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The Attitude Of Gratitude Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes Ends TODAY!

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Today’s your last opportunity to enter the “Attitude of Gratitude” Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes for your chance to win our amazing harvest teas! Enter on our Facebook page by midnight EST and you could be one of 24 lucky winners! Simply “like” our page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. Look for the names of the winners on our blog.

We are incredibly grateful for our many loyal Bigelow Tea fans, and are delighted to join in the spirit of Thanksgiving by offering this sweepstakes. The 24 lucky prize winners will receive one box each of our Pumpkin Spice Tea and Apple Cider Herb Tea, both of which feature fall flavors like cinnamon, cloves and licorice root. Delicious … and the aroma? Heavenly!

Enter the sweepstakes TODAY … and take a minute to tell us what you’re most grateful for this Thanksgiving season. Add a few words in the form or we’d love to hear from you in the Comments section below, on Facebook or via Twitter.

All of us at Bigelow Tea hope that your Thanksgiving was a joyous occasion, filled with wonderful food, family, friends and lots of laughter!

 

Bigelow Tea Wishes Your Family A Happy Thanksgiving!

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Founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow with her husband David Bigleow

Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!


Happy Hanukkah From Bigelow Tea!

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As the Festival of Lights begins tonight, the Bigelow Tea family wishes all those celebrating the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving a happy “Thanksgivukkah”!

Image via @flickr by Robert Couse-Baker

 

During Family Week Bigelow Tea Looks Forward To Thanksgiving

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The Bigelow Family: Mr. and Mrs. Bigelow with daughter Cindi Bigelow

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of the biggest and best days of the year for family gatherings. And, in case you didn’t know, this entire week is also National Family Week! At Bigelow Tea we love anyreason to gather with family, so let’s all embrace this sentiment and do some family bonding today,tomorrow on Thanksgiving, and all week long!

As a family-run company, we know the importance of kinship and family ties. Because of that, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite days of the year.  It’s a day full of good food, a little football, and plenty of time to enjoy the company of loved ones.

This year, as you sit around your family’s Thanksgiving table, why not make an effort to really learn more about those in attendance? We found some great family “story starters” courtesy of the AARP. These are a fun way to share something new about yourself and hear some family stories that might not have been told before.

So, as you nibble your pumpkin pie and sip a cup of English Teatime (or whichever Bigelow Tea variety you prefer), we hope you will remember to cherish your family and friends … and be grateful for everyone who has made a difference in your life.

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Image via StillBlondeAfterAllTheseYears

Some Bigelow Tea Wisdom…On the Philosophy And Practice Of Being Nice

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Cindi Bigelow Visiting Local Wakeman Boys and Girls Club During Art Class

“Being nice” is a very basic concept, really. Yet, it doesn’t always make it to the Top Ten on most  “To Do” lists. At Bigelow Tea, we know that the traditional values of being nice, of practicing kindness and compassion, are just as important in today’s fast-paced, complex world as they were back when times were a whole lot simpler.

So, when Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow went to a local high school to speak about leadership, she surprised a crowd of students and parents alike by asking them whether “being nice” was as much of a goal as being a doctor, lawyer or an investment banker. True to her own family values, which the Bigelows have instilled throughout their company, Cindi set out to dispel the notion that “nice guys/gals finish last” and stressed that a “good” education must focus on teaching young people the importance of these basic values and virtues.  Saying “please” and “thank you” or “I’m sorry” ― these are all rudimentary manners, but how refreshing it is to hear them spoken out loud … and with sincerity!

Interestingly enough, the Millennial Generation does seem to be embracing values like integrity, kindness, a sense of community, and a deep concern for the environment. That’s great news! It’s nice to think that Cindi’s message did not fall on deaf ears.  These kids already get it.

“Do the right thing, and good things will follow.”

It’s a message that rings true for all of us.

 

Bigelow Tea Remembers When Mrs. Bigelow “Moved The Pony Stable”

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Ruth Campbell Bigelow on the left with her husband David Bigelow

At Bigelow Tea we are so proud of our company’s history and of the members of the Bigelow family who worked extremely hard to turn a little dream into a huge reality! Our new packaging includes stories about the Bigelow family and Bigelow Tea’s history, and we’d love to share one with you today!

Back in 1945, Ruth Campbell Bigelow was trying to establish a market for her new product “Constant Comment” Tea. The going was tough. One evening Ruth was talking about a discouraging day when her sister said: “Remember … Mama moved the pony stable.” This phrase about the pony stable contained an important message—one that encouraged Ruth to keep working hard to bring her tea to the public. Here’s the story.

As a child, Ruth’s family had a pony named Bottoms who lived in a little stable. One day, her father announced that the family was moving to the other side of Providence. Bottoms was coming too, but without his stable. The children lamented that Bottoms would never be happy, and finally, Mama said, “The stable will come.”  And it did.

The move commenced and they all paraded across Providence. Four rented horses and six hired workmen moved the stable while Bottoms trotted behind them, pulling the family along. Well-wishers, advice-givers and even a few hecklers followed. But the job was done. That night, as the children slept in a strange new house, Bottoms slept in his familiar stable.

So, in 1945, as Ruth relived that scene, the significance of her sister’s comment was clear: if you wanted to do something badly enough, you could. From that point on, when Ruth was feeling defeated, she would say, “Mama moved the pony stable” and find the courage and ingenuity to carry on, creating a business that meant so much to her and her family.

If we all believe we can “move the pony stable,” imagine how much we can accomplish! With these amazing, strong family members behind us, it’s no wonder that today Bigelow Tea is the number one specialty tea company in the country!

 

Thanksgiving Recipe Favorites From Bigelow Tea

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Bigelow Tea loves the season and preparing food for family and friends who will gather for the holiday! It’s a joy to give thanks for the bounty that we enjoy. Whether you are more excited about the turkey and stuffing, the shopping on Black Friday, or just relishing the upcoming quality time together with family, Thanksgiving is a special time of year!

To help with your holiday planning, Bigelow Tea is passing on some of our favorite recipes—enough options for a complete meal. Enjoy!

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment® Glaze

Ingredients:

Glaze:
12 Bigelow®Constant Comment® Tea Bags*
1 cup (250mL) boiling water
2/3 cup (160mL) brown sugar
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter
½ cup (125mL) cranberry juice

Turkey and Gravy:
1 10-15 pound (5-7.5g) turkey (thawed if previously frozen)
1 lemon, cut into four pieces
1 onion, peeled and cut into four pieces
1 cup (250mL) chicken stock
2 tablespoons (30mL) cornstarch
Salt and pepper to taste

Prep Time: 20 min. – Cook Time: 10-12 min. per pound -un-stuffed

Yield: Serves 8

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*Variations: Try using Bigelow Orange and Spice Herb Tea

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350º.

Steep tea bags in 1 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of tea bags and discard. Reserve tea.

Meanwhile, prepare a glaze by heating butter, brown sugar and cranberry juice into a saucepan over medium heat until butter is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add tea and reduce mixture by cooking over medium high heat for 15 minutes. Set aside.

To prepare turkey, remove giblets and neck from turkey, rinse inside and out and pat dry. Place a cut lemon and a cut-up onion into the cavity and truss the turkey. Place in an open roasting pan breast side up. Brush skin with glaze. Bake turkey in preheated oven. Keep glaze warm on stove and continue basting with glaze every 20 minutes.

Remove turkey from oven and let stand for at least 20 minutes before carving. Discard any unused glaze.

To make gravy, dissolve cornstarch in chicken stock. Place roasting pan on burner over medium heat, scraping browned bits. Add stock whisking constantly until thickened; about 1 minute. Strain gravy and serve with turkey.

As a nice alternative, use a 9-11 pound oven stuffer roaster chicken in place of the turkey. For best results, tie the chicken with string at the legs and the wings. For the glaze reduce the number of tea bags from 12 to 8.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

6 medium sweet potatoes
Bigelow® Ginger Snappish or Bigelow®Constant Comment Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) whipping cream or half & half
½ teaspoon (2.5mL) salt
2 tablespoons (30mL) unsalted butter
1 egg beaten
*Optional – 1 cup (250mL) miniature marshmallows

Prep Time: 10 minutes – Cook Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 8 

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Instructions:

Boil sweet potatoes with skins on until tender, 15-18 minutes. Peel and mash.

While potatoes are cooking, heat cream, add tea bags and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes.

To the mashed potatoes, add salt, butter, egg, tea infused cream. Beat until smooth.

Place in 2 quart buttered baking dish, (sprinkle with marshmallows if desired) and bake in oven at 375º for 15-20 minutes or until heated through (and marshmallows are browned*).

Serve hot.

* If made ahead, bring to room temperature, heat for 25 minutes. Top with marshmallows, if desired, and bake another 10 minutes or until marshmallows are browned. 

Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons (60mL) butter, melted
1 1/4 cup (310mL) gingersnaps, crushed
1 tablespoon (15mL) brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
10 Bigelow Ginger Snappish Tea Bags
10 Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea Bags
1 1/2 cup (375mL) heavy cream
24 ounces (750g) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups (375mL) sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups (375mL) pumpkin pie filling
1/4 cup (60mL) pecan halves

Prep Time: 35 minutes – Cooking Time: 70 minutes

Yield: Serves: 10

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Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325*F (160*C).

To make the crust, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix the gingersnaps, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Add the melted butter and mix together with a spoon.

Spray a 10″ (25cm) spring-form pan with cooking spray. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom.

Filling:

Add heavy cream into saucepan, heat over medium heat, be careful not to boil.
Add Bigelow Ginger Snappish and Bigelow Pumpkin Spice tea bags and steep cream for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze out excess cream. Set aside to cool.

Beat cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, gradually add sugar, beating well. Add the eggs one at a time and beat the mixture until it is fluffy and pale. Add the cooled cream and beat well. Stir in the pumpkin pie filling, combine well and pour the cheese mixture into prepared springform pan.
Place pan into a larger pan and fill with hot water halfway up. Bake for 60-70 minutes. Do not over bake, the middle should have a little jiggle. Refrigerate at least 3 hours to chill thoroughly.

Remove cheesecake from the pan, decorate the edge of the cheesecake with pecan halves, cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream if desired.

Spicy Chocolate Chai Tea

Ingredients:

¾ cups (180mL) boiling water
Bigelow®Spiced Chai Tea Bags
1½ tablespoons (22.5mL) unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons (30mL) sugar
2 cups (500mL) whole milk
3 cinnamon sticks
Whipping cream, optional

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: N/A

Yield: Serves 3

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Instructions:

Pour boiling water over Bigelow®Spiced Chai tea bags and let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeeze out excess tea from tea bags.

Place tea in saucepan, stir in cocoa, sugar and cook until dissolved or just until mixture comes to a boil. Stir in milk and continue to heat until mixture is thoroughly heated. Pour into cups and garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipping cream, if desired.

Top Image by rfduck via Flickr.com

Earth Week In November With Bigelow Tea

In our ongoing efforts to celebrate our GWC (Greening Wellness Community) program and initiatives, the Bigelow Green Team decided to flip the age-old “Christmas in July” concept and sponsor an Earth Week in November. The intent of this week was to engage Bigelow Tea employees by having a fun week of greening and environmentally friendly activities and events. We began work back in September, creating a theme for each day, and then we began to fill in the details. Each day had a project leader and a raffle prize associated with it. The days and their events were the following:

  • On Monday, November 11, 2013 we launched our Used Coat Drive where we collected gently used coats, hats and mittens for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. Anyone who donated was eligible for a $50 gift certificate at the Burlington Coat Factory.

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  • On Tuesday November 12, 2013 we held a “Made in Connecticut Holiday Fair” where 10 vendors came to Bigelow and sold their products—all of which were made in Connecticut. All employees who shopped were given a reusable Bigelow Tea tote bag and were eligible for a number of gift baskets as donated by the various vendors.

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  • On Wednesday November 13, 2013 we held a “Grow Your Garden Indoor Day” on site and held a seminar on the best way to bring your garden indoors. All participants were entered into a raffle to win an indoor terrain.

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  • On Thursday November 14, 2013 we conducted a “Trash to Ornament Contest” where employees were asked to make ornaments out of trash or those products that are recycled. We put up our Christmas tree early this year and all ornaments were hung. Participants were eligible for a raffle prize of a $50 gift certificate at Jones Family Tree Farm.

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  • On Friday November 15, 2013 we held an America Recycles Day event. All employees who signed an “I will recycle” pledge card were given a reusable water bottle complete with Bigelow Tea logo. All those who signed the pledge were also entered into a raffle to win a reusable solar panel designed to charge electronic devices via the sun’s natural power.

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As it was a companywide event, Bigelow Tea’s other plants in Boise, Idaho and Louisville, Kentucky also participated. While they held they similar events, there were also a few different events.

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  • In our Boise and Louisville plants, they also showed recycling educational videos that highlighted such topics as what happens to a water bottle that is not recycled or what happens to a used cigarette butt that is thrown on the ground.
  • Our Boise plant conducted an event centered on “How to Build a Hydroponic Farm.” During this day, the Boise plant actually conducted and held an exercise on how to build a working and functioning hydroponic water farm.

All of this was part of Bigelow Tea’s ongoing commitment to our GWC (Greening Wellness Community) program and initiatives. It was a fun week and successful week. One employee was heard saying, “this is the most fun that I have had at work … ever.”

Jim Gildea
Connecticut Plant Manager
Bigelow Tea

 

Bigelow Tea’s New Variety Assortments Make Great Gifts!

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The season of gift shopping is upon us, and Bigelow Tea is here to help you check people off your list. We have two spectacular Variety Pack tea assortments that will please just about any recipient—especially a tea lover! Our latest offerings pack a lot of flavor in our brand new packaging, and each box contains 64 teabags featuring a range of our popular Bigelow Teas! Here are the details.

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First, our Fine Tea and Herb Tea Gift Assortment brings together the best of our blackgreen and herb teas in a robust sample selection. It’s great for longtime Bigelow Tea fans or offers a wonderful way to introduce newbies to our teas. Inside this box, the lucky recipient will find our Earl GrayEnglish TeatimeCozy Chamomile“Constant Comment” ®Lemon LiftMint MedleyOrange & Spice and classic Green Tea.

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Our second Variety Pack is for the person who is devoted to green tea! Our Green Tea Variety Gift Box includes a mix of traditional and flavored green teas. Along with peachmintlemon and mango, other offerings include green tea versions of “Constant Comment” ® and Earl Grey. Plus, we’ve included our decaffeinated version of green tea alongside our classic one.

Each assortment type is budget friendly, with a price of $13.95. Why not choose one—or both!—as a gift for a teacher, a neighbor, a friend or even yourself? We’re sure you’ve been good this year!

Top image by Brenda Gottsabend via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Is Excited That The Hunger Games’ Lily Rabe Loves Ginger Tea!

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Bigelow Tea is always interested in seeing who loves a good cup of tea, whether it’s customers who have been drinking Bigelow Tea for decades or superstars who enjoy our favorite beverage! Lately we’ve been looking at Lily Rabe, the actress is in the award-winning hit television show “American Horror Story” that also stars Jessica Lange. We found out that she loves her tea too! In a Women’s Wear Daily interview, she was sipping a cup of ginger tea as she talked about her role in theMerchant Of Venice production at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park (with Al Pacino no less)!

Rabe is no stranger to famous actors, as she is the daughter of famed movie and stage actress Jill Clayburgh and noted playwright David Rabe. Lily has certainly built an impressive resume over the years, including big roles in the films “All Good Things” and “What Just Happened.”

Currently, along with her role in “American Horror Story,” Lily is part of the cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly anticipated sequel to the huge 2012 hit movie The Hunger Games.

So when you hit the movie theaters on November 22nd or you are watching Lily on the smaller screen, which Bigelow tea would you prefer?  Ginger Snappish and Lemon Ginger Herbal Tea?  Tag us on Twitter (@bigelowtea) and let us know!

Image by Rubenstein via Flickr.com