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The Steeping Cup, Issue #001
November 09, 2016
Here's whats Brewing

The Steeping Cup Volume 1 November 2016

A big change just took place in most of the country…Did you enjoy your extra hour of sleep?

Does It Really Matter What Time It is? …Does anybody really Care…..About Time?

Time certainly does affect us in various ways this change of the clocks…Except Arizona that is…. I admire Arizona for keeping things the way they… well always have been. There are a lot of opinions out there on this….I guess you may have already figured I am not a Fan of Daylight Savings Time. I am always happy to return to what I consider normal time.

When the Fall Season kicks in ...just after Apple and Pumpkin Picking is done...Cinnamon and other warming spices come back into our minds and hearts to warm us up and keep the energy rolling on. So what is in that Pumpkin Spice anyway? Can we make a tea and add that to it for a festive flare? Let’s take a look…..

Most commercially prepared pumpkin spice bottles contain: Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Allspice and or Cloves depending on the brand. Of course we can make this mix ourselves and decide what we like best too. In my opinion the cloves are best kept for baking items or at least in minute amounts. Most all of these spices are of a stimulating nature and enliven one or more organ functions. The energies range from warm to hot and all have an effect on the digestive system as well as help us to stay warm and even to fend off incoming colds and sniffles.

Cinnamon is always listed first in the pumpkin spice mix and it really makes the best headliner for flavoring ….It’s sweet and spicy at the same time. Cinnamon can help to counteract congestion. Anything that you add cinnamon to like oatmeal for instance will taste sweeter without adding the sugar.

Ginger Has many benefits and forms. Used as a dried spice it warms the center and is widely used to calm nausea and cramping. Ginger will aid digestion and is sometimes eaten in a crystallized form after meals. Nutmeg is always used in smaller amounts in the spice blend and is slightly toxic. Its use historically has been to counteract flatulence and nausea. Allspice This spice also has a clove like aroma and similar but less strong and more complex taste over clove. If Allspice is a part of your mix you may wish to eliminate the clove.

Clove A very strong taste and aroma with carminative and expectorant action to boot.

Some of these spices also influence a favorite tea “Chai” add Black Pepper and Cardamom to the list and you have a powerful Chai.

Thanks for joining the Steeping Cup for its Maiden Voyage this November!

"Chai" and spiced teas are best made with a carefully chosen blend but in a pinch you can add the following to warm up a cup at a time: ½ tsp. Cinnamon, ½ tsp cardamom, ¼ tsp Ginger and 1/8 tsp black pepper let steep 5 minutes and strain add your favorite milk of choice and sweetener or just go naked …you’ll feel the heat.

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful November... these spices will surely help you along this month and through the winter. BTW Did you think of the election at the onset of this newsletter? Yes that was a big change too… but no matter what side of the results coin you stand with we are in this together and Tea makes everybody smile and bring forth their best game….So here is to you and the work that you decide to bring to the table. I for one am going to try to get the clocks to stay on the fall back side of the coin… Wish me luck…Till next time…Enjoy your Cup~

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