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Bigelow Tea Celebrates Families with National Family Week and Thanksgiving

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It’s easy to think about family at the holidays. Why not start the celebration with National Family Week, which just happens to coincide with the week of Thanksgiving! That’s right; November 22nd-28th is National Family Week in 2009. With Bigelow Tea so deep-rooted in, and committed to family and family values, we’re anticipating more than double the enjoyment!

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National Family Week (NFW) is intended to help build strong, successful families; it’s organized by the Alliance for Children and Families. For nearly 40 years the Alliance has supported local efforts across the nation. The top priority this year for NFW is to support the civic engagement work of the Alliance for Children and Families.famil2

So, while planning your Thanksgiving family gathering, why not include some activities for National Family Week? There are plenty of resources online to help you get started! Of course you’ll want to put the pot on to boil and offer up some great Bigelow Tea! Perhaps take it a step further and host a Thanksgiving tea party, including  plenty of wonderful family activities.  It is a  great way to spend time with the ones you love.

Remember, nothing says warm family gathering like a hot tasty pot of Bigelow Tea – it’s all about family and special times together! The best wishes for you and yours this Thanksgiving Holiday as well as for Family week!


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A Charity Makes Money with a Bigelow Tea Weight Loss Challenge

Okay, I just challenged two Vice Presidents to a weight loss contest-VP Human Resources and VP Sales & Marketing-both have to lose 15 pounds by March 1 and keep it off till June 30.  If they do, I will write a $500 check for each VP that accomplishes his goal and send that check to each VP’s favorite charity.  If one or both lose this challenge, I get a homemade shrimp dinner from the one (or both) who didn’t make goal…..let the games begin.  I will try to keep you updated as to their progress….between you and I, one seems to be doing better than the other already….

Cindi Bigelow

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Revitalize the Garden: Mulch your Fall Leaves (Then Back Inside and Warm Up With A Cuppa!)

Is your yard beginning to remind you of those rusty/orange-colored shag rugs from way back in the ‘70’s? Don’t fret. With a little effort, you can say goodbye to all the fallen leaves and do the right thing for your garden at the same time!  It’s called organic recycling.  Simply rake the leaves into a pile (you might have to repeat this part a few times if your kids keep jumping in the leaves) then shred the leaves.  You can use a battery-powered leaf shredder (easiest and fastest option) or go over the leaves with a lawn mower.

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Breaking the leaves apart with a shovel is rather labor-intensive and should only be used as a last resort. Once you’ve mulched the leaves, shovel them into one or more large mulch bin(s). Make sure the bins are airtight so that moisture doesn’t seep in – the mulched leaves must remain dry. Come springtime, open up the bins, shovel the mulched leaves into piles throughout the yard, then rake a thin layer over the entire surface of your garden.  You will be rewarded in spades (no pun intended!) with a healthy, revitalized garden!

Gathering and mulching your fall leaves may take a few hours and it does tend to get a little chilly out there in the autumn air…..so, when you’re all done, do go inside and warm yourself up with a nice cup of belly-warming tea – maybe some Bigelow® Cranberry & Ginseng Herb Plus B-Complex tea. You’ve earned it! And the B-Complex supports a healthy memory….so you won’t forget to put all the garden tools back in the garage!

Happy mulching!


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Keeping Memories Alive with Green Tea: Bigelow Tea Commemorates National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

When the mind seems gone,
A musical memory lingers -
A hymn, a song, a ballad of love.
We tap or we clap
Or we sing!

Sometimes we wander,
Yearning, searching.
Finally, after some detours
We find home,
Or does Home find us!?

From “Musical Memory and Home” – by John Oldham

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(Image Courtesy of Care2.com)

As we journey through the chapters of our lives, we accumulate a wealth of memories – priceless collectibles living within the safety of our minds. Imagine, if you will, what it would be like if there was a breach of security, and the mind was no longer able to safely harbor all those memories?  An unsettling thought, but it’s a reality that people suffering with Alzheimer’s deal with every day. To these men and women and their families, we at Bigelow Tea commemorate you – this month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month , and every month.

Hope springs eternal, as the saying goes.  So, we want to focus on all the wonderful (and tasty) ways we can try to preserve our memory. And, for us, this means drinking green teaRecent studies have correlated certain green tea catechins with preventing cognitive deficits, like nerve damage and memory loss, linked to plaque formation in the brain.  The catechin, known as EGCG, Epigallocatechin Gallate, decreases production of plaque build-up from the beta-amyloid protein deposits -  which play a key role in the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms.  Green tea, with its many anti-oxidants, is such a wonderfully organic tonic – it soothes the body and the mind.

Green tea is at the top of the brain food list. So are blueberries and acai berries. Here’s an idea: why not increase the health benefits and try our Bigelow® Green Tea with Blueberry and Bigelow® Organic Green Tea with Pomegranate and Acai ?

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Demi Wants Moore Tea

Like fellow actress Sandra Bullock (and so many others) Demi Moore is another one of Bigelow Tea’s favorite celebrity tea drinkers.

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The actress, wife and mother of three has been spotted around town sipping mint tea after lunch…maybe Moore has heard about the healing power of mint, too!  Also a fan of herbal teas, she definitely believes in teaquality and why wouldn’t she?  It’s definitely working for her…and with one of the great movie star smiles around, we can see the effects of Moore’s tea drinking habits in so many ways.

If you’re wondering what she’s been up to lately, you can keep tabs on the actress by following her on Twitter!  Keep an eye out for any tea mentions she might make – and let us know – it might make it into our next Star Watching for Tea Tweets post!

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Cindi Bigelow Visits Boston College: Go Eagles!

I forgot how much I love Boston College, well I didn’t forget I love BC but I was reminded again about how much I loved it!

The students were so engaging and really into tea (I knew the kids that went to that school were special!).  Anyway, check out how they talk about tea and how it helps in studying…wish I knew that back then.

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This visit was really a walk down memory lane and to spend that much time on campus again was great…go Eagles!

Cindi Bigelow


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Dinner Delights from Bigelow Tea

Tired of the same old thing for dinner? Looking for some new ideas or recipes? Bigelow Tea can help. From drinks and appetizers, to entrees and desserts, you know that we have lots of ideas to help you spice up your meals. Bigelow Tea recipes also feature some of your all time favorite teas!

These are two dinner recipes that will be sure to delight, and perfect for all the family times ahead this season. The flavorful Spicy Pineapple Pork includes perennial favorite Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea; and these delightful Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth,  includes our zingy Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea! Bon Appétit from Bigelow Tea!

Spicy Pineapple Pork

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons (60m) butter, divided
2 – 1 pound (1kg) pork tenderloins, cut into 8 medallions each
Salt (to sprinkle over pork medallions)
8 Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags – allow to steep for 10 minutes
¾ (180mL) hot water
1 medium red bell pepper
1 cup (250mL) pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice
2 tablespoons (30mL) fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
½ fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon (15mL) fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Yield: Serves: 6 – Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook time: 25 minutes.

Instructions:

Heat 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle pork medallions with salt. Add pork medallions to pan and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until pork is slightly pink. Place pork on serving plate and keep warm.

Brew Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea in hot water; allow to steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible.

Melt remaining butter in same skillet, add red bell peppers and cook about 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Reduce heat to low, add pineapple, reserved juice, Constant Comment® Tea, ginger root, jalapeno pepper and cinnamon. Simmer until liquid is reduced to half.

To serve, spoon pineapple mixture over cooked pork pieces, sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving: Calories 243, Total Fat 9.0g, Saturated Fat 4g, Unsaturated Fat 4.2g, Trans Fat 0g, Protein 32g, Carbohydrates 7.3g, Fiber 0.7g, Cholesterol 108mg, Sodium 103mg, Potassium 648mg

Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth

Ingredients:

2 cups (500mL) chicken broth
8 Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea Bags
2 teaspoons (10mL) butter
1 teaspoon (5mL) olive oil
1 pound (500g) sea scallops
2/3 cup (160mL) frozen peas
2 cups (500mL) cooked rice
Zest from a whole lemon

Yield: Serves 4. Cook Time: 25 minutes. Prep Time 15 minutes.

Instructions:

Boil chicken broth in small saucepan, remove from heat and add Bigelow tea bags. Infuse for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, rinse scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and butter to large non-stick skillet. When butter is foaming, add scallops and cook flat side down until well browned; turn and cook other side. Cook scallops for approximately 6-8 minutes total time.

Bring tea broth to a boil, add peas and cook 4 minutes.
Place ½ cup rice each in shallow soup bowls; place scallops evenly over rice, pour lemon pea broth over scallops and garnish with lemon zest.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 298, Total Fat 6.1g, Saturated Fat 4g, Unsaturated Fat 1.6g, Trans Fat 0.0g, Protein 24.6g, Carbohydrates 35.0g, Fiber 1.7g, Cholesterol 47.4mg, Sodium 985mg, Potassium 422.0g

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One of those weeks at Bigelow Tea

It is funny (not sure that is the right word), but in this seat that I occupy you get to see so many different issues that arise for all 330 employees that we have in our company.  One of the most important roles I think I play is to ensure we have an underlying fairness that applies across all areas and all employees.

What gets challenging is when you are working with a “group of employees” that feel they have been wronged.  It is so important to listen to their concerns, understand their position but then look back over the past years and all the other employees and make sure you are not agreeing to do something that would really not be fair for all the other employees that faced similar issues in the previous years.

I pride myself on being extremely sensitive to our people, especially those that work on the production floor.  And when I have to stand firm on an issue that they don’t agree with, it really pains me.  Believe me, I work hard to explain my position from all sides so that they can follow my thought process and philosophy, but there are times when they just want to have me “fix” their issue.

It is such a fine line with doing what is right for the long term and making everyone “happy” today.  Obviously I cannot satisfy everyone all the time, that is absurd.  But I do not “disappoint” people without much thought.  It is tough to stand firm but I do what I think is the right thing to do for the greater good.  But getting everyone to understand  and to also think that way can be a real challenge.  This week was one of those weeks…..

Cindi Bigelow

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Bigelow Tea Honors Veterans Day,Our Military and Their Families

As a company that was founded on family values, Bigelow Tea would like to take the opportunity to recognize our veterans from the Armed Services, on Veterans Day 2009.

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Image compliments of the US Department of Defense

We honor and value the sacrifices made by these valiant men and women, and we give tribute to their commitment. At Bigelow Tea, we understand how important it is to serve and to give back to society, as we sponsor events to serve the needs of the community.  And it is your service to us that helps to makes our country stronger.  We believe in and support our military and their families, and are proud to take this moment to honor your brave service!

It is with this deep gratitude that we also recognize National Military Family Appreciation Month in November. Throughout our history, the resolute support of military families has always been a source of inspiration to our men and women in uniform. We extend our thanks and appreciation to those men and women who also serve – at home – while their loved ones serve in uniform.  As a family business, Bigelow Tea knows how important it is to have family support .  Families of the military face challenges that many cannot understand.  Your continued support of your loved ones serves as a source of inspiration to us all. Thank you!

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Take a Hike! No, Really…

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Image Courtesy of Trails.com

November 17th is Take a Hike Day! But do we really need a designated day to tell us that walking is really, really good for us? Or that nature walks are a fabulous way to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of our planet? Well, consider this a gentle reminder.  Too busy to go on a full weekend hiking excursion or a day hike? Instead, try taking just 30 to 60 minutes out of your day for a walk – around the neighborhood, through the park, or along the ocean (for those of you lucky enough to live by the water!)

Walk by yourself or perhaps enjoy an evening stroll with a significant other while we’re still in the in the throes of autumn. Marvel at the stunning canvas of changing leaves, their colors forming a warm palette of gold, red and orange.Collect some leaves and preserve them; place them gently, one by one, between two sheets of wax paper, then press them with the iron turned on low – for about 30 seconds – and you can make greeting cards or artwork for the wall. It’s a great way for families to spend some quality time together!

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Bigelow Tea loves autumn activity! Our annual Community Challenge is a fun way for us to connect with our community, get some exercise and give back to those in need.  As strong advocates for the environment, we know that physical activities like running, hiking, and walking are all fantastic forms of outdoor exercise that help us appreciate nature.  So when the work or school day is over, escape the confines of the office or classroom and get out there and TAKE A HIKE! And, don’t forget to breathe in that gloriously crisp, fresh autumn air!

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