Monday, June 7, 2010

Tea Time Tuesday: Herb Tea

Time for a little tea in the garden.  Don't you wish you could stop everyday and practice this relaxing habit of tea time.  Maybe when the kids are gone and we are empty nesters.
The inspiration for this tea was this great little infuser mug I bought once on vacation.
I have some lemon balm leaves in the infuser.  What I did was take 1 tablespoon of the leaves of the lemon balm tear them and placed them in the infuser and poured 1 cup of hot water over them to steep 10 minutes.  This is a weaker tea than your standard tea from the store.  But lemon balm has a delicate lemon flavor that is nice in tea.
 Here is a better look at the infuser.  It lifts out so you can drink your tea.
 And of course you have to have a little something to eat with it.  I garnished this with lemon balm, a great replacement for mint.  But, beware I planted it in the yard and it spreads just like mint.  
 The daylilies are in bloom.  They will probably last only a week.
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 I will join these ladies for their lovely tea parties:


Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry...

My friend, your tea in the garden is lovely! I love your pretty teacup with the infuser! Mmmm...lemon verbena tea...sounds delicious!!! Of course, I would have to grow some first...hehe! What a perfect setting for a relaxing moment or two...your day lilies are so very pretty in the background! Ohhh...and the fruit in the pretty sherbet glass looks sooo yummy!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely tea with us today, was simply delightful!!!

Have a marvelous Monday, my friend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Diann said...

This looks like such a wonderful moment to have!

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

What a lovely spot you have set up for a relaxing tea! I can envision myself sitting in that chair, sipping some of your wonderful tea, and feasting on that delicious cup of fruit :)

Happy Teacup Tuesday!
Warmest, Brenda

Msartist said...

Hi, Oh my gosh I love your infuser mug!! I have never seen one like that. I will have to look around for one. Such a lovely setting and the berries divine!! All my best, Theresa

Terri said...

Thank you for your lovely post. Your tea looks delicious, and that is a great tea infuser!

Lavender Cottage said...

Tea in the garden is my favouite place. Lemon balm is nice but after it got out of hand, I removed it from my garden.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Sherry,
Your lemon tea in the garden sounds simply lovely! Love your little teacup/mug with the infuser. The fruit looks yummy too! A lovely spot to relax and enjoy the moment. Thanks for sharing and for joining me for Tea Time. Have a wonderful week, my friend.


Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

What an inviting teaparty!! I've never seen an infuser before!
Your fruit cup looks yummy . . . and I've grown lemon balm AND mint and my oh my they could take over a garden HA!
Happy TCT!
Hugs and SMiles,

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I've never had lemon balm, but I love all things lemon! I'm sure it must smell wonderful!


Melissa Miller said...

It all looks pretty and delicious all in one. We enjoy tea as well. You have a lovely blog.

Thankk you for coming by for a kind visit. I really appreciate it and you are always welcome anytime.

Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Enjoyed having tea with you. Thank you so much for sharing. Connie

xinex said...

Beautiful tea setting in the garden!..Christine

sewingseeds4U said...

What a perfect place for tea...your garden looks so peaceful and that fruit parfait looks just yummy.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Tea is such a lovely, peaceful setting would be perfect..

Happy thoughts

Beth said...

I love your garden setting - your tea tray sitting on the unique tea table! How cute and cozy! Thanks for the recipe about lemon balm tea. It sounds good and I'd like to try it. Thanks also for the info that lemon balm spreads-if I do plant some I will do it in a container!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Appleshoe said...

Hello Sherry- Another lovely teacup. After it's done steeping the lid must be useful to keep the bugs out. I love the table. I've done that myself before. I also enjoy having tea out in the garden. I have tea every afternoon (1:30) and weather permitted I also take it outside (now that I have a garden to enjoy). Take care.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Just lovely. Your pictures are wonderful. The strawberries look so delicious!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

So pretty and inviting! Would love to come for tea!

Jan said...

Oh, what a lovely refresing post! It made my mouth water for some tea! Love that pot!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a lovely and inviting setting. I love it. Everything looks so pretty and so yummy too. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

nannykim said...

I love the cup. I have a tea pot with an infuser like that---I don't believe I have tried the lemon balm. I do have mint growing in pots, but the lemon balm sounds nice. I might need to get some if I can find it!!! Pretty setting you have here. My kids are grown and I still find I have to make the time to have my tea in a special way. I do have tea all the time---but one has to consciously have a nice one!

nannykim from spindlecottage

GardenofDaisies said...

I enjoy taking my tea outside too. Your daylilies provide the perfect backdrop!!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Sherry! LOVE your tea cup today, and oh my goodness.. Dessert looks divine! I LOVE fresh blueberries and strawberries! Enjoy your evening, and have a wonderful week! ~tina

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Sherry,
Your garden tea is so inviting. I've never seen an infuser mug, that's so cool! I think that having kids IS the reason we should stop and have a tea break!

Just Lisa said...

I love the infuser-- brilliant! I want one for myself!

Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a lovely cup of tea! So inviting.



I'd love to sit and have a cup of tea with you! Everything looks so pretty and inviting!

KathyB. said...

Tea in the garden is wonderful when the weather allows, and I like your tea infuser. I have a lot of lemon balm and mint growing wildly everywhere. Love it! I had to chuckle at your comment about having more time when you're "Empty Nesters" because my husband and I are E.N. and seem to have less time than when the house was full of kids. Of course, now the house is gloriously full of grandchildren, so it is all good and a blessing!

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Hello there sweet Sheri,

I would so love to share a cup of soothing and refreshing Mint tea and Lemon Balm with you dear lady!

1 love that wonderful tea infusing cup. I have a tea pot with an infuser like that also..,

I have Mint and also Lemon Thyme growing in a series of planters; I must try the Lemon Balm also!

I love taking the time, here and there to have my tea in a special way. It does take a little thought and extra effort, yet I find it is so worthwhile to do so!

Your little vignette is just so invitng Sheri!

Thanks so much for joining in with my afternoon tea parties 'in my little corner of blogland' for; 'Tuesday Tea For Two', 'Wednesday Tea For Me And Thee' and also my shared meme with dear Pamela for 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'!..,Fun!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen and also @ Silken Purse