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Me….? It’s all good with family, shopping and tea.

An update to everyone that was helping me advance on Project Food Blog… I have some good news and sad news.  Good news:  I met so much more foodies such as myself participating in the challenge.  Sad news: I did not make it far.

I will be routing for my friends throughout the competition.  I want to thank FoodBuzz that they instilled some energy in me to take up a challenge.  I am usually not your typical “challenge” type girl.  But for some reason, I was so into the first challenge and had so much energy to go on at least a little longer in the competition.

When I first found out that I did not advance, my first reaction was “WHY?”   Then as I started talking to my hubby, I got really tear-y sharing my news.  I did not want to hear his comforting words.  I just wanted to be sad for a long time.  My world was over at the moment.  I was shutdown.

In my mind, I was hoping and really anticipating that I will progress a few more rounds in the competition.  But, nope… did not happen.  As much as I wanted to stay in the game, I guess everything happens for a reason.   But we all know that sometimes self therapy and comforting words from anyone does not work.

I just needed to live out my own emotions step by step to be able to get myself back in my own game.

I did have a rough week last week…  Starting with removing all four of my wisdom teeth, going back to work, and ending my Friday with the sad news.

So to pick myself back up again… I decided to reward  myself for having  such an intense week.  I went shopping and bought myself some new clothes.  I spent time with my beautiful family and ate and ate all weekend long.  I even had a slumber party with my Mom and the kids.  It truly felt comforting.

Besides eating, I made myself some great comforting tea that made me feel much better.  I am not the best tea maker… but I am learning.  Oh… and I still have a food blog addiction.

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  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Ahhhhh! Shopping therapy….I so need some…nothing like get a new fab outfit or shoes to make us forget all the bad in the world. I think Government should have a extra budget to distribute to all of us ladies in need of some peppy time. LOL.
    Hope you are doing better (with your teeth thingy). Have a great week Adelina.

  • Shelly, Nibbles of Tidbits

    I’m sorry and surprised — I voted for you!!! There’s a lot of competition and it’ll just a matter of time for me. Think of all the time and money you’re now saving :) Good luck with all.

  • http://twitter.com/Nesrinegamal cookoholic

    Adelina,I Never tried lavander in tea,went to turkey once,bought some lavander and guess what?? used them as scented stuff to be put in my closet,,,,,poor me!!!
    I am a tea woman,and sure will try this soon.
    Nesrine@ the doctor’s kitchen.

  • http://www.angiesappetite.com Angiesappetite

    So sorry for your rough week! Good job taking care of yourself though. Your photos are absolutely beautiful. The tea looks amazing!

  • Carol Egbert

    I was raised by an English mother and Grandmother who strpngly believed that there was no sadness that couldn’t be eased with a cup of tea and a hug. I send you a hug.

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    I love tea! I’m sorry you didn’t make it through this year, but maybe next year! I didn’t even try this year with all the stuff going on in my life at the moment.

  • http://www.spicesherpa.com Spice Sherpa

    Your ability to share your feelings is a testament to your strength. I’m sorry you didn’t make it as far as would have liked but every setback creates improvement–and strong character. I know the path well. We ALL do! And what a magnificent tea. I have a cupboard full of spices and some gorgeous lavender in our garden. I’ll have to give this a try. Hope you’re feeling better!

  • Suchitra Vaidyaram

    of late, I have taken a sudden fancy for trying out different kinds of tea- This one is definitely on my list!

  • http://bakingandcookingataleoftwoloves.blogspot.com Beckysbakingandcooking

    Tea cures all of our ills. I love tea, and it’s “comfort food”for me, even though it isn’t food, per se. I hope that the tea gave you comfort. Better Luck next year.

  • http://www.cooksbookblog.com Marisa

    A nice hot cup of tea is the perfect remedy after a rough week. It is so relaxing, plus shopping and spending time with family…sounds like you have just the right recipe for feeling better. I love tea, but you know what? I don’t think I’ve ever made my own blend like this. I have to try! By the way, that is such a pretty tea cup!

  • Torviewtoronto

    flavourful delicious

  • http://sprinkledwithflour.blogspot.com Sprinkledwithflour

    This tea sounds so comforting, I’m sure it was the perfect thing to combat your rough week:)

  • http://www.bakingwithoutabox.com Amanda

    This looks great!
    Love your positive attitude on making friends during the project food buzz. What a great point of view.

  • http://frombatoparis.blogspot.com Frombuenosairestoparis

    Oh, I’m really sorry…This is what I hate about these competitions…A lot of worthy people are left behind, when they really deserve to advance…and some people advance and we don’t see clearly why…Anyway, it is just a game..Life is full of more important things, and you seem to have them…, so pleeease, be happy !!!!
    Tonight it is freezing in paris, and I love honestly love to have your tea !!!
    Cristina

  • http://thejoyofcaking.wordpress.com/ Eileen

    I’m sorry for your horrible week. I’m sure this doesn’t really help you feel any better about the challenge but I voted for you! You are a consistent food blogger that makes a sincere effort to share with all, and it’s much appreciated. Your tea looks very rewarding. I grow lavender – maybe I should dry some for future tea parties.

  • Megan

    Aww.. Sounds like a rough week… … I adore your tea recipe…. It sounds like you did everything right to let yourself feel sad and then move on….Thank you for offering the recipe! – megan@foodalution.com

  • Kim

    Sorry to read you were having such a rough week last week. I know how it feels when you just want/need to vent rather than get comforting words.

    Hope you’re doing much better now and have a better week this week.

  • http://www.adventuresomekitchen.wordpress.com Adventuresome Kitchen

    I love the tea recipe! It looks heavenly and very relaxing!

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks so much Eileen! I am much better and needed to start my week fresh! I love your spice collection!

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Tonight has been hottest day in Los Angeles breaking a record. That’s just so cool how we can communicate from such a distance but yet feel so close thanks to our community. Sending you my best!

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Marisa! I have been inspired to make my own blend thanks to my sister-in-law’s Mom. The glass is actually from Ikea, and the metal holder is from Armenia. I am not quite sure if it’s a Russian or Armenian culture thing… but I used to like it as kid so much, that my Mom got me my own set from Armenia.

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    I love the extra budget idea! You’re pretty clever. I am doing better thanks to Advil and antibiotics. Sending you my best wishes.

  • http://MyTastyHandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Hi Nesrine, I had not since since yesterday either. I went to World Market… it’s a store in LA that’s pretty popular, where they sell spices and products from around the world. It looked so pretty in the package that I wanted to do something with it right away.

  • http://www.tasteofbeirut.com tasteofbeirut

    This tea looks so pretty and sounds earthy and fragrant; love it!
    Sorry you were crushed ! i did not participate so I am saving myself this kind of grief!
    Try it with me again next year, it is amazing ho much change a year can bring about!

  • http://lakocinera.blogspot.com Kocinera

    I’m sorry you didn’t make it and had such a tough week. Sometimes you do just need to slow down and recuperate after stuff like that–lots of comfort food included, of course! Also, I love that you went shopping. It feels so nice to buy yourself a present every once and a while.

    Hope you have a much better week this week with lots of happiness and yummyness. :)

  • http://twitter.com/natashacardinez Natasha Cardinez

    A cup of hot tea at the end of the day is one of the best ways to wind down. This is a great recipe!

  • http://www.theardentepicure.com/ Magic of Spice

    I am sorry that you did not make it to the next challenge, but next year I know you will :) Lovely recipe…

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