Friday, July 14, 2017

New Tea pot and Beulah Beach Benifit Auction!


I went to my favorite place - Beulah Beach!!!  They had their annual benefit auction. This was there 9th!!  I have only missed one so far.  I love this place and being able to support them at this fun auction.  http://www.beulahbeach.org/benefitauction

I knew it was going to be a great day when I got my favorite number!!!  Did you guys know I bought my house at auction?  I did!!!  And my bidder number was- you guessed it- 27!  I was born on the 27th, so it is my favorite number.  In 2006 this house went up for auction in my town- my parents helped me buy it and fix it up. 
 
 
before

after

As you can see it was an emotional day!!
 

Beulah Beach sunset!!!!

Nothing like the beach.  I have been coming to Beulah Beach since I was a baby.  And I was a camper here from age 8-17, then from 18-30 I was a camp counselor.  I even lived here for a year and did guest services.  This place is very special to me.  When I was 8 I dedicated my life to full time Christian service- how ever God would use me - I said I was in!!! 

This is what I want!!!!!  It is a Turkish teapot!   This is the goal for the day- buy this teapot!  My limit is $150.  Fingers crossed......

I met the lady who bought the teapot in Turkey.  She shared with me how the tea was made.

I won it!!! I got it for $130.  And the great thing was, I won $100 gift card at last years auction.  So, this year I was able to apply the $100 toward anything.  So, the tea pot was only $30.  Win win.  YEAH!!!!

I got this cart for $5.00.  It will be great to store my kombucha on.

I just need to learn to make my tea.  The seller told me how to make Turkish tea- I just need to try it.  I am so excited.  Stay tuned for my Turkish tea.....

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What's in your teacup?


I am out picking fresh raspberries this morning for my breakfast. 

I am enjoying the new Starbucks coffee/tea cup I got as a thank you in Spain.  I went to work with some teens in Spain- it was amazing!!!

Did you know that red raspberries can turn black?  This one bush of mine did!!  It is crazy.  They say black are dominant, but I have no idea where they came from...a bird most have pooped black raspberries near by red raspberry bush!

great morning crop


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Making fresh Mint tea with the ICED TEA MAKER


I hope you are playing with your tea!!!!  I love summer when I fresh mint and fresh raspberry leaves to add to my tea.  The raspberry leaves I don't think add flavor that you can taste, but the leaves are good for upset stomachs....so, I add it.  I add mint leaves, raspberry leaves and then a flavor to go with the mint.  Today I did fresh raspberries and fresh lavender!  The tea is sooo wonderful.  It is fresh and summer tasting.  I know - what does summer taste like?  Well, for me it is fresh mint and fresh berries!!!  I also add Plantation Mint and Plantation Raspberry tea, for extra flavor since my mint crop is not overly plentiful.

you can see some of the berries, mint and lavender in the bowl.  I run the water threw twice and make two batches.

Again, play with your tea!!!  Take a mint base and add other teas to it.  I also have lemon balm which is great with the mint and lavender.  Be creative.

This is the first run and now I'll take another pitcher and make more.  I only add a 1/3 sugar to the tea.  I don't like it super sweet.

Monday, July 10, 2017

English Tea Store, White Tea- Peach Apricot


This is a nice white tea.  I would say mild or plain- but don't want it to sound boring.  It is not boring. :)
 
 
I enjoy this tea warm, but I think I like it cold brew even better!!!  There is more flavor, I think, when it is served cold.  Cold brew it great- have you tried it yet?  I put in about 1 teaspoons per 8 oz of cold water, within 10 minutes I have cold brew tea. It doesn't get bitter because the water is cold. I can add water to the cup at least 3 more times throughout the day.  I use a bottle from steepware when I cold brew at work or when I am out and about.  Check out the website.  you can add ANY loose leaf tea.