Rediscovering old friends

I think it is no secret that I love tea.  I drink it pretty much daily, and when it is cold like it has been here for the last couple of weeks I drink a LOT of tea to help keep me warm.

I have my favorite 'go to' teas or current 'loves' that are in easy reach, but every once in a while I will go for something a little deeper in the cupboard and rediscover an old love.  

That is what happened today. 

Did I mention it is cold here?  I mean I know it's cold all across the country. 

But we have been below 0 for WEEKS now. 

I am a California girl who voluntarily moved out to Minnesota, so I take full responsibility for choosing the frozen tundra as my home and try not to complain about the weather.  I did after all know what I was getting into after my first year in college when I discovered that it is possible to get cold enough to freeze the snot in your nose.  But even we hearty Minnesotans get fed up with the sustained cold that we have been experiencing.  

So what do you do when you just can't get warm in sub zero temps?

I take solace in tea. 

Lots and lots of tea...

Well after a few pots of the favorites and standbys I reach for something I haven't had for a while. 

Today that was Hearthside Warmer

This is one I created last year and had forgotten how much I love it. 

When I first created it, it was a super snowy day and I had the Jr Tasting team give it a try when they came in from shoveling.  The oldest took one sip and determined I had to make another cup for the rest of them to try, because he wasn't sharing.  He plopped down in front of the fireplace with his cup and warmed up from inside and out.  Which is where the name came from. 

It is a green tea with hints of vanilla, cinnamon and ginger and it is the PERFECT way to warm up on a cold winter day...or to just take a break after a stressful week.  Man am I glad I 'rediscovered' it today.  If you haven't tried it yet, I definitely recommend you do.  

So whether you are hunkering down from snowmageddon on the East Coast, frozen solid in the deep freeze of the Midwest, or recovering from a stressful night of being shaken away by an earthquake on the West Coast,

I send you hugs and love through your next cup of tea.

~Marissa

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