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Bigelow Tea Announces Our Pinterest Sweepstakes Winners!

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We are so excited to announce the winners of our Pin To Win Bigelow Tea Sweepstakes.  Congrats to all!

 

Claudia from KS

Andrea from CA

Dawn from OH

Christina from MI

Gary from WA

Please note that all winners will be contacted by Bigelow Tea within 2 weeks in order to confirm your contact information so the prize can be awarded.


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Enter Our Bigelow Tea May Sweepstakes To Win A Spa Gift Basket!

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May is for honoring mothers, but we think you’ll agree that this month’s Bigelow Tea sweepstakes prize will make every day feel like Mother’s Day for our three lucky winners! Each of the three winners will take home an Organic Tea Spa Basket filled with luxurious treats to delight the senses!

Everyone needs a bit of pampering now and then, and this carefully edited goody basket ticks off all the boxes for items to soothe body, mind and soul. It’s perfect for moms, moms-to-be or moms-at-heart! Each Organic Tea Spa Basket contains the following:

  • Tea-infused 6-oz glycerin hand therapy
  • 8-oz body silk lotion
  • 8-oz shower gel, plus moisturizing balm
  • Travel-size hand cream
  • 2-in unscented candle
  • 2, 3-oz jars all-natural Savannah Bee Tea Honey
  • 2 clover honey spoons
  • 6 blends of Bigelow Organic Tea Flavors, 48 tea bags in all

To enter for a chance to win, “like” our Facebook page (if you haven’t already!) and click on the sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. The sweepstakes ends on May 31. Be sure to check our Bigelow Tea blog for the names of the three lucky winners. Good luck, and best wishes to all the mothers who enrich the world with love and care!

 

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Bigelow Tea Shares Plans For Our 7th Annual First Flush FesTEAval!

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Bigelow Tea is revving up some exciting plans for the upcoming 2013 First Flush FesTEAval! Yep – it’s on its way and it’s never too early to plan, so be sure to mark your calendar for this annual bash, held on Saturday, May 18th. You’ll want to make a day of it at the Charleston Tea Plantation when you enjoy our grand tradition of celebrating the first flush—the first harvest of the year’s tea crop.

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You may remember that the First Flush FesTEAval was named one of the top-100 events in all of North America! You can’t beat the old-fashioned goodness of the event, with family fun, food and music—and of course lots of the plantation’s home-grown American Classic Tea! Tickets are available in advance through TicketFly.com and the Music Farm Box Office.

If you’re a music fan, you’re in luck. We’re proud to announce that the FesTEAval will be headlined by the popular Folk Rock band OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW! Some of the other musical acts slated to appear include The Luke Cunningham BandGaslight StreetQuincy MumfordSun Dried VibesSouthwoodTyler Boone and Stop Light Observations. Plus, a special surprise guest will be there! With the great music, the tea, food trucks and a kids’ area, you have the makings of a fantastic day!

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The Charleston Tea plantation is made up of 127 acres of pristine grounds and an amazing gift shop, located on Wadmalaw Island and located just outside of Charleston, South Carolina. It was recently named one of the top destination cities in the world! Tens of thousands of tea lovers travel to America’s only Tea Garden every year to visit and tour, and of course to attend our First Flush FesTEAval! The gates open at 1 p.m., and the show starts at 2. We hope to see you there on May 18th!


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For The Perfect Mother’s Day, Bigelow Tea’s Got You Covered!

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It’s never too early to start planning a party … especially one for Mom! Yes, Mother’s Day is coming soon, and Bigelow Tea wants to help you make it a great day for the mothers in your life.

Starting the day with a decadent brunch is one way to go, and we’ve got a recipe (below) for Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast—featuring our Cinnamon Stick and French Vanilla teas!—that is unbelievably tastyand easy for the other family members to put together. No, Mom, you’re not allowed in the kitchen today!

After breakfast, pamper Mom with a few thoughtful cards and gifts. Handmade items from young children will turn into treasured keepsakes, and a tin full of Bigelow Tea will keep her heart warm for months! Our I Love Mom Tin of Tea (pictured at top) filled with 128 tea bags is a great way to go!

So don’t wait till the last minute; start preparing for your Mother’s Day extravaganza now. With a little advance planning, the day will go off without a hitch! By the end of the day, she’ll be sipping her favorite Bigelow Tea and thinking about just how lucky she is!

Vanilla & Cinnamon Baked Challah French Toast

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Ingredients:

12 slices of Challah bread, cut in half on the diagonal
½ cup of hot water
Bigelow® Cinnamon Stick Tea Bags and 2 Bigelow® French Vanilla Tea Bags

6 eggs
1 cup skim milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 – 8 oz package cream cheese, cut into small cubes
Non-stick cooking spray (preferably plain or butter flavor)

Yield: Serves 6-8

Instructions:

This do-ahead dish makes a perfect breakfast for overnight guests. It can be completely assembled the night before, and will bake while you’re brewing the morning tea. Serve with a fresh fruit salad for a delicious start to your day.

Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Steep 5 tea bags in ½ cup of water for 5 minutes, and allow to cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs and salt. Add cooled tea and whisk to combine.

Arrange a layer of Challah bread in the prepared baking dish, and evenly distribute half of the cream cheese cubes on top.

Add a second layer of Challah bread, and slowly pour egg mixture over the top, allowing it to completely soak all the bread.

Top with remaining cream cheese cubes, cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).

The next morning, remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the dish is completely set and lightly browned.

Cut into squares and serve with maple syrup if desired.

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Take a Virtual Tour of Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation

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With Charleston, South Carolina designated as a must-see destinationBigelow Tea is sharing a video featuringanother wonderful reason for taking a trip down south: tea! Located on Wadmalaw Island, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry, our Charleston Tea Plantation is the perfect place for a day trip. If you’re thinking of going and want a preview … or you can’t make it there in “real life,” take a “virtual tour” around our 127-acre property.

Your tour guide, Cindi Bigelow, will take you through the factory and show you how our American Classic Tea is made. You’ll also see a gazebo used for weddings and other special events, and an antique trolley you’ll be dying to ride! Come join us and see what makes Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation and gift shop so special!

 

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Bigelow Tea Salutes The Bold Attitude Of The Red Hat Society

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If, as they say, fortune truly favors the bold, the ladies of the Red Hat Society are a lucky bunch! And we at Bigelow Tea say, “deservedly so.”  After all, the group was launched 15 years ago with a tea party full of epic fashion and fun! Inspired by Jenny Joseph’s poem Warning, its founders defied convention by pairing bright red hats with purple dresses to gather with friends for tea. Now more than 40,000 chapters strong, the organization still embodies the same feisty attitude of fun, friendship, freedom, fulfillment and fitness among women of a certain age. Bigelow Tea salutes these fabulous women on Red Hat Society Day—Thursday, April 25—and every day for their style, moxie and, most especially, their love of tea.

In fact, this year’s annual Red Hat Society meeting, themed “Southern Hospitalitea,” is a re-creation of the tea party that started it all. Members from chapters in 50 states and 30 countries will gather in Atlanta for three days of fun, frivolity and—of course— tea. The event’s centerpiece is “The Teapot Pavilion,” where red-hatted “sisters” will enjoy such activities as a tea-themed comedy revue and even a teacup exchange (because, as these savvy gals know, matching is highly overrated).

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Bigelow Tea recommends something special to put in those cups: the bold brew of “Constant Comment”® Tea.  Created by our very own amazing woman—Bigelow Tea founder, Ruth Campbell Bigelow—“Constant Comment” marries mountain-grown black tea with oranges and sweet spices. Like the Red Hat Society itself, nothing can compare!

Top image by Photos by Mavis via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea Thinks Administrative Professionals Get The Job Done

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We all have people in our lives we lean on just a bit; our family, our friends … and in the business world it’s our Administrative Professionals. These are the folks who really help us get the job done.  During Administrative Professionals Day (which is tomorrow) and Administrative Professionals Week (which is this week), we at Bigelow Tea would like to take a moment to thank all of those great people who make the world of business go round! They are the people in the work force, the coordinators, the office managers, the assistants, and the secretaries, those who can truly be considered the backbone of the organization!

So how do we show administrative professionals the gratitude they deserve during this special week? How about letting them unwind with a cup of Bigelow Tea? We think there’s no better way to show appreciation than with Bigelow Tea Personali-Tea Gift Basket! With a glorious array of teas and nibbles, this is a special gift for any hard worker. And check out the quote on the mug that comes in the basket: “Bigelow Tea Drinker: Works harder than most, but knows how to let loose.” Perfect!

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In addition to tea, how about giving your “admins” a little something else to soothe and recharge? Pass out our American Classic Glycerine Hand Therapy lotion! It’s a perfect lotion to have the office and keep right in the desk drawer to use on a daily basis. We bet that your administrative professionals will appreciate this gift.

Whichever way you choose to thank people on Administrative Professionals Day—and there are many more to choose from too!—Bigelow Tea is there to help send the message of gratitude!

Image by Highways Agency via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea: Green on Earth Day and Every Day

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It’s Earth Day, and at Bigelow Tea we welcomed spring this month with an ongoing celebration of all things green! We adore the color green, and on Earth Day we especially love green living through Sustainabili-TEA, our initiative to reduce our environmental impact on the Earth. Of course, any discussion of “greening” puts us in the right mood for a cup of Bigelow Green Tea.

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With Earth Day upon us, we’re encouraging everyone to up their “green game.” Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has mobilized citizens across the globe to embrace and advocate for sustainable environmental change. As a grassroots movement, Earth Day rallies individuals to commit to making a difference in their own homes, businesses and communities. For us at Bigelow Tea, this includes everything from composting to land preservation to adopting eco-friendly shipping methods.  We’ve even appointed a dedicated Green Team to manage our production, warehouse and recycling efforts.

So this Earth Day, take a moment to think about what you can do to live more gently during your time on our planet. Recycle. Compost waste. Plant a tree. Walk to work. And when you’re finished, take a moment to reward your body and soul for the effort with some delicious hot or iced Bigelow Tea. Choose from more than 35 varieties, every one infused with finest flavors Mother Earth has to offer.

Top image by bterrycompton via Flickr.com

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Bigelow Tea’s Spicy Pineapple Pork, A Classic Recipe Featuring Our Classic “Constant Comment”®

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Bigelow Tea
 has got you covered for dinner tonight! It’s tangy, delicious and features our renowned “Constant Comment” tea! Bigelow Tea recipes are all about a taste fusion, plus ease of preparation … and our scintillating Spicy Pineapple Pork is a perfect example! We’re not sure if it’s the tangy pineapple, the succulent pork or the spicy jalapeno that has us smacking our lips, but we know that they’re all tied together brilliantly with our “Constant Comment” sauce reduction. Your family will be praising dinner tonight!

So if you’ve got 25 minutes and want to prepare a flavorful meal that “wows” the whole family, this recipe is just the ticket. Enjoy!

Spicy Pineapple Pork

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons (60m) butter, divided
2 – 1 pound (1kg) pork tenderloins, cut into 8 medallions each
Salt (to sprinkle over pork medallions)
Bigelow Constant Comment® Tea Bags – allow to steep for 10 minutes
¾ (180mL) hot water
1 medium red bell pepper
1 cup (250mL) pineapple chunks, drained, reserve juice
2 tablespoons (30mL) fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped
1/2 fresh jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
Dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon (15mL) fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

Yield: Serves: 6 – Prep time: 10 minutes – Cook time: 25 minutes.

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Instructions:

Heat 1 tablespoon (15mL) butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Sprinkle pork medallions with salt. Add pork medallions to pan and cook 5-6 minutes per side or until pork is slightly pink. Place pork on serving plate and keep warm.

Brew Bigelow Constant Comment® tea in hot water; allow to steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags, squeezing to extract as much liquid as possible.

Melt remaining butter in same skillet, add red bell peppers and cook about 3 minutes or until crisp tender. Reduce heat to low, add pineapple, reserved juice, Constant Comment® Tea, ginger root, jalapeno pepper and cinnamon. Simmer until liquid is reduced to half.

To serve, spoon pineapple mixture over cooked pork pieces, sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

 

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Bigelow Tea’s Commitment To SustainabiliTEA

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Bigelow Tea is a family owned and operated company that has always valued our place in the community and on our planet. Since Ruth Campbell Bigelow founded the company in 1945, we have worked with care and consideration for the world around us. We think this helps create positive energy, encouraging others to do good things for the earth too. That’s why we are a leader in energy efficiency programs and sustainability. It’s the right thing to do.

Cindi Bigelow has said, “do the right thing, and good things will follow.” We know that even small steps can help make the world a better place. That’s why we put so much effort into our SustainabiliTEA program, both expansive ideas (like our 1.5 million dollar solar panel project) and smaller steps, like asking employees to bring their own tea mugs to work to eliminate disposable cup usage.

Here are a few more waste reduction practices that we employ:

  • Our “single stream” recycling bins in the company cafeterias, which separate metal, glass and redeemable items.
  • Our programs to recycle electronics equipment such as computers and photo copiers.
  • Our efforts to recycle disposable batteries and replace them with rechargeable batteries.
  • Our system of sending the cooking oil from our Fairfield, CT cafeteria to a processing facility in Waterbury, CT where it is converted to biodiesel fuel.
  • Our process for recycling empty inkjet cartridges and donating them to the “Funding Factory Cartridge Recycling Program,” providing teachers with funding to buy computer supplies for students.

There’s more too … great and small efforts which are all important. We feel better doing our part and helping lead, because we value our customers our, communities, and our world!

 

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