Monday, May 28, 2018

Monk's Blend Tea


I simply could not wait to share this tea... in honor of Lakewood Theater's second production of the year, Incorruptible, it's Monk's Blend!

This is a traditional richly flavored black tea, with calendula & sunflower petals, vanilla, and pomegranate. It is wonderful hot or cold, and either way can be accented by a splash of brandy. (the monks would approve)

Incorruptible, a farce by Micheal Hollinger, opens on June 7th, and runs through June 16th (with three matinees).  You can purchase tickets to see Incorruptible or any of the other productions this season at Lakewood Theater by calling  474-7176  or you may place your order online through the following link  http://www.lakewoodtheater.org/theater/Tickets 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Berry Sangria Tea for Lakewood Theater


The Sugar Tree is blending some teas for the Lakewood Theater's 2018 Season! Women in Jeopardy* opens May 24th, with  Berry Sangria!

Elderberries, raisins, hibiscus, and orange peel make this sweet and sassy too!

A hot cup will fill you with a feeling like summer sunshine; or grab a ginger ale and a cup from The Shanty to steep your tea in and you've got a fresh sparkling treat... or, go full Sangria with wine! I recommend Merlot to  bring out the richness of the fruit, or Pino Grigio for a lighter sweetness, and either is ready for sipping within the first act... but the longer you let it steep, the deeper the taste. 

Taking your tea home or giving as a gift? The suggestions above work just as well, in addition to steeped and served cold as a wonderful alternative to sugary drinks; or you may wish to experiment making "tipsy tea" by infusing a glass of vodka, or gin, or other favorite spirit. Using nothing but 100% fruit and flower in this blend, you can even grind it up dry and use it to add flavor to your pancake batter, or wet after steeping you can eat the fruit straight or add it to a batch of muffins for breakfast - tea isn't just for hot water.

*You can purchase tickets to see 'Women in Jeopardy' or any of the other productions this season at Lakewood Theater by calling  474-7176  or you may place your order online through  http://www.lakewoodtheater.org/theater/Tickets 

Thursday, April 26, 2018


My favorite Bloody Mary Mix, Ass over Teakettle - ATK Bloody Mary Mix - has a new website with online ordering now available!!! Find your Bloody Mary mixers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, and more. https://www.assoverteakettle.net/

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Stone Soup Kit

Happy to have McKay Farms in Thorndike stock some of the Potting Shed Creations' Organic Stone Soup Kits!   Inspired by the familiar story with the simple message about sharing, this vegetable garden kit is a great way for a child to create a fun-filled garden of their very own. Quick to germinate and easy to grow, the vegetables in this kit come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes that kids are sure to enjoy. Includes: 5 varieties of organic seed (red acre cabbage, little fingers carrot, bunching onion, roma tomato, blue lake pole bean)recycled US steel case and seed tins, garden stakes, pencil, magic stone in jute bag, 'stone soup' recipe, directions.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tea Queens


I was nearly speechless when I found Queen Mary Teas.  Mary C. Greengo has owned and operated a beautiful tea room in Seattle Washington for nearly 30 years. She understands tea, and it's meaning. And I am so proud to share these teas and products specially selected by Mary. Just like any other tea I offer, these are wonderful for tea tastings and other gatherings! I'm happy to come brew a pot or cup for you! Please visit the main site, and if you choose to order online, kindly select me as your consultant.   - Dawnrella Sutton       https://teaqueens.com

Friday, March 16, 2018

Audrey II (mini)


It's a plant, but not on the menu... it's actually more likely that we are all on it's list for suppertime! I'm getting in the spirit for Lakewood Theater's 2018 Season with one particular musical in mind, but plan to see all the productions again this year!
http://www.lakewoodtheater.org/theater/full-schedule

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Perfect Tea



Here is a simple chart with steeping times, recommended water temps... and a few other great tips! 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Artisans on the Fringe




A bright Sugar Tree Cafe rosehip & fruit blend perfect for a energizing pot of hot tea on a winters day, or for mulling in wine as something festive; paired with a Mothers Moon wool felt rose - makes a charming gift. These and more such items available at the Artisans on the Fringe event this Saturday

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tea for Art*


The Sugar Tree Cafe will be offering another "Tea for Art*" opportunity on Saturday December 9th for the Artisans on the Fringe Second Saturday event!! (Artisanal Building, 10 Railroad Square in Waterville, alongside Exoptica Studio) As usual, a percentage of all sales will go to a local art organization: and there will also be a selection of items available to purchase by donation only, with *100%* of those sales going directly to an local art organization. I'll also have some Sugar Tree art available for sale as well.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Unity Barn Raisers


It has been my honor as Mothers Moon to be a 'Supporting Business Member' of the Unity Barn Raisers since 2006, and I'm so happy to also now be renting the Community Kitchen for a bit of Sugar Tree Cafe tea blending!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Peace Tea


Enjoying some Peace Tea left over from yesterday... a beautiful blend of organic Chamomile flowers, organic Spearmint, organic Lavender flowers, organic Cinnamon bark, organic Passionflower, and organic Rose petals. I place an extra cinnamon stick in my cup for a bit of an extra zing!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bullets Over Broadway!!


In celebration of Lakewood Theater's production ofBullets Over Broadway The Musical!, the Sugar Tree Cafe has created a special tea blend called "Bees Knees"... For a flavor based upon it's namesake cocktail of gin, lemon and honey, this tea is a blend of honeybush tea*, maté tea**, lemongrass, and calendula petal. It will be sold for a limited time***, $18 (plus shipping if applicable) 6oz. Contact me for ordering information.

*Honeybush tea is imported from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa; ethically harvested and fairly traded. Naturally sweet and caffeine free.

**Maté is a South American herbal tea, ethically harvested and fairly traded. Naturally sweet and with a medium level of caffeine.

***The limited time is the run of Bullets Over Broadway at Lakewood Theater, August 17th - 26th

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Lakewood Inn Restaurant


Sugar Tree Cafe wares! — at Lakewood Inn Restaurant.  Such a wonderful day, such a wonderful location. You should visit whenever you can! And OH!! the menu! And such friendly staff!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lake George Regional Park Spring Celebration



The Sugar Tree will be one of the vendors at this wonderful event on June 4th, celebrating Lake George Regional Park's 25th Anniversary Year.  It will be taking place at the Lakewood Inn Restaurant, which is one of my personal favorite places to be; with a percentage of sales going directly to Lake George.

I'll have some of my wooden kitchen tools, felted goodies, hand blended loose leaf teas, and maybe a few other surprises!

4:00 Happy Hour, "Cocktails and Fine Craft"
SHOP with members of Maine's artisan craft, food, and farming community, with a portion of all evening proceeds to benefit Lake George!


5:30 Dinner with lively auction to follow

$30/person

(207) 474-1292

In lieu of printed tickets this year, your name will be entered on a reservation list at the door! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Same Plant!


Did you know? White, Green, Oolong, and Black teas are really the same plant (as is Matcha) simply dried or fermented differently! And here are the “other” teas:

Mate` is a South American herb with high levels of caffeine & antioxidants. Containing amino acids and over ten different vitamins and minerals, it gives you a boost of energy without the jitters.

Tulsi is an Indian herb that is caffeine-free and offers many calming benefits for your body and mind.

Honeybush & Rooibos are red bush varieties grown only in South Africa. They aren’t technically “tea” at all. They contain no caffeine and offer a variety of health benefits.

Matcha is actually indeed made from Camellia sinensis, but is from  leaves that are grown in the shade to bring out fuller flavor. The youngest leaves are selected and their veins removed before being stone ground into a fine powder. Matcha contains more caffeine and vitamins than other teas because the whole leaf is used.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blue Cornflower





Blending some teas today! I love using blue cornflower, yes, I will freely admit, because it is so pretty. But for what it actually adds to the teas.*  Here is what  HomeRemedies.com has to say:


The flowers of this herb are rich in mineral salts and contain a bitter ingredient known as pectin. It is rich in calcium that is essential for the development and maintenance of bones. Cornflower also contains components like anthocyanins and flavonoids, which contribute greatly to its medicinal value. Being rich in potassium salts and tannin, cornflower has powerful astringent, antiseptic, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in treating a number of health concerns. These minerals also help regulate ph levels in the blood. Cornflower is also rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and other organic compounds that help detoxify the body.


  • The bitterness of cornflower makes it an effective natural remedy against a variety of digestive problems like constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, gas, and other gastrointestinal complaints. It also acts as an appetite stimulant and is therefore used for treating cases of anorexia as well.
  • The flowers of this plant are used as an expectorant, diuretic, and stimulant for gall bladder and liver function. It also supports and regulates the functioning of the kidneys. Therefore, people suffering from kidney, liver, or spleen problems can take prescribed doses of this herb for relief from symptoms of these disorders.
  • Cornflower is also used as an astringent oral rinse for treating mouth ulcers.
  • Women suffering from endometriosis can take cornflower preparations to ease menstrual cramps and other related symptoms.
  • Cornflower has a calming effect on the nervous system and it therefore beneficial to those suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, and other nervous system disorders.

 
*The Sugar Tree shares this for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Forget-Me-Not Irony







Spring is here and it is seed season! Or actually every season is seed season, as they always make great gifts - container gardening is a real thing - but springtime is when we feel it the most as we emerge from our winter rest and realize it's time for planting. I have long been in love with the beautiful watercolor illustrations used on the packaging Potting Shed Creations, Ltd. uses and it is just one of many reasons I offer a selection of their products for sale.

I adore their little tins of seeds for scatter planting of flowers, and was particularly thinking of the forget-me-nots for bringing to the Maine Retired Teachers Conference next month. And I thought I would perhaps craft little felted flowers to go along with them. Little blue flowers of course. So I set to work, from, um, memory. 

Hmmm...it seems forget-me-nots have five petals, not four; and have yellow centers not white... 

I'll just have to think of something else to do with about 30 little blue felt flowers!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Beeswax





(photo credit to Mountain Rose Herbs, where I get my beeswax from)


It's beeswax day here and I simply love the aroma! I use beeswax to season my wooden kitchen items, and of course for making candles. But here are some other uses (101 in total actually) as originally shared from Crafting Montana

1) lubricant for very old furniture joints.
2) Smooth movement for doors and windows.
3) Component for mustache creams.
4) Prevents bronze items from tarnishing.
5) Use as a rest prevention.
6) Furniture polish when mixed with linseed oil and mineral spirits in equal parts.
7) covering cheeses and preservatives to protect from spoilage.
8) Conditioner for wood bowls and cutting boards.
9) Coat nails and screws to prevent wood from splintering.
10) Used by NASA with an enzyme to mop up oceanic oil spills.
11) Cake guitar bodies to boost longevity.
12) Coat tambourine surfaces for thumb roll playing technique.
13) Coat reeds for woodwinds to get a tight fit.
14) Egg painting in a Ukraine folk art of Pysanky.
15) An essential ingredient in Indian art of fabric dyeing called Batik printing.
16) Candles that don’t drip and have no smoke.
17) In candy like gummy bears, worms and jelly beans.
18) To water proof leather.
19) Molten beeswax to polish granit counter tops.
20) To make crayons.
21) With palm oil for soap.  The palm oil reduces scars and the wax a natural moisturizer.
22) Mix with palm wax for a natural hair remover.
23) To reduce bow string friction.
24) on whips to water proof.
25) in bullets.
26) With comfery and chick weed powder to alleviate itching.
27) Wire pulling.
28) Sewing to strengthen the thread and prevent snagging.
29) To fill seams between pieces of slate when setting up a pool table.
29) Plucking the feathers from fowl.
30) As a flexible mold for a variety of mediums.
31) Jewelry.
32) Clean your clothes Iron.
33) In glass Etching.
34) Encausting Painting.
35) To make earplugs.
36) Ear Candling.
37) When fashioning Dreadlocks.
38) To make Dental floss.
39) For cracked animal hooves.
40) When making cosmetics.
41) When making chocolates.
42) Copper sinks.
43) Removing previous waxes.
44) In Blacksmithing.
45) Basketry.
46) To coat Baking pans for smooth exit of goods.
47) To coat the hemp strings on Bag Pipes.
48) To make balms.
49) Barbeque preparation.
50) When making healing salves, creams and ointments.
51) Use in pharmaceuticals.
53) In manufacturing of electronic components and CDs.
54) As a polish for shoes and floors.
56) To unsticking drawers.
57) Keep zippers moving smoothly.
58) To water proof boots and saddles.
59) To coat hand tools to prevent rust.
60) To lower cholesterol, ulcers, diarrhea and hiccups.
69) To relief pain, swelling (inflammation)
70) In beverages.
71) In manufacturing as a thickener or emulsifier.
72) In fragrances in perfumes.
73) To seal documents.
74) An ingredient in surgical bone wax.
75) Blended with pine rosin to serve as an adhesive.
77) A metal injection moulding binder component.
76) In the embalming process.
78) As a stabilizer in the military explosive Torpex.
79) To coat hemp strends – an alternative use to lighters.
80) A natural Air purifier.
81) Glazing of fruits and vegtables.
82) Chewing beeswax can help quit the habit of smoking.
83) As a hair pompay.
84) Grafting plants.
85) In the restoration of pictures.
86) Wax fly fishing lines so they float.
87) To keep saws sharp.
88) Grinding and polishing of optical lenses.
89) Used in crafting of dentures and other dental equipment.
90) To seal and polish smoke fired pottery.
91) Used on snowskies for a good glide.
92) Used for base ring for toliets (in the past).
93) Use3d to cover a broken wire on braces until you get to your orthodontist.
95) To prevent stretch marks.
96) Saturate cardboard with beeswax and use as a fuel for a backpackers fuel for stove.
97) Beeswax candle as emergency heat when trapped in a car or small space.
98) Temporary filling until you can see your dentist.
99) To seal stick matches to stay dry when boating, fishing or skiing.
100) To prevent slippage for belts in vacuums and sewing machines.
101) As a wood filler

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Matcha Tea

 
  
The Sugar Tree offers matcha tea powder for sale, in various flavors, as well as accessories for preparing it. Many folks are still new to it, so, just what is matcha?
• Matcha originates from Japan and is the finest green tea.
  • To create matcha, tea plants are covered with shade cloths before they’re harvested. This triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture. Leaves are hand-plucked, steamed briefly, then dried and aged in cold storage. The dried leaves are then stone-ground into fine powder.
  • With most tea, the leaves get infused into hot water, then discarded. With matcha, you’re drinking the actual leaves.
 • Because the whole leaves are ingested, matcha is a potent source of nutrients.
 • Matcha is rich in antioxidants and detoxification properties.
• Matcha is high in caffeine and gives us an energy boost, and a calm alertness without the crash.