‘Tis the season to be wowed by fresh fruits and vegetables! We want to help you savor this season for all it’s worth. For sweetness and flavor, fresh peaches just can’t be beat. Some days are perfect for iced tea, while others are perfect for baking. We’ve got ideas for enjoying those fresh peaches either way.
Easy Peach Tea Recipe
Bring syrup ingredients to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium. Crush peach slices as you stir to dissolve sugar. Turn off heat, cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Boil water and then add tea. Let tea steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and refrigerate. Next, strain the syrup through a fine strainer, and add syrup to tea. Serve over ice.
(Recipe adapted from www.passionforsavings.com)
Quick and Easy Peach Pie
While that buttery, flaky crust can be the best part about eating pie, this fresh-peach recipe is good without the hassle of rolling and cutting out a crust.
- 1 stick butter
- 3-4 sliced fresh peaches
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup flour
Melt butter in casserole dish in oven. Mix all other ingredients except peaches. Put peaches over melted butter. Add mixture. Bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done.
(Recipe adapted from www.cooks.com)
Enjoy those fresh peaches while you can!
September 17th, 2015
Although it’s not exactly Autumn yet, we can almost taste it in the air. We can definitely taste it in a few of our teas, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It is, after all, still summer. Let’s talk about things that really are in season: apples and peaches. If you don’t have access to fruit trees, you can easily find apples and peaches at a farmer’s market or a local grocery store. They tend to be very reasonably priced this time of year, too.
We are always looking for ways to enhance your enjoyment of tea, and we have found a perfect seasonal companion. Check out this easy recipe for Apple Peach Cobbler. It goes very well with Red Pearls or China Breakfast tea and a dollop of ice cream on the side. It’s also a great treat to share with friends. Live in the moment, and enjoy the season while it lasts!
Apple Peach Cobbler
- 4 cups sliced, peeled fresh or frozen peaches, thawed
- 1 medium tart apple, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons cold butter
- ½ cup whole milk
- Vanilla ice cream
- In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Transfer to a greased, shallow 2 quart baking dish.
- For topping, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until
crumbly. Stir in milk just until blended. Drop by spoonfuls over peach mixture.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream (and tea).
Recipe adapted from tasteofhome.com.
September 10th, 2015
Back to school reminders are everywhere these days. From the sales at every store, to Facebook photos of kids on the first day of school, you can’t escape the season’s change. We’ve mentioned before that tea is a great habit to get into to boost brain power and creativity, but it’s worth hearing again. It doesn’t matter whether you like white, green, black or oolong teas, they will all help you focus.
How does it work?
L-Theanine is the key. This natural component found in tea leaves has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve cognition and cognitive performance. It has also been tested as a mood booster. It is especially effective when combined with caffeine – another component of tea. This compound can be found in supplemental vitamins, but why not get it naturally? Besides, we can help you find a flavor you will love when it’s time to hit the books.
Encourage Good Habits
Know anyone headed off to college this time of year? Tea would make a tasty parting gift and could help a student focus. Not sure what kind of tea your college friend would like? Get a gift card and direct them to our website to explore on their own. We can ship anywhere, including college campuses across the nation.
Grab a cup the next time you need to get away and get some work done. We hope you notice a difference. We certainly do!
September 3rd, 2015
How do you beat the dog-days of summer? Head to the pool? Or stay in an air conditioned room with a good book? This late in the season, your summer reading list may be coming to an end. If you need a few more suggestions for good books with your cup of tea, than read on! Whether you like to indulge in the classics or keep up to date on the latest best-seller lists, get your kettle on and settle in to a comfy chair. There is sure to be a novel here that you can add to your list.
For those of us who have a bent toward more traditional things — Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Tolstoy or Jane Austin — check out this list to revisit some old favorites or pick one that you have never read before. You may have been forced to read To Kill a Mockingbird in junior high, but try it again. You may be surprised at what you missed all those years ago. Or, pick up A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for an innocent look at growing up poor in the city.
If you like to try new things and stay up to date with what’s current, you may want to take a look at this list of books with release dates from June through August. While you are at it, try a few of our new and featured summer teas like Summer Companion Black Tea or Emerald Sun Green Tea.
A personal favorite on my reading list this summer can almost be in a category of its own. Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is a new release and picks up twenty years after her first novel.
What are your favorite reads from this summer? What will you pick up next?
August 20th, 2015
Do you carry a lot of stress in your daily life? To some extent, this is true for every one of us. It may be worth taking a minute to read about how you can better control stress or anxiety. No pills or program fees required.
The Importance of Ritual
We all have some sort of rituals in our day. Think back to the routines you watched Mr. Rogers go through when he started his children’s show. No matter what you thought of his collection of sweaters, as a child, you probably found some comfort in watching him change his shoes and pick out the same sweater every day. This kind of structure sets a person up to face the day. Rituals are sort of like coping methods so to speak, and the simple familiarity of them can help us decompress after a long day or get us in the right frame of mind to face whatever the day may bring. Check out more good reasons to add rituals.
Find Your Ritual
Rituals are often at the same time each day, but having one that you can turn to, at any time, is good, too. Whether that is going for a quick walk around the office, getting up to get a glass of water, or firing up a kettle for tea, implementing your ritual can ease stress or anxiety. Naturally, we like the idea of brewing yourself a cup of tea, but look here for a few more ideas.
What are your rituals? Which new ones will you try? Let us know how it goes!
August 13th, 2015