Cup of Tea on a Dreary Day
In keeping with the Grateful theme I established yesterday, I thought I would give thanks for a cup of tea on a rather bleak day, which warms me to my toes and relaxes my mind.
I have just recently started to sample the wide variety of teas available. I grew up in a home where there were two choices: Lipton regular or decaf. But today there are not only several brand names from which to choose, but different tea leaves and a host of subtle flavorings. I still use the convenient tea bags as opposed to loose tea and a diffuser, and I most definitely have not mastered the art of brewing the perfect cup of tea. But in these cold winter months, I find nothing more comforting that sipping a hot cup while reading a good book. (I anticipate the first fire of the season to soon initiate the fireplace, and that will be the subject of another grateful post)
I am currently drinking leftover Christmas Eve from Stash Tea Company. The herbal tea has a delicate mint flavor which is enhanced by a touch of sweetness. I am most anxious to try their new holiday tea, however, Christmas in Paris which they describe as: a unique herbal tea which blends chocolate flavor with aromatic lavender and cool peppermint for a sophisticated cup. Does that not sound heavenly? And who could resist the Parisian influence?
This photo also represents another blessing in my life: the students I teach and their wonderfully supportive parents. One particular family gave me this tea pot/cup set several years ago as a Christmas gift. It is absolutely perfect for me: not too large, holding just enough for two adequate cups; a delicate cup design, which I imagine the likes of Jane Austen using in her time; and a literary theme that will always remind me of my favorite class, British Literature. I use this set almost exclusively when I fix an afternoon or evening tea, and I am always reminded of not only this special family, but all the families I have had the privilege of serving these several years.