30. Graphic Designer. USA

Cut & Run series, Cole Hauser, Karl Urban, Mass Effect, Burn Notice, Jimmy Buffett, Challengers, tea, food, Disney/Pixar, and whatever else strikes my short attention span.

My Adagio Blends
Cut & Run teas
Chronicles of Riddick teas
Mass Effect MP teas
Disney Villains teas

My C&R Fanfiction
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Posted: 10 hours ago ● 5 notesReblog

More Klash for shadowspoken, who sent me a screencap and my second thought was "I could manip that." So I did.

Posted: 14 hours ago ● 14 notesReblog

tristinawright:

Hell yeah. Hell yeah. Cut & Run tea!

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Posted: 17 hours ago ● 14 notesReblog
#birds #pelican 
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I've a tea question for you when you've the time: Is there a way to cut the tannin flavor in a tea without destroying the full flavor of the tea itself? I think that's pretty much my only problem with any tea except the really fruity ones or the ones with fruit juice added. Then again, my only experience is with bagged teas and the Lipton stuff, which isn't terribly grand. Do I sound like as much of an idiot as I think I do? Never mind, not important. Let me know if I don't make sense? Thank you

This makes total sense, and I’m guessing your problem is water temperature and steeping time.

Since the average tea bag is filled with tea dust, they steep super fast. If you follow the directions given with bagged teas like Lipton (usually something along the lines of use boiling water for 3+ minutes) you’ll end up with a bitter cup of tea. For bagged green teas, such directions are even more misleading because green teas should never be steeped in water hotter than 180F, let alone for that long. For bagged teas, try steeping for only a minute and adjust the time according to your tastes.

Now for loose leaf black teas, that’s where you follow the boiling/3 mins. directions. Since there’s more surface area, it takes longer for the leaves to unfurl and release their flavors. I find 3 minutes to be perfect, but add a minute or two more if you like your black tea strong. A touch of sweetener and/or milk will tame any lingering bitterness. Delicate loose leaf green and white teas should steep at no more than 180F for 2-3 mins. tops.

For fullest flavor, also make sure your leaves have room to open! Those little manatee infusers might be adorable, but they don’t function well. No need for fancy equipment here—just dump your leaves into hot water and strain when ready. Use any mesh strainer or even something like a coffee filter or paper towel (just be careful not to burn yourself!).

I hope this answered your question! :)

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corn-fed-tribble:

Me attempting to flirt:

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jebiwonkenobi:

When I was little I thought being an adult meant not having a bed time but I’ve come to realize that it just means being in charge of my own bed time and it turns out that I am not equipped to handle that responsibility.

(via mindfluffy)

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elenamorelli:

{ midsummer starry nights }

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#space #stars 
Posted: 3 days ago ● 630,016 notesReblog

egg-rolls:

one time i got a sample from the tea store at the mall and as i walked away the guy said “tea you later” and then his coworker smacked him

(via shadowspoken)

Posted: 3 days ago ● 11 notesReblog

daisy-is-not-a-flower:

my tea came today! thanks D!!! <3333

The Zane tea is still my absolute favourite. <3333

Hagan seemed to be a little flatter than Smoke & Iron’s bag? (O’Flarrett) IDK. :) It smells good.

YAY!! Hope you like everything!

Yep, Hagan’s is flatter because his is made up primarily of tiny bits of mate (kinda like Zane’s) whereas S&I is all fluffy tea leaves.

Posted: 4 days ago ● 5 notesReblog
Anonymous Asked:
Someone has probably already asked you this and you've probably already replied but has your tea shop au disappeared? I was reading through your works (very nice by the way, they've got me interested and I'm starting on the Cut & Run series the moment the first book gets here) and the link doesn't go anywhere. Just thought it was a touch odd. Anyway, I'm greatly enjoying everything I have read by you, particularly Scoundrels. Thank you kindly for posting them, and the pretties, of course.

Firstly—thank you!! It makes me so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying my words. And I hope you’ll love C&R as much as the rest of us minions do—it’s a fantastic series. :)

Secondly, nope, didn’t know about that so thanks for mentioning it. No idea what happened, but the link is fixed now!