Black tea

Christmas Tunes: And Lo… by Forest Creatures

We have now entered December! I hope you are getting all sorts of Christmas vibes. It’s day 2 of my Steeped Tea advent Calendar; it was a treat to enjoy a mug of Maraschino Cherry Black Tea this morning. It’s getting me all warmed up for the holidays.

Next week I’ve planned a Christmas cookie baking day with my mom. I expect I’ll go home with many goodies – yum yum! Good thing you won’t be able to tell how much Christmas baking I’ve eaten this season by the size of my belly.

I’m wishing for snow, but I keep seeing wet, dreary rain out my window. Next week might bring a change in the weather; in the meanwhile I don’t mind enjoying hot tea and baking inside.

Forest Creatures And Lo... Christmas Album

For Jordan and I the Christmas music season started early this year. We’ve been hard at work recording a soon to be classic family Christmas album. Today is the day we are sharing it with all of you! It has been a long process, beginning with years of dreaming, writing, and recording, but I am so proud of Jordan and all the work he has put into this project along with his band Forest Creatures.

Listen closely and you can even hear me singing on a couple songs. I was Jordan’s assistant during the recording and producing phase, meaning I pushed some buttons and made some suggestions. This project is my little baby almost as much as it is his.

We just placed an order for printed CDs. If you are interested in a physical copy you can send me an email at jenniferdrinksteaATgmailDOTcom, otherwise please check out the album online here and consider purchasing the download to enjoy as a part of your own Christmas traditions.

This album will certainly make our family Christmas traditions special. It is really cool that our kids will grow up singing along to Daddy’s songs every December.

When we were first married, Jordan and I began a tradition of building a blanket fort in the living room on Christmas Eve, watching a Christmas movie, and then sleeping in it. I’m not sure if I’ll want to sleep in the fort this year with my extra big belly, but I look forward to carrying on this tradition (at least in part) with our kiddos. What Christmas traditions have you started or carried on in your family?

How to Steep the Best Cup of Black Tea

How to Steep the Best Cup of Black TeaI am a really, really big fan of tea, but I’m not super precise when it comes to measurements. I used to just throw a teabag in a mug of boiling water and roll with it. And that’s totally okay. But for the most delicious cuppa tea to make your day, there are a few steps you should follow. Let’s steep some black tea!

I love starting my mornings with black tea. The caffeine content is highest in black tea, so I avoid drinking it too late in the day. Sometimes I still sip some before bed because I just can’t say no if it’s offered. I’ll mostly sleep fine anyway. Jordan has trouble sleeping if he consumes caffeine after lunchtime. He’s really sensitive to it. If I make a pot in the morning we will drink it together. Our favourite is Earl Grey de la Creme.

How to Steep the Best Cup of Black TeaHow to Steep your Black Tea:

Bring water to a full rolling boil and add tea right away. Black tea is best steeped for 2-3 minutes. I usually set a timer for 2 mins as it takes me a few seconds to get the timer going and remove the tea after the timer goes off. You want to avoid over-steeping otherwise you will get a bitter brew. Pull the tea leaves out after 2 mins and you should have a rich, sweet, and fragrant brew. Depending on your preferences you can add some milk and sugar or honey and enjoy!

How to Steep the Best Cup of Black Tea

Pictured is Earl Grey de la Creme Black Tea. Purchase it here.