Time for Tea!
Tea is So Very Civilizing!
Whether it's "Earl Grey: hot," as Captain Picard likes it, coffee, or some herbal concoction you stew together yourself, a hot drink is a wonderful and soothing beverage. In the kitchen and around the house, all my MomTips are actually used and tested by me and my family and found to be useful or can't-do-withoutable.
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Thanks to stargazer00 for the lovely dividers.
ORGANICALLY GROWN CERAMIC TRAVEL MUG: $23.99
A fanciful, daisy filled, organically grown design; whimsical and fun! Drink this up, because our eye-catching ceramic tumbler is a work of art. Plus it's a workhorse, thanks to a solid design with steel inner sleeve that's ideal for hot or cold beverages. Holding a full 15 oz. and fitting into most vehicle's cup holders (includes snap-tight lid), it's also a great choice for travel.
Measures 7" tall, holds 15 oz. Ceramic outer shell, with stainless steel inner sleeve. Gasket-sealed lid, with snap-tight closure. Hand wash.
I don't often like single-use items, but I was looking for a small gift for my mother-in-law's Christmas stocking. This was too cute to pass up, so I got one for her and one for myself. Somewhat to my surprise, I really do use it! I used to wrap the tea bag string around a spoon and squeeze, but if the tea bags don't have a string, I often burn my fingers. Now I keep my tea tongs in a drawer near my tea and tea cups. A squeeze of the tea bag, a quick rinse of the tongs as I take the tea bag to the trash, and the job is done neatly and completely!
Sized for tea service, 6.75" long; dishwasher-safe stainless steel. Perfect for removing and squeezing excess tea from a round or square teabag.
Comfortable santoprene rubber provides a no-slip grip. 18/8 stainless steel with santoprene accents. Dishwasher safe.
Afternoon Tea - by: Susannah Blake
Whether it's a tea party in the garden or a cosy gathering by the fire, afternoon tea is a treat at any time of year. Teatime should begin with Sandwiches and Savouries - delectable savoury morsels that range from traditional fare such as Finger Sandwiches to the more exotic flavours of Quick Blinis with Wasabi Cream and Caviar. Scones and Teacakes features some new takes on old classics. Try Blueberry and Lime Drop Scones or Orange and Walnut Scones with Mascarpone and Fig Preserve. For the ultimate tea-time indulgence, tuck into Fancies - sweet morsels such as Baby Eclairs with Coffee Creme Patissiere and Coffee Sauce or Orange Tuiles with Flaked Almonds. Finally, Cakes are the crowning glory of any tea party and there are a range of delicious flavours to choose from. Tried and tested recipes include Lemon Drizzle Cake, Coffee and Walnut Cake and Victoria Sandwich Filled with Cream and Strawberries. Afternoon Tea features delicate bite-size treats that are guaranteed to charm your guests. Bring out your best china, fill up the teapot and enjoy this wonderful tradition. *An irresistible collection of sweet and savoury recipes, from little toasts to finger sandwiches and scones to baby pavlovas. *Packed with information about preparing a tea-time feast, including how to make the perfect cup of tea. *Irresistible photography by Martin Brigdale.
My Favorite Teas - Herbal teas are delicious and so good for you, too!
Alvita, Seelect, Stash, and Herbal Medicinals are all high quality organic herbal teas. Bigelow and Celestial Seasonings are easier to find and also quite good. All of my favorite teas, listed below, are very mild and pleasant tasting. Mint tea is probably the strongest flavor of these, and the one that tastes least like regular tea.
Raspberry leaf tea, which tastes exactly nothing like raspberries, is a natural muscle relaxant. It is great for headaches, muscle spasms, and cramps. It is also a general tonic for all things female. A cup every day will help prevent PMS and cramping.
Nettle is another blood purifier. I enjoy a cup with a bag of raspberry and nettle together. Steep about 6 minutes only; it will get bitter if left too long.
Chamomile has a very mild, pleasant flavor. It is excellent for stomach and digestive complaints, and a teaspoon of chamomile tea is an old remedy for a colicky baby. It is also generally soothing and calming, and especially good at bedtime to help wind down from the day.
Mint is a most excellent digestive tea! Mild stomach upset may often be remedied without using antacids, with just a cup of delicious, tingly mint tea. If you enjoy mint in anything, you will love mint tea!
Herbal Tea for Health - by: Kathleen Brown, Jeanine Pollak
Herbalists Kathleen Brown and Jeanine Pollak present instructions and recipes for concocting herbal teas for good health and spirit. The instructions are simple to follow, and the recipes have catchy names, such as Raging Moods Tea, Heartthrob Cordial, Kiddie Calm, Hormone Helper, and Yummy Tummy-Tamer Tea. "Herbal Teas" is fun and easy to use. The aspiring herbalist will find information about gathering and storing herbs, and a 38-page reference section details the health benefits of 70 herbs. Ultra Books, Oakland, NJ, January/February 2000.
Tea Ball or Tea Infuser - ... if you have no tea bag to use your tongs on!
A tea ball is indispensable if you are using loose tea, or if - horrors! - your tea bag tears! Just pop it into the tea ball and drop it into your cup. Some of these are more high tech than any I've used yet but the principle is the same.
FRUGALICIOUS TIP: Herbal tea is cheaper bought in bulk than in individual tea bags, so purchase it loose and use a tea ball!
A simple stainless stell mesh ball. Just flip the locking tab, add your tea, lock it and drop it in. The chain has a hook for the edge of the cup, so you can fish it out dry.
Another simple tea ball, no mesh this time but holes drilled in the ball. This one screws open.
Very nice design, just squeeze the handle and the ball pops open. The handle sticks out of the cup, making it very easy to remove.
Titanium is a more neutral metal than stainless and prevents any flavor transfer from the metal. This will sit in the top of your cup, but has a chain for retrieving from larger cups or pots.
Unique design! The lips around the infuser sit on the edge of your cup, so no balls to fumble and potentially spill your tea. Plus, the lid has double function: it holds in the heat and tea essence, but lift it off and set the infuser in it when you're done to catch the drips!
Tea, herbal tea, coffee, or chocolate? What's your favorite hot beverage?