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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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Tazo purrs like a Tribble. We let him in for breakfast because it is a nippy 48 outside and he (Who am I kidding? He spells I) was cold.

So we (that’s us, not the royal we) are enjoying this sweet, stout, rich, chocolately cup with a little swish of milk and a little scrap of peace. Again, this is not what one expects with a typical breakfast tea. It far surpasses those sleepy expectations.

Then…off to my 10-year-old bundles of mayhem. One of them, last week, demonstrated his skills in forward somersaulting, backward somersaulting, cabinet climbing, table diving, and chair balancing. Rough family life. He needs a lot of love. I’m praying for an ample supply of it.

K S

So, how cold does it have to get before you show Tazo the guest room? Who didn’t see this coming? :) They have a way of doing that.

As for the 10-year-olds you are a special sort of person. I would not survive one week. The only thing possibly worse is junior high. Not nice of me I know, but at least I know my limits.

gmathis

I love fifth graders—I really do. Around spring break they start turning like bad cheese, but that’s just part of the process. There are just a couple in this bunch that suck all the air out of the room. My usual no-fail lines to get their behavioral attention (“That’s so third grade”) aren’t even registering. I will not, however, concede defeat. Knowing what I do about middle school demographics, this is our last shot at really reaching them.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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I am nowhere near the point I had hoped to be, to-do-list-wise, come sundown, but we try to let Saturday dinner mark the beginning of our rest day. Thus, I will pretend that the baskets of folded laundry in the living room are eclectic decorating touches and enjoy a little quiet with my feet up and a carefully hoarded cup of vanilla goodness (supply dwindling).

In honor of a deliciously chilly day, sun lowering beneath the flat layer of rain clouds draped over the sky all afternoon, I popped in a cinnamon stick while it steeped. Perfect scent of a cinnamon roll in the cup.

TheKesser

LOVE this post. Very nicely written.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Where did that second cup go?
And where did my Saturday go? Wasn’t it just 7 a.m.? I’m not done yet!!!

Anna

I think there might be a weekend grinch of some sort.

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Don’t let the “Assam” fool you: British builders’ tea this isn’t. Mild, sweet-potato, starchy, toasty tea it is. If your black tea preferences lean toward the lighter side, this is well worth a trial taste.

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Well, if I can’t find my apple chamomile at the store, this is a plausible substitute. Enough sweet fruit to tone down the chamomile; hopefully enough chamomile to tone down the tension after a long day.

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drank Hampton Breakfast by Ahmad Tea
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Woke up feeling like a 2 × 4 somebody pounded on then left out in the rain; so builders’ tea was in order. Heaping teaspoon of leaf; easily six minutes steep time. Strong as an ox, little milk. Hey, it got me out the door.

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Little skinny grassy leaves, about two minutes, and ooh! Serendipity! Instead of green-grassy-vegetal, we get sharpish-springy-fruity: golden raisins or white grape juice-ish. Not a lick of bitterness. Nicest surprise in a cuppa green I’ve had in a long while.

Greenies, you’ll like this one!

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drank Red Dragon Pearls by thepuriTea
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Vendor description says: Try it with breakfast, brunch, grilled duck or dark chocolate. Something about grilled duck makes me chuckle, especially since we have two little white neighbor ducks across the street.

After two good strong steeps of these cute little yarn balls, I’m at a loss to pin the flavor down. The inner chocolate addict notices the cocoa first; maybe some of the baked apple vibe when I frown and really concentrate. A very good “think about” tea for a deliciously foggy Sunday morning. Thinking of you, Terriharplady, with a smile as I drink it. Thanks.

Sil

i really think these are neat :)

Terri HarpLady

They are tasty! :)
smiling back at ya!

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drank Autumn's Walk by Custom-Adagio Teas
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Don’t you love how a slow, all-day rain turns a gotta-do Saturday into a legitimately luscious, lazy afternoon? Cease-fire declared on household chores; harvest coffee candle scenting the room; hubby’s homemade steak chili in the crock-pot scenting the kitchen. PBS travel shows to escape with. Tazo the Serial Killer innocently snuffling rabbit-breath while he naps with a paw over his eyes. Ah, fall.

Thus, nothing more fitting for the occasion than this rich, thick choco-nutty blend concocted by keenteathyme. I’m cool with honeybush and rooibos, but for those of you who aren’t, it politely steps out of the way to make room for the lovely hazelnut. Little half and half turns it into dessert.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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