The family has gathered around in a warm cozy house, and the smell of food is wafting through the air. The kitchen is all hustle and bustle, and tasty appetizers are awaiting.
Veggie trays, olives, cookies, fudge, chips, and cream cheese dip with chips.
When it comes to a holiday dinner, though, there was one dish that always completed the festivities, and these holiday gatherings wouldn't be the same without it.
The only bad news is that this favorite was filled with red dye and processed sugars.
Can you guess what the top two scone flavors are amongst tea drinkers?
As a business owner that makes and blends tea for a living, one could can imagine I'm in quite a few different tea groups. When I polled all of these groups to see what their favorite treats were, to eat with their tea, they came back with a two resounding answers.
Lavender Lemon Scones and Orange Cranberry Scones.
We decided we had to take these traditional and popular scone flavors into our farm kitchen and give them a little real, whole food make over. The result was fabulous! So fabulous we decided we would share it!
Every Easter for the last several years I've made the women in the family, and some times the men, a little gifts. One year I made imitation See's Bordoux candy for vegan family members, one year it was lip balm of which is now in our farm store and this year it was tea infused sugar scrub!
Due to demand over on our Instagram feed, we are sharing this D.I.Y. recipe for our exfoliating tea sugar scrub with you today. Herbal and fruity, and pretty to boot, this is a great little gift for yourself or friends and family!
Jello salad in the summer time. Jello cups. Jello cheesecake. Pinapple fluff. Jello cake. Layered jello, O my! There is no shortage of jello recipes out there and no doubt most of us grew up eating it in one form or another. Most of these recipes are very high in processed sugar and processed ingredients. Not to mention synthetic dyes and flavorings. But not this one! It's time to make a healthy jello that you can feel good about serving to your friends and family!
It started about this time of year. It was cold. It was wet. It was very much Oregon outside. It gets so dark and dreary here in Oregon with the clouds and the rain that it is really a motivator to spend the days camped out close to the wood stove with a hot cup of tea.
Our family is busy keeping Advent here on the farm. Our little preparation for Christmas time and one of those days involves a visit from St. Nicholas. Not the fat jolly man that eats lots of cookies but the slim, kind, bishop of Myra.
On December 6th this saintly man visits our home in spirit leaving the children candy, nuts and other small treats in their Dutch wooden clogs. We read the story of this great miracle working Saint, enjoy traditional songs about his miracles and good works and think about how we can be more like this saintly man.
One tradition on this day is to drink something similar to mulled wine. Also known as Gluhwein. As my health motivates many things (or lack of health) that happen here on the farm this was yet another of them. I'm highly allergic to alcohol along with sugar and so you see mulled wine is really a bad idea for me. But I loved the tradition and spirit of the thing so we came up with an alternative.
This is how Coastal Cranberry Spice was born! And because we are all about local we had to feature local Oregon cranberries. If you would like to read on, the Aroma Culture Magazine recently interviewed us about our process and our teas.
READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE and scroll WAY down to the bottom, they saved us for last :)
Welcome to our Family Tea Farm!
Howdy from our farm to your home! It is said that the, "farm is the nursery of the family," and that "the family is the nursery of the nation." We hope you enjoy your visit to our blog as we share with you the happenings on our little "nursery". Thank you for following us on our journey and watching us GROW! Read more about our farm HERE.