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Today I’m sharing my favorite tea, Bigelow Vanilla Chai Black Tea and a recipe for blueberry crumb bars! As some of you already know, Katie and I got snowshoes for Christmas. We’ve been hitting the trails hard for the past few weekends. Well, as hard as two noobs can. After exhausting ourselves, and freezing our butts off we like to have a nice hot drink and a snack when we come home; queue blueberry crumb bars and vanilla chai tea!
Did you know that January is hot tea month? Well, it is and that has inspired me to share my favorite hot tea with you. But you know me, I’m sharing more than just my favorite tea! I’m also sharing a recipe for a delicious blueberry crumb bar! The combination of hot vanilla chai tea and blueberry jam crumb bar will hit the spot, especially after spending the day outside in the cold January weather!
We’ve Taken Up Snowshoeing!
As you all know we live in New England, so nature is abundant. There are thousands upon thousands of trails to hike. As newbie snowshoers, we’re not taking too many chances though. We like hiking the mountains from spring to fall, but we’re sticking to the level snowshoeing trails this year.
Though we have a nice view from our back yard, we know there are other peaks out there with even grander views — we’re working our way up to that snowshoe experience level. Someday maybe we’ll hike to the highest mountain tops around. But for now, we’ll stick to the more level terrain…
We may venture over to the Shaker Museum, which has a nice gentle hill to climb where you can see for miles and miles from the top. But, still, we are only on our third weekend of snowshoeing. Once I stop tripping over myself on level ground, we’ll move to the steeper inclines and declines. Even this owl gave me a funny look as I clunked around…
So anyway, after a long day of snowshoeing, or for us beginners – a long couple of hours, we love coming home and making a nice hot cup of vanilla chai tea to warm up and of course snack on a blueberry crumb bar to refuel a bit! Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
Blueberry Crumb Bar Recipe
These blueberry crumb bars are quite simple, they have a pop of cinnamon, too! You can even get the kids involved in making them, since one part involves mixing with your hands! They’ll love that! You can eat these warm or cold. We happen to like them warmed up a bit.
- ½ cup brown sugar; packed
- 1 cup flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1 ¾ cups cinnamon square cereal
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 1 to 1½ cup blueberry jam
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 inch square pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray
- Lightly crush cinnamon cereal in bowl with your hands
- Combine cereal, rolled oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl, stir
- Add the softened butter into the bowl and combine with your hands until you have a crumbly mixture
- Set aside 3/4 cup of the mixture for the topping. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan, pack fairly tightly.
- Spread the blueberry jam over the packed crumble layer
- Add the rest of the crumble to the top and press lightly into the blueberry jam
- Bake for 35 minutes or until moderately browned
- Allow to cool for 30 minutes before cutting to serve with Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea!
- Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week; reheat to serve if desired.
What winter activities do you enjoy? Skiing? Snowmobiling? Fat Biking? Fat biking is really big around here, but we haven’t tried that yet. It looks like it could be fun though! Either way, we’ve taken up snowshoeing and we are having fun with that!
See how easy it is to whip batch of crumb bars and make some piping hot Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea when you get home from a long day of winter activities?
Really, have you tried the Bigelow Vanilla Chai Black Tea? It’s amazingly delicious and my absolute favorite tea flavor.
You need to try it and you should try the other varieties of Bigelow Tea too, I’ve been drinking Bigelow Tea for some time. In the summer I like to make a batch of Bigelow Iced Green Tea. By drinking Bigelow all year round, I can proclaim that I Tea Proudly! Do you?
Drinking tea is so much more though. It’s warm, cozy, it soothes souls, connects people, invites conversation and makes memories. So when you drink Bigelow Tea, use the hashtag #TeaProudly to share your moment with other tea drinkers just like you.
Did you know? Bigelow is a family company of 3 generations, manufacturing their products in the USA and the tea bags are always packed in foil for freshness! Bigelow only uses the best quality ingredients for their tea. You can Tea Proudly knowing that you’re drinking Bigelow Tea. It’s okay to get excited about a great tea, but don’t forget to whip up a batch of these blueberry crumb bars to go with it!
Make sure that next time you’re at Walmart, swing by the tea aisle and snag a few boxes of Bigelow Tea, and at least one box of the Bigelow Vanilla Chai Black Tea, it could just be your new favorite tea!
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