People who love to eat are always the best people. – Julia Child
Cookies are made with butter and love.
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. – Ludwig Beethoven
If God had intended us to follow recipes, He wouldn’t have given us grandmothers. – Linda Hemley
A party without cake is just a meeting!
Strawberries are what make life taste wonderful. ―
Because everything is better with bacon, right?
It’s Spring. Birds are trilling in the trees, woodpeckers are knocking themselves silly, and the frogs by the pond are thrumming in a monastic chorus!
Sometimes you don’t have to go much further than your own backyard.
And One Little Froggy
Birds do it. Bees do it. Even educated fleas do it. Let’s do it. Let’s fall in love. Cole Porter
Nature invites us to experience it with all of our senses, including our sense of touch. Silky and smooth, hard and rough, hot or cold, fluffy, furry or fuzzy. Well, maybe not everything should be touched – poison ivy and bumblebees, for example. Even isolated at home, there are wonders in nature to be savoured, if you take the time to look for them.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland
Moss is popular for her unusual beauty, but what distinguishes her is that she is accessible and down to earth. – Rita Clifton
Green moss shines there with ice encased; The long grass bends its spear-like form; And lovely is the silvery scene When faint the sun-beams smile. –Robert Southey
This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, stand like druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
You know that moment when you close the cupboard and you hear something fall? That’s the sound of someone else’s problem.
Since I can’t go shopping for tea anywhere, other than online (which just isn’t as much fun since I can’t smell as I browse), and since I’m getting a little bored with the few teas I brought with me, I decided to root through my Mom’s cupboards yesterday afternoon. Don’t worry…I didn’t leave a trap for her. 🙂 But I did unearth a sachet in a flavour I haven’t tried yet: Tazo Berryblossom White Tea.
White tea is packed with antioxidants because it undergoes minimal processing. It is caffeinated, but has less caffeine than green tea. This Berryblossom tea contains both white tea and darjeeling, as well as natural huckleberry flavour and natural cranberry flavour.
Maybe I’m becoming a tea snob, often sipping from loose leaf teas that actually contain fruit and nuts, but what does “natural ___ flavour” mean? This essentially means that an oil or protein was sufficiently extracted from a natural source like a huckleberry, to count as essence or “flavour”, rather than being completely cooked up in a lab from scratch (i.e., artificial flavour).
This tea sachet described this berry blossom tea as “a delicate white tea with tinges of huckleberry and white cranberry”. White cranberry has the same health benefits as red cranberries; it is slightly less tart and contains less of the flavinoid that provides the red colouring.
The tea sachet had an inviting, pungent berry smell that reminded me of blueberries. There was also a slight whisper of something floral. I steeped the tea for longer than the recommended 3 minutes because it was such a pale colour. White tea is normally very pale but in this small tea cup, I expected it to brighter than it was. After 5-6 minutes the colour did darken, but I may have oversteeped it because it was also slightly bitter and very grassy. It reminded me more of a chamomile-flavoured tea with a slight hint of berry at the back of the tongue. My Mom smelled it and thought it was peach.
I read several reviews from different sources and most rated it 5/5, so if you are a fan of chamomile and don’t mind caffeine, this could be an option for you. 🙂
Peter was not very well during the evening. His mother put him to bed, made some chamomile tea; ‘One table-spoonful to be taken at bed-time’. -Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit
How are you doing?
We continue to tuck in at home, which the introvert in me is loving. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that most of my time has been spent at my folks with Little Guy. We watch tv, play board games and drink endless pots of tea. Last week we made the 2.5 hour drive home (I had to pee most of the trip – no rest stops!) so I could lead worship for our online church service and deliver groceries. Three of us played and sang to an empty sanctuary, which was strange. What was stranger was watching the service later in my pjs. We are trying to establish some routines. Little Guy works on school stuff on my laptop. Mom and I spend time on Bible study. I get exercise by wrestling with Dad for the t.v. remote and chasing grackles from the bird feeder. On some days, we go for walks and see no one. Which is great because I only have enough hair dye left for one more touch up. It’s not going to be pretty. Did I also mention endless pots of tea?
All the while, the ice is melting, the birds are singing, and the earth is slowly greening…
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the same water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of your life. -Unknown