I don't quite remember when I fell in love with tea but I do remember the most special moments of me drinking tea. I was eighteen years old and I went to live with my biological mother for four months. I had just met her months earlier and it was awkward for both of us. She and her ex-husband lived a very quiet life in Boulder, Colorado. He was a professor at one of the universities and she was a housewife. After years of drug addiction and being in and out of jail, she deserved the break. I was homeless so she and her husband agreed to let me come live with them. Each evening my mother and I would find a spot in the living room with a cup of tea and a book.

Now, years later, I'm a self proclaimed tea expert. I start each day with a wonderful English Breakfast tea to get me going. As the day progresses, who knows what wonderful tea I will crown queen. But for sure, I have at least three cups of tea a day. And yes, when I can, I have tea everyday at about 3:00 P. M. I love to invite my friends over for tea and cupcakes and so far everyone thinks it’s a delightful experience. I am always in search of the best blend of tea. Yes, I’m a tea snob, I prefer loose tea but I do like some bags also. I have learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. Some bags can be quite nice. And yes again, any Diva knows, what you drink your tea out of is very important.

Tea for me is a way of life. It's wellness for the mind body and spirit. Here, I will explore every expect of tea possible, with a high concentration on wellness. I will review the best teas, the best places to have tea, the best ways to brew tea, the best tea accessories, what tea goes best with what foods, and the list goes on and on. I plan to share my passion for tea with you. And I've been told, nothing I do is ever boring so be prepared to go on this tea journey with me.

RLT Collection Tea Ball Frosted Clear Beads!

Mint Medley by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company

About This Tea:

Until recently I had never drank Peppermint Tea made with loose leaves. And Honestly, I will probably never go back. The freshness of loose Peppermint Tea cannot be denied. When I open the can of Mint Medley, From The Persimmon Tree Tea Company, I feel as if I stepped into a garden of peppermint leaves. It is a perfect blend of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves grown in the US.

Mint Medley has become a favorite and I find myself reaching for this tea tin almost everyday. It is great for on-going nausea. The health benefits and endless. It relieves muscle aches, headaches, migraines, stress. And now that it feels like someone is sitting on my chest and I have a mean cough, I'm sure it will help to relieve some of this congestion in my chest. Mint Medley has been in my tea cup more than any tea as of late. It has really helped with my winter cough, congestion related to this bout of pneumonia. You can read my full review on The Persimmon Tree Tea Company Mint Teas.

RLT Collection AIDS Awareness Tea Ball!

Welcome to my world of books! As an pre-teen books changed my world. I fell in love with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance period and the more I read the more I wanted to read. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It spoke to my own degradation and gave me hope for a better tomorrow. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

I love to read! Inside a book I escape into someone else's life. There is something wonderful about turning to the next page of a wonderful story. Something intoxicating about the smell of the book and the story it brings to life. Reading brings me joy, and these days with my health in the balance, I find solace in my books.

I spent hours in my bedroom sequestered with the door closed reading the classics from the Harlem Renaissance, Hughes, Larsen, Hurston, Wright and Baldwin. Books became my escape and my salvation. The fiction of this period was powerful and empowering all at the same time. It gave me purpose for my own life and the courage to fight the good fight and never surrender.

Reading is the one thing that the pain of my life could never take away from me. It was the thing that helped to make it better. And even today, living with AIDS, books continue to be the safest place for me. It’s the one thing that belongs to me that AIDS cannot take away from me.The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS.

The RLTReads book club will be books that I choose. It’s me sharing a part of me with you that has nothing to do with AIDS. It’s actually in spite of AIDS. I have read hundreds of books from many different genres and I will pick the best of my reads over the years. I warn you, it will not be exclusively white or black, male or female, fiction or non fiction, it will be all of them.

I’m so excited and I’m grateful to everyone who wants to be a part of this venture. We already have 110 Book Club Members. You can email me @ RLTReads@raelewisthornton.com. The Twitter hashtag is #RLTReads. We can make this book club as wonderful as we want to make it. Who says that Oprah has to have the only ownership to a wonderful book club?

This Month We are Reading In My Fathers House by E Lynn Harris

Read along and join our discussion July 19th at 7 pm CST

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tea With Rae: Tea Fit For The White House

Jacqueline Kennedy was known for her grace and style, and during her husband's presidency, the White House was in full bloom. They entertained with style and grace, but the President never forgot his roots.

He was a Bostonian through and through. So it was no real surprise to learn that the tea chosen for this White House came from the Boston Tea Company, one of the oldest tea houses in the United States, established in 1773. The word is, after the Boston Tea Party dumped tea into the Boston Harbor declaring their independence from Great Britain, the owners of the Boston Tea Company salvaged all the chests of tea they could. Now that's dedication. For Real.

The Boston Tea Company has tea for everyone. Honestly, I was even a bit overwhelmed. They have two premium tea brands, Boston Tea and Bentley's Tea, and they have 37 loose teas right along side of their fair trade teas. There was so much to indulge myself I didn't know where to begin.

But just like a Diva, I decided to start with President and First Lady Kennedy's' choices of teas. There were two teas that were popular in the White House and honestly, I put them to the test. The black tea connoisseur that I am began with a bit of skepticism.

First on board was the Mint-in-Tea. Lately, if you recall, I have been drinking a lot of mint tea for my ongoing tummy problem. And mint tea also hits it out of the ball park for congestion and scratchy throat. I almost always have a cup while I'm doing a radio interview to keep my voice clear.

But the mint tea that I typically drink is herbal, which is basically dried mint leaves. Sometimes, however, I want a little caffeine in my mint tea to the point that I have even tried blending it myself. But it was an #epicfail. I gotta tell you, this Mint-in-Tea is perfect! They took their signature Orange Pekoe tea and blended it with Kentucky mint to render an excellent cup of black tea with mint. WOW!! I feel like I have hit the jackpot with this black/mint tea blend. I can stop mixing in my kitchen. Especially since mixing tea is certainly an art that I do not know.

Next, I put Boston Tea Party's Tropic Oranges and Exotic Spices to the test. Now over the years I have had some awful blends of the traditional "Orange Pekoe" teas to the point where I always pass on them while I'm out and I certainly don't buy them. Even when this tea arrived I was a bit of a snob, I told my girlfriend Audrey that "I don't expect much." Yep, I'm coming clean. Just because a company sends me tea don't always mean that I will like it. But boy, didn't Boston Tea Company prove me wrong.

This is a perfect blend of black tea, oranges and spices. Now the spices gives it a chai undertone but the oranges add just enough sweetness to give it balance. This is great, especially for me, because I'm not a big lover of spices in my tea. I have been sipping on this tea at least every other day since it arrived.

Overall, I think the Kennedy's made some wonderful choices when it came to tea. I can now say that I also enjoy the same teas that were a favorite in the White House. I LOVED both of these teas and they are now a staple in my tea cabinet!

Both come in tea bags yet I have found them to be extremely fresh. I have also been drinking their English and Irish Breakfast every morning for the last month. I alternate, choosing the Irish Breakfast when I want a real morning pick me up. I love their black teas and you know I feature their black Ginger, Peach & Apricot tea in my How To Brew The Perfect Cup of Tea video.

Overall, I like the Boston Tea Company and what they have to offer!! Another winner that I am happy to include in my Tea With Rae project! Check them out, you will not be disappointed!

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