First, let me apologize for not posting the past two weeks. Things were a bit hectic in my personal life and, when I thought I would have time to post, Superstorm Sandy decided to touch down in New Jersey and stir things up a bit in my hometown of Cranford, New Jersey.
Thankfully, my family and I were safe and were only without power for a few days, a minor inconvenience compared to those who have lost homes, lost lives, are still without power as the cold is setting in, etc. Thus, I have been busy with some relief efforts to try and help New Jersey stand back on its own two proud feet.
With all that being said, I want to extend a thank you to my readers for being patient. If you do see anything that you think would be worth mentioning about Superstorm Sandy and relief efforts, whether they be in New Jersey, New York or elsewhere, feel free to post them onto Tea Love’s Facebook page for all to see and hopefully, through the magic of social media, the word will spread to those who truly need the help.
Now, on to tea.
Being without power for five days, quite frankly, wasn’t too bad for me. People say I must have an old soul, being that I was perfectly content sewing and reading rather than checking my emails and being Superglued to my phone. One thing that helped me get through those cold nights? Tea.
My family has a gas stove so, in order to heat the house, we continuously had pots of water boiling and creating steam to help heat the two stories. Needless to say, this is a tea-drinker’s paradise – hot water whenever I wanted! All I had to do was grab a ladle and pour some into a mug.
But it did get me thinking. What if I didn’t have a gas stove? How on earth would I get my water warm enough to brew a proper cuppa? That would be tragic if I couldn’t manage!
Fear not, fellow tea lovers. I have come bearing a list of handy ways to heat water for your tea (as well as possibly a hot sponge bath):
1 – Get a good ole fashion fire going. Boy scouts and girl scouts of the world, now is the time to show off your skills! Once the fire is good and hot, get a pot of water and hold it over the open flame to get a nice boil going. In the meantime, as you wait, you can savor the heat and the nice aroma of wood burning.
2 – You know those toasty hand warmer packs that you use for sporting events to keep your hands nice and warm? Use them to your advantage. Take one of those, activate it and wrap it around your mug of water. These babies produce a heat up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, more than enough to get a new cuppa going.
3 – Want to get creative? Take a thermos and keep it against your car engine.
4 – Remember the idea of a magnifying glass shining onto various items when you were a child to get them to burn up? Why not use that skill to heat up some water!
5 – A pricier option would be to purchase an immersion heater and car adaptor to prepare for those tea-time emergencies.
6 – If you have a camper in the family, tell them to get out their kerosene stove and a pot of water.
7 – Got a grill? Get a pot 🙂
8 – If you have a generator, it might be an option to buy an inexpensive electric tea kettle that will get your bones (and your water) nice and warm.
9 – Another pricey option would be to invest in a Piezo Shower. Then you can have a hot shower and have hot water for your tea (though I can’t say I would recommend shower water)!
10 – And finally, while scouring the internet, a popular option I saw? Just buy a hot cup of tea from your local cafe!
Keep warm and keep safe, everyone! Until next time, happy sipping.