Take a 5 minute break

It is always nice to take a break. Even if I can only take five minutes, whether it is mid-morning, mid-afternoon, or when I get home from work in the evening. Just 5 minutes to sit quietly and contemplate. No social media, no magazines, no emails to bombard me with information.

I find that making a cup of tea often does the trick. And these past couple of days I’ve been even more excited about my 5 minute breaks because I had new teas to sample.  I was happy to see that this month’s Birchbox contained two Kusmi Tea samples: Sweet Love and Euphoria. Sweet love is a blend of black tea, liquorice root, guarana seed, pink peppercorn, and spices.  Euphoria is a mix of roasted mate, chocolate, and orange.

Sweet Love Kusmi Tea Linzer Cookies

Of course, I had to pair each of these teas with a treat. Sweet love is spicy and aromatic and went very well with jam filled linzer cookies. Euphoria is sweet and decadent, and paired well with my home-made creamy/custardy caneles.

Euphoria Kusmi Tea Canele

Another favorite is the Cherry Blossom Rose Organic Green Tea from local store Capital Teas. I got the chance to sample this superb tea thanks to @artandsoul who generously provided a sample in one of their giftbags. It has a hint of sweetnessand a flowery aroma. I enjoyed it with a straberry jam tea cake. And living in DC, I love anything related to Cherry Blossoms!

Capital Tea Cherry Blossom Rose Green Tea

Do you have a favorite way to take a break from everyday stress?

Author: onevanillabean

I have loved cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was the one activity that I would share with all my extended family. Like most people, I love traveling. I love visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration. I find that recipes with simple and pure ingredients yield the best results.

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