Do you know how to brew a proper cup of tea? No? Well, have I got a treat for you:
I just love these old instructional videos. Oftentimes they are unintentionally funny. And I love the way they give us a little glimpse of another time. Leave it to the British to make sure that everyone gets their cuppa, even in war times.
So, did you know all these tips? How do you brew a cup of tea? Here is my step-by-step method:
- Put fresh, cold water in electric kettle and turn it on. The nice thing about an electric kettle is that it automatically turns itself off as soon as the water reaches a boil. Perfect for tea.
- Immediately pour the boiling water over the tea. I like my tea very hot so I’m not a fan of making it in a tea pot. I usually make mine in my insulated Klean Kanteen which keeps it piping hot for hours (not that it takes me that long to drink it!). I add organic sugar before I pour in the water. I must admit that I usually use tea bags. My favorite is Earl Grey by Choice Organics:
- Let steep 3 minutes. Yes, I time it. (If I’m making a pitcher of iced tea I steep for 5-6 minutes)
- Remove tea bag and add milk.
- Pour a little at a time into a china cup and saucer. My Klean Kanteen holds 16 oz. so I get several small cups of tea from it and it stays piping hot the whole time.
I Am A Reader Not A Writer is hosting a Jane Austen giveaway hop and since I’m a Jane Austen fan I thought I’d join up. I’ve never done a giveaway before but there’s no time like the present (pun intended).
Here is what I’m giving away:
- Leave me a comment telling me which Austen novel is your favorite. Or if you haven’t read any Austen, which one you would most like to read first. Be sure to include an email address so I can contact the winner.
- Follow this blog and/or the Tea With Dee Facebook page.
Just to be clear, in order to enter my giveaway, leave a comment below. If you have a blog and want to host a Jane Austen giveaway, join the linky above.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”~C.S. Lewis
Lisa and I are leaving in just a bit for our monthly shopping/hippie day in Norman so this will be brief. And mostly pictures.
Yesterday I delivered Meals On Wheels. I just love doing this and the people on my route this time are simply wonderful. One dear lady lives in a terrific old house. She had a little trouble getting out of her chair to come to the door and I asked if she’d like me to put her tray in the kitchen instead of her carrying it. Oh, was I ever glad I had the opportunity to see part of the house. It’s old and could use some sprucing up but it has 12 foot ceilings and that old charm that simply cannot be replicated in a new house.
I then ran a couple of errands, got my hair done, dropped off a book at the library and signed up for a gym membership (more about that later). The sky looked ominous so I rushed home to walk Shiloh before it rained.
I then went back to town for a meeting of the city’s Multicultural Committee on which I serve. The plan was for David to call in a pizza and I’d pick it up on my way home but when I got out of my meeting I had a text from him. He had worked late and was at the restaurant. Instead of a pizza at home we ate there, which was nice. We chatted with the new bartender and a couple of other people who were there in the bar.
Back at home I heard thunder and an approaching storm. I hurried to get the clean sheets back on the bed, including ironed pillowcases of course, and then made myself a cup of Earl Grey to enjoy on the porch. The thunder was pretty intense and Shiloh was a bit nervous. David was watching tv so I brought Shiloh in to hang out with him while the cats and I enjoyed the summer thunderstorm on the porch. I snapped the picture below first:
And then I decided I wanted more light so I could look at a magazine without resorting to the porch lights. I have two hurricane lamps. One is an antique given to me by my great aunt many years ago and I knew better than to take it outdoors. But the other one is an inexpensive lamp purchased a number of years ago at a local farm and ranch store. The additional light was great and I was thinking about how pleasant and relaxing the soft light was. However, I had trouble getting the globe back on properly after lighting it and it was not seated inside all three brackets. I then made the mistake of moving it a little closer to me. CRASH! The globe fell off and shattered on the porch. Ah, well…at least it wasn’t the good lamp and it can be easily replaced.
It was nice while it lasted:
Despite the mishap I still enjoyed my evening on the porch. I sipped two cups of tea while listening to Van Morrision and the rain, with a cat purring in my lap. Ah, sweet peace…