support the locals

April 20, 2012

With the ‘local wave’ being the ‘in’ thing, many people are jumping on the band wagon.
Farmers Markets. Local food. Local design. 100 mile diet.
Others don’t know how or where to start.
As I type this blog, I am enjoying an AMAZING sandwich at my local bodega, Urban Cannibals. They source local ingredients for their menu and stock the shelves with local and/or small businesses {like just add honey}. It’s a space with plenty of character that I frequent because they care. They care about what is on your plate. They care about what you serve in your home. They care about the residents of East Atlanta Village.
And they are not the only ones.
When you support the locals, you get the passion for their business in the product they present.
So the next time you have the option of going to a ‘big box’ store or a chain restaurant, choose local. It helps the person across the counter. It helps the neighborhood. It helps the world go round.
Now back to my sandwich…

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Is your pantry stocked with boxes, tins, and bags of tea?!

Do you have a dedicated shelf to the leaf?!

Maybe our "tea pantry" is getting a little bit out of control?

Allow just add honey to offer 10 uses for all of that tea {and save the good stuff for drinking!}

1. Soak your toes!

Peppermint, spearmint, or Chamomile tea are soothing teas that will help relax and revive your feet {and get rid of the stink!!!}

2. Add to your compost.

Loose leaf tea is great in the compost. Don’t trash it, compost it baby!

3. Rest your weary eyes.

Place a tea bag {herbal only} on your lids to reduce puffiness.

4. Get the antique look.

Antique lace. Tea stained paper. Soak your medium in black tea {check it often to achieve the color you want} and you have a dyed masterpiece awaiting.

5. Make drawer sachets.

Lavender, Peppermint, Chamomile, you name it, makes a delightful bouquet for drawer sachets. Get fancy and make some or fill a cheese cloth, rubber band it close and drop it in your drawer.

6. Freshen your breath.

Gargle with your favorite tea {Peppermint does wonders} to have kissable breath.

7. Spring clean the house.

Use a damp teabag or a spray bottle filled with tea instead of your regular household cleaner. A strong black tea works best.

8. Ease your sunburned body.

After fun in the sun, use cold wet tea bags on sunburned parts of your skin to soothe the burns.

9. Marinate your meat.

Impress your friends with a new brine!

10. Drink it!

Iced, hot, with champagne or vodka… Tea is a versatile beverage that is perfect any time, for any occasion.

Cheers!

 

pantry image courtesy of:: The Smiths :: flick’r creative commons