Category Archives for "Tea … Fun & Facts"

Wagashi, The Elegant and Traditional Art of Japanese Confectionery (Candy Making)

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Those of us who enjoy tea, also like indulging in a little something deliciously sweet along with our tea. Here in America, that might be a cookie, a brownie, a delicious tea bread, pound cake, or even some lovely scones (okay, maybe not traditionally American, but we sure do love them!).

However, If you happen to be visiting Japan (as someday I hope to be), you will very likely find yourself lucky enough to have your tea (especially green tea) accompanied by a bit of wagashi.

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10 Tea Infused Beauty Rituals To Help You Relax and Unwind!

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I don’t know about you, but I sure do LOVE me a good cup of tea!

But, have you any idea of the many other ways that there are to enjoy and benefit from a cup of tea beside just sitting down and drinking it? Ever think of trying one or more tea infused beauty rituals?

Tea is such a marvelous addition to your beauty regime. Please let me share with you some of the best recipes I have found to get the most out of your delicious cup!

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The Mysterious Art of Tasseography – Your Future and the Tea Leaves

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The art of brewing, serving, and drinking tea has been part of human culture all over the world for ages. One of the oldest ones known to modern humans, the Chinese tea ceremony, dates back to the 8th century BC and has become an integral part of everyday Chinese life.

There’s more to tea culture than just enjoying a good cup of tea or looking for the best way to brew to get the ultimate taste. If you look a little deeper, you will be aware that there are metaphorical meanings, symbolism, and even mysticism behind every served cup of tea.

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Who Says America Has No Tea Culture?

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Sometime during the past few months, I came across an article about tea ceremonies in different parts of the world (you can find the link at the bottom of post). While I did find it to be an enjoyable read, it bothered me that the author began by stating “America doesn’t really have what you’d call a tea drinking culture, save for the sweet tea sipping crowd down South.” Well, this got stuck in my head and kept on nagging me. I don’t agree with that statement. We may be a young country in comparison to the rest of the world, but to say that we don’t have a tea drinking culture, hmm?

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Electric Tea Kettle for Boiling Eggs???

We found the video below to be quite entertaining, funny and a tiny bit informative! Couldn’t wait to share it with you and give you some “food for thought” lol.  Never would have considered using a tea kettle in this way, and still not quite sure if we would, but we’re certainly not judging anyone. As they say “Whatever floats your boat”…Continue reading