Eat Drink & Be Mary: There's Always Time for Tea


There's Always Time for Tea

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So, if you follow me on snapchat (mary_timmerman), you've seen that I got a Cricut Explore Air and am totally obsessed.  Y'all the creative opportunities are endless.  And honestly it is such a game changer when it comes to gift giving.  SO with my mom'sborthday around the corner, I wanted to make her something unique.  

My mom is an avid tea drinker. As in when she wakes up in the morning the ONE thing she has to have is a nice, warm cup of tea. So for her birthday I made her an easy, DIY tea holder. "There's always time for tea." It is the cutest, and it can hold all of her favorite types of tea. AND AND because I want this post to be jam packed full of goodies for you, I'm also sharing my grandmas recipe for Russian tea cookies (also known as wedding cookies and about 342 other names).
I bought the glass container at Walmart, and while I was there I went ahead and picked up on of my favorite teas. Bigelow Tea. Y'all they have so many flavors, but I picked up Peppermint and Vanilla Chai. I'll be including them in the gift because you can't give a tea holder without tea in it, right?  BUT I'd be lying if I said I wasn't planning on keeping a couple bags for myself.
Oh and random fact I just found out, tea is the second, only to water, most widely consumed drink.  Y'all 82% of Americans drink tea.  And although I may not talk about it as often, I love me some good ole tea.  
After I had the container, I simply choose a font (it's easy to find free ones on and several other sites), and created the text "there's always time for tea".  Using my Cricut Air I then cut the vinyl and enlisted the help of my husband to stick on the container.  
Fill with tea bags, and add a cute mug or tea cup to the gift and you're done.  Easy peasy.
And now for the Russian Tea Cookie recipe, because they pair deliciously with tea.

+ 2 cups softened butter
+ 2 cups granulated sugar (sifted)
+ 2 tsp vanilla
+ 4 1/2 cups flour (sifted)
+ 1 tsp salt
+ 1 1/4 cups finely chopped nuts

1. Preheat oven to 400 F
2. Mix all ingredients together.  
3. Chill dough.
4. Roll into 1" balls.
5. Bake until set but not brown (10-12 minutes).  
6. Set on a separate rack to cool, BUT not for too long...because, while they are still warm rolls them in sugar.
7.  Let the cookies cool again and roll them in sugar again.

ps. I'm working on a Q&A post for all things concerned Cricut.  If you have questions whether you're thinking of buying one or trying to figure your own out, leave them in the comments below.
January is hot tea month. How will you be celebrating?  (if I had my choice I'd get a snow day or two to sleep in and enjoy my hot tea) Curious about Bigelow Tea watch the clip below or check them out on facebook and twitter.

ANDwhile you're at it, enter the Ultimate Relaxation Getaway Sweepstakes here: #TeaProudly Bigelow Sweepstakes 

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