It's been a very cold winter here in Ohio this year, which for me means tea! My family has been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. When I was ten we were living in Kathmandu and I remember my mom telling me that I had to decide if I wanted to drink my tea with sugar in it or not. If I did, I could only have it once a day but if I chose to drink it without, I could have as much as I wanted. I have never put sugar in it since! Of course living in Nepal meant we had fragrantly spiced and sweetened chai once a day (10 am was tea time there), but the rest of the time it was pots and pots of black tea with a little milk. As I have gotten older I've become pickier about what I drink. I prefer British or Irish blend black tea for everyday. Darjeeling is another favorite, and holds fond memories as I was privileged enough to spend a magical week there as a child!
When I was 16 I got my first job as a cashier in a beautiful boutique in Amish country. The top floor at that time was almost all English china in a myriad of patterns and colors. I slowly started collecting china cups and teapots. I'm sure we drank thousands of pots of tea during those years. Every morning when I came downstairs for school I knew Mom would have a pot ready. My Dad had a furniture making business out of our shop and we home-schooled for most of those years, so we continued the Nepali tradition of 10 O'clock teatime. Dad came in from the shop and we all took a half hour from school to gather around a pot of tea (or three) and play games or read. Of course it was also a necessity after ever meal. In the summer when thunderstorms woke us, my sister and I would often go downstairs where Mom (our light sleeper) would be brewing a pot of tea and watch the lightning play outside the huge living room windows.
As an adult I now give my kids fun herbal teas with breakfast on these cold winter days. They are currently enjoying Strawberry Lichee and Coconut Macadamia Nut, both gifts from their Uncle and Aunt in Hawaii. Our friends know that all visitors can raid our tea drawers and find some new flavors to tempt their tastebuds and soothe their spirit! What kind of tea is your favorite?
xo ~ Erin
P.s. If you're looking for something to lift your spirits this winter check out some of my coasters like these: