I have Always loved a good cup of tea. When I was little it was such a treat when my mom would take down her teapot for a tea party. I had my own fabulous pink, plastic, Fisher Price tea set (probably now considered “vintage”) that my friend Alexis and I would use for our tea parties. We would play dress-up then set up a little spread for our tea party. I remember my mom had a stash of Bigelow tea and I loved “Sweet Dreams” with cream.
When I was sick or not feeling well, my mom would make me a cup of peppermint tea and it always helped me feel better. Another favorite was Gen Maicha (which is a loose-leaf blend with green tea, roasted brown rice, and popcorn). As a little girl I loved picking out the popcorn to eat.
In the 1st grade for my 1st communion two of my Aunts and Uncles gave me the same tea set for a gift. That darling bunny tea set sat on a shelf on my bedroom wall until I moved and left for college.
In the summer of 4th grade my little sister was born and my parents gave me a mini tea set that was supposed to be from my little sister.
In high school I studied classical music and sang with an opera company. If my throat was ever dry or scratchy, my favorite remedy was a cup of tea with honey and lemon. Whenever I was sick, some of my “go-to teas” were: Echinacea tea, throat coat, and gypsy cold care.
At some point between high school and college, my dad traveled to Korea to inspect some of the parts of the new Tacoma Narrows bridge and he discovered my most valued appliance in his hotel room. THE HOT POT. This appliance changed my life and is still my most valued. You fill water to the line and BEHOLD! With the touch of a button you will have boiled water. I also took a pink tea pot with me to college.
When I lived in Wyoming, I discovered Yerba Mate which is a caffeine alternative to coffee. I am impressed with the things I discovered in Wyoming of all places. I also started getting acupuncture when I lived there.
As I grew older, I started to learn about the properties of tea. Green and black tea have caffeine. And herbal teas like chamomile and mint are better choices before bed because they do not have caffeine and they have calming effects.
Nearly 5 years ago, one of my dear friends introduced me to one of my all time favorite teas: Evening in Missoula. It is a delicious herbal blend that almost reminds me of root beer. And it has wonderful calming effects.
Now, every time that I go home to visit with my mom, She or myself will automatically hit the hot pot button so that we can drink tea while we visit. And I always offer to our friends and family when we have guests over at our house.
This past spring, I started doing a “tea of the day” and posting a picture of it on Facebook. It was just something randomly casual that I would post and I was surprised that my friends would often bring up my “tea of the day” when I saw them in person. I think that I will pick up my Tea of the Day once again and feature it on my blog!
One of the first things I did when my boyfriend and I moved into our new house, was have a little tea party for us by the fireplace. I introduced him to Hibiscus Passion tea which is his favorite.
For the month of November, and possibly longer, we have both given up coffee which is a big deal for both of us. So far we are sticking with it and enjoying our green tea. We both agree that we feel a lot better drinking tea than we did with coffee.
Today’s Tea Of the Day is: Gen Maicha.
What is your favorite kind of tea and why? I can’t wait to hear from all of you.
Love, Joy, and Blessings,