Merry & Bright (Organic Genmaicha Cranberry Tea)

From time to time I pick up a new ingredient somewhat randomly.  Our suppliers sometimes offer free shipping for over a certain amount, that kind of thing. Cranberries were one of these “I bet I could work with this” choices. The first test for strength of taste from the cranberries Continue Reading →

Godric’s Courage (Organic Black tea with Rosehips, Ginger, and Safflower)

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Potterverse Beverages

Back in the early days of Desert Sage Natural, we made ‘Beauxbaton’s Blend’ – and the thought occurred at the time that we should make teas for the Hogwarts houses, as well as for Durmstrang. It got added to the burgeoning tea ideas file and…  sat there.  For a really Continue Reading →

Rowena’s Wit (Organic Black Tea with Turmeric, Ginger, Ginseng, and Cornflower)

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Potterverse Beverages

Many many moons ago, back in the early days of discovering that I could make teas just for flavour as well as for health – we created our first just-for-taste Potterverse tea.  “Beauxbaton’s Blend” led quite directly to the thought that eventually we should have teas for each Hogwarts house, Continue Reading →

Durmstrang’s Draught (Organic Russian Caravan with Rosemary, Caraway, Ginseng, and Ginger)

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Potterverse Beverages

Our ‘Beauxbaton’s Blend’ began the process.  Sadly, it took us a couple years to get around to blending teas for Durmstrang and the Hogwarts houses. I hadn’t initially had any notes on Durmstrang, strangely enough – but there are good conversations to be had in the Twitterverse, and a couple Continue Reading →

Salazar’s Ambition (Organic Gunpowder/Caravan/Cacao Nibs/Peppermint Tea)

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Potterverse Beverages

Shortly after creating Beauxbaton’s Blend, we realized we should probably make teas for each of the Hogwarts houses, as well as for Durmstrang. We put the idea into the file, and it sat there for a while. Conversations within the august and patient Tea Naming Group led to some scribbled Continue Reading →

Helga’s Loyalty (Organic Barley, Hawthorn, Calendula, Apple, Cinnamon Tisane)

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Potterverse Beverages

We knew from the creation of ‘Beauxbaton’s Blend’ that we eventually wanted to have teas for each of the Hogwarts houses – and for Durmstrang – but it took us ages to get around to it. The idea had been discussed, in a general sort of way, and I had Continue Reading →

Sublime Summertime (Organic Lemon Black Tea)

There’s not much to tell with this tea. We were setting about figuring out dinner, basic evening things, and I developed a sudden craving for a relatively simple and straightforward tea. In fact, it was such a normal idea I couldn’t believe we didn’t already have it. Since we didn’t, Continue Reading →

Thyme Bomb (Organic Tea for acute allergy issues)

I’d been meaning to create this tea for quite some time. We have a maintenance tea for improving allergies in Allerg-ease, but we didn’t have one for more immediate issues. Allergy season this year started in April or May and it appears to still be ongoing.  Interminably.  On forever. I Continue Reading →

12/23/17: Maintenance and Paperwork, Holidays, and the Love of Dogs

This entry is part 16 of 16 in the series Periodic Updates

Life, Our Universe, and Pets: Things continue to be a bit of a mess here. At least as far as my physical condition.  There have been a few things that we had to do that had a pretty steep cost, and recovery from pushing myself that far beyond what I Continue Reading →

The Wizard’s Tower (Organic Hibiscus Lemon Green Tea)

This tea began in a somewhat unusual fashion. The Twitterverse has been an amazing amount of help to us, in a number of different ways.  One of these is having a forum where I can ramble about tea, and people respond.  They help me brainstorm.  Ideas get randomly (and not Continue Reading →