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"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life."
-Lin Yutang

February Newsletter, 2020

By Judy Larkin | Feb 1, 2020

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti It’s February and it’s cold. In the Larkin household that means it soup weather.  A warm bowl of…

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What speaks more of the Holiday season than cranberries?

By Judy Larkin | Dec 12, 2019

Judith Krall-Russo, fellow Certified Tea Specialist and Food Historian, who calls the American Cranberry “The Queen of the Bog” writes: “The large American cranberry is one of a few fruits that are native to only North America. Native Americans prized this tart berry using them not only for food, but also as a medicine and…

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Rose Petal Sugar

By Judy Larkin | Sep 7, 2019

This could be an easy, fun activity to do with the children when they are “bored” this summer.With a delicate rose scent and sweetly spiced flavor, this sugar is good in hot tea – whether you mold it in shapes or leave as loose granulated sugar. Utensils 1 Pint Glass or Mason jar with lid…

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The Winner Of the 2019 Tea Cozy Competition

By Judy Larkin | Aug 21, 2019

Congratulations goes to this year’s winner – Jessica Andruss of Charlottesville, VA shown here holding the public’s favorite tea cozy – Summer Catnap. “You made a really fun competition and I enjoyed seeing pictures of all the cozies that people had made,” said Jessica. This year we received 53 entries from all over the United…

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How To Make Tea Infused Gin & Tonic

By Judy Larkin | Aug 7, 2019

The British have always been big gin drinkers and the always popular highball cocktail, gin & tonic, has long been a standard drink especially during the summer months. It’s being enjoyed by drink lovers around the world as it enjoyed a resolute renaissance. The juniper elixir is now produced in all corners of the globe…

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Combat Loneliness With Tea With Friends

By Judy Larkin | Jul 9, 2019

Three Dog Night once sang “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do.” It’s been 50 years since that song was released, and yet the line still resonates today. Although we are more connected than ever through texting and social media, we have become lonelier human beings. Being lonely Earlier this year, MDLinx, which…

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How Tea Helps Roses

By Judy Larkin | Jun 20, 2019

Nature is wondrous. Every element in it helps the other in nature. The sun helps the trees, which in turn feeds the air. And so, the circle continues every day. If you think about it, then, using tea leaves to help in the growth of roses shouldn’t be that strange at all. Both tea and…

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Why Do We Put Ice In Tea?

By Judy Larkin | Jun 8, 2019

This month as we raise our glasses to celebrate National Iced Tea Month, thank Frederic Tudor. Although in 1795, South Carolina grew the first crop of tea in the U.S, it was Boston-born Tudor who commercially produced the ice with which we use to chill our tall glasses of tea. In the early 1800s, Tudor…

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Time for Tea Cozy Contest

By Judy Larkin | May 5, 2019

There is something nostalgic about a tea cozy. In a world where we’re constantly on the go, we should make more time to slow down. We need to  take time to sip tea and chat with friends long enough that we need to keep our tea pot warm under a tea cozy. Knitting also has…

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