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Measure your Pot!

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Tea pots come in all kinds of sizes but I can usually  make a Tea Cozy for any of them. Best practice is to measure, then decide on the style you want before ordering.  If you are not sure what to order, please contact me so I can help you.  I want you to be very happy with your new tea cozy!

Measure the pot
Measure the pot

 

 

For the french press, you just need the distance around it including the handle, and the height including the push-down bit on the lid.

 

  

 

 

 

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Ireland Passport with a Gaelic Welcome Tea Cozy

Ireland Passport with a Gaelic Welcome and a collage of Irish iconic symbols.

I actually made this Irish “Tae” cozy for a friend & during the research, I found the most popular Irish brands of tea are Bewley’s, Barry’s, and Lyon’s’, which I included in the gift basket. They prefer loose tea not bags as they like their tea very dark.  Read More at Irish Fireside. – (have you figured out that we are tea lovers?)  Shirley

Gaelic “Cead Mile Failte” translated is “A hundred thousand welcomes”.

Harp Description: This ancient instrument has long symbolised the island of Ireland. It’s Nationalist origins come from when Owen Roe O’Neill, a Gaelic Chieftain, adopted a green flag incorporating the harp.

Shamrock Description: is one of Ireland’s national emblems. Legend has it that the shamrock was used by St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to illustrate the Holy Trinity. While trying to convert the Irish into Christians, St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the holy trinity with each leaf representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The three leaves of a shamrock are also said to stand for faith, hope and love, hence its widespread use on St. Patrick’s day on 17 March.

This dome tea cozy comes in small for 2-4 cup and larger for 6-8 cup tea pots,  Included is a tea pot mat / trivet so your tea pot will be completely insulated all around to keep your tea nice and hot. Linen and cotton blends used throughout construction. 2 layers of insulation, one of insulbrite & one of thick poly is encased in the outer shell & the lining.

Buy 2-4 cup Tea Cozy

Buy 6 to 8 cup Tea Cozy

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Snuggie Tea Cozy Wrap New Design

My once popular Snuggie Tea Cozy wrap was losing popularity so I asked some of the stores that carry them for feedback. They responded with the ribbon closure seems to be the issue for arthritic / rheumatism hands, men & kids are put off too by fussing with a ribbon to close the top when making a pot of tea.

These are the changes that I made.  Now has plastic elastic in the drawstring channel and closes with a Velcro tab.  The lid is exposed for filling the teapot with water or for topping up the pot with more hot water.

The sewn in bottom is back in the design, so it is easy to place the teapot inside the cozy.  The bottom has a layer of insul brite to help keep the tea hot longer plus help absorb any drips from the spout.

The handle & spout remain on the outside of the cozy for easy access to pour your tea.

Buy your Snuggie Tea Cozy Here

Snuggie Tea Cozy Ready to useRemove teapot by opening the velcro tabMake tea & replace the teapot in the snuggie cozy.New! Cozy with sewn in insulated bottom.
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Canadian Spring Welcome

It’s always exciting to watch our garden begin to come alive with the lilacs in bloom and the trees beginning to leaf and flower. I can’t wait for the warm spring mornings to drink my first cup of tea for the day on the patio. I try different kinds of tea during the day, but my first one is always English Breakfast – with milk, of course!

There are three primary types of tea: black, oolong and green. However, a fourth type is beginning to join the ranks, white tea. Of course there are hundreds of varieties of flavored and scented teas. Another type of “tea” are the tisanes or infusions, which are flowers, leaves, roots and flowers from other trees or bushes. These contain no real tea leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, so they should be called tisanes and not tea. All “real” tea will have caffeine, while tisanes are caffeine-free.

Tea Tip of the Week:
Always keep tea stored in a dry, cool, and dark place, away from sunlight and heat.
Never freeze or store tea in the refrigerator.

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Flag of Scotland with Lion Rampant Shield – Dome Tea Cozy with Trivet – St Andrew’s Cross

Today I added a few new tea cozies with the Scotland’s Flag.  I incorporated Flag of Scotland, Saint Andrews Cross, Lion Rampant Shield, Banner o Scotland, Saltire all in blue white & red.

Read more here About The Official Scottish Flag

**Please note: The blue background colour is as close to the official pantone 300 c as I could get. Cameras, lighting and displays will alter the colours and this Tea Cozy only represents the spirit of the Scottish Flag NOT the Official Flag itself.***

I have been enjoying the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon  .  2 seasons on TV & now Netflix…read or listened to audio books & now I am into the 6th book of the Outlander Series…A Breath of Snow & Ashes…I highly recommend this whole book series as Diana Gabaldon weaves into her story

“history, warfare, medicine, sex, violence, spirituality, honor, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building and destruction of families and societies, time travel, moral ambiguity, swords, herbs, horses, gambling (with cards, dice, and lives), voyages of daring, journeys of both body and soul…”

So if you are Scottish or know someone who is…they enjoy their tea & my tea cozies will keep their tea hot for when they want a 2nd cup after the refreshing first!  Handmade in Canada by me..Shirley Smile

 

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Potato Baker for the Microwave

Now available here on this site.  Nothing like a baked potato without the long cooking time and it turns out every time!tater baker

Delicious Baked Potatoes cooked in a Potato Microwave Baker Bag! Unique Potato design on 100% cotton fabric. Your fully cook potatoes takes just a few minutes in these specially designed microwave cooking bags. Potatoes will be flavorful, soft and fluffy in a fraction of the time than oven baked and with less energy use.

Bags may be used to cook other foods such as; corn on the cob, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, etc. You can warm breads or rolls, biscuits or tortillas and keep them warm for up to an hour. Also may be used as an attractive hot pad or pot holder.

These bags are designed with a convenient overlapping flap, which allows easy insertion and removal of potatoes. The flap helps seal in moisture, which is essential to the steam cooking process. Steam cooking is part of a healthy life style.

Microwave safe, made with all cotton materials including cotton thread. Instructions for care and use are included on packaging. Very easy to care for. Simply air dry after use. Bags are machine washable. Handy tab for hanging with your potholders & oven mitts.

HOW TO: Simply wash the potatoes and leave moist. DO NOT PIERCE ANY HOLES IN THE POTATO, and place them in the bag. Cook on high, the minutes depend on the number & size of the potatoes, and the power of the microwave. The cooking times will vary for what you are cooking in the bags so we suggest you monitor the cooking.

For example: In my microwave, 4 small taters will cook in about 4 minutes, 2 med sized sweet potatoes will take about 6 to 8 minutes. I monitor the cooking and squeeze the veg for done-ness (umm, that’s a tech cook term for “cooked just right for me!”).

Potato Baker Bags are great for the person on your list who has everything or skips using these wonderful veggies due to the standard cooking times or just not want to bother because they are only cooking for one or 2.

Make some for your family and see if they can tell the difference. Put a Potato Baker Bag in a gift basket with a few fresh potatoes for an unusual gift.

You will wonder how you ever got along without it.

Handmade in Canada by Shirley Jarrett. Please visit my blog at http://shirleyjarrett.com

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Medicinal Teas for Colds & Flu – Cafetiere To Brew Teas

cafetiereLong before the advent of antihistamine tablets and specially formulated cold remedies, cold and flu sufferers turned to herbal teas to relieve their symptoms. Those homemade infusions were rich in vitamins, minerals and medicinal compounds. You can find commercial versions of these old-time remedies in most health food or natural grocery stores, or you can take a page out of the past and make your own. In the herbalist’s pharmacopoeia, specific herbs address particular symptoms, so we asked the experts to share their favorite blends.

Soothe a Sore Throat
A dry, scratchy throat often signals the onset of a cold, and over-the-counter syrups and lozenges just seem to sugarcoat the problem. Fortunately, nature provides some safe and easy-to-use alternatives. “Sore throats are greatly relieved by herbal tea,” says Brigitte Mars, herbalist and author of Healing Herbal Teas (Basic Health Media, Winter 2006). As a first line of defense, Mars prescribes marshmallow root (Althea officinalis), an anti-inflammatory herb that’s “wonderfully soothing on the throat.” Unrelated to the gooey little campfire confections, this herb has a long, well-documented history of successfully treating irritated mucous membranes.

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Our cozy will keep it warm while brewing!

James Duke, author of The Green Pharmacy (Rodale, 1997), recommends two other herbs for throat discomfort: slippery elm (Ulmus rubra), an antiseptic and anti-allergic agent that literally slips down the throat, and licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra). Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory, licorice has been scientifically documented to break up phlegm, ease coughs and fight infections. A study at Bastyr University found that tea combining licorice, slippery elm and marshmallow is highly effective for reducing throat pain.

For sore throats accompanied by cold and flu symptoms, Mars suggests drinking stomach-soothing peppermint (Mentha x piperita). “It can lower a fever by helping you to sweat and release toxins naturally. It’s antiviral and user-friendly,” she explains. Mars also likes ginger (Zingiber officinale), which is “good for chills and aching muscles, and relieves nausea.” For extra measure, she adds elder (Sambuca nigra), shown by research to keep flu viruses at bay.

Breathe Easy
“When I have a difficult time breathing, I go for oolong because it opens up my lungs,” says Sara Martinelli, tea blender and owner of The Boulder Dushanbe Tea House in Boulder, Colorado. Indeed, black tea like oolong contains powerful expectorant compounds that help clear mucus from deep within the chest. The caffeine it packs is also a powerful bronchodilator. To take the edge off the caffeine, Martinelli mixes in calming chamomile (Matricaria recutita), touted for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. She also adds liberal portions of rose hips (Rosa canina), which, she says, “are high in vitamin C and taste great.”

For a respiratory remedy that relies just on herbal ingredients, Martinelli concocts a brew of thyme (Thymus vulgaris), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globules). Thyme has antiseptic properties that help heal infections, while rosemary contains disease-fighting compounds and eucalyptus cools inflamed tissues and eases congested lungs. She suggests sipping the tea or making a vapor tent by placing a towel over your head and breathing in the healing vapors.

Do-It-Yourself Blends
Want to create your own cold and flu teas? To get a sense of a herb’s individual flavor, begin with a “simple”—a tea steeped from a single herb such as echinacea (Echinacea var.), which Martinelli notes “is best used as a preventive before a cold strikes.” Place two teaspoons in a tea ball or strainer and add to one cup of hot water; steep for 10 to 15 minutes and stir in honey. For more of Martinelli’s tea blends, check out:  www.boulderteahouse.com.

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Our cozy will keep it warm while brewing!

Recipes

Cold & Flu Fighter
(formulated by Brigitte Mars)
This spicy tea relieves swollen nasal passages and calms an upset stomach. Place an inch of the herbs in a quart jar. Fill with hot water and steep for two hours. Strain and refrigerate. Reheat whenever you need relief. 2 parts peppermint leaf
2 parts elder flower
1 part elder berry
1 part ginger root

Respiratory Rescue
(formulated by Sara Martinelli)
Congested lungs will love this aromatic breath of fresh air. Place two teaspoons of the mixture in a strainer, add one cup hot water and steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

2 parts oolong tea
1 part rosemary
1 part chamomile
1 part rose hips

Sore Throat Soother
(formulated by Deborahann Smith)
Steep two teaspoons of this soothing herb blend in a cup of hot water for quick throat relief. Licorice root also adds a sweetening effect.

1 part slippery elm
1 part licorice root
1 part marshmallow root
1 part anise (Pipinella anisum)
1 part wild cherry (Prunus virginiana)

Sweeten Your Tea… Naturally

Looking for a safe alternative to white sugar? Smart idea! Natural sweeteners often contain important nutrients that refined sugar lacks, plus they have fewer calories and may help you lower the risk of disease associated with high-sugar diets. One of these sweeteners may be just your cup of tea.

Agave syrup. Also called “nectar” or “honey water,” this syrup is tapped from the heart of the agave cactus—a plant long cultivated in Mexico and considered sacred by the Aztec. Fifty percent sweeter than table sugar yet with fewer calories per serving, it has a more neutral flavor than honey and dissolves easily in hot or cold beverages. It’s also low-glycemic, which means it gets absorbed into the blood stream slowly rather than producing a “sugar rush.”

Blackstrap molasses. Rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and
magnesium, blackstrap molasses has been considered a health food since pioneer days. Originally a product of the Caribbean Islands, it’s derived from sorghum (an Old World grass).

Honey. Made from flower nectar by the honeybee, honey takes on the color and flavor of the plant from which it was gathered—with alfalfa and clover honey being the most common. Like blackstrap molasses, honey is considered a nutritive sweetener because it contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. Plus, it has antibacterial properties and is soothing to the throat. Note: Honey is contraindicated for children less than one year old because it may contain harmful bacterium not easily assimilated by infants.

Stevia. Used for centuries as a sweetener in South America, this herb is more than 100 times sweeter than sugar yet is calorie-free. Research shows that stevia may help lower blood sugar, which suggests that it may be a good sugar alternative for diabetics.

Xylitol. This white crystalline substance is extracted from plants and is even produced in the human body. It looks and tastes like sugar (but with 60 percent fewer calories), and studies have shown it to have antibacterial effects against dental plaque and caries, and possibly to be diabetic-safe.

http://www.naturalsolutionsmag.com/article-display/10030/subTopicID/172/HealingHerbsMedicinalTeasforColds

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Happy Holidays FREE Gift with your Purchase

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From November 15 to December 24, I am including a FREE GIFT with any purchase!

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My Key Chain Wallets are made of fabric, with a metal snap or velcro closure and tab for your key ring.

I love this little wallet as it is handy to carry my loyalty cards, gym membership or any cards you use frequently.

 Value is $10 to $12.  Random fabrics used.

 

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Grimsby Ontario, Places of Interest

Forty Mile Creek Side Trail

Forty Mile Creek Side Trail

This trail connects to the Bruce Trail and the Waterfront Trail and provides a walk through downtown Grimsby. One end of the trail is the relaxing waterfront at Lake Ontario and the other end is the picturesque Niagara Escarpment.

Access Points
– Forty Mile Creek Park/Pumphouse located at Elizabeth Street & Lakeside Drive
– Bruce Trail, Gibson Street (Grimsby Lions Pool, Coronation Park for parking)

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 Waterfront Trail

The trail passes along pretty residential streets, some of which feature historic cottages.  The quaint cottage-style homes have been well preserved and are brightly painted.  You can enjoy another piece of history at the Pumphouse at Forty Mile Creek Park with an open area suitable for picnics and relaxation.

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Access Points
Forty Mile Creek Park/Pumphouse located at Elizabeth Street and Lakeside Street
Fifty Point Conservation area; QEW Exit 78 at Fifty Road

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Further Information
Click here for Trail map and information   Grimsby Trails