything I have to say about this wonderful lady is in the “What we Bought” section at the bottom of the section. Seriously, she is amazing!

1. Shop Basics

Bozeman, MT. online stores are www.lulupottery.com and www.lauravirenceramics.com
Heres a fun video of me making pottery
2. What is your personal favorite product & why?
My personal favorite product are the Cappuccino style mugs– they fit under an espresso machine perfectly!
3. What inspires you?
Everything: Nature, fine art, music. I’m constantly sifting through content to find something exciting I want to work on next so I can incorporate it into ceramic medium.
4. Craziest thing you’ve ever made?
Gallon size Honey Pot
5. How long have you been making pottery, and what drew you to it?
I started on the wheel when I was 9, and have been doing this as a profession for 7 years.
What we bought: The Cafe mugs! Y’all know the highly coveted Corgi mug that my brother got me for Christmas 2 years ago, and that Coby stole literally right away and has been hording for 2 years? Yeah, the Corgi mug got put in the cupboard for the first time ever since Coby got one of these mugs!! That’s how good they are! Plus- you feel adult as all get out when you pull out handmade pottery in front of your guests. #AdultGoals (*PS- These are also MICROWAVE and DISHWASHER safe. Yeah, I tested it!)

3. Blue Dog Provisions

Jean and Hazel requested this one, and of course their input is super important! We just wanted to pick them up a little something since they were travelling with us all day, and the lady at the booth recommended Pig Lung! Seriously not sure how the bag made it as long as it did, Hazel drug an ENTIRE pig lung out of the bag before I could even grab it. They go nuts when we open the bag! They love that it’s delicious, and I love that its cut by a Montana butcher with no additives! Check them out on Facebook, and treat your dog to something a little better!

2. Tumblewood Teas

We LOVE tea. I’m sure you know that. We drink it, we’ve sold it, been to tea conferences, and are first level tea sommeliers. Of course we had to try some of the tea at the Made in Montana show! And let me tell you, we were NOT disappointed!

1. Shop Basics

We are located at 14 Anderson Street, Big Timber, Montana.
Our website is: www.tumblewoodteas.com
Our Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TumblewoodTeas/
Our Instagram user name is: @TumblewoodTeas

2. What is your personal favorite product and why? 

As true tea lovers, part of our makeup is to always be cupping ( another word for tasting) new and different offerings. On any given day, depending on our moods, the weather, the season or occasion the tea we choose to enjoy will be different. The one thing I will admit to is my complete appreciation of single origin teas. These being tea leaves with nothing else added to the cup. Laurie’s favorite type of tea is Oolong and mine is Pu’erh.

3. How do you drink YOUR tea? (I prefer a bit of sugar myself, we all know I have a major sweet tooth!)

Neither one of us adds anything to our cup. Just the tea and the correct temperature of water for that type. But we always tell our friends and customers “ it is YOUR cup of tea and you should do with it what makes you happy!”

4. What inspires you for your tea blends?

We are always thinking of and creating new blends. Our inspiration comes from many different influences. Some are suggestions or requests from our customers, our team or our own imaginations and experimentation. We just love to play with different ingredients and base teas.

5. What is your MUST HAVE tea accessory? 

As for accessories, that too depends on where and when we are enjoying our infusion of choice. It is always fun to steep a whole pot for friends or serve everyone in their own individual infuser mug. If we are on the go, then our Travelin’ Tumbler is the absolutely best little vessel (Side Note- LOOK AT THESE LITTLE COZIES!). But the most important message we share with everyone is that everyone should be able to enjoy a seriously good cup of tea no matter where they are or the “equipment” they have on hand. So even if you are sitting around a campfire with nothing more than an enamel cup and your fave tea, just make some “cowboy” tea!

What we bought: The Muddy Creek Tea! Soooo good! We tried it at the show and we are hooked!

1. Girl Ran Away with the Spoon

Being totally honest- this one is a bit biased! I adore this shop! Mom and I went to a string art class at the coffee shop last summer and I have been literally obsessed ever since! Also when I ask my friends and Facebook followers their favorite Montana store this one is ALWAYS commented! Behind Eugene’s Pizza of course, because you can’t really compete with pizza (but this comes close). But seriously, check this lady out and you’ll be obsessed too. And if you get a chance to go to Miles City make sure to hit up both her stores! It’s basically paradise.

1. Shop Basics

Girl Ran Away With the Spoon
112 North 7th Street Miles City, MT 59301
2. What is your personal favorite product & why?
It is hard to pick just one product but my go to piece of jewelry is our leather cuffs. They are comfortable, durable, and match any outfit.
3. What inspires you?
I am inspired by objects, especially ones that have been deemed worthless or irrelevant. I love old silverware. There are so many beautiful patterns. I love that you can feel the history in these objects-a pride and manufacturing that was from a different time- a slower time. It is the same with rusty metal. I love the shapes and textures of the scrap pile that have infinite potential to become something new.
4. Craziest thing you’ve ever made?
I am currently working on a bucking horse commission that is 12 feet tall comprised of all welded salvaged metal. It is crazy for sure!
5. When was your store established?
I first stared making the jewelry in 2007.  There are a lot of facets to Girl Ran Away With the Spoon. We have our brick and mortar retail store in Miles City, a bakery and coffee shop called Spoon Full across the street, we wholesale, have an online Etsy store, travel and do art and craft markets, we do custom orders, and then the salvaged welded metal art!
What we bought: Mom bought me a stone spoon handle bracelet in Amethyst! I love the magnetic clasp and it’s one of my favorite bracelets!

Other Vendors we Loved:

Mud ‘n Suds– Gorgeous functional pottery, great smelling soap! Coby wanted the soup mug (or Monday Coffee they said), while I loved the pig things! Not sure what they were called but they cracked me up!

The Sweets Barn– We bought my mom some delicious huckleberry tea! But they seriously have anything you could want here! Tea, fudge, chocolates, and so much huckleberry stuff!!

Hometana– We love Hometana! We have been following them on Instagram for a while, and it’s so much fun to see what they will come up with next! Their designs are so fun, and their kids designs are my favorite!!

Live Life Clothing– So we were drawn to this booth by an image of a Jeep (of course!). We looked some more because of their fun designs! Their line is all about adventure, so we were super into it! They even have a whole line of Live Life Off-Road, which we loved!

Always There Designs– I have been super into metal stamping myself lately, and was so excited to see some at this show! I love the simplicity and perfect-ness of this jewelry!

Aspinwall– Love their clothing! Simple, classic and comfortable! Count me in!

The Jelt Belt– This is an interesting one! This belt is made from recycled water bottles, a belt buckle that lays flat, and is elastic to fit everyone! Plus- they donate some of the proceeds to veterans! Superb, spectacular, and wonderful!

Buckaroo Organics– This one was recommended to us by one of our Facebook followers! This is perfect for around the home, from balms and butters to laundry detergent and dryer balls! They even have a Baby Essentials Kit that would make a *perfect* baby shower gift!

Keep an eye out- soon we will be posting our T&O Top 9 Favorite Montana Stores!

Do you have a favorite Montana Maker? Montana Store? Favorite must see/do thing in Montana? Love these vendors too? We want to know!! Leave us a comment!

Summer’s here, and so is the sun!

Summer is coming, and the sun is out! People are packing up and heading out to the lake, picnics, hiking, and camping! I have field camp these first 6 weeks, and a majority of that time is spent outside. Plus- the Jeep’s top is also down so the sun basically is laughing at me constantly. Naturally, Day 1, I got super sunburned. For this weeks blog I’m detailing some of my favorite tried and true sunburn remedies, and also the best ways to prevent sunburns!!

Sunburn Remedies

So you’re checking this section out first huh? It must be too late for you too. Not a problem! Lucky for you, I have spent many years of my life trying out different sunburn remedies!

#1. Aloe Vera

Yes, I’m starting with the most obvious. Aloe Vera is great for sunburns, it comes from the inside of the Aloe plant leaf! So if you have a plant, that’s awesome. Cut that thing up and apply! If you’re not so green thumb inclined, there are a lot of great products out there, here are my favorite 2: Vaseline & Hawaiian Tropic.

Pros-

  • Cheap
  • Effective
  • Instant Relief
  • Comes in different forms

Cons-

  • The gel stuff is really gross. Like, really really gross. But very effective.
  • You have to be sure to buy good brands in order for it to work.

#2. Essential Oils

People are SUPER into essential oils today. Whether or not you believe they work, a lot of people really recommend them for sunburn relief! The most common mix is lavender and peppermint, with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or unscented lotion). You can get them HERE: Shop DoTerra. I didn’t have too much luck with this technique, it didn’t have that instant relief that Aloe had.

Pros-

  • Smells great
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Soaks in quickly

Cons-

  • Can be expensive
  • May or may not have instant relief
  • Peppermint can make sensitive skin feel worse

#3. Vinegar

People are using vinegar for everything! Cleaning, health benefits, etc! So it shouldn’t surprise you that there is a sunburn remedy using vinegar! This one is super simple. Soak a few rags in vinegar (preferably apple cider) and lay them on your body for about 10 minutes. If you’re feeling fancy, mix a little lavender essential oil in with it!

Pros-

  • Instant Relief
  • Cheap
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Feels REALLY GOOD

Cons-

  • Stinks, even if you include lavender
  • Have to lay around while it absorbs
  • Have to shower afterwards (and who has time for that??)

#4. Milk Baths

Okay, you don’t have to take an actual milk bath. If you want to, go for it! But this one is best done the same way the vinegar is. Soak some rags and lay on your lobster-fied body. You know how it feels when you drink milk after eating spicy food? This is kind of the same sensation. Cold milk on your hot body just feels amazing! This is best done immediately after your day outside or when  you realize you’re sunburned.

Pros-

  • Instant Relief
  • Reduces redness quickly
  • Feels REALLY GOOD
  • Best early relief

Cons-

  • Stinks
  • Have to lay around while it absorbs
  • Have to shower afterwards
  • Milk can be expensive

#5. Tea bags

This last one is an old wives tale. After you get your sunburn, brew yourself some tea! There are two ways of doing this. One way is brewing a black tea VERY strong (15-20 minutes), then using a rag to press it onto your skin. Another way is dumping tea directly into your bath and soaking in it! I used English Breakfast from Copper City Tea! 

Pros-

  • After the initial sting, it did actually feel better
  • Smells good
  • Excuse to get nasty tea bags out of your house and buy good tea

Cons-

  • Who thinks sticking hot fluids on your sunburn will make it feel better?!
  • If you like tea it’s a shame to waste it
  • Getting tea out of bathtub is not easy

Sunburn Prevention

If you skipped directly to this part of the blog, then good for you for being preventative! If you read the sunburn remedies before this point, at least you learned your lesson! Here are my top three ways to PREVENT sunburns!

#1. Sunscreen

Yes, again, obvious! Lotion sunscreens are generally best, but spray can be good too if you apply it properly. I love this info-graphic from Coolibar! They also have the best of the best sunscreens you can buy on the site!

 

#2. UV Clothing

I have this amazing product for you guys! It’s called Coolibar! I seriously can’t get enough of this clothing. I first bought a jacket from here for going to Australia, now half of my summer wardrobe is from here! They always have awesome sales going on, use a special fabric that protects skin from UV exposure, and their clothes are really cute. I own THREE of THESE jackets! They’re a bit expensive, but last a LONG time and I love mine!

Weird naked statues in Australia

#3. Stay in the Shade

Even though you can still be exposed to UV in the shade, it’s an important part of being outside for long amounts of time! I love these two shade tents: Coleman & SEMOO! Large umbrellas work great too!

 

Now that you’re informed of sunburn prevention and remedies, go run outside and have fun!

What are your favorite sunburn remedies? What are your favorite summer activities? Let me know in the comments below!!

 

 

 

*This post is not sponsored. Products mentioned are based on my own opinions and experiences, but the product links do lead to affiliate sources which I am paid for.*

SPRING BREAK SPECIALS!

It’s finally March! Winter is coming to a close, and it’s almost time for SPRING BREAK! Whether you are travelling, camping, or just chillaxing, we have some great specials for you!

Organization (Great for travel, camping, and road trips!)

For your organization needs we have all Pikles on sale! 30% off! That’s a HUGE savings!! Coupon Code: SpringBreakP

Pikle packs are 20% off! Code: springpak

Relaxing Spring Break

For your relaxing spring break needs (sitting on a beach? Yes please!) our loose leaf tea organizers are 25% off! SpringTea

BONUS: If you buy a loose leaf travel organizer, you get to buy a Tea Wallet for 50% OFF!! (*Must purchase product, then a coupon code will be emailed)

What are your spring break plans? 🙂

Say “I Love You” with some great Specials!

Hey everyone! Valentines Day is coming up quick! Valentines aren’t just for significant others, but they’re also for friends, parents, co-workers, etc.! To celebrate, T&O is having some amazing specials!! From January 16th to February 16th, shop with T&O and get some AMAZING deals! Check it out-

 For your significant other:

Treat your SO to a lovely cuppa of tea! Great gift for men and women alike! With this sale price, it’s almost impossible to refuse! Want the mug customized? No problem! For just $2 more we can customize the mug however you like!

Personal Tea pot, red mug, and 50 g of tea $28 $22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your BFF:

You and your BFF have a ton of memories! Laughter, fights and make ups, break ups, road trips, and a ton of great times together! Show your BFF how much you love them with this loose leaf travel kit that makes it so much easier for you to enjoy a cup of tea together when you are on the train, at each others homes, or even on the epic roadtrip you always dreamed of!

Loose Leaf Travel Kit with Infuser $42.50 $38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your co-worker:

You totally appreciate your co-worker! Show them how much with this tea wallet! The job can be stressful, so help your co-worker out with their own tea wallet! It’s easy for them to stick in their purse, briefcase, or backpack! All they have to do is carry their favorite tea and find some hot water! And at this price it fits in your budget!

Tea Wallet $11.75 $9.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

For your family:

Your mom, dad, and little brother are a mess. But you love them anyway! Help them get organized on Valentines Day with a Pikle for their car, backpack, or office. It’s just a simple way of saying “I Love You”! Use code VDaySpecial to get the discount!

Pikle $30 $25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We hope you enjoy our sales! In order to ensure delivery by Valentines Day, please place orders by February 3rd, but the sale goes through February 16th in case you forgot someone special 😉

 

XoXo, Jess

 

 

Bubble Tea

I’m tea obsessed lately. I know! This is my last tea recipe for a bit (AKA a few days), I promise! But, ever since I’ve discovered Steeped Tea, I can’t stop drinking and cooking with tea!

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Bubble teas!

So there is a tea craze that is sweeping the nation, and its not Matcha like I’ve previously been doing! It’s called Bubble Tea, and it’s basically tea with milk and sugar and tapioca bubbles. Coby loves it, so I thought I’d try and make our own recipe! I’d never had it before I made it, but I thought it turned out ok! We chose to try 4 different flavors of tea: Pineapple Orange Cooler (fruit tea), Berry Mojito (Green Tea), Tropical Earl Grey (Black tea), and Toasted Almond (black tea). Coby’s favorite was the Toasted almond, but he really wants to try it with coffee next! My favorites were the Berry Mojito and Tropical Earl Grey, but the Pineapple Orange Cooler was the prettiest! Check out the recipe below the pics! If you can’t find the tapioca pearls, I found mine on Amazon then just followed the instructions on the back!

While the bubble teas turned out pretty good, we learned that we needed to make stronger tea, but remember to not steep it too much longer, just add more tea!  We also learned we needed to cool our tea down before using it, so we didn’t water it down as much with ice. We ALSO learned to make the ice before hand, because the gas station lady judged us hardcore for getting a giant cup of ice!

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The tapioca bubbles soaking in sugar!
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See the bubbles on the bottom! So fun!
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The ManaTEA soaking in it’s tea sauna!
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Coby wins the Straw Bubble Stacking Champion!

Did you know: The term Bubble Tea is actually not derived from the tapioca pearls (even though they look like bubbles), but actually from the bubbles that form when you shake the tea mixture!

Do you like Bubble Tea? Have you had it? What kind of tea would YOU put in the bubble tea? I love to read your comments!

Print Recipe
Bubble Tea
Bubble Tea is a fun drink for you and the kids! Sweet and flavorful if steeped well. TrendyAndOrganized.com
Course Drinks
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
large glass
Ingredients
Tapioca "Bubbles"
The Tea
Course Drinks
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
large glass
Ingredients
Tapioca "Bubbles"
The Tea
Instructions
Tapioca Pearls
  1. Bring the 3.5 cups of water to a roaring boil, then pour in the tapioca pearls. The recipe on the back of my pearls said to boil for 3 minutes, then simmer for 3 minutes. Go ahead and follow the recipe on the back of the pearls you buy for this step!
  2. After the pearls are cooked, soak them in a simple syrup. The simple syrup I used was 3/4 cup water, and 1 cup sugar. I have this on hand, but to make it just bring the sugar and water to a boil then let cool to room temperature! Set the pearls aside, I recommend using them promptly.
The Tea
  1. While the bubbles are soaking, go ahead and brew your favorite tea. You want to brew it strong, but remember that means MORE TEA, not more steeping time! You don't want your tea to be bitter. I recommend steeping only about 2 minutes longer than the regular steeping time.
  2. Put the tea in the fridge or freezer to cool it down. You don't have to do this, but Coby and I found it easier and tastier to cool it down.
  3. Once the tea is cool(ish), get your shaker out! In the shaker, put in 3/4 cup of the tea, 2 Tbsp cream, and 1 Tbsp of simple syrup. Add some ice, cover the shaker and shake until the milk gets frothy!
  4. In your glass (its more fun if it's clear!), put appx 3 Tbsp of the tapioca pearls. Pour the tea mixture over the bubbles, then drink and have fun! Be sure to let me know if you made it and which tea you used!

Trending- Why Drink Tea?

Hey all! With all the health crazes on Pinterest, I’m sure you have seen all the amazing health benefits of Loose Leaf Tea! I’ve decided to start selling tea, because I drink SO much of it! Check out Copper City Tea, I’d love to help you de-stress, de-toxify, and be healthier and feel better with tea! Check out the information and health benefits of the types of teas 🙂

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Black Tea

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  • Black tea is best enjoyed while watching the sun rise. These savory, bold blends are the untimate burst of energy to step up your game. If you like coffee, you’ll love our black tea blends!
  • Black teas promote mental alertness, show a reduced risk of heart attacks, and have shown lower risks of kidney stones and ovarian cancer.

Green Tea

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  • Green reflects a oneness with nature. Green is a sense of well-being, peace, and serenity meant to be shared with family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Green teas have been shown to aid in weight loss, freshen breath, reduce cholesterol, promote healthy skin and hair, manage diabetes, reduce stress, and increase immunity. With all these amazing health benefits, why WOULDN’T you want to try some green tea?

Matcha

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  • Matcha is a special type of green tea. Matcha is special dried green tea leaves, that are then ground into a fine powder. Because the powder is then put into a tea (instead of discarded leaves like a regular tea), your body absorbs all the antioxidants green tea has to offer.
  • Because of all these antioxidants, Matcha has been shown to increase energy, boost the metabolism, enhance your mood, detoxify, boost concentration, and improve skin.
  • You can also bake with it!

Rooibos Tea

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  • Rooibos teas are naturally caffeine-free and filled with antioxidants, with a deliciously sweet flavor. They have no calories too!
  • Rooibos teas usually possess some cancer fighting properties, help to lower cholesterol and high-blood pressure, and help to reduce cramps and gastrointestinal distress.

Fruit Tea

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  • Fruit teas burst with flavors that are soothing when hot and crisp on ice. They are perfect steeped in alcohol, steeped in sparkling water for a healthy drink for kids, or make it as a regular tea! They have no added sugar and are caffeine-free.

Herbal Tea

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  • Herbal teas are crafted with herbs, fruits, and spices that compliment anyone’s journey to wellness. Filled with good ingredients, they’re blended to sooth your soul.
  • Each blend of herbal tea has it’s own benefits to help with whatever ails you.

White Tea

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  • White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas. It brews a light aroma and delicate flavor.
  • White tea has more potent anti-cancer properties, lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and help strengthen the immune system.

Oolong tea

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  • Oolong teas are a traditional Chinese tea made through a unique process. They range in profile of a green tea to black tea. These teas are complex, diverse, and perfectly balanced.
  • Oolong teas lower cholesterol, can be used as a weight loss suppliment, and lower blood sugar.

Pu’erh Tea

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  • Pu’erh teas are aged like a fine wine. They have a rich, earthy flavor that is incredibly satisfying.
  • Pu’erh teas improve circulation, help digest food, and remove toxins from the blood stream.

So now you know the health benefits of tea! Now the real question though, Tea vs. Coffee? Really, it’s up to you! Coffee has more caffeine, but tea is generally healthier for you. Tea aids in weight loss, but coffee has been shown to help gain muscle. It depends on your situation, drink what you’d like!

Disclaimer: I can’t guarantee that you experience all the health benefits listed above, but I hope you do! However, I CAN guarantee you will have fun and love trying all the tea there is to offer!

I hope this was informational! What is YOUR favorite kind of tea? I’d love to hear it! Remember to check out the Copper City Tea site too!

 

Peppermint Matcha Fudge

Ok. Picture this. Sitting down for breakfast in the morning, and Jeeves (your butler), opens up the platter to reveal… FUDGE. Sweet, delicious, peppermint fudge. It’s basically a dream come true right? Close your eyes and imagine it. I’ll wait.

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Good dream, huh? Well, I don’t recommend eating it for BREAKFAST maybe, but this fudge is perfect for an afternoon snack or a holiday party! I love this Peppermint Matcha, and I found a fudge recipe using matcha!

Naturally, I took to the kitchen to accomplish the task of making fudge. Luckily, this fudge is not only easy, but it is SO tasty! I gave it to mom for one of her shows (same show as the Strawberry Cheesecakes), and it was another fan favorite! 5 stars across the board. We actually ran out!

The matcha is full of healthy antioxidants and some caffeine, which is why its perfect for a quick after lunch snack. That little bit of sweetness, some energy to get you through the day, and some vitamins, what more could you ask for? This fudge looks beautiful, especially after I added some crushed candy canes on top of it. However, that doesn’t mean you can only make it for the holidays! So go ahead and get that kitchen ready, let’s make some fudge!

Print Recipe
Peppermint Matcha Fudge
This fudge is peppermint bliss! Easy to make, and it has a kick of caffeine and antioxidants! Cut into pretty small pieces, it's pretty sweet! TrendyAndOrganized.com
Course Dessert
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3 minutes
Servings
squares
Ingredients
Matcha Fudge (Bottom Layer)
Peppermint Fudge (Top Layer)
Chocolate Drizzle
Course Dessert
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 3 minutes
Servings
squares
Ingredients
Matcha Fudge (Bottom Layer)
Peppermint Fudge (Top Layer)
Chocolate Drizzle
Instructions
  1. Butter and line with parchment paper an 9x13" brownie pan. Leave a 2” overhang of parchment paper to allow for easy removal of the fudge.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the 15 oz. white chocolate chips, condensed milk, and butter. Stir often to prevent the chocolate from burning, until completely melted.
  3. Remove the saucepan from heat and sift in the Matcha. Stir until combined.
  4. Pour the fudge into the brownie pan and let it sit for 2 hours in the fridge.
  5. Once the fudge has set, start preparing for the top layer. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the 8 oz. white chocolate chips, 2-3 Tbsp. condensed milk, and 1 Tbsp butter. Stir often until combined.
  6. Take the saucepan off heat and whisk in the peppermint extract and vanilla extract.
  7. Pour the peppermint fudge over the Matcha fudge, smoothing it out with a spatula. Let it sit for another hour in the fridge until it's firm.
  8. To make the chocolate drizzle, melt chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl in the microwave for 30 second intervals until melted. Use a spoon and drizzle over the fudge.
  9. Put candy canes in a ziplock bag and crush, then sprinkle them on the fudge to garnish. Let harden in the fridge for 30 minutes!
  10. Once firm, take the fudge out of the pan and cut into small pieces. Have a square (or 2, or 3...), then store it in your fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days!
Recipe Notes
  • I used 1 tsp of peppermint extract because I like my peppermint flavor REALLY strong!
  • You can do a matcha drizzle instead of a semisweet drizzle, just melt 3-5 oz. white chocolate chips in the microwave, in 15-20 second increments. Once melted, sift 1-1.5 tsp. Matcha directly over the chocolate, and stir in until combined. Then drizzle it over the fudge with a spoon.

Micro Strawberry Matcha No Bake Cheesecakes!

Try saying that title 10 times fast! I’m so excited to share this recipe with you guys. I recently got some amazing Sweet Strawberry Matcha from Steeped Tea. I usually use the matcha in smoothies or as a tea, but I wanted to try something a little different this time! So we made micro cheesecakes! It was my first time making this, and I made it on PERISCOPE in front of everyone! Luckily, they turned out SO good and they’re delicious!

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You will need:

  • Mixer
  • Mini cupcake liners
  • Mini cupcake pan

UPDATE: I gave these to my mum who sells tea, and she served them at a Vendor Show she did! The comments we got for them were all amazing! Everyone LOVED them, and she sold a TON of matcha because of the treats I made! Plus- I ate one for breakfast so I had a nice little dose of caffeine!

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Make sure to get your graham crackers into nice little crumbs!
Print Recipe
Micro Strawberry Matcha Cheesecakes
These bite size delicious matcha cheesecakes are perfect for a tea party or get together, and they are full of healthy antioxidants! Plus, they are no bake, so they are super easy! trendyandorganized.com
Course Dessert
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 3 minutes
Servings
micro cakes
Ingredients
Course Dessert
Cuisine tea
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 3 minutes
Servings
micro cakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a ziplock bag (or food processor) crush the crackers until they are crumbs. Add the sugar and mix, then pour in the melted butter. Mix thoroughly until all the crumbs are wet.
  2. Line a mini muffin pan with liners and drop a tsp of crumb mixture into each. Pat down until the crumbs are flat and firm, forming a crust. Refrigerate. In a large bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid), beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  3. Add in the granulated sugar and Matcha powder and beat until smooth. I used the Sweet Strawberry Matcha found HERE. However, you can use whatever flavor of Matcha you like!
  4. Lightly whip the heavy cream and then fold it into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Put a large circular tip on a piping bag, and fill with the cream cheese mixture. Pipe the mixture on top of the crust. Make sure to fill the muffin liner, these cheesecakes won't rise!
  6. Chill in the freezer for at least 3 hours. If you have enough willpower, let them freeze over night!
  7. Garnish with your favorite toppings. I did whipped cream, strawberries, and chocolate shards. Yum!!

This recipe was delicious! I slightly adapted it from here, and props to the original blogger for sharing this! Let me know in the comments below if you make it, and if you enjoyed this recipe! Also let me know what YOUR favorite flavor/kind of tea is!