Tag: How to brew the perfect cup of tea

23
Jan

Friday Favorites

Most days, I have to actively make time for writing. Sometimes, life just gets in the way and despite my best efforts, no writing gets done. Those days are tough. Fortunately, this week has been good to me in a variety of ways. I’ve been able to write fairly consistently (even if it’s only a few snatched moments in a day), and I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few treats. Here are a few of my favorite things of the week:

Irish Breakfast Tea

When I do get time to write, it is often veeeery early in the morning. And I’m not quite human yet. The first thing I do when I wake up is make a BIG pot of strong Irish Breakfast tea. Never had Irish breakfast tea before? Think of English Breakfast tea, only with a kick. It is not for the faint of heart, my friends, and it has been the fuel for many a writing splurge. Tea is one of my daily joys. A cup of tea can perk me up, help me unwind, inspire me, be a decadent treat, or a healing medicine. I don’t feel fully human until I have that first mug in the morning (yes, mug. Delicate china cups are beautiful, but let’s face it. They just aren’t big enough).

I started drinking tea when I was about ten years old. I read the Hobbit and became completely obsessed with all things English. What better way to become a hobbit than by adding afternoon tea to your list of meals? Honestly, I didn’t like tea much at first, but I kept trying different varieties and found some I loved. My tastes have definitely matured since that first cup, and I’ve learned quite a bit about brewing the perfect cup.

So, to begin our Friday morning, let’s brew the perfect cup of Irish Breakfast Tea. For black tea, you want to get the water nice and hot. I’m talking a full rolling boil. Immediately pour the boiling water into a mug with 1-1.5 tsp. of leaves (I’ve been known to use 2 full tsp. of tea leaves. Yeah, I live on the edge).  Steep 2-3 minutes (3-5 if you like it strong and sassy). I used to think tea needed to steep 20 minutes. Don’t ever do that. TADA! Your tea is ready! If you really want to be English, add some milk and drink with your pinky out. For more information on brewing, check out the Teavana website, but be warned: this site is addicting.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

Need something to go with your tea? This week, another one of my favorites has been homemade cinnamon rolls. What more needs to be said? Sweet, gooey cinnamon rolls with maple cream cheese frosting are the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of tea. This apple dumpling cinnamon roll recipe is my favorite. I substitute organic virgin coconut oil and Sucanat in place of refined sugars and oils, and the result is absolutely amazingly delicious! I’ve made this recipe countless times, and have used a variety of substitutions and add-ins (pumpkin cinnamon rolls, anyone?). This time, I left the apples out and just had traditional cinnamon roll goodness. What could be better inspiration than that?

Now that you have a perfectly brewed cup of tea and a warm cinnamon roll, you are ready to curl up with your favorite book!

My favorite book of the week: Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. I love this author. Her stories are sweet, meaningful, and always have more than a little magic sprinkled into them. Allen is a beautiful writer who can transform the simplest of plots and characters into spellbinding stories of heartache, identity, and love. I’m about half-way through the novel, and here is my favorite quote so far:

“After you finish a book, the story still goes on in your mind. You can never change the beginning. But you can always change the end.”

Happy Friday!

What are you reading this week?