Saturday, February 28, 2015

White tea review

I remember a time when I thought very little of white tea. For me, it was black tea or nothing. Over the years, I have changed my mind about white tea vs. black tea. I now see white tea as important as black tea. Just as viable to health and wellness, if not more so, and just as legitimate a tea as black tea.
To further delve into the world of white tea, I enlisted the help of my friends at Teavivre. They are happy to help and sent a box of white tea samples to me to review. I have to take the time to do the disclaimer and here it is: my reviews and words are my own. I am not receiving any monetary compensation for a good review. I am not being influenced in any way for my opinion. That said, let's look at one of the white teas sent to me by Teavivre. Fuding Shou Mei white tea cake. White tea is not fermented. Depending on the type of white tea being purchased, it is comprised of either one bud and 2-3 leaves, or one bud and one leaf of the tea plant. This particular tea is compressed into a cake and allowed to rest, or mature, for at least one year. This increases the sweetness and flavor of the tea. I found this tea to be quite delicious. It had a sweet, mellow, 'floral' taste and good, but delicate mouth feel.

Here is a video on how a tea cake is compressed. This is a pu-erh cake but I'm sure the techniques are quite similar.Buying an entire tea cake may seem like a spendy thing to do, but think of it more as an investment. Your tea cake will most likely last for years. Drinking white tea improves your health and well being. Some people even invest in tea s one would any other long term investment with 50 year old pu-erh cakes selling for tens of thousands of dollars.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Little House on the Prairie

I like to joke that I come from a long, and distinguished, lineage of red necks, rough necks, and farmers.  When I was younger, my mother's mother remarried. Her first husband had died when I was still very young, maybe 2-3...  if that old. I only know Grandpa Pauli from photographs. He was a big man in overalls. Grandmother's second husband seemed slight to me. He was still very active on his ranch, but he walked slightly hunched over and chewed his food with his front teeth. His favorite thing to eat was cottage cheese with Karo syrup poured over it. For those of you who do not know, Karo syrup is corn syrup.
While not overly religious in her first marriage, grandmother married into the Weslyan faith when she married Harold. The women wore dresses ALL THE TIME. Panty hose were  no-no so grandmother wore stockings rolled down to just above her knees. The first time I saw an episode of Mama's Family I just about chocked to death laughing! I thought my grandmother was the only one in the world who did that to her stockings! In their home, they had- among other things that I remember, photos of the old man Image result for photo of man praying over food and old womanImage result for photo of man praying over food praying over their meager food, many plants, and a small library.

In their small library where books that helped shape who I am now. Books that I'll never forget. There was ample time to read when we visited grandmother and grandfather because even though they lived on a ranch, and we had plenty of step-cousins to play with, no one was allowed to do ANYTHING on Sundays. You read, napped, or played Sunday approved games (meaning quiet). Sunday as a day of rest was taken seriously. In those days, weeks, and years of regular visits to grandmother's house, and many a boring Sunday afternoon, I read the Little House on the Prairie series. I adored those books. Reading them instantly transported me to, The Big Woods, or the plains, or into town with Pa as he confront the Almonzo boys for hoarding grain while the towns' people were so very hungry. I can vividly imagine the frost on the nails that poked through the boards of the roof of the house they lived in because there was no attic or insulation to protect them from the cold. Ma being so self sufficient and knowing how to do so many things like how to make her own cheese. Laura and Mary making maple candy in snow.  Image result for little house on the prairie illustrations
These aren't just things I remember from the t.v. series. I can see in my mind, the wonderful illustrations from the books.
My question to you is, how much does it matter to you about the truth behind the stories? Does it bother you to find out that Pa wasn't as wonderful as he was written to be in the books? If you have children, will it matter to you when you read the books to them or buy them for them to read for themselves? Will you tell your children or let them discover it on their own? I only found out myself a few years ago through another blog that I read. Please let me know your thoughts not just about the history of the books but how they impacted your life as a child when you read them, if you did read them.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

My exciting new business!

Hello friends.

I wanted to let you know that I am embarking on a new adventure to sell coffee. that's right... coffee!!  Yes, I still love tea. In fact, I have some new white tea samples from Teavivire that I plan to review and write about soon. I know I keep saying this but it's been a bit of a mad house these days.
The coffee I am selling contains a Chinese mushroom called a Reishi mushroom. This mushroom has amazing anti-inflammatory properties. Some of you know that I have been struggling with health issues for a while now. I can be having an inflammation flair up and be barely able to walk but 20 minutes after I drink some of this great coffee, I feel as good as new. The reishi mushroom is said to lower blood pressure, boost your immune system, help in regulating glucose levels, as I mentioned before, assist in reducing the inflammation in your body and, among other things, help liver function.  What I am looking for is at least 10 people who are interested in trying a sample to do so, and write about it on your blog if you have one. No addresses will be published, but if you are interested in trying either coffee of hot chocolate, let me know and I will send a sample to you. Just put in comments your name, mailing address and either 'coffee' or 'hot chocolate'.
If you are not interested in a  sample and just want to buy some coffee I can do that for you too! lol
Thank you in advance for your help!