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Woke up with a crazy craving for this…it had bubbled up to the top of my half-drunk-up basket when I was rummaging yesterday. Vanilla mint. It still doesn’t make me think of candy canes, but it’s sweet and perky. (This morning I am neither of those…must do it artificially!)

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Combine hospital water, a weird cafeteria microwave with controls I didn’t understand, a poorly rinsed-out Tervis Tumbler, and you get … a cup of warm something that tastes mildly of chocolate, maybe. But is warm and comforting in unfamiliar surroundings.

Always, always, always keep emergency teabags in your purse!

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About halfway through an Upton sample size of this one, and I’m really liking it. The only Kenyan tea I’ve tried in the past was very dark; very earthy. This Tinderet is none of that. An easy steeper that reminds me of melba toast and fruit. Really nice!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Life has done a number on our family this week—sick mama, medical trauma, severe storm drama, (I’ll throw in commas and llamas and pajamas, too, just because they rhyme).

Thus and therefore, I am in dire need of a full night’s sleep to have the energy to face more of the same. Tulsi to relax + chickweed to replenish whatever nourishment I’ve neglected to intake this week. About 1/3 of the chickweed to 2/3 tulsi. The spiciness of the tulsi keeps the chickweed from tasting too weedy and barky.


Sorry to hear about all the “amas.” Hope things improve.


Hope everyone and everything gets better soon!


I’m a day behind but – peace to you and yours.

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drank Green Tea by Unknown
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Coworker’s hubby returned with tea from a trip to China and she shared. Big, curly green leaves—trying to place the smell, my husband said he was whiffing “peppery” and “nutmeggy.” Steeped up into a gently spicy green broth. When I get the chance, I’ll try to pinpoint city an region, but what a nice treat at the end of a long day!

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
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After a sleep-deprived day and a half nursing shift at my parents’ farm (and lemme tell ya, when you get me as your nurse you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel!) I probably couldn’t have told you whether I was drinking coffee grounds or sawdust.

Bless either Dad or my sister, one of them thought to stick a fresh box of Twinings on top of the microwave. Bucked me up, settled my stomach, and kept me upright most of the day today.

Sometimes the tea you need the most isn’t the fanciest.


I am sooooo glad that someone put that box of Twinings there for you :)

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Last of my packet. Sad to see it go. For Steepies who need a boot-in-the-backside morning tea, this one should go in your permanent library. Cocoa-y, stout, can’t ruin it, even when you’re down to the last of the sample and don’t have quite a whole teaspoon to make a full cup and you close your eyes and grab the first unflavored black tea you can find to round it out (Ahmad Hampton Breakfast) and it’s still wonderful…yeah, I’m awake. Maybe.


I love this one, and I still have some :P

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Early birthday from a friend—looks like flavors “may vary,” so I just added this as a set for easy posting, should anybody else care to. My bundle has mango, raspberry, lemon, orange and peach. The tins are adorable and just scream “kitchen deco.”

I tried the peach green tea with lunch. It is not stellar; but it is not terrible. If you concentrate and set your lips just so, you can get a little peachiness. Plenty of bags to play with—I think this may be a better iced tea IF the weather ever warms up.

But did I mention how cute the tins are?

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drank Holiday Blend by English Tea Shop
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Anybody besides me wondering if we’ll still be in long johns come July? Blustery and chill this morning, giving way to some scraps of cold sun later on—-grabbed this at work because it was handy, and I was freezing. It’s a good steeper when all you have is sloppily microwaved work water. More fruit-vanilla than spice, which is OK by me. I’m going to have to count remaining bags and use them parsimoniously.


Too, too cold for April. Had to bring the houseplants back inside yesterday. Sigh. They were so happy being out this past weekend.


Oh, and you get a gold star for using “parsimoniously.” Great word.


Slightly sunburned and hot and itchy here from sitting by the chicken run watching the new chickens scratch. (Yes, I am easily entertained.) I was just lamenting that we are now thrust into the hot sticky weather. we just had a thunderstorm. Come on over my way, both of you, and I will fix a pot of tea!

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I spent a few hours gardening, & although its a little cool, it will warm back up soon enough! :)


Bleh… I’m headed home to Saskatchewan at the end of the month. They still have absurdly huge amounts of snow. And we’re in the midst of an ice storm in Ontario. :/ I would like spring to arrive soon…


Nicole, I am the Queen of Synonyms when it comes to cheapness, just because I’m so good at it :) Chintzy, skinflinty, penurious….

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Ever have one of those days when the whole world seemed about six degrees off plumb? Yeah.

This was a mild antidote for the day that didn’t require thought or coddling. Two bags to the cup if you want to pick up the apple flavor.

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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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