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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe (& my name..)

I really love ordering a Starbucks Shaken Passion Tea Lemonade on a hot July day, don't you? Totally yummy and refreshing. Yet, sometimes the budget just doesn't allow for a Starbucks splurge. So, I came up with a solution: make it at home. I whipped up one of these iced teas for myself yesterday afternoon and it was honestly just as tasty as one from Starbucks! I saved money, AND it had way less sugar. Winning! And who doesn't love winning? :) I posted it on my Instagram & Twitter yesterday and had some requests for the recipe. Here it is, y'all! (and if you scroll down to the bottom of this post I have a little book update or somethin' like it)

Homemade Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe 

1 Tazo Passion tea filterbag 
1 quart of boiling water
1 quart organic lemonade 
1 cup ice 

Place 1 filterbag in a 2-quart pitcher and fill with a quart of boiling water. 
Steep for 5-6 minutes until tea is strong, then remove bag.
Add lemonade to pitcher.
Serve over ice in a pretty cup!
Refrigerate after brewing, keeps for 24 hours.

recipe altered from Tazo tea box 

Also, a quick little announcement for my precious Sweetness Itself Blog readers - So, this sounds a little random, but we're gonna chat about names for a minute - weird, I know, but stick with me ;) - as you know, I've been going by "Erin Elizabeth" on this little blog and on my social media profiles (including Facebook... are we friends?) I've been not sharing my last name. This is fine for blogging - we all have to set boundaries and do what is most comfortable for us based on our situation, life, and family in our profiles that are out there for the world to see on the Internet, and that's OK. But as I am expanding my reach and publishing my book in the next few months (ahh!) as well as have some speaking engagements on the horizon and other exciting stuff (will share soon :) I've felt it is time to expand my "branding" a little bit and become a bit more easily recognizable by sharing my full name. Those of you who know me personally know that my real last name is very long, very unique, and may possibly be the only one of it's kind out there. Which is great! Yet I just don't feel comfortable using my full real name in the public setting. Mostly because of privacy for my family and also because it's super hard to spell, pronounce and remember. So, I am choosing to use a "pen name" or pseudonym. That may be strange to some people but it's what I'm gonna do (by the way, in my searching about this topic on the Internet, I found that Jennifer Aniston isn't Jen's real last name... No! Who knew? She's really Jennifer Anastassakis! See? She gets it with the crazy long last names. I'm apparently in good company ;) I am not legally changing my name, still the same old me. But I will be going by a pen name on my blog, book, etc :) Just wanted to update, because no I didn't get married secretly and change my name - believe me, you'll know when that happens! 

  All of that to say, I will be officially going by Erin James. James is my dad's full name and a special family name, and I think it just sounds good. Just wanted to update ya so you 
wouldn't be thrown off. Gotta keep my sweet friends and supporters informed. Love you all SO much and excited to share some new things with you soon! 

Be blessed and stay sweet.



  1. That's a great idea for a pen name! I love it!

  2. Well, I love you. And I love your real last name. And I love the pen name. :) And I CANNOT WAIT for your book to come out!!


  3. I love it. Both the recipe and the pen name. I've always wanted a pen name and I thought I would have one when I was working on a book. Erin James works for you I really like it. Super excited for the book too.

  4. Erin James has the most darling ring to it! I neeeed to make that passion tea lemonade--my go-to summer drink! And girllll we are about to become facebook friends! :)

  5. SO excited to see what the Lord has in store for you, erin and can't wait to hear all the exciting things you're about to accomplish.

    erin james. i LOVE it. <3


  6. I like it chick. It suits you sweetie. It sounds wonderful! Everyone's name is special in some kind of way.

  7. I love it! So excited for your book to come out!

  8. Oh I love the name!! It sounds right! And I'm gonna have to try that!! ;)

  9. James is my brothers name, both my grandpas, and 4 of my uncles names... needless to say it is my most favorite name on the face of the earth! haha. I love your "stage name"

  10. My hubby loves this drink, he is not a coffee man. I have tried my own version too, so yummy! :)

  11. Hi Sweet friend :) that recipe for the drink sounds yummy. I have to really watch my sugar as I have a sweet it's nice to have options for dupes of things with high sugar.
    So excited to hear about the pen name also. I noticed the change, but assumed it had something to do with the book. So exciting! Thanks for keeping us updated. Have a wonderful Friday. Love you xo!

  12. thanks for the recipe, sounds yummy. the name is awesome.

  13. That recipe looks DELICIOUS and now I'm dying to try it!!!

    Also, I like your new pen name. It sounds very classy, very elegant, so I say its a keeper!!! ;)


  14. Erin James has a beautiful ring to it!

  15. Haha I love Erin Elizabeth (; I think ya know why hahahahah (: , Love you , And Erin James I like that too!! So I think ya need to message me what your last name is on facebook (: You'll always be Erin Elizabeth to me hah, just because it makes us twins in a way, so I am catching up on your blog posts today, might write one myself..

  16. as someone with a long and complicated last name (as well as a pretty darn complicated first name, haha!), I totally get it. :)

  17. I think that's so sweet to still incorporate your family into your pen name! Erin James just has such a good sound to it, as well!

    AND: I definitely bought some of the Tazo tea and have been making my own, plain, and love it! I didn't think I'd like unsweetened tea all that much, but making it at home I can add a little honey when I steep it and shhhh: I've been known to keep it for two days in the fridge with no problems :D Don't tell Tazo!


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