No Foolin’ Around with Tea

Even on April Fool’s Day, I'm not foolin’ around when it comes to tea. As great tasting and beneficial as the tremendous varieties of teas are, I take them all very seriously. Anyone who says, “Here’s a great tea for you” and follows it up with “April Fool’s!” is not on my list of favorite …

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How to Make Iced Tea

As the chilly months begin to pass into our rear view mirrors and warmer weather looms, this is as good a time as any to tackle the topic of iced tea. There are many options available to fans of this cooling beverage, including a number of passably good bottled teas. But most serious tea drinkers …

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Artistic Teawares from Poplar Ridge Pottery

Get in tune with nature at teatime by serving from a teapot and mug with leaf and butterfly designs pressed in. If this sounds good to you, check out Poplar Ridge Pottery for their latest unique designs. Inspired by the organic shapes, especially leaves of various trees, around her childhood home in rural Alabama, artist …

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Harney & Sons Know Tea!

In the wide, wide world of tea having someone to guide you is as essential as having a good sherpa for your climb up the Himalayas to seek either to set a personal record or find the mythical paradise of Shangri-la. Someone who can steer you clear of the pitfalls of bad tea and show …

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Review — Herbal Chamomile by Harney & Sons

Name: Herbal Chamomile Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Herbal tisane Form: Silken pyramid tea bags Review: There are times when even the most die-hard tea lover has to say "enough" to true tea and take the time to enjoy an herbal tisane. Sometimes the the caffeine gets to you, other times the tannic acid gets …

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Spring Cleaning

I know I've been harping a bit on spring, but it's all that I can think about really. It's getting to be that time of year when you start airing things out. In other words: spring cleaning. When you're getting around to it, don't forget your tea cabinet. Because if it's anything like mine, it …

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Green Tea and Prostate Cancer

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men. The foundation estimates that more than 2 million American men currently live with prostate cancer. More than 192,000 men were expected to be diagnosed with this disease in 2009. Keeping that in mind, the …

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The Thrill of Discovery — Easter Baskets

As a kid, one of the joys of Easter was discovering the many and varied items hiding in our Easter Baskets. Sure, the Easter eggs were fun to make and to find, but as I didn’t much care for hard-boiled eggs, after all the eggs were found, the thrill of the hunt dissipated quickly. The …

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Review — Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons

Name: Hot Cinnamon Spice Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Silken pyramid tea bags Review: Black tea blended with orange, cinnamon and clove is probably one of the most, if not the most, beloved tea flavor blends available. There are several variations on the market, each with its own quirks that make …

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Springing into Tea

The Vernal Equinox heralds the first day of Spring and gives us all a great reason to spring into enjoying some great tea! Okay, a bit of a “time out” to remind ourselves what an equinox is. There are two of them each year: Autumnal (Fall) and Vernal (Spring). They are the days when the …

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