Calypso Mango Sangria + A Giveaway

November 6, 2011

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I am not a huge coffee drinker. I don’t own a coffee maker and when I entertain, generally I leave the coffee making to someone else. The truth is, I do not make coffee well.

I much prefer a cup of tea. Hot in the winter time, cold all year round. When I am in a restaurant, I order my ice tea with lots of lemons. And the lemons have to be cut a particular way; in wedges. They need to be squeezeable. I get why restaurants cut their lemon in slices and use as a garnish. But, really, it’s just not practical.

I met my friend Kelly a few years back in a photo class. She started coming over once a week, I would cook her a meal, bake cookies for her to take home, we would take pictures, play with graphics programs, and talk. Her drink of choice was tea, and I would always make her a cup of green tea – no lemon. But she rarely drank it. The one day she showed up with a box of Mighty Leaf Green Tea. After one sip I understood.

I keep boxes of this stuff on hand (and when it’s on sale, I buy what’s on the shelf), and a pitcher of iced green tea is always in my fridge. A dash of simple syrup, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and I am out the door, tea in hand.

A while back, Might Leaf contacted me and offered to send me some of their Iced Tea Mixers. I was thrilled. I tried all of the teas. Although I liked them ( I am a self proclaimed creature of habit), I preferred my Green Tea Tropical. But, that did not stop me from making blends with the iced tea packets. I made a Ginger Peach Lemonade, and a Pomegranate Berry Tea Blend.  Both delish.  Yet, my favorite to date is the Sangria I made using the Calypso Mango Iced Tea. It was a crowd pleaser and with the holidays around the corner this is a great cocktail alternative to the hard core stuff.

Calypso Mango Sangria
yield: 6 servings
ingredients:
1 Calypso Mango Tea Pouches™
1/2  lemon, quartered
1/2  juice orange, quartered
1/2  lime, quartered
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
10 fresh raspberries
1/2 cup simple syrup
2 cups Rosé wine
fresh mint leaves for garnish 

instructions:
• make the simple syrup and let cool.
• steep the tea bag in 36 oz of boiling water.  after 10 minutes, remove the tea bag.
• cut the citrus in half and then quarter one of the halves. squeeze the juice into a pitcher and then cut the rind into strips. throw the strips of rind into the pitcher.
• add the simple syrup.
• add the cooled tea, apples, raspberries, and wine. chill for a couple of hours.
• serve in glasses, spoon some fruit into the glasses, and garnish with mint leaves.

Giveaway Info
So, you want to try some of these teas. The folks over at Mighty Leaf Tea are going to send one of my readers an Iced Tea Brew Kit and a Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher (a $60 value). You have until Sunday, November 13th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 3 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. Open to residents of the USA.

How to Enter

You can enter multiple times by leaving a separate comment for each of the following steps listed below:

• tell me what your favorite beverage is, hot or cold.
• go to Mighty Leaf’s Facebook Page and like them.
• go to The Urban Baker’s facebook page and like me.
• tweet about this giveaway. make up one of your own or tweet this sample message: pls RT @theurbanbaker has a@Mightyleaf #giveaway. Iced Tea Brew Kit + Bodum Iced Tea Pitcher: http://is.gd/a9u9Qf
• follow @therubanbaker on Twitter
• follow Mightly Leaf Tea on Twitter
• sign up for my RSS feeds and receive my blog posts each week
• Stumble this post and follow me (and see who I follow) @theurbanbaker on StumbleUpon.

Good Luck!

* The Mighty Leaf Tea Company sent me their tea to try and is providing the prizes for this giveaway.

 

{ 121 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicole November 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

My favorite beverage is coffee, but I’ve had to break that habit for health reasons. I’m trying to learn more about different teas and I’ve heard really great things about Mighty Leaf. I also LOVE iced tea! I hope I win this :-)

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2 Nicole November 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I just liked Mighty Leaf on Facebook :-)

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3 Nicole November 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I just liked The Urban Baker on Facebook and added it as a favorite for my Pinch My Salt facebook page.

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4 Susan November 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

thank you! xx

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5 Nicole November 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m following you on twitter!

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6 Nicole November 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m now following Mighty Leaf on twitter, too!

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7 Lucy Lean November 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I love tea – and did you know we should all be drinking 3 cups of green tea a day to help prevent cancer?

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8 Susan November 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

yes, I am aware of that! and I do!

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9 Susan Loren-Taylor November 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I’ve been a fan of Mighty Leaf tea for quite a while. Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to expand my Mighty Leaf tea repertoire!

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10 Amanda November 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Water!!! Water, water, water, I love it!

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11 Kristina Vanni November 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I am a huge believer that anything served in a mason jar is automatically awesome :) These look delicious and adorable! P.S. My favorite beverage – Grapefruit seltzer water!

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12 marla {family fresh cooking} November 7, 2011 at 6:15 am

What a GREAT idea to put tea in sangria! Great giveaway…sign me up. My favorite beverages are coffee and tea.

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13 marla {family fresh cooking} November 7, 2011 at 6:15 am

I follow you on FB

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14 marla {family fresh cooking} November 7, 2011 at 6:15 am

I follow them on FB too :)

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15 Maria November 7, 2011 at 6:19 am

Such a pretty drink!

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16 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:01 am

I love Raspberry Iced Tea.

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17 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:02 am

I like Mighty Leaf’s Facebook Page.

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18 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:03 am

I like The Urban Baker’s Facebook page.

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19 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:04 am

I tweeted this giveaway.

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20 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:05 am

I follow @therubanbaker on Twitter.

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21 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:05 am

I follow Mightly Leaf Tea on Twitter.

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22 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:08 am

I subscribed to your blog by RSS feeds and email.

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23 Cindy B. November 7, 2011 at 7:09 am

I stumble this post and follow.

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24 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] November 7, 2011 at 7:35 am

I’m a bit of a strange coffee drinker. I prefer coffee anytime before noon and anytime time after that it must be tea. Weird, right?

The sangria looks so delish!

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25 Rachel November 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

I love peppermint tea.

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26 Rachel November 7, 2011 at 10:28 am

I like the Urban Baker on Facebook.

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27 Rachel November 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

I subscribe to the Urban Baker’s RSS feed.

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28 theamericaine.blogspot.com November 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Ever since I went to the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona, Spain I have had a special place in my heart for Sangria. For some reason, however, I have yet to make it myself. I just may have to make this recipe my first attempt. It looks scrumptious.

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29 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm

omg looks amazing!

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30 Heather B November 7, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I only drink tea or coffee. My favorite drink is iced caramel macchiato!!!!!! But second best would be the passion fruit tea from AJ’s fine foods!!!!!

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31 PAT R November 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I love iced caramel coffee……yum

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32 PAT R November 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I like Mighty Leaf Tea on FB

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33 PAT R November 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I already like you on FB

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34 PAT R November 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

I follow you on FB and by email

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35 Susan November 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Hi Pat, welcome to the party. Good luck!

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36 Jennifer Mola November 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Super Yummy way to make tea!!! I don’t necessarily have a favorite drink but I do love a great pot of french-press coffee and on the tea side, I always go for Rooibos. Heading over to the social media outlets now for my likes and follows

Thanks for the inspiration!

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37 Susan November 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

thanks for your inspiration, lady!

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38 Elena November 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm

I love hot green tea

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39 Elena November 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I like Mighty Leaf Tea on Facebook as Elena Istomina

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40 Elena November 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I like you on Facebook as Elena Istomina

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41 Elena November 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

follow Mightly Leaf Tea on Twitter @ElenaIstomina

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42 Elena November 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm
43 Susan November 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Elena- thanks for all the wonderful social media love! good luck!

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44 Victoria November 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Great minds think alike! Green Tea with Lemon. Thanks for your great blog!

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45 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I am an iced tea (unsweetened) addict in the summer, but as soon as cold weather arrives, I’m all about a good cup of coffee.

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46 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I like Mighty Leaf on FB as Sun Dance

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47 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I like The Urban Baker on FB as Sun Dance

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48 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/sundancesurvey/status/133760096936275968

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49 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I follow @therubanbaker on Twitter as sundancesurvey

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50 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I follow Mightly Leaf Tea on Twitter as sundancesurvey

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51 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I subscribed to RSS through email: sundance (dot) survey (at) gmail (dot) com

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52 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm
53 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I’m a tea kind of girl, herbal preferably! I like mint and ginger the best. That Ginger Peach Lemonade sounds really good!

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54 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

you know I already like you on facebook

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55 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm

and follow on twitter

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56 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen November 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

and last but not least I tweeted it (love, love that pitcher by the way!)

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57 MARY T November 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I finally figured out how to follow you on Stumble Upon. My Stumble Upon name is sundancesurvey

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58 Sara P. November 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love peach iced tea in the summer time.

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59 Michelle Ho November 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I love iced tea!!!

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60 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

My favorite drink is fresh strawberry lemonade!

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61 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:12 am

I liked Mighty Leaf on Facebook

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62 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

Already like Urban Baker on Facebook

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63 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

Tweeted the giveaway: @kaori_ikeda01

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64 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

Already following Urban Baker on Twitter

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65 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

Following Mighty Leaf Tea on Twitter

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66 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:15 am

Signed up for your RSS feed

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67 Stefani November 8, 2011 at 12:16 am

Stumbled the post (sklowe01)

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68 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:02 am

My favorite beverage is tea as well. I typically make Luzianne sweet tea with a lemon wedge but like hot green tea.

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69 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:02 am

I liked Mighty Leaf’s Facebook Page!

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70 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

I liked your Facebook page, The Urban Baker!

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71 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:03 am

I tweeted the simple message.

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72 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:04 am

@therubanbaker I am following you on Twitter.

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73 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

@Mightly Leaf Tea I am following you on Twitter

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74 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:05 am

I signed up for your RSS feed on my yahoo account.

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75 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:06 am

I followed you on StumbleUpon after liking this post.

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76 Meredith November 8, 2011 at 7:07 am

My username for StumbleUpon is meredithrowe6 and my Twitter is meredithmrowe.

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77 Jillian_R November 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

I tweeted the giveaway under Ockhams_razor

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78 Jillian_R November 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

I already like you on FB as Trixie Vallient

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79 Jillian_R November 8, 2011 at 8:05 am

I stumbled you under QueenofMayhem

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80 Jillian_R November 8, 2011 at 8:06 am

I already recieve your RSS feeds in my email

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81 Jillian_R November 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

I already follow you on Twitter (Ockhams_razor)

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82 Jillian_R November 8, 2011 at 8:08 am

I follow “Mighty Leaf” on Twitter

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83 Melanie Dardar Harding November 8, 2011 at 8:47 am

My favorite beverage is sweet tea.

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84 Carolyn November 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Love what you made with the tea! I’m a coffee drinker, though. I will drink tea sometimes, but my favourite beverage is coffee, without a doubt.

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85 Denise P. November 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I love all kinds of coffee and tea! Hot, Iced, Both! I drink both coffee and tea every single day! I love mighty tea leaf! Its wonderful! I hope to be enjoying this prize soon!

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86 Georgia Pellegrini November 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I’m a bit tea gal myself, I almost never drink coffee. But I especially love what you’re drinking out of… I love jars as glasses!

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87 Donna F. November 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

My fave beverage right now is a hot soy latte!

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88 Donna F. November 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm
89 Donna F. November 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I “like” The Urban Baker on facebook

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90 Donna F. November 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I “like” Mighty Leaf” on facebook

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91 Donna F. November 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm

following @theurbanbaker on twitter
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92 Donna F. November 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

following @mightyleaf on twitter
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93 Adele November 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

My favorite drink for the season is a nice mug of hot chocolate.

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94 Adele November 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I liked The Urban Baker Facebook page.

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95 Adele November 9, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I liked Mighty Leaf Tea Facebook page.

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96 Nancy W November 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

My favorite drink is a plain old latte; no sugar, no flavorings. Just espresso and steamed milk. Yum!

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97 Katie November 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm

My favorite drink is hot green tea (i normally use organic b/c of how much I drink). I prob have at least 3 cups while I am at work.

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98 Katie November 12, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I like the Mightly Leaf Tea FB page

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99 Katie November 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I like the Urban Baker FB page

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100 Katie November 12, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I subscribe via Google reader (RSS)

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101 Caroline November 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I like both tea and coffee! But I love wine! :)

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102 Caroline November 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I like the Urban Baker FB page

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103 Caroline November 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I like the Mightly Leaf Tea FB page

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104 Caroline November 16, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I subscribe via Google reader (RSS)

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105 Caroline November 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

following @theurbanbaker on twitter

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106 Caroline November 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm

following @mightyleaf on twitter

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107 Lori S. December 2, 2011 at 12:18 pm

My favorite beverage is iced artichoke leaf and guava leaf tea.

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108 Lori S. December 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Liked The Urban Baker on Facebook

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109 Lori S. December 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Liked Mighty Leaf on Facebook

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110 Lori S. December 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Following @theurbanbaker on Twitter

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111 Lori S. December 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Following @mightyleaf on Twitter

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112 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm
113 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm

My fave drink is Market Spice Tea-iced…

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114 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Liked Mighty Leaf FB

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115 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Liked Urban Baker

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116 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Following Mighty Leaf

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117 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Following Urban Baker

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118 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Stumbled this…

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119 Sara December 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Joined RSS via Google Reader

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120 Billie Brownell December 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

My favorite drink is Milo’s Sweet Tea. It’s completely addictive, and doubles as a dessert!!

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121 Claire February 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I just love hot coffee!

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