Tea with Ainee and reading of Nomad by Sibella Court

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 Teatime with Ainee and of the book, Nomad; A global approach to interior style…viewing of the world corners whilst at Duncan Donuts one morning.

Where true principles lack, the results are imperfect.—Henry Madathanas. And with the idea of the Nomad stems forth these words from the poem titled:

The Life of the Nomad by The Amir Abd al-Qadir

“For fame we have sold our citizenship forever, for fame is not won in the town! We are kings! None can compare himself with us! Does he then truly live, who lives in shame?”

my little teapots stuff of new this year

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Nomad by Sibella Court

A global approach to interior style

Nomad a global approach to interior style by Sibella Court

I viewed of this book while at Duncan Donuts one morning waiting for my yoga class to begin. I mean it was early in the morning and I went in to pass the time. I had this book with me and so I began to leaf through it. I found it contained favored objects from Japan and New Mexico; specifically it explained the many uses of Bamboo.

What Bamboo Can Make

The many uses of bamboo in Japan: chairs are made, utensils, teapots, tea kettles, scaffolding, tea whisks (for their famed Matcha, perhaps!), ladles, and spoons are made from bamboo; as well as matting, screens, kitchen ceiling, pipe covering, teapot handles, bridges, shoes, sandals, and garden tools to naming of a few. Wow.

There was a small section on heavy luggage, nothing to do with bamboo. I am noting the comment on this traveler collecting of stones to bring back home as this made me think of the many times I collect stones or rocks from the beach and my walk about; and recently I threw a bucket full of precious stones (odd in shapes and texture) as I was cleaning out my storage unit and I could not find reason for keeping of such a thing. I have others but not as fine as those I threw away, I am sorry to admit now.

Anyhow, this book made me see the world as not or ever seen because I don’t travel except when reading such a book the like of this reading.  I may be deported one day; like black mailed or such to pay up or else. I am fearful; for my life has come to be of this emptiness and nothingness. That is why I have been blogging, all the while hoping for a better ending than this, surely I thought there might be more out there for me? Anyhow, there was an exhibit in this book celebrating of the artist Frieda Khalo Diego Rivera, whose exhibit was lovely; depicting Mexican pride. ..or such; I enjoyed of this as well because her work was familiar to me; like when seeing the work of O’Keefe depicted, one immediately recognize her work. This is what I mean; familiarity breeds the same thoughts and emotions.

Tea mentioning:

teahouse in Damscus viewed in Nomad book

 

Teahouse in Damascus and yet it was a coffee house and what a coincidence as I was seated at a Duncan Donuts while perusing of this Nomad book read.  I like learning that the famed Damascus rose scent stems from Damascus so anytime one is fortunate to obtain a rose scented fragrance one is to think of this ancient place…

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Tea with Ainee ends with this reminder of how tea masters guarded their treasures with religious secrecy, and it was often necessary to open a whole series of boxes, one within another, before reaching the shrine itself—silken wrapping within whose soft folds lay the holy of holies. Rarely was the object exposed to view, and then only to the initiated.—Kakuzo Okakura

This tea legacy brought to the world from farthest east to Europe, the Mediterranean, to the Americas, and back again and continuing always in ways not ever imagine and enjoyed similarly by all who have come to know of the having of tea!

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Duncan Donuts everyone stops here

Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee & Jane of Lantern Hill, a reading of…

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Teatime with ainee ~~~~Tea and books—mmmmmm, two of life’s exquisite pleasures that together bring near – bliss.—Christine Hanrahan

What more is to be said of this divine elixir?

Take care not to spoil its purity,

For drinking wipes clean all dust and pain—

A drought of spiritual grace.

From the mountain,

Where it naturally lives,

I brought a tree to my own untamed garden.

The tree, to my great delight, flourished,

And now I can invite my friends over for some.—Wei Ying Wu

a bouquet of flowers in teapot needlepoint at Oh my gosh antiques

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Reading has gotten me into more and more worrisome trouble; I plug at it when not too depressed. Taking heed knowing that I will have to stop doing of this soon.

Stop of what?

This blogging and copying of others, as they are paid to do this, while I am not paid or known. Anyhow, I frequent the library more time than not. I have made mention of attending library book sales. Well this is how I came to stumbling on this book title

Jane of Lantern Hill by L. M. Montgomery

Jane of Lantern Hill Montgomery

Afternoon Tea

“An afternoon tea was in progress at 60 Gay when she arrived there. The big drawing-room, decorated lavishly with pale pink snap-dragons and tulips and maidenhair fern, was full of people. Mother, in orchid chiffon, with loose trailing lace sleeves, was laughing and chatting. Grandmother, with blue-white diamonds sparkling in her hair, was sitting on her favourite needle-point chair, looking, so one lady said, “Such an utterly sweet silver-haired thing, just like a Whistler mother.” Aunt Gertrude and Aunt Sylvia were pouring tea at a table covered with Venetian lace, where tall pink tapers were burning.”

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee sharing of this Centennial Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Palliser

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Teatime with ainee is honoring this upcoming Centennial Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Palliser in Calgary Canada. It is an FYI!

Afternoon Tea Dancing in the Streets

This Sunday, the castle-like hotel is hosting a party that will literally stop traffic along 9 Avenue S.W. The Fairmont Palliser’s Centennial Afternoon Tea Dance takes place Sunday, June 15 between 2 and 4 p.m.  There will be big bands and swing dancing in the street. Pastries will be given out and tea will be served. It’s an ode to the glory days of the Palliser’s afternoon tea dances.

The mid-afternoon parties are a product of the Victorian era that carried through the early 20th century when live orchestras would play and well-dressed guests would dance and snack into the early evening.

Tea dances were a way to cut costs — buffet-style afternoon parties with tea was much less expensive than a sit-down supper. The Fairmont Palliser did hold supper dances including the Cowboy Ball, held during the first week of the Calgary Stampede between 1924 and 1939, which was so popular that dancers overflowed the lobby onto the street.

PalliserPostcard(1) Tea Dancing weekend

Read entire article at: http://www.avenuecalgary.com/Things-to-Do/Afternoon-Tea-Dancing-in-the-Streets/

http://www.fairmont.com/palliser-calgary/

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee’s reading of this book as suggested by the Mystery Book Club of Winthrop, MA

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Teatime with ainee always reading of something, when not too troubled for other wise…

“The ancient tea mountains bathed in the setting sunshine. The old tea trees stretching out their ancient branches as if turning their nose to the human world and recalling antiquity. ~Yang  Jiang Ming”

suggested reading:

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Detective Maisie Dobbs must investigate the reappearance of a dead man who turns up at a cooperative farm called the Retreat that caters to men who are recovering their health after World War I. As  I read of this and wondered if Simon was indeed her lover return again to help her get through her nursing studies/duties as her father Frank Dobbs wants her to be an accomplish professional.

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Tea mentioning:

“Don’t be, Mrs. Daveham, Don’t be, take some tea.”

“Keeping Maisie’s hand in hers, the woman took the cup in her other hand and shaking, lifted it t her lips to sip the still-hot tea.”

“She moved only to pour more tea and to bring her own cup to her lips.”

“Maisie saw the face of the other people in the tearoom, occasionally looking toward them, drawn to a conversation they could not overhear but could not help observe.”

“Maisie took a sip of her tea and continued, “I questioned the coincidence of several men buried with only their Christian names to identify them…”

“Maisie sat on a large cushion on the floor sipping her tea, while cup and saucer on the floor and rubbed her cold feet.”

“We’ve got another half hour. Then let’s get up and go get ourselves a mug of that strong tea,” said Iris, making an attempt to reclaim the comfort of deep sleep.”

“One of the medical officers sat down with Iris and Maisie ready to gossip as he sipped scalding tea and took a bite out of the thick crust bread.”

“The two women left the tea shop and walked together toward the bus stop just outside the station where Enid would catch a bus to work.”

“Maisie looked sideways at her companions, who were continuing with their tea quietly in order to listen to conversation.”

“Father and daughter laughed together, then sat in companionable silence drinking tea and eating apple pie, comfortable with only the heavy tick-tock of the grandfather clock for company.”

“I’ll keep it with me all the time, just in case.” Maisie slipped the knife into her bag, leaned across to the table to kiss her father in the cheek, then reached for her tea.”

“After tea, Maisie walked through the gardens and down to the Dower house.”

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Newsletter story sharing from Simpsons and Vail (http://www.svtea.com/)

Sharing of this tea newsletter and their Quiche recipe

Simpson & Vail Inc., one of the oldest Tea companies in the USA, is a family owned business dedicated to offering quality teas from around the world. They have over 300 teas (black, green, oolong, decaf, flavored, flowering white and blends) from China, India, Japan, Bolivia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nepal, Indonesia, and Taiwan.

FAMILY2013-1 Simpson & Vail, The Harron Family

At Simpson & Vail, the Harron family’s mission is to provide the highest standard in quality tea, providing good service and value to their repeated customers. The family is dedicated to bringing the finest quality, most health conscious products at the fairest prices. (I have been following along and when I received of this latest newsletter I thought to include of it in this post for a quick recipe section.)

The Harmutty tea estate is one of the oldest tea gardens in Assam, dating back to the 1870’s. It is located in the North East region of Assam, in the North Lakimpur district alongside the Dikrong river and bordering the forest of Arunachal Pradesh. The name Lakimpur is thought to be derived from “Lakshmi”, the name for the Goddess of Prosperity.

The golden tippy leaves are uniform in size and well styled. They brew to a smooth and malty cup with classic Assam boldness.

Brew tea at 212º – steep for 3 minutes.

Assam teas complement foods such as chocolate, spiced desserts, meat, strong cheeses, fish and more.
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Quiche with a Black Tea Crust and Green Tea Spinach

Quiche  and green tea spinach recipe

Crust:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp black tea, coarsely ground
1/3 cup butter, frozen
1/4 cup ice cold water

Preparation:
In a bowl mix together the flour and the tea leaves. Using a grater, grate the butter into small pieces and stir into the flour/tea mixture. Add ice water 1 Tbsp at a time and toss the dough lightly through your fingers to mix. Avoid pressing the dough together; let pieces fall separately.

When all the dry flour is mixed in, press dough into a ball and flatten it. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Roll out on a lightly floured surface. Fold crust in half, slip it gently into a 9inch pie plate, and unfold. Trim edge so that it overhangs pie plate ¼ – ½ inch. Fold edge underneath itself and flute.

Filling:

1 tsp green tea (I used Gunpowder Green Tea) 
1 cup boiling water
1 lb fresh spinach leaves, washed and chopped
1 large leek, (white and pale green parts only), sliced (approx. 3 cups)
2 Tbsp butter
1 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
4 eggs
1 cup half and half
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 cup swiss cheese ( I used Madrigal cheese)

Preparation:
Toast the green tea over medium heat until the tea is lightly browned (approximately 5 minutes). Remove from the heat, put the toasted leaves in a measuring cup and fill with 1 cup of boiling water. Steep for 2 minutes then strain the leaves out and return the brewed tea to the pan. Heat on low and add the chopped spinach leaves and cook until wilted. Remove from the heat, strain and cool.

In another frying pan melt the butter and add the leeks, cooking, on medium-high heat, until they are tender. Remove from the heat when done and cool.

Preheat the oven to 425.

Retrieve the crust from the refrigerator and, on a floured surface, roll out the crust to fit into a 9-inch pie plate (see directions above).

In a bowl beat the eggs with a whisk. Add the cream, salt, pepper and mustard and whisk. Add the cheese and stir.

In the crust, layer the leeks, then spinach, corn kernels, and finally the red pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables. Cook at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce the heat to 375 and bake for another 20 minutes, until the center is set and the top is lightly browned.

A slice of quiche with a fresh green salad – a heavenly treat!

Quiche recipe completed with salad side dish

http://www.svtea.com/Assam-Harmutty-Estate-Black-Tea/productinfo/T0914/

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Tea with Ainee enjoyed several cups of tea while perusing of these tea findings and mentioning.  I am happy to say that tea continues to have that strange influence over my mood; a strangeness in power; in that it can change the way I see of things, changing it for the better, so that I can have hope where there may have not been any before. Because without tea, I would give up, residing only in discouragement and despair which at times I feel it so over whelming-ly so. Anyhow, it is becoming serendipitous by nature or habitual it seems like. If stopping here for a visit, imploring of all, to keep the warmth alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee–During AIDS Walk 5K Run Boston!

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Teatime with ainee in attendance as volunteer walker-fundraiser at AIDS Walk 5K Run at the Hatch Shell…

Teatime with ainee did walk for charity and fundraised for AIDS Walk through The AIDS Action Committee. I am happy to say it is over for me. For others who are employed or work for this committee the work is never over; rather on-going —This annual grassroots community event benefiting the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. The key focus is in preventing the spread of this epidemic. As a walker for those who pledge/donated to my walk, we try to raise awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on individuals, families and the community (wholly) and together we work to stop the spread of HIV. It is with this thought in mind (perseverance)that we come to acknowledge our achievements and to celebrate this commemorative 29th AIDS Walk Boston & 5K run. I say thank you for doing so well and to continue with doing what’s needing be done. Stay strong!

lovely day to be at Hatch Shell for AIDS Walk Run Boston

AIDS Walk Donate Now tent table check in donations tent pre-walkers runners arriving at AIDS Walk area dress ups at start line AIDS Walk 2014 Hatch Shell from a distance AIDS Walk 2014 approaching the finish line AIDS Walk 2014 approaching finish line at AIDS Walk 2014 dancers perfoming on stage at Hatch Shell at AIDS Walk 2014 cleans meal replacement Project Fresh vendors at AIDS Walk Run

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Some Products sampling:

Products that I received during attendance at the AIDS Walk & 5K Run from their Wellness Festival (Wellness is a goal for everyone wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle. AIDS Walk & 5K Run promotes wellness as a prevention method for HIV/AIDS as well as other health issues. They were on the Esplanade from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm); I visited the wellness festival after my walk around noontime and I received some samples of vitamins from Nordic Naturals and sunscreen and moisturizer from Aubrey Organics, Inc.

Nordic Naturals Inc vendors table at AIDS Walk 2014

Nordic Naturals booklet  wi Berries Omega 3 Complete Omega sample packets

Nordic Naturals, Inc.

www.nordicnaturals.com

Contact: info@nordicnaturals.com

international@nordicnaturals.com

At Nordic Naturals they believe that Omega Oils are an essential aspect of living healthy. By correcting the global omega3 deficiency, they give each generation what is needed to grow healthy and strong. This is done through science and innovation, they are committed to delivering the world’s safest, and most effective omega oils.

Nordic Berries Omega 3 Complete Omega sample packets

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Aubrey Organics, Inc.

www.aubrey-organics.com

Aubrey organics tanning handout table at AIDS Walk 2014 Aubrey Revitalizing Therapy Cleanser and Aubrey Natural Sunscreen

Revitalizing Therapy Cleanser with Rosa Mosqueta Rose Hip Seed Oil Moisture Intensive; this product contains Organic Ingredients. Ultra-rich, hydrating cleanser gently removes makeup and impurities while maintaining your skin’s moisture balance for a soft beautifully radiant complexion.

Aubrey Natural Sun spf45 contains all natural ingredients.

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Sharing of this newsletter

Freer | | Sackler

The Smithsonian’s Institute of Asian Art

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

Event at http://asia.si.edu/events/

February 22–July 27, 2014
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Chinese Storage Jar at Sackler Gallery

The power of seeing, the power of naming. Japanese collectors in the sixteenth century used the compact tea room as the setting for interacting with objects. Looking closely at form and surface, they singled out exceptional works and gave them personal names. These named objects could develop a reputation and a history as they were displayed and used in tea gatherings.

Chigusa and the Art of Tea shows how one Chinese storage jar was transformed into a vessel worthy of display, adornment, and contemplation. Diaries of tea events reveal what the writers admired about Chigusa, which appears alongside other cherished objects—Chinese calligraphy, Chinese and Korean tea bowls, Japanese stoneware jars and wooden vessels—used during this formative era of Japanese tea culture.

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Teawithainee has been challenging in trying to keep up appearance of doing something /anything to do with tea when not actually doing things of good. Perhaps is why I thought to make mention of the charitable walk that I have partaken in. I am not employed, I attempted to be a writer but I cannot write. I cannot sell or do anything. I walk to get around; other wise useless. I am sorry that this could not have been more than it has been. A sham of a journal log, my tea for today was a cup of Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus to help my aching bones.

Thank you for reading!

ducks at the Charles River boat area AIDS Walk 2014

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Tea with Ainee–books with tea mentioning. I saw several teapots, teacups set while in Rockport, MA

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Teatime with ainee has just one more walk for charity to complete and that would be AIDS Walk with The AIDS Action Committee. I will be happiest with this walk behind me because my nerves are brittle for some reason or another. Anyhow, I had not been to the Boston Public Library in a long while and as I was in Boston last week, I took the time to visit their bookshelves and found this latest read (Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty), not to my liking unfortunately, but it does have some mention of having tea.

The Boston Public Libray Copley Square branch

“A healer’s power stems not from any special ability, but from maintaining the courage and awareness to embody and express the universal healing power that every human being naturally possesses.”
―Leventhal

Spotting of Teapots while in Rockport, MA at a sports card shop of all places.

Black n white floral teapot in Rockport MA sport memorabilia shop     porcelain gold trims with blue floral Black n white floral teapot in Rockport MA sport memorabilia shop

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A day was spent wondering around in Rockport, MA and while there I impulsively asked to visit this Asian Art shop along Bear Skin Neck; I did not take the time to notice the name of the shop. I am sorry to say. Anyhow, this shop had many teacups and teapots set and several boxes of tea: Oolong Tea, Jasmine Tea, White Tea and I did not dig further as they may have had Pu-erh Teas as well.  This was an impromptu /unexpected find in Rockport, MA.

teacup teaset gift Asian Gallery gift shop Rockport MA oolong tea, jasmine tea Asian Gallery shop Rockport MA Jasmine tea White Tea at Asian gallery shop in Rockport MA

blue and white floral teapot and teacups set Asian Gallery shop in Rockport MA

I have made mention of this natural health and alternative medicine course taken this year and what it means to me: one is to adhere to things made (derived) of the earth and not chemicals manufactured in labs; yet they are needed as well. For me there must always be that cup of tea to fix what ails me; most of the time this works and when it does not I surrender to the drugs that physicians might dispense before me by way of a prescription..—Tea with Ainee

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The Alternative Health program, that I studied,  many books were used and I wish to review and discuss a bit of the book title: The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health by Larry Trivieri, Jr., and The American Holistic Medical Association.

The American Holistic Medical Association Guide to Holistic Health

This book provides healing therapies for optimal wellness. Its spectrum focuses on the unifying themes and distinctive features of health systems around the world and across the ages. It is a resource book for individuals interested in their personal well being, as well as for health professionals who wants to deepen what they know of holistic medicine.

One of this book’s main focus is on the selection of a Practitioner, because many of those purporting to be naturopathic physicians posses only a mail-order or correspondence degrees, one of the most important steps anyone can take in choosing to explore naturopathic medicine is to work only with a licensed practitioner who is also a member of AANP. To locate AANP-Sanctioned N.D.s, contact the AANP at:

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians

8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300

McLean, Virginia 22102

Phone: (703) 610-9037

E-mail: webmaster@naturopathic.org

Website: www.naturopathic.org

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One section of more importance to myself was on Botanical Medicine…which is derivative of plant-base substances. More commonly known as herbal medicine, botanical medicine represents one of the oldest forms of healing and has been employed by nearly all world cultures since the beginning of recorded history.

Today, botanical medicine is one of the largest and fastest-growing components of holistic medicine, largely due to increasing public interest in alternative self-care measures, and not to mentioned the consumer’s concern about drug-induced side effects.

Some examples of conventional medicines that derives from plants are: aspirin, digitalis, quinine, morphine, Taxol, AZT and reserpine.  Herbs and herbal remedies are available in most retail outlets in the United States; with supermarkets accounting for most of this rapid growth in the mainstream supplement market.

Forms of Botanical Medicine

Botanical medicines are available in a variety of forms with various degrees of effectiveness.  The most common commercial forms are whole herbs and powders, teas, capsules and tablets, tinctures, herbal extracts, essential oils, and balms and ointments.

Whole herbs and powders consist of all part of herbs that have been cut and powdered. Herbs in this form are most often sold in bulk by herbal retailers and health food stores.

Herbal Teas represent one of the most popular forms of herbal medicine and are now commercially available in mainstream drugstores and grocery chains, in addition to health food stores. Commercial teas are sold in the form of tea bags, as well as in loose powder form.  One of the simplest forms of herbal teas is known as an infusion, which is prepared by steeping dried or fresh herbs in boiling water. Infusions are effective means of using herbs such as chamomile, rose hips, and herbs from the mint family.

This reminds me of the Aubrey GPB Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner Rosemary Peppermint Conditioner that I purchased while at The Nutrition Source store. This conditioner nourishes and strengthens for full, shiny, healthy hair. I guess I will have to wait and experience it more to see such results. My hair did feel cleaner and seem healthy with not as much breakage. Learn more of the Aubrey (All-Natural Ingredients) products at www.aubrey-organics.com

Essential Oils are another favorite of mine; as they are very popular in the United States due to the increasing interest in aromatherapy. Essential oils are made from distilled essences of various plants parts, and are applied externally and are usually diluted in water or carrier oil, due to their high concentration.

I recently acquired some Pure Essential Lavender Oil from this Estheticians who’s Dynamic Facials & Massage I have made use of when I have the money for this luxury. I add a bit of the oil to lotions that I keep nearby for my dry skin and tired muscles for all the walking that I do.

100% pure essential oil Lavender

I selected to make mention of this Guide Book to Holistic Health because it is something that many of us practice daily with our day to day routine without realizing perhaps the scope of plants medicine, mind-and-body medicine, Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Yoga bodywork, Ayurvedic medicine, Homeopathy medicine, Nutritional medicine, Naturopathy medicine and much more. What we naturalist takes for granted from having being brought up to live and learn from nature; others spend many years / decades even to master and obtain license to become practitioners.

So my visit to The Nutrition Source is another example of knowing where to go and find what I need to get me going per se.

Favorite examples of Herbalist and their practitioners can be met at: Herbstalk in June, held each year at the Armory in Somerville, MA. It is an event worth attending if this is of further interest http://herbstalk.org/

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Another Book in Review:

Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty

Nothing stays buried in the Big Easy…

Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty

Zoë Norris is the main character of this novel and her task is a writer of travel guides for the undead. She is most efficient at this because she has an uncanny ability to speak to the cities she is writing about. Ms. Norris was most successful with The Shambling Guide to New York City, Zoë with the help of new team are sent to New Orleans to write another travel guide book; while there the challenge will be to stay alive and finish of this sequel.

There seems to be a war of sort waging on between vampires and zombies throughout this book and I found this one section that explains it best. There is a choice to be made and for this victim he chose to be a vampire. “Arthur looked at the vampire. “I think that would be all right”, he said. “If you’ll have me.”… “I am going one way or another. Vampires don’t rot and they don’t lose their shit if they don’t eat. At least, not as bad as zombies. If I have to choose, I choose vampire.”

Tea mentioning:

“OK, you made the tea in the kitchen, right? She walked to the kitchen without waiting for him to answer.”

“Arthur had grudgingly accepted it as long as Ben promised a lifetime supply of the herbs.”

“Why would she need Zoëtist herbs?”

“She went to the cupboard where he kept tea and coffee, which stood ajar, and opened it wider. The tin Arthur kept his herbs in wasn’t there.”

“She wished she had packed some of the teas she had gotten from Granny Good Mae, but she had run out. Since she had gone several weeks without getting injured in a coterie encounter she kept forgetting to find a new supplier.”

“Zoë busied herself with the tea—thank goodness the supernatural beings could confirm that it was simply chamomile grown in the Doyenne’s garden, downstream from where the golem had tried to kill Reynard.”

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I visited one of my favorite shops to purchase some much needed Iron supplements and some other items and I got several free samples of this Calcium Plus packets.  Several magazines and two CD’s from this shop….The Nutrition Source of Boylston, MA.

Some Products:

Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus, Raspberry-Lemon flavor from Pure Essence Labs; is perfect mixture of calcium/magnesium ratio with every co-factor needed for strong bones. Provides superior absorption.

www.pureessencelabs.com

Ionic Fizz Calcium Plus samples from The Nutrition Source Boylston MA

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Natural Calm Sweet Lemon Flavor by Natural Vitality is a relaxing magnesium supplement which is good for Anti-Stress as it balances your calcium intake by restoring healthy magnesium levels. This I purchased from The Nutrition Source as well.

www.naturalvitality.com

Natural Vitality Sweet Lemon Natural Calm the anti stress drink

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www.organicconnectmag.com

A delicious living supplement magazine

Better Nutrition Magazine handhout from The Nutrition Source

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The Way to Vibrant Health” with Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN is a free CD that I received during my visit to The General Nutrition Source shop. The CD is for learning about toxins in the air, water, food & intestines. You can learn about the unique benefits of Noni 100, 4Total Cleanse, 4Digestion, 4anti-oxidation, 4total nutrition, 4energy and much more.

The Way to Vibrant Health Learning about toxins CD

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Açaí is “The Treasure of the Amazon” CD that I received as well and this is from Natural Living Network providing an interview with Dr. Lindsey Duncan, ND, CN.

Acai Treasure of the Amazon  Natural Living Network

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Reading is something that I have always done and I am happy that at times I can share my thoughts and readings within this blog. It truly is to be representative of my health and state of mind. A quest has led me here, now I am graying and frail unliken to when I had a humble dwelling and I could walk and walk and get back to it and report of my day and the energy found on some long road in Methuen, MA where this Teawithainee began. My lost and shame is my own. With this Memorial Weekend Holiday behind me and summer is to be encroaching upon us; unfortunately for today is another day of rain and grayness. I have enjoyed a hot cup of Ionic Fizz’s Calcium Plus this morning and I just made for myself a cup of Natural Vitality Sweet Lemon Flavor of Natural Calm, anti-stress drink.  No matter, let’s keep the warmth alive!

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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Tea with Ainee viewed this Gibson teapot at Brimfield and sharing of the Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

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Teatime with Ainee viewed a lovely Gibson teapot at Brimfield Antique and Collectibles show. And while at the library I found this Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook by the Beekman 1802 Farm.

 “In Zen tea, technical terms are few. Nothing is hoarded or implemented as a treasured secret. If you yearn for a tea based on various topics of study and expand your time absorbing written transmissions, you will fail to attain the genuine way of tea.”

―Sen Jakuan Sotaku

Gibsons Teapot

http://www.gibsonspottery.com/

Vintage Gibsons Teapot England Staffordshire White Gold Floral FlowerMore of these teapots can be viewed on Ebay at

http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_kw=Vintage+GIBSONS+Made+In+Staffordshire+England+TEAPOT

 

Gibson Teapot at Brimfiled Antiques May Festivities

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Welcome to Brimfield Since 1959, Brimfield, Massachusetts has been the Antique and Collectibles Capital of the United States. There are 21 independent shows and thousands of dealers. It is the premiere hot spot for antiquing and collecting in America, Brimfield attracts people from around the world. Rare and unusual items can be found as buyers search through history’s great marketplace. I should note that there is nothing like getting there and reaching the Brimfield Center store and viewing of their Used Books table…what the world needs is more and more books.

Brimfield Antiques Center Brimfield Antiques May Festitivities

 

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Book in Review:

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

Not a book review, but a sharing of a recipe

The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook cover

While at the library, I saw this vegetable cookbook being displayed and viewed of it to find this Teacup Jell-O Salad with Arugula for a serving of six.

Teacup Jello Salad Beekman Heirloom

Arugula, also called salad rocket, was not cultivated in the United States until the early 70s and is one of the few vegetables that exist in its pure, unadulterated form. Here we put its peppery kick to good use. If you prefer, you can make this an 8-cup bowl and serve it from the bowl.

½ cup pecans

2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) plain unflavored gelatin

¾ cup cold water

1 ½ cups fresh lime juice (about 12 limes)

1 ½ cups sugar

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese

1 can (8 ounces) juice-packed crushed pineapple

1/3 finely diced celery

1 cup baby arugula, finely chopped

Tidbit: The long, slow tasting of the pecans ensures that they will remain crisp in the salad.

Preheat the oven to 250 Fahrenheit. Place the pecans in a small pan and toast for 1 hour, or until crisp (see tidbit). When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop.

In a glass measuring cup, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water and let stand 5 minutes until swollen. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of the lime juice and the sugar to a simmer over low heat, stirring for 2 minutes until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the gelatin and cook for 1 minute until melted.

Transfer the lime juice mixture to a bowl and stir in the remaining ½ cup lime juice. Refrigerate for 30 minutes until its consistency is honey.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream until soft peaks form. On low speed, beat in the lime mixture. With a rubber spatula, fold in the pecans, ricotta, pineapple, celery, and arugula. Spoon into eight 6 ounce teacups or custard cups and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until set.

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I don’t enjoy reading and discovering of things to do with teas as did when I first started of this blog because my life has been over for sometime now. Only this shell existence and I blog when not bothered too much for doing of it. It is imagine, on my part, for being bothered. I hope readers enjoy all aspects of tea with Ainee as it is changing in ways that I had not expected but still seemingly of interest to some persons out there. No tea for this quick mentioning of treasures found at Brimfield. I did view many garden variety toads, frogs made of stone and other gems of nature. I am sorry if I am failing readers, as there are probably none. Were it another blogger, there would be plenty of interest. I imagine of this as well.

stone frog garden variety at Brimfield Antiques May Festivities frog siting at Brimfield Antiques May Festitivities

frogs at Brimfield Antiques May Fest frogs yard display at Brimfield Antiques May Fest

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Happy teas to all and thank you for reading!

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