Tea Party Weekend!
When I heard that the recent Women's Retreat God Can Do the Impossible was the theme, that I was privileged to attend, was having a Tea Party, my heart—I'm sure—beat just a bit faster with excitement.
The setting was beautiful the colors summery and light.
I thought it created a relaxing atmosphere. With friends by my side and light conversation, it was a perfect atmosphere to enjoy an early afternoon tea luncheon.
Of course, the food was varied and delightfully delicious! Mini glazed ham sandwiches, along with chicken salad croissants, stuffed mushrooms and other goodies . . .
And a delectable selection of sweets served as the menu.
Everything I ate was totally delicious. I felt I was dining with royalty.
When it came to the teas, there was a variety to choose from.
Let me explain something here: I'm a late bloomer when it comes to teas. What I mean by this is: I wasn't raised drinking teas—any kind. But after I was married, my husband and a couple of close friend introduced me to a variety of teas, and I've gradually come to love certain flavors.
A skit about worrying too much (lots of laughs) inspiring talks that made me cry and smile, fellowship, meeting new friends, singing together and, of course, the laughter, food and relaxation—all created an atmosphere that was perfect for me. What a weekend!!
Did you know that... Hibiscus Tea
originated in Africa?
Hibiscus Tea first arrived in Britain in the 1650s, where it was served as a novelty in London's coffee houses?
in the early 1900s, Jane Austen drank green and black teas?
that these states, it is believed, drink the most sweet tea: Alabama, Arkansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia?
About Hibiscus Tea and the Book
In my most recent novel, Hunter's Rose,
Book Two of the Troubles in the West series (a historical, romantic suspense), one of the protagonists—Rosita—is given a hibiscus plant by her Tia (Aunt) Maria, who relayed the tale of her mother bringing it to the plantation in Mexico years ago, after her marriage, and guarding it as if it was a person. Sharing it with Rosita gave the young girl the opportunity to be able to prepare it for her husband and the other cowboys at their new ranch, along with the mint tea that was growing on their land.
Here's a recipe that Rosita might have used, give or take a few ingredients.
Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea) (insert pic # 7)
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Yields: 2 quarts
2 quarts water
¾ to 1 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like your tea)
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
½ cinnamon stick (optional)
a few thin slices of ginger (optional)
Allspice berries (optional)
Lime juice (optional)
Orange or lime slices for garnish
Boil water with sugar and spices:
Put 4 cups of the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Add cinnamon, ginger slices, and/or a few slices of allspice berries if you like. Heat until boiling and the sugar is dissolved.
Steep with dried hibiscus flowers:
Remove from heat. Stir in the dried hibiscus flowers. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
Strain into a pitcher and discard the used hibiscus flowers, ginger, cinnamon, and/or allspice berries. At this point youu can store the concentrate ahead, chilled, until ready to make the drink.
Add remaining 4 cups of water
Alternately, you can add ice and chilled soda water for a bubbly version, or if you want to chill the drink quickly. Or...
Add a little lime juice for a more punch-like flavor. Or...
Instead of sugar, you can always use honey. Or...
Serve over ice with a slice of orange or lime.
Hibiscus Tea is healthy, but research it and make sure it works for you! Most of all enjoy your tea and tea parties! “A cup of tea is a cup of peace.”
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I love writing and books, dogs and cats, babies and grandsons, real cheesecake and fruit, country scenes and cities at night, chocolate and nuts, fireplaces and hot tubs, flowers and trees, Christmas trees and Christmas--period, research and editing, eating and hanging with my best buddy--hubby, stories that intrigue me and stories that enchant me, words of wisdom from the ancients and words of wisdom from children, and certainly not least: God and his mercy.
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