Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tea Time with a little Southern Comfort

For as long as I can remember (which at my age exactly how long varies from day to day) I have enjoyed a hot cup of tea or homemade hot chocolate, and it always seems to taste better when served in a pretty cup and saucer. Lately, I have begun to think that it may just be about the ritual of making tea. When I get up in the morning, I find that I need and enjoy that little block of time where I go through the motions of putting the kettle on and choosing the tea for the morning, and then choosing which tea cup and sauce to use. It is a cathartic way of beginning the day for me. 
I have been a long time fan of Mary Engelbreit and I have many of her tea sets. I not only collect them, I enjoy using them. I recently discovered Emma Bridgewater Pottery and fell in love with the Polka Dots line. This is my newest tea cup and saucer.
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I fell in love with the polka dots.
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Aren't the dots inside of the cup and the saucer bottom just adorable?
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And after the tea is gone, there are still the dots.

My cousin sent me a gift of tea and I have to admit, it took me a little while to try it. I am not very adventurous in trying new things. I like English Breakfast Tea and a raspberry tea. After moving the container around the cabinet a bit as I was reaching for other items on the shelf, I thought, why not? It was really good and I have almost worked my way through the entire container of The Republic of Tea, Get Young, 36 Count.
It has a "touch of hibiscus" and I promise you, if you could taste a hibiscus, this is what it would taste like - light and airy and sweet. It is also caffeine free and contains other healthy herbs.
The Republic of Tea has so many flavors, too many to list, but a few that are my list to try are Get Happy TeaGet Relaxed TeaGet Gorgeous TeaPomegranate Green Tea, and theGood Hope Vanilla Red Tea.
I can't imagine a tea making me any happier, but what the heck - I'm game. The Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea sounds delicious and conjures up a moment on a porch swing. The Natural Hibiscussounds like spring and I can't wait to try it. I think I'll be packing away the hot chocolate mix for the summer and I'm looking forward to a season of teas. Won't you join me? I can't wait to see the results of the Get Gorgeous Tea!
What about you? Are you a tea drinker? What is your favorite flavor or brand?
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 I thought you might enjoy viewing part of my tea cup collection. I love having friends over and letting them choose a tea set for the visit. Each friend chooses a different one and they each have their favorite. It's the little things that add so much to our visit. 
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As you can see, my cupboards are full of colorful Mary E. china
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A friendly little place to store my sugar
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