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.

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Traveling TEA With Jesus

Sunday, August 28, 2011

True Friends

True Friends.... accept each other honor each other care for each other bear each other's burdens encourage each other open themselves to each other fforgive each other build trust with each other encourage each other's growth give each other freedom hold each other accountable always, always love each other.

Thanks for being a friend.  Share this with someone today and share a cup of tea!

Tea event

What a blessing today was.  We met again with some women from the Prior Lake assisted living home.  It was fun to see faces from our last tea and some new faces.  We even met a celebrity!  She was Nurse Carmen that was on WCCO TV a few years ago.  She was a sweet woman.  We did not hear from her she was a celebrity but from a couple of other women there.  All enjoyed our Raspberry green tea with some raspberry jam.  We also served a southern tea punch which was black tea with frozen pineapple and grape juice and some sugar.  It was a hit!  We will be doing that one again.
We have been asked to be put on their calendar for two teas next year!  I am grateful and thankful to be able to do two teas next year for them. 
Here is the recipe for the Southern Tea Punch we served today.
2 quarts brewed tea ( Orange Pekoe)
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 oz of Pineapple Juice
12 oz of Grape Juice
Stir together the tea, sugar and juices  Pour into gallon container and add enough water to make one gallon.Refrigerate and serve over ice.  Garnish with sprig of mint if desired.  Enjoy!

God's blessing!
TriniTea 4 EterniTea Traveling Tea with Jesus   

Saturday, August 27, 2011


Little things do make a difference.Will you be the rock that redirects the stream?  Alda Ellis

REmember the most important thing you can make together is a memory.  Cheryl Johnson

Let us gather for a greeting with our teacups filled with tea and I'll tell you how important your friendship is to me.
Our hats up on our head now we elegantly will place turn and gaze into the mirror and put a smile upon our face.
Our teatime is quite special for we gather two or ten as we share our heartfelt stories and catch up on how we've been.
We share of all the happenings of each our busy lives the daily goings on and on all our blessings and our strife.
It may have been a week or two or just maybe yesterday we give each other insights into our busy ways.
For time moves much too quickly as we sit and drink our tea may we pause for a moment and make a memory.  Alda

God bless your Sunday!

Tea at assisted livings

We have two teas this month.  We just had one last Tuesday and it was so much fun meeting 10 new women over tea.  They so enjoyed themselves and so did we!  We even had a woman who said she did not like tea and by end of tea she had tried two and decided the black tea was good!  I was excited to see her enjoy tea. 
I shared one of my prayer pillows I made for one of the Tea Bingo prizes and the woman who won it just loved it.  You could tell she was somebody who prayed.  It was so much joy to have her receive this prayer pillow.  It was a blessing to her and to me.
God was present and it was another blessed tea at the assisted living in Hugo, MN.
We are off to another tea after church tomorrow in Prior Lake.  We were there this past February and excited to see some of the women again and meet some new.  Praying God will show his presence there with all of us.  Pray we can touch the women there with tea and God's word.
Thanks for praying.  Share a cup of tea with somebody new this week!
Blessings from TriniTea 4 EterniTea- Traveling Tea with Jesus


Sour Cream Sugared Almonds

 1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsps vanilla
3 cups toasted almonds

Mix cream and sugar. With a candy thermometer heat mixture to 223 degrees, stirring constantly. 
Add vanilla and nuts.  With a wooden spoon , stir rapidly until the mixture has coated all the nuts.  Spread on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet and separate the nuts.  Cool thorougly and store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy.  Can be made up to two months ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tea pairing and brewing


You’ve heard the old adage about white wines pairing with white meat and red wines pairing with red meat. While not always true, it’s often helpful advice when taken as a general guideline. Well a similar maxim is typically true for tea: Green teas and oolong teas go well with white meats, black teas pair nicely with red meat.

    For these people, placing a bag in a bowl and dousing it with boiling water doesn't get the job done. Check out our quick tips for brewing the perfect pot!

    Loose Leaf

    Until the middle of the 20th century, there were no tiny cloth bags of individually parceled tea. For thousands of years, the leaves and buds were either placed in a tea pot or were held in a tea infuser (a tea ball, for example). For most tea-making perfectionists, there is no comparison: it is loose-leaf tea or nothing.
    TIP: In a pinch, a French press coffeemaker approximates the infused-tea experience.
    How much loose tea is enough? A common rule of thumb is one teaspoon of leaves for each cup of water plus "one for the teapot." Of course, the outcome will be determined by how strong the tea leaves are and by how much hot water the tea is steeping in. Experimentation is in order.
    Water temperature. The temperature of the water matters, too. Most black teas do best in boiling water. Green and white teas prefer hot, but not boiling, water. It all comes down to how oxidized the leaves are: black teas are more oxidized and can handle the hot, hot heat.
    TIP: Some tea drinkers insist on warming up the teapot before pouring in the hot or boiling water.
    How long to steep? Allow black tea to brew anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. Two to 3 minutes is preferred for a bracing tea. But too much steeping can produce a mouth-puckeringly bitter brew.
    Steeping vessels. There is much ceremony associated with tea drinking. And pretty teapots are part of the enjoyment. Some are extremely elegant with delicately painted patterns. For steeping, though, many tea drinkers prefer simple, unglazed earthenware teapots. After steeping, it’s time for the beautiful porcelain teapots.
    Tea making don'ts. Don't stir the loose leaves around in the pot. This is called "winding." And it's a no-no. It won't speed up the steeping process, but it probably will release bitter-flavored tannins. Wringing the last drop of tea from the teabag produces the same effect.

      The Three Types of Tea

      Tea is the processed leaves (along with twigs and buds) of the tea plant Camellia sinensis, a bush native to warm, rainy climates. Processing freshly harvested tea leaves begins the same for all types of tea. Fresh leaves are sorted out, cleaned, and allowed to wither. From there, a few nuances come into play.
      Black--English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam
      The most common kind of tea, black tea leaves are allowed to ferment before being dried. Westerners call it "black tea" because of the dark color of the leaves. The Chinese know it as "red tea" because of the reddish color of the liquid. Black tea tends to have depth of flavor and lack bitterness.
      • Most teas from India (Darjeeling, Assam) are black.
      • Earl Grey is black tea scented with bergamot.

      Green--Gunpowder, Tencha
      From the same plant as black tea leaves, green tea leaves are steamed and dried directly after being picked to prevent fermentation, which develops a light, gently bitter flavor much like the fresh leaves themselves. Japan is a leading producer of green tea.
      Oolong--Formosa Oolong
      Partially fermented large-leaf tea, oolong tea is delicate in flavor, occasionally scented with rose petals, jasmine, or gardenia. Formosa, Taiwan, is an important producer of oolong tea.

        Old fashioned tea cakes

        • 1/2 cup butter
        • 1 cup white sugar
        • 2 egg
        • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 2 teaspoons baking powder
        • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
        • 1 tablespoon milk


        1. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Stir in eggs, and beat well. Sift together the flour, baking powder and nutmeg. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
        2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
        3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place onto the prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes in the preheated oven, cookies should brown slightly.

        Tea Tassies

        • 2 cups all-purpose flour
        • 2/3 cup butter
        • 1/2 cup white sugar
        • 2 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese
        • 4 eggs
        • 2 cups chopped walnuts
        • 2 cups packed brown sugar
        • 4 teaspoons butter
        • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
        • 1 pinch salt


        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.25-30 minutes  Blend flour, butter, sugar and cream cheese.
        2. Press into sandbakkel tins.
        3. Melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat and add eggs, chopped nuts, brown sugar, vanilla and salt, blending well.
        4. Fill tins about 3/4 full with mixture and bake until filling is well set and crust is brown

        Tea in Hugo

        I am so looking forward to a small tea in Hugo Tuesday of this week.  Praying that God will share with me the teas I should share with the women this week.  Thanking Him for giving me this opportunity to meet some new friends over tea and share His word.  Please pray that God will give me the words He wants me to share.with the women from Hugo. 
        I posted the chocolate cherry cake a few days ago and it is so yummy and moist and hope you tried it with tea.  It is a winner in my book!
        God bless your week..

        Sunday, August 14, 2011

        Cucumber sandwiches

        I know we have many cucumbers in our garden and thought you might too if you have a garden.
        Enjoy these cucumber sandwiches with your tea.
        Peel cucumbers and slice very thin. Sprinkle slices with salt.  Spread white bread with unsalted butter and a thin layer of cream cheese and layer cucumbers no more than 1/4 inch high.  Cut into desired shapes.  Enjoy!
        I came across some great sandwiches cutters at the Dollar Tree for tea sandwiches.  They had star and square shapes.  It is fun to explore the Dollar Tree . 
        Enjoy your Sunday with the Lord.

        Extra-Easy Chocolate Cherry Cake

        Enjoy this with your next cup of tea with a friend.

        1 box chocolate cake mix
        3 eggs, beaten
        1 can cherry pie filling
        1 teaspoon almond extract
        1 cup chopped almonds, divided
        1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
        maraschino cherries, drained , for garnish
         Preheat oven to 350.  Generously spray a 9 x 13 cake pan with cooking spray and set aside.  Empty cake mix into mixing bowl.  Add eggs and extract and stir with wooden spoon until well blended.  Carefully blend in pie filling and 3/4 cup chopped almonds.  Pour into prepared pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  When you remove the cake from oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top and cover loosely with a piece of waxed paper.  Wait 2-3 minutes, then use a metal spatula to smooth the melted chocolate over surface of the cake.  Sprinkle rest of almonds over the top and quickly score the chocolate for serving sized pieces.  Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before you cut the cake.

        Saturday, August 13, 2011

        Over cups of tea

        Over cups of tea, I listened to my friend, and my friend heard me.  My joy was hers and hers was mine, as we shared our hearts line by line.

        Tuesday, August 9, 2011

        Great mint tea recipes

        Found some great mint tea recipes from by  Lindsay Goodwin

        Mint makes an excellent herbal tea on its own, but you'll have something special with the addition of fennel and lemonbalm. An added bonus is that this blend will ease an upset stomach as well.


        • 8 oz peppermint leaves
        • 8 oz lemon balm leaves
        • 8 oz fennel seeds


        Mix the herbs thoroughly, and store in an air tight container. For a cup of tea, use 1 tsp in a cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and strain out the herbs.

        To make Watermelon Iced Tea, you will need:
        • 6 teaspoons black tea leaves, preferably Nilgiri or Ceylon
        • 3 cups boiling water
        • 3 cups ice
        • 1/6 or 1/4 watermelon, cut into cubes
        • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
        • 1 tablespoon sugar
        • 1 sprig of mint, plus a few extra for garnish (optional)
        To start making Watermelon Iced Tea, brew your tea. Here's how:
        1. Combine the tea leaves and boiling water in a teapot.
        2. Let steep for three to five minutes.
        3. Strain the tealeaves.
        4. Combine all ingredients but the tea in a blender. Blend until smooth using the "blend" setting. It should take about 30 seconds. As needed, stop blending to push the ingredients toward the blades with a spoon.

          Once the mixture is smooth, you can proceed to step three or cover the mixture until shortly before you plan to serve Watermelon Iced Tea. (Combining the watermelon mixture and the tea just before serving prevents the drink from separating.)Set the tea aside in the fridge or freezer When you're almost ready to serve Watermelon Iced Tea, pour the brewed black tea over a pitcher of ice. Most of the ice will melt, but you've brewed the tea extra strong to accommodate for this diultion.   Just before serving Watermelon Iced Tea, combine all ingredients in a large glass pitcher. Stir well. If the drink begins to separate into layers (as is natural for agua fresca-style drinks), simply stir it again.
                  Serve this Southern sweet tea/watermelon agua fresca hybrid in a clear glass to show off
                  its brilliant color. Add more ice or a sprig of mint if desired. Serve any extra Watermelon        
                Iced  Tea from a pitcher.

        Any leftover Watermelon Iced Tea can be kept covered and refrigerated to be drunk the next morning.

        Makes about four servings.

        Miss Millie’s Southern-Sweet Mint Iced Tea Recipe

        Prep Time: 4 minutes

        Cook Time: 30 minutes

        Total Time: 34 minutes

        Yield: 1 large or 2 medium glasses


        • Several big sprigs os mint leaves
        • 1/4 cup sugar
        • 2 cups good tasting, fresh, hot water
        • 2 tea bags (or 2 tsp. loose tea)


        1. Fill a pint jar or small pitcher with mint, sugar and tea.
        2. Add hot water.
        3. Let sit on counter 'til cool.
        4. Remove tea bags or tealeaves.
        5. Serve over ice.

        Friday, August 5, 2011

        Messages today

        I was helping with housekeeping and laundry at an assisted living today and met some wonderful people.  Met a woman who has her cruise boat in Washington and just loves it.  She is a nurse also but got so busy that had to quit that.  She was visting her mom and I am thankful to have met her.  I had told her about my dream about having my tea retreat home and enjoying tea.  She said you should do it if that is what you feel you are led to do.  Then I was talking to a man and he talked about North Dakota where he was from and now lives in assisted living home.  He said North Dakota and Texas are the richest states right now.  HMMM.  I have wanted to start a tea retreat in Texas not because it is rich but feel God leading me back there.  Still praying. 
        Now as I sit here reading my book Walking with the God who cares  I am reading about how we are to do our work, ministry for Him and Him alone.  We are to go over and above every assistment the Lord gives us.  Your  weariness in ministry should never cause you to stop running the race,  Living for the audience of one means you carry out your ministry "in the Lord."  Matt. 25:40  iI tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.  A. W. Tozer wrote,
        If you are living only to buy and sell and get gain, that is not enough. If you are living only to sleep and work, that is not enough.  If you are living only to prosper and marry and raise a family, that is not enough. IF you live only to get old and die, and never find forgiveness and the daily sense of God's presence in your life, you have missed God's great purpose for you....Build that invisible altar within.  Let the Spirit of God produce the living, cleansing flame that marks your devotion to Christ, our Lord.
        Ney Bailey, from Campus Crusade for Christ, said  "You be responsible for the depth of your ministry , and let God be responsible for the breadth of the ministry."

        God bless you this weekend and enjoy that cup of tea in God's word.

        Thursday, August 4, 2011

        A Friend

        I was helping at an assisted living the other day and heard this man who always has his door open and sits in his chair and talks, saying I love you Jesus.  I want to come home Jesus.  Precious Jesus.  Wow, what such a great thing to hear.  I am not sure why God still has him on this earth but I know he sure touched my heart that day.  God's presence is in that place everywhere and such a wonderful thing to see.  I pray that this person will touch others and I pray that I will have an opportunity to say to this man, Jesus so loves you!
        Blessings for your day. 

        Bible and Tea

        I have been reading this book Walking with the God Who Cares and today I just loved the message.  It talked about hope- Holding On with Patient Expectation.  That is something I keep being reminded of these days.  Talking with a great sister-in-law today who is walking with the Lord and she helped me to remember God is with us.  Jesus loves us.  We never waste time when we spend it in the Bible.  How true!  I enjoy reading His word with a cup of tea.  So relaxing and so much love and care. 
        My realtor sent an encouragement today and wanted to share-
        A dream, an idea, a vision of greatness - all can be shattered by a word or two from a total stranger. If you are the one with a dream, keep it to yourself as you methodically achieve all that you desire. If it's another who tells you theirs - encourage them to nurture it to fruition. Remember Thoreau's thoughts on this: "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
        God has a plan for each one of us and if we allow him to do His work in us He will do amazing things.   Immerse yourself in God's word and focus on claiming His promises.  It is so worth every minute of spending time with Him.  Leave your Christian radio station on all the time.  I am one that loves songs about Jesus.  Such a reminder how much He loves each one of us and wants the best for us all.  
        Enjoy your next cup of tea with Him right beside you.  
        I pray that God will show His presence to you today.  Reach out to somebody who is in need.  I believe we are to minister in whatever we do.  Share His love and word today with somebody that may not know Him. 
        God's blessings for your day today.  Love you and thanks for stopping by. 
        Remember to be in pray Aug.6 for our country, leaders, people.  From 10-3 CT there will be a fast and prayer in Houston Texas at the Reliant Stadium.  Be in prayer.