Teasia Earl Grey Lavender Cupcakes Recipe – for Mother’s Day

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It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and you have no idea what to make mom! We have a quick and beautiful dessert that we are sure mom will love.  These luxurious cupcakes are beautiful and taste exquisite too.

For super moist cupcakes, here are the instructions.

INGREDIENTS

Cupcake

1/2 cup whole milk (2% or soy milk works too)
1 Teasia Earl Grey K-Cups, brewed
2 tbsp dried lavender (you can easily order these online)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¾ cup unsalted butter (1.5 sticks)
2 cups granulated sugar (cut it to 1 cup if you don’t want your cupcakes to be extremely sweet)
6 large eggs, room temperature
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Frosting

½ cup water
1 Teasia Earl Grey K-Cup, brewed
1 tbsp dried lavender
3 cups granulated sugar
8 egg whites, room temperature
½ tsp cream of tartar
2.25 cups unsalted butter (4.5 sticks)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cupcakes

  1. Brew Teasia Earl Grey k-cup and add dried lavender. Warm up milk and add to mixture and cover so that lavender starts infusing for 12-15 minutes, until the milk tea mixture is a caramel color and very fragrant. Pour the milk tea mixture through a wire strainer into a measuring cup, to remove lavender. You should have 1 cup of mixture. Discard extra.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F, and line cupcake tins with paper liners. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt, and set aside.
  3. Combine the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of a large using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat them on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes, until very light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix well.
  4. With the mixer on low speed, add a third of the flour mixture, and once it is incorporated, add half of the milk tea mixture. When that’s mixed in, add half of the remaining flour, then add the rest of the milk tea, and finish by adding the last of the flour. Clean the sides of your bowl with a rubber spatula to get everything incorporated.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake tins, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through, until the tops are golden brown and is clean when you pierce with a toothpick.
  6. PRO TIP: Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting them.

TO MAKE THE FROSTING:

  1. Brew Teasia Earl Grey k-cup and add dried lavender. Warm up milk and add to mixture and cover so that lavender starts infusing for 15 minutes, until the milk tea mixture is a caramel color and very fragrant. Pour the milk tea mixture through a wire strainer into a measuring cup, to remove lavender.
  2. Add the granulated sugar to the milk tea and stir. Place the pan over medium-high heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Insert a candy thermometer and cook until it reaches 245 F. Note: Keep an eye out for the sugar syrup to reach the temperature as you don’t want it to burn.
  3. Place the room temperature egg whites in a bowl and use hand mixer or stand mixer to whisk. On medium speed beat egg whites until the whites look foamy. Stop the mixer briefly and add the cream of tartar. Turn the mixer back on and begin to whip on medium-high speed until the whites are stiff but not crumbly. You can turn the mixer off if the egg whites are finished before the syrup is ready.
  4. When the whites are stiff and the sugar syrup has reached 245 degrees, turn the mixer back on to medium-high and pour the syrup into a cup. Slowly and carefully incorporate the hot sugar syrup down the sides of the bowl into the egg whites while the mixer is running. The whites will rise in volume.
  5. Once the syrup has been added you will get a shiny and voluminous whipped frosting. Make sure to keep the mixer at low-medium speed and keep whipping until the bowl goes to room temperature, which could take 10 to 20 minutes.
  6. Cool egg mixture and start adding butter. I recommend adding it slice by slice so that everything is evenly incorporated. If your mixture looks soupy or broken, continue to whip the frosting until it comes back together. Eventually you will have a smooth, satiny frosting. Add the vanilla and salt, and mix until it’s well incorporated.
  7. Now it’s time to decorate & enjoy!
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Jose’s Teasia Coffee-A-Day Tasting- Day 3 with Colombia Huila (Regular Brew)

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Day 3 of coffee is going to be exciting because it’s the Colombia Huila. A lot of my coworkers thoroughly enjoy this coffee brew because of the prominent coffee taste and everyone flocks to the coffee maker once a new pot brews.

Here’s some background about our Colombia Huila single origin coffee beans. In the growing region of the department of Huila, Colombia, most coffee comes from small family owned farms. These farmers will pick and process their own coffee before delivering to larger factories for sorting and packaging.

My Thoughts: You can smell the mixture of apple and caramel with a light hint of honey from the coffee. The caramel really hits the spot with its strong aroma and flavor. This is a smooth coffee that’s great for every morning (if you can get a cup before your coworkers drink it all). This Coffee would go great with something sweet like a cream filled donut or a nice chocolate bar with nuts.

PRO TIP- Add a hint of milk or soy milk to get a wonderful creamy taste with each sip.

  • STORAGE AND BREWING: To preserve the fresh roasted flavor of your Colombian coffee beans, store in an air-tight container (or very tightly seal the bag), and keep in a dark and cool location. For best results, we recommend grinding your Teasia coffee no more than 15 minutes prior to brewing!

Aromatherapy: Crockpot Version

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Crockpots just aren’t for the Fall & Winter time. It’s time to take it out and make some beauty recipes. While we wait for Fall to roll around, let’s enjoy it by using ingredients that remind us of the season: Cinnamon, pine cones, pumpkin guts and apple pie. Sometimes it’s hard to capture the aroma of Fall in your own home. It can especially be hard to find an affordable way to fill your home with the fragrance of Fall every day of the season. Luckily, we can create this season with our crockpot! This DIY at home fragrance maker can be a money saver! With just a few ingredients you can capture the aroma of Fall in your kitchen!

WHAT  YOU’LL NEED:

1  Teasia Rose Black Tea K-Cup
Handful of cinnamon sticks
Orange rind
2 TBSP of whole cloves
5 Bay Leaves

DIRECTIONS:

This is one of the absolute easiest DIY’s you will come across this Fall.

  1. Fill your crockpot with water
  2. Brew your Teasia Rose Black Tea K-Cup as directed
  3. Add all ingredients
  4. Simmer all day long!

The best part of this DIY is you can make it your own, for example if you like more of a fresh baked treat smell, leave out the orange rind and add a TBSP of vanilla extract.

Please leave a comment and share your DIY crockpot aroma recipe with us!

 

Beauty Tips of Tea

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Drinking a cup of tea whether it’s hot or iced is a great way to relax and quench your thirst, but did you know that tea is good for beauty too? Below are some beauty tips using our very own tea.

Tip #1 Add Shine to Dull Hair:
Use Teasia black tea or Teasia green tea  to rinse your hair to give them a boost of shine. Use one kcup and prepare as instructed on the box. Set aside cup of tea for 15 minutes until completely cool.  Pour it onto wet hair & leave it for 10 minutes. Shampoo and condition after. Notice how beautiful and shiny your hair becomes without any chemicals.

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Tip #2 Minimize Bug Bites:
Chamomile tea can be used to calm down sting and bumps. Use a Teasia chamomile tea kcup and brew as usual. Once the tea cools down, dip a cotton ball in the tea and apply directly onto the affected area and let it sit for a while to ease the itchiness and redness.

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Tip #3 Reduce Dark Under Eye Circles
Cheap but effective under eye treatment found right in your kitchen. Brew a Teasia earl grey tea kcup and let it cool down. Use two round cotton pads and soak in the tea. Press the pads to get rid of excess tea and place onto your eyes. Rest for 10-20 minutes to get rid of puffiness.

night-portrait-canon-flash-74472Tip #4 Tone and Moisturize Skin:

Who knew that tea could be used to tone and moisturize your face. Prepare one kcup of Teasia green tea. Let it cool down and pour into a clean spray bottle. Use the spray onto the face day/night to draw out impurities, shrink pores, and add a glow to your skin.

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Tip #5 Soothe Legs After Shaving:

Tea can be used to soothe redness and irritation after shaving. Using a Teasia black tea kcup, open the lid and pour the tea blend into some hot water. Once cooled down, put the tea in a spray bottle and use it to spray your legs after shaving. No need to rinse.

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Tea is an amazing natural ingredient that can be added to your skin care routine. There are many ways you can use tea to improve your skin’s health so go ahead and try the tips mentioned above and let us know which one worked for you the best!