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Bigelow Tea Wants You To Celebrate The Summer With Blueberry Picking!

It’s blueberry-picking season, and Bigelow Tea hopes you’ll get a chance to get outside this month and gather some fruit! Picking your own blueberries is great fun with family or friends, so find a local farm, grab a pail and start picking!

Fruit is a delicious and nutritious part of our diet, and freshly picked fruit is even better! Picking fruit like blueberries also allows everyone in the family to be a part of choosing excellent, whole foods. And, of course, it’s a great way to spend a summer day!

Here at Bigelow Tea, we’ve decided to take advantage of blueberry season with our Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea!  By using our Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea and Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb Tea, we’ve created the perfect complement to those blueberries you picked!  We know that our tea lovers and fruit lovers will appreciate this particular combination.  Sit back, relax and enjoy!

Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea

Ingredients:

1 quart boiling water
Bigelow Pomegranate Pizzaz Herb Tea Bags
Bigelow Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb Tea Bag

Instructions:

Bring 1 quart of water to a boil, add 2 Pomegranate Pizzazz and 1 Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb tea bags and steep for 10 minutes. Pour into pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Sweeten to taste, if so desired.

Image by La Grande Farmer’s Market via Flickr

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Bigelow Tea Offers Recipes To Try During July’s National Grilling And Ice Cream Month!

Summers are for family fun and tasty delights … and two ways to bring them both together are by grilling and making homemade ice cream!  Bigelow Tea highlights these two taste delights in July, which is National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream Month!

Grilling techniques and ice cream preferences vary based on cultural and regional tastes, and both offer countless styles and flavors. And the coolest part? Grilling and making ice cream are not just about what’s for dinner – they’re also about the journey, and making it fun for the whole family!

So enjoy these fantastic Bigelow Tea favorites. Grilling and ice cream … talk about summer perfection!

Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu

Ingredients:

8 – 6 inch wooden skewers
1 – 14 oz. package extra firm tofu
Bigelow®Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
2 cups hot water
½ teaspoon salt, plus additional for sprinkling
1 tablespoon honey
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch rounds
8 Baby Bella mushrooms, cleaned (about 8 oz.)
2 tablespoons canola oil (for brushing)
Non-stick grill spray

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

Tofu is a great vegetarian, low-calorie alternative for your grill, and marinating it in tea gives it great flavor and color. A touch of honey adds sweetness and helps to create a beautiful grill marks as it caramelizes.
First, set wooden skewers in water and allow to soak for approximately 30 minutes.
Next, sandwich the block of tofu between two plates lined with a few layers of paper towels. Place something heavy on top plate (like a can) so tofu can drain for 10-15 minutes.
In large bowl, combine hot water and tea bags and steep for 5-7 minutes.
Squeeze out tea bags into bowl, remove, and add salt and honey to tea. Stir until honey is dissolved.
Cut tofu into 1 inch cubes, and add to bowl. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes.
Thread 2-3 cubes of tofu and 2-3 pieces of vegetables onto each soaked skewer, being careful not to pack the skewers too tightly. Brush each skewer with canola oil and season with a pinch of salt.
Spray a gas grill with non-stick grill spray and preheat to medium-high. Place skewers on grill, and cook for approximately 2-3 minutes per side, until grill marks appear and tofu begins to form a nicely colored crust.

Note: be very gentle when turning skewers (use a grill spatula), as the tofu is delicate.

Remove from grill and serve hot.

Vanilla Caramel Tea Ice Cream

 

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups (409mL) whole milk
Bigelow®Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags*
2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup (160mL) sugar

Yield: 1 1/2 quarts

*This recipe is delicious using any of our Bigelow products. Other suggested flavors are: Constant Comment®, Vanilla ChaiPlantation MintFrench Vanilla, or Spiced Chai.

 

Instructions:

Requires Ice Cream Maker

In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup (125mL) milk (reserve remaining milk for later use) and 6 Vanilla Caramel tea bags over medium heat until bubbles are visible. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 minutes. Squeeze tea bags, remove, and discard.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the tea/milk mixture, remaining milk, cream and sugar. Pour back into sauce pan and heat over low heat until the custard thickens but does not boil. Remove from heat and strain; chill.

Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions.

 

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Devilish Or Not, Bigelow Tea Knows That Prada Enjoys Her Cuppa Tea

The Prada name is known the world over for exclusive fashion, so Bigelow Tea took notice when the stylish Miuccia Prada recently sat in the esteemed Carlyle Hotel in New York, enjoying a pot of herbal tea while talking with New York Magazine. How exciting to see the reigning queen of the fashion world enjoying a stylish cup of afternoon tea!

Miuccia Prada is the lead executive and designer of Prada, one of the most storied fashion labels in the world, but she didn’t start out there. She first earned a doctorate in political sciences from the University of Milan – and then trained and worked as a mime for five years! Finally, just before turning thirty in 1978, Miuccia decided to go into the family’s luxury leather goods company, started by her grandfather Mario Prada in 1913.

The vision and direction of Miuccia and her husband Patrizio Bertelli has been credited for reinventing the company as an international power. Fashion is her life, but Miuccia is also intimately connected to the art world. In fact, her design work is featured this summer in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a sophisticated address for the elegant icon’s considerable body of work.

Miuccia takes fashion very seriously, driving the distinctive Prada trademark with the surprising combinations and blending of materials. Hmmm … this reminds us of another family-run company that takes their product very seriouslyand is well known for blending different components: Bigelow Tea! Delicious tea blends, like the black tea, orange rind and sweet spices that make Constant Comment,  are Bigelow Tea’s fashion statement. We appreciate the value of a delicious (and fashionable) cup of tea. And we hope you’ll enjoy our tea with style and panache!

Image by Brigitte Lacombe via nymag.com

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Bigelow Tea Looks At ‘Tee’ Time During Family Golf Month

Looking for activities the whole family can enjoy this summer? Bigelow Tea suggests taking a swing at golf! Don’t worry if you’re a newbie; in recent years, many golf courses have focused on welcoming newcomers–kids especially–to generate a new generation of golf enthusiasts. And since July is Family Golf Month, it’s a great time to consider the benefits of teeing up together!

Interest in golf has taken a hit along with the economy. Some course managers have also noticed that fewer kids are playing golf now that they have video games and other electronic diversions. So managers like Bob Kitchen of Maple Hill Golf in Grand Rapids, Michigan, are doing all they can to make golf appealing and affordable to both kids and their parents. For instance, at a recent golf equipment sale, Maple Hill Golf gave away a 3-club set to anyone age 15 or younger. Many courses across the country participate in the kids play free program allowing kids to play free of charge at certain times when accompanied by an adult. Check golf courses in your area to find the best family-friendly deals.

Another reason for families to embrace golf is those teachable moments it affords. As kids learn the game, they also learn about honesty, sportsmanship and the etiquette expected on the golf course, including proper attire and maintaining the pace of play. But the biggest draw of the game is that it’s fun to play, regardless of the final scores!

Just remember to stow some cold beverages in your golf bag, especially on hot days. You can’t beat the flavor and convenience of Bigelow Bottled Organic Green Teas, distributed for us by AriZona. Tee time is perfect for tea time!

Photo by Grand Velas Riviera Maya via Flickr.com

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Appalachia Brings Laughs and Tears

Good to be home…but oh what a moving week I just had!

Just got back from an amazing week down in Johnson City, TN. Wow-I was with 70 outstanding humans in VERY warm conditions. We were part of a group from our area in Connecticut (actually 210 of us in total) that goes into the Appalachian mountains the end of June every year and works on homes. The conditions this year were challenging and the job was a little more difficult than usual but it did not stop my team of two other adult advisor, Barbara and Brendan, and 5 super hero high schools kids, Tommy,  Sarah, Sarah, Dan and Kimber.

We stayed at a church and each morning headed out around 9 (woke up at 6:40 to load up the vans with supplies) and worked on a home till about 4 ish. We had many laughs, lots of tears (of love and compassion) and worked hard to help this little home and wonderful couple get a “to a better place.” Often we were working in temperatures that was close to 100 degrees. But we did not care…we were excited to get things done!

The improvement to the home was solid but what made the trip extraordinary was the connection to the family. This couple who owned the home really bonded with the team-we had some very meaningful conversations and lots of laughs (and of course lots of tears too). When the week was finally over, we loaded up our vans to come home on Saturday and drove back to our sweet hometown. It was wonderful to be back but we also carry a sadness with us-we miss each other and we miss our family in Appalachia.

It is a week than transforms you, and it is not easy to transition back. But I am so delighted to have gone and made the connections I made. I am already gearing up for next year…got to go…time to make some more teabags and carry around a smile on my face with the thoughts of my experience from  last week.

Cindi Bigelow

 

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Butterflies And Bigelow Tea Make A Perfectly Peaceful Combination

Remember as a young child seeing a butterfly in your garden floating among the exquisite rainbow of flowers surrounding it? It’s a gorgeous image of summer that evokes thoughts of peacefulness and serenity. We at Bigelow Tea adore the idea of sipping tea in a garden while watching butterflies flit by! And that’s where we got the inspiration for our Butterfly Tea Wallets!

These useful tea carriers are colorful—just like the butterflies that inspired them!— and seriously handy! You can choose either the Butterfly Tea Wallet With Flavored Black Tea or the Butterfly Tea Wallet With Herb Teas. Each has the same attractive design and features six pockets for your favorite teas … plus a starter set of 18 individually wrapped teas to enjoy on the go! The six black tea flavors include Constant CommentEarl Grey and Lemon Lift. And the herbal assortment contains six flavors like Mint Medley and Orange & Spice.

And if butterflies really are your thing, it’s actually quite easy to create a beautiful butterfly garden!  All you need are the right plants to attract them, like some Black-Eyed Susans, lilies, or an aptly-named butterfly bush.  Plant a few fabulous flora and you’ll be well on your way to that ideal peaceful spot to pour some of our most tranquil teas!

The best news is that, with a tea wallet, you can enjoy your Bigelow Tea anywhere and everywhere … even amongst the butterflies in your garden!

Image by Chefranden via Flicker.com

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Cindi Bigelow Offers Business Advice On NEXT For Women Website

Next For Women, the online community of vibrant professional women that is consistently on the lookout for entrepreneurs and businesswomen with abundant experience to offer, recently tapped into our own Cindi Bigelow for advice.

The organization, which provides women with timely advice and subject matter to help them learn, connect, and grow in their professional lives, interviewed Cindi and is sharing segments of the interview throughout the year. Three videos have been released to date with more to follow.

In NEXT’s first video, A History with Tea, Cindi recalls how she got involved in Bigelow Tea. She talks about how coming home to a house full of teacups and people tasting tea influenced her… and how she “always wanted to run Bigelow Tea.”

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In this second clip, Do What You Do Well, Cindi talks about the importance of finding and using your particular “skill set.”  She advises women to figure out what they bring to the table and to use those skills “to round out the team and move the team forward.”

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The third video in this series, What We Need To Succeed, Cindi encourages patience.  Education and the development of skill sets matter but, like fine wine, you can’t truly lead effectively until you combine all elements with time.

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NEXT For Women will continue to publish additional segments of their interview with Cindi. We hope you’ll take the opportunity to watch these … and stay tuned for more to come!

 

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Bigelow Tea Finds Sugar And Spice And Everything Nice At A Tea Party With Taylor Swift

Superstar singer Taylor Swift radiates a girl-next-door sweetness that’s a big part of her appeal, especially to younger fans. She shows just how sweet she really is in this adorable video of her at a tea party hosted by Sophia Grace and Rosie, two very chatty little girls from England. You’ll see why these cutie pie princesses “from across the pond” are developing quite a following of their own on YouTube. The tea party was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where the girls do regular segments. Bigelow Tea just had to share the fun in case you missed it!

As the happy trio shows, there’s no better way to share special moments than over a spot of tea. Of course, pink tutus and sparkly tiaras are great conversation starters, too. The gals bonded while discussing a wide range of topics: the delights of glitter glue, boys, silly jokes, and their shared love of all things chocolate. They agreed that “a feast with candy bars” would be awesome. We certainly agree – and recommend Bigelow Tea’s Pomegranate Pizzazz as the perfect companion beverage!

Thank you Sophia Grace, Rosie and Taylor for making us smile – and presenting a wonderful twist on the traditional tea party. Princess style rocks!

Photo via dailymail.co.uk

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Bigelow Tea Fancies Gifts From The Garden!

Whether you have a green thumb or just good “green” intentions, Bigelow Tea thinks gardening is the way to go! Gardens give back to us in so many ways, from providing veggies and herbs to bestowing us with vistas of lovely flowers. Nature’s gifts from the garden certainly are plentiful!

If you’re new to gardening, container gardens are an easy and compact way to begin … and a wonderful way to start is with a sustainable herb garden. Growing herbs is not only simple, but it can be good for the environment too. Locally grown products are good for the environment, and you can’t get more local than your own back yard, right? This is right up our sustainabili-TEA alley!

There’s another reason we love herbs at Bigelow Tea: they provide many of the ingredients in our fantastic teas! Our herb teas range from refreshing Mint Medley to soothing Cozy Chamomile. All of them are delicious, naturally caffeine-free and oh-so lovely to drink!

The Fiesta Herb Tea Basket from Bigelow Tea!

And since we’re talking about gardens and herb teas, we thought we’d share with you a basket that combines them both: our Fiesta Herb Tea Basket contains two pretty floral mugs and a gorgeous assortment of herbal tea — eighty tea bags in all. We hope you enjoy planting and caring for your garden this year … and don’t forget to reward yourself with a mug of tea after all the hard work is done!

Image 1 by Vicci via moonstarsandpaper.blogspot.com

 

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates July 4th And The Stars And Stripes Forever

July 4th is a special slice of American history and tradition, drawing us back to the foundations of our country in 1776, when the thirteen colonies claimed independence from England and announced our democracy to the world! On Independence Day Bigelow Tea joins in the celebration of everything that The Declaration of Independence lays out in its powerful and poetic language:

“…we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…”

The philosophy that Thomas Jefferson penned in the document was based on ideals championed by John Locke and the Continental philosophers. The Declaration of Independence summarized this philosophy and set forth the colonists’ grievances against King George III, justifying a break with the Monarchy. More than two hundred years later, we celebrate July 4th and our freedom with family, friends, cookouts, parades, fireworks and iced tea!

First page of Jefferson’s rough draft of the Declaration Of Independence

Bigelow Tea is immensely proud of all of those who help protect that precious freedom. That’s why we created Tea For The Troops, to honor our United States Armed Forces. We bring a little bit of “home” to the courageous men and women of the military with our fabulous tea that is 100% grown on American soil at our Charleston Tea Plantation.

So here’s to our armed forces and to a day spent sharing quality time with the family on the beach or near the back yard grill …  and don’t forget to keep sipping that refreshing iced tea! Enjoy a happy and safe Independence Day!

Image One by HarshLight via flickr.com
Image Two via monticello.org

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