Friday, January 30, 2015

The Best New Tea Accessory

This amazing product will change the way the world thinks about preparing tea. Typically when having a cup of tea, home is the first thought that comes to mind. This is because home is the easiest place to prepare your favorite tea using your preferred sweetener.

Now, with the help of t-sleeve® everyone can add their favorite tea bag and sweetener to the t-sleeve envelope and enjoy tea on the go without the inconvenience of making due with what is available outside your home. Help bring the world of tea drinkers out of the house with t-sleeve®. Learn more by watching the above video and reading t-sleeve® details below.
T-Sleeve® is the best of all tea accessories. T-Sleeve® starts as a tea bag holder then becomes a tea bag steeper and squeezer on the go. The goal of t-sleeve® is to be not only a convenient way to enjoy tea, but to be as eco-friendly as possible. Both the box packaging and t-sleeve® are recyclable. Once t-sleeve®  comes in contact with the moist tea bag, it becomes a compostable product.  Feel good about doing your part for the environment and reducing your carbon footprint.
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tinklee's Indian Chai Tea

Tinklee's Indian Chai Tea is full of flavor with clove, cinnamon, ginger and cardamom added to black tea served with milk and sugar. This version of Indian Chai Tea is great hot for sipping or poured over ice for a hot day. Tinklee has many fun and unique recipes on Cookpad at: Try Tinklee's Indian Chai Tea recipe provided below.
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 whole cardamom
  • 1 sliver of ginger
  • 1 sliver of cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole clove
  • 1 black tea bag
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  1. Place all in small saucepan, bring to a small boil
  2. Let simmer for 3-5 minutes
  3. Strain into your mug and add sugar
  4. Enjoy   
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ways to Use Tea in Your Beauty Routine

Tea is great for drinking and can provide health benefits for our bodies internal workings. Did you know that tea could be used for the outside of our bodies as well? Many people have hear of putting black tea bags on your eyes for a more refreshed look, below we have 5 more great ways to include tea in your beauty routine. Remember to keep your tea steeping with t-sleeve®, your mess-free tea carrying envelope and squeezer.

Dry Hair: Chamomile tea helps to soothe dry locks. Take half a cup of water and bring it to a boil. Add the chamomile tea to it and let it steep for about 10 minutes. Then add a quarter of a cup of olive oil to the tea. Pour the mixture over all of your hair and comb it through. Let it sit for as long as you’d like. The chamomile will help to remove any build-up, and the oil will help to condition your hair.
Stinky Feet: Soak your tootsies in black tea. The tannic acid in the tea acts like an astringent and will help to get rid of those odors.
Treat Acne: Green tea is a great drink to have every day. Its antioxidant properties can do wonders for your body on the inside and out. Take a tea bag and soak it in some hot water. Cut the bag open and empty the contents into a cream cleanser. Rub it on your face and let it sit for five minutes. Wash it off completely.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Virgin Hot Toddy's Crockpot Style

Drinking this Virgin Hot Toddy will make anyone feel rejuvenated instantly. When you consume warm liquid infused with the goodness that comes from lemon, cinnamon, ginger, herbal tea and honey you get a vitamin blast with the deliciously soothing effects of a medicinal tea. The best part of a virgin hot toddy is the kids can start to appreciate the wellness that tea can bring without the caffeine. This particular Virgin Hot Toddy recipe was created by Elana's Pantry who suggests adding the lemon at the end of this recipe, provided below.

Crockpot Hot Toddy

  1. Place water, tea bags, ginger, cinnamon and honey in a crockpot on highest setting
  2. Steep for a couple of hours until hot
  3. Ladle into cups and add lemons when your guests arrive
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Ways to Celebrate National Hot Tea Month

There is still time to celebrate National Hot Tea Month. While the air is cold  make your tea hot, and check out Lindsey Goodwin's 31 Ways to Celebrate Hot Tea Month. Also, if you are 'tea person' then you'll love t-sleeve® the versatile tea bag pouch and squeezer, for tea drinkers who use tea bags seeking a mess-free, tea drinking experience on the go. Watch a cool video of how t-sleeve® works at: Provided below are Try Winter Flavor & Nurture Yourself categories from the 31 ways to celebrate National Hot Tea Month, enjoy.
    Try Wintry Flavors 
  • Brew a ginger black tea, ginger green tea or ginger "tea" using fresh ginger root or a ginger tea blend. Both are delicious and warming.
  • Try a cardamom black tea or make your own Spicy Cardamom Tisane.
  • Buy citrusy tea blends, or add a little orange or lemon zest to your brews.
    Nurture Yourself 
  • Savor Japanese green teas like Sencha, Matcha and Gyokuro, which are all high in vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Rooibos is rich in minerals and antioxidants. Brew regular, green or flavored rooibos straight or as a tea latte.
  • Remember that the healthiest teas are the teas you'll stick with. As long as it's pure (no milk or sweeteners), if you want to drink it every day, it's good for you!
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chill Out with t-sleeve®

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Join t-sleeve® for a cup of tea and chill out because everything is better with t-sleeve®. The  t-sleeve® starts as a carrying pouch for your favorite tea bag, and sweeteners which you take with you to work, a restaurant or anywhere you may go that won't have your tea and sweetener. When you make your tea it will keep the string out of your cup and then the t-sleeve® becomes a tea bag squeezer when you steep your tea. After you're done the t-sleeve® can be used to hold the wet tea bag for disposal, preventing the wet fingers drippy mess. Read more about t-sleeve® below and visit to watch it in action.
The goal of t-sleeve® is to be not only a convenient way to enjoy tea, but to be as eco-friendly as possible. Both the box packaging and t-sleeve® are recyclable. Once t-sleeve®  comes in contact with the moist tea bag, it becomes a compostable product.  Feel good about doing your part for the environment and reducing your carbon footprint.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lemon Ginger Tea

Illness is a hard thing to keep away especially when you work with people and/or have kids or grandchildren who bring germs home making the prevention of a cold difficult. Drinking this Lemon Ginger Tea will assist in your attempts to keep healthy by boosting your bodies natural germ fighting abilities. Drinking lemon juice can help kill off viruses and bacteria. Honey provides antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties while ginger is great for fighting inflammation and calming an upset stomach. Remember to stock up on t-sleeve® so you can take your favorite tea with you on the go. Stay healthy with this Lemon Ginger Tea recipe below and Happy National Hot Tea Month.
  • 2 thin slices peeled ginger
  • 1 earl grey tea bag
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
Directions:Add the ginger and tea bag into a mug. Fill the mug with hot water and let steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and stir in lemon juice and honey until dissolved. Drink every morning to jump-start digestive processes, soothe a sore throat and give you energy.
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Green Tea Cranberry Muffins

Remember when baking meant flour everywhere and family traditions in the kitchen rather than 'Just add Water'? This Green Tea Cranberry Muffin recipe isn’t taking short-cuts, which allows that homemade flavor to shine. If you have never baked with tea no worries, this is a great first time tea baking recipe because if the tea is too strong the baking soda will but out the bitterness so you’re sure to have a great muffin in the end. Copy down your ingredient list from below to ensure you have everything ready before starting this Green Tea Cranberry Muffin Recipe. 
  • 3 Tbs. green tea leaves
  • 4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup mild honey
  • 6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 cup (1-3/4 oz.) dried cranberries; more for garnish
  • 4 oz. (1 cup) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
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Honey Mint Lemon Tea

Honey Mint Lemon Tea can be enjoyed hot or cold, this being National Hot Tea Month try this one hot and save the ice cubes for summer. This simple combination of flavors is a classic and can take a person back to their childhood with the unforgettable fragrance that is uncomplicated and timeless. Take things back to basics and enjoy this Honey Mint Lemon Tea at home or on-the-go with t-sleeve®.  This Honey Mint Lemon Tea recipe below makes two glasses, adjust accordingly.
  • 1 liter of boiling water
  • 1 English Breakfast teabag
  • 4 teaspoons of honey (or more, depending on how sweet you like your tea)
  • 1 large lemon, sliced into 5-6 even wedges
  • 2 stalks of fresh mint
  1. Bring 1 litre of water to a boil.
  2. Once water starts boiling, remove from kettle/pot and pour into a glass jug.
  3. Place the teabag in the hot water for a few minutes, just until the color is a light caramel brown, then remove the teabag.
  4. Stir in the honey while tea is still hot, and drop the lemon wedges in the tea, pressing the wedges with a spoon to squeeze a bit of the juice out.
  5. Place two stalks of fresh mint in the tea and wait until it cools slightly.
  6. Tea can be served hot/warm during autumn and winter, or with crushed ice during spring/summer (or really, at any temperature you like).
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Black Tea Poached Chicken

Chicken has been prepared with just about everything out there, there is herb rubbed chicken, teriyaki chicken, lemon chicken, BBQ chicken and so many more they can't be listed here. The point is there are so many ways to prepare chicken that is almost seems obvious to try it cooked in tea. This Black Tea Poached Chicken recipe is a great marinade for before hitting grill or even sliced up and added to your own recipe. Remember to use t-sleeve® when preparing you mess-free cup of tea with your dinner. Enjoy your Black Tea Poached Chicken recipe below.
In a small sized saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add tea bags along with star anise. Steep them gently for 5 minutes, take out the star anise and tea bags. Stir the content in soy sauce, brown sugar, vegetable and sesame oils and cinnamon; let it to cool up to room temperature for about 10 minutes.Keep the chicken breasts in a large sized resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade; refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.
Preheat a grill to off cooked condition. Now, position the chicken on an oiled cooking grate and then grill uncovered by turning onto each side twice for about 10 to 12 minutes.
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Tea for the Cold, Cough and Flu

During the winter the need for relief of a cold, cough or flu is higher than any other time of year. Tea can be a great resource for anyone feeling ill, especially when it is prepared specifically for relieving symptoms of sickness. This tea recipe is exactly for that, helping someone with the symptoms of a cold, cough or flu. There are many different variations of how to prepare this type of tea, take note of the ingredients and prepare a version of this tea that works best for you. Find your instructions below and get well soon.
Ginger - a one inch piece
Tulsi leaves - 10
Tea powder - 1/2 tsp
Sugar - as needed
Crush ginger and tulsi leaves coarsely.
Boil a cup of water in a pan.
Add tea powder and when it starts boiling, add ginger, tulsi and switch off the stove.
Strain into a cup, add sugar and mix well.
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Green Tea Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes

It may sound like a lot is going on with these Green Tea Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes but all these flavors are well balanced in this delicious creation. The creator of this recipe is truly an artist. Kelly M. of 'Simply Delicious' makes sure to complement the matcha cupcakes with a frosting that won't steal the show while still providing that cupcake sweetness. With every aspect of this cupcake thoroughly thought through from texture to technique, trying these Green Tea Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes will not be a regret. Read the Recipe Review for these Green Tea Strawberry Coconut Cupcakes below.
Taste: I used two tablespoons of matcha, so the flavor really comes through, even with all the other components. The buttercream has a very nice strawberry flavor and isn't too sweet. Texture: The toasted coconut rim makes all the difference. It adds a wonderful crunch and is slightly smoky. The cake itself is very moist and fluffy. The buttercream melts in your mouth and is so light and airy. Appearance: See for yourself! Aren't these cupcakes just the cutest? I love the contrast of the light pink against the earthy green. These cupcakes kind of remind me of bird's nests. Level of difficulty: This is a fairly simple recipe. As with all my recipes that include swiss meringue, the only "difficult" part would be the time it takes to make the buttercream. 
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy National Hot Tea Month

Happy National Hot Tea Month. With January being National Not Tea Month what better time of the year to stock up on t-sleeve®? Visit to order your t-sleeve® or to try a free sample of the mess-free traveling tea accessory.

Tea is fascinating, did you know that about four out of five consumers drink tea? Did you know that 84% of all tea consumed in the USA is black tea? Tea is popular and it is not hard to understand why, there are so many health benefits for this beverage that is also delicious to drink. Read just of few of the health benefits of consuming tea below.
  • Tea and Body Weight: In one review, researchers concluded that subjects consuming green tea and caffeine lost an average of 2.9 pounds within 12 weeks while adhering to their regular diet. The results of another meta-analysis suggest the increase in caloric expenditure is equal to about 100 calories over a 24-hour period. The weight loss benefits of tea vary based on many factors, but studies have found benefits with the equivalent of as little as 2.5 cups of green tea.
  • Tea and Bone Health: Research suggests that polyphenols in green tea may help improve bone quality and strength. One study found that drinking tea was associated with a 30 percent reduced risk in hip fractures among men and women 50 years of age or older.
  • Tea and Mood, Mental Alertness & Problem SolvingA study found that drinking tea improved attention and allowed individuals to be more focused on the task at hand. In this placebo-controlled study, subjects who drank tea produced more accurate results during an attention task and also felt more alert than subjects who drank a placebo. These effects were found for two to three cups of tea consumed within 90 minutes. It is thought that caffeine and the amino acid theanine, both present in tea, contribute to many of tea's psychological benefits.
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    Monday, January 5, 2015

    Tea Facts

    We all know something about tea but knowing some fun tea facts can help strike up a conversation especially during National Hot Tea Month. The first tea fact to know is tea is nearly 5,000 years old and was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen-Nung in 2737 BC. Another fun tea fact is that Anna, Duchess of Bedford, is credited with creating Afternoon Tea when she began taking tea with a light snack around 4:00 p.m. to ward off “that sinking feeling.” in the year 1840. The above and below tea facts are provided by TeaUSA and presented to you today by t-sleeve, your mess-free on the go tea accessory. Happy National Hot Tea Month, enjoy more tea facts below.
    Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea.
    Annual Consumption:
    In 2012, Americans consumed well over 79 billion servings of tea, or over 3.60 billion gallons. About 84% of all tea consumed was Black Tea, 15% was Green Tea, and a small remaining amount was Oolong and White Tea.

    Daily Consumption:

    On any given day, over one half of the American population drinks tea. On a regional basis, the South and Northeast have the greatest concentration of tea drinkers.

    Iced Tea Consumption:
    Approximately 85% of tea consumed in America is iced.

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    The Daily Healthy Beverage Guidelines

    If you broke down everything you drink in a day would it look like the pitcher above? Most of us have a beverage that is taking up far too much percentage of our daily beverage intake. January being National Hot Tea Month and the time of year for resolutions, evaluating your beverage intake can be beneficial to your health. Read details about this Daily Healthy Beverage Guideline provided by The Tea Association of the USA below.
    The proposed Healthy Beverage Guidelines were created by a panel of nutrition experts to help Americans make smart beverage choices. According to these proposed Guidelines, women should drink 9 eight-ounce servings of beverages each day and men should drink 13. To make the most of your daily beverage allotment, choose beverages from the different levels in the pitcher. Remember that beverages should not make up more than 10-15 percent of  your total daily calories and that you should limit caffeine consumption to 400 milligrams per day. Contrary to popular belief, studies prove that caffeine consumption in moderation is NOT dehydrating. Based on the proposed Guidelines, you should choose most of your beverages from the bottom levels of the pitcher and consume the beverages in the upper levels in moderation. Each beverage is ranked form bottom to top by its average calories, nutrient content and potential health benefits.
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    Dandelion Lilac Tea

    This wonderful Dandelion Lilac Tea is provided by YUMeating in celebration of National Hot Tea Month. Dandelions are becoming more popular in the tea drinking community and have many health benefits. Some Dandelion health benefits include improving digestion and a boost to the immune system. Read a little about how YUMeating's Chrystal creates her Dandelion Lilac Tea below.
    We picked a nice bucket full and brought them in. I laid them out on newspaper and let them dry. We had also picked some dark and light lilacs (well, kiddo did. picking is her thing.) from our trees. I thought they would be good to dry out as well.
    Tea is one of my favorite things. It does not have to be cold out for me to enjoy a nice cup of tea, but when it does get super hot out I am known to drop in a few ice cubes!
    Once all my flowers were dried, this tea was super simple to make.
    In a tea strainer I placed a dandelion flower, some stems and a bit of lilac. I boiled some water and poured that in my cup, placing the tea in there to steep.
    What you come up with is this wonderful, fragrant and healthy dandelion lilac tea.
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