Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tea Tuesday - Wishful Thinking

After viewing  your blogs now for a few months, I have started thinking a lot about the benefits of tea and the effects tea drinking has on friendships.  I know for a fact that just linking to all of you and discussing the beautiful tea sets and tea products has actually helped me to make a lot of friends and we haven't even sat down once together to enjoy the cup together. Its just magic what tea can do! As I said to Martha at Martha's Favorites the other day, "Your blog makes me happy that I am a woman." I feel very feminine and lady like....That's a good feeling!!  Clink on the link to visit with Martha. She will make you feel right at home.

I have decided that I do want to start collecting my own sets of tea cups and saucers. So I have decided to start my wish list. I found a picture of this beauty. I think I liked it best because of the color blue. That seems to be my favorite at this time. I also was drawn to the steaming brew...looks so yummy.

And now my very favorite! Drum roll, please....bbbbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrmmmmm.....

I don't know really what it is about Aynsley that I like so much!!(?) This beautiful blue rose pattern just really caught my eye. They seem very feminine to me, I guess. This set just looks so pure. I can't imagine having a set this beautiful, but I wouldn't mind at all if I had one. So the wish list has started and I will be on the look out for some beautiful pieces.

I found this sweet tea drink recipe called, "HOMEMADE FRIENDSHIP TEA MIX."  It reminds me of something that my mother use to make years ago. We loved drinking it on cold winter days. It just sort of brought about good feelings.

Here are the ingredients:
      1  8 ounce cup of tang breakfast drink
      1  cup sugar
   1/2  cup presweetened lemonade mix, Countrytime
   1/2  cup instant tea 
      1  apricot jello, 3 ounce box
2 1/2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
      1  teaspoon ground cloves

   Combine these dry ingredients and store in an airtight container. This recipe makes 50 servings so it is perfect for dividing up and giving away as gifts.  

Put these directions on the gift jar:  
   Use 1 1/2 tablespoons per cup of boiling water.

And of course, TEA is always good for easing stress.  Why not try some Lavender Tea. Lavender goes best with either black or green tea. Decide which one you would like to add the buds with; place the teabags in your pot and boil your water in the usual fashion. Before pouring the boiling water, simply place 1 tablespoon of culinary lavender buds into the pot. If you like sweet tea, then why not place some buds in your sugar bowl and allow them to permeate the sugar with their flavor and fragrance. Stir the sugar so the flavor disperses. Herbalists recommend lavender to calm the nervous system.

Now sit back, relax, and have a wonderful cup of tea.

Here's to your health!

Photos from Microsoft.


  1. The Lavender tea sounds so wonderful and relaxing, and I could use relaxing right now. I recently bought some dark chocolate infused with Lavender and blueberry essence - wow was that good. I only had a little bit and shared the rest with friends and family.

    Your tea cup collection wish list looks pretty, I'm sure you'll find what you desire.

    Have a good day,
    Marianne xo

  2. Have fun on your teacup hunt...the Aynsley is pretty! Happy Valentines Day :)

  3. I love tea time, Brenda. Me and the girls have been having a cup of tea every day. It is very relaxing. And do you know that my favorite tea cups are the blue ones? I'm not sure why, but when I was married, I even chose a blue china pattern. This Aynsley cup is lovely, and your friendship tea drink sounds yummy. I noticed the hummingbird on your side bar and Header. It is my most beloved bird for so many reasons. I have Martha's Favorites as a bloggy friend too, Brenda. I just love her blog. A happy week to you.
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  4. I love blue and white china and really anything in porcelain blue and white like flower pots and Urns. Good luck with your wish list and collecting your new treasures. Have a great rest of your week Brenda. Pat

  5. Lavender tea sounds so tasty, and your image of it is gorgeous. I love that you are creating a wish list! Blue china is always so pretty. The cups you are wishing for are very beautiful. You can not go wrong with Aynsley that is for sure!
    They make very good quality china and created many beautiful patterns.

  6. Thanks for sharing the recipe for Friendship Tea, Brenda. It sounds so soothing and tasty. And thanks for sending the "hug". I'm sitting here trying to work but feeling so distracted and confused. Sometimes God's silence is hard to take. Maybe I need a spot of tea ...

  7. Hi Brenda, I heard said that tea is like a hug in a cup. How true. A good cup of tea, whether flavoured or good old Tetley, is the best thing for relaxing. I have never tried lavender tea but I think I will pop along to my health food store and see what they have. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  8. How true that Tea and Friendship go together, it's always nice to have tea with friends and eventhough we're drinking tea in our own place in different country but somehow, throught tea time tuesday, all of us are having tea together! I love Aynsley too! I also have a wishlist of teacups i wanted and sometimes i get lucky to find one in charity shops and sometimes i buy it on ebay. Thank you for sharing the tea recipe, sounds delicious with cinnamon, cloves and apricot jello! lavender tea is one of my fave too coz it's soothing and smells heavenly!

    Have a lovely and blessed day, my friend!

    xx susan