Thursday, June 3, 2010

T is for ...

Jenny Matlock


Herbs and tea are the perfect match.  There are so many different herbs used to make tea, or tisanes to call them by their proper name, the list is almost endless.  A few favorites of mine are-
Lemon Verbena (the tastiest lemony tea you will ever try)
Lemon Balm (another lemony treat for the tastebuds)
Mint (spearmint, applemint, peppermint ... all terrific)
Chamomile (tastes pleasant and good for tummy troubles)

For beautiful and artfully blended teas, try some of the many varieties from Mountain Rose Herbs.  I particularly like the Fairytale Tea and Evening Repose, but some of the others sound wonderful, too.  These days, the Memory Zest tea could be helpful for me!

Thyme is a beautiful herb.  Tasty in many dishes, helpful when you have a cold or flu, and makes a nice addition to the garden.  There are many varieties of thyme- Mother of Thyme, French Thyme, Lemon Thyme, Caraway Thyme, Elfin Thyme to name just a few.  Some grow very flat along the ground with tiny leaves, some are more busy and upright, but all are lovely to see and  smell, and most are tasty, too! 
Click here for lots of recipes featuring thyme. 

Two timely thoughts ...

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. ~Carl Sandburg

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr., author of Life's Little Instruction Book

OK, I'm all out of time today, but I hope you enjoyed this week's Alphabe-Thursday topic, and please tell me about your favorite teas and thymes (I love new recipes...)!

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  1. Ooooo...I'm going to have to check out all the teas and thyme recipes! Great T post!

  2. Hi Catherine,

    I looooove lemon tea. I will make some if you come to my Tea Party LOL I'm following you.


  3. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs. Lemon balm is a staple for my teas. Now I have a tea craving so I better go make one!
    The Girl in the Pink Dress

  4. i think everyone wants more time :D

  5. Need to go make a cup of tea before I keep on reading....

  6. I love the Carl Sandburg quote! How true is that!!!

  7. I've always loved that Carl Sandburg quote~so true :-)

  8. I am always short of time. But there is always time for tea. Good old English Breakfast Tea will do me! Not very good on herbs though.. thanks for post :-)

  9. What a lovely T post. I love tea but I never had it with thyme. Must try that. Thank you

  10. I wish I had known that lemon balm can be drunk just pulled a lot of it up . Fab post I love tea especially herbal. Nothing nicer that going to garden picking leaves and pouring water on

  11. I love that last quote ... it really puts things into perspective!

  12. I don't care for tee but I loved the quotes. Those are keepers. Great T post.

  13. loved tea,
    loved the quotes more,

  14. D'oh. Thyme never entered my mind for this post! I have three varieties growing in my garden and it is one of my favorite herbs!

    I'm going to check Mountain Rose Herbs out. Sounds like a great place to find unusual blends. I hear you on the Memory blend. I wonder if I would remember to even brew it up...sigh...

    I always enjoy stopping here. You really help make Alphabe-Thursday wonderful!

    You are terrific!


  15. You always teach me something new! We have tons of Lemon Balm, what can we do with it? To tell you the truth, I had it in a planter and didn't like so I pulled it up and threw it into the weed pile the next year I had several plants come up! I just want to know something i can use it for! Thanks...

  16. mmm Lemon Thyme! Have some growing in the garden,just can't resist touching it when I pass!!

  17. I really like the Life's Little Instruction Book quote. It really makes you stop and think.

    I guess it's just me, but I'm not that crazy about thyme. When a recipe calls for it I cut it back a little.

  18. Well, I will never say I don't have enough time again. Great post!

  19. I like your H J Brown quote. It is so true! I do grow a pot of thyme every year. I like having my herbs handy. Someday I would love to have an in-ground herb wheel, but for now my potted herbs will do.


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