Bread + Water

October 30, 2011

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”



Last week I ran out of Kodiak cakes! Fear not, more boxes were on the way the next day. I bought them myself, but I asked Cameron if he might want to give a discount for you guys – ‘cause they’re so good and all. 20% off coupon on the way soon!

I’ve been using up a box of Buttermilk + Honey and just switched back to Original this morning (I bought one of each) and I have to say I think I prefer the Buttermilk now! It’s got a tangy doughiness that I just love.


Cookin’ away with chopped pecans and bananas!


Another product I have stumbled upon and love are these Adagio teas I keep writing about. Blog reader April turned me on to their site when she emailed me a $5 off coupon and said “GO BUY THE COCONUT.” I was on the hunt for teas I love then, so I did – along with Vanilla and Birthday Tea [which has sprinkles in it!], all black teas.

They were all WONDERFUL! I’ve been using them up, so I just went back online to order more, and that’s when I found the Almost Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, which is my current favorite. I love that you can order smaller sample bags in most of the flavors. I ordered a sample of the Rooibos Cocoa Mint, which was great in the afternoon because it’s caffeine free. Nice and minty with a chocolate hint. I liked A Toasted Marshmallow, but didn’t love it [and had to buy full size on that one, but I took a risk on marshmallow.]


Lastly, I bought the Holiday Sampler of black teas – Chestnut, Candy Cane, Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread but haven’t tried these yet! I have high hopes!


Three more teas I’ve been into – Golden Moon’s Vanilla Mint + Coconut Pouchong (maybe the coconuttiest tea ever? It’s not black though, so it’s weaker) and Red Velvet – caffeine free and good. These two Golden Moons were recently on sale on OpenSky.


Adagio did notice that I had sent them quite a bit of traffic via the teas that I bought, and this arrived on my doorstep gratis:


It’s their IngenuiTEA tea pot for brewing loose leaf teas. I have to say, it has changed my life when it comes to loose leaf. I much prefer the ease of teabags, but this has made either kind no problem. [At first I was nervous about pouring my hot water into the plastic container, but they use a special heat-resistant plastic that’s BPA-free]

You just put in your tea, pour on the water and when you’re ready, put it over your cup and the tea comes out. No dripping, no spilling. I was very impressed. I just lightly rinse it out after use, deep cleaning every week or so.


Oh, and I’ve mastered the foam! In the bottom of my mug (so glad I don’t have to use a separate glass now!) for 30 seconds in the microwave (glad I have one now!) and froth for 30 seconds. I just put the IngeuiTEA on top and I’m ready to sip!



So back to those cakes..!


Served up with my banana, some Barney Butter + Biscoff, Cville Cluster and – bats and pumpkins!!



This was the Sweet Potato Blend! Not as good as the Pumpkin Ice Cream, but still a great black tea.


Happy Halloween Eve!


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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 30, 2011 at 9:34 am

Our local vegetarian restaurant serves tea in those pots! It makes brewing loose teas SO much easier.


2 kelsey @ living the gluten free life October 30, 2011 at 9:37 am

Your breakfast is so adorable – perfect for Halloween-Eve! The teas all sound delicious as well, I need to go over and purchase some before they all run out ;).


3 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy October 30, 2011 at 9:38 am

I LOVE that quote. Proves that life can be spiced up so easily! In relation to food or not! :) Enjoy your Sunday!


4 Hillary October 30, 2011 at 9:42 am

Sweet potato tea? I think I might have to try that!


5 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

Love the Halloween decorated breakfast and that quote…so true!


6 katie @KatieDid October 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

I’m surprised the foam survives being poured over by the tea. I have a frother myself but don’t use it much. I’m gonna give it a try with my daily hot chocolate later!


7 Amanda October 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

You have the best taste in teas. I’m so excited to order a few of the adagio flavors! :)

Love the little bats and pumpkin sprinkles on your pancakes. So cute!


8 Kelly October 30, 2011 at 9:50 am

Trying to make my great harvest pancakes today from opensky but I cannot read the label! I remember you posting the info a while back, but can’t search and find it, can u help me!


9 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 9:53 am
10 Julianna @ Julianna Bananna October 30, 2011 at 9:51 am

love the sprinkles! i’m going to have to try kodiak cakes sometime soon- i keep seeing them everywhere!! :)


11 Antonia October 30, 2011 at 9:53 am

I love how this Halloween inspired breakfast looks. Really makes me want some pancakes!


12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 30, 2011 at 9:56 am

What a festive breakfast! I love it! I hope you have a great Sunday Kath!


13 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 30, 2011 at 10:01 am

can’t wait to take advantage of that 20% off coupon! i’ve been wanting to try kodiak cakes for-evah. have a great sunday, kath!


14 Susan Mc October 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

I got a pot like this at Teavana…life changer! Not sure if their teas are more beautiful to look at or to sip!


15 Dee October 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

Aww, I love the ingenutea! I have a similar one from Teavana. It’s great for making iced tea!

I love the sprinkles on the kodiak cakes! love. :)


16 Heather @ Full Price? Never October 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

Thanks for the coupon… I’ve been so close to ordering… and this was all I needed! *excited*!


17 Madeline October 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

Great post! I love the quote!


18 Khushboo October 30, 2011 at 10:19 am

I loved the quite- just shared it with my mom :)


19 Susan Mc October 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

Forgive me for 2 comments, chatty this morning! Loved your top quote, and the journalist in me had to search for possible attribution. Didn’t find it, but found a lovely thread dedicated to tea poetry on
Wanted to share this one, it’s SO KERF!

There are those who love to get dirty
and fix things.
They drink coffee at dawn,
beer after work,

And those who stay clean,
just appreciate things,
At breakfast they have milk
and juice at night.

There are those who do both,
they drink tea.

– – Gary Snyder


20 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

Love that!!!! I suppose I am both :)


21 Mom October 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm


Love the Library Thing site! Bookmarked it. Thank you. And found a poem there I think I remember from my childhood:

The Tea Party

I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
‘Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.

Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
‘Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.

~Jessica Nelson North


22 Monica October 31, 2011 at 2:52 am

That’s brilliant! I’ll have to remember this for when I get an attack of the ‘bottem-less pit stomach’.



23 lynn @ the actor's diet October 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

wow you are good at the tea frothing!


24 Jen October 30, 2011 at 10:37 am

What is Biscoff spread made of?


25 SD October 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

It is cookies, sugar and oil.


26 Jen October 30, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Cookies in the spread? So…there are Biscoff cookies? I keep imagining a Nutella like spread.


27 SD October 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Yes there are Biscoff cookies. The spread is an emulsification of the cookies, more sugar and oil. I have never tried the spread or the cookies, but apparently both are tasty. I confess I am one of those annoying food snobs and processed foods just do not appeal to me even if they are from Europe. Maybe it is for those who have a nut allergy and want a nut butter substitute?
Biscoff 57% (Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oils (contains one or more of soy bean oil, sunflower oil, palm oil), Brown Sugar, Leavening (sodium bicarbonate), Soy Flour, Salt, Spice (cinnamon)), Canola Oil, Sugar, Emulsifier (soy lecithin), Citric Acid.


28 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious October 30, 2011 at 10:38 am

Is the Red Velvet a good strong brew? I tried Republic of Tea Coconut Chocolate, it was way weaker than I had hoped. After spending $8.00 on the can, I was disappointed. My mom loved it, so I gave her the tin.

Have a great Sunday!


29 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

No I wouldn’t call it strong…mixed with a black tea maybe?


30 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot October 30, 2011 at 10:48 am

Sprinkles make pancakes so much more festive looking 😀 And I love the webby plate!


31 [email protected] October 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

Those tea flavors all sound amazing! And I love the Halloween sprinkles on your pancakes – so festive! :)


32 Tia October 30, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love pancakes but I cannot for the life of me make them, every time I try I burn them and there gooey on the inside or some variation of the failure, it’s very upsetting. Those look delicious!


33 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 30, 2011 at 11:23 am

I want to come raid your tea stash – you have the best flavours ever! I need to look into buying those Adagio teas.


34 Christine (The Raw Project) October 30, 2011 at 11:30 am

Your breakfast looks amazing, gorgeous pics!


35 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 30, 2011 at 11:33 am

These teas sound so good, I’m going to have to try them out!


36 Hope October 30, 2011 at 11:39 am

I love your Halloween inspired breakfast! It looks yummy! Thank you for posting about all of those teas. They all sound amazing :)


37 Cait's Plate October 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

Gah! LOVE the Halloween twist on breakfast :) I was thinking of doing exactly that tomorrow morning!! :)


38 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

Those teas sound so good! Pancakes looks great too :)


39 Kat October 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

Mmm looks tasty! Especially the grilled bananas!


40 Fran October 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I’ve never used a hand-held frother! Does it work for almond milk?
Going to look for one…your tea looks delish!


41 Errign October 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Yes, they do! At least mine does, and since I can’t find a brand on it, I’m assuming it’s just a cheap one!


42 Katherina October 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Free Adagio, good for you. I have the IngenuiTEA; I love it. If you like Coconut (and all things organic) you should try Persimmon Tree Tea’s Coconut Creme White Peony.


43 TeenyLittleSuperChef October 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Dang these look really yummy. I always see the Kodiak brand in our local grocery store but have never actually bought a box. Looks like that needs to change ASAP. Where did you get the Halloween plates? They’re pretty darn adorable. Too bad you can only bust them out once a year. Although I have a feeling you have some pretty awesome Thanksgiving and Xmas stuff as well :)


44 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

From Pottery Barn a few years ago


45 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! October 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

This is a coincidence as I was looking at the Adagio holiday sampler this morning! I have found somewhere that will ship to the UK, so going to place a nice big holiday tea order this week. You guys in the US have way more fun teas than we do!


46 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Cute festive breakfast :) I like it! Sprinkles make everything extra fun, hehe.


47 anastasia@ healthymamainfo October 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love how the orange sprinkles on your “tea-chino” match the orange sprinkles on your super bread. Beautiful!


48 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I might have to finally try out Kodiak cakes with this coupon. I’m always so jealous when I see yours!


49 Tracey October 30, 2011 at 1:56 pm

After looking at Adagio’s website, I had to try Dumbledore’s Sleeping Draft! :)


50 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Oh how fun!! Didn’t see that one :)


51 Brandy October 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Ooooh I’m so gonna get all up in those teas for a couple xmas gifts. That’s perf, kerf! 😉


52 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

that milk foam and those pancakes…you need to open up a breakfast restaurant! Oh wait, you already have the bakery open :)

Seriously, they look perfect!


53 Rachel October 30, 2011 at 2:39 pm

What kind of frother do you have? I may have missed it in a previous post, but I don’t remember. I’m all about tea lattes.
I’ve also added the Tea infuser to my list of possible Christmas gifts for someone (haven’t figured out who yet).


54 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

It was $1.29 at IKEA!


55 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 30, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I definitely need to try spreading nut butter on pancakes. I hardly ever have pancakes since I’m away at college, but I need to remember to try that out next time I eat them when I’m home! It does combine some of my favorite foods, after all :)


56 Becca October 30, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Love this post, but it would have been more perfect if you had served BREAD with your water (aka tea). A toast breakfast, rather than Klondike cakes. Just sayin’.


57 erica October 30, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i went to a little cafe in san diego that served their teas in that teapot. we took videos while we used it because we were so amused! my mom even bought one on the spot!


58 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I was hoping to find a pumpkin spice tea at Trader Joes the other day and while I didn’t find one, I did find a vanilla peppermint that I’m loving. I may have to give these Adagio teas a try! 😉


59 Beth October 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Hey Kath, random question. Do you sweeten your teas at all or put anything other than milk in them?


60 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I don’t sweeten them, no


61 Stephani @ Eat Run Grow October 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I tried those Adagio teas after seeing you mention the coconut one a few times. I love that one! But wow it is caffeinated! I drank it at 1pm and that was a bad idea! :) Delicious though… I am going to check out the Rooibos Cocomint now for a good afternoon decaf option. I love their sample sizes too. Have you tried (and loved) any of their other decaf teas?


62 KathEats October 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I never drink it past 9am :)

I haven’t tried any others than the ones I mentioned


63 Katherina October 30, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I love their raspberry patch and strawberry herbal teas! Herbal blends are the way to go, in my opinion. Foxtrot is THE BEST!


64 Stephani @ Eat Run Grow October 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Awesome! Thanks, Katherina!


65 Angel7 October 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm

That IngenuiTEA is awesome! I might have to buy one eventually.


66 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl October 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Loving the sprinkles on the pancakes! And the teas… Yum.
BTW, glad you got the milk foam down. Extra nice addition to tea.


67 Jill in Chicago October 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm

So I was going to ask how you were making tea before Adagio sent you the IngenuiTEA (and whether they sell tea in bags or only loose-leaf — I don’t know why, but for some reason I’m scared of loose-leaf!) but then I noticed they have 2 stores in Illinois. YEE-HAW! I’ll be venturing to one soon and hope I can do some tastin’ and find out more about them :)


68 Emily October 31, 2011 at 7:35 am

You made the switch from coffee to tea (at least mostly) right? How tough was it? I want to do that, because I know tea is better for me, but coffee has been a part of my life for SO LONG!!!


69 KathEats October 31, 2011 at 7:37 am

It wasn’t so hard – esp. once I found teas I like. To go from coffee to chamomile or green teas (which I hate) would be awful but going from coffee to desserty black tea flavors was just fine


70 allison @ thesundayflog October 31, 2011 at 8:28 am

that banana looks like a K!


71 Sonya October 31, 2011 at 8:45 am

Teavana sells a similar loose tea infuser. I need to get into making tea again. I like tea at night before bedtime, but I find that anything I drink after 7 pm will cause me to wake up and visit the privy in the middle of the night. Grrr. Is this because I’m getting old?


72 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) October 31, 2011 at 7:37 pm

I am loving all of your Halloween themed breakfasts! I really need to do this more often…:)


73 April November 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

I’m so glad you enjoy the Adagio teas as much as I do! I’m interested to hear what you think of the Pumpkin Spice and the Holiday Sampler, ’cause I haven’t tried those yet. Besides Coconut, I’m a big fan of the Hazlenut and Valentines (Strawberry/Chocolate). Very yummy. Enjoy!!


74 KathEats November 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Thanks for turning me on to them!! I bet the hazelnut is great!


75 Lindsay November 2, 2011 at 8:52 am

SO into those teas…going on an online splurge…uh…NOW!


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