Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Celestial Seasonings Trees for the Future


I receive the Celestial Seasonings Newsletter by email and today I received and update on their program "Trees for the Future". They now have two ways that you can help plant trees. You can buy a box of their tea before March 31st, or you can plant a virtual tree online.

Here is the text from their newsletter:

You can help Celestial Seasonings plant trees either by sipping our tea or clicking your mouse! We're partnering with a nonprofit organization called Trees for the Future to plant more than one million trees around the world. There are two ways you can help:

1. Purchase your favorite Celestial Seasonings tea between now and March 31. For every box of tea you buy, Celestial Seasonings will sponsor the planting of trees around the world. Our goal is to plant up to one million trees!

2. Plant your own Virtual Tree online. For each virtual tree planted online at CelestialSeasonings.com/trees, we'll sponsor the planting of one real tree by Trees for the Future up to 50,000 trees. That's in addition to the one million trees we're already planting.
Whether you choose to sip tea or surf the web, your actions benefit the environment and economies of emerging nations by improving the quality of their water, air and soil, promoting biodiversity and generating additional income for their residents.Visit our website or our new Facebook page for full details and to plant your own virtual tree!
Celestial Seasonings also offered these tasty recipes using their tea, so for Valentine's Day, if you can't afford to go out for an expensive dinner, or purchase flowers, candy or cards, stay home with the ones you love and snuggle up with some tasty home baked treats.

Serves 8

Click here to download this recipe in printable PDF format.

Your special someone will love this cake's scrumptious combination of irresistible chocolate with the whistling cool freshness of our beloved Peppermint herbal tea. Try this moist, dark and delicious cake for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, and any other day that you want a tasty treat.
Ingredients
1 cup water
6 bags Celestial Seasonings® Peppermint herbal tea
3 oz unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces
1/2 cup soft butter, plus enough butter to grease the pan
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups flour, plus enough to dust pan
1 tsp baking powder
Powdered sugar for dusting cake
Instructions
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. Bring the water to a boil in a heavy saucepan and add the tea bags. Remove from the heat and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, carefully squeeze out the excess liquid and discard the bags. Return the tea to a boil.
Combine the chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Pour the tea over the top. Whisk until melted. Stir in the sugar and egg yolks. In a separate bowl, mix baking soda and yogurt. Add to the chocolate and butter batter and mix well. Sift flour and baking powder into the batter and mix well. In another separate bowl, whip egg whites until stiff, then fold them into the batter.
Grease and flour one bundt pan. Pour in the batter. Bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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