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Hello, everyone! I’ve been away from Steepster because I quit drinking tea for a bit. Something with the change of seasons really messed up my sleep schedule, so I cut caffeine out altogether. But now that I’m no longer doing the insomniac shuffle I’m happily back to my lovely cuppas. Yay!

This is a nice morning mint tea. It has enough of a kick to get me going, but I also find the mint soothing. The smokiness is pleasing and perfect for this time of year. I do think this has lost some of its flavor, but it’s been almost a year since I bought it. There’s only a tiny bit left, so I’ll try to use it up this week.


Glad you’re back! :)




Keep sipping. How are the leaves doing in your garden?


Incredibly well! I add them directly to my flowerbeds, and my lilies are HUGE. :) For my vegetable garden I add the leaves to my compost pile.

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drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
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I definitely need a kick to get me going this morning, and this tea proved to be up to the task. Sweetened it with a bit of honey. I also made a cup for my daughter to enjoy on her bus ride to school. She sent me a text thanking me for buying awesome tea. :)

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
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A quiet Sunday afternoon, nice cool weather, and a cup of EGC. I am in my glory. Still far and away my favorite Earl Grey. I love the vanilla in this tea.


This is a very delicious EGC, I must agree :)


Cool weather? Jealous!

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Having this one again today. The oolong, blueberry, nutmeg combination is equally soothing and delicious. Drinking this also makes me want to make blueberry muffins with a brown sugar crumb topping. Yeah, that needs to happen.

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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Drama, drama, drama. School hasn’t even started yet (we have one more week), and already there’s been tears from my daughter who’s entering eighth grade. She and her friends are working it out, but I have to say this is the part of school I enjoy the least. Junior high girls trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in is the stuff of nightmares. I remember being there myself, but it’s just as tough to watch your kid navigate the junior high years! All of that to say I’m drinking this tea to give myself a little break before going to see how my daughter and her friends are fairing. As much as possible I’d like them to work it out on their own.

I’m liking this chai more and more. It’s wonderfully sweet and spicy, and while there is chocolate it blends with the tea very well. This works for me since I’m not a big chocolate tea fan. I hope Wegman’s keeps this version of this tea for awhile. I like it much more than their previous version. The spice is much more noticeable now, and there seems to be more of the base tea. That, along with the chunks of chocolate, makes this one a keeper.

Maybe I’ll resteep the leaves before wading back into the fray… :)


oof…. our eldest just finished this nonsense and our daughter and son are both starting into it. i keep wondering if i was this crazed in high school? i don’t think so, but hindsight can be fuzzy and remembered differently that what was.


I think all of the technology has added to the problem. I had to convince my daughter to stop texting and actually call her friend. A lot of their argument began over a miscommunication while they were rapid fire texting. It’s second nature to them, so it’s difficult to get them to understand that there are much better ways to work out a problem.


Aww, I hope everything works out with your daughter. Both junior high and high school aren’t very good times, for sure.

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drank Graveyard Mist by 52teas
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Backlogging. Another tea from my laundry folding, Doctor Who watching, night last night. (Side note: I am almost through Season One (2005) and I have to say I’m really starting to like the show. I’m limiting myself to two shows a day, but it’s getting hard to not give in and have a marathon tv day.)

The tea. It was like drinking a minty marshmallow, but it wasn’t over the top sweet. I did find myself wishing that I could taste the base tea, but it was still highly enjoyable. I’m finding this a great summer to fall transition tea though I couldn’t tell you why. I want to say it’s because this is a great curl up on the couch with a blanket and a book tea, but for me that’s all tea. At any rate, as the weather cools I can see this one ending up in my mug more often.


Doctor Who is sucking you in! Yay!


It is! For the first three or four episodes I was very meh about it, but now I’m really enjoying it. I think I might have a Doctor Who marathon on my kid’s first day of school. :)


I was the same way. It was just… awful? :P No, cheesy is the right word. But it got better AND grew on me. Now, I’m addicted. And it gets better with each season!


Cheesy is the right word. It’s kind of funny how it slowly grows on you until you’re hooked. At least that’s what appears to be happening to me. :)


I grew up watching it and liking it! My Dad and older brother used to watch it all the time! The corniness is definitely part of the appeal! :-)

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Backlogging. I made this last night, but I was folding laundry and forgot about it. It ended up steeping for about 10 minutes, so I was expecting a bitter mess. What I ended up with was an ah-mazing cuppa. The oolong gave a peachy flavor at the beginning of the sip and was followed by the blueberry and nutmeg. So good. I’m really enjoying nutmeg in my tea at the moment, and Design a Tea does a nice job blending it into several of their signature blends.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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This has been my tea of the morning for the past two days. I’m starting to get into an autumn frame of mind, so a cranberry/almond tea sounded good. H&S did an excellent job with this blend. It’s sweet from the almond with just enough cranberry tartness to keep things interesting. Really, really good.

Josie Jade

I love this one! I’m tempted to buy a tin with Harney’s free shipping deal today, even though my cupboard is so full!


I’m so mad I missed their free shipping offer. I need to check my email more often. :/

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After much talk/begging/bullying from a friend I broke down and started watching Doctor Who. I don’t need one more thing to potentially suck hours of my life away, but I told my friend I’d give the show a fair shot. In turn she is going to read Jane Eyre or The Brothers Karamazov, two of my favorite classic novels. I guess we’ll each broaden our horizons.

Before settling into the show I made a big mug of this tea. It’s very cake-y tonight. There’s still pineapple but not as much as usual. I am getting toward the bottom of my bag, so that might have something to do with it. At any rate, this is a wonderful dessert tea and perfect for curling up under a blanket while watching tv.


yay! another who-vian.

Lariel of Lórien

‘I drink pineapple cake tea. Pineapple cake tea is cool’.


I want to try this. I keep waiting for the chocolate covered strawberry to come back in a small size so I can order more things from Della Terra. :)


Lariel – hahah.
Which episode(s) are you starting with? For a reluctant first-timer that could make a very big difference! I started with 2005’s Series One, but it took me a few to get into it because some of it was cringe-worthy. It got so much better though. <3


Cavocorax, I’m starting with 2005’s series one, also. Nate, my friend, really likes the Doctor in season 2, but I started with the previous season just so I would have an idea of what’s going on. I’m only a few episodes in, so I’m still reserving judgement. :)

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I received this as one of several samples with my last Design a Tea order. Thank you, Brian, for the generosity!

Yesterday was a near perfect summer day for me. I spent the day at the beach with my kids, my best friend, and her kids. Last night I went to a baseball game (I love baseball) where my team managed to come back in the ninth inning for a spectacular win. Great friends, good food, wonderful weather… it was lovely. So I was surprised by my desire for all things fall today. I find myself daydreaming about apples and cinnamon, cooler weather and sweaters. When I went digging through my tea stash for an autumn inspired tea this one was the easy winner.

The tea is spicy – mostly nutmeg – with the pumpkin being much more subtle. I like that the tea doesn’t scream pumpkin (even though it is called Angry Pumpkin) and that the tea manages to have spice without tasting like a chai. It’s unique and really nice. Definitely something I could enjoy on a cool fall evening. Add a blanket and a good mystery novel and I’d be one happy girl!

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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