tag: tea

printable tea tags

February 12, 2014

printable tea tags

hey, all my little sweet potatoes! today i’m sharing a set of printable tea tags i made for world label – just in time for valentine’s day (or any love filled day)! you can find david and i sipping tea together on most any given day, so i’m excited to surprise him with a few of these myself. they are simple to print, cut out and attach (see below). with several tags that would work for a sweetheart, friend or family member – i hope you’ll enjoy using them!

printable tea tags

instructions for the tea tags: head on over to world label to download the tea tags. print on full page white sticker paper and cut out along the faint grey lines. remove the backing and place the string from a tea bag in the middle of one side. fold in half. optional: for a professional look- use a hole punch to cut out notches at each top end, or scissors to bevel each corner.

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leafy tea packaging design

October 12, 2012

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i adore this sweet packaging concept that belinda shih designed. it’s only for a hypothetical tea company, but i hope it becomes a reality, because i can taste it already! belinda says that the design is focused on the concept of afternoon tea – a time to unwind, re-energize, and relax after a long day of work. the package is therefore minimalist, calm in color and simple in shape, with a hint of the soothing elegance of steam swirls and tea drops. i think it’s brilliantly beautiful.

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fresh chamomile tea

i was delighted to find a bundle of fresh chamomile in our csa box this week. when i saw it i said, oo, pretty flowers! (typical newbie) when my sweet farmer gal said oh no, that’s chamomile! of course, i immediately squealed and asked for instructions on what to do with the beautiful blooms.

in season: fresh chamomille tea

so here it is, straight from the farmer’s mouth:

keep your chamomile fresh in a vase for 2-3 days, but then bundle it and hang to dry.

for tea:

pluck off 2-3 teaspoons of flowers right at the base of the bloom.

steep in hot water for 5-10 minutes and drink before bed.

in season: fresh chamomille tea

i’ve been a long time drinker of bedtime tea, but this fresh chamomile puts me to sleep like nothing i’ve ever tried. it’s soothing, tasty and warming.

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edible sugar doilies

May 15, 2012

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speaking of tea, i am absolutely in love with these sugar doilies from sweet de ja vu. they are a flexible, edible lace that have a sweet, melt on your tongue, creamy taste. though i would be happy to simply have them on hand for cups of tea, hot cocoa and coffee, you could use these sweets just about anywhere. on desserts, cakes and cookies, oh my!

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tea for creatives

this week i had the absolute privilege of trying the new tea for creatives: possibiliteas. started by a creative professional and tea enthusiast, regina brooks found that her custom blends of fine tea, florals and herbs made her feel more centered and had a positive effect on creative output. and guess what- they did for me, too!

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for now, they come in three mind-focusing blends: creativitea, productivitea and claritea.

creativitea is made of chamomile, which calms the body and centers the mind and a mixture of lavender and lemon grass which help bring about more focus and insight.

claritea is a honey-gold brew of china green tea which helps you focus, brahmi that helps mental acuity and rosemary, which stimulates memory, balance and mental alertness.

productivitea (my favorite) is a blend of stimulating formosa oolong and nilgiri black teas. rooibos from south africa and organic chocolate from central america which helps fortify and energize.

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the sole purpose of possibiliteas? to help enhance creative’s ability to put their imagination to work. a cup of possibiliteas can help bring your dreaming, planning and making all together!

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i’ve been having a cup nearly every day, and i have enjoyed so much sitting down with a cup while i sketch or write! in addition to tasting incredibly-amazingly delicious, it really does seem to help my imagination flow!

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visit possibiliteas and check out their blog, twitter and facebook pages while you’re at it. i think you’ll fall in love with their mission (and their teas!).

p.s. my sweet glass tea vessel came from one vessel!

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handpainted travel mugs

October 31, 2011

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i have loved these handpainted travel mugs from yevgenia for so long, aren’t they beautiful? i can just see myself sipping tea from one while strolling down the sidewalk. with non-toxic paint these mugs are perfect for everyday use and even dishwasher safe!

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This week I thought we would take a break from the espresso, and share a recipe for the tea drinkers: the creamy, chai latte. While this method of making a chai may be a little unorthodox, one of the points of this series is to save a little money and make drinks at home, using what you hopefully already have.

ingredients

1 cup of water

3 tsp darjeeling tea (or experiment – whatever you have handy!)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp ground ginger

10 whole cloves

1 orange peel

1/4 cup honey

1 cup of milk (regular or soy)

Additional ingredients for more spice (optional)

2 tsp crushed black peppercorns

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

6 anise stars

directions

Place the tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, orange peel, and optional ingredients in a paper-lined filter basket of a drip coffee maker. Run 1 cup of water through. Use your coffee pot, or a tea pot if your coffee pot is currently occupied (like mine was!).

Split the honey into the bottom of two empty mugs. After tea has brewed, pour in the mugs, and stir.

Steam 1 cup of milk or soy milk with a wand, or simply heat in a pot on your stove. Pour into mugs, top off with the foam, and drizzle with a little honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Too many ingredients for your taste? Try this simple method with chai tea bags from BigelowTea.com:

For every 8 oz serving, place 1 chai tea bag, 3/4 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of milk in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, lower heat, and simmer for 2-4 minutes. Pour into cups and sweeten with sugar or honey.

cofee with indie pretty projects

ashley paul indie pretty project Ashley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titled Etsy shop.

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how to make your own tea

January 27, 2011

hello, friends! today i have a very special guest post for you from my dear friend christy from nordgrains! as our husbands work together, it wasn’t long before we found each other and became quick friends. she writes a fabulous blog on healthy living, yoga and nutrition (a must read!) and today is sharing with us how to make our very own tea. i’ve had several cups and it’s just about the yummiest tea i’ve ever had!

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Tea is funny. It is both companion and social prop. “Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things,” Chaim Potok writes in his novel, The Chosen. But C. S. Lewis said, “Tea should be taken in solitude.” In wintertime I cannot help but wish for tea nearly every day. I am not picky: it tastes good in the presence of company or in the company of silence. There is indeed something magical about good tea, but there is even more magic in great tea, and even better—in pretty tea. A couple weeks ago I accepted an invitation to explore the verb “create.” It is a tricky verb–that business of creating–especially if one’s greatest temptation is comparison. Comparison and competition stripped away, I am creative. One of my most delightful qualities is my uncanny ability to explore and marry flavors. So I set out to make my own tea. I was so inspired by the abundance of options before me that I soon penciled in a new goal: one day cultivate my own tea garden from which I can harvest rich, home-grown flavors.

Tea bags are surprisingly easy to come by. I ordered mine online but also found a small variety at local health markets. Some resources suggested making tea bags out of cheesecloth. One problem: I am a sans sewing machine, completely novice DIY-er.

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My first purchase was a big handful of organic Colorado mountain mint. I rinsed the leaves and made small bouquets to hang in a dark, dry space. I also cleaned and chopped organic tangerine rind. My flavor collection was completed in the bulk aisle of Whole Foods where I gathered cinnamon sticks, cloves, anise stars, cardamom pods, a few other spices, and some jasmine green tea leaves.

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Always somewhere between hateful and grateful of our semi-arid climate here on Colorado’s Front Range, I did not wait long for my mint to dry. Now here’s the deal. When you buy regular old tea bags, the ingredients are so minced and chopped that you eventually stare at a mass resembling a soggy cud, having no visual connection to any real plant-based ingredient in the cotton satchel. Tea should be pretty. I did not chop and crush my mint leaves. I broke them only small enough to fit inside the tea bags. This way the leaves expand, grow, and turn a brilliant green in the tea cup!

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Tea tags? Organic cotton string, card stock, and a stamp pad.

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As I was reaching for my stamp pad, my hand brushed my button bucket. I know, it is probably strange to have a button bucket when I do not know how to sew, but I recently learned that I have a strong attraction to button buckets: they are a rite of passage for women. Does not every woman have a button bucket? I should be horrified to learn the negative. My own mother had a small, rarely used sewing space in our house. As a little girl, I found the specific sewing implements frightening and bizarre, but I loved to steal away and run my fingers through the button bucket. Back to the business of tea, I decided that tea tags should be lovely, and what better opportunity than to decorate with beads and buttons? This way, I can give tea to others and contribute to other women’s button buckets. My tea will be the gift that keeps on giving.

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The final order of business was to examine the individual tea leaves, spices, and “things” I had collected and start crafting real brews. Here is what I landed on. None have disappointed.

nordgrains Nordgrains is about health and wholeness. Like seeds, we already have the substance to grow and live big, vibrant lives. Sometimes we forget what we already have. I hope to help you find nourishment for your continued growth.

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