Monday, December 05, 2011

Teas & Other Things

It has been a long time since I wrote on tea. Funny, as this started out mostly as a tea blog. I have been enjoying mint tea most evenings picked from the mint patch in the grove. I wish I had picked more! It has such a wonderful flavor. The rosehips can be made into tea as well as the jar of horsetail. I am learning so much about herbs and their many wonderful uses.

I hope this year I will be able to put in a better garden and grow all the herbs I am missing. I had so few this last year. I did buy some in Portland to help tide me over and to use in some of the more medicinal things I am trying to make.

This land and the surrounding areas have so much to offer, if you know what you are looking for. I met some folks this weekend who forage all their herbs from the area. Maybe I can go along with them in the spring and summer and learn more!

I am having a debate still about doing a Christmas Tea this year. I really want to, but know that I have a lot of other things going on as well. Not activities, just work around here. A nice Christmas Tea can be a lot of work. Sweetheart suggested I do several small one-on-one teas. I have thought about it for a few days, but come away with the feeling that that would actually be more work. One giant tea is actually easier for me.

Still thinking about it. Not sure how it would even be received around here. This is such a different place.

I guess I will just keep thinking about it and pour myself another cup of tea while I do.
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Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Last year I had the best tea garden. I had a ton of different mints, chamomile, and lemon balm. I made some excellent teas. I didn't get much done this year, because I was focused on the greenhouse my hubby got me. I do enjoy tea. You have inspired me to be a bit more focused next year.

Alica said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm looking forward to looking around some more when I have a chance...:)

Vicki in UT said...

Might I offer a suggestion? I suspect some of your neighbors are LDS/Mormons who don't drink tea (It's a religious thing). If they knew there would be hot chocolate or spiced cider or something available they would likely feel less awkward about coming to a tea party. It is awkward to go to someone's home and turn down the refreshments they are offering you; I can imagine some just not going rather than find themselves in that situation. But they would probably love to visit and get to know you.
Just a thought from someone who knows the culture.

Kimberly said...

Vicki-Thank you! I had not thought of that.

hadashi said...

i think the LDS issue with tea comes from the caffeine issue -- if you serve your home-harvested herb teas i think you will be okay. maybe ask someone? just saying this from experience with one LDS friend. as far as all the work -- i think that you can do a more stripped-down version (less a full high tea, more a dessert tea) and still really bless your community who may never have experienced the festivity. it's more than the tea & food; it's also your lovely china & decor & atmosphere. when i've invited people over for "tea & scones" and use my "good stuff" they are always (to me) disproportionately excited about the whole thing, which makes me think you have a great opportunity here. i agree w/Vicki that they'd love to get to know you and visit. had to comment as i so believe in your hospitality giftings!


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