Thursday, June 18, 2015

Need a name for my New TEA FISH!


I got this fish tank - self cleaning- and was going to give it to my nephews, but then decided to keep it for myself.  I added a small tea cup inside for the fish to live.
 
I want a "TEA" related name for my "TEA FISH"
 
I've had come great ideas from friends on Facebook:
Latte
Darjeeling
Honeybush
Chai
Pekoe
Potter
Mrs. Pots
Sugar
Brewer
Tea-Mo (like Nemo)
Mr. T 
Teavana
Boba
Bubbles
Anji Bai Cha- green tea from Zhejiang province
Jasmine
Earl Gray
Duke of Earl Gray
Daa Earl
Roobios
Oolong
Sachet
Luzianne
Bags

None of these really speak to me.  Although my four favorites are Latte, Darjeeling, Sache, Honeybush, and Duke of Earl Gray

What are your thoughts?? 

And no, I do not have the fish yet- I am hoping my nephews can help me pick one or two out...or I'll go with one Beta.


 
 
found one on eBay for $14.75.  I got mine at CVS for $7.00

The lid is on upside down...but you can see it comes with a light too.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Spiced Apple Cider, TEAVANA

 
2oz of tea equals 25-30 teaspoons
 

Heating the water- to just the right temperature
How to Steep / Ingredients
Use 1.5-2 tsp of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water until just at boiling (208 degrees/98 degrees Celsius) and steep for 5-6 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves.
 

yum!  look at all the fun things in this tea
 
Description
Capture the soothing and inviting essence of hot apple cider with this aromatic rooibos filled with fruits and spices. Crisp apple and juicy plum blend temptingly with cinnamon, chicory, and sweet carob for a cup full of flavor that envelops the senses in comfort and joy.

Sweet cinnamon & apple balanced with bright hibiscus, orange, & a hint of plum

Rooibos- step 5-6 minutes

I like that Teavana has on the back of the bag of tea how to prepare your tea correctly.  It really does make a difference.
I like this tea.  I think the warm apple cider reminds me of the fall, but it also has a sweetness with the hibiscus. I recommend this tea.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2002 Mom and I cater a Tea

In 2002 Mom and I helped cater a Tea to raise money for the Smith Orr Home in Orrville.



Fran and Carolyn- the real ones in charge :)

Behind the scenes- Our friend, Mrs. Drake, helped us keep the food stocked.
It was a hot hot hot day, but very fun.

Dublin Ohio Tea shops


Next on my bucket list is to check out these two tea places in Dublin, OH!!!


Monday, June 15, 2015

Make your own mint tea- experiment with mint


My raspberry bush- I add leaves.  You can't taste the leaves, but it's good for your digestive system.


Here is my mint.  You can add spearmint, peppermint, and I just learned chocolate mint!!  I've also heard catnip- but not tried that yet 😀


Here is my lavender I use for my tea.

Sometimes I add lemon balm- but not today.


My mom taught me to take the leaves off the stem so your tea doesn't get bitter. 


I also add a mint tea bag.  I like Boston Mint because that is what my mom
Used when we were little.  You can use ANY tea you want.  Play around- use mint, fruit flavor, black, green- get creative!!!


I run my iced tea machine 

Once my first batch is complete then I pour that tea into another pitcher and run it all again.  You can get 2--3 batches of iced tea with one set of leaves and bags. If you don't have extra pitchers- save a milk jug and wash it REALLY well!! Or an Orange Juice container.  Those are handy to put extra tea in.



My second batch I added some of this lavender mint tea I bought in Oregon 



Now I've got some amazing tea for the week-okay, that tea may only last 2-3 days