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Teacup Candles

Teacup CandleI love crafts with a tea theme to them. Today I want to share these Teacup Candles from Design Sponge. What a great use of old teacups found in thrift stores.

You will need some microwavable soy wax, wicks, hot glue gun, a thermometer, a microwavable container, and if you want to add color and scent them some dye and candle scent.

I'm wondering if you could add some tea leaves to the hot wax to add color and scent. I'm definitely going to try it.

I found this great teacup candle project from my friend Heather of Dollar Store Crafts. She finds the best things! Thanks Heather.

Bodum Double Walled Tea Cups

Bodum Double Walled Tea CupI love double walled tea cups. Generally they don't have a handle and I love the smoothness and ability to hold the cup from any side.  Some of the best known are these Bodum double walled tea cups.

The double wall helps to insulate your hand from the heat of the liquid inside. And it also gives the tea a neat appearance as it appears suspended in thin air. They are made from borosilicate-glass to withstand both hot and cold liquids.

You can get just the Bodum tea cup or they also make an infuser tea cup that has a lid and steeping basket to make a single cup of loose tea. After steeping the lid holds the steeping basket to contain any liquid when the tea leaves drain. This version comes in black, green, orange, and red. Pretty and functional too!

There is also a handled version of this tea cup too, in case you prefer one.

Sliced Peach Iced Tea

Sliced Peach Iced TeaRecently the American Tea Room tweeted about making iced tea with fresh fruit slices in it. It sounded intriguing and I had all the ingredients handy, so I decided to give it a try. I choose to brew some Immortal Green loose tea.

After steeping, I poured the hot tea over some ice to cool it more quickly. I then added some cut up peach slices and poured a glass. It was good, but like sangria I figured a few hours of letting the flavors mesh would be better. So I popped it in the fridge, also adding some orange slices as well.

That evening I had a really great pitcher of iced tea. The addition of the peach and orange slices really enhanced the flavor of the green tea. Plus I rarely sweeten my tea, so it added a nice natural sweetness which was very refreshing.

I got the Immortal Green tea from the American Tea Room and the peaches and oranges from my local grocery store.

Do you ever add fresh fruit to your iced tea? I would love to hear about your favorite combinations in the comments below.

Personalized Tea Bags

Personalized Tea BagsPersonalized Tea Bags are a great party favor or wedding favor that your guests will love to receive. Beau Coup offers some of the most beautiful designs and styles to complement your celebration.

Personalized Birthday Tea BagWhether you are hosting an afternoon tea party or a bridal shower, these personalized tea bags are sure to be a huge hit. Add them to a treat bag for your guests to take home, set each place setting with one, or put them by your tea service.

Beau Coup offers fast service with a high level of quality.  Right now they are offering free shipping on all orders over $99 when you use the coupon code FREESHIP during the checkout process. They offer a number of personalized designs that are sure to fit your theme. Visit them today and see how easy it is to order personalized tea bags.

Check out our Tea Party Favors page for more options. As always, if you need any help in locating some specific please let me know. I am glad to help you search for it.

Electric Tea Kettles

The electric tea kettle is an integral part of our kitchen. It is used every day even in the hot summer months. I love making iced tea in the summer and I believe the best kind is when you steep the tea leaves in hot water and then cool it with ice cubes or in the refrigerator overnight.

Our electric tea kettle is used for making tea, hot chocolate, and sometimes instant noodles. Here are some of the best sellers on Amazon.com. Order one today and simplify your tea making.

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Tea to Go Cups

While out and about today, I found these neat tea to go cups and wanted to share. It is a travel tumbler with a built in tea infuser basket. On the lid there is a little lever that swings the basket into the water. When the tea is done steeping, you just lift it out of the water and it tucks away in the lid.

It is dishwasher safe, which is a huge time saver for me and fits in my car's cup holder. I'm on the go a lot and love to bring tea with me wherever I go.  Oh and the lid snaps shut, so no spills either.

You can easily order it from Amazon and have it shipped right to your home. Check it out and let me know what you think. What is your favorite tea to go cup? Share in the comments below.

Teapot Strainers & Tea Infusers

Today I would like to discuss teapot strainers and tea infusers in a bit more depth.  Specifically how they should have some depth to them in order to allow the tea leaves to unfurl, expand and impart all of their goodness to hot water. Let's discuss the different types of loose leaf tea strainers out there.

  • Tea Infuser BallTea Infuser Ball - This type of infuser is good for brewing a single cup of tea.  It keeps the tea leaves contained, but not allow them to expand and unfurl much.  I find them a bit tricky to fill, so that takes some practice. Once you have it mastered though, this is a great way to steep tea.
  • Teapot StrainerTeapot Strainer - We love this option for its versatility.  It can sit inside the rim of our teapot or on the rim of a teacup.  All you have to do is put it in place, fill with tea leaves, and then pour water into it.  The tea leaves have a lot of room to expand and unfurl, plus the mesh is small enough that even rooibos tea is contained.  Cleanup is a breeze too.  Just rinse it out to remove the tea leaves and pop it in the dishwasher.

Whatever type of teapot strainer or tea infuser that you prefer, they are both great ways to enjoy loose leaf tea.  Right now they are 20% off at American Tea Room, along with their teapots, matcha, and accessories.  What is your favorite kind? Let us know in the comments below.

The Teapot that Started it All

TeapotYears ago we received a teapot for Christmas from a relative.  We were not really tea drinkers at the time, beyond the usual tea bag of Lipton or Oolong received with Chinese takeout.  We used it a couple of times and then it got put into a cabinet and forgotten.

Then we received a package of loose tea and the teapot was remembered.  I really wish that I could remember the tea that started us on this whole journey.  We pulled out the pot, heated some water on the stove, and brewed it up.  And we were hooked.

We've added a few things to our tea arsenal along the way such as this and that, but we still use the teapot.  I took a picture today to share with you.  It is just a classic white, ceramic teapot.  It is probably used at least once a day.

I have dreams of adding a cast iron teapot to the collection sometime.  They are great for retaining heat and keeping your tea warm.  Plus the Tetsubin are handcrafted and have beautiful designs.

Anyway just wanted to share where our tea cabinet started.  Share in the comments below where your love of tea started.  We would love to know.

American Tea Room Black Friday Deal

American Tea Room Your Ultimate Tea Resource

In our ongoing series of Black Friday deals, today the deal is for American Tea Room.  Starting today (Happy Thanksgiving!) and ending on Tuesday 12/1/2009 you will receive 10% off your order.  This is on top of any other discounts on their sale items.

Use this special discount to try out some new teas.  It is also the perfect opportunity to purchase gifts for your friends and family.  Share your love of tea with them.  It is a thoughtful gift that may grow into them having their own tea cabinet someday.

American Tea Room has a full line of Tea Gifts that are packaged in unique boxes, such as black lacquer bento boxes.  They come with an assortment of teas, each in their own stainless steel tea tin.  Tea Gifts

Relax in the comfort of your own home, sipping a cup of Tangier tea, and get your shopping done.  Miss out on the crowds and take advantage of this Black Friday deal.  Use coupon code BlackFriday to get the 10% off and enjoy free shipping with a $50 order.

What is Wrong With Tea Bags?

tea bagIf you are new to tea drinking or are a long time tea drinker, than chances are you are used to making tea with a tea bag.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but you are missing out on having a really great cup of tea.  Loose leaf tea makes a superior cup of tea for a number of reasons.

The tea leaves inside of a tea bag are usually the leftover little pieces of tea that are too small to be used in a loose leaf tea.  These bits of leaves, or fannings, do not have the same quantity of essential oils that a whole tea leaf does.  These oils are what gives a cup of tea their flavor.

A typical tea bag does not allow the tea leaves the chance to unfurl and expand in the water either.  Tea leaves need to be able to do that to impart flavor to the water.  A tea bag just compresses the leaves together and doesn't allow for that.

It is however possible to get a great cup of tea while using a tea bag.  Look for a tea bag that contains whole tea leaves.  There are several companies that offer tea bags that unfold into a pyramid shape.  This allows the tea leaves to unfurl and expand so that the water can swirl around them.  One of my favorites is Mighty Leaf Tea. Right now Mighty Leaf is on Sale Today! Check it out.  I especially love their Green Tea Tropical and Chamomile Citrus.

If you have a favorite whole tea leaf tea bag tea, please share in the comments below.  We would love to check them out and add them to our tea cabinet.