Thyme Tea with Baked Pears

I am enjoying this week long celebration already. It has reinstated a custom I love, having afternoon tea. Creating a plant based tea time, rather than one featuring sweets and sandwiches, engages my imagination and allows me to try out healthy recipes. And taking time out late in the afternoon, to prepare my herbal tea and nutritious snack, and then sit and savor it, is a wonderful self care practice.

My goals are simple: During this Afternoon Tea Week, enjoy a different herbal tea and healthy treat every day. And have fun.

Today I chose thyme for my cup of hot tea, picking a sprig out of the garden. For my treat, I prepared a recipe from Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William. This simple, wholesome treat is easy to make, using only four ingredients.

Cinnamon Baked Pears with Toasted Walnuts

4 pears, any variety

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice pears in half length wise and remove seeds. Arrange pear halves face up on baking tray. (I lined with parchment paper). Drizzle each pear half with maple syrup, brushing over the face of the pear, and leaving some inside the center. Divide the walnuts evenly into the centers of the pears and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake 20-30 minutes until pears are tender and cooked through. Serve warm from the oven.

With blustery clouds filling the sky, I moved tea time indoors, setting up the cup and saucer and the food plate on one of my vintage metal tray. What bliss, to quiet my body and my mind and sip healing tea.

I added slivers of celery. The crunchy, salty tasting celery complemented the pears beautifully. And those pears? Delicious! They smelled wonderful as they baked and tasted as good as they smelled.

Tomorrow I am trying something new, involving rosemary flavored brown rice, lentils and mushrooms. Conventional tea time fare? Not hardly. Comforting, creative, healthy and delicious? Absolutely!

I am loving my unconventional afternoon teas.

Soaking Up the Sunshine

This time of year, I have to grab time in the sunshine when I can. With two days of chilly, overcast weather behind me and the threat of thunderstorms ahead through the weekend, today’s warm temps and abundant sunshine was a special gift. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine

Most of my spring vignettes are completed indoors. I still have a vintage suitcase and a small tabletop awaiting my creative touch. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
The dining room table features vintage Easter pieces handpainted by Greg’s mom and rustic country accents. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
Even small spaces, like this little antique chair seat, gets a vignette. 

I wanted to enjoy this day of sunshine, sandwiched between days of rain. The front porch transformation was completed. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
Soaking Up the Sunshine
As I finished the reset, I decided to heed the advice printed on my colorful front porch sign: RELAX. Relaxing in the mild sunshine, in my newly awakening backyard garden, with a cup of hot tea, sounded like bliss to me. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
Fresh thyme is already available in my herb garden. I picked a sprig of this aromatic herb and steeped a cup, creating a fragrant, healthy tea. Thyme is a powerful antiviral herb, destroying a host of illness causing viruses, including flu. It is so easy to grow in the garden and returns year after year. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine

I use a mesh strainer in a porcelain mug to brew fresh herbs. See link below to order one for yourself. Steep thyme, covered, in hot water for 15-20 minutes. Sweeten with raw local honey if desired. I drink mine plain. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
This was the bright spot in my day, literally…sitting in the sunshine in my backyard, a cup of thyme tea and book two in the Harry Potter series nearby. My cat Rilynn checked out my tea and settled at my feet. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
Soaking Up the Sunshine
Peace and contentment surrounded me as surely as the sunshine did, warming my heart and soul. I saw my first butterfly of the season this afternoon and birds called to me as they soared overhead. I deeply appreciate the restorative properties of nature and no where more so than here, in my own backyard garden. 

There is a saying, from an author unknown, “Sometimes inspiration comes from a single ray of sunshine.” I understood that today. Soaking up the sunshine, I felt inspired in many ways. Ideas seemed to flow within those bright beams of light, and open to receive them, they took root in my fertile imagination. 

Those last two vignettes came together in my mind, inspired by a perfect spring day, carried to me on beams of sunlight. 

Soaking Up the Sunshine
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Time for Tea, Time for Me

This was a busy day, in a busy week that will continue at such a pace through the weekend. I do not have big blocks of time for creative projects. However, these daily actions have become quite important to me, and it is crucial to make time for what is vital to me. The universe seems to be aware of my schedule. 

Today I drew:

Have tea in the garden. 


Some of my creative activities take more time to complete than others. During this packed out week, I’m consistently selecting activities that aren’t time consuming. This ongoing conversation with the Divine…it delights and amazes me. I sighed with happiness over today’s action.

Because of the warm temperatures today, I had a late tea. And rather than sitting in the backyard garden, I chose to have tea on my covered front deck. My house is surrounded by gardens. The backyard paradise is by far the most extensive one, however, I enjoy spending time working in all of them. 


I have container gardens on the breezy front deck, a ficus tree and five hanging baskets. When I drew this slip of paper, I knew this was the perfect location for an evening cup of tea. 


I began my tea time experience by brewing a cup using fresh thyme from my garden. I snipped a couple of sprigs and steeped them in hot water for 20 minutes. Thyme has many health benefits, including warding off colds and flus. Unfortunately, this afternoon I have felt like I am catching a cold. In spite of the day’s warmth, I looked forward to sipping this hot savory brew. 

While the tea steeped in a covered cup, I set up a small wooden table on the deck and covered it with a vintage tablecloth. A small vase of daisies adorned the table. I lit 28 candles in various holders scattered around the deck. I know…who does that when it’s hot outside? The one who loves being surrounded by beauty and having her heart pierced by it. 



I settled into the porch swing as the sky darkened, flickering candlelight soothing me as much as the steaming thyme tea. Fireflies appeared around the deck, their flashing lights mimicking the twinkling flames on the deck. Peace surrounded me as well, diminishing my weariness and the throbbing in my head. 



The arrow of desire did not fly far to strike its intended target today. Quite simply, I needed this break, this time of quieting myself and slowing down and practicing loving self care. I’m tired and not feeling my best…and I drew an action that asked me to hit the pause button for a few minutes. These are all strong signals that I need to pay attention to myself and adjust what I’m doing. 

So many cultures around the world practice an afternoon tea time. The British and Scottish are well known for this daily tradition, as are the Chinese and Japanese. I love the custom. It is fairly easy for me to observe tea time in the winter months. I tend to skip it during the warmer seasons. I must remedy that. 

Henry James said, “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

That hour is very agreeable indeed. And sustaining and refreshing and restorative. Perhaps I’ll attach this slip of paper to the whiteboard in my studio, as a visible daily reminder to take time for tea, take time for me. 

Surrender 54: Thyme for Tea

I was excited to come across an article, written by the Medical Medium, Anthony William. He extolled the virtues of drinking thyme tea. I was thrilled because I grow thyme in my herb garden and I love finding new uses for my herbs. Thanks to Anthony, I now know the many health benefits of drinking thyme tea! 

 Thyme (lower center of photo) growing in my garden last summer. 

According to the Medical Medium, as he is known as, thyme tea contains powerful anti-viral properties. If consumed regularly, the tea helps reduce the viral load on the body, making it helpful to those suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Mutiple Sclerosis. 

Thyme tea also helps boost memory, relieves headaches, muscle tension, and fevers, eases coughs, and fights colds and infections. It contains a compound that makes it an excellent tranquilizer. Thyme helps regulate sleep patterns and defends against stress damage. 

 

This fragrant herb is great for the digestive and urinary tracts and has a high antioxidant level, making it a wonderful agent for removing free radicals and other disease causing substances from the body. 

That’s an abundance of health benefits and great reasons for trying thyme tea this evening! This time of year I don’t have fresh thyme, although I will soon. Fortunately, I have dried thyme, harvested from my garden. 

To make thyme tea:

Pour 10 – 16 ounces of hot water over two sprigs of fresh thyme (available in the produce section of the supermarket or it’s very easily grown in a garden or container), or use one teaspoon of dried thyme in a tea infuser. Let steep 15 – 20 minutes. 

  
I drink a lot of herbal teas, and don’t add anything else to enhance the flavor. However, honey or lemon could be added. I found the tea to be delicious, with a light, clean taste. And the aroma was wonderful! I could happily drink this hot tea every evening before bed. 

During the warmer months, Anthony offers an alternative that’s refreshing and just as healthy. 

Thyme Water

Add two bunches of fresh thyme sprigs to 32 – 64 ounces of room temperature water, along with lemon, cucumber slices, mint or berries. Allow to sit on the kitchen counter overnight. Strain water and sip on throughout the day. 

I appreciate Anthony’s “thymely” article and his wealth of knowledge. I look forward to trying both flavorful thyme concoctions. And to discovering more healthy uses for the herbs growing in my apothecary garden. 

Found out more about the Medical Medium here.