Christmas Tea Gifts

It is that time, darlings! Well, actually, I guess I'm late, because Walmart, Dollar General, and The English Tea Store all have put up their Christmas displays.  Yes, Halloween has not yet come, and Christmas shopping has begun. Then there are those people who shop all year. I applaud their diligence, but I myself have …

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Tea Sampler Packs

If you are like me and hesitate to try new teas because of the high probably of spending the $$, only to be profoundly disappointed, have I got a deal for you. I just discovered the English Tea Store's Tea Sampler Packs. When I get set on something, I stick. I rarely change the arrangement of …

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Cold Tea on a Hot Day

...or How to Make Good Ice Tea. I did not commit a typing error: The term is ‘ice’ tea, not ‘iced’ tea. In the southern part of the United States, one says, “Would you like a glass of ice tea, honey?” This is known as dialect and a perfectly acceptable way of speaking. I have …

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Tea Songs to Sing While Brewing Tea

Of course, something as beloved and a part of living as tea (I dare say as much as sex, given the situation) is also much regaled in song. There is Tea for Two, and most everyone can sing those three words. The song sort of combines tea and sex as it is a love song …

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A Good Year for Tea

If you are from a certain part of the country, usually rural, you will recognize the old saying: “It was a good year for peaches...or plums...or tomatoes, etc.” Many a gardener, farmer, or homemaker spending hours in a hot kitchen filling canning jars has marked a year by the exceptional bounty and fine taste of …

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Keep Calm and Carry On, with Tea

What is it about a cup of tea? Oh, I know there’s been all sorts of scientific findings about the properties of tea that point to it’s ability to calm, but just now, I find myself calmed as I brew it and carry it upstairs to my office, and I have not yet had one …

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What Do I Do with the Tea I Don’t Like?

Do you know about FLYlady--the home blessing instructor? If you do, then you know about the lessons on decluttering cabinets and counters. I looked in my cabinet at my various containers of tea, a cabinet that seriously needs decluttering. I have been in recent years attempting to broaden my tea horizons by sampling many different …

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Mim Estate Tea and Mystery

I have been sampling different brands of Darjeeling tea and recently tried Mim Estate loose leaf. I find it marvelous. Mim Estate tea has a lovely clear amber color, with a pronounced and enticing sweet-floral scent. I find it a pleasure to curl up with a cup, much like a good classic book that one …

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Tea and Jam, Plain and Simple

It all began innocently. One day I was making my usual favorite afternoon tea—Darjeeling, with toast and jam. Not exotic; I like things plain and simple. I smoothed the jam—in this case orange marmalade--thick on my toast, and then found myself looking thoughtfully down into the jam jar, while I remembered reading of the idea …

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Tea and Teff-Date Muffins, Gluten-free for You and Me

Fall has arrived. Yes, it comes a little later in the deep South, and we get so little of the glorious fall color, but there are now crisp mornings and soft evenings, with clear blue sky in between and a whisper of gold and red on the falling crepe myrtle leaves. The cooling temperatures bring …

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