The Undying Cold, Medical Roulettes, and the Hope/Terror Balancing Act

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: A lot has happened since the last time I managed an updates post. Frankly, I’m not quite sure where to start. Probably with the fact that the past months have been hard, on a number of different levels. We said goodbye to two of our Continue Reading →

Peaches & Scream (Organic Peach Vanilla Oolong)

When we first began making tasty teas, we kept our tea choices limited to the ones that we knew well. Over time, our list of “foundational teas” has steadily expanded – some added because of direct requests, and some added because we stumbled over a new one that we wanted Continue Reading →

The End (of 2016) – Summing up and Moving Forward

This entry is part 12 of 13 in the series Periodic Updates

2016 was an interesting year.  And may have been the year that finally taught me that my approach to my own health has been broken for most of my life. I’m not particularly patient with myself, and I hate taking the time to properly rest or heal.  There’s always so Continue Reading →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 3: Vanilla

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series The Making of Things

Given our supply issues with Vanilla this year, I thought it might interest you to know why Vanilla (in all its forms) is generally a very expensive spice, and the reasons why this year has been worse. (At least for us.) If you’ve only run into vanilla as a flavour Continue Reading →

Taste of the Summerlands

‘Taste of the Summerlands’ was inspired by a carbonated tastiness we found at one of our local markets.  It was a day of outings and adventure for me – which are relatively rare, cherished, and highly valued.  (Also often a bad idea, physically, but mental and emotional health are important, Continue Reading →

The Smoking Gun (Organic Russian Caravan/Gunpowder Green Tea)

There are a number of our teas that began as an idea that we initially thought might be a little crazy.  It has become our practice to try them anyway, just to see whether it is a good crazy or a bad crazy.  (Except for the weird idea I had Continue Reading →

No Place Like Home (Organic Rosehip Vanilla Lemon Rooibos)

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series ChariTeas

We’ve mentioned our new favorite pet rescue, Positive Paws Rescue Transport, a few times over the past year. They have helped us to make relatively grand strides in dealing with Dulce’s separation anxiety, as well as helping her to remember how to make friends with other dogs.  (She wasn’t aggressive, Continue Reading →

Expecto Coughonum

Most of our first medicinal teas were things put together for common conditions – the things that are going to happen at some point, because that’s just part of life. One of our first concerns was to cover all the various plagues that come along with the common cold or Continue Reading →

Introduction to Intensive Ingredients 2: Lime

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series The Making of Things

Lime was one of our first troublesome ingredients.  Due to a lovely lady selling lemon/limeades and iced teas at our local farmer’s market, I had discovered that Lime and Thyme went together wonderfully. When you added in the possibility of the wordplay of ‘Thymey Limey’ – we really wanted to Continue Reading →