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

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tea and older population

Friday, November 23, 2012

Coffee or tea.?

Green tea

Ginger tea

Friday, November 9, 2012

Tea and starchy foods

Benefits of tea
Black Tea Battles Diabetes

Researchers in Switzerland have determined that drinking black tea may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
The researchers analyzed data from 50 nations and saw lower numbers of type 2 diabetes in places where people drank a lot of black tea.
According to doctors, the fermentation process that turns green tea black provides several health benefits.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Green tea benefits

Tea and health

Rooibos tea

Teas for moods

Tea and colds

Do green tea benefits now include fighting various cancers? | MedCity News

Do green tea benefits now include fighting various cancers? | MedCity News

Tea cookie recipe

Trip to Texas

My trip to Texas to do a tea did not turn out so well. I had my tea things stolen before the tea and could not do. I arrived back home and prayed to God to find out why this happened. I received a call a couple days later from a woman I know God sent to let me know I need to continue to share God's word with tea. God is so good. I get to meet this woman and enjoy a cup or two of tea this week with her. How great that is. Have a blessed day. Enjoy your tea and listen for God.'s message for you today. Nothing is chance for a Christian. Thanks for stopping by.

Earl grey tea cookies

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tea gathering I so enjoyed my day today. I did a tea for a friend and learned about a study Univ. of Minnesota doing regarding green tea and prevention of breast cancer. I just love learning about these things. I so enjoy tea and learning and helping others to know the benefits of tea. Blessings for your week. Sit with Jesus this week and enjoy your tea.

Prevent Breast Cancer with Green Tea

Prevent Breast Cancer with Green Tea

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tea and health

Gerry Moran: Tuesday nights in Leydon’s - Community - Kilkenny People

Gerry Moran: Tuesday nights in Leydon’s - Community - Kilkenny People

Gerry Moran: Tuesday nights in Leydon’s - Community - Kilkenny People

Gerry Moran: Tuesday nights in Leydon’s - Community - Kilkenny People

Chemopreventive efficacy of green tea drinking against 1,2dimethyl hydrazineinduced rat colon carcinogenesis Sadik 2012 Cell Biochemistry and Function Wiley Online Library

Chemopreventive efficacy of green tea drinking against 1,2dimethyl hydrazineinduced rat colon carcinogenesis Sadik 2012 Cell Biochemistry and Function Wiley Online Library

Recipe for tea

Tea story

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Herbal tea

Monday, August 27, 2012

Anticancer, A New Way of Life, by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber | The Georgetown Dish

Anticancer, A New Way of Life, by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber | The Georgetown Dish

Morocco tea ceremony

Treasures: Tea carts are not everyone's bag

Treasures: Tea carts are not everyone's bag

Introducing Green Tea to Your Weight Loss Program

Introducing Green Tea to Your Weight Loss Program

The Wonder of Green Tea

The Wonder of Green Tea

Tea benefits

Peach tea

Uses for tea

Tea and stress

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


Your voice

Monday, August 20, 2012

God and tea

I have been praying about my tea and have been wondering if I should still be involved with tea and God brought two people into my life this past week. A woman from Oklahoma and a woman from San Antonio. Both are interested in tea!!! Sometimes praying and being silent and waiting is so much better than being so busy. We just have to believe and trust in the Lord and He will show us the way.

Following her heart

Tea and coffee may offer more than just a caffeine kick in the morning - Scotland -

Tea and coffee may offer more than just a caffeine kick in the morning - Scotland -

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Iced tea and kidney stones

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Lettuce tea

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Many uses for tea

Tea, weight loss and lemons

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Losing weight can be difficult, but taking a supplement can help enhance your weight loss efforts. 22News Registered Dietitian Nancy Dell who talked about some supplements that might help us take off the pounds. Green Tea Extract or Drink Green Tea (7 cups a day) - Drinking green tea will help you lose more fat. The compound in green tea, called EGCG, helps increase fat burning, especially when you're exercising. If you add lemon to your green tea you will absorb 5 times more EGCG.

Care for a cuppa? - Khaleej Times

Care for a cuppa? - Khaleej Times

Tea benefits

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Drinking Tea to Combat Ricin, Anthrax and C. diff

Drinking Tea to Combat Ricin, Anthrax and C. diff

Drinking Tea to Combat Ricin, Anthrax and C. diff

Drinking Tea to Combat Ricin, Anthrax and C. diff

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

British and tea

Tea industry

Total US tea market tops $27bn according to industry report Industry Sage Group Network, a Seattle-based tea industry think-tank and publisher, estimates that the size of the US tea market has been grossly underreported and is actually greater than $27 billion. The latest edition of Specialty Tea Is "Hot" Report, which encompasses industry trends, investment activity and many other relevant topics, covers all tea product types sold through all distribution channels. This includes the massive foodservice segment, which is of critical importance given that more than 75% of all tea consumed in North America is iced or cold. The new gross revenue estimate of $27 billion in 2011 places tea at a similar level to coffee, whose foodservice and retail sales are estimated to lie between $30 and $40 billion.

Girlfriends in God

Girlfriends in God

Devotion with your tea

Monday, June 18, 2012

Book on hospitality

Article NY Times on tea

Another great report on tea

Monday, June 11, 2012

Great tea maker

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Benefits of tea - Tea Benefits: Not Drinking It? You Should Be! - Tea Benefits: Not Drinking It? You Should Be! - How The Bodybuilding Supplement Tea Can Enhance Health! - How The Bodybuilding Supplement Tea Can Enhance Health! - The 8 Wonders Of Matcha Green Tea - The 8 Wonders Of Matcha Green Tea

20 benefits of drinking green tea

20 Great Benefits of Drinking Green Tea During my research I discovered many sources which helped in losing weights, diets and fatness. I used many medicines although I knew the chemicals used in them will damage my liver. At last I had to use the traditional treatment. I also found out the benefits of green tea which are completely different from black tea. Primeval Chinese people have used it for medical purposes as they knew green tea was favorable for health. Green tea is useful for headaches and depressions. Chinese history holds great importance for green tea. Leaves of Camellia Sinuses are used for producing green tea by some special processes. Green tea has a little amount of caffeine which causes insomnia, nausea and frequent urination. Green tea can benefit in several ways. 1 Treatment of multiple sclerosis. 2 Treatment and prevention of cancer. 3 Helps in stopping Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. 4 It is used in raising metabolism and increasing fat oxidation. 5 Reduces heart diseases and attacks. 6 Reduces the level of cholesterol in blood, improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol. 7 Used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular diseases. 8 It is used to treat impaired immune function. 9 Keep your teeth healthy and kills bacteria which causes the dental plaque. 10 Treatment and prevention of skin cancer. 11 Regular consumption of green tea can effectively delay symptoms of aging. 12 The people who take green tea regularly do not fall prey to common viral & bacterial infections easily. 13 Green tea increases stamina and boost endurance. 14 Aiding in proper digestion 15 Green tea increases hydration through the consumption of more water. 16 Effective in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. 17 Reduces and prevents acne. Drink a cup of green tea regularly and you will not have acne problems. 18 Green tea reduces risk of thrombosis, arterial sclerosis, cerebral strokes etc. 19 It reduces the risk of esophageal cancer. 20 Green tea has certain vitamins that prevent abnormal formation of blood clotting in the wounds.

Why tea amazing for you

Monday, June 4, 2012

Saturday, June 2, 2012

God is amazing

As we prayed last night about a video camera we thought might have been stolen from our son's backpack at school and having a cup of tea I felt peace about it. God was giving me another testimony to share with family and others. I prayed through this that God had something coming that was good. I asked for prayer this morning on Facebook too and got a call a hour later from principal at school that video camera was found. God bessed me with another testimony to share!! I am ever so thankful for that as it had been a week of sadness with family and struggles. God always shows us He is ever so present and is using me to share with others. I love you God for all you do in my life and how you give me strength each day. I pray with this testimony more come to know you. I also pray they come to enjoy tea too!! Lol Have a blessed day and I pray you feel His presence. Thanks for being here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Healthy smile with green tea recipe

Black tea

Black tea is currently the most popular in the US, enjoyed mainly as iced tea. The fame of black tea is mainly due to the invention of the tea bag in 1904 by NYC tea merchant Thomas Sullivan. Recent studies have shown that black tea provides equal health benefits as its green cousin.

Tea and sunburns

Monday, May 21, 2012

Dr. Tea's video on health benefits of tea

Check out Dr. Tea's info on benefits of drinking tea. Caffeine, L-Theanine, and EGCG. Check out this video on YouTube:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tea crawl

How about a tea crawl with some friends. Start at your home with some tea and scones. Talk and visit over tea. Then head out to your favorite restaurant and enjoy lunch with some tea. Visit a museum or other place of interest in the afternoon with a flavored cup of tea. Last but not least enjoy dinner with a cup of Darjeeling tea. Say goodbye and head on home and crawl into bed.


I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new. Ralph Waldo Emerson Dear Friend, This is my prayer for you today. You will find friends who will help lighten your heavy load, comfort for hours alone, strength to carry on and that joy will greet you each morning . Prov. 17:17. A friend loves at all times.

My blessed Friday

I received a call on Friday from a person who heard about me through another friend and what I do. She had been looking to find a home for her Mother's teacups and when she heard about what I do she made the call to see if I would like them. It was a blessing to receive the call and to receive the beautiful and precious teacups and saucers. It is going to be a blessing to all when I do the next tea and tell the story. I just love to be able to tell others while sharing tea the stories that come along with the journey I am on. Thank you God for these two beautiful women that came into my life and the story I can share with others. Enjoy your cup of tea and be blessed! Your tea friend, Cindy

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Flavonoids protect men against Parkinson's disease

Food And Beverages Eating flavonoids protects men against Parkinsons disease Men who eat flavonoid-rich foods such as berries, tea, apples and red wine significantly reduce their risk of developing Parkinsons disease, according to new research by Harvard University and the University of East Anglia (UEA). Published today in the journal Neurology , the findings add to the growing body of evidence that regular consumption of some flavonoids can have a marked effect on human health. Recent studies have shown that these compounds can offer protection against a wide range of diseases including heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and dementia. This latest study is the first study in humans to show that flavonoids can protect neurons against diseases of the brain such as Parkinsons. Around 130,000 men and women took part in the research. More than 800 had developed Parkinsons disease within 20 years of follow-up. After a detailed analysis of their diets and adjusting for age and lifestyle, male participants who ate the most flavonoids were shown to be 40 per cent less likely to develop the disease than those who ate the least. No similar link was found for total flavonoid intake in women. The research was led by Dr Xiang Gao of Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with Prof Aedin Cassidy of the Department of Nutrition, Norwich Medical School at UEA. These exciting findings provide further confirmation that regular consumption of flavonoids can have potential health benefits, said Prof Cassidy. This is the first study in humans to look at the associations between the range of flavonoids in the diet and the risk of developing Parkinsons disease and our findings suggest that a sub-class of flavonoids called anthocyanins may have neuroprotective effects. Prof Gao said: Interestingly, anthocyanins and berry fruits, which are rich in anthocyanins, seem to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinsons disease in pooled analyses. Participants who consumed one or more portions of berry fruits each week were around 25 per cent less likely to develop Parkinsons disease, relative to those who did not eat berry fruits. Given the other potential health effects of berry fruits, such as lowering risk of hypertension as reported in our previous studies, it is good to regularly add these fruits to your diet. Flavonoids are a group of naturally occurring, bioactive compunds found in many plant-based foods and drinks. In this study the main protective effect was from higher intake of anthocyanins, which are present in berries and other fruits and vegetables including aubergines, blackcurrants and blackberries. Those who consumed the most anthocyanins had a 24 per cent reduction in risk of developing Parkinsons disease and strawberries and blueberries were the top two sources in the US diet. The findings must now be confirmed by other large epidemiological studies and clinical trials. Parkinsons disease is a progresssive neurological condition affecting one in 500 people, which equates to 127,000 people in the UK. There are few effective drug therapies available. Dr Kieran Breen, director of research at Parkinsons UK said: This study raises lots of interesting questions about how diet may influence our risk of Parkinsons and we welcome any new research that could potentially lead to prevention. While these new results look interesting there are still a lot of questions to answer and much more research to do before we really know how important diet might be for people with Parkinson's. Habitual intake of dietary flavonoids and risk of Parkinsons disease by X Gao (Harvard), A Cassidy (UEA), M Schwarzschild (Massachusetts General Hospital), E Rimm (Harvard) and A Ascherio (Harvard) is published on April 4 by Neurology the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Related Stories

Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer cool drinks

Add orange slices to your tea Iced tea with pineapple juice and fresh pineapple Iced tea with sliced plums and fresh mint Berry Sprinkler- club soda, red tea And berries- summer in a glass Lime Zing- red tea with slices of lime and ice Enjoy with others!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Words that have endings "ful" and scriptures to share over tea

Cheerful - John 16:33 Faithful - 1 Corinthians 4:2 Helpful - Matthew 5:16 Hopeful - Titus 3:7 Joyful - Psalm 35:9 Merciful - Matthew 5:7 Peaceful - Matthew 5:9 Powerful - Acts 1:8 Prayerful - 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Thankful - Psalm 95:2 Truthful – Ephesians 4:25 Worshipful - Psalm 95:6

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tea and belly fat

Green Tea May Fight Allergies

Green Tea May Fight Allergies

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Try a Cup of Tea

"Tea, especially green tea, with or without caffeine, is very good for people with allergies," says Murray Grossan, MD, an ear, nose, and throat doctor in Los Angeles. Tea contains natural antihistamines, he says, which makes it a great addition to your diet to reduce allergy symptoms. Histamine is a chemical that your body releases during allergic reactions. He especially recommends a morning cup of hot tea just when you get up, which can help prevent morning sneezing.

Tea article from


Whether it's drunk hot or cold, did you know that tea is one of the best things you can drink?

It is the second most consumed beverage after water.
Tea drinking has been claimed to have health benefits for centuries, but only in recent years have doctors conducted studies to see if the claims are justified.

cup of tea
Considering the amount of tea drunk around the world every day, the news that the drink can be good for you is welcome indeed. Recent research has indicated that drinking tea as part of a healthy diet and life style can help maintain a healthy body including a healthy heart.
The value of tea may be due, in part, to its antioxidants. Like fruit and vegetables, tea is rich in antioxidants. (In tea these are known as flavonoids). Antioxidants in the diet may help the body in its management of free radicals – highly reactive substances capable of causing damage to body cells.

If that's not enough to convince you that tea is worth trying, take a look at some of these fast facts. Green and black teas offer the same health benefits. Many people don't realize that black and green tea contain virtually the same amount of antioxidants. In fact, whether hot or cold, bottled or using a bag, tea is probably the healthiest drink around.

Drinking four cups of tea is rehydrating – not dehydrating as is often said – unless the amount of tea consumed at one sitting contains more than 250mg of caffeine (the equivalent of five cups of tea).

According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, tea provides a few tips to get the most out of tea-drinking:

Drinking a cup of tea a few times a day to absorb antioxidants and other healthful plant compounds. In green-tea drinking cultures, the usual amount is three cups per day.
Allow tea to steep for three to five minutes to bring out its catechins.
The best way to get the catechins and other flavonoids in tea is to drink it freshly brewed. Decaffeinated, bottled ready-to-drink tea preparations, and instant teas have less of these compounds.
Tea can impede the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Adding lemon or milk or drinking tea between meals will counteract this problem.

Tea contains fluoride, which has a well-established link to dental health. Studies have shown that tea can provide up to 70% of the fluoride you need. It's also thought that antioxidants in tea may help inhibit the growth of the bacteria that cause plaque.

Tea without milk and sugar has virtually no calories. And in hot weather, it seems refreshing. This may be because it can raise your body temperature and momentarily cause an increase in perspiration, which cools the skin.

Teas such as Lipton are made from tea leaves rich in natural antioxidants, plus other good stuff your body loves. As for the taste, with a range covering hot and cold teas, and green and black varieties, it boosts your taste buds, as well as your well being.

Facts on Caffeine in Tea
  • Decaffeinated tea is not caffeine free. It still contains up to
  • .4% by dry weight caffeine content.
  • The longer the tea leaves have fermented, the greater their
  • caffeine content.
  • The smaller the tea leaf, the stronger the extraction of caffeine.
  • The first and second leaves of the tea plant are believed to contain the largest amount of caffeine at 3.4 %.

*Caffeine content (Ref.: International Food Information Council, All About Tea by William H. Ukers)
Type of Tea
Milligrams of Caffeine
Avg Per Serving Range Per Ounce*
Black tea
40 25-55 5.
naturally caffeinated
Oolong tea
30 12-55 3.75
naturally caffeinated somewhat less than black tea
Green tea
20 8-30 2.5
naturally caffeinated somewhat less than oolong tea,
White tea
15 6-25 2.
naturally caffeinated somewhat less than green tea
Decaffeinated tea
2 1-4 .5
Caused from removing most of the caffeine from black, oolong, green, or white tea
Herbal "tea"
0 0 0.
Naturally caffeine free

Does Tea Contain More Caffeine Than Coffee?
Tea has only 1/2 to 1/3 as much caffeine as coffee when you compare them
cup for cup. In dry form, coffee actually has less then tea in dry form. Next time
you brew that pot of coffee, consider how much less your brewed cup of tea will
have. Unless of course you consume your tea dry. (Ref.: Caffeine by The Institute of Food Technologists' Expert Panel on Food Safety & Nutrition.)

What Determines Caffeine Levels?
The amount of caffeine in tea depends on a number of things, the variety of tea
 leaf, where it is grown, size and cut of the tea leaf, and how you brew or steep
 as well as how long. Studies from the Caffeine Institute also show that caffeine
levels can vary depending on the location of the tea leaf on the plant. (Ref.: Caffeine by The Institute of Food Technologists' Expert Panel on Food Safety & Nutrition, All About Tea by William H. Ukers)

Tea for Beauty

Don't toss your morning tea bag, put them in a plastic baggy in the refrigerator and use them:
  • On your eyes to relieve puffiness or freshen them up after a late night.
  • Brunettes, use a rinse of black tea for rich dark shine to your hair.
  • Blondes can use a rinse of Chamomile tea to bring out your natural highlights
  • For a temporary look of summer sun kissed skin without the UV rays, you can brew up a bath of plain black tea and soak for 20 minutes.
  • After washing your face, uses a cool tea rinse to help with acne. Tea has great astringent properties.

Cooking with Teas

You can use herbal teas for a unique delicious and healthy seasonings.

You can use the tea dry or brew it to liquid form to use as a marinade.

The good news about using herbal tea for seasoning, there are no calories or fat and tea is cheaper then most spices that you buy at the store.
Herbal teas are not actually from tea leaves, but are a blend of herbs an spices that create wonderful aromas and colors.

When you use true teas in cooking, they are made from dried tea leaves, and should be brewed and used in liquid form with your recipes.

The Legendary Origins of Tea
The story of tea began in ancient China over 5,000 years ago.
According to legend, Shen Nung, an early emperor was a skilled ruler, creative scientist and patron of the arts. His far-sighted edicts required, among other things, that all drinking water be boiled as a hygienic precaution.
One summer day while visiting a distant region of his realm, he and the court stopped to rest. In accordance with his ruling, the servants began to boil water for the court to drink. Dried leaves from the near by bush fell into the boiling water, and a brown liquid was infused into the water.
As a scientist, the Emperor was interested in the new liquid, drank some, and found it very refreshing. And so, according to legend, tea was created.
This myth maintains such a practical narrative, that many mythologists believe it may relate closely to the actual events, now lost in ancient history.

FuturePundit: Exercise, Tea, Vitamin D Tied To Lower Dementia Risk

FuturePundit: Exercise, Tea, Vitamin D Tied To Lower Dementia Risk

tea and vitamins

How to Take Vitamins With Tea

Sarah Thomsen
Sarah Thomsen started writing about health in 2006 while pursuing her associate degree in humanities and social sciences. Her published online articles focus on improving holistic health. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition science with a minor in psychology from Russell Sage College and a Health Studies Certificate from Schenectady County Community College.

The absorption of a vitamin or mineral is required before the body can use it. Iron and calcium are two minerals which can be "tied up" by compounds in tea, keeping them from being absorbed. To keep minerals and tea from interfering with each other, take them separately. There's no need to remove any of them from your diet, as being mindful about the timing of each is enough to guarantee absorption of each.      

    • 1
      Look to see if your tea is regular or herbal tea. Teas are divided into two families. Tea made from leaves that come from the Camellia sinensis are regular "tea": green, black, white and oolong teas. All containing caffeine unless decaffeinated, tea sourced from these leaves touts some notable health benefits with possible roles in boosting the immune system, inhibiting the formation of tumor cells, detoxifying, and fighting against infection. The compounds responsible are flavenoids and catechins -- both types of polyphenols. Phytates and polyphenols might sound familiar for their reputation as antioxidants, but the power of the compounds does not stop there. They also have the capacity to "grab" or "bind" substances that really should be kept around in the body -- specifically, calcium and iron. Teas that are classified as "herbal" (such as Rooibos tea) have much lower concentrations of interfering compounds and should not be of concern.
    • 2
      Consume iron supplements two hours after or before drinking tea. Iron found in tablets, whether alone or as a multivitamin, will not mix with tea. The "tannins" in the tea need to be kept away from supplements, but not for long. Iron deficiency, a condition called anemia, can lead to weakness, fatigue, dizziness, irritability, and shortness of breath or depression. An anemic body automatically absorbs more iron than one that doesn't need it as badly, while being iron overloaded decreases the amount of iron absorbed. Separating the dosage into two daily servings instead of one, both apart from tannin-containing teas, will help to maximize absorption.
    • 3
      Take calcium two hours before or after drinking tea. Calcium, important for muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and blood clotting, should be consumed at around 1,000 mg/day for most adults with about 200 mg more for women over 51. Since 8 oz. of milk or yogurt has a minimum of 300mg, while calcium fortified drinks (orange juice, soymilk) have about 200-300 mg per cup, it only takes a few good sources to meet the recommended amounts. For those who are especially worried about their bone health or developing osteoperosis, taking a supplement can act as a safeguard. Again, tannins and phytates can interfere with absorption, so tablets should be taken a couple of hours before.
      You might notice that calcium comes most often in pills with 500mg. This is another one that should be taken a couple of times a day to enhance absorption. Complicating the picture is the inconvenience that calcium interferes with iron absorption as well. Professionals from Oregon State University suggest taking iron and calcium two hours away from each other as well.

Read more: How to Take Vitamins With Tea |

Matcha tea benefits

Elevates Mood
Matcha green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine that has a relaxing affect on the mind, making it good elixir for anxiety or tension.
Detoxifier The high chlorophyll content in the tea can help remove toxins and metals from the body.
Fights Aging Matcha, like other green teas, has a high number of antioxidants, which fight the effects of aging.
Cancer Protection Epicgallocatechin gallate, or EGCg, is a component of matcha green tea that has strong cancer-fighting properties.
Fiber The tea is considered a good source of dietary fiber, which can help people who suffer from constipation.
Energy Booster Matcha can raise your energy level for prolonged periods without leaving you feeling jittery or overstimulated.
Weight Loss This tea boosts metabolism, which can help burn fat, and also helps maintain stable blood sugar levels, which suppress cravings for sweets.

Upcoming teas

Well, two teas this week. One in Milaca and one in St. Paul. Looking forward to sharing tea and music with the groups. I had a tea last week and it was wonderful. God was so present. I sang first time with guitar and it flows nicely. They so enjoyed the tea, music and Bingo. Love them all dearly. They sang so well. Pray for my teas this week if you would as I prepare one for tomorrow and one on Friday. Greatly appreciate! Also pray for my tea retreat which I believe I would like to start this year. Pray that I hear from God and I know it is from Him. Thank you all for being here and have a blessed Monday. Yours in Christ, Cindy

Friday, April 27, 2012

I love it when I read about tea and Dr Oz even suggests.. Valerian root tea good for falling asleep.  Also chamomile tea.  Need energy boost try green tea!! It has lots of energizing phenols but quarter of caffeine and you don't get jitters.  I stand by that one as I can't have caffeine but don't have problem with tea.  Caffeine in tea goes through your body a lot slower too.  Man I have to have my tea retreat!!! Senna leaf tea good laxative.  White tea contains theanine which increases brain wave activity associated with improved attention.  Eat celery. May help prevent the plaque buildup in the brain that can lead to Alzheimer's. Enjoy your tea and check out my website for teas. Blessings!! 
In The Marketplace Every year, the North American Tea Championships are held to determine premium teas in the marketplace. Trends emerge based on the number of entries in every category. This year, a record 230 entries were submitted and the Flavored Rooibos category accounted for over 15% of the total field making it the largest single category of submissions. As Gourmet News (April 2012 issue) reports: “indicating the popularity of rooibos in the marketplace”. Rooibos is technically not a tea, meaning it contains no actual Camellia Sinensis (tea leaf) but it is manufactured, brewed and consumed in a manner generally similar to tea. Although studies into the health benefits of rooibos on humans are scarce in scientific literature, animal studies suggest it has potent antioxidant, immune-modulating and chemopreventive effects. In addition, rooibos tea has not been found to have any adverse effects. Here are other health and wellness notes, perhaps why it’s becoming more popular amongst young and old: • Rooibos is purported to assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems • A study performed by Japanese scientists suggested that Rooibos tea is beneficial in the topical treatment of acne. This is due to levels of alpha-hydroxy acid, zinc and superoxide dismutase present in the herb • Research is being conducted with encouraging results that show rooibos may have a positive affect on mitigating the effects from Type 2 diabetes. • A study in South Africa on humans showed that consuming 6 cups of rooibos per day reduce biomarkers associated with heart disease. Rooibos is naturally caffeine free and it makes a great base for blending.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mystery tea parties

We are working on doing some mystery tea parties. Email for more info.

Mother's Day Tea

Mother's Day Tea Mother's Day and spring present a happy opportunity to have a mother-daughter tea. Invite mothers and daughters of any age. Have your tea party indoors or outside in a backyard or garden. Place a single white rose in full bloom at every mom's place setting and a pink rose bud at every daughter'and lace setting. Send an herbal teabag in an attractive wrapper with each invitation. Ask guests to wear floral dresses, hats and gloves. Decorate the table with multicolored carnations floating in clear glass or crystal bowls of water. Play chamber music softly in the background. Use your good china and silverware. Serve sparkling water in crystal stemware, along with tea. Arrange finger sandwiches, quiche slices, fresh fruit cups and pastel-frosted tea cakes on a buffet table. Playing games, such as Mother-Daughter Trivia. See who knows whom the best. Give each table a disposable camera to capture the

Tea sandwich recipes

Cucumber Mint Tea Sandwich Recipe Recipe Type: Sandwich, Afternoon Tea & High Tea, Poultry Yields: 8 whole sandwiches Prep time: 10 min   Ingredients: 1/2 seedless cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced (about 32 slices) 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, rinsed, spun dry, and chopped fine 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature 16 slices best-quality white bread* Salt to taste * Choose the best-quality white or wheat bread as possible. Never serve end slices. Freezing the bread before cutting and then spreading makes for easier handling. Preparation: Place cucumber slices between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. In a small bowl, combine mint, butter, and cream cheese; spread on one side of each slice of bread. Lay cucumber slices onto the buttered side of 8 slices of bread. Sprinkle with salt. Top with the remaining slices of bread, buttered side down. Carefully cut the crusts from each sandwich with a long, sharp knife. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally and then cut in half again. Decorative shapes can be made with cookie cutters. Yields 8 whole sandwiches or 16 halves or 32 quarters This is a delicious chicken tea sandwich recipe that is always a favorite. Chicken Curry Tea Sandwich Recipe Type: Sandwich, Afternoon Tea & High Tea, Poultry Yields: 8 whole sandwiches Prep time: 10 min   Ingredients: 2 cooked whole chicken breasts, finely chopped 1/4 cup finely-chopped nuts 4 celery stalks, finely chopped Salt to taste Mayonnaise (just enough to moisten) Curry powder or paste to taste 16 slices best-quality white bread* 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature * Choose the best-quality white or wheat bread as possible. Never serve end slices. Freezing the bread before cutting and then spreading makes for easier handling. Preparation: In a large bowl, combine chicken, nuts, celery, salt, and mayonnaise; stir until well blended. Add curry powder or paste (Remember, a little goes a long way with curry - be careful). Spread one side of each piece of bread lightly with butter. Top the buttered side of 8 slices of bread with some of the chicken mixture and top with the remaining bread slices, buttered side down. Carefully cut the crusts from each sandwich with a long, sharp knife. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally and then cut in half again. Yields 8 whole sandwiches or 16 halves or 32 fourths.     Making Sandwiches Ahead of Time: If you need to make tea sandwiches in advance and need to keep them from drying out, cover them loosely with a sheet of wax paper and then place a damp kitchen towel over the wax paper (never place a damp towel directly on top of the bread because the sandwiches will become soggy). Refrigerate. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator. Uncover sandwiches just before serving.    

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

By Lindsey Goodwin, Guide

Whether you call it high tea, low tea or afternoon tea, afternoon tea is an occasion to socialize and relax in style with friends. Selecting a great tea for afternoon tea is just one of the many aspects of the occasion, but it's often largely overlooked by people putting on or attending afternoon teas. This list of top ten afternoon teas includes old and new favorites that are well suited to pairing with afternoon tea fare.

Earl Grey Tea

Marko Goodwin
Earl Grey is the world's most famous flavored black tea. It gets its citrusy flavor from the essential oil of bergamot (an orange-like fruit). The natural sweetness of Earl Grey lends itself to pairing with many afternoon tea sweets, like scones, Madeline cakes, shortbread cookies and lavender cookies.

Marko Goodwin
Assam black tea is grown in the mountainous region of Assam, India. It is known for its robust, malty and sometimes tannic (astringent) flavor.

Many people enjoy their Assam tea with a little milk and sugar. With milk and sugar, Assam teas are ideal for afternoon tea sweets. Without them, Assams can stand up to flavorful savory foods, like finger sandwiches, quiche and cheddar herb scones.

Ceylon Black Tea / Sri Lankan Black Tea

Lindsey Goodwin
Ceylon teas include white, green, oolong and black varieties, but Ceylon black teas are the most popular choice for afternoon tea. Famous black teas from Sri Lanka (formerly known as "Ceylon") include:

Orange Pekoe, which does not taste like oranges, and is actually a tea grade made in India and Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya, which is floral and light
Uva, which is sweet, woodsy and good with milk
Dimbulla, which varies widely
They're all great with a range of afternoon tea foods.

Darjeeling Black Tea

Lindsey Goodwin
Darjeelings are teas from Darjeeling, India. Darjeeling black teas are a classic pairing for afternoon tea foods.

You might have a choice between spring-plucked Darjeeling First Flush and summer-plucked Darjeeling Second Flush. Darjeeling First Flush is more floral and green in flavor, while Darjeeling Second Flush has a distinctive fruity flavor. Both work well with savory afternoon tea foods, and Second Flush is also great with chocolate, fruity desserts and pastries.

Chamomile "Tea"

Marko Goodwin
Chamomile is an herbal infusion with a floral, apple-like flavor. Many people select it for afternoon tea because it is naturally caffeine-free. It also pairs wonderfully with afternoon tea sweets, especially scones and fruity confections.

Chamomile is also a key ingredient in many tea blends, such as Chamomile Chai and David Rio's Caramel Chamomile.

Mint "Tea"

Marko Goodwin
Like chamomile, spearmint and peppermint are caffeine-free herbal infusions. Peppermint is more common in the U.S., but spearmint also has a loyal following thanks to its its sweeter, mellower flavor. Some herbal infusions combine mint with other herbs.

When considering whether or not to pair a mint infusion with your afternoon tea fare, ask yourself, "Would I ever use mint as an ingredient in this dish?" You'll likely find that both types of mint "tea" are great with a range of finger sandwiches, fruity sweets, chocolaty sweets and nuutral sweets (like vanilla pound cake or plain shortbread).

Smoked Black Teas: Russian Caravan / Lapsang Souchong

Lindsey Goodwin
Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan are both popular smoked black teas. They have a strong, smoky flavor that's ideally paired with equally strong foods. I particularly recommend them with heavy sweets, smoked salmon finger sandwiches and flavorful quiches.

Specialty smoked black teas include Tarry Souchong, Smoked Earl Grey and Smoked Tanzanian Black Tea. These can be paired in a similar manner to Lapsang Souchong and Russian Caravan.

Rose Congou Tea
Rose Congou is a black tea blended with rose petals. The rose petals make it an inherently romantic, Victorian style of drink, so it's a great fit for afternoon tea. Try sweet, perfumey Rose Congou with scones, creamy sweets (like shortbread or strawberry shortcake) and savory-sweet finger

Gunpowder Green Tea
Green teas aren't nearly as popular as black teas during afternoon tea. However, Gunpowder Green Tea has a bold flavor that can stand up to select afternoon tea foods, like savory pastries, ham or chicken tea sandwiches, and dishes with mint. Be sure to brew Gunpowder Green with cooler water and a shorter brew time than you'd use for black teas.

Lavender Teas / Tisanes
Brewed on its own or as part of a tea blend, lavender is a common "tea" for afternoon tea. Popular lavender blends include Lavender Earl Grey and herbal melanges with ingredients like lavender, chamomile and mint. The sweet, perfumey flavor of a lavender infusion or lavender tea blend is ideal with uncomplicated afternoon tea foods, like scones and Devon cream, simple petits fours or shortbread cookies.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Green tea

Green tea taken with meals can help burn up to 80 calories from fat.

Scone recipe This is a great scone recipe. I made pumpkin scones using this recipe. I used 2/3 cup canned pumpkin and 1/3 cup buttermilk instead of sour cream. I added the baking soda to the flour mixture and used brown sugar instead of white and cut it to 1/2 cup + 2 Tbsps. I added 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice and a pinch of cloves to the flour mixture and then followed the directions. Then I made an icing divided it and put cinnamon in half and then drizzled both over the scones. VERY yummy!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!

Names for tea retreat home

Love to hear some names you think would be great for a tearetrea home

Cup of blessing

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, April 13, 2012

Murder mystery tea parties

Someone contacted me a day or two ago about murder mystery tea parties. I will be doing some of those with my other teas so if interested learning more let me know. There are two right now that I can do for small or large groups titled The Decadent Housewives of Hysteria Lane or Who's missing from the Class Reunion? If large group would prefer you preparing the teas and food and I would provide the loose tea for you to prepare. If groups of 6-10 I can provide tea and food.

Green Tea and Eyes Benefits - UV, Cataract, MD and Glaucoma

Green Tea and Eyes Benefits - UV, Cataract, MD and Glaucoma

Monday, April 9, 2012

Ginger tea recipes

Treat yourself to a cup of piping hot ginger tea, a healthy drink that's great for digestion.
Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


4-6 thin slices raw ginger
1 1/2 - 2 cups water
juice from 1/2 lime, or to taste
1-2 tbsp honey or agave nectar, or to taste

Peel the ginger and slice thinly to maximize the surface area. This will help you make a very flavorful ginger tea.
Boil the ginger in water for at least 10 minutes. For a stronger and tangier tea, allow to boil for 20 minutes or more, and use more slices of ginger.

Remove from heat and add lime juice and honey (or agave nectar) to taste.

The secret to making a really flavorful ginger tea is to use plenty of ginger - more than you think you will need - and also to add a bit of lime juice and honey to your ginger tea. You will also probably want to add more honey than you think you will need as well.

Enjoy your hot ginger tea! A homemade ginger tea is excellent in soothing stomach aches and in aiding digestion.

A strong iced tea, made with fresh ginger. If you're looking for a change from the usual lemon iced tea, then you should give this bold ginger iced tea a try.

5 tea bags
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
Sugar, to taste

Slice ginger root into thin slices and crush. Heat 1 quart of water and let tea steep with the ginger. Let steep over low heat for at least 10 minutes. Strain out tea and ginger slices and add sugar. Let cool and serve

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea will cure what ails you. The heat and the ginger warms you right up, the steam and the lemon and the ginger help clear those sinuses, and the ginger and the honey soothe that scratchy throat.
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger (no need to peel it)
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp. honey, plus more to taste

Put ginger in a tea pot or medium bowl. Pour 1 cup boiling water over it and let it steep for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, put lemon juice and honey in a large mug. Strain ginger tea into mug.
Stir to dissolve honey, taste, and add more honey if you like.
Makes 1 mug Honey Lemon Ginger Tea.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Pineapple banana cake with tea

Pineapple Banana Cake

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups mashed bananas

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter or spray a Bundt pan. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon) until combined. Make a well in the center and add eggs, pineapple, oil, vanilla and bananas. Stir batter with a large spoon, mixing well. Some lumps will remain; do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (about 65-75 minutes). Cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before removing cake from pan.

Frosting: Frost with a vanilla frosting, or sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. A light glaze is also nice.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Green tea and bad breath from Adagio teas

Green tea prevents bad breath and other buccodental diseases
March 2012

Smile while you sip
Latest findings suggest that green tea kills bad breath thanks to its antioxidant content. Israeli scientists found that polyphenols, a type of antioxidant found in green tea, destroy compounds in the mouth that are responsible for bad breath, tooth decay and mouth cancer. Polyphenols called epigallocatechin 3 gallate (EGCG) possess properties that can abolish bad breath by modifying sulphur components responsible for halitosis. They can also fight harmful effects of smoking by reducing oral cavities, oxidative stress and inflammation caused by cigarettes. There is an increasing interest among the scientific community in green tea as a proponent of oral health.

Happy Easter

I want to say to all who are here Happy Easter. May God bless each one here and enjoy your Easter with tea.
Remember our Lord and Savior and the many gifts we receive from Him. He loves each one of us and pray that each one of us can share that with others along with a favorite cup of tea. I know that is my passion and waiting on the Lord that I may do more of that in the near future. Asking for your prayers on that. I want to reach those who don't truly know Him through tea and His love pouring from me.
God bless you and your family this Easter.

Spring teas

Spring is here and I am going to share a couple of teas I prepared and enjoyed last week.

A strong iced tea, made with fresh ginger.

5 tea bags
1-inch piece of fresh ginger
Sugar, to taste

Slice ginger root into thin slices and crush. Heat 1 quart of water and let tea steep with the ginger. Let steep over low heat for at least 10 minutes. Strain out tea and ginger slices and add sugar. Let cool and serve over ice.

This Green Tea Sangria recipe from Afternoon Teas, Please is a non-alcoholic sangria made with iced green tea and fresh fruit. It won the Monthly Tea Recipe Contest in August, 2010. Contest judge Chris Cason of Tavalon Tea described this tea as sweet and fruity, but light enough that you can easily drink a full pitcher without feeling like it's a meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Steep time: 12 hours

Total Time: 12 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: Approx. six cups


3 cups water
6 tsp. green tealeaves (Cason recommends a Chinese green tea from Fujian, China)
1 sliced Granny Smith apple
3 cups ice cubes
Several sliced citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes or oranges
Honey (to taste)

Bring the water to a boil and then allow it to cool for several minutes.
Steep the tea in a pot for the recommended amount of brewing time.
Line the bottom of an 8-cup pitcher with the apple slices.
Add the ice cubes and tea.
Top the mixture with sliced citrus fruit.
Cover the pitcher and refrigerate it overnight.
Add honey to taste.
Add more ice before serving if desired.
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Pregnancy and tea

Tea may boost pregnancy chances for women drinkers

Women who regularly drink tea are more likely to get pregnant than those who don't and those who prefer soft drinks. The study, conducted by scientists from Boston University on 3,600 women, focused on the link between caffeine intake and fertility. It found that women who drank two cups of tea per day were 27% more likely to become pregnant. Coffee drinkers did not experience the same effect, whereas those who drank two soft drinks per day seemed to witness the opposite effect: their chance of pregnancy fell by 20%. While this research seems promising, experts caution that further studies are needed to conclusively prove the link and establish which elements in tea are actually responsible for this.

Black tea and Brits

Brits shun traditional tea for loose leaves and green varieties

Figures from Mintel, a market research firm, suggest that tea drinkers in the UK are shifting from traditional brews to healthier green tea. In fact, green tea sales have doubled in two years since 2009 to reach £22 million ($29m) in 2011, whereas consumption of "builder's tea", a mix of black tea, sugar and milk, is falling. Sales of English Breakfast tea bags fell by £7 million, or roughly 2%, to £463 million. Although black tea still remains the most popular variety by far, young people in particular are turning away from the traditional cuppa. Furthermore, young people are also the biggest users of loose leaf tea, with 12% of people aged between 25 and 34 making tea without the use of tea bags, compared to 10% of people aged 65 and over.

Tea and sugar

The Sweetest Enemy
by Cynthia Fazekas

Tiny, beautiful crystals can add up to trouble!
Just last night, a national news show aired a segment about researchers and doctors announcing that sugar is toxic. The news of course, is not new to those of us in the tea industry. Many of us were drawn to tea because we were looking to avoid sugary beverages and found tea to have fabulous flavor and soothing effects. We got lucky early and discovered that a well-brewed cup of tea needs no enhancement and have benefited since.
As the general population (reluctantly) receives this message, tea sellers have a great opportunity. The easiest way to cut back on sugar for the average American is to cut out soda and juices. Replacing these with water is an option but we know that tea and tisanes are flavorful alternatives and no sugar is needed to have a great cup. Teach your customers to gradually lessen the amount of sugar they add to hot beverages and let their palates adjust incrementally. They must retrain their taste buds to not solely seek sweet and enjoy other sensations.
Help your customers reduce their sugar intake by offering correct brewing methods for teas and a variety to please any palate. The most forgiving are rooibos and honeybush as they don't get bitter even if steeped too long and at too high a temperature. Add that they are naturally caffeine-free and you have a sugarless beverage that even kids can enjoy. Green rooibos is particularly tasty when fruit flavored and makes a worry-free alternative to punch.
By gradually reducing sugar intake, we learn to really taste our food and will enjoy sugar more as the occasional indulgence it really should be.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

From the book Take Time

Americans drink coffee, or it seems. Oftentimes we get our coffee to go because we are on the run. The British, on the other hand, understand how to take time for tea. Tea is much more than a drink, it is an event- a time to relax, reflect and be refreshed. Incorporate a tea time into your busy life. Invite a friend for tea. Drink from a nice cup and enjoy a treat with it. Relax and enjoy!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More news on tea from Adagio teas

Tea helps fight heart problems and diabetes, review concludes
February 2012

For a healthy heart
A recent review published in UK's Nutrition Bulletin found that regular consumption of black tea protects against cardiovascular complications and type 2 diabetes. Three cups of black tea per day, with or without milk, can reduce the risk of heart problems by cutting levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and blood sugar. Two or more cups a day may protect against type 2 diabetes. Scientists attribute these beneficial effects to flavanoids, a type of antioxidant found in tea that fights excessive pro-oxidant free radicals in the body. One typical cup of black tea contains 150-200mg of flavanoids. In addition, a 12-week study of 87 volunteers found that drinking three cups of tea a day produced a significant improvement in various cardiovascular risk factors.

Drink up!

Tea and health news from Adagio website

How medical research on tea can shape your target audience
February 2012

Evidence about health benefits of tea continues to pile up in 2012. The year is barely a couple of months old, yet it has already witnessed several studies and reviews confirming long-held assumptions about the positive effects of tea drinking. The most noteworthy one is probably a Japanese study that found that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of frailty and disability as they grow older. Over 14,000 elderly citizens were followed for 3 years, which is no small feat in itself, and shows just how rigorous research around tea has become. Green tea drinkers were shown to suffer less from functional disabilities in performing everyday tasks like bathing or dressing. Interpreting these results in the context of West’s aging population shows how much potential the beverage may have as a healthy and cost-effective alternative (or supplement) to traditional medication.

But green tea was not the only variety in the spotlight. A study from Australia and a review from the UK lent further credence to the notion that black tea is just as healthy as its green cousin. According to research, black tea was found to lower blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease. It may also cut levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and blood sugar. Again, given that heart disease is one of the major causes of death in industrialized countries, the regular cuppa is starting to look like an increasingly promising and unobtrusive solution to keep your health in check.

From a business point of view, tea manufacturers operate under two long-held beliefs: that the 30-50 year old female is the current primary customer and that conquering the young and hip generation of teens and twentysomethings is the only way to expand the category in the years to come. Both points are certainly valid, but they somewhat fail to reflect the economic and demographic realities of today. That is because the future, at least for the next couple of decades at least, actually belongs an entire population of baby-boomers that is currently entering retirement.

With vast amounts of wealth and legitimate concerns about ageing and health, this target should not be forgotten by tea businesses. Yes, that population may be not as gastronomically sophisticated or as creatively minded as others, yet no manufacturer or retailer can afford to neglect its impact on the bottom line, especially given that tea is so relevant to its health concerns. Indeed, most of the prominent health benefits of tea, such as reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, Alzheimer’s and obesity, to name but a few, are obviously more relevant to a baby boomer than a college student. Add to that increased health and medical awareness, more free time to enjoy meals (and brew proper tea), as well as the spending power that the elderly possess and you’ve got an offer difficult to refuse.

Viewed in this light, these medical studies are more than just about tentative scientific findings, because they may point to a somewhat new direction for the entire tea industry. Despite limitations on health claims in marketing, they offer new ways of thinking about the relevance and potential of a population that goes unnoticed far too often.

Tea news

UK's dwindling tea consumption worries Indian exporters

Indian tea industry is bracing itself for a steep decline in UK tea consumption, as Brits shift to herbal teas and higher-quality brews. The UN food agency predicts that by 2021, tea consumption in the UK, currently the highest in the world per capita, will be slashed by 15%. Imports from India have already taken a hit, falling from 22 million to 16 million kilograms in five years. Industry insiders say that this decline can be attributed to the rise in popularity of herbal teas, like camomile, and premium quality leaves. India hopes to compensate this by tapping into the growing instant tea market. Tea was first imported into the UK in 1660 and the country now consumes 100 million kilograms of tea per year.

Smoothies , Blueberry Angel -Food Trifle and tea

Whip up a smoothie with tea, tofu, grapes and berries. Yummy!

Another recipe to try with berries.

Recipe: Blueberry Angel-Food Trifle {}

Summary: This dessert can be made low-fat by using low-fat or fat-free Greek yogurt.


1 pound frozen blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 store-bought angel-food cake
2 cups fat-free or low-fat good quality Greek yogurt

Place the berries and sugar in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and the berries are soft, for about 8 minutes. Let the berry mixture cool.
Tear large chunks (about 3 x 3 inches) from the angel-food cake and line the bottom of a glass bowl.
Cover with a layer of yogurt and a layer of berries in syrup. Repeat the process, ending with spoonfuls of yogurt and berries on top!
Refrigerate or serve right away.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 6


Various studies show that optimism can protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer. Think happy thoughts and spend time with God each day. Economies rebound faster where people are more optimistic.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Getting ready for teas in April and May

I will be preparing for teas in April and May. So excited to do. I am getting better on my guitar playing for my teas too. Thank you God for those blessings. I pray you all try something new. Look for what God is doing in your life today. He loves you. Sit with him today and hear over a cup of tea.

God's blessing for you today

My Identity in Christ

   Matthew 5:13           I am the salt of the earth.
   Matthew 5:14           I am the light of the world.
  John 1:12           I am a child of God
     John 15:15           I am part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of Christ's life.
       John 15:15           I am Christ's friend.
       John 15:16           I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
Romans 8:14,15         I am a joint-heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him.                                                          
I Corinthians 3:16        I am a temple of God.  His Spirit dwells in me.
I Corinthians 12:27      I am a member (part) of Christ's body
2 Corinthians 5:17       I am a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation...
Ephesians 1:1             I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:3             I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:11           I am sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit who has been given as a pledge of my inheritance.
Ephesians 2:10           I am God's workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He  planned beforehand that I should do.
 Ephesians 4:24          I am righteous and holy.

Interview with Joe Kissack author of The Fourth Fisherman

Interview with Joe Kissack author of The Fourth Fisherman

Enjoy with your cup of tea

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rose Hip Tea

Rose Hip tea with honey was recommended in Bancke's Herbal of 1525 for the feeble and sick person. One ounce of concentrated rose hip tea contains as much Vitamin C as dozen of oranges!
Also provides B complex vitamins, A, D and E along with potassium, iron. Eases stress, battles coughs, colds and flu and good for the skin.

Enjoy a cup of Rose Hips tea.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Easter tea ideas

Great tea for Easter.
A tea party is a wonderful way to celebrate this special time of the year: loved ones and food! If you are a Christian believer, you may even add a little devotional time or even a time of prayer.
Rose Tea Recipe: Ingredients

This recipe will make one gallon of rose tea.

8 bags of earl grey tea - can use loose tea
1 large orange or two medium ones - sliced
1 cup of white sugar
3 tablespoons of rose water
1/2 gallon of hot water - 2 quarts
2 quarts of ice

Rose Tea Recipe: Method

In a large pot place your hot water, your tea bags and the orange slices

Add the sugar and mix with a spoon. In another container, add the ice and then pour the tea. Add the rose water and mix. Serve.

The rose also offers a soothing property to the nerves and emotional /psychological state of mind. It is regarded as a mild sedative and anti-depressant. It is increasingly used in treatments for conditions of stress: nervous tension, peptic ulcers, heart disease, among others. There is indication that rose essence may also positively influence digestion, bile secretion, womb disorders and circulation. In addition, a tea made with rose petals (pour 150 ml of boiling water over 1 /2 grams of rose petals) often soothes a mild sore throat.
    To brew rose hip tea, which by the way is truly delicious, roughly chop up entire rose hips. Cover with distilled or purified water and boil for 30 minutes (longer if desired). Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth and add a bit of honey.

Friday, February 24, 2012

More on the book Taking time for tea

There is an antidote that is inexpensive and accessible and offers therapeutic benefits for us all- TEA! This beverage reveals polyphenols and catechins, which are important antioxidants that heal and revitalize. Tea is soothing and refreshes.
Many hands bring tea to you. We should give gratitude to the hands of tea farmers.
Did you know that tea is most consumed beverage in the world after water?
Be willing to spend time with tea and it will give you many pleasures in return.

Enjoy your cup and His word.

Check out link I added on left titled Easy Recipes

Great recipes on this link. Going to try one tomorrow and give you update this weekend how it went.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

From the book Taking time for tea

Just sitting down to read some more of my new tea book and already have to share something from the book. When we give tea the time and care it deserves, it returns to us all it's infinite gifts. Each cup is a rapturous prayer no words can describe.
Everyone should have a quiet place to relax with their cup of tea. Mine would be in a room filled with books, teapots and teacups. It would have lots of light or sunshine flowing in the room and overlooking a lake.
Give yourself 10 minutes a day with tea. Tea and ten. Doing this is essential to your well being and health. Include a devotion during that time. I have to say I can't do without my tea each day. It is a ritual for me. Yes, I have a passion for tea and it has been good to me.
Ancient proverb- The path to heaven passes through a teapot.
In good times, tea is celebratory; in bad times it is amazingly comforting. When we are surrounded by friends and enjoying a hot pot of tea it all seems more special. That is why I would so love to have a tea retreat home. It would be very inviting and loving to others.
Enjoy your tea and ten each day. Blessings.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

From Adagio tea trends

OlTea helps fight heart problems and diabetes, review concludes

A recent review published in UK's Nutrition Bulletin found that regular consumption of black tea protects against cardiovascular complications and type 2 diabetes. Three cups of black tea per day, with or without milk, can reduce the risk of heart problems by cutting levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and blood sugar. Two or more cups a day may protect against type 2 diabetes. Scientists attribute these beneficial effects to flavanoids, a type of antioxidant found in tea that fights excessive pro-oxidant free radicals in the body. One typical cup of black tea contains 150-200mg of flavanoids. In addition, a 12-week study of 87 volunteers found that drinking three cups of tea a day produced a significant improvement in various cardiovascular risk factors.

Major study links green tea with less disability among elderly
February 2012

Less frailty
A major Japanese study has found that senior citizens who regularly consume green tea are more agile and active than non-tea drinkers. Almost 14,000 individuals aged 65 and over took part in the three-year experiment. Scientists focused on whether green tea drinkers have a lower risk of frailty and disability as they grow older. They found that those who consume at least five cups of green tea per day were one-third less likely to develop "functional disability", or problems with daily activities, such as dressing or bathing. Even after adjusting for confounding factors such as diet and lifestyle habits, the link was deemed significant. Although reasons behind the findings remain unclear, researchers point to a study that suggests that green tea extracts seem to boost leg muscle strength .