“Double Orange Dessert”

“Double Orange Dessert”

“Betty Crocker’s – Working Woman’s Cookbook”


2        Tablespoons sugar

1/2     teaspoon ground cinnamon

4         large oranges, pared and sectioned

1         pint orange, lemon or lime sherbet


Mix sugar and cinnamon; toss with oranges. Divide oranges

among 4 dishes; top with sherbet.  Sprinkle with coconut if desired.

— 4 servings.


Recipe – “Blackberry Iced Tea”

“Blackberry Iced Tea”
Victoria – “The Pleasures of Tea by Kim Waller & Nancy Lindemeyer
1/2    to 1 ounce pesticide-free marigold flowers
4        cups hot black tea, such as orange pekoe or Darjeeling
1        cup blackberries
          Honey, to taste
1.    Remove the petals from the flowers.
2.    Place 3 to 4 petals in each compartment  of an ice-cube tray.   Fill the compartments halfway with water and freeze for at least 2 hours.  Fill each compartment to the top with water and freeze until solid.
3.    In a medium-size bowl, combine the hot tea with the blackberries.  Set aside to steep for 1 hour.
4.    With the back of a wooden spoon, crush the berries against the side of the bowl.  Pour the mixture through a fine-meshed sieve into a pitcher, pressing on the solids with the back of the spoon to extract all the liquid; discard the solids.  Add honey to taste and chill for a least 2 hours.
5.    Serve in a tall glasses with the marigold ice cubes.
Makes abut 4 servings.
Suggested Orange Pekoe 

An Indonesian Orange Pekoe tea grown in the northern part of Sumatra. A bold Sumatra tea sometimes used in place of a Ceylon tea when blending several teas together. (Black) Country of origin: Indonesia Type: Bag    Size: 100 g. (Loose Tea)   Price: $14.00 (reg.price)
***Inspired music by “Oleta Adams” – “We Can’t Stay Here” (“Let’s Stay Here – Album)

Baths old and new

Many of us take advance of the new technology with our jetted Jacuzzi tubs and why not, these tubs are great to sooth you’re aching back and feet.

As we wonder about the older days and ask, how did one relax years ago?    Not talking about 20 years ago, more along the lines of the early 1900’s or even further back to the Egyptian times.

In the early 1900’s you would go out and fetch the water, put wood into the stove, light the wood to create a fire, then place water into a large pot and boil on the stove.   Then just adding some of the cool water and the boiled water were added to a real small bath tub or if you were lucky you had one of those old claw foot tubs. 

The stories told were that the tubs were not too comfortable. If you were quite tall that the comfort of this tub would have your knees up to your chin and if you lost the soap, good luck getting a hold of it.

We are truly spoiled these days with running cold and hot water with extra luxuries.

Rose Buds for Tea & Bath

Rose buds and petals  (Italy) A very popular blend of food grade Rose buds and petals are used widely throughout tea history.    A black tea blended with roses is known as “Rose Congou”.    Also a lovely touch to any Herbal Bath blends.    A rose is the flower of love.   (References from Meditations with Tea by Diana Rosen)

Therapeutic Herbal Bath’s

To create that Spa comfort at home ……..add a few candles, either scented or unscented along the counter or bath tub, brew a nice calming tea and start to run your bath water.    This can create an ambience and peaceful area in your home.  

Even with the sound of running water can be soothing for most of us, this can bring you to remember that tropical vacation or the west & east coast trip.

Many herbs have relaxing properties when infused into your bath water.

Herbal Bathing …….

For many centuries enjoying herbs in bath has become a very therapeutic way to help re-energize the body.    A great way to distress, soothe skin and generally relax you from every day.    Enjoying a warm bath with a few wonderful herbs in a a small muslin bag.

Creating a ambiant place around your own tub can become very theraputic after a stressful day.   We all know that we have stress in our everyday life.     Add in some good music, candles, flowers, infuse a herbal tisane or a wonderful cup of tea.     The idea is to sooth the mind and relax the body, refresh the whole body, create new energy in the body and relax.

Feeling calm after relaxing after the bath will help encourage a restful sleep.

** Research:  “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health” by Rosemary Gladstar’s

Many cultures around the world have a range of theraputic bath houses; healing with mineral waters and ranged temperatures to help with artheritic health issues, enhance health, cleansing and relaxation like the “Turkish Bath Houses” is just one example.   Some Bath Houses give body massage’s as part of the theraputic treatment before enhancing their bodies to the hot bath’s.  “Japanese Bath Houses” are separated by the sexes and use hot water from a natural spring (the “Sento”), these were public bath houses.  For more enhancement of nutrients from the mineral natural bath’s; many of the clients would leave the Bath Houses without rinsing off the minerals after bathing.   Healing properties of the hot mineral waters was to cleanse impureties from the body, enhancing a long life.    The Canadian well known “Banff Mineral Springs” or “Radium Hot Springs” in Canada, with a variety temperature’s where you can soothe, soak and refresh from daily life.     Their are many Bath Houses around the world.  

**Research from “Wikipedia”

Many herbal infusions are from flowers and leaves.

**Remembering use less for children and elders, full infusion maybe too strong.

Many popular herbs in the bath are:    Lavender, Camomile, Hops, Peppermint, Roses, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Sage.

Wishing your guest Long Life

It is a life long Chinese Tradition to wish their guest “a Long Life” with a floating dried Chrysanthemum flower .

Reference: “20,000 Secrets to Tea” by Victoria Za