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Sencha Take me Away!

We know we don’t have to tell you that it’s cold outside. Even though there isn’t any snow yet, the temperatures have dropped and we’re feeling the need to warm up our bones.

HCT has some thoughts on the subject to help you out.

Yes, of course you can come in for a latte, a cup of soup or tea but we’re thinking more along the lines of soaking rather than sipping.

Here are two “recipes” to make a bone warming soak in the bathtub doubly delicious. Both have been adapted from projects posted on Craftbits – check them out for more ideas.

Relaxing Green Tea Bath Satchets

1 cup Harney and Sons Sencha Green tea leaves
1/2 cup Harney and Sons Chamomile tea
4 tbs Dried lemon peel
8 drops Bergamot or lavendar essential oil
5 drops Chamomile essential oil
Muslin cut into rounds & ribbon

Mix all of the ingredients together

Spoon 2 tablespoons into the center of one of the muslin circles, draw up the sides into a pouch and tie off with ribbon.

2 tea bags will make for a delicious and relaxing soak.


If coffee is more your speed, give these bath bombs a go.

Latte Bath Bomb

To make 6-7 medium Fizzing bath bombs you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cups of Baking soda or Bicarbonate of Soda
    1/2 cup of Citric acid
    2 tsp of Almond Oil or Apricot kernal oil
    1/2 tbs of Water
    1/8 cup of extra finely ground coffee
    1/8 cup of Milk powder
    10-15 drops of Coffee fragrance oil for added scent
  • Mix the dry ingredients together
  • Slowly drizzle the oil over the mixture until moist
  • Form into a ball using either your hands or a lightly oiled mold ( a chocolate mold would work fine)
  • If the mixture is crumbly add more oil and a few drops of water.
  • Let rest on wax paper until dried, then wrap in decorative paper.
  • Use 1 bath bomb per bath

If bathing isn’t your style, perhaps eating is.

Now, just because it’s bitter cold outside, it doesn’t mean  you have to say goodbye to local vegetables, not when there’s Winter Sun Farms. Jim Hyland (who by a great twist of fate grew up next door to Donna) collaborates with local farmers to bring great tasting frozen and storage vegetables all winter long. Check out their website for information on share prices. Kingston members pick up is the third Wednesday of the month from 3:00-5:30 starting December 15th right here at Hudson Coffee Traders

Another great way to warm things up at home is to try their recipe for Ginger Butternut Aquash soup- the frozen packages of puree they sell make it super easy and quick:


We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments!


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