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Quote of the Day

March 15th, 2015

“Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.”
~Author Unknown


Friday Favorite: Vanilla Rooibos Tea

August 9th, 2013

I’m usually not much of one for drinking cold beverages, lukewarm works well for me. This summer however, I’ve really been enjoying glasses of iced Vanilla Rooibos Tea from Mt Rose Herbs. I started drinking regular rooibos tea last year and thought it might be good chilled in the summer. Sure enough, it is. ┬áThere’s just something wonderful about the flavor profile of this tea, it works perfectly chilled.
Vanilla Rooibos Tea 1
I made a half gallon at a time, by simply adding 2 Tablespoons of tea in a half gallon of filtered water. The jar is set on the picnic table in the sun for a few hours and voila – sun tea without heating up the kitchen or using any gas.
Vanilla Rooibos Tea 2
Into the fridge the tea goes and it gets strained with a piece of cheesecloth right into the glasses when we want something to drink. If you like a sweeter tea, a little honey works well with the flavors in this tea.

What’s your favorite cooling off beverage after a hot day of gardening?

Harvesting a Bowl of Comfort

May 31st, 2012

Every year I add a few more herbs to the gardens of Chiot’s Run and learn how to use them. A few years ago, chamomile was added and my gardens will never be without it again. Even if I didn’t harvest it for calming teas, I would grow it because it’s a beautifully graceful plant.

My chamomile plants are about 18-24 inches tall and blooming profusely with hundreds of tiny white daisy like flowers. These plants grow right by my driveway. They were only supposed to be 8-10 inches tall and I was planning on them spilling over the rock wall. Not the case, they grow upright and are a bit leggy. In the future I’ll grow in among other plants to help cover up it’s skinny legs.

Mixed in the with the chamomile the ‘Lady’ lavender is blooming as well, together they make a wonderful night time tea that’s delicious, comforting and certain to help lull you to sleep. Hopefully in a few weeks I’ll have a quart of dried chamomile for the pantry this winter.

What’s your favorite kind of herbal tea?

Looking for some great books about growing/using herbs & spices, here are a few of my favorites:

A great source for herb plants of all shapes, colors, flavors and sizes is Richter’s Herbs. Most of the herbs in my garden have come from them.

Drink to Your Health

June 19th, 2010

Mr Chiots and I try to be very healthy and I’m always trying to find ways to layer more nutrition into our diets. I’m typically a water drinker, not really enjoying much else as far as beverages go. I have no trouble drinking hot tea in the winter, but I’m not a huge fan of cold beverages. Lately, however, I’ve been trying to drink more iced teas in order to add more vitamins, minerals, trace elements and antioxidants to my diet.

So far this summer I’ve been enjoying iced organic black tea, organic chai tea and all kinds of organic herbal teas. There really isn’t anything much better than a glass of tea after spending a few hours in the garden. I buy all of my tea from Mountain Rose Herbs. One of my favorites is the ‘Seasons of Discomfort’ tea, an herbal tea made specially to help with allergies. Drinking glasses of this while working outside helps me not have as much trouble with the allergies from all the pollen.
Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin
I must disclose that they give me a small percentage of what you purchase if you click through the links on my blog. But never fear, I’d never recommend something if I didn’t buy and love myself. I order all of my spices, herbs and teas from Mountain Rose Herbs as well as most of my face wash and face oil.

What’s your favorite cold summer beverage?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.