Hi, I'm Jeanine...
Here, at Gingerbread Cottage, I write about creating a simple, hygge lifestyle.
Well, for me, that's also a cozy, dessert tea lifestyle with lots of "me" time, tea time, and self care tea rituals. It's all very hygge.
And I think it's so cool that you can be a tea nerd and build your whole lifestyle around how much you love tea.
Let's take a closer look at all things tea ...
Hygge (HEW-guh) is a Danish word used to describe a cozy feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out. It evokes feelings of charm, comfort and contentment. For tea lovers, a cozy cup of tea fits perfectly into the concept.
Just like hygge, tea allows you to relax and unwind. The simple act of enjoying a cup of tea is practising one of the key concepts of this lifestyle, taking a break. When you drink your favorite beverage, you empty your mind, allowing you to live fully in the present moment. - fourclock.ca
Early Morning Tea Ritual
Did you know that the British often have their first taste of tea before they are fully awake? I guess it's kind of like Americans with their first cup of coffee.
Waking up to tea is such a soothing way to start the day. And if you're not a morning person - I am decidedly not - soothing is much appreciated.
Why not treat yourself to a gentle, soothing, morning tea ritual to help yourself get going in the morning and give yourself that warm, nurtured feeling?
Here's What You'll Need...
Tealight Candles: Unscented White Candles
Inspirational Reading: 365 Days of Simple Abundance
A Brief Tea Meditation: Tea Meditations
A Pot of Tea from Me: Tea from Jeanine
Your Journal: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go & Loving Who You Are
Having an early morning tea ritual will make it much easier to get up and get going. Might be a fun way to connect with those you love, as they wake up, too, if you decide to share it with others.
By the way, I like waking up to dessert!
My first morning tea is a dessert tea called Apple Crumble. It's so delish! It's got this apple cinnamon flavor I love.
And I add some vanilla syrup, so it's like adding vanilla ice cream to apple pie. Yum!!
Little bit of cinnamon roll creamer and my dessert tea becomes the best part of waking up. Move over, famous coffee brand :).
From what I understand, the practice of what is now called elevenses, began in the 20th century.
The duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, was apparently. a woman after my own heart, because she seemed to love tea ad have quite the appetite. Anyway, she would get hungry for a snack around mid-morning.
But back then, most wealthy British people waited until noon to eat again, so she was swimming against the tide when she began to ask for tea and snacks to tide her over. However, this new habit soon became popular with all of her friends. And you know how it is when things catch on!
These days, a lot of our British friends have nostalgic memories of having elevenses meals from childhood. But they also can happen as 11 o'clock work breaks for adults.
What to eat? Tea with toast, biscuits, muffins, scones, or whatever you would prefer.
Or, if you're not hungry, you can just drink your sweet treat.
A simple meal of scones, tea sandwiches, sweets and tea, you can easily turn the meal into a family treat.
- Pamela Foster
Now, you can't just fly through the day without ever stopping to catch your breath. You're going to need at least a moment's rest between lunch and dinner, and you may find yourself wanting a bit of a snack.
And that's how the afternoon tea tradition came to be.
Our friend, Anna, also noticed she got hungry in the afternoons, and she and her friends began having tea and some sweet treats to tide her over until what was sometimes a rather late dinner. Or what they often referred to back then as high tea.
Sometimes, we Americans are a little late getting around to dinner as well, aren't we?
But even if you have pledged to dinner on time, you're going to need to pause and you might as well have a peaceful one. Make yourself a cup of tea, and if you need one, have a snack as well.
If you are looking for fun ways to spend this time with your children or family, the book above has some great recipes you could try. Maybe you could try a new recipe a week until you have tried each of the afternoon tea recipes from the season you're in, and see which one you like best.
Rooibos [tea] is known to reduce anxiety and stress, which elevates your mood and will help you sleep. Additionally, drinking this tea once a day can dramatically reduce cortisol levels, ...cope with your daily stresses and feel a lot better. - teasetea.com
Evening Tea Ritual:
The Letting Go Ritual
For dinner, early evening or for a bedtime treat, turn to decaf teas or those with much lower caffeine content. We don't want you lying awake, wishing you could sleep. Try oolong or white at dinner, and rooibos or herbal after that. If your dinners are late, stick to decaf.
For your evening routine, though, I recommend eating dinner early to give you plenty of time to wind down before you go to bed. That will make it much easier to get to sleep at a good time.
Plan hygge evening routines that stack the deck with simple pleasures so that you enjoy the time leading up to bedtime and don't feel shortchanged in any way when it's time to call it a day.
Include a brief letting go tea ritual so that you don't take any of the stress you experienced during the day into your next one. And why not make your cup of tea a tasty rooibos dessert tea like cinnamon bun?
Here's what you'll need for the ritual...
A tealight candle - light your candle before you sit down with your tea.
Your journal - briefly, write about whatever happened that didn't go so well.
A soothing cup of tea - as you sip your tea, take a moment to imagine the light of the flame absorbing the negative moments from your day.
When you are ready to let go of the day's negative moments, blow out your candle. but remember to celebrate all your hygge moments. They will become your happy memories!
I like to think of my gratitude for the happy moments right before I go to sleep, because I believe it makes my sleep time more peaceful.
May I Offer You a Cup of Tea?
Wishing you cozy tea meditations and daily "treat yourself" tea rituals!