How to Make Bubble Milk Tea (Boba)

 Greetings everyone.

Today’s video is a recipe that I only became familiar with after moving to the city.

It has since become one of my favorite drinks, and a favorite of my friends as well.

Nothing beats a good milk tea on a hot Colorado afternoon.

This recipe can also be adapted in almost infinite ways. Have fun with it, and discover your favorite boba drink.

If you are worried about using sweetened condensed milk in this recipe, click here to see a recipe for home made condensed milk using healthy sweeteners.


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인삼대추차 Ginseng Jujube Tea

Greetings everyone.

Today’s video is a recipe to help your body handle stress brought on by cold weather.

Here in Colorado recently it has been terribly cold. In my 22 years of living here, I have never experienced this kind of cold for so long. At the time of writing this almost a week has past where we haven’t risen above freezing.

Walking and riding the bus in this kind of weather has really taken a toll on my body, and I wish I had some of this lovely tea. Maybe once I get my next paycheck I can make some.

Stay warm out there, and enjoy.

For another tea recipe from Maangchi check out the Ginger Tea post.

Honey Lemon Slices

Hello everyone!

Today I am sharing a lovely tutorial from an even lovelier Japanese YouTuber named Ochikeron.

Her channel is full of absolutely yummy food, and fun sweets. I highly recommend it.

This simple recipe is good for fatigue in the summer, or warding off colds in the winter; and with only two ingredients, it couldn’t be simpler.

I really hope you give it a try.


Black Sesame Smoothie

This recipe is from one of my favorite channels on YouTube. It is a very healthy, low fat, and nutrient rich smoothie made with sesame seeds, a banana and soy milk. All of their recipes are absolutely wonderful, and this one is no exception.


  • 1 Ripe Banana
  • 250ml Original Unfortified Soy Milk (1.06 cups)
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Black Sesame Seeds (A coffee grinder works well)
  • Honey to taste (About ½ Tablespoon should work nicely)
  • 3 to 4 ice cubes

If you enjoy cooking or eating Japanese cuisine definitely check out cookingwithdog on YouTube. Their recipes are authentic, the commentary is easy to understand, and chef is absolutely adorable and very talented. Good luck in the kitchen.


Brewing Kombucha at Home

Kombucha is a tea drink that has been fermented using helpful bacteria and yeast. It provides humans with many health benefits, and is relatively easy to produce.

I regret having the opportunity to try kombucha and refusing because of the fermentation. Now that I more familiar with fermented food, I really wish I would have tried it when I had the chance. Hopefully I will get to try it again soon. Enjoy!

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Witches’ Love Honey

Cinnamon and ClovesBlessings Everyone! Today I want to share with you a special recipe from one of my favorite authors.

This little gem was designed to be used by those of a mystical persuasion as a way of instilling food and drinks with feelings of love and caring; but I recommend it for everyone as it is also completely delicious.

Some of the magical benefits are inherent of course due to the natural properties of the spices, but to really get the most out of your honey you must empower your herbs as well as the luscious liquid itself. It is very simple, and even a beginner can do it with ease.

If you want to use this recipe strictly for flavor, simply omit the ritual parts of the recipe, and enjoy the warm spiced honey you have created. I would still recommend letting it sit for a few weeks before using to ensure the honey has absorbed as much flavor as possible.

Witches’ Love Honey

HoneyIngredients and Supplies

  • 1 cup pure Honey
  • 2 broken Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 teaspoon Whole Cloves
  • 1 dime-sized piece of Candied Ginger
  • 1 inch-long piece of Dried Lemon Peel
  • 1 inch-long piece Vanilla Bean
  • 1 pinch Ground Cardamom


  1. To charge your herbs and honey before you begin working, simply hold them in your hands -or outstretch your palms over your ingredients- as you visualize your personal power awakening and enlivening their properties. See them becoming full of power, and accomplishing the tasks you have planned for them.
  2. Then in a jar with a tight sealing lid combine the herbs with the honey and mix until everything is moistened thoroughly.
  3. Seal the jar and place it upon your altar between two pink candles.
  4. Light the candles as you visualize the honey glowing with pink light and pulsing with good feelings of love.
  5. Allow the candles to burn out, and store the honey away from light for one lunar cycle before using.
  6. Add small portions to food or beverages to promote good feelings of love

Vanilla BeansTo further enhance the power of your love honey, create it on a Friday on or after the New Moon, but before or on the Full Moon.

Fridays are sacred to Venus Goddess of Love; the New Moon is a time of renewal and beginnings which is perfect for creating magic; and the Full Moon is a time of fulfillment and high energy which can be used to add immense power to your work.

It is wise to be in tune with the heavens when working magic, as the energy patterns they create can help or hinder your work greatly. This is also a wonderful recipe to create in circle, and can easily be adapted into your seasonal or lunar celebrations.

This recipe was adapted from The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews by Scott Cunningham

All images in this post were taken from

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spiced Hot CocoHello everyone. Hope you’re all enjoying the winter weather! If you aren’t I think I have something that can help.

This absolutely amazing recipe is from The Modcloth Blog which is mostly a vintage fashion site, but they do also post some seriously delicious treats every now and again.

This recipe was a guest post on that blog by Heather Baird of Sprinkle Bakes who appears to be a confectionery goddess. Seriously, check her out.

Blending the rich taste of good chocolate with warm spices is a great idea for the winter season, and putting it all together in such a creative way is just pure genius.

I would love to receive these as gifts. They’re not only beautiful but so delicious that it’s hard to describe. Make these for your loved ones, or if you need to show yourself some love. You won’t be disappointed.

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Ginger Tea

Ah Ginger Tea, a new friend which really feels like an old friend. I have come to rely on this sweet and spicy mixture for a couple of months now, and it has definitely made a difference for me.  I don’t necessarily eat properly and as a result my intestines are often pretty angry.

Ginger is famous for helping digestive issues from nausea, to bloating, to increasing the appetite, but it also has tons of other uses such as helping with colds, headaches, migraines, cleansing of the body through sweating, and even helping suppressed menstruation.  Sore throats will also be a thing of the past once you try this ginger tea infused with honey.

Besides all that, it is also terribly delicious and stimulating. It makes a great drink in the morning or in the afternoon when you’ve eaten too much at lunch and want to take a nap.

The recipes that follow are from the lovely and talented Maangchi from If you love Korean food like I do definitely check her out. Her recipes are fantastic.

I would recommend using honey instead of sugar in this recipe. It is not only much healthier for you, but it is antibacterial which will help the mixture store longer in the fridge, and adds even more power to ginger’s powerful punch. I also recommend her method instead of the traditional one due to the huge amount of fiber you get from ingesting the pureed ginger.


Hot Ginger Tea:

  1. Peel a little more than 1 cup’s worth of fresh ginger. Wash and drain thoroughly.
  2. Puree the ginger with either a grater or food processor.
  3. Put 1 cup of the pureed ginger into a bowl. Add 1 cup of honey and mix well.
  4. Transfer to a glass jar and store it in the fridge as you use it.
  5. To serve, mix 2-3 tbs of the mixture into a teacup of boiling water. Garnish with several pine nuts on top.

Cold Ginger Tea:

Mix 3 tbs of the mixture from above into a large glass of cold water. Add some ice cubes and garnish with several pine nuts on top.

Traditional 생강차 (Saenggangcha):

  1. Thinly slice 1 cup of peeled ginger. Mix with 1 cup of honey or sugar.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar and store it in the fridge as you use it.
  3. To serve, boil 3 tbs of the mixture and 1½ cups of water in a ceramic or Pyrex kettle for about 10 minutes. Pour only the tea into a cup and leave the ginger slices in the kettle. Garnish with several pine nuts on top.

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