Two Happy Teacups
Turns Two !!!
What are we thankful for this
Holiday season? Our supportive friends and customers of course!
My how quickly these last two years have
flown by! Just yesterday it seems we were knee deep in paint,
plaster, renovation pains and business plans. Then suddenly it
was opening day, Nov 1st 2003. In the quiet of that
early Saturday morning, with nervous smiles and hopeful hearts we
opened our Farm House doors for the first time, wondering if anyone
Now two years later, with beaming smiles
and grateful hearts, we think about everyone who has entered through
those doors as new customers and left as old friends. The
countless special moments we were honored to host; the laughter and
the conversations; the birthdays and anniversaries; the baby and
wedding showers; the families and friendships; the hello hugs and
till we meet again tears. Each memory brings a smile, each moment
touched our hearts.
A word about Tea
How to Brew a
Perfect Pot of Tea
from bags is comparable in flavor to instant coffee. Loose Tea
made the proper way is like gourmet coffee. There truly is that
much difference in flavor.
Boil a kettle of freshly drawn water.
Pour one inch of the hot water into teapot. Swirl
to warm the teapot then pour out through the spout.
Measure in the tea, using one tsp per cup of water
and one tsp for the pot.
Add rapidly boiling water and steep for 5 minutes.
(This time could vary by tea and preference)
Strain, pour into teacup and enjoy!
Dispose of used leaves in garbage or compost
pile. Even if you have a disposal the leaves can clog your sink.
contained in a tempered teapot,
when splashed and spilled will scold if still hot.
Words which I
right, when written read wrong.
The sentences that spill belie they belong,
to memories contained and tempered by time, warming these pages with
Stories to warm the heart
While organizing some of the clutter at home, I came across a
wrinkled, yellowed and stained piece of paper in a box in the
basement. Unfolding the page reveled a memory; in handwriting that
was instantly familiar. The words, in my father’s own hand, were
written over 15 years ago just before my grandfather passed away.
The sentiment, matching my own memory, could have been written by me
9 years ago when I last walked with my Dad. After reading these
reflective rhymes I sniffled a little and then a smile came to my
face as I thought about our sameness and the words which I’d right…
have seen him standing tall;
the strongest, tallest man of all.
hands have felt his strong firm grip;
guiding, caring, lest I slip.
ears have heard his soft words;
there was wind, why there was rain,
was joy and sometimes pain.
Where was Katmandu, even Timbuktu;
And at least, a time or two….
A touch, a smile, a bit more than
“How do you do?”
here stand I, never quite that tall,
for heroes always stand above one and all. Yet to look in his eyes,
my gaze now must drop, his eyes sparkle, and
twinkle and then stop…
arms still feel that same strong grip,
as he holds me for fear he may slip…
my lips speak words of wind and rain,
him of joy and they tell him of pain,
and even where in the world we
but his mind, his ears, hear so
his eyes question me…
has gone by, lost like a breeze,
Gone summer’s heat;
Gone winter’s freeze;
Perhaps gone a child’s thoughts,
Even a young man’s dreams.
a grown man reflects of when he was a lad.
How so wonderful the world
when I walked with my Dad…
Health Benefits of Tea
Here's Drinking To Your Health
Drinking tea not
only provides a flavorful taste experience, but also helps promote
good health. Since ancient times, the Chinese have valued tea’s
medicinal properties and praised its many health benefits.
research and modern medicine affirm that tea, whether Black, Green,
White or Red, may provide an impressive list of health benefits. We
encourage you to learn more about the potential health benefits of
tea online or at The Talking Teacup and hope that you will get
infused with the taste and the medicinal value of tea!
in Preventing Cancer and Heart Disease:
It’s believed that free radicals can cause heart disease, some kinds
of cancer and increase the risk of strokes. Recent research has
shown the following:
tea with its high antioxidant levels may help protect the body from
cancer by combating dangerous free radical activity and inhibiting
uncontrolled cell growth.
may have curative properties that inhibit the development of heart
disease and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack
may increase coronary flow and promote healthy blood vessel
tea lowers cholesterol levels.
Tea’s Role in Naturally Combating Anxiety and
L-theanine, a unique amino acid, accounts for over
50% of the free amino acids in tea leaves. Studies show that it may
promote relaxation and calm by influencing chemicals in the brain as
it is derivative of glutamic acid, a neurotransmitter located in the
brain. Easily absorbed by the brain, it influences chemicals such as
dopamine and serotonin, which affect mood. Studies show that the
amino acid, without causing drowsiness, enhances overall
concentration and focus. The effect of L-theanine in combination
with caffeine may contribute to the feeling of increased energy and
overall calm that many tea drinkers experience
the Immune System. Research indicates
that drinking tea helps strengthen the immune system. L-theanine,
as discussed above, also aids the immune system in combating and
naturally resisting infection, bacteria and viruses.
Weight Management. Some preliminary
research shows that drinking Green tea may help decrease body weight
and speed up insulin activity.
Bone Health. Research indicates that tea
flavonoids may strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.