Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

Adrift over the lake,
who can say where willow fuzz is heading,
or how my life came to resemble
this sudden burst of rain
falling wherever it falls
without once having to decide?

Even how many bowls 
of Silver Needles* I've sipped
watching all this unfold
through the teahouse window,
I couldn't begin to tell you.

The more the years accrue
the less knowing matters.
~Daniel Skach-Mills

*Silver Needles is the shape and color of some loose leaf teas

Could you imagine sipping tea made in this kettle out in a little cabin by a lake?
I love to make mind stories and imagine things such as this.
Happy Monday, dear friends!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Farewell Summer

 Being a water girl at heart, last March I wanted to have my birthday
party on the beach at the Columbia River.
The day was rainy, so the party was taken inside.
Yet the desire to sip tea by the river still sat in my heart.
 So yesterday two of my friends joined me for an early morning
(well 9AM is early for me) time sitting near the river sipping our morning tea
and nibbling on a freshly baked blueberry muffin.
It brought JOY to my heart to sit here with two special friends
and catch up on the news while watching the sun come from behind the clouds.
It was a salute to the end of summer and a welcome nod to Autumn,
which is just around the corner.
Yes, the signs of Autumn are starting to wave and say "see me".
After sipping our tea, it was time for one more stroll on the beach.
Farewell, dear Summer!
I enjoyed your warmth on my face, but sometimes you were just too hot.
Welcome, Autumn!
Your colors delight my heart.

Enjoy the transition with a special weekend, dear friends!
See you on Monday with a new tea quote.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

American Style Tea in the US


The teacups stacked are also made in the USA.

Thomas Sullivan and an accidental American invention. Needless to say, it was in America, with its love of labour-saving devices, that tea bags were first developed. In around 1908, Thomas Sullivan, a New York tea merchant, started to send samples of tea to his customers in small silken bags. It was made of a small porous paper formed into a bag. So you see teabags is originally a US addition. 
Just unwrap and plop in a cup or mug of hot water. Ta Da, tea is made.

 From Wikipedia:
The oldest printed recipes for iced tea date back to the 1870s. ... Recipes appeared in print, iced tea was offered on hotel menus, and it was on sale at railroad stations. Its popularity rapidly increased after Richard Blechynden introduced it at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

Again an American way of having tea.
In the Southern states it is served sweetened most of the time,
but in other parts of the US it is mostly served without sugar.
To make you can brew a pot of tea and then chilled.
Some make sun tea which they brew in a large jar in the sun,
but personally I feel it can also grow bacteria in the sun.
My favorite way of making iced tea is a cold brew,
where I add teabags to a jar of water and put in the refrigerator over night.
Minto Island Tea Farm, Salem, Oregon
In my backyard garden

Many are also surprised to find out that tea does grow in the United States. 
A few years ago the challenge was to have tea growing in every state,
that was successful whether just grown in a pot, in the garden, or on a farm.
Personally my garden has about seven plants and I produce about 2 teapots 
of tea each year.
In Oregon we have a tea farm about an hour from where I live, Minto Island Tea Farm.
There is a farm in Mississippi that now sells their tea at Fortnum & Mason in London.
Now isn't that ironic?
Several tea farms are located in Hawaii, Michigan, Washington, and California.
Since processing and picking tea being labor intensive, new ways are being developed
for farming in the US.  

So there you have it!
The love of sipping a cup of tea in the US is definitely growing. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday's Tea Quote

"Would you like an adventure now, 
or shall we have our tea first?"
Peter Pan

Picture taken when off on an adventure
to the sea.  The little green teapot and small cups
often travel with me on road trips.
Do you carry your teapot with you when you
are on an adventure?

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dreams

"In powerful dream we will be together." 
The Mad Hatter, Alice through the Looking Glass

The drawings were a gift from my son several years ago.
The quote just fits with the pictures.

When I saved the quote I was thinking of those in my life
that are no longer with me in body, but only in spirit.
Sometimes I can almost feel my mother's spirit riding with me down the highway.
In meditating over a cup of tea I remember those loved ones that have
influenced my life and I smile!
Yes, we are still together in "powerful dream".

Savor the delight of powerful memories and dreams.
Happy weekend, dear friends!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Turns to Magic

A full moon.
Roses! and Flowers!
A blue sky with fluffy clouds.
A sunset!
It could be that I have shared all of the above pictures before.
When sipping tea this week with friends we started talking about magic.
A time when words cannot describe the beauty around us.
When it takes our breathe away.
One of the guys in the conversation said that when this happened
it turned to magic, it was a dance without words.
So often I mention Dance here on my blog.
His words made me realize what I was talking about.
When words don't do justice to the beauty surrounding us.
Our heart leaps with JOY.

For some of my regular readers I can almost guess what takes your breathe away,
the magic of it all.

For Jeanie it might be seeing Harry flying over the ditch.
For Lorrie it might be a beautiful sunset from her boat.
For Mary it might be the sight of a wild animal somewhere in the world.
For Sheri it might be the smell of a newborn baby.
For Linda it might be a stroll through a beautiful historical garden.
For Tracy it might be a walk on a rocky beach or a new skein of yarn.
For myself it encompasses nature surrounding me.

What takes your breathe away?
When do you feel the magic?

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

British Style Tea


Let's chat a bit.
Take a seat and I will pour you a "cuppa".
Imagine this chair is sitting by the fire in an English pub.
You order a pot of tea and dream awhile.

What would be in the pot?
It might be a bracing black English Breakfast or Earl Grey tea.
Would you add the milk first or after pouring in the tea?
If considering that, you must notice what your cup is made of.
Is it delicate?
How would it take to the cold then the hot temps?
Most often if the tea is made in a pot the milk is added to the cup before the pour.
But either way will work.
Now the milk situation is resolved, right?
How do the English make their tea?
Fully boil fresh water.
Pour into the pot to warm it a bit.
Pour that water out.
Now add a teaspoon of loose leaf tea for each cup of tea to the pot.
Pour in the freshly boiled water and steep for 1-5 minutes.
Yep! You want it to be strong.
Now get out the tea strainer and hold it over the cup as you pour.
With the loose tea still sitting in the pot steeping away
you might want to add more water to keep it from getting bitter.
The milk does tone down the bitterness too.
Then there is always sugar.
For some a little sweetener in the cup makes for a delightful cup of tea.

I drink my tea most often just straight (no calories there),
but in England I may also do as the English do.
A little milk to smooth the way for a beautiful day.

From time to time I will share how to make tea in various ways.
I bet you didn't know there was more than one way to make your tea.

The green enamel teapot recently came home with me in a bag no less.
Ha! It looked like it needed a little love and some bracing hot tea inside.