National Mead Day-August 5, 2017

Mead Day

August 5, 2017

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Today is National Mead Day! You are probably either thinking what kind of day is she writing about and why, or you may be saying, “I love Mead! I’m glad this day is getting some recognition!” Currently, and for over a year now, I’ve been working for a new, local meadery in Pittsburgh. My experience there ranges from production work, administrative work, to organizing, planning, and staffing for festivals and events, as well as setting up and working them. You may remember me writing about KingView Mead back in November, when I wrote a post about supporting small, local businesses on Small Business Saturday. KingView Mead celebrated their one year anniversary this past May! You may learn more about KingView Mead as a company, as well as our give back; first in the nation, “Mead for Bees” program. The website is: www.kingviewmead.com.

Some of you may be wondering, “What is Mead?” Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey, water and yeast. 51% or more of the alcohol must be fermented for this honey wine to be categorized as a mead. This delicious drink has many variations such as Traditional, Melomel: by adding fruit or fruit juice, Braggot: by adding hops, Metheglin: by adding herbs or spices, Cyser: by adding apples or apple juice, or Pyment: by adding grapes or grape juice.

Are any of you getting married anytime soon? If so, you may want to include this traditional wedding drink as your beverage of choice! Mead is the original wedding drink. It was given to newlyweds way back in ancient times to drink for an entire month to promote fertility and happiness throughout their marriage. This is also how the term “honeymoon” came about.

Now, after an explanation and some of my connection to mead, I’d like to share with you a little bit of background and history on National Mead Day. In 2002, the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) observed the first Saturday in August as Mead Day! The tradition has been carried on over the years. This year, Mead Day will be observed today, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.

The AHA, started Mead Day to generate friendships of mead makers and to create and increase awareness about the oldest fermented beverage to others. It was a day which mead lovers would gather friends and family and create a batch of mead together. Others celebrate it by having competitions, sharing or comparing recipes, dressing up to enjoy the delicious beverage sometimes known as “honey wine” or just meeting up to discuss the craft of mead making. Mark your calendars for August 5th this year. Go outside, reconnect yourself back to nature, and have a drink or two of mead!

As craft beers are popping up, meads are now becoming more popular. Laws in PA have been changing and you may be seeing more of mead in beer distributors, wine & spirit stores, as well as bars and restaurants. If you’ve tried a mead before, and haven’t liked it, don’t turn it down the next time you see it somewhere. This delicious beverage can taste differently each time you try it. Remember, bees pollinate many types of flowers, therefore, the honey they make does not always have the same flavor. A few honey varieties for example could be: Wildflower, Orange Blossom, Lavender, Buckwheat, and there are many more. When these different types of honeys are used, it also can change the taste of the type of mead you are drinking!

Are you a mead lover? If so, what are some of your favorite meads to drink? I’d love to hear from you!  Raise your glass, and “Cheers” to Mead Day!!!

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Tea Lovers-Tea Challenge

Tea Challenge

(For All Tea Lovers)-Sicilian Tea Company-21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge

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Hello Tea Lovers! Although my daily morning routine starts out with a cup of joe, I do enjoy a cup of tea throughout the day!  I came across the 21 Day Tea Ritual Challenge from Sicilian Tea Company and I love the concept!  It is supposed to begin in October.  I’m going to try really hard to complete the daily challenge.  If you want to learn more about it, here is the link: http://www.sicilianteacompany.com/challenge.

I love how the challenge wants to give an opportunity to make space in your life for you!  I know over the years, I feel as if I get so caught up in the world around me, that I have been losing pieces of myself.  The continuous battle to please everyone else and be who everyone else expects you to be can be exhausting and can take a toll on your life.

This challenge will provide you a with a daily workbook to track and journal your progress throughout the challenge.  It also is going to offer recipes and brewing tips. (Make sure you sign up for the email to receive everything for the challenge.)  The one major goal in this challenge that I want to accomplish is that for 21 days, I want to be able to unplug from life for 10-15 minutes. (No computer; emails; cell phone, TV, or multitasking-just sit and drink a cup of tea.)  This is more difficult for me than it sounds. At the end of the day is when I’m going to aim to give up the 10-15 minutes.  I’m hoping it will lead into a more peaceful, good night’s rest.

Let me know how you feel about the 21 Day Tea Challenge and if you are interested in joining as well! Everyone needs to take a little time for themselves and relax. We all deserve 10-15 minutes a day to enjoy a little bit of peace!

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Here are a few of my favorite tea products from MacKenzie-Childs.

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Courtly Check Enamel Tea Kettle-  2 Quart-$105.00

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Courtly Check Enamel Mug-$40.00

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Courtly Check Travel Mug-$25.00

                            

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National Coffee Day

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In honor of “National Coffee Day,”  I wanted to share this little story.  I was blessed and fortunate to have had the opportunity for many years to be a part of my Grandpap’s daily morning routine.  These were some of the best mornings of my life!  My Grandpap worked up until the age of 92.  He was passionate and loved the family business that he continued to grow from his father.  I would go to his house to pick him up and he always offered me a piece of chocolate of my choice from his assortment of hershey miniatures.  Once he was ready to start his day, we would have daily conversations while at his house and continue talking as I would drive him to his destinations for the day.  No matter whether the topics were good or bad, I always felt that life was going to be ok.  I would drive him to World Importing (Our deli), and he would walk around the store and check on everything to make sure it was in order.  While he gathered paperwork and completed his daily checklist routine, I would check his lottery tickets to see if he had won, and before we left, I poured us both a cup of coffee, and he made sure to give me a cookie every morning before we left to proceed to Romeo & Sons.  Those mornings have given me the best memories.  Words can’t describe how much I miss and cherish that morning routine!  What I would give to have another day to see his smile, embrace him in that hug, and have just one more cup of coffee with him… 

So Long Summer…End of Summer Tea

Coffee is a must to start my day, but I love a nice glass of iced tea throughout the day!  Today, I decided to make Hibiscus Watermelon Tea with Mint, Lavender, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Balm, and Honey.  I used some of my favorite herbs that I grew this summer to add to the flavor of this delicious summertime tea.  Here is my recipe…

Hibiscus Watermelon Tea with Herbs

  • 12-14 cups of water (depending on how strong you want your tea)
  • 10 Republic of Tea Hibiscus Watermelon tea bags
  • Handful of seasonal herbs:  (1 tsp) Lavender, Mint, Pineapple Sage, Lemon Balm
  • 3 tbsp of honey (I used Wildflower Honey)
  1. Pour your cups of water into a pot.
  2. Boil the water.
  3. Add your 10 tea bags.
  4. Steep for 7 minutes.
  5. Remove your tea bags.
  6. Add your herbs and honey.  Stir.
  7. Ready to drink!

*I let my tea cool for a few minutes before adding ice and pouring it into my container.

Enjoy!

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