Thank you for joining my blog. I would love to share some tea with you.

We share tea and talk tea at assisted living homes, private homes and community centers. We play Teago Bingo with prizes for winners. We are also doing mystery tea events.

If you would like more info on our tea tasting events, mystery teas or want to receive a free sample of tea please email or call 763-370-2980. Love to hear from you!

Spend time being refreshed by God's Word with a cup of tea. Relax in a comfy chair that gets some afternoon sun. Reflect on the goodness of life.

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or
from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Wilfred T. Grenfell

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. Ps 100:4

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings to you and your family. Have
a TEA- rrrific day.

Email me for a free sample of tea!

Traveling TEA With Jesus

Friday, December 30, 2011


I have learned that we all make mistakes and sometimes God will use those mistakes to help others.  I am reading a book titled Love, Sex and Happily Ever After by Craig Groeschel.  As I am reading this book I am wondering if God is wanting me to share this book with youth, college students over tea.  I feel God has been speaking to me as I have been reading this book.  I have not done that well with relationships and marriage and God has showed me through this book that we all make mistakes and if we ask for God's forgiveness and keep the faith and trust He will bless us.  He has helped me to understand something I did not know before is that you need to have that relationship with Him first before any relationship, dating or marriage.  I would like to share this with others over tea.  I would like to share my testimony and life with others that are young and share this book.  I want to help them to know they can be strong with the Lord and not feel pressured by the world and their ideas.  Help them to want the desire to know the Lord and give their life over to Him.  As I have been reading this book I wish somebody would have reached out to me to help me understand.  I am praying to see if this is another way God wants me to minister with tea.  Reach the elderly and youth over tea with God's word. 
I had a wonderful tea with some new friends from an assisted living in Bloomington a few days ago and it was great to meet somebody who has daughter living in Houston and knew another person from town we lived in a few years ago in Texas.  I met a woman who mixes green tea, apple cider vinegar and ginger to help her arthritis.  God was present for this tea and it was another blessing. 
Praying for God's guidance. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tea Poem and project

My good friend gave me a gift recently and I just love it and going to be making some of these for friends and for my teas.
It is out of fabric and it is a tea pouch with a poem.  You slip the tea bag into the pouch. It has a flap you flip up to get the tea inside the pouch.  Very easy to make and great gift idea.

Green tea and weight loss

Sipping a cup of green tea with a meal that contains black pepper may help you lose weight. According to a Rutgers University study the spice improves the absorption of the EGCG in the tea as much as 30 percent. This from my favorite magazine= Whole Living.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Tea quote

Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude, and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.

 Lin Yu
Eighth century Chinese poet

The caffeine in tea can lift spirits and banish fatigue.  Tea both stimulates and soothes.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My day

It was so exciting to see people excited about tea today.  I brought a gift to a person who enjoys tea and she is also trying to lose some weight.  Of course I told her about green tea and how it helps suppress appetite and the many health benefits of green tea.  She was so excited to receive this gift of tea and cup to have her tea in.  I just love sharing gifts of tea with others and seeing them excited and thankful.  It is a blessing to me. 
Enjoy that cup of tea and hope you try some of ours someday. 

Tea benefits

Another great article about tea and some remedies.   Enjoy!

If you want to check out some of our teas we offer check our site

Tea benefits

Great article to read about tea.  Enjoy!

Monday, December 5, 2011

January is National Hot Tea Month

This article from

A Grateful Toast… “To Our Health!”
Recent research findings have reported that drinking black tea may improve the body’s defenses and quicken the response to bacteria and viruses – giving people more of a reason to brew themselves a hot cup of tea this January in celebration of National Hot Tea Month – and possibly ward off pesky germs.

The study, published in the May 13, 2003 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that participants who drank 20 ounces (the equivalent of x cups) of black tea per day produced five times the amount of certain germ-fighting immune cells as those who drank the same amount of coffee. Researchers predict that these findings suggest that tea drinkers may have a better chance of fighting off an infection than non-tea drinkers because of this increased immune response, though further research will be needed to confirm their predictions.

In addition to this research, volumes have been published about the potential health benefits of tea, which contains flavonoids, substances that may act as antioxidants to reduce oxidative damage in the body and help maintain healthy cells and tissues. A multitude of research studies point to drinking tea as a way to promote health and potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease and certain types of cancer.

This body of credible research grows every day. Here are a few recent findings about the potential health benefits of tea:
  • New clinical research published in the October 2003 Journal of Nutrition found that consuming 30 oz. of black tea daily – the fluid equivalent of 2.5 cans of soda – reduced Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol levels by more than 10 percent in mildly hypercholesterolemic adult study participants.
  • According to a recent study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, study participants who drank four cups of tea per day had significantly lower risk of death following a heart attack – a decrease of up to 44 percent.
  • A Dutch study published in the May 2002 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN) found that the incidence of myocardial infarction or heart attack decreased by 43 percent in the study participants who drank more than three cups of black tea per day.
  • More good news on the protection of heavy smokers from oxidative damage by tea drinking was published in the October 2003 Journal of Nutrition. The clinical intervention study found that heavy smokers who consumed four servings per day of green tea had 31percent lower levels of 8-OHdG (a biomarker for oxidative damage to DNA) in white blood cells. Oxidative damage to DNA is one factor which increases cancer risk and the researches suggest that a significant reduction of DNA damage found with green tea drinking may help reduce cancer risk in smokers.
  • Another study, published in the July 2003 issue of Annals of Epidemiology, examining the protective nature of black tea against rectal cancer found that women who drank the equivalent of 2.5 cups of tea per day or more had a 60 percent drop in rectal cancer risk, as compared to women who drank less than 1.2 cups of tea per day.
“Research continually illustrates the potential for flavonoid-rich tea to contribute to healthful dietary patterns in a significant way,” said Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Chief, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston.

“Tea is an ideal beverage -- delicious, refreshing, soothing and healthful,” said Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA. “This January, for National Hot Tea Month, we can all feel extra good about lifting a tea-filled glass and toasting to our health.”

Sunday, December 4, 2011

God is good all the time

God is such an amazing God and when you know He is speaking to you all the more. Our message today at church was in Job and read Job 1:1-22 and how he suffered but did not blame God . We are to remember suffering gets us stronger. What was amazing in all of this was that this quote from C. S. Lewis I posted yesterday on my facebook was a quote our Pastor used for his message today. I know for a fact God was speaking to me and I was in awe. Giving God all the glory today and I pray that you find time for Him each day to thank Him for the good and the bad. They both are blessings but we may not see that right away. God has his reason and this is His world. I pray you will get to know Him more and more each day. It is worth your time. When your world crashes in on you grieve honestly, worship God through your pain and refuse to play the blame game. Jesus Christ never lets go. Knowing God is better than knowing the answers. Speak His truth and He will not be disappointed. God bless you all this Christmas season.
Here is the quote- "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Enjoy your cup of tea and His word today!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Tea Poem with pine cone

Glue a pine cone to a block of wood, coaster, or even a recycled spray can lid.
Decorate the tree with white snow paint to make it look like a winter tree. Alternatively you could add wire and beads to look like Christmas tree lights.
Print out the poem and attach it to the pine cone.
On Christmas Day
At half past three
make your self a cup of tea
I'll think of you
You think of me
underneath the Christmas tree

Twelfth Tea of Christmas

From The Twelve Teas of Christmas - A Celebration of Stillness

Come for tea, just you and me, and the stillness of the season.

Make this tea restful and simple.  Invite a couple of people and take time to sip tea and nibble on treats and some real heart-to-heart talk. Make time to just sit with friends.  Use this time to foster an atmosphere of caring and sharing.  Quiet conversation and a time of praying are wonderful.

Did you know that tea can be used for beauty treatments?  Add a handful of rose petals to a pot of black tea. Let the roses and tea steep for about 15 minutes, then strain the tea and store the liquid in the refrigerator.  Splash rose-scented tea on your face for an instant pick-me-up.

Eggnog Holiday Bread- 3 cups flour, sifted
                                       3/4 cup sugar
                                       1 tablespoon baking powder
                                       1 tsp salt
                                       1/2 tsp nutmeg
                                       1 1/2 cups dairy eggnog
                                       1 egg, beaten
                                       1/4 cup butter, melted
                                       3/4 cup pecans, chopped
                                       3/4 cup candied fruit
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.  In separate bowl, mix eggnog, egg, and butter.  Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring well.  Add pecans and fruit.  Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes.  Cool.

Enjoy this recipe with a couple of friends over a cup of tea


Tea around the world

As I have been thinking about my talk on Tea Around the World I realize so much more to know about tea and so interesting.  I received a call this past week about doing another tea talk to women in Coon Rapids for their tea.  I am thankful to God for his guidance in all of this and for a wonderful woman who has been letting others know about what I have been doing. I met this woman about a year ago when I did a tea at the community center where she works.  She is a blessing in my life.  It is wonderful for me to meet others over tea and new friendships.  I thank God for each one He brings into my life.
Here is a great recipe from the book The World in your Teacup by Lisa Richardson.  I made it today and it was good.
Apple Tart-  2/3 cup all purpose flour
                     1/3 cup butter, chilled
                     2 tablespooons sugar
                     1 egg yolk, beaten
                     pinch of salt
Apple topping- 3 granny smith apples
                          2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
                          3 tablespoons white sugar

Preheat 400 degrees.  Sift flour into a large mixing bowl and set aside. Cut the butter into small pieces and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.  Add the sugar. Mix in the beaten egg yolk and add warm water by the drop until the dough forms a ball.  Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Peel the apples and slice. Remove dough from refrigerator.  Roll dough into big circle about 1 inch thick.  Line a greased 8 inch tart pan with the pastry.  Prick it with form and trim the edges.  Arrange apple slices into circles on top of the pastry, sprinkle with sugar and dot with butter.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool, slice and serve.
Enjoy with your friends over tea.


A devotional I thought was good to read over a cup of tea and as we go about getting ready for Christmas. 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My Tea Around the World talk

It was a great Christmas tea at the Gillispie Center last weekend.  It even started snowing.  God is good.  It was fun to talk with women about tea as my passion these days is educating others on tea.  I wish I could have given them a sample of a tea that is prepared in Kenya but just not enough time.  I was blessed to have been part of this Christmas tea and pray the women enjoyed the talk as much as I did preparing it.   Now on to preparing for a tea at assisted living in December and one at my home. 
Check out my website when you have time.
Enjoy your cup of tea!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Milk Tea

Things You'll Need

  • 1 to 3 tsp black tea, or 1 to 2 tea bags of black tea 1/2 cup water 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice Evaporated or condensed milk Sugar or simple syrup (optional) Crushed or regular ice (optional)
    • 1
      Boil the water and steep the tea for three to five minutes. Use as much tea as you would use for a whole cup of tea, even though you are using only half as much water. If you're not sure how strong to make the tea, err on the stronger side. The cream and sugar will overwhelm weak tea.
    • 2
      Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of ice. This will melt and bring the tea down to room temperature or colder.
    • 3
      Use condensed milk if you want a sweeter drink, and evaporated milk if you want a less sweet drink. Add the condensed or evaporated milk to taste. Traditionally, creamier is better--the milk in iced milk tea isn't a flavoring like it is in English tea, it's an essential ingredient.
    • 4
      Add as much crushed or regular ice as you like. Because ice waters down the flavor of milk tea, traditional milk tea is cooled in a refrigerator or served at room temperature, but if you want the chill of iced tea without waiting for your drink to cool, you'll need to add more ice and drink it rather quickly.
    • 5
      Adjust the sweetness with sugar or simple syrup to taste.
    • 6
      Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator. Iced milk tea will keep for several days in the refrigerator.
    • 7
      Experiment. There's no one way to make iced milk tea, so play with the strength of the tea and the proportions of tea to milk and ice. Try using different types of tea, or add flavorings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, rosewater, or hazelnut syrup.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tea Around the World

I am getting closer to my talk on Saturday and it has been fun researching all the countries and their history of tea.  I enjoyed reading about Russia and the samovar which is used for tea preparation and the traditional Russian tea glass holders.  Tea is very popular in Russian prisons.   
Here is a recipe for Russian Fruit Tea- Combine 1/2 cup apple cider, 3-5 cloves and 5-6 tablespoons of Orange Pekoe Tea.  Add a small amount of boiling water and steep for 7-10 minutes.  Strain the tea. 
To serve, pour a small amount of the strained concentrate into a cup and fill the rest of the cup with boiling water.  Sweeten to taste with honey or fruit jam.  Enjoy!
Watch for more info on other countries and their history to follow in next few days.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Green Tea

Green tea kicks up metabolism by at least a few percentage points.  Having caffeine before a workout can help you exercise harder and longer.  Try having tea in the morning a hour or so before you take a walk or work out. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tea Tidbits

Adding milk to your tea destroys all the antioxidents in tea.  Enzymes in milk are the culprits.
Adding sugar to your tea will only add calories.  Try flavored tea instead.  Add fruits, nuts, spices to your tea.

Green tea and red laser attack on Alzheimer's plaques

After reading article check out our teas at

Green tea and red laser attack Alzheimer's plaques
IT MAY sound like a strange brew, but green tea and red light could provide a novel treatment for Alzheimer's disease. Together, the two can destroy the rogue "plaques" that crowd the brains of people with the disease. The light makes it easier for the green-tea extract to get to work on the plaques.
Andrei Sommer at the University of Ulm in Germany, and colleagues, have previously used red light with a wavelength of 670 nanometres to transport cancer drugs into cells. The laser light pushes water out of the cells and when the laser is switched off, the cells "suck in" water and any other molecules, including drugs, from their surroundings.
Now, Sommer's team have found that the same technique can be used to destroy the beta-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's. These plaques consist of abnormally folded peptides, and are thought to disrupt communication between nerve cells, leading to loss of memory and other symptoms.
The team bathed brain cells containing beta-amyloid in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) - a green-tea extract known to have beta-amyloid inhibiting properties - at the same time as stimulating the cells with red light. Beta-amyloid in the cells reduced by around 60 per cent. Shining the laser light alone onto cells reduced beta-amyloid by around 20 per cent (Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, DOI: 10.1089/pho.2011.3073).
It can be difficult getting drugs into the brain, but animal experiments show that the green-tea extract can penetrate the so-called blood-brain barrier when given orally together with red light. The light, which can penetrate tissue and bone, stimulates cell mitochondria to kick-start a process that increases the barrier's permeability, says Sommer.
There is no reason why other drugs that attack beta-amyloid could not be delivered to the brain in the same way, he adds.
"This important research could form the basis of a potential treatment for Alzheimer's, with or without complementary drug treatment," says Mario Trelles, medical director of the Vilafortuny Medical Institute in Cambrils, Spain.
"The technique described could help to regulate and even stop the appearance of this disease," he adds.
This article has been edited since it was first posted

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Cherry Puffs

Great recipe to go with black tea or Kenya tea from the book The World in your Teacup.
Enjoy with your cup of tea and with your friends!

9 oz. pitted frozen cherries, thawed and drained

3 tbls. Black cherry jam or preserves

¼ tsp. almond extract

2 10 ounce packages butter puff pastry shells

2 tbls. Almonds, ground

Powdered sugar for tops of puffs (optional)

Oven 400 degrees. Bake shells according to package directions and allow to cool.  While baking combine cherries and cherry conserve together in a saucepan until warm and mixed well.  Take off heat and add almond extract. Spoon a few ground almonds into each cooled shell and then spoon cherry mixture on top of the almonds.  Sift powdered sugar on top if you like.  Serve warm or at room temp.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tea events and conversation

I am preparing for my tea talk for 200 women Saturday before Thanksgiving and 2 teas in Texas.  God has showed me last few days that I am right where I am suppose to be right now.  Please pray for me as I prepare for my talk asI know God has put this before me so that I will trust and obey in Him.  A friend from Texas told me about a website Love your Neighbor and I ordered some things from there as it has to do with tea.  As I was thinking about my talk and theme God put before me the subject Tea Around the World.  Well, there is a pamplet from Love your Neighbor that is going to help me with the subject.  I knew this was from God.  He also showed me a great book that talks about tea around the world. Well, God keeps showing me that if I have the faith and trust in Him he will be there to guide me along.  He will bring others to me as He has done in the last two weeks. As I was thinking about December and teas and praying I received an email from a chaplain from an assisted living in Bloomington to share a tea with their residents there. It was exciting to receive that email and praying that I will be able to share tea with the residents there in December.
The teas that I am sharing the next two months are Pumpkin Spice Black Tea, Christmas Black Tea, Sweet Potato Pie black tea, Nutcracker Rooibos, Chocolate Mint Rooibos and Pecan Pastry Green Tea. 
Each one is yummy!  If you want to try a sample please let me know and will get some to you.
God blessings to you and your family and enjoy your tea!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Green tea

Green tea is the most popular type of tea in Japan and in parts of China, and it is gaining popularity in the West due to its purported health benefits, which include high levels of antioxidants and vitamins.
Green tea is a type of tea that is harvested and then quickly preserved. Whereas black tealeaves are allowed to oxidize after they are picked, green tealeaves are immediately heated to prevent oxidation. (Oxidation is a natural process. It's the same thing that happens when you slice an apple and it begins to turn brown and taste sweeter as it is exposed to oxygen.)

People often tell me that they "don't like green tea" because they think it tastes bitter and grassy. For some people, this is a simple matter of taste. However, I often find that the reason most people in the West "don't like green tea" is because they are buying low quality green tea and then brewing it incorrectly! When I steep good green tea for people who "don't like green tea," they often find that they love the taste. It's not that they hate the taste of green tea -- they just hate the taste of bad green tea. (Hey, I can't blame them. So do I!)

Common descriptors for good quality green tea include: sweet, bittersweet, nutty, vegetal, buttery, floral, swampy, fruity and oceanic.

There are many types of green tea to pick from. While some green teas are available at your average grocery store, these tend to be low quality, heavily blended teas that are not very fresh. (Hint: If your current brand of green tea is simply called "Green Tea," it probably isn't very good quality!)

However, finding good quality green tea is only one of the factors involved in finding a green tea you will like (or even love). I recommend trying a range of types of green tea to figure out which kinds you prefer. You might find that you prefer only flavored green teas, steamed green teas or roasted green teas, or that you like a variety of types of green tea.
Many people who think they don't like green tea have simply never tried good green tea that has been prepared correctly. A common mistake in brewing green tea is using boiling water. While it's generally OK to use boiling water to make black tea, using boiling water for green tea can turn even the best leaves into a bitter, nasty mess. Most green teas are best when steeped at around 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, which is only simmering.

It's also important to avoid steeping your green tea too long, as over-steeping will also make your green tea undrinkably bitter.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jasmine tea

High intake of flavonois, flavones, isoflavones, bioflavonoids can be found in jasmine tea  which can help prevent cancer.    Try a cup of jasmine tea daily.  The Okinawa's do.

Cancer and green tea

Some research shows that consumption of this tea may cut the chances of cancer recurrence.  One study of women treated for early breast cancer suggests that you need 8 cups each day to reduce risk. Not that into green tea?  Four cups a day may be protective.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Carve out a cozy nook

Turn a corner of your home into an autumnal retreat:  Place a blanket over the back of your most comfortable chair.  Add a side table for tea and books, and you've got a place to curl up when the wind howls.
Enjoy your autumn!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall teas

Just finished a couple of fall teas at local assisted living homes and it was wonderful to share tea with some new faces and some familiar faces from last spring.  I shared Pumpkin Spice and Pecan Pastry.  Pumpkin Spice is a black tea and Pecan Pastry is a green.  They were both very yummy and enjoyed by all.  Both days were cool fall days so quite nice for a cup or two of tea. 
I am now in the process of working on a talk about tea around the world to about 200 women before Thanksgiving.  Then off to Texas for a couple of teas and to see our son for Thanksgiving.
If you are interested in purchasing a sample of Pumpkin Spice Black tea or Pecan Pastry Green tea let me know by email. 
I will post more about Tea around the world in a day or two.  Enjoy your cup of tea!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Turmeric, a plant related to ginger, has been known traditionally in India for centuries as a powerful healer, largely due to its active component curcumin.  In Nepal, it is prepared in most foods for its medicinal value and color.  Found in teas.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Easy Scones

3 cups self-rising flour
3/4 cup lemon-lime soda
3/4 cup heavy cream
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center.  With a fork, gently stir in the soda and cream, mixinguntil incorporated. (do not overmix).
Drop 8 large spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle with raw or granulated sugar, if desired, and bake until golden brown, 18-20 minutes.  Serve warm with butter and honey or jam.

For cheesy chive scones, add 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar and 2 tbsp chopped chives to the flour.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ten Commandments of Tea

The Ten Commandments of Tea

  1. Thou shall not call it brewed; tea is steeped.
  2. Thou shall select water with care. Avoid hard water or even a hint of chlorine.
  3. Thou shall respect tea; it is all-natural.
  4. Thou shall understand the three different types of tea: Green, Oolong, and Black.
  5. Thou shall sanitize equipment before each run.
  6. Thou shall use Tea Essence as a flavor supplement to help avoid the formation of unsightly sediment in the container.
  7. Thou shall read the Templar Tea Update.
  8. Thou shall be guilt free; tea is healthful.
  9. Thou shall know how to spell Polyphenol.
  10. Thou shall drink tea often.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Taking a nap/caffeine break combo

Quickly drink a cup of cool black tea then take a 20 minute nap.  After the 20 minute nap, the caffeine should start kicking in and you would have gotten some rest while waiting, says Dr. Breus.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fall Teas

We are working on our fall teas for October and November 2011 and will be serving two teas.  We are serving Pecan Pastry and Pumpkin Spice.  Pecan Pastry is a green tea with a nutty character that tends sweet.  Delicious lingering pecan profile that beckons you back for more!
Pumpkin Spice is a black tea with notes of cinnamon and pumpkin abound.  Cup is like the 'nip' in the air during northern autumns. 
We are working on a pumpkin scone recipe that we hope to serve along with the teas.  We may also have a new game we will be playing if we get in time for the October teas.  It is called ChaI-Q international tea game.  We have some exciting new things we will be doing for the fall teas.  Look forward to meeting more new friends over tea this month and next. 
If you would like to schedule a tea please contact us at  Always love to share a cup or two of tea with new friends!
Have a blessed fall!

Pecan Pumpkin Scones


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 6 large or 12 small scones


  • 1/2 cup pecan halves, plus 12 for garnish
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar (preferably coconut palm sugar or light brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for garnish
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cold, unsalted cup butter
  • 1/3 cup raisins (sultanas)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cooked, pureed eating pumpkin (not decorative) or 1/2 cup canned pure pumpkin (no added ingredients)
  • About 1/2 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. While the oven is preheating, toast the pecans until lightly browned, reserving 12 pecans for garnish.
  3. Mix together flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. The mixture is done when it resembles coarse cornmeal.
  5. Chop the toasted pecans, reserving the 12 untoasted pecans for garnish.
  6. Stir in the raisins and pecans, and then stir in the vanilla extract.
  7. With minimal stirring, mix in the pumpkin puree, then mix in just enough milk to make the dough stick together. It will be crumbly and there should still be a little bit of dry flour left in the mixing bowl.
  8. Turn the dough out on a heavily floured cutting board.
  9. Knead the dough for about a minute. When it is done, it should be easy to handle and smooth.
  10. Shape the dough into one to two fairly flat rounds, about one-inch to 1.5-inches tall, patting them gently until they are the desired shape.
  11. Cut the scones into wedges. (There will be six to 12 scones, depending on how large you prefer your scones to be and how many rounds you made with the dough.)
  12. Transfer the scones to a buttered baking sheet, sprinkle them with pumpkin pie spice, and top each scone with a single pecan half.
  13. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. (Optional: Turn pan halfway through baking.)
  14. Cool on the baking sheet.

Pecan-Cinnamon scones

Pecan-Cinnamon Scones from

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 scones


  • 1 c. chopped pecans
  • 2 c. all purpose flour (For best results, sift or spoon the flour into the measuring cup.)
  • 1/4 - 3/4 c. granulated sugar (depending on desired level of sweetness)
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • 1 whisked egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c. buttermilk or half-and-half


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is preheating, toast the pecans for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the nuts from the oven and place them in the freezer.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt).
  3. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. The mixture is done when it resembles coarse cornmeal.
  4. Stir in the pecans.
  5. Add the whisked egg and vanilla extract. Do not stir yet.
  6. With minimal stirring, mix in just enough buttermilk or half-and-half to make the dough stick together. It will be crumbly and there should still be a little bit of dry flour left in the mixing bowl.
  7. Turn the dough out on a heavily floured cutting board.
  8. Knead the dough slightly. When it is done, it should be easy to handle and smooth.
  9. Gently pat the dough to two 1–inch thick discs.
  10. Cut each disc into 6 pieces.
  11. Transfer the scones to a buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in preheated 375-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. (Optional: Turn pan halfway through baking.)
  12. Cool on the baking sheet.

Green tea

Green Tea
If you drink green tea, apparently you your can lose 5lbs in 8 weeks!! 4 cups a day could help you shape up by stimulating your metabolism and regulating your blood sugar levels.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Apple Cinnamon herbal tea punch recipe

Fall recipes: Apple-cinnamon herbal tea punch recipe

Apples photo by xtacocorex
Apples and cinnamon are natural companions, each enhancing the flavor of the other. This hot punch contains apple cinnamon herbal tea with heated apple juice as a natural sweetener. The result is a beverage fit to warm children and adults on the chilliest of days or nights.
Serve this punch from a large slow cooker set on its lowest setting to keep it warm and use a ladle for serving. If you’re serving children, let the punch sit in the cups a bit to cool before handing them out.
This is a great punch for children’s Halloween parties. It has no caffeine and the apple juice makes it just sweet enough to be enjoyed by children. If your children like it sweeter, you can add more juice in proportion to the herbal tea. Apple juice also has many health benefits that make this punch healthier than sugary punches or soda.
Grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, gingerbread, pumpkin, pudding, dough dogs, roast chicken, and pork go well with this punch.
Apple-cinnamon herbal tea punch
  • 6 bags Apple-cinnamon herbal tea
  • 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
  • 1 quart boiling water
  • 1 quart unsweetened apple juice
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish
Brew the tea in a teapot with the water according to package instructions, most likely from 4 to 6 minutes. Set aside. In a 4-quart saucepan, heat apple juice until little bubbles start to form. If you like you can add a cinnamon stick before you heat it. Add the tea to the hot juice and stir to combine.
Place the punch in a slow cooker to stay warm. Place a cinnamon stick in each cup for garnish before you pour in the punch.
Enjoy this will your family on a cold evening or take it to a football game in a thermal jug

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History of Tea


The History of Tea - The Beginning
The legend of tea begins with Shen Nung, an early Chinese emperor who ruled over 5,000 years ago.
He was a skilled scientist and patron of the arts, and very conscious of his health. While he was boiling water one day, (he boiled water as a hygienic precaution) a gust of wind came by and blew some leaves from a nearby bush into his pot of water. Being that he was a scientist, he observed that the water turned a brownish color and that it must have meant something chemical happened to the water. He decided to try it and after finding it very satisfying, tea officially became a beverage. The history of tea was literally started by accident. You can read more in our recent article - Ancient Chinese Tea.

The History of Tea - The First Book

After spreading through the Chinese culture for centuries, the first book on tea was finally written in 800 A.D. During his mid-life, Lu Yu spent 5 years in seclusion and contemplated his life. As he tried to draw meaning out of it, he began to write down everything he observed, learned and practiced about the various methods of tea preparation and cultivation in ancient China. Thus the first book about tea, Ch'a Ching, was created. Today there are

Ch'a Ching

The History of Tea in Japan

Japan was first introduced to tea when the Buddhist priest Yeisei observed the incredible benefits of tea for religious meditation. Once tea was introduced in Japan, it spread like wildfire through the royal court, monasteries, and other sections of Japanese society. Yeisei became known as the "Father of Tea" in Japan. Tea became so popular in the Japanese culture that it became an art form, which led to the creation of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Lafcadio Hearn, an Irish-Greek journalist-historian was one of the very few foreigners to be granted Japanese citizenship during this era. He wrote that the Japenese Tea Ceremony requires years of experience and practice to graduate, and yet the whole idea consists of being able to make and pour a cup of tea in the most perfect, polite, graceful, and most charming manner possible.
Things weren't always so glamorous for tea in China however. The more popular this ceremony became, the more the idea of this original zen concept was lost. After time, the tea ceremony became corrupted with wealthy families having "tea tournaments" in which they would compete against each other for prizes for having named the correct type of tea blend.
Things only started to turn for the better when three Zen priests restored the original idea of tea to the Japanese culture. Their names were Ikkyu, Murata Shuko, and Sen-no Rikkyu. After decades of fighting to restore the tradition, they finally succeeded and the Japanese Tea Ceremony was restored to it's original idea.

History of Tea in Europe

By the time Europe began hearing rumors of tea in the early 1600's, they were just starting to become advanced in their navy. When tea landed in Europe, Rembrandt was only six years old and Elizabeth I was still alive. At this time, tea was very expensive, costing over $100 per pound, which made it a delicacy that was only available to the extremely wealthy. As the amount of tea which was imported increased, the price fell and it was now available to places like apothecaries and common food shops throughout Holland. However this didn't happen until 1675.
As consumption rose, the health benefits of tea began to become controversial between doctors and university authorities. This controversy lasted from 1635 to roughly 1657, and during this period France and Holland consumed the most tea.
This tea craze swept throughout Europe, and it became a common thing that people now had to drink. Tea sets were now coming out, and it was starting to be served in restaurants. People were now having "tea parties" outside their houses with a few guests.

History of Tea in America

The history of tea in America doesn't begin until 1650 or so, when the Dutch were trading with the western world. The first tea was brought to America by a colonist named Peter Stuyvesant. Tea was widely accepted in America, and it was drank more in the small colonies of America than throughout all of England combined.

England's History of Tea

The first batches of tea didn't reach England until about 1652-1654, due to the fact that they weren't trading in the Chinese or East Indian trading routes until then. When it hit England however, it spread rapidly and replaced ale as the national drink of England. As early as 1600, Elizabeth I founded the John Company in order to promote Asian trade. Now that tea was introduced to England, they finally had a leg to stand on. The John Company became the most powerful monopoly to ever exist in the world, and it's ultimate power was based on the importation of tea.

Afternoon Tea is Born

As tea importation rose radically throughout England, from 40,000 pounds in 1699 to 240,000 pounds in 1708, it was beginning to get through to all levels of society.
During this time, Anna, the Duchess of Bedford, began to invite friends over for an afternoon meal in the Belvoir Castle. The meal consisted of small cakes, bread and butter sandwiches, sweets, and tea. This common practice was soon widely accepted and practiced throughout the country. The tea would be heated up and made in the kitchen, and brought out to the hosts and their guests to be drank. The purpose of these meetings was to relax and have good conversations.

Tea Affects More Parts of the Culture

As tea became more popular, it began to diffuse into different parts of European culture. They began to have different types of tea with different meals in the day, coffee shops began selling tea as well as coffee, and the wealthy began to create "tea gardens" in their yards for decoration and to enjoy their own tea.

History of Tea in Russia

Russia began their interest in tea as early as 1618, but since the cost was so high to get it imported, only the wealthy could attain it. They had to make a trip which was 11,000 miles long and took over sixteen months to complete, so getting tea wasn't the easiest task in the world. However, by the time 1796 came around and Catherine the Great died, importing tea was starting to become easier, prices dropped, and it became available to the middle class. The Russians tend to favor tea which is very strong and highly sweetened with sugar, honey, or jam.
Tea remains a powerful influence in Russian society today, and along with Vodka, is still the the national drink of Russia.

The History of Tea Starts To Get Rough In America

After the French and Indian War was completed, the colonists of America became very upset because the cost of the war was mostly put on them. Since they had to pay for the war, England began putting strict tax laws in the colonies. They put higher taxes on newspapers, tavern licenses, legal documents, marriage licenses, and docking papers. The colonists rebelled, which caused Parliament to put an even higher tax on everything as punishment.

Boston Tea Party Pictures

History of Tea - The Boston Tea Party

The final straw happened after this extra tax was put on them. The colonists rebelled again by openly purchasing large amounts of imported tea, which was mostly Dutch in origin. The John Company started to become deeply in debt, and eventually joined forces with the East India Company in order to recoup their losses from the tea. However, the colonists got wind of this plan and devised a plan of their own. The colonists began to openly convey at meetings to boycott the drinking of tea until they got their rights back, and on December 16 they threw hundreds of pounds of tea into the Boston Harbor. You can read more about this interesting bit of tea history in our recent article, Boston Tea Party.

History of Tea - The Opium Wars

Now that America was refusing to get tea from England, the John Company needed to find another way to recoup the money they were losing. They then turned to growing opium in China, for opium has an addictive nature and they figured the sales would be lifelong.
Chinese emperors obviously didn't want this, and tried their best to force distance between England and China. The Opium wars broke out because England wanted free rights to trade opium, and by 1842 they had enough military advantages to enable them to sell opium in China undisturbed until 1908.
Not wanting England to succeed like they were, America fought back once again. They built newer, faster ships which outpaced England's ships, and forced the English navy to update their fleet. Three gentlemen by the names of Stephen Girard, John Jacob, and Thomas Perkins were the millionaires who started this quest. Between the three of them they were able to fund critical loans to the American government to keep it afloat, gain the respect of China, and break the English tea monopoly that was corrupting the tea business.

The History of Tea - Iced Tea And Teabags Are Created

After this time, America began to grow more powerful in every way. By 1904, they were ready for the world to their their development at the St. Louis World's Fair. Trade exhibitors came from around the world to show off their product. One merchant named Richard Blechynden planned to give away free samples of his tea products, but a heat wave hit and nobody wanted to drink the hot tea. Not knowing what to do, he decided to dump ice in the tea, and "Iced Tea" was born. Iced tea became the hit of the fair from pure luck.
The history of tea was sealed when bagged tea was invented only four years after iced tea came out. This happened when Thomas Sullivan realized that the restaurants he sold his "wrapped tea" to were selling it in their restaurants still in the bag, to avoid a mess of tea leaves. Thus "tea bags" were invented.
There is a big difference between the tea bags you can get in a supermarket and high-quality tea bags you can get from a few select stores online. Read my page on why you need high-quality tea bags.

Tea Turns Social

Beginning in the late 1880's, fine hotels began to serve tea service in tea rooms and tea courts. Originally planned for conversations, Victorian ladies and their partners would meet for conversations while having a cup of tea. This became a sign of elegance in cities like New York and Boston.
By 1910 hotels around the country began to host "tea dances". These tea dances became a craze throughout the country, although widely shunned by older folks. These tea dances were noted for being a place where young girls could come to have some fun and possibly meet a man to begin courting.

The History Of Tea - Today

Today tea is more popular than ever, and is the second most consumed drink in the world, losing only to water. Scientific studies are coming out regularly which are showing the health benefits of tea, which perfectly fits the idea of people trying to live more healthy lives. Tea is no longer expensive to buy, and is considered by some to be not just a drink, but a part of their lives.

Fall tea and scone recipes

Your Apple Tea Recipe

'Tis the Season for Fall Tea
half of an apple, skin / seeds removed, diced
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
dash nutmeg
1 cup boiling hot water
Combine ingredients in mug, add boiling water, mix top with whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg

Your Inspiration

Fall. Fall reminds me of pumpkins, falling leaves, sweaters, and a cup of warm hot tea. I love the foods of fall! My tea recipe in a combination of an abundance of fall like ingredients. It will be sure to keep you warm!


  • When you have your apples diced, muddle them in the bottom of your mug, it helps to blend the flavors more!


'Cinnamon Scones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 scones


  • 2 c. all purpose flour (For best results, sift or spoon the flour into the measuring cup.)
  • 1/3 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • 1 whisked egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c. milk, buttermilk or half-and-half


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt).
  3. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. The mixture is done when it resembles coarse cornmeal.
  4. Add the whisked egg and vanilla extract. Do not stir yet.
  5. With minimal stirring, mix in just enough milk, buttermilk or half-and-half to make the dough stick together. It will be crumbly and there should still be a little bit of dry flour left in the mixing bowl.
  6. Turn the dough out on a heavily floured cutting board.
  7. Knead the dough slightly. When it is done, it should be easy to handle and smooth.
  8. Gently pat the dough to two 1–inch thick discs.
  9. Cut each disc into 6 pieces.
  10. Transfer the scones to a buttered or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake in preheated 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. (Optional: Turn pan halfway through baking.)
  11. Cool on the baking sheet.

Strange Tea Facts

From website

Strange Tea Facts - From Weird to Unusual, find out some interesting facts about tea!

Facts About Tea

  • Until the nineteenth century, solid blocks of tea were used as money in Siberia!

  • The Irish drink more tea per head than nay nation in the world.

  • Tea was accidentally invented in 2737 BC when Chinese Emperor Shen Nung spotted some tea leaves blew into a pot of boiling water and produced a pleasing aroma.

  • By 1800 England alone was consuming 24 million pounds per annum of tea of every type from white and green to oolong and black, all of it organically grown and hand-made, much of it fit for Emperors and kings. Most tea consumed in England between 1650 and 1850 was green and oolong - not black!

  • From 1608, when tea first appeared in Europe, in Holland, until around 1850, China, with rare and inconsequential exceptions, was the sole source of all the tea drunk in the Western World.

  • The English East India company held a monopoly on all China tea exports to the British Isles and Americas for two hundred years.

  • More Strange Tea Facts....

  • Just as in 1608, China continues to recognise and exports six categories of tea, green, white, oolong, yellow, red and Puer.

  • Tin boxes were too expensive, so New York importer Thomas Sullivan looked for a cheaper way to send his tea samples to clients. Wrapping the tea in gauze "packets" seemed the perfect answer, but his customers were befuddled by the new "packaging." Instead of removing the tea, they plopped it, gauze and all, into boiling water. Without realizing it, Sullivan had created the tea bag!

  • Tibetans drink tea made of salt and rancid yak butter!

  • Green tea - a less processed version of the ubiquitous black tea, with far less caffeine and more healthful properties - has long been known for its immune system benefits and anti-oxidant powers. Now, US scientists say drinking green tea may also help to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. It appears that chemicals in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses, and it is possible that adding tea extracts to toothpaste and mouthwash could make them more effective. Microbiologist Milton Schiffenbauer, from Pace University in New York, says, "Our research shows tea extracts can destroy the organism that causes disease. If we can stimulate the immune system and at the same time destroy the organisms, then it makes sense to drink more [green] tea."

  • 1.42 million pounds of tea are consumed per day in the United States.

  • 5 out of 6 North Americans drink tea! (Whoa! What a tea fact! I would have never guessed!)It is the most popular and cheapest beverage, next to water, in the world.

  • An average of three billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

Free samples of tea

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Faith is not Blind

John 20:29
Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing."

Many people seem inclined to consider faith a more or less blind system of belief while others just can't quite fall for it. It seems to hard to do, blindly believing without any evidence. The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard referred to the need for a "leap of faith" to enter into a realm of spirituality.
But thinking that faith is a hard, complicated concept that must be blindly accepted is faulty thinking, because viewing faith as "blind" totally misses the scriptural teaching of what faith is. When the Bible describes blindness, it is an image representing people who have chosen sin as a way of living. They walk in darkness . The plan of God is to call people out of the darkness. Faith cannot be blind, because faith is authored by he who leads us to the light.
The word faith means "trust." To trust God is not an act of blind, unreasonable belief, because God proves himself to be utterly trustworthy at all times. Christianity is not based on myths or made-up stories. It is based on the testimony of those who witnessed jaw-dropping evidence that God sent His Son Jesus, to this earth. Our faith is not blind. It is based on facts we can trust, facts that inspire faith. Marilyn Meberg(God at your Wits End)

Blueberry Cobbler

I found this recipe that I thought would be great with a cup of tea.

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of milk
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pints blueberries or other berries (4 1/2 cups)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease sides and bottom of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with 2 tablespoons butter and dust with 3 tablespoons sugar. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together remaining butter and sugar; add eggs and whisk until light and fluffy. Add milk and whisk to combine. Whisk in flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and cinnamon until combined.
Place berries in prepared baking dish and top with batter. Bake until top is golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
Enjoy with your devotion and cup of tea!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

How He Love Us

Fill my cup, Lord

After reading a couple of devotions from this book along with a cup or two of tea I thought it would be a great book to pass along to my fellow tea drinkers.
Some bits of the devotion entitled A cup of Service. The Lord's blessings flow freely along with two important acts on my part.
Surrender and Serve. We need to surrender our lives to Jesus. We develop a taste of service only as we develop a taste of Jesus. We learn from him and find out what it is like to have our cup filled with His blessings. When we come to the Lord in prayer we are growing in compassion, understanding and willing to serve. True service is when we don't respond because of guilt or pressure but out of love and caring. We see the need and we act upon it.
Fill my cup, Lord
I hold it up to you with outstretched hands,
My heart parched and thirsty for your living water.
Fill my cup with your love, Lord.
Help me to feel your hands holding mine,
feel your arms around me, feel your love empowering me.
Fill me with quietness and encouragement and trust.
Help me to live for you when trials, difficulties, and storms hit me and those I love so deeply.
Help me not to give up when giving up seems easier.
Help me to trust you when I don't feel like trusting anymore.
When I know pain, fill my cup with prayer.
Teach me the secrets of service and surrender.
Fill my cup, Lord I lift it up to you.
Lift me up to do your will with love and sacrifice,
Never forgetting what you sacrificed for me Your Son, My Messiah, My Lord Jesus Christ.
Help me , Lord, to accept where I am now.
Help me to know I'm not stuck forever in my circumstances.
Help me remember that the windows do open and that fresh breezes do blow in and that living water forever flows and that those who ask receive.
I'm asking now, Lord.
I'm holding my cup in my hands, and I'm asking you to fill it ... with you.
Fill my cup with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
And when my cup springs a leak, as earthen vessels are prone to do, Then I'll just have to ask again, Trusting in your love To fill me again.... and thanking you! Amen

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Good Friends Sip Together Book

Such a cute book! Here is a sampling of the book.
Pekoe's Tea Blessing- Dear Lord,I thank you for your grace and for this lovely day. I thank you for each special friend- Lord, bless each one, I pray. And Lord, I ask You'd bless our time, and bless our sharing, too- Please bless our food and bless our tea-Bless all we say and do. Amen

Tea today

We had a wonderful time sharing tea with some women and men at Cornerstone Assisted Living. There were about 12 or so. They were all special. They really enjoyed the tea. We had a Bohemian Raspberry Green tea and a southern tea punch. I was blessed along with my daughter to be part of their day today. At the end of our tea a woman talked a bit after and told me she was so happy to hear us talk about Jesus and God. She said it was nice that we were not afraid to do that. I know God was speaking through her and wanted me to know don't be afraid to speak my Word and get into out to those who may not know me through tea. After each day I find it is all worth my time and preparing to possibly touch one to help reach them into His Kingdom. My sweet Fran said, "See you in Heaven someday." She said she was a Christian and loved the Lord.
My daughter and I had some great time together today sharing our love and tea with others today.
Have a blessed week and enjoy His word and tea!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Grandmother's Promise

A prayer for Grandparents to have with your tea. Blessings! A Grandparent’s Promise I promise to pray for you each single day. I’ll help you and love you in every way. I’ll care for you always, with all of my heart, forever and ever, right from the start. You’re special, you’re AWESOME, you’re one of a kind! Best of all, dear Grandchild, you are mine for all time! — Excerpted from Grandmother’s Book of Promises by Karen Hill

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Party for a shut-in

A special treat for someone who's feeling "blah", sweeten herbal tea with fruit preserves. 
Suggestions for tea sandwiches- cream cheese blended with orange marmalade,   salmon spread,  egg salad. 
Some traditional favorite teas for colds and sore throats are horehound, mint, lemon balm and sage.  For nausea or cramps, peppermint. For digestive calm, anise, fennel and lemon verbena.

Country Tea Party for September

SeHikers' Tea- Just as we're coming to terms with the inevitable approach of cold winter weather, September often offers us a surprise; the blue sky and soft warm air of Indian Summer.  Bring along iced tea and hot tea for your hike.
For iced tea on the trail, make your tea the day before and freeze in a plastic drink container overnight; it will defrost in your pack while you hike. 
Hot tea- ginger/fennel base.  Simmer 4-5 slices of fresh ginger and about 1 tablespoon of fennel seeds in water.  When it is very fragrant, strain out the spices.  Bring the flavored water to a boil and use that to brew your tea; use a strong blend like Irish Breakfast so the ginger doesn't overpower the taste of the tea.    
Gorp cookies- start with a basic recipe for oatmeal-raisin cookies; add to the dough any or all of these: sunflower seeds, M and M's, chopped nuts, dried coconut strips, chopped dates, chocolate chips, and peanut butter or butterscotch bits.  The more stuff you include, the gorpier the cookies.
Enjoy your September Hikers' Tea  

Country Tea Parties

From the book-  Did you know that Orange pekoe, is not a variety or a blend but a term that designates size of the tea leaf?
Tea leaves release their flavor in water- the hotter the water, the faster the tea steeps.  Brewing with boiling water takes 5 minutes , sun tea can take an hour, and refrigerator tea takes several hours. 
Remember green and white tea you do not use boiling water but about 175 degree water and steep for about 2-3 minutes.  If longer tea can become bitter.  Black tea you boil water and steep for 4-5 minutes.
When using a screw-together tea ball, fill it only halfway, loose tea expands severalfold when it steeps.
Store sugar cubes for tea in a jar with whole cloves or cinnamon sticks.  They will absorb the spicy fragrance.

For large tea parties, prepare a strong tea concentrate ahead of time; Use 4 teabags or 4 tsp. loose tea per one cup of boiling water; steep 2 minutes, then strain; leave at room temperature.  During the party keep a large kettle of water simmering on the stove.  For each serving, add 1/2 cup hot water to 1/8 cup concentrate.