Driving Out to the Country

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

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Good morning, folks! 😎

Mal, Murphy, and I are driving out to the country later this morning. Mal is off from school this week, so we’re taking advantage of the day by visiting one of our favorite places out in the boonies. Grandma (my mom) also has the day off from work today, so she is taking Murphy to enjoy a doggie play date with his second cousins, Bella and Sadie, so Mal and I can have the afternoon to ourselves. We also drive right past my mom’s house, so our little plan seems to benefit everyone. My mom really likes hanging out with Murphy. Don’t you think she should get a pug too? πŸ˜‰


Mmm! I had something really yummy for breakfast this morning: an iced soy coconut tea latte! It was made with vanilla soy milk and Golden Moon Coconut Pouchong tea, which I just added to my OpenSky shop yesterday. (The Golden Moon teas are also sold in 2.5 ounce tins, so you can sample a few different flavors.)


As a coffee drinker, I am very picky about the tea I drink. In fact, there are less than a half dozen teas that I truly like and continue to purchase. I typically like sweet teas with a lot of flavor, but most are too weak for me. The Coconut Pouchong tea is one of the best I have ever tasted– perhaps even better than my beloved Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea!

I planned to make an iced tea latte this morning, so I brewed the Coconut Pouchong last night before I went to bed. The aroma was heavenly! This tea is derived from natural coconut flavor from real coconut milk, instead of the artificial flavoring that you find in some other tea blends. The subtle sweetness of the coconut is the perfect compliment to the tea and the coconut adds just enough sweetness no additional sugar is needed.

I also enjoyed a delicious bowl of almond pecan oatmeal with two scoops of Teddie peanut butter in the mix. De-lic-ious! πŸ˜€


Feel Great Weight

You guys know me and saving money! πŸ˜‰Β For my Health post this week, I wrote about I save money and stay healthy: Save Money (and Calories!) With These Smart Grocery Store Swaps

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I’m just waiting for Mal to shower (he takes 5 minutes) and then we’re off to the country! I love road trips! :mrgreen:

Question of the Day

Which do you prefer: the city or the country?



  1. I’m actually a huge city girl – the countryside is peaceful and all, but it usually connotates:

    1) No internet access! (horror of horrors!)
    2) Slight smelliness
    3) BUGS. :O

    That tea latte sounds deelish by the way. Hope you have fun in the countryside with Mal!


  2. Love the Best Of page. I periodically go back and read some of your older posts and this gives me a jumping off place.

    I’ve always lived in big cities. Love to drive through the country scenery though and visit little “mom & pop” places.

  3. I love both πŸ™‚ I grew up in the country and then lived in the city. Big change because I was used to sleeping without the lights and sounds of Boston. Needless to say, I lost A LOT of sleep when I moved!

  4. Did you ever try the tea I brought you in Boston? It’s actually the only tea I like, but maybe it’s not strong enough for a tea expert like you! πŸ™‚

  5. I think I like “university” feel like cities. I once lived in a city that was a real “city”…but you could escapes into trails and forest nearby. I don’t like being too isolated. But I don’t necessarily like lots of traffic (cause I hate driving in it).
    Honestly…I wish I could just live somewhere that was real real hot.

  6. Its so nice to be able to just get away from everything, even if its only for a little while. Have a great time out in the country!

  7. I like cities with easy access to country! I miss living in the country sometimes though – but I remember constantly being “bored.” But even though life was simpler, I think I was happier then.

  8. Can’t wait to read that article! I’m working on lowering my grocery bill, and so far I’ve come about $10 under budget for the past two weeks so I’m super happy πŸ™‚

    I love the city for all the cute shops, but the country is just a whole different experience…so do I have to choose one?! πŸ˜‰

  9. Hi Tina. I love your article. It was really cool!

    I was just in the fridge scooping out a spoon of my homemade peanut butter. It is SO good and wanted to share.

    I took 1lb of roasted salted peanuts from trader joes. Put in blender and processed til it formed a ball. At this point, it isn’t a smooth texture yet. I added a TB or 2 of coconut oil and it liquified and so I kept processing til it was a smooth texture. Next I mixed in some honey and salt to taste. Poured into a glass peanutbutter jar that was cleaned and emptied. SO good! And the peanuts were cheap too! The added coconut flavor makes it the best ever peanut butter. A little too good IYKWIM

  10. I find that there are very few teas that I like also – especially since I am 100% committed to coffee. I have found I <3 vanilla rooibos. And I just got Pomegranate White Tea from trader joes which is tasty as well but not too tangy, which I like. I'll have to give this one a try!

  11. I’m a city girl at heart but was raised in the country and like a quick visit every now and then. I also love farms, especially farm animals.

    That’s so funny that you call you mom “grandma”. I’m guessing it’s b/c once someone has grandchildren, everyone starts calling everyone, what they want the babies to learn to say. That’s why once my brother was born I became “sissy” until I demanded it stop when I was 13 and why I never know if my dad is talking about his mom or my mom. πŸ™‚

  12. I feel pretty lucky living in a small city (40,000). I get a taste of city living without huge traffic jams and I’m also just minutes from the country. Enjoy your day!

  13. I’m definitely a city girl, but I need to be close enough to the country to be happy. Portland is perfect for that. Countryside is 20 minutes to an hour away. The beach is 2 hours away. The mountains are an hour away and the desert is a 2 hour drive. Perfect!

  14. I am also more of a coffee drinker than a tea drinker, but I LOVE Harney & Sons hot cinnamon spice black tea. I buy the tins from the Barnes & Noble Starbucks (they aren’t sold in the regular Starbucks). Tastes just like a red hot candy! Sweet and cinnamony and slightly spicy. I am also a fan of Roobios Chai (I usually get mine from Teavana).

    My fiance loves tea, but prefers green tea. It is usually too weak tasting for me. I will sometimes drink it iced in the summer, mixed with lemonade.

  15. I’m a city girl, but I love the country too! It’s perfect for a change of pace. My husband is a country guy, so we settled for suburbia!

  16. i enjoy both! sometimes it’s fun to just get lost in the city and find new amazing things, but there are times that just getting out to the country is the only thing that makes me feel at peace. hope you enjoy your day out there!

  17. HAVE SO MUCH FUN! I love road trips myself πŸ™‚ I’m definitely more of a country girl at heart, but it IS nice to be in a city sometimes as well. I have the best of both worlds right now living in the city but having my childhood home in the country to go back to!

    PS – I read your Health.com article and loved it!

  18. I currently live in the country-ish. I live in a small agricultural town in West Texas. I prefer country living but I do miss the grocery stores, restaurants, and recreational options…

  19. On a side note, I’ve had Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea in my pantry for two years or so and I opened it for the first time today. I’ve got to say, I really like it! And I’m more or less hard to please with tea because I typically find them too bitter to drink without some kind of sweetener. Not with this one!

  20. I read your Health.com post and though it was great! I haven’t tried canned salmon. Do you take into consideration whether or not it is wild or farm-raised when you buy it in a can?
    I’m comfortable in the country since I grew up in NH, but I also love cities and want to move to either San Fran or Seattle pretty soon!

  21. Thanks for the post. I quit drinking coffee awhile back and have been experimenting with tea a lot these days. I might have to try your selections:-)
    As for your question of the day…I’d say country ( as long as it’s on an island ) However, I’d move to Sydney is a heatbeat if I could…

  22. I like the convenience of the city, but I can’t stand crowds. I need my Wide Open Spaces. So…I’m a suburb girl. It’s a nice compromise, I think.

  23. Ha, Tina I get a kick out of the way you always refer to Murphy’s “cousins” and “Grandma” – it’s too funny. I always call my sister’s dog my dog-nephew or “dogphew” and my mom calls him her “granddoggie.” Love it!!

  24. The country for sure! I grew up in the country and now I’ve moved to a town I miss the freedom and community that the country has. I love nothing better than to go for a relaxing walk around the woods near my house when I go home. It’s a great way to relax. I hope you have a great time.

  25. I’m a city girl when it comes to everyday life, but my mom lives in the country and I love going out there for a break from all the hustle and bustle. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed your day!

  26. Have a fun trip – I can’t wait to read about it πŸ™‚

    I thought the Coconut one was ok….Wait until you try the Sugared Caramel ~ that Golden Moon Flavor is AMAZING!

  27. I’m a coconut fiend too! I think I need to give that tea a try. I just need to find a tea gadget so I can brew it before I get some! I wasn’t really sure how to make a tea latte, so I’ll have to search for a tutorial on your site!

    Anyway, I love country trips. There is something so refreshing about getting lost in the smell, the color of the leaves and the relaxation! The city can be hectic and busy, if you’re in the “night out” kind of mood, then it works, but I definitely prefer the country. It’s nice to get away from things πŸ™‚ Look forward to hearing more about it!

  28. The city. I used to always want to live on a farm, but then I discovered all the spiders that come with country living… give me access to awesome gourmet food stores and friends close by anyday!

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