Tea Lesson

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This morning in the Boyle kitchen, the Husband gave Mom a tea lesson (here are most of his tips).  The Hus is very serious about his tea; after all, he’s English.  They know how to do tea.  


His number one tip – Scald the teapot with hot water before adding the leaves and rest of the hot water.  This creates tastier tea.


I watched the tea lesson in amusement while eating this delicious breakfast.


Yogurt messes are back!  I think I burnt out on yogurt for while.  But I spotted my favorite Chobani flavor at the store the other day and just had to pick it up.


In the mix:


Chobani Pineapple

Raw oats





Do you have fun plans for Saturday?  Mom is heading out, and then I need to hit the stores to buy my Girls on the Run troop their end-of-the-year gifts.  Beyond that, I really want to do absolutely nothing today and just relax.


Maybe I’ll squeeze a workout in, too.

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Or maybe I’ll just cuddle on the couch and drink tea.


November Push-Up Challenge


This is your reminder to do your push-ups!  Only a few days left of the month.  I’m not going to hit 50 push-ups as I’m still hovering around 30, so I plan to continue the challenge into December.





  • Moomie November 26, 2011, 10:44 am

    I feel like a the British and their tea are similar to the Europeans and their coffee. I may be bias(being half swiss), but coffee in Switzerland is just a step above what you can get here. I am sure your Husband feels like the same about the tea from his home!

  • jen November 26, 2011, 10:48 am

    is that a teavana container in his hand? i love that place but MAN they have some seriously pushy employees!! they always try and make me get 14 lbs of tea, costing one million dollars. they look so dissapointed when i say i only want 1/4lb haha

    • Caitlin November 26, 2011, 10:49 am

      I’m pretty sure the last time the Husband went there, he was convinced to spend like $100 on tea. At least it lasted like 5 months!

    • Ellie@fitforthesoul November 26, 2011, 1:28 pm

      omgsh Teavana is soooo awesome and delicious! But I never bought any b/c it’s expensive….lol 😛 Just tried samples.

      Caitlin, the husband’s expression is soo funny! He’s really serious about his tea, for sure!

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live November 26, 2011, 11:04 am

    Today is chore day for us. Lots of laundry to do, meal planning, grocery shopping, and putting away summer clothes (I’m a little behind on this!). So to energize us, I made brownie cookies!

  • Laine November 26, 2011, 11:32 am

    Today was yoga day. I biked 35 miles yesterday. I’m trying to stay off the bike today, but I don’t know how successful I’ll be. I’m bringing it in for it’s 100 miles tune up (I got it last week) and I will probably need to test ride it…

  • Priyanka November 26, 2011, 11:42 am

    Love, love, love tea and I agree, tea in a tea pot makes it even tastier!!!

  • Army Amy* November 26, 2011, 12:01 pm

    No tea for me. Everyone I know loves sweet tea, but I think water is way more refreshing.*

  • Dynamics November 26, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I use a “Hot Shot” Boils water in seconds. I make one cup at a time. Is it possible to describe why using a teapot makes a difference in taste?

    • CaitlinHTP November 27, 2011, 10:51 am

      I don’t know – I argue it doesn’t but the Hus insists that it does.

  • Amanda November 26, 2011, 1:00 pm

    Today I’m hosting Thanksgiving #2 at my place for my immediate family. We went out to eat with my extended family on Thursday near where my grandparents live, but we missed cooking a homemade meal together. Plus, we’re all vegetarians and wanted to make our own versions of traditional foods. And yes, there will be tofurkey! I’ve never had one, but hopefully it’s good. 🙂

  • Amber K November 26, 2011, 1:16 pm

    I might have to try his tea tips as I have never been able to enjoy it. But then I hate coffee too. I keep trying various teas, but I just can’t figure out a particular flavor or way of preparing it that doesn’t make it taste like massively diluted juice.

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION November 26, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I’m slowly transforming into a tea drinker. I’m still a coffee girl at heart, but a good cup of tea can be such a lovely change of pace. I’m off to go check out the rest of the “tea tips!”

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets November 26, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I’m all about hot tea right now! What are yalls favorite tea flavors? Right now I’m loving white tea with island mango and peach.
    And I would love to cuddle with my dachshund if she was here with us! 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 26, 2011, 2:55 pm

    my girlfriend is a tea connoisseur! i will have to share the husband’s tips with her 🙂 i think snuggling on the couch sounds perfect for today.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 26, 2011, 3:04 pm

    My plans for tomorrow are to fly back to Chicago, restock at the grocery store, and then get myself ready for my last week of class before finals! No relaxing here… ugh.

  • Alaina November 26, 2011, 3:20 pm

    For a few months, my sister in law and I lived with her friend who is from Ireland. We loved having Irish tea. 🙂

    Pineapple and black cherry Chobani are my favorite flavors.

  • BH November 26, 2011, 3:23 pm

    I love that Maggie looks like she is doing a push up =)

    This may sound strange, but for me, drinking tea is a calming, almost meditative ritual. I love getting out the cup, the pot, the spoon.

  • Kelly November 26, 2011, 3:37 pm

    I kind of want to have an afternoon tea with your hubby…oh, you can come too! 🙂

    What’s with only giving one tip!? Where are the rest? 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP November 27, 2011, 10:51 am

      Linked at the beginning of the post!

  • Khushboo November 26, 2011, 3:51 pm

    My tip for the perfect cuppa tea is to add the milk first…trust me!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 26, 2011, 6:05 pm

    Pineapple Chobani is my favorite too! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 27, 2011, 8:04 am

    I’ve never tried the pineapple Chobani, but I might get to soon because I just found out that Chobani is coming to Canada. I’m so excited! 😀

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 27, 2011, 9:12 am

    I need to try the tips on tea. I just use bags, but it would be wonderful to actually brew the tea.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 27, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I have a friend who is very “into” tea, and has a very well known tea blog. When he traveled through Asia, monks and tea masters would recognize him from his blog and gift him with all sorts of teas and pots, etc.. It is super cool! I wish I knew more about tea.

  • Lindsay @ Chobani November 28, 2011, 10:32 am

    Caitlin, pineapple is my favorite flavor, too! Please email me if you ever need a fresh supply for yogurt messes and I’d be happy to send some your way 🙂

  • Lindsey Perry December 6, 2011, 9:46 pm

    Hi, Caitlin. I’m pregnant too (only 5 weeks), and I’ve read there are certain teas pregnant women must stay away from. Please do your research 🙂 Please let me know if you find anything compelling!

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