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Friday, August 16, 2019

Classic Alaskan Russian Tea Mix Recipe

Russian tea mix, tea and cookies
Russian tea mix, tea and cookies

I asked my daughter where we should stage this photo. She really loves this rock in our yard for photos for how much sun is in that area.

There are a lot of lasting influences of Russian colonization in Alaska. One of them is an enjoyment of hot fruity teas.

One of the most popular Russian teas is to add jam made from berries collected over the fall to brewed black tea.

The most popular though, hands down, is made with various drink mixes and spices and used as an instant tea.

My mother was a jam in tea sort, so the first time I had the drink mix kind was in summer camp as child. I loved it and came home with the recipe. My mother, the hippie, was absolutely appalled. The only other time I saw her that shocked over my tastes was when I came home from a slumber party insisting the other young woman's mother had made the best mac and cheese ever. Mom called for the recipe and found out it was Kraft.

Anyway, this is my recipe. It's less sweet and more tea then a lot of the mix recipes. I hope you enjoy it.

American measurements used. The parenthesis are the product I used and link to Amazon**.

Russian Tea Mix Recipe





Mix ingredients well, put into a pretty jar.

To mix, start with 3 Tbsp of mix. My coffee cups are mostly 10 oz. Put in the mix, top with hot or boiling water. Let cool enough to taste, add more mix or sugar

to taste.

As a gift, include a note with mixing instructions.

I do plan to re-do this post later with pretty  printable recipes and tags.

There are stories about this kind of tea being served to musher's on the Iditarod trail. Tang is so popular that to make a recipe that was actually measured out and not just me doing it by eye meant going to 3 stores and finding the one can left on the shelf in the back of the shelf at the last store.

As an adult, I prefer jam in tea, but TG and William both really like this version for it's convenience.

**this post contains Amazon affliate links which pay me a small commission when you use them to make purchases. **

Monday, August 12, 2019

You Are Worth Loving coloring page


Swirly image with a heart that says "You are worth loving"

This wasn't what I was planning on drawing, but when I got stuck on another project, drawing swirly things to relax seemed like a good idea.

I hope you enjoy this coloring page. You are worthy of being loved. Every single one of you.

Click the images below to download the blank versions to color.

If you'd like to see more coloring pages like this, please leave a comment or leave a comment on my FB page- Don't Eat The Paste on Facebook


Small jpg version of "You are worth loving" coloring page:

Free printable "You are worth loving" coloring page available in jpg and transparent png formats to print and color.



Large transparent png version of "You are worth loving" coloring page:

Free printable "You are worth loving" coloring page available in jpg and transparent png formats to print and color.







Monday, August 5, 2019

Geometric effect heart coloring page

Geometric rainbow heart

This coloring page is based off of a recent technique I've been playing with for fabric designs. If it seems a little different than my usual style for this page, it's because of that. I hope you enjoy it anyway.

I think this effect looks better with some negative space in it. There are 2 versions of this design. The other one has a lot of heavy black in it, and it's better for playing with area affects.

Rainbow geometric heart

Please let me know if you like it, and if you'd like more coloring pages in this style, and if you'd like a finer pages with smaller triangles. 

Click the images below for larger versions to print and color. 

Outline geometric heart coloring page in jpg version:

Geometric heart to print and color- available in other styles and in jpg and a larger version in transparent png.

Outline geometric heart coloring page in transparent png version:
Geometric heart to print and color- available in other styles and in jpg and a larger version in transparent png.


Heavy line geometric heart coloring page in jpg version:
Geometric heart to print and color- available in other styles and in jpg and a larger version in transparent png.

Heavy line geometric heart coloring page in transparent png version:
Geometric heart to print and color- available in other styles and in jpg and a larger version in transparent png.





Thursday, June 27, 2019

Brontosaurus Coloring Page

Brontosaurus coloring page- blank available


I've never even tried drawing a dinosaur before, but Spoonflower has a contest going on and the them inspired me to try. I'd really appreciate a vote on my design, but there are a lot of great designs in the contest and you can vote for more than one. I'll put that information at the end of this post.

When I was a child studying dinosaurs in school, my teacher told the class when we were coloring them "Dinosaurs lived long before people, and all we have now is fossils. Nobody knows what colors they were, if they were patterned or not. They might  have had fur or feathers. There is no wrong way to color a dinosaur!"

I loved that. All my dinosaurs were polka dotted or striped and in the brightest colors possible.

Here are the blank pages. Click on the image for a larger version, print and color!

Small jpg dinosaur coloring page:

Cute brontosaurus printable coloring page. Available in jpg and transparent png.

Large transparent png dinosaur coloring page:
Cute brontosaurus printable coloring page. Available in jpg and transparent png.


If you'd like to vote on the Spoonflower contest before July 9, 2019- this is my design in that contest-

Click here---> Spoonflower Boy Wonder fabric design contest