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Tea of the evening……

It is a bittersweet day. Tonight was the last official meeting of my scout troop for good. The girls are going into High School next year, and have all become pretty busy to schedule much of anything. I have had most of them for 8 or 9 years, and they have grown up before my eyes. Luckily, for my daughter, they are all such good friends and I am sure they will be spending a good deal of time together in other school activities. While they are ready to move on, and I am completely out of new material to keep this going, it has been a fun ride.

Decaf Paris is quickly becoming my top choice for decaf. It is a little lighter of a flavor profile and cannot replace the richness of regular Paris, but still very tasty for when I need an evening black. Yum!

Mug method with a 3 minute steep and 190 water.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

awww that is a sweet memory! you must be so proud of your baby girl growing up!

ScottTeaMan

Great story Jen!

Bonnie

Maybe a shot of somthin in the tea…and hand the girls some black nail polish and you’ll be ok. It’s worse when they’re driving! (what do I know…mine is 39 now but all her girls are getting driving age one by one…eeks).

SimplyJenW

Oh we have done all kinds of nail polish, about every craft you can do with duct tape, t-shirts, beads, a sewing class, and I even did a little short course on emulsions and how to make lotion (my chemistry/skincare background coming out!). Plus camping and normal scouting stuff. I think we covered most of it multiple times. It was tons of fun.

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Indigobloom

awww that is a sweet memory! you must be so proud of your baby girl growing up!

ScottTeaMan

Great story Jen!

Bonnie

Maybe a shot of somthin in the tea…and hand the girls some black nail polish and you’ll be ok. It’s worse when they’re driving! (what do I know…mine is 39 now but all her girls are getting driving age one by one…eeks).

SimplyJenW

Oh we have done all kinds of nail polish, about every craft you can do with duct tape, t-shirts, beads, a sewing class, and I even did a little short course on emulsions and how to make lotion (my chemistry/skincare background coming out!). Plus camping and normal scouting stuff. I think we covered most of it multiple times. It was tons of fun.

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Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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