Category Archives: Yogi Tea

Keep it Light…

our son is home from Colorado getting ready for his next big adventure which is hiking the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail

yes you read that right… beginning in Georgia he’ll be WALKING north for almost 2,200 miles (3,540 kilometers) April to possibly September/October enjoying nature and sleeping under the stars…

AT energy snacks snickers

 Snickers candy bars are a bit of a tradition on the trail because they offer high energy and calories (walking so many miles each day it is not hard to burn anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 calories)…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz gratitude hand silk thread

in an effort to keep down the backpack weight hikers often have additional supplies and food sent that they can collect at various points along the trail (a good bit of planning goes into that)… 

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz wheels keep turning

quite an exciting time for our nature guy and for us as Mr Magpie and I prepare for our trip to France in April…

Magpie's Nest Aristole quote with Bluets

in keeping with sharing a drink for T Stands for Tuesday here is a really nice slender water bottle that I picked up at the stationary store of all places…

Contigo water bottle

I have missed visiting with everyone lately as I have been away from the computer alot… 

Magpie's Nest Maidenhair fern planter

here’s wishing you a Happy T Day along with everyone over at Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover… 

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light”   -Yogi tea bag inspiration

a special cuppa…

with chillier weather my thoughts turn again to my favorite homemade chai tea

Yogi Chai Tea

not only does it have health benefits and taste delicious…

Yogi Chai Tea (1)

it makes the house smell really lovely too (the recipe that I shared back in 2008 here has evolved a bit over the years…I now use Coconut Milk instead of dairy or soy)…

Yogi Chai Tea (2)

special thanks to my sweet friend Dot (who does not have a blog) for sending me this lovely tea cup card she made with some special organic Echinacea Plus tea…

sweet card from Dot

inside it reads:

“I wish we could sit down together and have a cup of tea.  But since we can’t, When you have this one I hope you think of me.”

sending all good wishes to each of you as I join Elizabeth and Bleubeard for T today

 

the heart sees …

Magpies Nest Fat Tuesday

sending good thoughts…

Magpies Nest Fat Tuesday (1)

to you…

Magpies Nest Omis heart

 all ways…oxo

tea dye

my collection of used tea bags continues to grow…

Tea Quote

so it seemed like a good time to give some a last whirl and do a little dyeing…

Tea Bags

I like to keep a stash of white fabric pieces, old doilies, ribbons and other fibers at the ready…

Patty Szymkowicz collage 2

because once you get a dye pot going one thing has a way of leading to many others…

Patty Szymkowicz dyed fibers collage

now I have lots of great tea papers and tags to play with too…

Trader Joes Daffodils

thanks to Trader Joe’s for a touch of spring on our window sill in the chill of winter here in Northern Virginia…

OXO

spice of life …

Chai or Yogi Tea as it is also known is delicious and beneficial any time of year but I find it especially pleasant on a chilly winter’s day…

Steaming Hot Yogi Tea

the fragrance in the house after simmering the spices is an added bonus…

and speaking of spices…

many years before I started drinking yogi tea I created necklaces by threading whole star anise, allspice, cloves, white cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon onto strings of dental floss …

Spice Necklace T Collage

the secret of stringing most of the spices is to soak them in warm water for about 12 hours making it easier for the needle to go through them and using a small drill to make holes in the nutmeg and cinnamon sticks…

with thanks to my Mr Magpie…

keeping the necklace in a covered jar when it is not being worn has helped retain the lovely fragrance over time

Spice Necklace Jar

the pretty painted daisy lid in the photo above was bought at a craft fair years and years ago

artist of daisy painted lidif you would like to make yourself some Yogi Tea you can visit my 2008 blog post here for the recipe

Maple Syrup Bear

  Maple Syrup Bear and I wish you a Happy Day oxo

 

good things are worth waiting for…

two years ago we planted a simple Passion flower vine in a decorative pot by our front door…

it never bloomed which was disappointing…

this Spring the vine took off again surprising us by growing out of the bottom of the pot…

Passiflora vines are not usually hardy here in Virginia with our freezing winters…

the vine gets plenty of sun out front but I read that they like a good bit of water so I have been giving it a bucket or two each day and talking sweetly to it

it seems to be working…

we were surprised to find out that each gorgeous bloom only lasts for one day

amazing…

today I am enjoying a cup of Yogi tea which is delicious with nothing added to it…

Kimmie is taking a short break from Tea on Tuesdays…

so glad you stopped by today…oxo

 

the life of a teabag…

if you visit my Magpie’s Nest now and then you surely know about Kimmie’s Tea on Tuesday where friends get together and post about whatever strikes their fancy…

it might be about their favorite drink, travel, nature, art or life in general…

you just never know what you’ll find when you visit everyone which is a big part of the charm each week…

since last year I had planned a tea post showing some of my tea bag collection which is always growing…

but you know how life can move at warp speed sometimes so I never got around to showing you the photos…

I have used pretty silk tea bags like the ones above as “wings” with altered cutlery…

after removing the used tea I sprinkle it in the garden to help enrich the soil…

you didn’t think I’d throw that away did you…

the paper is great to rubber stamp on…

many of the Tea on Tuesday participants are especially creative and innovative using tea bags in their artwork…

 Judy Perez’ blog post is where I recently discovered a wonderful tutorial on how to print on tea bags

I was delighted at how easy it was…

I held my breath the first couple of times and got very relaxed by the thirteenth or so go round trying some color images too…

with thanks to The Graphics Fairy for all of these lovely images…

pausing to print on a piece of paper that had separated our cheese slices…

surely you save similar things too…

the pretty purple background above was a gift from my friend Lisa as we were singing the praises of security envelopes and I had never seen a purple patterned one before…

each printing turns out a little differently because of the designs the tea makes on the tea bag and how it runs through the inkjet printer…

now that I know just how easy this is I will be doing more and I may try ironing the tea bags a little bit for my next go round…

getting out the iron never seems to be foremost on my mind…

thanks to the many inspiring people that visit and post in blogland making it such a special place to be…

I am really enjoying everyone’s excitement about my recent gelatin monoprinting which reminds me why I started blogging in the first place back in 2007…

being excited and sharing what you enjoy is contagious…

I am very happy you came to visit today…

you can visit Kimmie for lots of other tea stops here

and lastly,

Eleanor Roosevelt has some of the best quotes…

this oldie but goodie was perfect to share today:

“A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt 1884-1962
                                                        OXO

little tea

what is it about little things that speak to some of us…

I could not believe my good fortune when I came across a plastic bag full of this very fine array of miniature books for a song at an antique shop…

the little Haiku with Birds below measures about 1.75 x 2.75 inches (4.445 x 6.985 cm)…

new or old…

ragged…

wrecked…

big or small…

books carry a mysterious kind of magnetism for me

I was recently charmed by Dymphie’s amazing mini book earring creations here and Cynnie’s super mini book post here

those little’s made me think of some small tea cups I have…

lined up in a row they are sized just right for Goldilocks and The Three Bears

the Red Riding Hood Bavarian china pieces were a gift I bought with birthday money when I was very young living in Germany…

it is a bit of an odd feeling to know that any questions I have about details surrounding the tea set are not likely to be answered now that my father and mother have both passed on…

there is more I would like to know about the set…

clearly I liked the little dishes very much and did actually play with them…

I wonder how many cups came in the set …

and what happened to the creamer …

my Dad was a master fix it guy and very patient when it came to puttering…

looks like the glue just didn’t want to hold on the sugar bowl handle…I still have the pieces…

“On autumn-crisp nights …

Against harvest-moon background–

Wavering geese-lines” ~Haiku with Birds by Pall W. Bohne, 1967, Book #190 out of 250 printed

today I am enjoying a cup of homemade Yogi Tea and does the house ever smell good too…

whether your tea is little or big…I hope you enjoy your day…

Kimmie’s Art in Red Wagons has more bloggers to visit here…


Nice Light Tea

a cup of something soothing with the recent nip in the air…

the young girls black patent leather shoe that I planted and have had out in the garden for a few years is showing some wear…

which is normal with the passing of time…

now for something very exciting…

if you enjoy tea AND music you will want to pop over and visit 

Tea and Sympathy

“…an English Tea Shop in New York City” …

they recently put out a request for favorite “tea” tunes

I joined in and was honored to make their list with my Stevie Wonder song selection…

“Come Back as a Flower” reminds me of sipping tea out in the garden…

you will not want to miss the brilliant and varied selection of great tunes offered here

 Happy T Tuesday one and all…

Yogi Tea * the original chai

Thanks to my Kundalini yoga teachers, I have been enjoying this delicious and healthy tea for almost ten years now. Judy, thank you for reminding me that I had promised to share the recipe!

YOGI TEA is a health-promoting beverage and tonic for the whole body. It strengthens the nervous system, energizes the body, and clears the mind. It is both a remedy and preventative measure for colds, allergies and other diseases of the mucous membranes. The combined spices create a synergistic healing effect.
Black pepper is a blood purifier
Cardamom aids digestion (I buy the green pods)
Cloves strengthen the nervous system
Cinnamon aids calcium absorption
Ginger heals inflammations and removes physical weakness
Soy or dairy milk aids in assimilation
Black tea activates the ingredients

You can buy the spices in bulk at some health food stores or ethnic markets.    Bulk is vastly more reasonable than regular grocery store container spices.

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 20 whole cloves
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 5 sticks of cinnamon
  • 20 whole cardamom pods (split the pods first)
  • 8 fresh ginger slices (1/4″ thick, no need to peel)
  • 1/2 teaspoon regular or decaf black tea leaves (approximately 1 tea bag)
  • Dairy or soy milk and honey or maple syrup to taste

Preparation:

Bring two quarts of water to a boil. Add cloves and boil one minute. Add cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon, and ginger. Cover and boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer for one or more hours still covered. Remove from heat, add black tea and let cool. Strain and store in the refrigerator. Reheat when you want a cup and add milk and sweetener to taste.   Some people like drinking it cold.

Another added benefit to brewing Yogi Tea is that your house will smell wonderful with the aroma of spices!

Enjoy * Enjoy

“The act of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

*note: I am linking this post to Ana’s Friday Archive Dive theme of “recipe”*