A Timeout for Tea

Most of the world takes a timeout each day for tea, but most Americans do not take a moment to sip in the afternoon.  Maybe we should.


I grew up in the 1970’s.  The decade of polyester, plaid, bell bottoms, and a time where processed food or “Frankenfood” like Velveeta became part of our diets.  Most Moms added Dr. Pepper to a roast and a can of lemon lime soda to their pound cakes. Fast food was more important than natural ingredients.

One of my favorite 70’s creation was Russian Tea Mix, a typical “homemade” hostess gift that you brought to a gathering in the winter.  Have you ever seen the recipe?

  1. Tang
  2. Powdered Iced Tea
  3. Powdered Lemonade
  4. Cloves
  5. Cinnamon

Tang was not available in Russia, so I am not sure how authentic “Russian Tea” was?  But it did taste good and many a cold afternoon was spent sipping the delectable tea mix steaming with hot water.

As we are all trying to eat healthier, I thought about how to make a “better for you” version of this 70’s staple and I came across this version on Pinterest without a creator’s name attached.  Here is a take on Russian Tea that is all natural:

  1. Juice one lemon
  2. Juice two oranges
  3. 2 tablespoons honey
  4. A cinnamon stick
  5. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  6. 4-5 black tea bags

Tea time may not be possible during the Advent season, but what will you choose to drink, to savor or spirit when you have a moment?



Published by marciedoll

I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

One thought on “A Timeout for Tea

  1. Marcie, Thank you for this delightful reminder of how soothing a cup of tea can be. i’m going to try out that recipe!

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