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Tea of the afternoon…..

Curled up with a book I can hardly put down. The perfect afternoon! And I am getting so addicted to this one now that the weather is cooling off……

Steeped the usual way…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teawing

I just happen to be drinking this same tea! I wish I was into a good book instead of work…
Happy Friday Afternoon!

QuiltGuppy

Which book?

SimplyJenW

Ha..I am finally getting around to working my way through the Girl With the Dragon Tatoo series. I am one of those people that once I get into a book, all else in the world pretty much screetches to a hault. I think Three Cups of Tea is next, but I kind of want to read up on some of the controversy first… Then probably Terry Pratchett or a Cornelia Funke book…I try to read ahead of my kids a little to know what they are reading.

teawing

Started a re-read of the Hobbit (gotta love those Tooks and Bagginses) last night, before that was a history of the Battle (s) of Ypres during WWI. Time for something…lighter. I will be interested in your take on Three Cups…

ashmanra

Love Pratchett! I need to re-read Night Watch and Feet Of Clay soon!

mpierce87

@SimplyJenW ~ I am currently reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and it is pretty awesome!

SimplyJenW

@ashmanra-I just discovered Pratchett, so I have a long way to go!
@mrawlins2-That is one of my favorite series of books! We have her latest Reckless. My DS is a voracious reader and it is really hard to keep him in age appropriate books (he is 12).

ashmanra

Jen, for your sone I recommend the Ralph Moody books in order, starting with Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers. I sobbed so hard reading it aloud to my children at the end of the book, that my then 10 year old son stood behind me patting my shoulder! But they are excellent books and a true story. The Home Ranch has a little cursing from the cowboys, but nothing too bad.

SimplyJenW

Thank you, ashmanra…I just put the first one on hold at the library! He can handle a little cursing, I am just trying to stay away from themes that are too adult.

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teawing

I just happen to be drinking this same tea! I wish I was into a good book instead of work…
Happy Friday Afternoon!

QuiltGuppy

Which book?

SimplyJenW

Ha..I am finally getting around to working my way through the Girl With the Dragon Tatoo series. I am one of those people that once I get into a book, all else in the world pretty much screetches to a hault. I think Three Cups of Tea is next, but I kind of want to read up on some of the controversy first… Then probably Terry Pratchett or a Cornelia Funke book…I try to read ahead of my kids a little to know what they are reading.

teawing

Started a re-read of the Hobbit (gotta love those Tooks and Bagginses) last night, before that was a history of the Battle (s) of Ypres during WWI. Time for something…lighter. I will be interested in your take on Three Cups…

ashmanra

Love Pratchett! I need to re-read Night Watch and Feet Of Clay soon!

mpierce87

@SimplyJenW ~ I am currently reading Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and it is pretty awesome!

SimplyJenW

@ashmanra-I just discovered Pratchett, so I have a long way to go!
@mrawlins2-That is one of my favorite series of books! We have her latest Reckless. My DS is a voracious reader and it is really hard to keep him in age appropriate books (he is 12).

ashmanra

Jen, for your sone I recommend the Ralph Moody books in order, starting with Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers. I sobbed so hard reading it aloud to my children at the end of the book, that my then 10 year old son stood behind me patting my shoulder! But they are excellent books and a true story. The Home Ranch has a little cursing from the cowboys, but nothing too bad.

SimplyJenW

Thank you, ashmanra…I just put the first one on hold at the library! He can handle a little cursing, I am just trying to stay away from themes that are too adult.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

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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