I spent most of the morning & early afternoon drinking resteeps of the 3 TOMC teas from Dec, which were still in their Gaiwans. I just gave them each a rinse, & then started up where I left off last night. That carried me through a 90 minute lesson with one of my students (piano & harp), & lunch. Finally, I had to load up to go play High Tea at the nursing home, so I made a cup of this to take along. It’s been awhile since I had this one, & we’ve had a few ups & downs, mostly me adding too much tea (uh, I think we can blame that on little terri’s usual over-exhuberance). Also, although this is nice plain, it really shines IMHO with a little sweetness added. I really love using Maple syrup as a sweetener, but unfortunately I can only get away with that once in awhile. All forms of sugar make me feel like crap. It’s just the facts. I use to use stevia (sweetleaf), but I’ve gotten where I don’t like it so much either.

So the other day while I was at Cheryl’s Herbs I bought some of her stevia powder. It resembles something I might have snorted back in the day, & I’ll have to say that a pinch goes a very long way, it doesn’t have any fillers in it, & it doesn’t seem to have that bitter anise taste that some stevias have. And it set the yumminess factor of this tea on high!

K S

I grew stevia this year. I could never get it to sweeten tea. The leaves are especially sweet on the tongue but I couldn’t make it work. Easy plant to grow.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I grow it. Once you plant it, you have it, LOL.
I agree, I have tried crushing the leaves & adding them to my cup, but I don’t really like the results so much. I have a dehydrator, & thought of drying out some leaves & pulverizing them, then just add a pinch. Maybe this summer I’ll try it.

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K S

I grew stevia this year. I could never get it to sweeten tea. The leaves are especially sweet on the tongue but I couldn’t make it work. Easy plant to grow.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I grow it. Once you plant it, you have it, LOL.
I agree, I have tried crushing the leaves & adding them to my cup, but I don’t really like the results so much. I have a dehydrator, & thought of drying out some leaves & pulverizing them, then just add a pinch. Maybe this summer I’ll try it.

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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