Cool and Delicious Apricot Chai Milkshake

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As I sit typing this blog post, it is 114 degrees Fahrenheit outside my front door. Needless to say, it is hot and, with most of the United States experiencing high temperatures as well, it may just be time to find a tea related remedy for this problem. I have a solution from in the form of an easy to make Apricot Chai Tea Milkshake recipe that only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

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Interview with a Tea Teacher

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Ms. Cymantia Tomlinson recently taught a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". Students who took this course learned about the healing properties of various bush teas and created their own signature blends using exotic spices and organic ingredients. They were also able to sample delectable Jamaican desserts as part of the experience.

I was not able to attend, but Ms. Tomlinson was kind enough to let me interview her and share her passion for tea with all of you. Enjoy our conversation!

Jamaican style tea cup - Ms. Cymantia TomlinsonQ. You recently conducted a course called "A Tea Experience, Jamaican Style". What made you want to teach this course?

Green Tea Ice Cream to Beat the Summer Heat

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With high temperatures sweeping the United States and the vacation season upon us, it might just be time to have a tasty, cold treat. What better way to do that than by incorporating healthy green tea? Organicauthority.com recently posted a wonderful recipe for Green Tea ice cream. The recipe doesn't require an ice cream maker and offers a creative twist on traditional ice cream. All you need is a freezer and the ability to stir. Why don't you give it a try?

Pondering Polar Pekoe?

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Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths.” ~John Egerton

Most of us are familiar with at least some of the benefits of tea. It’s delicious; it’s high in antioxidants, and a great way to calm the mind and spirit. It’s soothing on a cold winter’s night, and as Richard Blechynden learned many years ago in Saint Louis, refreshing on a summer day.

Valentine's Day Tea

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If you're looking for a unique gift for Valentine's Day for a special person or even something to add some fun to your Valentine's Day date... We have a couple of romantic teas that are perfect for Valentines Day! Why go with the same old chocolates in a box routine when you can give chocolate tea!?

When the weather outside is frightful...

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... then tea and scones are absolutely delightful!

Raise your cups to an act of winter whimsy: the tea party. In attendance were two children (at heart) and two teddy bears. In the oven, a batch of maple-cinnamon scones. In our cups, well, tea of course - in fact, thee kinds were consumed over the

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High Tea

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High TeaWhat is High Tea exactly? Low Tea and High Tea are like small meals, almost like snacks, served with tea. Low tea, which gets its name from being served on a low table, like a garden table or coffee table, would be served somewhere between noon and 5 PM and hence sometimes goes by the name Afternoon Tea. High Tea is typically served around 5 - 6 PM and is a heartier snack, with meats, breads and of course tea. High Tea got it's name from being served on the dining table which was typically the tallest table in the house.

Perfecting the Hot Toddy

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Hot Toddy Tea

Brrr! It's getting cold here in NJ, and I have been retreating to my fall favorites to keep warm: fires, blankets, mulled cider, and hot toddies! I first experienced a hot toddy as a child when I was sick with a sore throat or when I came in freezing from playing out in the snow. My mom presented me with this, at the time, extremely potent concoction that was overwhelming to sip but definitely took the cold edge off. Since then, I've actually come to enjoy this hot tea recipe in the fall and winter because it warms you from the inside out, and so I have adapted my own versions to my particular tastes.

Lemon Meringue Tea - Review

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The aroma of this tea, when I first opened the pouch, was heavenly! I love vanilla and you can tell it's in there with the lemon grass and lemon preserves.

lemon pie tea

While waiting for the kettle to boil I admired the lovely color, set off by the lemon grass pieces.

Once steeped, the flavors came to life with the rich red color... I love vanilla and the vanilla beans came through, as did the lemon preserves, to produce a lovely lemon creme flavor.

Tea: It's What's for Dessert

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Are you trying to lose weight, maintain your weight, or lower your blood sugar or cholesterol? If so, then I'm sure that at one time or another you have tried to accomplish your goals by skipping dessert.

But really, who wants to skip a sweet ending to a long day of work or school?dessert tea

Fortunately, you can still have your sweet ending but spare yourself the calories and the guilt.

Is it too soon? Dreaming of Mulled Cider

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Last week, as my paddle sliced the inky lake water of Northern Minnesota, my mind wandered like a radio on scan. The beautiful surrounding set my wanderlusting mind on roam. On this particular day up North, I could feel the chill in the air and see the stirring wind sending waves and white caps to greet our lightweight canoe. Naturally, I tuned my mind to visions of fall: orange and red dotting the trees, football games, Halloween!, plus the perfect cozy sweater and a hot mug of cider. I would’ve traded my paddle for any of them.

It’s the dog days of summer, but I’m already anticipating the new season, new beginnings and a new take on a classic drink. I believe it’s in order.

Cider on Fire—as I like to call it, however, Mulled Cider works too.

Easy Thai Iced Tea Recipe

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I can remember the first time I had Thai iced tea. I was at a little mom and pop Thai place and was feeling like some tea. I went ahead and ordered a large iced tea figuring it would just be black tea with a bit of sweetener in it. When they brought it out, the first thing I thought was, easy Thai iced tea recipe"This is huge!" because they had served me an Octoberfest stein of tea. (For those unfamiliar with Octoberfest, they have very big mugs.) The second thing I noticed was that the tea had some sort of creme or milk in it because the tea was a light brown instead of the usual black. I decided I was paying for it, so I may as well give it a try, and it was amazing. I have gone back to that Thai place just because I wanted the Thai iced tea.

If you haven't tried Thai iced tea you're in luck. I have a recipe to share, and it's easy to make!

Green Tea Chocolate Truffles

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At heart, I’m a chocolate lover. Since I’ve gotten older, my only change in vice, for sometimes it can reach unhealthy proportions, has been to move onto the dark side. If I had a chocolate number, 85% would be it.

However, sometimes you just want a little variety with your cacao. I’ve tried nuts; I love chunks of almonds swirled in. Espresso flavored bars are good too. But after investigating on the web, I realized I had been missing out on something pretty big—tea & chocolate.