Teatime

I’ve spent the morning contemplating what to blog about, and as I plugged in the kettle to make my morning pot of tea it hit me!  Tea!  It’s one of my fav-o-rite things in life, so why not share?

I’ve been drinking tea as long as I can remember…probably due to the influence of a 19 year old British nanny who came to live with my family when I was a baby.  Tracey came when I was just 5 months old and I was her baby.  She took me everywhere…sometimes people even thought I was her daughter!  It didn’t take long for her to become part of our family, and not many years later she went to college, met a man, married him and they moved back to Kentucky!  Tracey, was the one who taught me to love tea, and it seemed so fitting that as a wedding gift, she gave us two porcelain tea cups, 1 tea cozy and two boxes of true British tea.

Tea is an anytime drink (for me and the Brits, at least).  There are a million varieties, allowing one for every possible situation.  Though the Brits turn their nose up at herbal tea (Tracey always referred to it as “dirty dish water”), I think it most certainly has it’s place.  I like black tea in the morning and afternoon and herbal tea at night.  Tea is like a comfort food for me…there are few things more soothing than a hot cup a tea in the perfect teacup (or mug…mugs are acceptable for herbal tea drinking) that fits just right in my hands.  It warms my insides from head to toes…heart included.  Maybe it’s because it takes me back to teatime with Tracey and Mom…I’m not sure, but what I do know is that on a no-good-very-bad-day a cup of tea can go a long way.

How to make a fabulous cup of tea:

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-Kettle (electric or the old fashioned stove kind)

-porcelain tea cups (if you don’t have porcelain it’s ok, but tea just seems to taste better in a porcelain cup)

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-a teapot

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-a tea cozy (an adorable little piece that fits over the teapot to keep the tea warm for an extended amount of time)

-good British Black tea…I recommend PG Tips or Typhoo

-milk (and sugar)

and you have the perfect cup:

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Instructions:

1. Boil the water.

2. Pour the water over 2-3 teabags in a teapot.

3. Cover and let steep for 3 minutes (you may let it steep longer, however I prefer less time as the tea is less bitter)

4. Pour two tablespoons of milk into the bottom of a porcelain teacup then pour tea on top.  (If you desire, you may also add sugar at this point)

5. Enjoy!

My Top 10 Teas:

1. Typhoo (British Black tea)

2. Good Earth’s Original Sweet and Spicy

3. Loose Chamomile Tea

4. Pekoe Evening in Missoula

5. Harney & Son’s Organic Earl Grey

6. Yogi Green Tea Goji Berry

7. Good Earth’s White tea Vanilla Blend

8. Mighty Leaf Organic African Nectar

9. Tazo Chai

10. Yogi Green Tea Kombucha

Check back tomorrow for a some of the cutest tea accessories on the planet!

Also, on a side note, would a tea party themed wedding not be SO adorable?…hmm there may be an inspiration board coming soon!

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  • lainebrake - i love love LOVEEEEE this blog entry. you read my mind. i was going to ask you for a list of your favorite teas– simply because i trust your judgment.

    love you, sus.

  • C.M. Gora - Susannah! I can’t wait to try this!! thanks for posting this delightful recipe! more please!