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Tasty Tuesdays

Mountain Mist Tea recipe

from Catherine Castle

 

Hi, everyone! Happy New Year to you!

 

This year I’m starting the blog off with a new series called Tasty Tuesdays. On various Tuesdays I’ll be sharing recipes from my family’s recipe boxes and my original recipes. In addition to my recipes, I’ll have guest authors sharing their original recipes and recipes from the cookbooks and recipe boxes of their family and friends. You’ll also get a sneak peek at our books, so you’ll have something new to read with your cup of tea or whatever recipe you’ll discover on the blog this year. I hope you’ll follow us on this new blogging journey and discover some new recipes, books, and authors.

To kick off the blog I’m celebrating Hot Tea Month with a tea recipe. Did you know January is Hot Tea Month? There’s no better way to warm up on a chilly winter day or a cold rainy day than with a cup of hot tea, a cozy blanket, and a book. After all, who doesn’t love tea? I know I do.

Tea is one of the oldest drinks in the world. According to Chinese legend the discovery of tea dates back to 2737 B.C. when the Emperor Shen Nung was boiling water out in the open one day and the leaves of a tree fell into his pot and brewed, thus inventing tea. Over the centuries the Chinese developed the tea plant, Camellia Sinesis, and the tea ceremony surrounding the drinking of tea to such heights that at one point in history it was forbidden to export tea from China, which is probably why it took centuries for the drink to reach the rest of the world

The Portuguese were the first to bring tea to Europe. The Portuguese princess Catherine of Barganza brought tea to Britain in her royal dowry when she married Charles II in 1662. Tea had a rough start in England as coffee was well established. The clergy declared that tea, which had originated from a heathen country, was a sinful drink. Doctors claimed it was not good for one’s health, and brewers lobbied it for fear it would replace ale as a breakfast drink. The government decided they needed no better excuses for taxation, and so they laid a heavy tax on the foreign drink. The taxation on tea made it a drink of the wealthy until about 1784 when the taxation on tea was reduced and Britain became a nation of tea drinkers.

Today tea is a favorite drink across the world and comes in an array of flavors that is staggering.

My pantry is chock full of teas of all sorts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tend to go on tea kicks and drink the same one for a while until I tire of it, then I start on a new box. Right now, I’m drinking Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding tea from Republic of Teas Downton Abbey collection, and pumpkin flavored and gingerbread flavored teas. Pumpkin-flavored creamer goes great with the last two, and while it’s seasonal I make sure I get my winter teas in.

To start off the new blog I’m sharing a recipe for Mountain Mist tea. Years ago I bought a box of tea called Mountain Mist and I fell in love with it. When I went to buy a new box of the tea I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I started experimenting with the basic teas listed on the box, using loose teas, and came up with this blend which was pretty close to the original.

Here’s the recipe. It will go great with those leftover Christmas cookies.

 

Mountain Mist Tea (by the cup)

 

Ingredients:

½ tsp. (rounded) loose peppermint tea

½ tsp. (rounded) loose alfalfa tea

½ tsp. (rounded) chamomile tea

Directions:

Place teas in a tea ball and put in a cup. Add boiling water. Steep for three minutes. Sweeten with honey or sweetener of your choice. Enjoy!

Note: I think when I originally made this I didn’t have loose teas on hand and had no alfalfa tea. I did have peppermint and chamomile in tea bags. So, I bought some alfalfa tea bags and tore them open, along with a bag of peppermint and chamomile, and started experimenting until I came up with the right blend.

How about you? Do you have a favorite hot tea?

 

The Nun and the Narc

Multi-award-winning book

By Catherine Castle

Where novice Sister Margaret Mary goes, trouble follows. When she barges into a drug deal the local Mexican drug lord captures her. To escape she must depend on undercover DEA agent Jed Bond. Jed’s attitude toward her is exasperating, but when she finds herself inexplicable attracted to him he becomes more dangerous than the men who have captured them, because he is making her doubt her decision to take her final vows. Escape back to the nunnery is imperative, but life at the convent, if she can still take her final vows, will never be the same.

Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary O’Connor—at least that’s what Jed Bond thinks. She hampers his escape plans with her compulsiveness and compassion and in the process makes Jed question his own beliefs. After years of walling up his emotions in an attempt to become the best agent possible, Sister Margaret is crumbling Jed’s defenses and opening his heart. To lure her away from the church would be unforgivable—to lose her unbearable.

About the Author:

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.

Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE, as well as placing in several other contests. Her sweet romantic comedy/drama A Groom for Mama, also from Soul Mate Publishing, is the recipient of the 2018 Raven Award.

Connect with Catherine at here on her blog or at:

Goodreads Twitter @AuthorCCastle or Facebook

 

 

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