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Winter Solstice Tea Time

Tea is great for any occasion, and Winter Solstice is no exception. You can gather your friends, steep up a pot of your favorite oolong, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Breakfast Blend, etc., then lay out a tasty spread of delectable munchables and toast the day.

What is Winter Solstice? Usually, it’s the 21st or 22nd of December. It’s the day when the number of hours of daylight have reached their minimum and the hours of darkness have reached their maximum. Each successive day after that, the number of hours of daylight will start to get longer (sunset will occur later) and the number of hours of darkness will get shorter (sunrise will occur earlier) until the Summer Solstice. (Of course, I’m talking about the Northern Hemisphere. The reverse is true in the Southern Hemisphere, where this December date is Summer Solstice.)

Winter Solstice day used to be celebrated as a sign that the hours of life-giving sunlight will be getting longer (very important to people relying on an agrarian economy and not having our modern heating systems). In these modern times, we mark it as the first day of Winter. (Some people across the nation get an early start on the season with blizzardy blasts of cold, snow, and ice in November or early December.)

In either Hemisphere, the December Solstice, being a few days before Christmas, is just another part of the mad rush holiday season that really starts the day after Halloween. In fact, Winter Solstice is often overlooked or thought of as a leftover from the time when people attributed mystical qualities to the day. When you’re dependent on the Sun to keep you warm and grow crops for food, that’s totally understandable. Thanks to modern agricultural and food preservation methods, we have a much steadier food supply and are less dependent on this cycle of daylight vs. darkness hours. So, any such significance is no longer relevant.

That shouldn’t stop you from throwing a Winter Solstice Tea Party, though!

One approach would be to have a party theme that emphasizes light, with lots of candles and bright colors. The foods could be made from seasonal produce such as a spicy pumpkin soup, a hearty meat entrée like Beef Roulade or Smoked Ham, sunny-looking nibble foods like deviled eggs and celery sticks with cream cheese and cilantro, and fruit salads, lemon tarts (so sunny looking!), or fruity parfaits.

What would be better to wash it all down with than hot tea? Additional tea choices (to the ones above) might be rich-tasting Assam and Keemun. Blend in some spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves for a healthy and tasty chai. Or you can thrill your guests with the spectacle of a flowering tea blooming in a glass teapot. Green tea and oolong add an exotic Oriental touch.

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Whatever foods you serve and whichever tea you serve with it, your tea time feast will surely portend the coming of a bountiful Spring and Summer, when the sun caresses the earth and pulls forth green shoots from the seeds that are planted and these shoots continue to grow and burgeon with their own seeds and fruits.

The cycle of life continues. TOOOT!

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Recipe for Pu-erh Pot Roast

[Note: most of the photos here are from other sources and are for illustrative purposes only.]

As Autumn ends and Winter sets in, we find ourselves craving the warmth of a hot cup of tea and comfort food. Whether you have a leisurely Sunday planned or a busy day at work, this slow-cooked pu-erh pot roast is perfect. In only 15 minutes you can prep and set your dinner plans; then just let it slowly cook as you go about your day. Continue reading Recipe for Pu-erh Pot Roast

Winter Yard Work and a Cup of Tea

Yard work doesn’t end when Winter comes. It just gets a bit easier, mainly because there are fewer bugs on the hunt for fresh feeding grounds (like my arms and legs). You do have to bundle up a little more, though, since the weather is usually a bit nippy then. A hot thermos of tea is also good to have on hand, too, to fend off the chill.

So, what kind of things need tending in the yard during Winter? That depends on what growing region you live in. Some things are basic to every region, though, and can be grouped into three basic categories: cleanup, planting, protection. Continue reading Winter Yard Work and a Cup of Tea

5 Ways Winter Tea Parties Are the Best!

Winter tea parties are the best. While we often think of tea in the garden in Spring and Summer, and while Autumn is also a great time for tea, many see Winter as that time to fill up a mug with that hot, tasty tea, snuggle under a warm blanket, and enjoy both tea and a good book, movie, or craft project such as knitting, crocheting, or even quilting. But a tea party with friends in these chilly months not only lifts the spirits but affords you other pleasures! Continue reading 5 Ways Winter Tea Parties Are the Best!

How Winter Colors in Your Home Help Lift Your Spirits

This time of year many people endure a condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but one way to lift your spirits and decrease the effect of SAD is to decorate your home with winter colors – bright and light! Continue reading How Winter Colors in Your Home Help Lift Your Spirits

10 Super Things to Toast with Tea in January

Dear readers: This new format let’s us open up discussion topics to just about anything of interest to tea lovers (which can range from those folks who like their daily cuppa to those who live a full “tea life” where tea is in their thoughts and deeds every moment of the day). So, let’s dive into some lesser known holidays/events to toast with your teacup (no matter what style it is or what tea is in it)!

True tea lovers certainly need no reason to break out the accoutrements and prepare some of that wondrous liquid. However, once prepared, tea makes a most excellent beverage with which to toast occasions both special and trivial. To start off the new year, you had your celebration at the stroke of midnight and most likely spent the first day of the year getting “back to normal” (if there is such a thing). Here are an additional 10 super and possibly lesser known things to toast in January: Continue reading 10 Super Things to Toast with Tea in January

5 January Teas to Melt the Chill of Winter

Oh the indignities of Winter! Whether you’re a kitty suddenly finding yourself wearing a “chapeaux de snow” or you’re a human trying to put on those tire chains with the sudden onset of a blizzard, challenges abound. Make it through this first month of the New Year with hot tea. Very fitting, since this is officially “Hot Tea Month”! Continue reading 5 January Teas to Melt the Chill of Winter