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.
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
Friday, February 24, 2012
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.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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
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
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 .
Monday, February 20, 2012
Best to prepare Jasmine green tea with water below boiling and infused for a few minutes.
2. Moroccan Mint Green Tea
3. Genmaicha Green Tea is blend of Japanese green tea and puffed brown rice. Flavor is sweet, roasty.
4. Dragonwell Green Tea - most popular Chinese green tea. Flavor usually mild and sweet with chestnut note.
Prepare with water below boiling and steep 2-3
5. Houjicha Green Tea- roasted Japanese green tea. Lower in caffeine than most green teas. Woodsy flavor that coffee drinkers like and brewed at wider range of temps.
6. Kukicha Green Tea - steamed green tea made from twigs of tea plant. Low in caffeine. Vegetal, sweet flavor and can handle inexact brewing.
7. Sencha Green Tea - Japan's most popular. Flavor vegetal, seaweedy or grassy. Best below boiling water and steeped around 45 seconds.
Alternative is Bancha green tea and slightly rougher, earthier flavor. It is less expensive.
Good with meals.
8. Gyokuro Green Tea - Japanese tea with distinct umami flavor. Short infusion times and water below boiling.
9. Matcha Green Tea - Like Gyokuro shade- grown, but powdered. Whisked with warm water. Can be used in smoothies and other powdered tea recipes. Bittersweet flavor.
10. Bi Luo Chun Green Tea - One of China' most famous green teas. If brewed at low temperature it can be sweet, smooth, vegetal flavor that appeals to many tea drinkers.
The idea for a March tea in the Celtic teas with friends is St. Paddy's Day tea. Suggestion for invitation. When Irish hearts are happy all the world seems bright and gay. There'll be a tear in my eye and I'll be wondering why if you don't join me for a mighty craic and a cup of tay on St. Paddy's Day. Wear something green and tell an Irish joke or limerick.
Recipe. Chocolate Irish cream cake-
Preheat 300 degrees. Grease, line and flour 9 inch cake pan with wax paper. Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at time, beating well. Sft together flour, hot chocolate mix and cocoa into butter mix. Add vanilla and Irish cream liqueur. Blend with mixer. Add milk and blend until soft and smooth. Pour into pan. Bake 60-90 minutes.
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup hot chocolate mix
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
1/2 cup butter Beat all ingredients at high speed until fluffy. Split cake in half
2 cups confectioners sugar. And fill between layers
3 tablespoon Irish crime liqueur
6 oz. unsweetened chocolate. Melt chocolates in cream over low heat. Stir till smooth.
6 oz semisweet chocolate. Spread over top of cake and allow to drizzle down side.
1/2 cup cream Top with nuts if desired.
Enjoy with Ginger Orange Green Tea
Heavenly Father, my life is in Your hands.
Yesterday, today, and forever, I am safe and secure in You.
Lord, please help me to know that You are in cIn your Hanontrol.
Help me to believe You are at work in my life right now,
even when I don't see it.
Help me to trust in what I do not see,
when what I see is so painful.
Please help me to know You are taking care of my needs.
Lord, thank You for listening to my cries for help.
Thank You for loving me so much.
Help me to believe You and the promises You have made.
Forgive me when I doubt You and Your love.
I believe, Lord. Forgive me for my unbelief.
The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Devotional excerpt by Jill Kelly, from her book Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted.
Monday, February 13, 2012
2 cups flour
2 tbs baking powder
2 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
1/2 cup butter, cut up
1 cup raisins
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
About 3/4 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl.
Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter. The mixture is done when it resembles coarse cornmeal.
Stir in the raisins, and then stir in the vanilla extract.
With minimal stirring, mix in just enough buttermilk 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.
Turn the dough out on a heavily floured cutting board.
Knead the dough for about a minute. When it is done, it should be easy to handle and smooth.
With a rolling pin, roll the dough into a 3/4"-thick slab.
Cut the dough into triangles that are 3" long on each side.
Transfer the scones to a buttered baking sheet and brush the tops with egg whites.
Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. (Optional: Turn pan halfway through baking.)
Cool on the baking sheet
In The Art of Tea Drinking, Olivia Yang opens with the words: "The Chinese people are without a doubt the ones who best understand the nature of tea." It's hard to exaggerate the importance of tea in Chinese culture. At various points throughout history, China's national drink has been designated as the state currency and used as cash.
The Origins of Tea
While references to tea in Chinese literature go back approximately 5,000 years, the origin of tea's use as a beverage is unclear. Ancient folklore places the creation of the brew at 2737 BC, when a camellia blossom drifted into a cup of boiled drinking water belonging to Emperor Shen Nung. However, most scholars credit a reference found in Erh Ya, an ancient Chinese dictionary, dated about 350 BC.
Originally, tea was valued for its medicinal qualities. It has long been known that tea aids in digestion, which is why many Chinese prefer to consume it after their meal. (Another interesting side effect for smokers is that tea hastens the discharge of nicotine from the body). The elevation of tea drinking to an art form began in the 8th century, with the publication of Lu Yu's "The Classic Art of Tea." The highly esteemed poet and former Buddhist priest had strict notions about the proper procedure for brewing, steeping, and serving tea. For example, only water from a slow-moving stream was acceptable, and the tea leaves had to be placed in a porcelain cup. The perfect milieu for enjoying the finished product was in a pavilion next to a water lily pond, preferably in the company of a desirable woman. (To be fair, his work also contained several practical tips for manufacturing tea, many of which are still in use today).
In the centuries following the publication of Yu's work, tea's popularity spread rapidly throughout China. Not only did tea drinking become a fitting subject for books and poems; Emperors bestowed gifts of tea upon grateful recipients. Later, teahouses began dotting the landscape. While the Chinese have never developed a ritualistic ceremony surrounding tea drinking resembling the Japanese tea ceremony, they have a healthy respect for its role in their daily lives.
Types of Tea
Tea aficionados are often surprised to learn that all tea comes from the same source: the Camilla Sinensis bush. While there are hundreds are varieties of Chinese teas, most fall into four basic categories. Reputed to provide the most health benefits, white tea is made from immature tea leaves that are picked shortly before the buds have fully opened. Green teas are not fermented during processing, and thus retain the original color of the tea leaves. The most famous green tea is the expensive Dragon Well tea, grown in the hillsides of Hanghou. Also known as "red tea," black teas are made from fermented leaves, which accounts for their darker color. Popular varieties of black tea include Bo lei, a Cantonese tea often drunk with dim sum, and luk on - a milder tea favored by the elderly. Finally, oolong teas are partially fermented, resulting in a black-green tea. Examples of oolong tea include Soi sin, a bitter tasting brew cultivated in the Fukien province.
There is also a fourth category known as "scented teas," made by mixing various flowers and petals with green or oolong teas. The best known among these is jasmine tea. And white tea, made with unripened tea leaves that are still covered with a downy, silvery fuzz, is becoming quite popular.
While most of us have neither a pavilion nor a lily pond conveniently situated in our back yard, we can still indulge our penchant for this centuries-old beverage. With a little practice it's easy to brew the perfect cup of tea. And budding fortune-tellers who eschew tea bags can hone their skills in the art of tasseomancy (reading tea leaves).
* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons loose Cream Earl Grey tea leaves * 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
*1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
- In a food processor, pulse together the flour, tea, and salt, until the tea is just spotted throughout the flour. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, and butter. Pulse together just until a dough is formed.
- Place dough on a sheet of plastic wrap, and roll into a log, about 2 1/2-inches in diameter. Tightly twist each end of wrap, and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice the log into 1/3-inch thick disks. Place on parchment or silpat lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart (2 probably needed depending on size of sheets). Bake until the edges are just brown, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks and cool to room temperature.
Enjoy! You probably could use Earl Grey tea too.
If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be. God bless your day!
Sunday, February 12, 2012
If you know others that would like to join please feel free to let them know.
God has a plan and a purpose for your life. Your are the beautiful handiwork of God.
God says Delight yourself in Me, let Me become the desire of your heart. I pray that for each one of you and others that God will be your desire and that you will help others to find that to. God bless your Sunday and enjoy a cup of tea with Him.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
God's blessings on your week.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012