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3 Reasons Why Pomegranates Are So Amazing. (Especially In Tea.)

It’s exciting. It’s potent. It’s pomegranate. Ever since this “wonder fruit” found its place in Bigelow Tea’s blackgreen and herbal teas, tea lovers haven’t looked back. The flavor is unmistakably rich and robust, and hey, a cup of pomegranate tea has the perfect rosy hue – perfect for an Instagram filter, right?! As if you needed another reason to love it, we’ll give you three.

  1. There’s a whole month for celebrating pomegranates. Every November, pomegranates are in the spotlight. Why not use this time as an opportunity to try a new pomegranate flavor or recipe? Love a good twist on a classic? Try a tangy spin on a traditional Bigelow Tea favorite: Green Tea with Pomegranate (which also comes in an organic version, steep by Bigelow). This beautiful cup of tea offers a touch of sweetness and a hint of tartness, and packs a punch with the power of pomegranate which is the perfect way, we think, to celebrate #NationalPomegranateMonth!  And don’t forget to try Pomegranate Black Tea too!
  2. It’s a pretty neat and exotic fruit. (And it’s awesome to be a little different, right?) So, what is a pomegranate, anyway? A pomegranate is a round fruit with a thick, reddish skin that—when cut open—reveals ruby-red seeds called arils. High in antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, and a great source of fiber, pomegranates are often used in cooking, juice blends, cocktails and, of course, tea!
  3. Pomegranates have quite the history. Pomegranates are rooted in history, and have been symbols of abundance, prosperity, and fertility for thousands of years. According to a Greek myth, the goddess Persephone was forced to spend every winter in the underworld because she had eaten pomegranate seeds there (worth it). And, of course, today, back in the real world, it can bring a wealth of flavor and health benefits to your cup of tea.

So, there you have it. More than enough reasons to add pomegranate to your life – and to your tea cup. Have a favorite flavor? Tag #TeaProudly to show it off!

It’s Almost T – Time… Thanksgiving with Bigelow Tea!


Thanksgiving is all about family, fun and of course, that much anticipated feast!  If ever there was an important meal to share with the ones you love, it’s our all-American, multi-dished, prepared with love, eating for hours on end Thanksgiving sit-down.

The Bigelow Tea family  is all about traditions, many originating with their love of tea and commitment to their customers.  Family owned for three generations, the Bigelow family enjoys sharing their history, anecdotes and recipes with everyone in the #TeaProudly community and hearing about theirs.  After all, special moments of togetherness and sharing is what defines this holiday.

A favorite part of Thanksgiving preparations is finding new dishes to try out and share.  Of course the traditional favorites have to make an appearance, but some fresh and lively newcomers are always a welcome addition to the table.  To #TeaProudly to the max this Thanksgiving, invite Bigelow’s fragrant and bold tea ingredients to your cooking marathon session and welcome flavor sensations your guests will love.  And, don’t forget to serve tastes of the season teas with and after your meal, hot and iced… including new Bigelow Tea Benefits if you might feel the effects of overindulging!

Try out these recipes that are bound to be requested any time of year… enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
  • ½ cup asparagus tips/ cut into small pieces, ½ – 1 inch
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • ¼ cup tea concentrate

Egg Mixture:

  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • 4-ounces (½ of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
  • Dill, optional garnish

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About ½ cup tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray (spray well or alternatively use paper liners); set aside. In 10-inch non-stick skillet place olive oil. Heat for 1 minute. Add peppers, asparagus, peas, and shallots. Cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, until slightly softened. Add ¼ cup tea concentrate to vegetable mixture. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until most of the tea is evaporated. Remove from heat; set aside. In large bowl stir together eggs, half and half, salt and pepper. Mix well. In bottom of each prepared mini muffin tin, place about 1 tablespoon vegetable mixture. Top with piece of cream cheese. Fill to top with egg mixture. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until very lightly browned near edges. Remove from oven. Cool slightly. Garnish with dill if desired.

Lemon Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 zucchini, washed and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled, 1-inch (2.5cm) diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup (60mL) extra virgin oil
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
  • ½ pound (250g) orzo
  • ¼ cup (80mL) boiling water
  • Bigelow® I Love Lemon Herbal Tea Bags
  • ¼ cup (60mL) vegetable oil
  • Zest from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup (60mL) pine nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup (250mL) feta cheese, cut into ½ diced
  • 15 fresh basil leaves, julienned

Instructions

Using a large baking pan, toss vegetables, garlic, salt and pepper in olive oil. Roast 40 minutes at 375ºF(190ºC), until browned, turning once with a spatula. Meanwhile, cook the orzo in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large serving dish. Add the roasted vegetables with juices to the orzo. Combine well. Make the dressing by pouring boiling water over the tea bags. Let steep for 10 minutes and remove the tea bags. Combine vegetable oil, lemon zest, salt and pepper, shake or whisk. Add to the vegetables and orzo. Garnish with green onions, pine nuts, feta cheese and basil. Taste for seasoning and serve at room  

Roasted Turkey with Constant Comment Glaze

Ingredients

Glaze:

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

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.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • Tea Concentrate:
  • 13 tea bags Bigelow Pumpkin Spice Tea*
  • 1 ¼ cups boiling water
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (11-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained, discard liquid
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • Frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly soft
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons tea concentrate
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 2-cup glass measure. Add 1 ¼ cups water. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. (About 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons tea concentrate.) Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 2 (12-cup) muffin tins with baking spray; alternatively use paper liners set aside. In large mixing bowl add sugar, vegetable oil and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until thick and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add mandarin oranges, ½ cup tea concentrate, vanilla, and orange zest. Continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add flour mixture to tea mixture. Continue mixing, at low speed, until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes). Add carrots; mix well. Place batter in muffin cups filling about ½ to ¾ full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool. Meanwhile, in medium mixing bowl place cream cheese and butter. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until light and creamy (1 minute). Add 2 tablespoons tea extract. Mix well. Add confectioners’ sugar; continue mixing, scraping bowl often, until soft and creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Frost top of each cupcake with frosting.

All The Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Harvest Teas

It’s crisp outside, the trees are losing their leaves and the only thing on everyone’s mind is this: cold nights, warm socks, cozy blankets and a cup of Bigelow Tea. Hoping to stay festive? Look no further than the flavors of the harvest. From September to December, autumn brings a bounty of delicious produce like pumpkins and apples. And if you love those things, then guess what? Bigelow has just the selection of teas for you to enjoy.

It’s always pumpkin time.

Bigelow Tea’s Pumpkin Spice is a black tea made with pumpkin flakes, cinnamon, ginger and cloves—just like your mom’s homemade pumpkin pie! The savory, well-rounded flavor screams cozy and smells like harvest bliss.

 

Apple everything.

When we think of this time of year, it’s no surprise that apples come to mind. After all, there’s apple picking, apple pie and apple teas like Apple Cider herbal tea and our newest flavor Caramel Apple tea! Want to make the most of a crisp fall day (or just want to feel autumn-y)? A cup of tea will do!

Spicy cinnamon = the best.

Warm up from your toes to your nose with a cup of Hot Cinnamon tea. Sweet and spice and all ingredients nice…that’s exactly what you’ll find in this spicy blend. Waiting for a cup to brew will seriously feel like the longest minute of your life. Cinnamon’s one of the most versatile spices you can find in your cupboard (and in your tea!) – it worth getting cozy over!

Oooohy-gooey caramel.

As if you needed one more thing to sweeten your season, here it is… An all-natural blend of hand-picked black tea and caramel with just a hint of salt, the sweet and salty flavor of Salted Caramel tea is a perfect after-dinner (or anytime!) treat. A little bit sweet, a little bit salty, a lot creamy and butter-y rich and totally ahhh-mazing.

Show your love for the harvest with a cup of tea—the cornucopia of choices makes it easy to relax and appreciate the simple joy of this time of year and all that it means to be grateful for good things in the world. Talk about soothing the soul, right?! Tag #TeaProudly and show us how you enjoy your fave flavor!

Thank You To Our Troops, Every Day

Tomorrow, Veteran’s Day, is a day near and dear to the hearts of everyone who is part of the Bigelow Tea family. We believe strongly in supporting the troops who do so much for our country. In 2009, Bigelow Tea created the Tea for the Troops program, which features customized packaging filled with 100 percent American-grown tea produced at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina.

Created exclusively for the troops and not for retail sale, this special tea is a way for the company to thank those who serve and have served our nation with a truly American product that provides soldiers a taste of home. From Iraq and Afghanistan to USO facilities in airports where troops stay on their way to and from deployment, over four million tea bags have been delivered to troops across the globe. This special tea is also available to veterans in VFW chapters and VA hospitals.

With more than 180 locations around the world, the USO has been connecting America’s service members to family, home and country for over 75 years. To help build awareness for the USO and the great programs it offers our troops and their families throughout their service, Bigelow Tea created American Breakfast Tea—a line of robust black teas naturally formulated with 50% more caffeine than the average cup of tea. In 2015, Bigelow Tea became an official sponsor of the USO and began working with select retailers to donate portions of tea sales to USO centers serving local military communities.

The Bigelow family is proud of the small part they play in supporting these amazing men and women who work to keep our country safe. “Tea is a universal beverage and one in which relationships can be built.  It is a way to say that all of us back home are thinking of you and we want to thank you for all you are doing to bring peace to our world.” –Cindi Bigelow, president and CEO of Bigelow tea.

This Veteran’s Day, take a moment to honor all the men and women who have served in uniform. If you are a veteran from generations past or future, we celebrate you and thank you and your families for all you do for our country.

Old vs. New – And All the Other Reasons Why Tea is Steeped in History!

Alright, so history might not be your favorite subject, but when it comes to tea, it goes waaay back! Actually, if you think it’s pretty cool to drink tea now, just think – 2,100 years ago, others did, too! So, grab your fave Bigelow Tea flavor and let’s do a then vs. now.

Afternoon Tea

Then: Many tea drinkers may think of afternoon teatime as a British tradition (even though the post-lunch, pre-dinner cup and nibble has roots across numerous cultures). Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford is the woman to thank for the traditional English teatime as we know it. In 1840, Anna started partaking in the light meal to help stave off afternoon hunger pangs in between lunch and supper.

Now: Today, traipse into an afternoon tea party and be ready to see a scene with three-tiered serving stands filled with treats like tea sandwiches, petit fours, scones, and clotted cream. From fancy hotels to teahouses to your own kitchen, afternoon tea has come a long way since an afternoon snack – it’s a full-fledged event!

Iced Tea

Then: Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped while summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School.

Now: Iced tea has become so popular, that there was even a bill introduced in 2003 that proposed a requirement for all Georgia restaurants that serve tea to serve it sweetened over ice. It was later determined to be an April Fool’s joke as an attempt to bring humor to the Legislature, but Georgia State Representative John Noel allegedly said that he wouldn’t mind if it became law!

Book About Tea

Then: Long ago—in 1211 to be exact—a famous Buddhist priest by the name of Eisai wrote what is known to be the oldest book on tea in Japan: Kissa Yojoki (“How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea”). Kind of cool to know that even in the 1200s, tea was a part of a trend of healthy living…

Now: Today, there are countless books, podcasts and blogs about tea. A quick snapshot of the popularity of tea articles today, the Tea page on Reddit has nearly 100,000 subscribers, more than one million subscribers on social media, and receives about 150 posts to share each week.

Tea in America

Then: Letters between John and Abigail Adams mention tea. One from July 1774 describes a hostess only serving coffee since tea (during the American Revolution) was considered unpatriotic. Fortunately, Americans came back around to this delightful beverage—and not just for throwing it into harbors.

Now: On any given day, more than 158 million Americans are drinking tea. Clearly, things have changed since the 1700s.

Sought after by noble, innovated by inventive brewers and written about for centuries, tea has a storied history. So, the next time you’re confronted by a historical fact and feel your eyes glazing over, just think about how tea was probably livening things up behind the scenes. Do you have a favorite tea-related story to tell from your own history? Tag #TeaProudly on social media and share it with us.

Make Mine a Mint! – The Story Behind Bigelow Mint Medley’s Famous, Fresh Taste

Let’s talk mint! A revitalizing, prized herb which has been used for ages in every civilization for its medicinal and culinary properties, mint is the bold star of one of the most refreshing sips to savor, Bigelow Tea’s Mint Medley.

Definitely a #TeaProudly favorites, Mint Medley has a bit of history of its own to boast.

It all started down at the (mint) farm… In the early 1960’s, the Bigelow family set out to develop a revitalizing mint tea.  In addition to being a flavor tradition in many countries, mint tea has been said to have a calming effect on digestion, be a great antidote for cough and congestion and is a non-caffeine revitalizer for an anytime pick me up.

To find top quality mint, the Bigelow family visited farms throughout the Northwest, where the rainy, chill climate is ideal for growing the multi-variety herb.  In fact, the Northwest region even once led the world in mint farming and mint oil production.

Finally in Oregon, the Bigelow family met its mint match – the family farmers and multi-generational growers that have been growing mint crops specifically for Bigelow Tea for over 50 years. In addition to a shared love of mint, the families found their philosophy to produce the best possible product for their customers aligned perfectly, a commitment and business model which has persevered since.

Today, the father and son farming team that provide Bigelow Tea with its tasty and thrilling mint taste only harvest the fragrant and potent little leaves twice a year.  The result – unparalleled superior quality, cleanliness in processing and tea connoisseur worthy “crop to cup” traceability. Bigelow Tea and its mint farmers proudly contend no mint is purer, no mint tea more flavorful that Bigelow’s Mint Medley. So next time you’re thinking tea, make it a mint… enjoy some today!

#TeaProudly Tea People!

Recognizing the passion behind the joy of drinking tea, #TeaProudly has become a community in which we all share moments, comments, recipes, and images where we embody all that tea means to us as individuals and a group. At www.teaproudly.com and with #TeaProudly, the community has grown!

Morning tea ritual before the kiddos are up?  #TeaProudly!  Special dessert made to celebrate Pumpkin Spice flavor mania? #TeaProudly!  Nightcap cozying up with your pup and herbal tea? #TeaProudly! Engaging with #TeaProudly has made the ritual of drinking, sharing and finding new and different ways to enjoy tea the bridge that brings our community together and solidifies the growing tea movement.

And if you doubt the power of the tea, there are plenty of facts and figures that show us #TeaProudly folks are onto something.  Did you know:

Need more reasons to take pride in the #TeaProudly community with Bigelow tea in your cup?  Well as an industry leader and a proud third generation family run business, we continuously innovate, offer new flavors, recipes and ways to enjoy our 140+ flavors of black, green, oolong, and herbal teas which use premium ingredients and foil pouches to ensure the highest quality, most delicious cup of tea.

So share, check-in and let your friends and family know what tea means to you. #TeaProudly tea people!

3 Comfy-Cozy Bigelow Tea Drink Recipes

It’s finally fall (yay!) AND International Stress Awareness Day – two reasons that make it the perfect time to sip all kinds of warm, yummy, comforting drinks. From aromatic pumpkin spice to brand-new caramel apple flavor, Bigelow Tea’s special seasonal tea blends are great for relaxing and enjoying the sweet and savory flavors of fall – guilt-free!

Whether you’re just kicking back and taking in the vibrant hues of autumn leaves or inviting some friends over for pumpkin pie (ooooh so good!), tasty Bigelow teas are amazing when incorporated into these fall-inspired drink recipes! (Wow!) As sunny autumn days fade into dark cool nights, try your hand at these comfy-cozy concoctions and tag #TeaProudly to let us know what you think!

Spicy Apple Chai

A beverage with comforting flavor of cinnamon and apples using Bigelow Spiced Chai tea.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (250mL) boiling water
  • 3 Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea Bags
  • ½ cup (125mL) apple cider
  • 1 teaspoon (5mL) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30mL) whipping cream, optional
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

Pour boiling water over Bigelow Spiced Chai tea bags. Let steep 5 minutes. Remove tea bags, squeezing out excess tea. Add apple cider and tea; heat in microwave or in small saucepan. When heated, add sugar and top with whipping cream, if desired. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Maple Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

Bigelow Vanilla Chai is my favorite but I did find a way to make it even better!

Recipe and photo submitted by Building Our Story

Serves 1

Ingredients

Instructions

Place Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bag into large cup or mug. Heat almond milk until steaming – do not boil.  You can do this on the stove or in the microwave. Pour steaming milk over tea bag and let steep for at least 5 minutes. 

Maple Chamomile Tea Latte

For those tea lovers that cannot have caffeine it is important to have some Bigelow Cozy Chamomile on hand. I enjoyed the maple flavor in the chai tea latte I created that I decided that maple syrup would be perfect with my chamomile tea as well.

Recipe and photo submitted by Building Our Story

Serves 1

Ingredients

Instructions

Place Bigelow Cozy Chamomile tea bag into large cup or mug. Heat almond milk until steaming – do not boil.  You can do this on the stove or in the microwave. Pour steaming milk over tea bag and let steep for at least 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and stir in maple syrup. Sprinkle latte with ground cinnamon and sea salt.  Serve immediately – nice and hot!

Want To Spoil Your College Student? Send Tea, Please.

The fall semester has started, midterms are finished, and finals will be approaching soon. And you know what’s synonymous with college finals? Care packages. Still not sure what to send? Here’s a little hint: boxes of Bigelow Tea.

Consider this: research suggests that millennials seem to pay greater attention to leading a healthy lifestyle than other generations – nearly half (47%) of the 18-34 age-group surveyed had changed their eating habits towards a healthier diet. Plus, tea is now considered trendy as 42 percent of Americans under age 30 prefer to drink tea and 27 percent drink tea exclusively. Yep. You read that right. Tea = cool (even when it’s hot). In fact, if you’ve got a University of Connecticut student, they’ll see Bigelow teas in the cafes around campus this year!

So, yeah. Show your college student that you’re thinking of them. We suggest a selection of Bigelow Benefits tea. Why? Well, first, they’re awesome. Second, they’re totally delicious. Third, each tea is masterfully blended with the goodness (dare we say, benefits?) of wellness ingredients, which tackle those moments in life that require a breather… You know, like finals.

Want to build a fab care package? Here are a few other items to consider sending: stationary or swag from home to remind them of their favorite places, a few yummy snacks (homemade Vanilla Drop cookies for the win), pictures of the fam (fur-babies, included), cash or gift cards (dinner’s on the ‘rents), household items (laundry detergent pods, shampoo/conditioner always help), and maybe a few fun magazines (for those much needed breaks between studying).

Be a warm, invigorating (and delicious) ray of light in an otherwise hectic finals schedule. With a care package headlined by Bigelow Benefits tea, your student will be focused on their course content and thinking of you as they relax with a cup of their favorite tea. And with any luck, they can boast to you about their awesome grades as you gather together and #TeaProudly on break!

How To Hygge For The Weekend With Bigelow Tea

Adapted blog and picture by Andrea of Salty Canary

Have you heard of “hygge?” It’s pronounced “HUE-ga” and is the current Danish trend here in the United States of being cozy, slowing down, and having a sense of well-being. It’s been a super popular fad, and is a nice reminder to slow down and settle into “weekend mode.” So, stock up on your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors and learn of art of hygge – you may even want to try it this weekend!

We don’t know about you, but a weekend spent slowing down, being cozy, and appreciating the fall season is just what everyone needs right now! We love the fall and winter months of September through December, but when you add the holidays to everyday life, it can become overwhelming and before you know it January is here! We think cozying up on the couch with cozy socks, blankets, and pillows, a good book and some stationery to write some snail mail, and a cup of tea and pumpkin bread is the perfect weekend of hygge along with some mulling spices on the stove to make the house smell like fall!

The first step to Hygge-ing (is that a word?) for the weekend is to make NO plans! None! So it’s actually a plan for no plans! Block off a weekend on the calendar. No apple picking, no pumpkin patches, no corn mazes, no haunted mansions, no movies, or dinners with friends! It’s like a staycation at home. It’s an excuse to spend the weekend in bed or on the couch, and you don’t even have to have the excuse of the flu!

Next, prep your hygge gear – cozy socks, legwarmers, pajamas, or sweaters, along with cozy blankets and plush pillows. Maybe even a fire in the fireplace or scented candles!

Next, prep your snack! Tea and fresh baked pumpkin bread is the perfect choice! We suggest picking up a box of Bigelow’s Orange & Spice Tea because oranges remind us of fall and it pairs so nicely with this fresh baked pumpkin bread. Drinking tea is warm and cozy; tea has the power to soothe souls and connect people!

Then choose your activity. Try to unplug, if you can. No Netflix, Hulu, or TV binging. No internet surfing. Instead, gather a few inspirational books, magazines, and some stationery, and reconnect with the old-fashioned art of snail mail.

And last, but not least, make your house smell cozy with some mulling spices on the stove. Here’s one of our favorite recipes by Salty Canary:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 star anise, whole
  • 2 Tb whole cloves
  • 2 Tb all spice
  • 4 bay leaves

Instructions:
Combine all the ingredients in a large stock pot, fill the pot half way or two-thirds full of water and allow to come to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. NOTE: NEVER leave pot unattended. Check it periodically in case it needs more water.

So, there you have it… the perfect way to hygge out this weekend. Tag #TeaProudly on social media and show us how it went for you! Remember – just relax, because you deserve it!