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Bigelow Tea Pays Tribute to Black History Month

At Bigelow Tea, we are proud to recognize the legacy behind Black History Month and the countless men and women who have made major contributions to U.S. history—and continue to do so.

The origin of Black History Month is an interesting story. In 1926, it began as a weeklong public observance that was initiated by Carter G. Woodson, an educator and historian who helped to found an organization now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. This history week was held on the second week of February to coincide with birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

What we now know as Black History Month took shape by the late 1960s, with the rise of the Civil Rights Movement and as public awareness about this subject grew nationwide. In 1976, Gerald Ford made the first official presidential proclamation for Black History Month. Since then, every U.S. president including Barack Obama has kept this tradition going.

Each year, Black History Month has a theme. 2013 will acknowledge two significant milestones in African American history. The first one is the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Issued by Lincoln, this act paved the way to adding the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery. The second marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King gave his famous speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Throughout February, we raise our teacups to recognize Black History Month. Join us by filling yours with “Constant Comment®,” our very first tea which started our company’s history. Or enjoy any one of our other blends, which are just as notable.

Top image by Corbis via History.com

Bigelow Tea Applauds A Fashionable Tea Lover During Our “DIY Month”

You know that here at Bigelow Tea we admire and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit. After all, Ruth Campbell Bigelow‘s ground breaking work in her home kitchen founded our company over 68 years ago! Today we all enjoy the benefits of her astute innovation when we put on the kettle. The legacy of R.C. Bigelow is one reason that Bigelow Tea is declaring February “Do It Yourself Month,” our own DIY effort to recognize those who put the pedal to the kettle and get things done!

And look—a perfect example came to us from Bigelow Tea lover and February Fan of the Month Kelly Pascarella, involving the venerable tea bag and high fashion. This ambitious do-it-yourselfer created a stunning dress made with Bigelow tea bags!

Kelly makes both a fashionable and sustainability statement with her pretty dress that is, yes, made mostly of Bigelow tea bags! She explains: “My tea bag dress consists of muslin (to hold the tea bags together) coffee filters for the top of the dress, and Bigelow tea bags (dyed in various colors) for the skirt. [Many of the] tea bags came from other tea drinkers in my draping class.” Kudos to Kelly (and thanks to her model, Haylee Herman-Haase) who clearly shares our adoration of the hard-working tea bag!

As we’ve written for years, the amazing tea bag has many uses once you’ve finished enjoying your cup. Tea lovers put them to work in projects from composting to eye beauty and many other uses around the house.  These smart and sustainable ideas make us proud. So we raise our cup to Kelly and her innovative tea bag dress, and to all of you DIY entrepreneurs out there. Happy “DIY Month!”

Image via Kelly Pascarella

Bigelow Tea Wishes You A Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy New Year … Chinese New Year, that is! We at Bigelow Tea love all sorts of holidays and festivals, but with the origins of tea drinking being traced back to the early days of China, we can’t help but revel in this new year’s celebration welcoming the year of the Snake!

Centuries ago, ancient Chinese New Year festivities celebrated the end of a lengthy winter season and the beginning of spring; they commemorated the earth coming back to life and the beginning of the growing cycle. The new year was also a time of feasting and a chance to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. In other words, it was—and is—an opportunity to renew family ties, and Bigelow Tea is all about family!

The Chinese New Year begins with celebrations of tea. Tea is offered to the senior members of the family by the younger generations. If you’d like to take part in that tradition, consider trying our Chinese Oolong tea. The smooth taste and smoky aroma is one you’ll surely enjoy sharing with family members—whether they’re your “elders” or not!

So, get out your red lanterns, steep a pot of Oolong tea and join with your family in honoring the traditions of the Chinese New Year. We hope it brings you good health, much peace, many, many blessings.

Image by Nrico via Flickr.com

For Valentine’s Day, Bigelow Tea Has Gifts Galore!

In case you have forgotten, Bigelow Tea wants to give you a gentle reminder … It’s almost Valentine’s Day! St. Valentine’s Day is a day of exchanging gifts and messages of love with those you care about most, whether it’s a husband, a wife, a neighbor or friend. It’s the ideal day to say you care—and we’ve got some heart-warming Valentine’s Day tea gifts to share your love of tea with those who love tea most!

Our first gift idea is something every tea drinker should have: an adorable Tea Wallet! This Cherries And Blossoms Tea Wallet With Decaf Teas is one of our favorite items! Whoever receives this practical and pretty present can take his or her favorite tea everywhere! The 6-pocket tea wallet, hand-sewn and crafted in the U.S.A., folds to a compact 3-1/4″ x 5″ and snaps closed. Best of all, it comes with an assortment of 18 individually foil wrapped tea bags. We totally love this!

For tea drinking at home, we have a wonderful, whimsical tea tin filled with all your favorite varieties of black tea! Our Fall in Love with Bigelow Tea Tin is filled with a variety of 120 tea bags! With so many flavors to choose from, even the most whole heart-ed tea fan may find a new beloved flavor. Best of all, every time your loved one opens a new Bigelow tea flavor, he or she will think of you.

It warms our hearts just to think about the joy to be spread this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to check out our other gift selections too. You may just find something to remind yourself how special you are!

Image by Michi003 via Flickr.com

Bigelow Tea Kicks Off “Do It Yourself Month” With Creative Inspiration

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The New Year is still young, and we’re feeling giddy with the can-do spirit! As our own Cindi Bigelow reminds us in this fun video, people accomplish amazing things when they follow their passion—whether it’s creating art, making a hand-crafted item or starting a new business. So this February, Bigelow Tea is celebrating “Do It Yourself Month” to encourage all enterprising dreamers in the pursuit of their goals!

After all, Bigelow Tea traces its roots to the aspirations of one determined woman: Ruth Campbell Bigelow, who created “Constant Comment”®, the first Bigelow Tea, in her kitchen back in 1945. With the support of her husband and family, along with succeeding generations of “tea believers,” the business has thrived and grown to become America’s number one specialty tea maker. We honor this tradition of entrepreneurship and find inspiration in the creativity of other business owners and artisans.

This video emerged from one of Cindi’s trips to Charleston, South Carolina, home to our Charleston Tea Plantation. She explored the city’s lively arts scene and talked to some amazing do-it-yourselfers who are making jewelry, baskets and more. After viewing it, you just might get the itch to tackle a special project of your own.

What’s great about the DIY track is that anyone can jump on with an idea and see where it leads. A modest plan to freshen your décor can morph into a full-fledged home-improvement project. Or, a crafting hobby can turn into a lucrative part-time job. Even trying new recipes in your kitchen can lead to creative ideas!

So tell us … what fuels you? We’d love to chat on Facebook and Twitter about the ideas you hope to unleash in 2013!

 

Bigelow Tea Celebrates Go Red For Women®

Bigelow Tea  celebrated the 10th Year of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement on its annual “Go Red Day” in fashion by all wearing red shirts. We also took this opportunity to discuss health and wellness and raise awareness about the importance of a healthy heart.  We shared statistics on heart disease, as well as tips for prevention, and we spent time talking and sharing personal stories of how the disease has affected us personally.


Our January Sweepstakes Winner Is Announced!

We are so excited to announce that Bridgett from Arkansas has won Tea For A Year (our January sweepstakes)!

Congrats and Happy Hot Tea month from Bigelow Tea!!


Love Tea? Enter the Bigelow Tea February Sweepstakes!

Looking for something to brighten up your February?  Enter Bigelow Tea’s February sweepstakes to win the I Love Tea Tin or our Valentine Gift DuetBoth our I Love Tea Tin and the Valentine Gift Duet will definitely bring a smile to your face, or the face of a loved one … if you decide to share!

Filled with a variety of 120 individually wrapped flavored black teas, such as Earl GreyConstant Comment®Cinnamon Stick, and English Teatime, our I Love Tea Tin is bound to please. The I Love Tea Tin could be the perfect post-Valentine’s Day gift, something special to brew with friends or family, or even something just for you to enjoy.  What’s not to love? If you love tea, you will definitely love the I Love Tea Tin.

And the Valentine Tea Twin Pack features our White Chocolate Obsession Tea—which blends the heavenly taste of rich, decadent chocolate and robust black tea—and Sweetheart Cinnamon Herb Tea, a tantalizing combination of cinnamon and sweet apple herb tea.

Enter our sweepstakes from February 1 (today!) to February 22 to win these amazing prizes!  Fourteen (14) lucky winners will receive our I Love Tea Tin and fourteen (14) lucky winners will receive our Valentine Gift Duet … so don’t hesitate to enter!  To enter, simply “like” our Bigelow Tea Facebook page, then click the Sweepstakes icon under our cover photo and follow the instructions.

Look for an announcement of the winners on our blog! Good luck!

 

Bigelow Tea Goes Red for American Heart Month

Let’s get ready to focus on matters of the heart in February! The second month of the year is American Heart Month, and Bigelow Tea encourages everyone to learn more about heart disease. And please wear red on Friday, February 1 … the 10th anniversary of National “Wear Red” Day!

National Wear Red Day is the perfect way to kick off American Heart Month, and to lead into Women’s Heart Week, which begins on Monday, February 4. By wearing Red on Friday, people will make a statement that it’s important to take action and commit to fighting heart disease. The Wear Red awareness campaign certainly adds a lot of color to this important cause!

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for women. It’s more deadly than all forms of cancer. Since the first National Wear Red Day ten years ago, 21 percent fewer women are dying from heart disease and 23 percent more women aware that it’s their No. 1 health threat.

At Bigelow Tea, we think that “sipping” red is a nice way to recognize the day too! Enjoy the flavors of our teas that come wrapped in red-colored boxes. Start off with something fruity like our Red Raspberry or Pomegranate Pizzazz herbal teas. Or add a little spice to the day with “Constant Comment”® or Spiced Chai. There are many Bigelow Teas in red wrappers, so check them all out!

So, as you move through February, remember to take your heart health seriously … and enjoy a little tea along the way!

Top image via American Heart Association/Go Red for Women

 

Bigelow Tea Is Looking Forward To The Big Game!

It’s almost here: Super Bowl XLVII (that’s #47 for us “Roman numeral-deficient” types)! We’re seriously revved up at Bigelow Tea for the big game Sunday, and all of the pomp and circumstance that surrounds it. The game is being played at the newly named and renovated Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and it’s not just a game … it’s an event!

From the pre-game to the super halftime show featuring musical icon Beyonce to the whole amazing city of New Orleans, this will be one Super Party. If you happen to be throwing a party, let Bigelow Tea provide some Super beverages and appetizers for your guests, like our Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade and our Miniature Vegetable Quiches
(both recipes below) that both taste great!

We even expect an exciting game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. We know our good Bigelow Tea friend (and Super Bowl XXI MVP Quarterback) Phil Simms will be watching for sure. He’s not only one of the greatest New York Giants in history—he’s one of the best Bigelow Tea spokesmen ever!

So, in anticipation of Sunday, here are a few “Super Facts” we wanted to share!

Super Fact: it has been 10 years since the big game has been played in the SuperdomeOn February 3, 2002 the New England Patriots beat the St. Louis Rams 20-17 in the Superdome.

Super Fact: Phil Simms’s MVP passing performance in the big game XXI is still considered one of the greatest in history!

Super Fact: the best seats for the big game are actually at home with friends, family and a cup of Bigelow Tea! Throw in a snack like Mini Vegetable Quiches made with Bigelow Tea, and you will be all set for kickoff! Enjoy!

Sangri–Tea-ahhhh Iced Tea Lemonade (Red)

Ingredients:

4 cups boiling water
2 bag Bigelow Half & Half Iced Tea & Lemonade with Pomegranate
3 tablespoons sugar
3 cups fresh fruit including oranges, lemons, peaches and apples ( Red, Fuji or both) cut into bite sized pieces
½ cup Brandy
½ -1 liter of any flavor sparkling seltzer water
1-750mL bottle of Merlot

Makes 4 servings Prep Time: 15-20 minutes Chill Time: 1 hour or overnight

Instructions:

Place tea bags in a 4-cup glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze and remove tea bags, add sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add brandy and fruit to tea concentrate. Refrigerate 1 hour (or up to one day for a stronger flavor). When ready to serve, combine chilled mixture with wine and sparkling seltzer water. Pour into ice filled pitcher.

Serve and enjoy!

Miniature Vegetable Quiches

Ingredients:

Tea Concentrate:

10 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 cup boiling water

Vegetable Tea Mixture:

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
¾ cup diced colored bell peppers
½ cup asparagus tips: cut into small pieces, 1/2 – 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 (1/2 of an 8-ounce) package cream cheese, slightly softened, cut into 18-20 pieces
Dill, optional garnish

Yield: 18 to 24 miniature quiches depending on size of mini-muffin tin (About 1 ½ cups vegetable mixture.)

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 15 to 18 minutes

Top image by Iam_chihange via Flickr.com