Tea Time

September 17th, 2009 | Posted by Alison in Breakfast

I was on the fence about running this morning since I ran yesterday, but then it was decided for me when Maxine woke up early. I spent the time getting caught up with all things house and life instead. It’s amazing how just straying from the norm for a few days throws everything out of whack.

When I felt ready for something to eat I whipped up a bowl of fruit cereal. But today, I had the GOOD prunes. That’s right, the good prunes. I’m joining Holly in the kingdom of g-ma’s and I’m proud of it.

Woodstock Farms, I heart your dried apples – but I’m sorry, there’s some room for improvement in the Prune Department.

Newman’s Own Organics, congratulations, you have won the award for Best Organic Prunes!

This is only my second bag of Newman’s Own Organics prunes, the first being from the box of goodies they sent us to review.  The second bag I finally managed to stalk down at the food co-op on Tuesday. They have the biggest Larabar selection this side of the Mississippi so I was only half surprised to find NOO prunes there, but it didn’t stop me from giving a store clerk a love pat on the ass as he walked by. I would have high fived him but his hands were full pushing a dolly of bulk almond butter. (He got a love pat on the other cheek for that.)

Surely you know I jest. Prunes do crazy things to me. CRAZY THINGS I TELL YA!

So where was I? Oh yes. Fruit cereal with the good prunes.

The Good Prunes

This morning I diced up my last banana (write them on the list!!), a beat up pear, 4 or 5 of the juiciest, most delicious prunes you’ll ever sink your teeth (or gums – if you wait until you are an old wo/man) into, breaded in ground flax, topped with sunflower seeds and a nice pour of unsweetened vanilla hemp milk.

Nell and Paul Newman look on with approving smiles.

Nell and Paul Approve

Fruit cereal is so perfectly satisfying I keep giving myself love pats on the ass to make sure it’s not all in my head.

It is down right chilly here this morning and I was in the mood for tea. Time to dust off my sweet little tea pot, tea time is upon us!

Sweet Little Tea Pot

I love my tea pot because it was a gift from one of my dearest, sweetest friends, and I think of her every time I use it. But more than that, I love that I can have tea all morning, it stays warm and with the cover on the tea pot the tea brews the way you are supposed to brew tea; with a little something to hold in the steam for 10 minutes or so.

Red Raspberry Leaf

This morning I’m drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea from Traditional Medicinals. I discovered this tea when I was pregnant with Ava, it’s a uterine tonic. Mmmm. Uterine tonic. That’s what everyone wants from their tea.  Well, I don’t know about you but I get warm and fuzzy when I think about my uterus post-pregnancy.  You did good uterus!  I’m happy to drink a little something for it every now and then.

OK really I’m drinking it because it’s the only tea in my cupboard that appealed to me this morning but shhhh don’t tell my uterus that.


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16 Responses

  • shawna says:

    LOL! You are too silly!

    Lack of anything really crunchy strayed me from trying your cereal concoction; I didn’t think I would be able to handle just mush in milk, so until I get paid tomorrow and can afford some nuts or something, I’ll have to stick to boring oats :)

  • Cindy says:

    OH, MY GAWD
    I drank “pregnancy tea” all week because I felt MY uterus was probably feeling neglected (and it’s minty and I like it) and because I ran out of green.

    it must be be good to your uterus week….

    let’s knit one!

    I actually was afraid someone would see the “pregnancy tea” tag on the tea bag and give me crap about it..

    you’re NOT…are you?
    NO
    but ..you are drinking tea

    SO

    but you’re NOT…
    NO,
    so why the TEA?

    CUZ
    I give up.

    I’m gonna go dust off my pretty tea pot too. I have a real cute one like yours. my good friend gave it to me too.

    i think it will be cute sitting on my “crammed with files to scan” desk.
    :)

  • Whit says:

    oh JEEZ! Betwixt your old lady prunes and the pregnancy tea I bet your body is having a time trying to figure out what is going on in there!

  • Robin says:

    You are so funny. I haven’t tried prunes yet, I may have to pick up some NOO prunes to try them out.

  • leianna says:

    Thats the cutest tea pot ever, love gifts from friends that remind me of them!
    I love prunes! And those look the best, so jealous of your fruit cereal!

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  • I drank red raspberry leaf too when I was pregnant! I love your teapot! And how great that it was a gift and makes you think of the person who gave it to you…

    I broke my teapot the other day… :( I had it since I was 15 (which is a REALLY long time ago!). Whenever I would use it, I thought about my best friend and I sitting in my room drinking tons of tea…

  • A says:

    Give me three cheers for a post pregnancy uterus

    Hip hip Hooray!
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    Hip hip Hooray!

    You are so FUNNY! I love your writing style! I love the way you write like a real person talks, yet it’s still grammatically correct and informative. You should seriously write for magazines or even write a book. REALLY! I truly look forward to your posts in the morning! Have you ever read The Pioneer Woman’s Blog? You remind me a lot of her (and her writing style). Anyway, have a great day… Today is Friday eve! Give me three more cheers!!

    Hip hip Hooray!
    Hip hip Hooray!
    Hip hip Hooray!
    -A

  • Fallon says:

    I’ve been looking for unsweetened hemp milk and I’m having no luck. What brand are you using and where do you buy it?

    I love the teapot. I have some pretty ones like that but they are displayed for show. How lame is that? LOL

  • Holly says:

    way to join the g’ma train – welcome aboard!!!

    how is hemp milk? the taste? i’ve never tried it, and need some encouragement it tastes good. yay for uterine help – i could use that right now (not for pregnancy…) – okay, i have officially said too much.

    love you!

  • I really like this idea of fruit cereal. I’ve been needing to jazz up my breakfasts.

    Aw, uterus love…love the uterus love.

  • Jane/you-know-who says:

    Your teapot is lovely….that coming from a teapot collector :-)

  • Alison says:

    hehe thanks Allison, you are too kind! I’ve heard of the Pioneer Woman but am not a reader, I’ll have to check her out!

  • Alison says:

    I find it at Wegmans (my large, local grocery store) and it’s in the section with almond milks, rice milk – it’s on the shelves. Any natural food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes will have it. I like it because it’s an alternative to dairy and soy. Almond milk is good too. Ava loves rice milk but I’m not crazy about it – I like the almond and hemp milk better.

    The brand is Living Harvest.

  • Alison says:

    Hemp milk is definitely “different”. It’s not bad but I wouldn’t drink a glass of it, put it that way. Same thing with almond milk But on cereal it’s perfect and in smoothies it works well too.