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Hello and cheers to all!

Believe it or not, I just spent over 5 hours looking back over 2021’s blog posts. What a year!

I’m not sure I would have survived it without tea.

I’ll be posting a Dear Quarantine Diary: Year In Review later this week, but I thought it would be fun to briefly look at Monday’s “What’s In My Cup” posts over the last 52 weeks.

In 2021, I posted 17 tea reviews from David’s Tea, Steeped Tea, Tetley, Stash, and President’s Choice. They included black tea, green, white tea, rooibos, and fruit infusions. Of those, my favourite was Bee the Change, a sunny sweet floral infusion.

I talked about German Rock Sugar, a sweet alternative to sugar or honey.

I also featured 3 tea cups, including my coronation tea cup, and the story behind my silver tea set.

Scones, a quintessential tea time treat, were featured in a 2-part series. Part One looked at the history of scones and tackled 3 great debates related to them: 1. how do you say “scone”; 2. should butter be included; and, 3. what comes first: the cream or the jam. Part Two gave instructions on how to bake fluffy scones and included a recipe for Lemon Ginger scones.

In addition to Lemon Ginger Scones and Pumpin Scones, I tried 2 other summer recipes: Pineapple Rosemary Ice Pops, and Peach Bellini Sorbet. I shared an Ice Tea Hack.

I visited one Tea Room, the O’Connor House, in August, for my Mom’s birthday!

In past years, I focused mostly on tea reviews and histories of china companies. But this year, some other topics were included as well. Here are some you might have missed…

On the Go – what to look for in a travel mug

Keep It Fresh – how to properly store your tea

Death Before Decaf – all about caffeine

Seasons – how seasons affect tea leaves

Water – the importance of hydration

Sun Tea – how to make it, and should you

Last, but not least, I tackled the biggest debate of all: Pinky In or Out!

It was so much fun reading the old posts, that I decided to try a new thing. So…I’m asking you, dear tea grannies, if 12 of you would consider helping out. On the last Monday of the month, I’d like to feature your favourite tea in your favourite cup. Pick your month and send me your write up and/or photo. Tell me what your favourite tea is, and why. It can be as long or as short as you like or share a personal story.

It’s a new year. Let’s get to know each other over a cup of tea.

Happy New Year!