JANUARY IS NATIONAL HOT TEA MONTH

JANUARY IS NATIONAL HOT TEA MONTH

There are stresses associated with winter, starting with the commute to work over ice and snow!  Some people don’t mind driving on ice, but I’m not in that club!  If I turn a corner and just keep turning – well, let’s just say I don’t find it amusing.  Then once you get where you’re going, there are unique stress factors depending on the day.  Stress is just a part of life, isn’t it?  How do you de-stress?SOMETHING ABOUT TEAChelmsford Tea is a wonderful place to rekindle friendships.  Just a quaint little shop, they have hundreds of blends to choose from.  They brew up a little cup of heaven – and it just melts the stress away.

https://www.facebook.com/ChelmsfordTea/

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My mother’s favorite tea was Earl Grey.  I don’t particularly care for it – my tastes gravitate toward more sweet flavors, as did my Granny LaVella’s.  Right now I’m enjoying a cup of Sweet Cinnamon Orange from my favorite tea store, The Spice Merchant, in downtown Wichita.  Sweet Cinnamon Orange tastes like Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Sunset.  I’m sure Granny would share it with me…  oh if only!

http://www.thespicemerchant.com/cgi-bin/store/commerce.cgi

https://www.harney.com/harney-teas.html

When I was younger I hosted casual tea parties.  I put the kettle on and had various flavors to choose from.  Everyone picked their favorite and made their tea.  We’d sit around enjoying our tea as we talked about life in general – literature, work, family.  There was never a moment of silence, but so much laughter in my house…  making sweet memories with my friends!

Here’s my favorite poem from Lucinda Berry Hill, author of “Coffee with Jesus” & “A Second Cup with Jesus”.  A SIP, A PRAYER, A PEACE

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I knew my friend, Judy Janowski, author of Life is a Garden Party, would have some beautiful tea cups and teapots to share today.  Look at these – aren’t they pretty?

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God has blessed me with author friends!  Deanna Stalnaker, author of Tea with Grandy Dee and Jesus, Me & Afternoon Tea, has been quite busy lately.  She’s in the process of writing a series of books called Women of God:  Lancaster County.  The first two books are complete.  More…  we want more.  ❤

Check out Deanna’s facebook pages:

https://www.facebook.com/deanna.stalnaker?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/teatimewithjesus/

https://www.facebook.com/KardeesAngels/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/grandydeesjournal/?fref=ts

11828622_445582042288986_2918859347990320449_nThese days, my husband and I enjoy tea and blueberry scones together.  It’s a quiet pleasure, but one that seems to make all the cares of the day just melt away…  there’s just something about tea!  We are in no danger of running out of teapots or teacups around here!  There’s always time for tea, scones, smiles and laughter.  I can’t speak for others, but in my mind, the table setting at a tea party is just as important as the tea you choose to serve.  I enjoy our own Hall Autumn Leaf Jewel Tea antique dishes.  They set a very pretty table and are particularly nice for an Autumn Spice themed tea party.

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Tea combined with prayer help you establish a positive state of mind:

If you think you are beaten, you are.  If you think you dare not, you won’t.

If you like to win, but don’t think you can It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.  For out in the world you find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will It’s all in a state of mind.

For many a game is lost ‘ere even a play is run,

And many a coward fails ‘ere even his work is begun.

Think big and your deeds will grow.  Think small and you’ll fall behind.

Think that you can and you will.  It’s all a state of mind.

If you think you are out-classed, you are.  You’ve got to think high to rise.

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.

Life battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man.

But sooner or later, the man who wins is the fellow who thinks he can.

Sometimes I like to enjoy tea in a present from a friend.  This mug and tea bag holder remind me of her belief in my abilities, which makes it easier to believe in myself!  I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength!  🙂IMG_0005It’s a whimsical mug and tea bag holder made by GANTZ.  I was hoping you could read it from the photo, but apparently it’s too far away – or at least it is for me, so I’ll just write it here:

CREATIVI-TEA:

YOUR WONDERFUL IMAGINATION MAKES THE ORDINARY SPECIAL.  YOUR STYLE AND ARTISTRY SHINE THROUGH IN ALL THAT YOU DO.

Every time I use this mug, I’m reminded of her encouragement as well as her daily prayers for me.  It means so much!  It also inspired this poem:

POTENTIAL I TEA

CHRISTIAN AUTHOR'S VIRTUAL TEA PARTY & BOOK EXTRAVAGANZA 2016Enjoy tea time today and pray…  know that God loves you each and every day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

ST. PATRICK’S DAY

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If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky?  – Stanislaw J. Lec

My friend Mary has been to Ireland.  As she explained all the sights she saw, I imagined myself being there.  There’s a reason it’s called The Emerald Isle, it looks like the grass is just as green as green can be.  The land looks so rich and lush, with a lot of rocks to go with it, which I suppose explains all the stone walls we see in photographs.

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.
– Irish Blessing

I’m not Irish, but who cares?  Today I will wear my Celtic knot necklace and matching earrings and pretend I am Irish!  We will probably eat at a local Irish pub and talk about the rainbow and the pot o’ gold at the end of it!  I’ll have a non-alcoholic green drink and sing off-key if the occasion calls for it.

Did you know that a rainbow is actually a full circle?  So technically, there is not an “end” of the rainbow – it goes on and on…  so much for that Irish tradition.  I’m not joking – to see a photo, go to

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/09/17/circular_rainbow_rare_optic_effect_seen_from_the_air.html

Don’t get me started on the gold.  I heard there are some of those gold companies that have been accused of short-changing their ounces, if you know what I mean.  Ugh – these are days to be wary of any transaction you undertake to be sure!

I like this poem by Lucinda Berry Hill.

I don’t have one negative thing to say about emerald-green!  As far as I know, emerald-green is still the color to be wearing today (unless you’re fond of being pinched).   I have no particular aversion to being pinched, depending on how hard and by whom…  LOL!

Oh, I hope you will subscribe to my You Tube channel!  See you there!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCS7sW2Aph5FkgrJUBbXLQcA

As we think of the luck of the Irish today, I am reminded of a story about a very unlucky bank robber:

When an attempted robbery at a home-improvement store went awry, the suspect fled across the street and jumped a fence…  right into a nudist resort.  As the Orlando Sentinel pointed out, because the would-be criminal was “one of the only folks wearing clothing,” he was easily spotted by police.

May God be with you as you celebrate today!  🙂

 

 

BATHTUB PARTY DAY

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Let’s review:

You helped the kids have a fantastic Halloween.  You made everyone’s favorite food for Thanksgiving.  You helped your friends and family in a million different ways this year, sometimes at the expense of your own well-being.

It’s time to turn off the cell phone, put your favorite CD in the player, get the rubber ducky out of the bathroom closet, light the candles around the tub, draw a nice warm bath, adding a generous dose of your favorite bath oil and have a personal party!  Today is BATHTUB PARTY DAY!

Don’t feel guilty – you deserve this!  If you’re like me, you don’t always take much “me” time because you’re too busy making sure everyone else is taken care of.  So make arrangements to have someone watch the kids while you focus on relaxing and rejuvenating.

You and the ducky will soon be so much happier and healthier.  There is something about self-care that makes you more effective in caring for others.  This holiday was created and is provided courtesy of  Wellcat.com

and it is copyrighted.

This is cute…  lol.

That Garfield…  he’s a wild one.

If you want to use an essential oil in your bath that you’ve not tried before, make sure you do a little test on your skin, especially if you have sensitive skin like me.  Some oils may cause you to break out in a rash (which would definitely work against the goal of relaxation).  Just put a drop or two on the back of your hand.  If there’s no reaction after a few minutes, go ahead and add about 7 drops to your bath water.

The best scents to relax your senses and sore muscles are lavender and Chamomile.  Did you think it was only good for tea?  No – these essential oils work wonders in your bath.

Are you tired and need something to kick you into high gear?  Just as you would drink a mint tea, the peppermint essential oil will soon tell you to “Get up and get going!”

Most of us take quick showers every day because we lead busy lives.  Today you need to plan a nice long soak with your favorite music, candlelight, essential oil that will either make you relax or get you moving and a snack or whatever else makes you smile!  🙂

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

 

 

 

YELLOW PIG DAY

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The 17-eyelashed yellow pig was born because two mathematicians, Michael Spivak and David C. Kelly began listing interesting properties of the number 17 while students at Princeton University in the early 1960’s.  You might say they were obsessed with the number 17.

Since that time, Michael Spivak has written many famous math textbooks which contain yellow pigs.  His references to the pigs are not always direct; some textbooks contain references to Chinese policemen.  David Kelly runs Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, a summer program for mathematically gifted high school students.  These kids are familiar with the yellow pigs.

I have some egghead friends who collect yellow pigs.  I visit antique stores and though I don’t see them often, I am seeing the yellow pigs more often now than ever.  It seems to be the sort of item that is either recognized for what it is, or it is not.  Not everyone is familiar with the yellow pigs and their connection with mathematics.  Maybe you learned something today – I hope so.

If you don’t think math can be fun – think again.  The day is highlighted by a lecture from Kelley on the number 17. Students and faculty also sing Yellow Pig Day carols, exchange gifts related to the day and eat a yellow pig cake.  Wait…  yellow pig carols?  Yep – here’s an example:

I’ve been Workin’ on the Problems

(to the tune of I’ve Been Workin’ On the Railroad)

I’ve been workin’ on the problems
All the live long night.
I’ve been workin’ on the problems
It’s a struggle. It’s a fight.

Can’t you hear the workshops calling?
Rise up so early in the dorm.
Can’t you hear the lemmas falling?
Burnside, Gauss, and Zorn.

Chorus (2x):
Kelly, dontcha know
Kelly, dontcha know
Kelly, dontcha know
Kelly, dontcha know you’re wrong

There’s…
Someone in the kitchen at Saga
Someon in the kitchen I know
Someone in the kitchen at Sa-ga
Pourin’ on the salt like snow…

And… sing… in’…
What the hell do you know?
Suppose that any n pigs are yellow
Induct on n to show…
Induction’s false, so it goes.

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Well – enjoy YELLOW PIG DAY!!!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

BACKWARD DAY

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What is Yad Drawkcab???  Well…  it’s BACKWARD DAY!!!  This is the time to do everything backward.  It’s so much easier for kids in school to do this.  Adults have been conditioned and need to literally make themselves do things backward.  Oh to be young again – and have the ability to be silly.

Write backward, talk backward. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat a steak dinner for breakfast, and pancakes for dinner. Play a board game from the finish line to the start. Put a masking tape line on the floor and practice walking backwards.  Whatever you do, make it fun!

Just remember to post every selfie you take today – you can’t pick and choose which ones you put on facebook!

To see a person’s true face, look at the photos that do not get posted.  – Brandon Specktor

Use your imagination!  The sky is the limit.  What sort of backward things can you think of???

 Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.  – Faith Whittlesey

This would be so much fun to celebrate with your kids or grandkids – and make sure you have the camera handy because you will definitely make some great memories for that scrapbook!

If you do decide to celebrate, make sure to share your photos with me on facebook!

Some parent is very talented with their video camera!  I really like the game of pool.  The spaghetti…  um – not so much.  I wonder how they did that.  

 To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.  – Margaret Fairless Barber, The Roadmender

For one day, bond with your children in a most unusual way.  Live life to the fullest with your little ones while you have them.  You want to look backwards in time and remember more laughter than tears.

Again with the food…  LOL!!!  Oh well…

 In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.   – Friedrich Nietzsche

Today I read about a mini-golf place that advertised they will celebrate Backward Day.  They will have everyone play the course backwards from hole 18 to hole 1.  Admission is also backwards – adults pay as children.  How fun would that be?

 Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.   – G.K. Chesterton

That looks like fun.  The goal is to spend time with your kids and be happy!  May you and your family have a lovely Backward Day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

FROG JUMPING DAY

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When I think of F.R.O.G., of course I think of “Fully Rely on God”. But today’s wacky holiday is about something completely different. It is FROG JUMPING DAY – a day dedicated to Mark Twain’s short story, “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” A FROG PARTY is in order! What a great opportunity to share some classic literature with kids while they’re having fun!

Decorate for your FROG PARTY with green streamers and any frog stuff you can find! Of course you will put a copy of Mark Twain’s story at each place, next to the frog place card. You’ll need a frog cake to go along with the theme, and let’s see… green ice cream??? Hmm… maybe chocolate mint – that’s green, right? It sounds like something fun for kids, doesn’t it? What better way to help your child learn about classic literature than to disguise it with a party??? Anytime you can make learning fun… why not??? At some point get the kids in a circle and read the story together. You’ve at least told them about Mark Twain if nothing else. I think it’s a story that most kids would enjoy either hearing or older kids can read together.

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.  – Mark Twain

Sometimes you have to sneak learning in where you can. If you are an enthusiastic parent, you might want to dress up like a frog. OK, maybe not, but getting into character makes the story stay in young minds better! Most of us are visual learners, you know.

 You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.  – Clay P. Bedford

However you choose to decorate or dress-up, I hope you have a great FROG JUMPING DAY! Enjoy it with your little tadpoles today! ❤

CINCO DE MAYO

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!!!  The party lives on! Here in Wichita, the Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place in one of our local parks. It is more like a carnival atmosphere adorned with very bright colors and authentic Mexican cuisine! If you are a Diabetic and want to watch your carbohydrates today, this is a great recipe for you to use for your Cinco de Mayo party!

    MEXICAN TURKEY SALAD (serves 10)

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked, cubed turkey breast
1 can (15 oz.) corn, drained (1 3/4 cups)
1 can (15.5 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 cup peeled jicama, diced small
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2-3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, or to taste
3/4 cup thick salsa
3 drops, or to taste, red pepper sauce (optional)
2-4 Tbsp. water
1/4 cup low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro or flat-parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

In a large bowl, place turkey, corn, beans, bell peppers and jicama. Gently toss until well mixed and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil and lime juice. Mix in salsa. Add red pepper sauce if desired. Add enough water to thin consistency so dressing can be thinly drizzled over salad. Transfer to serving pitcher. Drizzle dressing over turkey mixture, tossing to coat salad ingredients evenly. Cover and chill 1-3 hours so flavors can meld. Bring to room temperature and check seasoning before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Drain off any excess dressing. Place in serving bowl. Sprinkle top of salad with cheese (if using) and cilantro. Serve with baked tortilla chips, if desired.

Calories: 238
Protein: 16g.
Fat: 13g.
Sat. Fat: 2g.
Sodium: 413 mg.
Dietary Fiber: 4g.
Carbohydrate: 10g.

Enjoy!!!  🙂