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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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

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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.