Friday, June 29, 2012

Coconut Water

After a hard workout at the gym, yardwork, cleaning the house or just any activity that gets your body moving making you sweat and lose electrolytes. This Coconut Water Powder is exactly what your body needs to help replenish what was lost.

*It's so convenient!
*It's packed with five essential electrolytes for that optimal performance and energy to help you get through your day!
*It has more potassium then a banana
*Over 15 times more than sports drinks
*Preventing muscle cramps and a quicker recovery
*Completely natural without preservatives or added synthetic flavors.

Whether you're a marathon runner or someone that likes to live a healthy and active lifestyle, it's the perfect natural drink for hydration on the go. With all this 100 degree weather lately, we ALL could use it!

$6.95-10 packs per box. Simply mix the powder with water to get a refreshing taste!

In stock NOW!
Order yours today! 256-656-3776 or

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Scone (bread), a type of quick-bread, typically eaten with jam and cream.
For those of you that aren't quite sure what a scone is; cross between a biscuit and muffin. Not too sweet, but moist and soft.

Recently I was able to bake our scone mix for my guinea pigs co-workers. It is all natural by iveta. We will use/sell multiple flavors. A few flavors we will have is Cranberry Orange, Blueberry, Strawberry and a few others. I made Cranberry Orange a couple of weeks ago and Blueberry this morning. They were so delicious!  All you need is the mix and 16 ounces of heavy whipping cream. Whips up in a matter of minutes. Easy peasy!!

Scone Mix

Add Heavy Whipping Cream

Mix together. Look at those plump blueberries!!

I spoon drop mine, but you can roll out and pie cut them if you wanna be fancy

Wallah... Delicioso!

Easy Peasy!

It made 12 total... My guinea pigs co-workers absolutely loved and devoured every crumb!

In stock NOW!
Order yours today! 256-656-3776 or

Cranberry Orange

$7.95 per box

Friday, June 22, 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. We just got back from our 1st family vacation with all the kids... YES, we survived! :) We all had a great time in Gatlinberg, TN. We managed to make it back in one piece and we are exhausted! :) I will post some pictures next week... Now lets talk tea! I was recently on The Tea Being website and came across this great post on Antioxidants and thought I would pass along this great information to ya'll.

The Benefits of Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and hence prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. Health problems such as heart disease, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer etc are all contributed by oxidative damage. Indeed, a recent study conducted by researchers from London found that 5 servings of fruits and vegetables reduce the risk of stroke by 25 percent. Antioxidants may also enhance immune defense and therefore lower the risk of cancer and infection.

Caffeine Facts

Caffeine Comparison per 8 Ounce Cup

ProductWater Temp.Brew TimeCaffeine Content
CoffeeDrip Maker20-160 mg
Black TeaBoiling4-5 min.40-80 mg
Oolong Tea185-1952-5 min.20-60 mg
Green Tea170-1801-3 min.4-20 mg
White Tea180-1903-5 min.10-40 mg
RooibosBoiling4-6 min.0 mg
HerbalBoiling4-6 min.0 mg

  • Coffee has more caffeine per 8 ounce cup than the most highly caffeinated tea.
  • Loose leaf teas deliver less caffeine in your cup than their bagged counterparts.
  • Caffeine in moderation, defined as 400 milligrams per day, is fine and may be beneficial.
  • Caffeine in tea stimulates digestion, metabolism, kidneys and liver, helping to eliminate toxins from the body.

Friday, June 15, 2012

It's Creeping Up

The day my parents will receive the keys for their building (8/1/12) is approaching rather quickly... Our products we ordered at the World Tea Expo is slowly trickling in box by box. My parents breakfast area at home is turning into a storage room as I type. Opening all those boxes will seem like Christmas morning. Going through our product and seeing all the beautiful pieces of china we've ordered, tasting our new teas and sampling our lotions makes me giddy! It is so exciting seeing everything come together... God is good!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Tea Facts



Black Tea

Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke; increases the survival rate among patients who have already suffered a heart attack. Black Tea helps prevent the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream, which helps to prevent heart disease. Also decreases the likelihood of life-threatening blood clots.

Green Tea

High in antioxidants (helps to detoxify and fight cancer). Green tea helps lower blood pressure, fights gingivitis and cavities, and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

Oolong Tea

Oolong tea increases resting metabolism greater than any other tea type. Aids digestion and decreases the absorption of carbohydrates and fat in the body. Oolong tea alleviates the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.

Rooibos Tea

Rooibos tea is made from a South African red bush. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein and has higher antioxidants than Green tea. Naturally caffeine free, Rooibos teas are excellent in aiding with digestion, help relieve allergies, and promote healthy skin, teeth and bones.

Friday, June 8, 2012

National Iced Tea Month

I was reading the Coffee & Tea Newsletter and thought I'd share the information with ya'll. A neat little history lesson about tea!

June is National Iced Tea Month!

It was a scorching hot summer day at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis and festival attendees were uninterested in the hot tea that Richard Blechynden was serving. Attempting to salvage the day, he poured his brewed tea over ice, and the quintessential English tradition of “taking tea” was forever changed. Crediting the “invention” of iced tea to Richard Blechynden is the subject of great debate, but all might agree that his efforts helped to popularize this most refreshing and delicious elixir.

It's cool, refreshing, good for you, and so popular that an entire month has been set aside to celebrate…Summer is here and so is National Iced Tea Month. “June’s National Iced Tea Month is a good time to drink up the many benefits of tea," says Joe Simrany, President of the Tea Council of the USA. “It’s tasty, refreshing, has zero calories and is chock full of health benefits, so it’s a terrific beverage choice. With a multitude of research suggesting that the substances in tea may help the body maintain healthy cells and tissues, contribute to heart health and keep your weight in check, why would anyone choose to drink anything else?”

In the southern US they make sweet tea, in Thailand it is called cha yen, and in Austria the refreshing drink is called “ice” tea, rather than “iced” tea. No matter what you call it, iced tea is a satisfying and refreshing beverage enjoyed the world over.

Iced tea fun facts:
  • The oldest known recipe for sweet ice tea was published in 1879 in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia, by Marion Cabell Tyree. This recipe calls for green tea. In fact, most sweet tea consumed during this time period was green tea. However, during World War II, the major sources of green tea were cut off from the United States, leaving consumers with tea almost exclusively from British-controlled India.
  • Today, if you ask for an “Arnold Palmer” you will be served a mix of iced tea and lemonade. It is named after its creator, golf legend, Arnold Palmer.
  • “Texas tea” in the Beverly Hillbilly’s theme song refers to oil--nothing to do with tea at all.
  • In 2003 Georgia state representative John Noel tried to pass a house bill making it mandatory for all restaurants to serve sweet tea. Mr. Noel insists it was an April Fools' Day joke but admits he wouldn’t mind if it became law.
  • The famous “long island iced tea” drink doesn’t contain any tea.
It has been more than 100 years since Blechynden’s cool idea and iced tea remains one of the America’s most beloved beverages.

One of my favorite teas that we sell is Strawberry Kiwi. You can find it listed if you click on the "Tea List" tab above. So refreshing brewed by itself or mixed with Serene Green also found listed on the Tea List. Available in stock! We are taking orders now and I promise you won't be disappointed. Email or call us 256-656-3776 if you would like to try a new refreshing iced tea. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Out On the Town

As I mentioned yesterday we had a chance to visit with my cousin Stacy who lives in Las Vegas. We went out to dinner with her on Friday evening and then she showed us around town. Thanks again Stacy!!

I loved seeing the dancing fountains at the Bellagio Hotel. The occasional cool mist from the fountains was very refreshing! (In Las Vegas it feels as though you have a constant warm blow dryer on you at ALL times) Bellagio Hotel also has an indoor Conservatory & Botanical Gardens that is beautiful and smells heavenly. It was really neat to walk through the Conservatory and see all the different flower designs. Here are a few pictures from our night out!

Traffic on the Strip!

Here are a few pictures from inside the Bellagio Hotel. It was absolutely gorgeous! I would love to stay there, maybe one day...

Our wonderful tour guide/cousin Stacy & my darling sister Tara

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We're Backkkkk!

We are back! We had the MOST exciting time at the World Tea Expo 2012 in Las Vegas. We got to meet a ton of venders and made a lot of new friends! We got to sample so many different kind of teas, I even have some new favorites... Going to the World Tea Expo 2012 was such a great experience! We took home tons of new information, samples and overall a new understanding of tea and its benefits.

We had the BEST tour guide, our wonderful cousin Stacy who lives in Las Vegas. We had the pleasure of going to dinner with her on Friday night and she even showed us around Vegas. We really enjoyed seeing her!

Here are a few pictures from our trip...

Mom & Dad waiting on our delayed flight out of Huntsville on Thursday. Awe so sweet!!

Las Vegas!! I took this from our balcony. It was so HOT!!

World Tea Expo 2012... so excited!!

It's official, we're registered!

James Norwood Pratt is the author of Tea Dictionary. The newly completed and now definitive Tea Dictionary includes all principal kinds of tea grown in the world, with a timeline of tea history, maps, and striking photography, principally by Yoon Hee Kim. He was really nice and autographed our book and let my parents get their picture made with him.

Pic 1-Bruce & Shelley Richardson owners of  Elmwood Inn Fine Teas 
Pic 2 - Ben Richardson (Bruce & Shelley's son) and Lois Quilligan also with Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
My parents had the pleasure of meeting them in March when they went to a class they offered - Tea 101. Not only did they gain a lot of knowledge about tea, but developed new friendships along the way. It was good to see familiar faces in Las Vegas.

Mike Johnson with Indie Tea. He and his wife Carolyn own Indie Tea in Las Vegas and have the most amazing smelling lotions, soaps, rubs and teas. It was great to meet them and talk with them a few times during our trip.

Pic 1- Chris with Teas Etc
Pic 2- Chris, Newman and Monique Teas Etc - They were great! We really learned a lot from them and tasted some fabulous tea!

Xing Tea  He was so nice and and really funny! He gave us each a sample can and let us pick from his 14 flavors. Greean Tea with mango was my favorite!

I am so excited about whats to come in the future with the Tea Room and it looks like its all coming together... I had a great time spending 4 days with my parents and sister. We laughed so much and I will cherish these memories from our adventure to Las Vegas.

 More pics to come tomorrow!!