Tea-Time Thursday…

Mmmmm – Fall is just another reason to cozy up with a good book and a great cup of tea.

I grew up drinking iced tea.  My mom made it by the GALLON while we were kids.  LOVE the stuff!  She used sugar until sweetener came along, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve switched to honey as often as possible for sweetening my tea.

Even moreso, I’ve grown to really enjoy tea.  It’s a “me” thing in my house – although my girls enjoy our Princess Tea Party (as long as we have Bubblegum tea!) – but for the most part – it’s something that I can enjoy, especially during nap time – while I’m working on the computer, studying homework, or watching a “chick flick” by myself.

It’s what drew me to Teaporia in the first place.  I looked at a few direct sales Tea companies – and several were really great – but had a pricey startup or a serious quota requirement, and Teaporia now only has minimal requirements (one sale of any size every 3 months…).

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Teaporias Buckingham Palace Garden Party

Not only that, but they also offered the best tea I’ve ever tasted – Buckingham Palace Garden Party – as I’ve mentioned before. It is such a beautiful cup of tea – a blend of Earl Grey, Jasmine, Assam, and Ceylon teas.

There’s something so lovely about savoring a cup of tea.  While I LOVE my coffee on an almost daily basis, tea is something of a treat – something leisurely – something that brings to my mind tranquility.

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Teaporias Butterfly Cup & Saucer

It’s surely my attitude about tea, as I drink a variety of teas: black tea, herbal teas, white tea, english tea…  And the whole idea of “taking tea” brings to mind quiet afternoons – so I relish the moments when I can enjoy a full cup of tea and drink it to the last drop while it’s still hot from a lovely cup & matching saucer!

The cool mornings and evenings that require sweaters and coverlets are so cozy with a thermos of freshly brewed tea.  At a football game, or while my 4 year old is playing soccer – a cup of tea would do me just right – even in a styrofoam cup… (Yep, I’ve got to get a thermos!)

There’s a process to making great tea – it isn’t just left alone to “do its thing” so much as it requires some attention and timing – but oh, it is so worth the wait…

Do you love tea?  What’s your favorite blend or flavor?  Do you have a favorite or memorable experience with tea?

Teaporia is celebrating it’s 3rd Anniversary during October and we have some amazing specials going on (COUPON CODE REQUIRED):

  • 30% discount off ALL teas
  • Children’s Teasets are 30% off (perfect for Christmas!)
  • Try-Me Special –  1-24 oz infuser teapot, 2-2oz pkgs of tea, 6 honey sticks, & a honey spoon for just $24.06! It comes prepackaged in cellophane for gift giving!
  • Anyone hosting one or more tea parties with over $250 in sales will receive a $30 gift certificate!

Children's Ladybug Tea Set

Children's Ladybug Tea Set

If you are interested in placing an order OR hosting a tea party in October, please contact me and I’ll be happy to provide your COUPON CODE and link for ordering!!!

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Princess Tea Party 101

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If you are the mother, grandmother, aunt, big sister, father, favorite babysitter, etc., of one or more special “Princesses” hosting a Princess Tea Party can be a breeze!  Not only can it be a fun way to practice etiquette and celebrate accomplishments, it also provides a perfect setting for spending quality time with your favorite girl(s).  Boys can be included if they’re willing to put up with a bit of girly behavior and participate in the decorum of the party…

You don’t have to be an expert in hospitality, a connoisseur of teas, or even a collector of the finest china.  All you really need is a love for your girls and an enjoyment of tea and special time together.

Practically speaking, here’s what you need: Read the rest of this entry »

Prayer And Business: Ideal Partners

Alyssa Avant, of Beauty By Design Ministries, has been a guest blogger here on occasion.  She and I have had several opportunities to connect through a variety of social networks like Twitter, A Woman Inspired Conference, and other places.  I always enjoy my conversations with her, and we are developing a really sweet online friendship.

We are now venturing into talks about a partnership for a website and ministry working together.  She shared this post earlier this week – Prayer & Business, They Go Hand in Hand.  It’s very exciting and we are praying over it daily.  More on these developments later!

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On another fun note, I posted a great recipe at Cuppa Love for Teapot Cookies.  Now, they’re not really made out of teapots!  They are just YUMMY cookies cut into cute teapot shapes.  If you love shortbread cookies, try this recipe out – they are buttery and not too sweet.  Perfect for your next cup of tea!

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Speaking of tea, I’ve been trying some new flavors from Mt Olive Treasures.  Their website is under construction – but I selected this tea because it was formulated (in Israel) using olive leaves, pomegranate leaves and hyssop in every blend.  Their website is under construction, but here’s their Facebook Fan page!  I’m out of my Teaporia teas, and found this collection to tide me over until I place my next order.

Tea-riffic Thursday!

So have you been enjoying your iced tea this summer?  I’ll admit I’m hung up on Iced Mochas right now – but I can only drink so many of them before I get sick.  Not to mention the calories consumed…

Iced Tea is the perfect solution!

Just because National Iced Tea Month is over, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy one of the world’s favorite summer beverages.

With my fresh peppermint growing out back, I am going to have a fresh jug of tea made today.  I’ll just use my regular black tea bags for now with a couple sprigs of peppermint (Mmmm – that’ll be so refreshing!)

What I really long for is some great fruity-flavored tea!

Teaporia has some great blends that make terrific iced teas for summer!  Red, White & Blue is Teaporia’s July theme:  Red Raspberry in Paris, White Swiss Truffle (oh. my. word. is it good!) and Blueberry Bang are all on special during the month of July – saving 25% on any of these 3 flavors!

Doesn’t raspberry tea sound yummy?

And if you love Christmas, check out the Christmas in July sale in the Accessories ~ Holiday Collection!!!

To check out the specials, over 100 flavor blends, as well as the scone mixes and more – click the image below!



Hey Listen – if you don’t feel like plunking down some change on great tasting tea or yummy scone mix – maybe this will appeal to you!  Read this post about a ministry to widows and pray about contributing to their needs:  Like a Warm Cup of Coffee: What is Pure Religion?



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National Iced Tea Month!

Okay, yes, “national” month themes are overdone – but this is one I personally enjoy so I’m going to write about it. =)

Growing up – and I’ve mentioned this before – we almost always had iced tea in our refrigerator.  Sometimes Kool-aid – RARELY any pop or soda of any kind.  We drank water, tea, or milk.  And because milk was expensive, we often resorted to tea.  We had patchens of spearmint growing in several of the places we lived, so we would add some freshly crushed mint and sugar to our tea. (And then came artificial sweetener, which we started using.  Now our sweetener of choice is Splenda.)

I got an email from Splenda today with some really interesting Iced tea recipes – if you’re a fan of iced tea, I invite you to check them out!  Here is one for Boston Iced Tea.  Here is another for Lemonade Tea (yum!)   Oh – and there’s always Russian Tea.

What a PERFECT time to try one of Teaporia’s 100+ tea blends!

Whether you prefer herbal or green, black or white – Teaporia has so many teas to choose from, why not try several?

Start with a Sample Bag Special (25 samples for $10!) or settle on one or two different flavors in 1, 2, 4, or 8 ounce packages!  With flavors like Blackberry Leaves or Raspberry Leaves (herbal) – Apricot, Ginger Peach, Morning Sunshine, or Raspberry Honey (black).  There are white teas, green teas, chai teas, and children’s teas – so you’ve got plenty of room to try something new!

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And while you’re sipping your favorite new blend, please visit my “Talk to Me” post and leave me some feedback!  I appreciate the comments from those of you who left them and look forward to more!!!

Family Foodies: Our Princess Tea Party

Yesterday we had a Princess Tea party at our house.  Click here to read more…

Enjoy!

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Monday Munchies

I am really finding a lot of great recipes from Allrecipes.  I found my Amish Friendship Sourdough Starter there, and several recipes to use it in.

I’ve made this recipe twice in the past four days:  Sourdough Scones.

I am a big fan of scones.  As a matter of fact, the girls & I often have a mid-afternoon snack because Roy works late and we normally don’t eat supper until 7:30 pm.  Enter:  Afternoon Tea!!! (as if I needed an excuse…)

I’ve tried several scones mixes – and like them for their variety of flavors and ease of preparation.  This White Chocolate Raspberry scone mix from Teaporia is really great – not overly sweet, but very flavorful.

The Sourdough Scone recipe was very tasty.  And because it only contained basic ingredients, I personalized it both times for our preferences.  The first time I believe I did not add the right amount of flour as they sorta all baked together, but the flavor was still great:  I mixed in cranberries and some flaxseed meal (for the added fiber & Omega-3s).

Today, I mixed up the recipe, using 1 tsp. cinnamon.  When it was mixed together, I stirred in 1/2 cup (peeled & chopped) apple and 2 Tbsp. milk so it would blend together.  It smelled like apple pie before & during baking.  And the flavor is amazing.  I am partial to apple, which is why I love the Amish Friendship Bread III recipe.

Note:  I don’t roll them out and cut them  – I just drop them like big ol’ biscuits on the pan.  I prefer sweeter scones, but I’m going to try some savory versions soon.  Roy likes more savory ones – maybe some minced onion and shredded cheddar – served alongside scrambled eggs & bacon…

Mmmm – maybe I’ll have to try that tomorrow!

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