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Woman Uses Her Right To Bear Tea

Woman Uses Her Right To Bear Tea

Tea drinking has gotten more awesome these days. From selling mugs and tea pots with grips like a gun, mugs that change color and design according to heat, a mug where the handle is brass knuckles, to big figures like Barack Obama and Celebrities like […]

Tea Art: Dry tea illustrations by Andrew Gorkovenko

Tea Art: Dry tea illustrations by Andrew Gorkovenko

  I think we all knew that steeped tea could be used for art – remembering those times making your papers all aged for that middle school project or even volunteering at the theater and aging the paper props for a show, or even seeing […]

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate

Tea Infused Hot Chocolate

Walking into the tea section of your grocery store, your neighborhood tea shop, or even shopping for tea online – it hard not to see the trend of chocolate being included in various teas. Even so, the chocolate is only a component of the flavors, brewing and steeping together (after all chocolate chunks are not leaves) – if you want to chocolate-ify your hot beverage, you can go the opposite way. You can put tea in your hot chocolate.

To make this twisted hot beverage – bring 2 to 5 cups of milk to a low boil in a saucepan over medium-high.  Add three bags or three teaspoons of tea, of your choice, and turn the heat down to medium low, allowing the tea to steep for 10 minutes. Then strain it or remove the tea bags. Then whisk in 10 teaspoons of hot cocoa mix until dissolved and frothy.  This serves two people – you can pour it into two little tea cups, and top with marshmallows if you have them.

Just think of all of the possibilities of this drink – mixing orange pekoe, chai, vanilla tea, earl grey, black, oolong, even fruits and some herbal teas – the flavor combinations are endless. You can even mix in one of those blends with chocolate in it for double the power. We knew chocolate and espresso tasted good together, now we know tea does the same thing, strike that a better thing.

I bet it could even work with those packets of instant cocoa – maybe just putting it into brewed tea and adding milk.  So if you want that the calm and clarity of tea and the bundled up lusciousness of hot chocolate – this is the perfect thing to try, with it still a little cold outside.

The History Of Tea Time

The History Of Tea Time

With high tea happening less on land and more flying high in the sky – have you ever wondered where high tea started? What the history was? Well this amazing info graphic, via confused.com, tells the different customs and history of tea: This graphic shows the […]

Make Your Own Lemongrass Tea

Make Your Own Lemongrass Tea

Want to try something different in your tea life? Maybe Lemongrass tea is the answer. It’s a light pale tea that can help you both with your inner serenity and with your health. For ages it has been used as medicine – to heal what […]

Spray Some Tea On It

Spray Some Tea On It

In the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the father character thought that everything from illness, to burns, to scrapes or huge wounds, could be healed with Windex. With all the tea can prevent and heal, from preventing Strokes, cancer prevention, to skin and hair health – who’s to say that Black Tea cant be our Windex? And it is in more ways than one.

To brew Black Tea Window Cleaner:
• Brew strong black tea. I used 3 bags of Irish breakfast tea to 8 oz boiling water.
• Steep and allow to fully cool, about an hour.
• Transfer cleaner to spray bottle or dip cotton cloth into solution.
• Clean and buff.

And there you have it – a healthy tea and a window cleaner. As it turns out the tannic acid in black tea acts as a cleaning agent to dissolve dirt and grease. And even better, it smells better than Vinegar, the other alternative to Windex.

So next time you’re feeling down or hurt – just spray some tea on it. At the very least it will heal the smudgy parts on your window, if not healing painful wounds.

Make Your Own Bubble Tea

Make Your Own Bubble Tea

Who doesn’t love bubble tea? The sweet cool beverage is hard to pass up walking through the asian supermarket or bubble tea stalls. Well with this recipe, you can make it at home. This recipe details  how to make both the tea and “bubbles”, or […]

Dunking Cookies In Tea – Now Backed Up By Science

Dunking Cookies In Tea – Now Backed Up By Science

I think we can admit to ourselves that we’re dunkers. It may not be polite, it may be messy – but it is delicious. Dipping the cookie in, just enough to make it warm and awesome, but not so much that it crumbles away – […]

It’s Tea Time – Woof! Woof!

It’s Tea Time – Woof! Woof!

It is not an uncommon thing to take tea with your pets. Curling up with a cup of tea, a good book, and you cat purring beside you, having your breakfast feeding your dog biscuits under the table, drinking tea with your bird on your shoulder. Beatrix Potter apparently drank tea with her bunnies. Well now, for you tea drinking dog lovers, there is tea your dog can drink.

WOOF & BREW is a range of healthy herbal teas for dogs, was launched at Crufts, from March 7-10, by two Huntingdonshire business people – Lisa Goodwin Morton, of Hartford, and Steve Bennett, of Papworth, and two of their contacts Tony Kinch and Nick Gandon.

The initial range of tea included five varieties for adult dogs, with each said to help with a different area of the dog’s wellbeing, such as skin and coat or fresh breath .The tea bags are added to 250ml of hot water for four minutes, then added to 750ml of cold water before served to a canine.

The creators have plans to introduce two more lines to WOOF&BREW shortly, with a range called Posh Pooch and another to help dogs with anxiety. The pouches of 28 bags – a month’s supply for one dog – have also been picked up by a number of wholesalers.

With this, who knows how many other pets you can have tea with? Parakeets, Kitties, Teacup Pigs – the potential for animal themed tea parties is infinite. If not, maybe “it’s tea time” will be just another phrase Fido will  perk his ears to.

Making Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs

Making Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs

For those of you out there giving up things for Lent – at the very least Easter is on the mind. That day you can finally drink soda or eat cake again, or even just the Holiday. With rabbits and peeps and most importantly, awesomely […]