A Healthy Gut is a Happy Gut!

Daily Greens Smoothie Bowl Single Sips 850px-768x721Single Sips® make it easy to enjoy the benefits of healthy, organic teas and herbs on the go. Simply add a packet to hot or cold water and stir or shake. One of the new additions to the Single Sips teas is Daily Greens. Daily Greens Single Sips are a simple and refreshing way to get both prebiotics and probiotics which can support your digestive and immune systems.

There are also other ways to use these teas as you can see with this new recipe from the Republic of Tea. (You’ll feel healthier just reading it!)

Daily Greens Smoothie Bowl

Double down on your daily fix of cleansing and revitalizing greens with this nutrient packed Daily Greens Smoothie Bowl. Combined with the proteins and healthy fats from avocado and almond milk – these smoothie bowls will keep you going strong for hours. Your taste buds AND gut will love you!

Ingredients
1 Organic Daily Greens™ Single Sips®
1 banana, peeled and frozen
1 cup fresh spinach
½ avocado
½ cup almond milk
¼ ice cubes
Optional toppings

Directions
Blend everything together in a high-powered blender and pour in a bowl. Top with sliced fruit, granola, chia seeds or hemp seeds, nuts or sunflower seeds, dried berries, honey, coconut flakes, etc. Store covered in the fridge for up to one week.

(Although the recipe doesn’t come right out and say it, I assume that at some point within the week, you are supposed to consume this.)

Plant of the Week: Shamrock

With Saint Patrick’s Day quickly approaching,  we thought it would be a perfect time to introduce you to these beautiful lucky plants! The shamrock, or Oxalis is native primarily to southern Africa and tropical south America but with over 850 different species they can be traced all over the world. The Oxalis’ name is derived from the Greek word for acid because, when consumed, the leaves give off a bitter taste. Be careful though, because if consumed in large quantities, this plant can cause poisoning in in pets so make sure to keep them out of reach.

Lucky Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii)

Shamrocks are a relatively easy plant to care for, and is known to live through generations. This plant is a bulb plant, so it doesn’t like to sit in water. Watering around once a week should be sufficient and let is dry about halfway before giving it another dose. Oxalis do very well in an east facing window where they will receive high, indirect light. Under proper conditions, this plant will sprout beautiful little flowers that can vary from white to purple depending on the species.

Iron Cross Shamrock

If you plan  on growing your oxalis outdoors, these perennials are a perfect filler plant for rock gardens, shady borders and woodland gardens. They do best in shady areas or a place where they will get morning light. Many people believe that shamrocks are annuals, but this is a common misconception. Shamrocks go into a dormant phase over the winter where their watering can be decreased until they start sprouting again.

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

If you think that a shamrock would be a good fit for your home or garden, you can head on over to Incahoots where we have three different varieties of shamrock (triangularis, regnellii and iron cross) that come in 4″ pots for $4.99!

Tea of the Week: Northwest Breakfast

This week’s Tea of the Week is Northwest breakfast! A customer favorite by MarketSpice, NW Breakfast is a very tasty tea. This tea is a classic take on English Breakfast and combines Ceylon and Darjeeling teas.

 

 

 

Located in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Public Market, MarketSpice has been a staple for their exotic spices since 1911. Their teas are made in small batches to ensure optimum flavor. This tea is very delicious so if you feel like having a pot, you can come on down to Incahoots and enjoy. We also sell Northwest Breakfast in bulk at $26 a pound to enjoy in the comforts of your own home!

If You’re Easily Amused…

HelleboreIf, like me, you are easily entertained, here’s a fun thing to do the next time you’re out walking the streets of McMinnville:

Stroll on over to the new crosswalk signal at 5th and Adams. Press the button 3 times and sing along as it plays the beginning of the Dreidel Song. Next, continue on down to 2nd and Adams. If you stand on the corner between the walk signals, it sounds just like you are in the middle of a Pong game – Beep…boop…beep…boop…..
And then when you press the arrow button, a stern voice will say “Wait” which you should if you value your life. Then when the signal changes it says “Step” and that is your cue to get a move on. Of course, once you get out into the crosswalk, it continues giving more instructions but don’t stop to listen.

(All this new crosswalk technology is pretty cool, but what I’d really like to hear is more variety. Perhaps they could program a random playlist of “Step in Time” from Mary Poppins or “Do the Hustle” by Van McCoy or my personal favorite “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles.)

And finally, continue walking until you come to 9th and Baker where you can rest and enjoy a hot cup of tea. Check out this week’s featured tea (profiled on our website) by clicking here.

New Ideas for Your Decor

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Turn your favorite empty bottles into vintage-inspired candle holders. New in the shop are these ingenious flower-shaped holders that can sit easily in the neck of any olive oil, wine or other glass vessel thanks to its attached cork stopper. With a rustic metal finish, these are perfect for your favorite tapers and will be the envy of your next dinner party guests.

Also new this month, you will notice some fresh wall art including botanical prints on both canvas and metal, gardening signs made of wood or tin, and artisan pieces made of cotton and vintage kantha materials (woven and in macrame styles). Treat your eyes and your walls to some new decor for spring today.

Plant of the Week: Phalaenopsis Orchid

 For our very first Plant of the week, we have chosen the beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid! Native through southeast Asia, this beautiful plant makes the perfect orchid for beginners and hobbyists alike. Seeing as it is one of the easiest orchids to grow, the plant has been bred to come in a large variety of colors, ranging from solid purple to yellow with pink stripes (as shown here).

This plant is considered a low-light orchid, so it will do best in an east facing window or a south or west window so long as they are protected by a sheer curtain. When the plant is in bloom, it can be placed anywhere in the home out of direct sunlight. The amount of water needed for your orchid depends on the medium it is potted in. If your phal is potted in bark, watering about once a week is sufficient. If it is in moss, or a mixture of bark and moss (like Incahoots orchids are), water when the top feels dry. Once all of the blooms have fallen off of your orchid, you can cut the spike on of two ways. You can either cut it down to the level of the leaves so your plant will produce bigger flowers and a larger stem within a year, or cut it down to the last node before the old flowers to stimulate new blooms out of the node withing 8-12 weeks.

If you think a phalaenopsis orchid would be the perfect plant for your house, you can come on down to Incahoots and pick up your very own. They run at $28 for a 4″ pot and $36 for a 6″ pot!

Tea of the Week: Honeybush

For our very first Tea of the Week, we are featuring honeybush.  Originating in Cape Province, South Africa, honeybush is a sweet and delicate herbal tea with a honey-like apricot flavor. It is delicious both as a hot tea as well as an iced tea.

Honeybush is rich in iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, sodium, and vitamin C. It is also caffeine free and organic. This tea is one of our favorites down here at Incahoots, and we will happily make you a pot of it the next time you stop in. You can also buy the tea to make at home for $25.00 a pound.

 

Honey for Tea

TeaHoneyWe are pleased to introduce an exciting new product from Republic of Tea! These jars of honey are made especially for tea lovers and are available in three delicious flavors: Lemon Creme, Vanilla Bean and Chai Spice. Crafted with Grade A premium white honey and natural spices, enjoy these swirled in your favorite steaming brew, or add decadence to scones or shortbread. Rumors are afloat that it’s pretty tasty on toast and in oatmeal as well.

Also new in the shop for your tea drinking (and gifting) pleasure, you can find beautiful honey pots adorned with lavender flowers and the truism: “There is always time for tea with my honey.”

50k at 50

 

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How far do you think a teacher will go to support their students? If it’s the

McMinnville High School Band Director, then the answer is 50 kilometers (which translates to 31 miles or 125 times around the track).

This Saturday, Dave Barton (that’s him in the photo) will be running 50K as a fundrasier for the High School Band program. We are big supporters of music in the schools and will be there to cheer him on.

If you would like to help support this great cause, simply visit the Mac Band website and make a donation. Just like on the radio, you choose the amount that’s right for you.

Featuring A Local Artist’s Work

Creating art from her cabin in Bend, Oregon, Katie Daisy has established herself as a whimsical wildflower artist who strives to share simple joys and the beauty of nature with others. You will find her work on several items throughout our shop, including greeting cards & boxed notes, specially wrapped soaps in “Willow” & “Morning Sun” scents, as well as rolls of garden-inspired wrapping paper.