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Start The School Year With Bigelow Tea!

It’s hard to believe, but much of summer has whizzed by, and pretty soon it will be back-to-school time for everyone, including parents!  As the fall approaches, and back-to-school stress starts up, Bigelow Tea recommends a strong cup of an apple cider or pumpkin spice tea for relaxation!

We know that back-to-school isn’t only a busy time for kids, but it’s also very demanding for parents.  It can be so stressful that almost half of the mothers polled in one survey wished for a housekeeper to help out with the workload, and over half said they were likely to cry on the first day of school!

So as the school year approaches, along with mountains of paperwork, lunches to prepare and kids to shuttle around, make sure to keep the stress in hand! Brew a cup of herbal tea and plan ahead for those hectic mornings. Get inspired with ideas to make fun school lunches, and get the kiddies excited with back-to-school crafts!

Remember: it’s okay to take a deep breath and relax! School time should be a fun time! So don’t forget to sit back and enjoy the first day of school photo-shoot or walk to the bus! And once the little ones are out the door, cradle a mug of your favorite Bigelow Tea and say “ahhh.”

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Bigelow Tea Celebrates National Golf Month with “Tea Time”

It’s August, which means it is National Golf Month! That’s good news for our golf-loving tea enthusiasts, because a whole month is dedicated to getting out on the green, going to the driving range and hitting some golf balls! Here at Bigelow Tea, we definitely understand the allure of “tea time,” so be sure to enjoy National Golf Month—and a cup of tea!—while you can!

Just like tea, golf has a long history, dating back to the first golf game in St. Andrews in 1427! Since then, golf has taken off, captivating everyone from kids to adults. Here are some other fun golf facts: the youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one was five years old; there are over 32,000 golf courses in the entire world; and golf will be making a return in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after 112 years!

Like us at Bigelow Tea, many tea lovers are also sport lovers … and it’s safe to say that golf and tea are the perfect combination. Tea is the best companion for making your way around the golf course, and when it’s especially hot, try stowing some of Bigelow’s Iced Teas in a thermos in your golf bag! If you can’t get out on the links, you can certainly sip a tall glass of iced tea as you watch the PGA Tournament this month or the Ryder Cup in September!

So, this month, there’s only one thing to say to all those golf playing tea drinkers out there: “It’s tee time and it’s time for tea!” Hit ‘em straight, and enjoy your cup!

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Bigelow Tea Welcomes A Week To Simplify Your Life

Our hands mold around the warmth of a cup of tea. The aromatics fill the room. The delicate flavors are distinct in the first sip. The act of drinking tea is complete simplicity. That’s why we at Bigelow Tea welcome Simplify Your Life Week with open arms. This first week in August, we’d like to take a moment to look at how to step back and appreciate the meaningful things in our lives.

Simplifying forces us to reduce the complexities in life, to refocus our priorities. It’s all about having enough without having too much. To personalize this concept, take a look at the excesses you have.  Perhaps it’s clutter or a lack of free time. Once you’ve identified them, you can begin simplifying!

Simplifying can also mean taking small moments to appreciate more. Find time to relax and read few pages in a book. Or start keeping a gratitude journal. And brew a pot of tea—Cranberry Hibiscus perhaps?—and savor the flavor.

If we were keeping a gratitude journal, at the top of our grateful list would be the perfect box of Bigelow Tea in assorted varieties! And what about you? The items on your gratitude list are the things that matter most to you—the things you don’t want to get rid of. But everything else you may want to reconsider. It’s been said that there’s an immense freedom that comes with having less.

So, while you sip your tea, remember: it’s all about being in the moment. Let go of the extra “stuff” and embrace what you love. Simplify. Drink some tea.

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Bigelow Iced Tea Is The Best Beach Companion

We know you enjoy drinking Bigelow Tea on ice throughout the summer. Whether it’s out on the boat, on your front porch or while working in the garden, a glass of Bigelow Iced Tea should never be more than an arm’s reach away. One of our absolute favorite places to drink iced tea is, of course, on the beach!

Taking a thermos full of iced tea to the beach is an absolute no brainer! It’s a simple way to keep one of your most-loved beverages nearby and ready to pour whenever you need a sip of something cool and refreshing. Sipping beverages like iced tea is also an excellent way to prevent dehydration in the summer heat … and add something fun to a trip to the seashore! Flavors such as Green Tea with Pomegranate and Red Raspberry provide the right amount of zest needed for enjoying a cool drink on the sand.

And don’t forget to take along your favorite treat when hitting the shores! Anything from cookies and fresh fruit to sandwiches and chips make tasty companions for Bigelow iced tea. And while you’re relaxing near the water, you might as well have a good a beach read for entertainment. Three Cups of Tea would be a great partner for any Bigelow Tea flavor!

So sit back, pull out your favorite thermos of iced tea and relax for a fun day on the beach!

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Bigelow Tea Looks At Staycations As a Summer Vacation Alternative

It’s true that we all can’t jet off on a European vacation every year or experience an exotic escape for a quick summer break. But there are plenty of ways to get away from it all while staying close to home; all it takes is a well-plannedstaycation! A staycation is a break at home, or near to home, that takes advantage of local offerings you may not have considered. Bigelow Tea is all about savoring the benefits of family time at home and with the community!

Spend more time in your garden on your staycation!

For an exciting staycation, look at opportunities within a 50-mile radius from your home. Consider visiting local parks or heading downtown for sightseeing. With a little planning and research, you can stay close to home and still have days and days of fun! Plus, you’ll be sending a great message to the kids when you participate in local community activities for a day. Helping others is a great way to spend a part of your staycation!

Take time for Tea time on your staycation!

Perhaps the greatest advantage of a staycation is enjoying tea time every afternoon! Whether you sip during an at-home spa day or while sharing tasteful and uplifting conversations with family and friends, Bigelow Teas are meant to be shared! A cup of tea along with tea-infused appetizers and snacks and even some teatime treats all can add to the luxury of your staycation! Sounds like a plan!

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Bigelow Tea Devours National Ice Cream Sandwich Day With Tea Infused Treats

Tea lovers will be excited to hear that you can make ice cream sandwiches with tea! Who knew? Well, we at Bigelow Tea did … and we want to share this fantastic family-friendly recipe with you just in time for National Ice Cream Sandwich Day which is tomorrow! Our Vanilla Caramel Tea infuses just the right amount of sweetness and richness into the ice cream you’ll make with this recipe. If you give it a try, we think ice cream sandwiches will take on new meaning in your household, and your kids might start asking for tea-licious ice cream all the time!

Vanilla Caramel Tea-licious Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 ¾ cups (409mL) whole milk
Bigelow® Vanilla Caramel Tea Bags*
2 cups (500mL) heavy cream
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 cup (160mL) sugar
48 chocolate or vanilla wafers – 2 ½ inches in diameter

Yield: Makes 1 quart (1L) = 24 ice cream sandwiches 

*Delicious alternatives—any of our Bigelow® Teas—suggested flavors are Constant Comment®,Vanilla ChaiPlantation Mint®, French Vanilla or Spiced Chai.

Instructions:

Requires Ice Cream Maker
In a small saucepan, combine ½ cup milk (reserve remaining milk for later use) and 6 Vanilla Caramel tea bags over medium heat until bubbles are visible. Remove from heat and let steep for 6 minutes. Squeeze tea bags, remove and discard.
In a small mixing bowl, beat the eggs, add the tea/milk mixture, remaining milk, cream and sugar. Pour back into saucepan and heat over low heat until the custard thickens but does not boil. Remove from heat and strain; chill.
Pour into ice cream maker and follow manufacturer instructions. Place in a plastic container and store in freezer until ready to make sandwiches.

To make sandwich:
Let ice cream soften slightly, then place a small scoop on flat side of cookie, top with another cookie and press gently. If desired, roll the sides of the sandwiches through rainbow or chocolate sprinkles to coat ice cream. Freeze on a baking sheet for 1 hour; wrap each sandwich in plastic. They will keep in freezer for up to one week.

Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 45 minutes.

Bigelow Tea Embraces Family

In today’s technological age of communication via text, Facebook or Twitter, it can be difficult to find time to relax, connect, and unwind with the family. Because July is National Family Reunion Month, we at Bigelow Tea recommend that you create that special time with your loved ones—perhaps over a cup of one of our own teas!

As a third generation family owned business, our company history at Bigelow is all about family, and July is a great month to get back to basics and celebrate that bond! School is out, older students are home from college and many of you take your vacation which means it really is a perfect time for a reunion. Whether it be a few members of your family or multiple generations, celebrate with an old fashioned pot luck picnic, plan a field day, go to the beach or have a barbeque!

One of our favorite ways to reconnect is by chatting over tea and because July can get pretty hot, why not prepare a big cool glass of iced tea for yourself or a pitcher for the family. At Bigelow, we would like to think we have perfected the art of making iced tea by combining our favorite Bigelow Tea flavors so take a minute to check out our Iced Tea how-to video and create an iced tea recipe of your own that your family will love every day whether it’s hot or cold outside.

So for this Family Reunion Month, make the most of your time with your children, spouse, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—and share a cup of Bigelow Tea together!

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Chef John Cooks Up A Special Recipe With Bigelow Tea And Constant Comment

Something delicious was cooking recently in Fairfield, Connecticut, thanks to a top local chef’s inspired use of our own Constant Comment tea! John Reynolds, Executive Chef at The Patterson Club, a Connecticut Country Club, created Constant Comment Glaze for chicken as part of an elegant meal served for the non-profit Operation Hope’s 11th Annual Gala. Cindi Bigelow and the Bigelow family were honored for their work with this wonderful organization, which is dedicated to providing food and emergency shelter to those in need. It was truly a memorable evening that filled our hearts … as well as our stomachs!

Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who created Constant Comment in her kitchen more than 65 years ago, would certainly be touched to see the many traditions that have grown alongside the love of her iconic orange and spice infused tea. All of us at Bigelow Tea appreciate hearing your stories of special moments shared over a cup of Constant Comment! And as Chef John demonstrated, cooking with Constant Comment is another way to savor the company of family and friends.

Don’t miss the many other fantastic recipes you can make using Constant Comment, and see how Cindi Bigelow whips up a few in her own kitchen. Thank you Chef John, for sharing your recipe for Constant Comment Glaze!

Constant Comment Glaze

  

Ingredients:

2 cups of brewed Constant Comment® Tea
Juice & zest of 1 orange
1 Tbsp honey
Shallot, sliced
1 bay leaf

Instructions:

Bring all ingredients to boil, reduce to syrup-like consistency, strain out solids, reserve glaze.
Can be refrigerated up to one week.
To use:  Warm to room temp.  Drizzle glaze over sautéed vegetables or meats.  Season with salt & pepper.

Recipe was created by Chef John Reynolds, Patterson Club, Fairfield, Connecticut

Bigelow Tea Is Celebrating National Blueberry Month With Fabulous Blueberry Tea Recipes

‘Tis the season … for blueberries! This is the time of year when those sweet but tart blue bundles of yum ripen and are ready to be picked which his why the USDA has proclaimed that July is National Blueberry MonthBigelow Tea couldn’t be happier to celebrate this scrumptious fruit! To help you enjoy the month, we have two recipes that would satisfy even the most blueberry-licious demands of Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka.   Enjoy our Raspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries and our Blueberry Herb Tea Smoothie!  You will love blueberry flavors and the taste of our teas!

Raspberry Royale Tea Jelly with Blueberries

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. cold water
2 tsp. unsweetened gelatin
1 cup boiling water
Bigelow Raspberry Royale Tea Bag
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup fresh blueberries

Instructions:

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons of cold water – set aside.
In a medium bowl, steep the tea in the boiling water for 3 minutes.  Add the gelatin mixture and the sugar.  Stir until everything is completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool for at least 20 minutes.
Divide the blueberries among four ramekins or glasses and pour in just enough of the cooled jelly to reach the top.  Refrigerate until completely set, about 3 hours.  Serve chilled.

Recipe submitted by Lilica Brionn
Bigelow Recipe Contest 2011

Bigelow® Blueberry Herb Tea Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup hot water
6 Bigelow® Herbal Tea Bags: (Perfect Peach®Red RaspberryTMChamomile Mango®Pomegranate Pizzazz®or Wild Blueberry with Acai Herb)
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, mangos, raspberries, blueberries, or a combination)

Instructions:

In a measuring cup, combine hot water and 6 tea bags of your flavor choice listed above. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Allow tea to cool, then place in the refrigerator until well chilled.
In a blender, combine the yogurt, frozen fruit, and ½ cup chilled tea. Puree until smooth.
Pour into glasses and serve with a straw.

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Bigelow Tea Fans Rank Their Favorite Iced Tea Blends

At Bigelow Tea we love to bring together great tastes, and we have a treasure trove of inspired teas as evidence. We also love taking it a step further when we blend two of our distinctive teas together to make something even better! Recently, when we announced our June sweepstakes, we showcased a new Cindi Bigelow video—a super cool piece featuring some brisk Bigelow Tea iced tea combos. We asked Bigelow Tea Fans to enter the sweeps and also to vote for one of the four iced tea combinations featured in that video … and you responded by the thousands! So now we’d like to share the results of that thirst-quenching vote. The results are interesting … and we’re getting thirsty just looking them over!

Here are the tasty results:

1st place: I Love Lemon Herb Tea and English Teatime – 2434 votes

2nd place: Perfect Peach Herb and Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea – 2264 votes

3rd place: Green Tea and Wild Blueberry Acai Herb Plus – 2210 votes

4th place: Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Tea and Green Tea with Pomegranate – 1488 votes

What came through loud and clear is that you love all these great iced tea blends!  So put your hands together for these Bigelow Tea flavor hybrids … and for any others you come up with. It bears out the old adage: the whole can be even greater than the sum of its parts. With so many more fantastic combinations out there, we hope there’s no end to this tasty summer of tea!

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