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Tea Tales: Warm Tea In The Fridge

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For most people in the south, tea means an ice cold cup of sweet tea (black tea with lots of sugar). Growing up, that’s all we drank. No herbal teas or green teas. Nothing “fancy.”

My mom and I were a little different than most around us, though. Not that we don’t love a glass of cold sweet tea, but there was a treat we both shared a love for.

When the tea had finished steeping on the stove, Mom would pour it into a pitcher over a few scoops of sugar, add in a little more water, then stir. Once it was ready she’d put the pitcher in the fridge to cool. She’d come find me, and like a shared secret, let me know, “I just finished making tea. It’s in the fridge, so go get some now if you want it still warm.”

I’d pour some into a jelly jar glass and cup my hands around it to feel the warmth. Hold it below my nose for a bit and let the steam clear out any congestion. Then sip it slowly. I’m pretty sure I remember a few people turning their noses up at us from time to time, like, “Who drinks warm sweet tea?!” Those comments seem so silly now.

As I got older, Mom and I began to delve into the world of herbal teas. Fruit teas became a favorite, and mint. But I still love a good cup of warm black tea, sometimes with a bit of lemon juice added and mostly with honey instead of sugar. A classic a bit refined, but with humble, sweet beginnings.

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These are mostly for me. Just pictures of things that have significance to me lately. Pictured above: raw local honey.

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“Russian” Spice Tea.

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Phoenix napping in the window.

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Teacakes, I learned to make them from my Grandma Boots. She used to make them every holiday, and when she got too sick to, I started making them for her. :)

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Early. Freckle-nose. :P

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I never really liked banana and peanut butter sandwiches growing up, but I kind of like it now. I went on a kick a few weeks back of having banana and peanut butter on toast for breakfast.

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Dragon, who often looks away from the camera when I try to get pictures of him. :)

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I’ve been wanting to try weaving. Makeshift loom made from scrap wood, cut, sanded, and painted, and little nails. It works well. :)

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