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I Can’t Believe…

I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.  Not really.  I didn’t too much.  It was what I ate.  My dear husband and I went out to supper last night, because I didn’t feel at all like cooking.  It had been a long time since we ate Mexican, and we tried a restaurant where we had never eaten.  The food was good, but I had forgotten just how heavy Mexican food tends to be.  A good tamale is a treasure to me so that’s what I ordered.  When my plate arrived it held the biggest tamale I’ve ever seen…or eaten.  Beans and rice came with it, and no way could I finish all the food on my plate.  I ate more than I really needed, but I had to leave a good bit on my plate…four hours later I still felt stuffed…which brings me to my Tuesday tea.

Good Earth Tea for Digestion…the box states “Tea for Digestion reduces occasional indigestion, upset stomach, fullness, that ‘stuffed’ feeling.”  It was formulated according to an authentic Swiss recipe developed by Father Johannes Kuenzle, a widely known and highly respected herbalist, pastor, and author.  Tea for Digestion is a blend of anise seed, fennel seed, peppermint leaf, licorice root, boldo leaf, and yarrow herb.

After researching Good Earth’s web site I learned Tea for Digestion has been discontinued.  That’s a shame, because it worked for me…after sipping a mug full I no longer have that “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” feeling.

If you enjoy tea and tea posts be sure to check out Kimmie’s blog “Art In Red Wagons” home of Tea on Tuesday, and follow the links to all the Tea on Tuesday posters.

Until next time…

The spirit of the tea beverage is one of peace, comfort and refinement.  ~ Arthur Gray ~

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Ok, so my title is hokey.  It’s nearly bedtime, Monday before Tea on Tuesday.  It’s been a long day, and I’m just about slap happy.  I’ve been painfully slow getting our sisterhood of the traveling teacup round robin on the road and for that I apologize.  BUT it’s finally ready to begin on its journey.

Here is a sneak preview of the package contents:

An overview of how the round robin works:

  • After receiving the package you may take up to two weeks to send it to the next person on the list.  Just remember the sooner it makes it back to me, the sooner we have the giveaway of all the artsy goodies and the mug.
  • Enclose a small item handcrafted by you.  You choose the medium…there are no rules…if there were I’d fully expect you to bend them.  I would suggest keeping it light-weight so postage cost is kept to a minimum.
  • Please get a tracking number when you mail the package.
  • Please update the status of the round robin when you send it on its way.  You can do that on this thread or by emailing me.
  • I will be sending out a final draft of the participant names and addresses shortly.  You send to the person listed under your name.
  • If you are just learning about the round robin and are interested in taking part, read this post for the eligibility details and let me know by emailing your address to me by Friday, May 6.

If you enjoy tea and would like to read more tea posts, check out Kimmie’s blog Art In Red Wagons.  It’s the home of Tea On Tuesday.

Until next time…

You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.  ~ C. S. Lewis

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My tea post today is a repost of last week with a small addition.  This morning I’m enjoying a mug of Irish Breakfast tea…strong and black.  It’s a busy day and after the night I had I need a real eye-popper.  Last week I introduced a Teacup Round Robin.  This week I hope you will sign on and help the teacup begin its travels.

Patty’s delightful tea post March 30 featuring the Washington, D. C. cherry blossom bloom gave me a quirky idea. She had the foresight to take a beautiful cup and saucer as a Tea on Tuesday photo prop. Lennie, (no blog, wonderful Lennie) commented “What a fantastical idea, a traveling teacup! Love it!” on Patty’s post. I loved it, too. My quirky mind couldn’t help but think of the title “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (I never saw the movie or read the book.) Delete “Pants” and insert “Teacup” and an idea was conceived. I’ve heard of Round Robin crochet hooks and Round Robin letters. Why not a round robin teacup or mug? A mug is a bit more durable and would likely be the best choice.

This Round Robin is only open to Tea on Tuesday participants…A participant is one who has posted a Tea on Tuesday post anytime in the past up until today or one who is well known to and recommended by a faithful Tea on Tuesday poster. It works like this. I will select a cup and put together a small package containing the cup and assorted tea samples, a handwritten note, and a small handmade item, and send it to the first person who gets on the list. That person would use the cup no less than once and keep it no longer than two weeks. She would then add tea if she used any from the package, add to the note, and include a small handmade item that relates to herself, and send it to the next person on the list.

When the Round Robin is complete and the cup returns to me I will host a Round Robin Giveaway. The prize will be the cup and all the handmade items added by the participants. The giveaway will be open only to those who participated in the Traveling Teacup Round Robin.

If you are interested in participating be sure to leave a comment asking for your name to be added to the list. You will need to send your mailing information to me. Click on the “Email Me” button on the sidebar to send it privately.

There is still time to enter your name for a chance to win the spring apron giveaway that ends on the 15th.

If you enjoy tea and tea posts be sure to visit Kimmie at Art In Red Wagons (home of Tea on Tuesday) for more delightful tea conversation.

Until next time…

If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you. ~ Gladstone (1865) Victorian British Prime Minister ~

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Patty’s delightful tea post March 30 featuring the Washington, D. C.  cherry blossom bloom gave me a quirky idea.  She had the foresight to take a beautiful cup and saucer as a Tea on Tuesday photo prop.  Lennie, (no blog, wonderful Lennie) commented “What a fantastical idea, a traveling teacup!  Love it!” on Patty’s post.  I loved it, too.  My quirky mind couldn’t help but think of the title “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” (I never saw the movie or read the book.) Delete “Pants” and insert “Teacup” and an idea was conceived.  I’ve heard of Round Robin crochet hooks and Round Robin letters.  Why not a round robin teacup or mug?  A mug is a bit more durable and would likely be the best choice.

This Round Robin is only open to Tea on Tuesday participants…A participant is one who has posted a Tea on Tuesday post anytime in the past up until today or one who is well known to and recommended by a faithful Tea on Tuesday poster.  It works like this.  I will select a cup and put together a small package containing the cup and assorted tea samples, a handwritten note, and a small handmade item, and send it to the first person who gets on the list.  That person would use the cup no less than once and keep it no longer than two weeks.  She would then add tea if she used any from the package, add to the note, and include a small handmade item that relates to herself, and send it to the next person on the list.

When the Round Robin is complete and the cup returns to me I will host a Round Robin Giveaway.  The prize will be the cup and all the handmade items added by the participants.  The giveaway will be open only to those who participated in the Traveling Teacup Round Robin.

If you are interested in participating be sure to leave a comment asking for your name to be added to the list.  You will need to send your mailing information to me.  Click on the “Email Me” button on the sidebar to send it privately.

There is still time to enter your name for a chance to win the spring apron giveaway that ends on the 15th.

If you enjoy tea and tea posts be sure to visit Kimmie at Art In Red Wagons (home of Tea on Tuesday) for more delightful tea conversation.

Until next time…

If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you. ~ Gladstone (1865) Victorian British Prime Minister ~

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Last week just in time for posting Tea on Tuesday my DH severed our satellite cable rendering our internet connection DEAD. (It was my fault…if fault must be had, because he was tilling a spot I selected for my new herb bed.)  It took a day to round-up a private contractor to replace the cable and get our system working again.

I planned on posting bright and early today, but our connection speed is next to nothing.  Today it might as well be dead. Our connection speed has been right up there with pouring molasses on a frigid day.  It’s almost time for supper and while our turkey burgers simmer in barbecue sauce I’m hopeful I can get a tea post done.

My tea of choice has been Oolong.

Oolong tea is produced by Fujian Province of China.  Oolong tea has been described as “Yu Xiang Hui Wei ” as it goes through so many different production stages in order to generate a good flavor and aroma. The tea consists of several dozens of kinds of leaves that have different flavors and aromas due to differences in the leaves, the production area, and the harvest time. Among them, Tie Guan Yin, Shui Xian, and Oolong are well known, many renowned oolong teas are produced in Fujian Province. Oolong tea produced in the Province is exported throughout the world as the tea that is representative of China, the home of tea.  (oolongtea.org)

Pictured with my tea is a sassy, spring hostess apron I’m giving away on my blog.  The pocket is filled with extras.  I hope you will take a moment and comment on my “Okay Already” Springfever Giveaway for a chance to win.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Tea Tuesday.  Mine was spent hanging out with my firstborn grandchild.  She’s 17 and a blessing to behold to this old girl.  If you love tea check out the other tea Tuesday ladies starting with Kimmie at Art In Red Wagons the home of Tea on Tuesday.

Until next time…

The cup of tea on arrival at a country house is a thing which, as a rule, I particularly enjoy. I like the crackling logs, the  shaded lights, the scent of buttered toast, the general atmosphere of leisured coziness.  ~ The Code Of The Woosters

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I’m not bragging.  Really I am not.  Last week’s Tea on Tuesday overflowed with winter blues (greys) and blahs.  I wished I could send sunshine and warmth to each of you and lift your spirits.  For the time being Southeast Mississippi is being blessed with glorious, sunshiny weather.   Today I am sharing some of my warm sunshine.  This morning I worked outside with herbs until lunchtime and enjoyed a light lunch in the sunshine.  I stand amazed at what a good dose of natural vitamin D will do for a girl’s mood, and I hope you can visually soak up a little of my beautiful, not too hot, sunshine that promises to head your way soon in the pictures I share.  Most are pictures of the herbs I worked with…sprucing up this year’s new growth and transplanting new.

Before getting started playing with rich soil and fragrant herbs sheets hit the line to flap in the warm sunshine and gentle breeze.  There’s nothing quite relaxing as the smell of linens that hanged on the line to dry in the fresh air…thinking about it makes me want to go crawl in the bed and take a nap.

Catnip is one of the herbs I grow to use in medicinal infusions and blended teas.  Of all my catnip plants from years past this one looks the happiest today.  It’s growing in a chicken waterer that leaked and would have been discarded without my intervention.  My favorite containers are unique.

Another new growth plant that seem thrilled to be alive is my garlic chives.  They look so perfect I hate to start cutting them, but they’ll taste wonderful chopped on a hot baked potato and in salads  and add delicate flavor when cooked into so many dishes. 

Of all my periannuals my most beloved are stevia plants and lemongrass.  Both are desparately difficult to obtain in this area.  They also both take a VERY long time to grow from seed. 

Stevia is hardy in southeast Mississippi, but lemongrass is not.  Each spring I keep an eye out for the stevia to peek out when our weather begins to warm, and I shelter it during any cold snaps we have.  It’s not uncommon for our temps to drop back down below freezing until after Easter so tender plants are easily lost up until then.  Throughout the growing season I give stevia plants good haircuts and dry all I cut for use in tea blends. 

The first year I grew lemongrass I set one plant out in the ground and a second in a large, deep pot.  The one in the pot over-wintered in the laundry room and just barely made it.  After a year of “recovery time” it boasts only a few blades.  I covered the one in the ground with a thick bed of pinestraw and all was well through the winter.  When the weather warmed early like now it emerged, healthy and full.  During the first deep cold snap I lost it.  Thankfully my favorite local nursery gets a few plants a year, and I managed to make a visit while they still had three.  I bought them all even though I felt really greedy and almost guilty as I claimed them.  Lemongrass adds nice lemon flavor to tea  blends and recipes.  I won’t overwinter these in the ground and will make sure they are happy with their indoor winter home.   I’m hoping we can add a greenhouse to our place before the end of this summer growing season.

While I played with herbs and soaked up the golden rays I took several pictures, but since I waited so late in the day to post my tea Tuesday, I’m fast forwarding to my much needed lunch break.  My tea selection wasn’t fancy, but it was perfect paired with fresh, Louisiana strawberries.  Lemon Lift is one of my favorite afternoon/evening teas.  The rich black tea flavored with natural lemon lives up to it’s name.  I’m enjoying a second “mug” as I compose this post.

These bad boys have enjoyed their day, too.  It would just be wrong not to share them with you.   Aren’t they gorgeous?

I know reading my tea post is not quite like “being there”, but I do hope it renews your hope that spring really is just around the corner…If you enjoy tea, check out Kimmie’s blog Art In Red Wagons home of Tea on Tuesday and follow the links to read more wonderful tea posts.  You’ll be glad you did.

Until next time…

I got nasty habits; I take tea at three.   ~ Mick Jagger, Live with Me ~

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Tea and Biscuits

Tuesday rolled around again so quickly.  All week I’ve pondered my Tea on Tuesday theme and what I would share.  I had all but settled on  “passion”…something we would all define differently in this diverse group.  Tazo has a wonderful Passion tea with rich red color and a pleasing tart taste that would have highlighted my tea post.  But “passion” will wait until another time.  My sweetheart surprised me last night and took me out to supper just to give me a break from cooking.  

We went to Red Lobster, and the first thing I ordered was hot tea.  They serve Maryland Club Orange Pekoe Cut Black Tea…it’s not fancy but it makes a good cup of tea. 

A visit to Red Lobster is not complete without a cheddar bay biscuit…or two.

We enjoyed a green salad while we waited for our entrees…mine with raspberry vinaigrette.  My sweetheart had blue cheese.  Truthfully I could have been satisfied with tea, biscuits and salad, but of course I did not stop there.

My darling enjoying a mouthful…not believing I was pointing a camera in his direction while he had a full mouth. 

While we were eating our salads the regional manager stopped by our table to ask if we were enjoying our eating experience.   He commented on how much my sweetheart looked like Willie Nelson.  (This happens often…I guess he does favor Willie to some degree…but I just see my sweetheart when I look at him.)  He says it’s because he’s been rode hard and put up wet too many times.  Our meal was served and I was so enamored by “Willie” sitting across from me that I forgot all about taking a picture of my luscious stuffed flounder and baked potato.  :)

As it turns out this tea post really is about passion and passion won’t have to wait until another time.

pas·sion [ pásh'n ]   
intense emotion: intense or overpowering emotion such as love, joy, hatred, or anger

strong sexual desire: strong sexual desire and excitement

intense enthusiasm: a strong liking or enthusiasm for a subject or activity

Synonyms: fervor, ardor, obsession, infatuation, excitement, enthusiasm, zeal, craze, delight, fervidness, emotion, fervency

So in closing I will share a cup of Passion in the beautiful teacup I received from Christen in the teacup exchange I hosted last year. 

If you love tea check out the other Tea on Tuesday posters.  Begin with Kimmie of Art In Red Wagons home of Tea on Tuesday and follow the links.

Until next time…

Take time for the things you are passionate about in this life…before life passes you by.

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Shake It Up, Baby

It’s been many moons since I took part in Tea On Tuesday…and I’ve missed it.  I enjoyed checking out the latest tea posts and could not resist joining in this week.

Spring has sprung in the deep south and with it has come higher temperatures.  My tea today is my take-off on Starbuck’s Shaken Green Tea Lemonade.   Sipping it helps keep me cool and resist turning on the air conditioner. 

   Making this tasty, refreshing green tea lemonade is easy.  Steep two Tazo Zen tea bags in about 12 oz of boiling water.  Your tea needs to be double strong .   To lighten the calorie content I used stevia as a sweetener and mixed it into the hot tea so it would dissolve completely.  If you use sugar, granulated sugar or  a simple syrup can be used.  Add the juice of two (smallish) lemons and give it a good stir.  Next add ice to the top of the container.  Give it another stir…add a straw and enjoy.

If tea is one of your favorite things you would enjoy checking out the Tea On Tuesday regulars.  Start out with Kimmie’s Art In Red Wagons home of Tea on Tuesday.

Until next time…

Tea’s a good drink.  It’ll keep you going.  ~ Kevin Spacey from The Shipping News

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As I compose today’s tea on Tuesday on a borrowed laptop, I am sitting on a strange bed in a strange motel room in Childersburg, AL.  I’m almost certain the bed was “Papa Bear’s” bed in the past, because in the words of Goldilocks, “this bed is too hard”.  The covers are synthetic and the pillows unfamiliar.  We slept but not like we would have in our own bed.

My morning tea was brewed in a stainless steel go cup from water boiled in an electric tea kettle.   I’ve no spoon rest for my wet tea bag.

All in all this room is adequate, but it is absent of all the creature comforts of “where I live”.

My dear husband and I were anxious to leave home for a few days.  It had been far too long since we were able to take off and just go with no particular destination.  It’s fun to take a trip for pleasure, but one thing for certain, it’s also nice to return home…”where I live”.

I have no pictures on this borrowed computer…so this tea party has none.  Be sure the joy is present…

Before I hit the shower so we can begin our day exploring North Alabama, I would like to invite you to comment on my “Any Day Is Tea Day” giveaway.  The wooden tea chest is lovely and the teas are delicious.  You can get there by clicking on the “tea chest giveaway” button on my sidebar.

Thank you for visiting. For more Tea on Tuesday visit these fine blogs…

Kimmie – Home of Tea On Tuesday

Patty

Pat

Dianne

Christen

Chriss

Penny

Jean

Debs

Rosie

Meadow Lark Days

You’ll be glad you did.

Happy tea day to each of you…

oxo Judy

Until next time…

The heavens declare the glory of God.  Psalm 19:1

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My dear husband went to the mailbox yesterday morning and came back inside with a package for me.  It was a Bingo prize on a sewing group I belong to and was filled with things I enjoy.  Before I tell you about my “Any Day Is Tea Day Giveaway” I must share my made for me prize.  Thank you, Lennie.  This really is a super prize.

I had to start sampling right away…The Rooibos Chai was unique and delicious.

Now on to the “Any Day is Tea Day Giveaway”…

One month from today I will randomly draw the name of one lucky commenter and send this Bentley’s Finest Teas Classic Wooden Tea Chest.  It includes an assortment of tea bags including an assortment of black teas (Peach, Orange Spice, Earl Gray, English Breakfast and Raspberry) and Green Tea.  There is a total of 60 tea bags.

To enter you must leave a comment sharing what you love most about drinking tea or a special tea moment. Blog about the giveaway and you will be given a second chance to winIf your bloggy friend leaves a message telling me who told them about this giveaway, both of you will receive another chance. Use my giveaway button in your sidebar and get an additional chance.

You do not have to have a blog to enter. Only USA residents, please.

Deadline: April 12, 2010 10:00 A.M. Central

The chest is made in India.  (Yea…not China.)

It’s lined and sectioned.

I’ve sampled two of the black teas since I brought my box home (I treated me to one, too.) and have enjoyed both. Leave a comment and maybe you’ll be the lucky winner and enjoy them, too.

Until next time…

If you are cold, tea will warm you; If you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.  ~ unknown ~

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