who am I

I have told you about Kerrie's Cup of Tea...but who is Kerrie?

*First and most importantly I am a child of God, that makes me a daughter of the Risen King. God is first and foremost in my life.

*Next I am a daughter, sister, and aunt. I have two amazing parents, two wonderful sisters, two great brother-in-laws, one terrific niece and three incredible nephews.

*I am a friend

*I've been a ESL teacher to some amazing students. I volunteer for RedTime in our community- this is religious education for 3rd and 4th graders.

*I am a Sunday School Teacher to an INCREDIBLE group of Jr. High students

*And to support myself and my cat, Earl Grey, I've worked for a local insurance company for over 16 years. Some day my dream job is to own a tea shop and use it as a ministry.

*I have recently lost over 50 pounds-okay, that was back in 2011/2012. In 2013-2015 I have put 40 of that back on...but I will be working at trying to take that off again - I need to drink more green tea!!!

*In my free time I drink tea, make jewelry, write (I have four published books), knit, attend rodeos, watch NASCAR, cheer for the Buckeyes, watch HGTV, take photos, go on mission trips (Over seas I've been to Africa twice, Spain twice, France, Thailand, and Malaysia) , work around my 100 year old house, go on adventures, entertain, and hang with family & friends.... and basically embrace my singleness- it's a gift right now.

*God has blessed me with an amazing life- I want to give Him all the glory!!!!

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Adagio - Almond Oolong




From the website. "Combining savory almond with the bright, fruity-floral taste of Taiwanese oolong tea, our Almond Oolong is great on its own, as well as the perfect dessert complement. Smooth, clean and unroasted almond nutty aroma. Full, rounded body and sweet marzipan flavor. The only question now is, is it ok to have two desserts in one evening?"


Adagio has great teas, and you can get a sample that serves 5 cups for $2.00 this is a wonderful way to try there teas and see what you like.

I love almond and I love oolong tea.  Oolong has more caffeine than green tea, but less that black tea.  You want your water to be less than 200 degrees.  You will steep for about 3 minutes and you can get two cups out of one serving. 

Oolong tea pairs really nicely with Asian food.

The almond oolong is really good.  It has really nice almond flavor. It does not have the rolled oolong leaves that you sometimes see, but tit does have the brown more twiggy look.  The tea flavor is really good.  If I were to drink this tea alone, without food I may add milk.  But, drinking this with Chinese food I drank it with nothing added.   I really enjoyed it!


I am excited that my local Chinese restaurant, Ming Hing, is open!  I love their steamed dumplings and Curry Chicken.   I had enough for two meals.  Their food is so delicious!!  And I loved it paired with the almond oolong tea. 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Day 50, LAST DAY of working from home, Featuring Ricola Instant Swiss Mint Tea




Fever free on my last day at home, day 50!!

I saved this tea for last...It was probably the first tea I ever had.  It is for sure the first tea I remember drinking.  I would have been around  6 when I first had this tea.  I remember looking forward to it every year.  We only had it once a year.

Every Thanksgiving my Grosspapi and Grossmama  (Grandpa and Grandma) would bring this wonderful sweet Swiss tea, Ricola.

Here are my grandparents (my grandpa's first wife died, but Grandpa Pearl was the only Lehman Grandma I ever knew)



I visited Switzerland once in 1997.   My family is from Switzerland- both sides.


I was in Lake Lugano and Lucerne Switzerland.

When I was in Lucerne I wanted to take the bus to Grindlewald so bad (it was only about 2 hour away)!!  I had a free day in Lucerne and I almost went, but I let my aunt, who was with me, talk me out of it.  But, someday I will go.

Love fondu!


The Kaufmann side of my family is from Grindlewald Switzerland 



And my Lehman side is from Tavannes/Langnau area in Switzerland.



I love knowing where my family is from.  And it is so cool, that they are only about an hour and 15 minutes apart from each other.


I did a DNA test a few years ago and I was excited to see that some of my heritage can be linked to the holy lands.  One of my dads cousin is working on tracing it back to the time that the Jews fled because of religious persecution (in the time of Peter in/or around 64 AD) and went to Switzerland.  I would love to know more about when my family moved.


Anyway, back to tea.... There is something so special about this tea for me.  It instantly brings back these amazing memories of  Thanksgiving with my family and being with my grandpa. 




Ingredients: Sugar, dextrose, extract (2,7 %) of ribwort plantain, marshmallow, peppermint, thyme, sage, lady’s mantle, yarrow, burnet, mallow, elder, cowslip, speedwell, horehound; caramelised sugar, natural mint flavouring (peppermint oil).

Ricola was started in 1930.  Today, over 100 Swiss mountain farmers supply Ricola with 1,400 tons of fresh herbs each year.




When we were little this tea was something that we could get in this local grocery store, Kidron Town and County.  Then it just wasn't.  In the 90's or early 2000's I went in search of Ricola.  I missed the tea I had as a child.  I could not find it anywhere.  This was before Amazon....can you imagine a time before Amazon????

Anyway, I remember searching on line and finally finding a company in Switzerland that would sell me a case!!  Yes, I bought an entire case of Ricola tea. It was great and instantly brought me back to my childhood and being with my grandparents.

Now, you can get this tea in the states again.  I love the mint flavor.  It is refreshing and delicious.



It's here, my last day at home....





Last time the Kettle is on, at least on a regular basis...the sign may pop up from time to time.

What a blessing and encouragement this has been for me.  I started out to bless  and serve others and as usually happens, you are blessed so much more in return.  That happened here. I was extremely blessed by all the smiling faces that showed up....over 100 smiling faces.

Sarah came over for her favorite, bubble tea.


Mike and Karen brought their grandson over (on her birthday!)  Z enjoyed a mango bubble tea and Mike and Karen tried the Passion Iced Tea.


I then took some over to my neighbors.  My neighbor said he wanted to try my kombucha.  Today, he said it was just like he found in the stores.  The kids enjoyed the bubble tea.


Tammy came back for seconds, I got her hooked yesterday!!  This time Titus came with her for some bubble tea.  He enjoyed the coconut and she the mango.
Tammy said I may have gotten her addicted to the jelly's.  They can be found on Amazon - sold by Tea Zone.  They have lots of fun flavors.


My last customers were my co-worker Duane, his wife Nikole, and her friend T.  Nikole's friend, T ran the tea part of Nikoles coffee shopin KY.  I said that they instantly made me nervous, lol.  T got kombucha, Nikole got a dark Chocolate Chili Chai Latte, and Duane got a Tiesta green tea- fruity pebbles.


Duane helped me then take my computer back to work.  I am now set up and ready to go back at the office.

Earl Grey is not sure about me heading back to work....

But, I have to go back. And now I am all set up.


#Kettleson

Find joy and give joy.

Follow up on what tea was featured while I worked from home....

HERE ARE THE TEAS THAT WERE FEATURED WHILE I SHELTERED AT HOME:

On Day 1 I featured Ohio Tea Company - Creme Brulee


Day 2 Rishi - Turmeric

Day 3 Tapal - Instant Masala

Day 4 Teavana - Cha Yen Thai Tea

Day 5 Storehouse - Earl Grey Latte

Day 6 Ohio Tea Company- Bohemian Raspberry

Day 7 Bird & Blend- Dark Chic Chili Chai Latte

Day 8 Tazo - Iced Tea

Day 9 Dragonfly Tea Room - Raspberry Oolong

Day 10 Plum Deluxe - Coconut a la Creme Black Tea Latte

Day 11 Cardamom & Curry - White Ganges

Day 12 Charleston Plantation - Plantation Peach

Day 13 Teavana - Acai Mate

Day 14 DelighTeas - Ayurvedic Golden Milk Blend Latte

Day 15 Ohio Tea Company- mixed blend Coconut Oolong and Lavender

Day 16 Sub Rosa- Peach Pie

Day 17 Loosen Up- Grandma's Garden Mint

Day 18 Cusa- Everyday Wellness

Day 19 Ohio Tea Company- Guayusa Spice

Day 20 Teas and Such- Grapefruit Oolong 

Day 21 Smith Teamaker- Fez

Day 22 Justea - Purple Rain

Day 23 Harney & Son - Bangkok

Day 24 Tea Forte - Winter Chai

Day 25 Tea Dude- Jasmine Oolong

Day 26 Mighty Leaf- Earl Grey (London Fog Latte)

Day 27 Tiesta Tea- Maui Mango (cold brew)

Day 28 The Green Garden - Butterfly Pea (Purple tea)

Day 29 Nine Herbs-  Mint tea in a Goldfish Tea bag

Day 30 Numi- Blooming tea

Day 31 Tealightful- Cupid's Super Fruit  Gogi Green

Day 32 The Republic of Tea- Blueberry Hibiscus

Day 33 T-sticks of London-  Moroccan Minty Green

Day 34 The Tea Spot- Sugar Tamer

Day 35 Voce- Lemon, Blueberry, Lavender Tea

Day 36 Golden Moon Tea- Masala Chai Latte

Day 37 Simple Loose Leaf Tea- Formosa Oolong

Day 38 Adagio- Tangerine Tuxedo Tea

Day 39 Ohio Tea Company- Ontario Icewine tea

Day 40 Tealyra - Scandinavian Wild Berry


Day 41 Inca Tea- Machua Pichuu Mango

Day 42 The Tao of Tea - Chrysanthemum Flowers

Day 43 Boh Tea - 2 In 1 Original Tea 

Day 44 For Teas Sake- Hibiscus Mint - (hot and iced)

Day 45 QBubble Tea - Coconut Bubble Tea- with Mango/coconut jellys

Day 46 August Uncommon Teas- Painted Desert

Day 47 Ohio Tea Company - Raspberry Matcha Latte

Day 48 Argo-  Armenian Mint Tea

Day 49 Eastern Tea with the Gaiwan, Ohio Tea Company - Huang Jin Gui


Day 50  Riccola - Instant Swiss Tea 

So much fun sharing 50 teas with the Facebook Live friends/family every morning and then blogging about them at night.  I have loved loved showing you all these teas.  I hope you have been inspired and encouraged to try tea or some new kinds of teas.

Do you have a favorite tea?

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