Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What’s in Momma Evelyn's Teacup? Spice Mixture Update!

Hello Darlings,

When I first posted this tea recipe, I was missing three key ingredients that would  make this tea as close to the Chai tea sold in stores as possible. 

Here is my updated recipe and it will make your taste buds turn loops in your mouth. :)
What’s in Momma Evelyn's Teacup? 

My favorite tea is a rich combination of Assam, Ceylon, and Kenyan black teas that I import from overseas. Check your tea ingredients. 

To make the spice mix add the following ingredients  in a bowl:

1 tbsp. of ground Saigon Cinnamon
1 tbsp. of ground Ginger
1 tbsp of ground Cloves
1 tbsp. of ground Black Pepper
1 tbsp. of ground Nutmeg
1 tbsp. of ground Coriander
1 tbsp. of ground Cardamom

Pour all these ingredients into a jar, cover and shake until the spices are mixed well. Then using a funnel pour the mixture into a 1.75oz  unused spice jar. With this jar of spices you will have mixture for several pots of tea. 

Now, to make a pot of tea using the spices, add 1-1/2 teaspoon of the spice mixture into a standard size ceramic tea pot. 

The amount of tea you use may vary. However, when I use my favorite tea, I pack the tea ball with 1 ¼ tablespoon of loose leaf tea for richer flavor. You can use more or less tea per your personal taste. After placing your favorite tea into the tea ball,  put it into the ceramic tea pot. Filled ceramic tea pot with water.

Finally, I brew my tea in the microwave (Yes, the Microwave) using the 'Beverage' setting for three minutes and ten seconds.  When the brewing is complete I let the pot sit for 2 minutes. Then I stir it and brew the tea for another minute. 

Using a pot holder, I remove the pot from the microwave and let it cool a few moments. I then pour myself a richly tasting cup of the tea to which I add 1-2 teaspoons of artificial sweetener. You can sweeten it with sugar or  honey if you desire. 

There are several ways to make this tea. However, the best way to find the right combination of tea and spices that suits your  palate is to experiment with the various spices available on the market. 

You can also brew the tea with ground Chicory.

I believe you will enjoy my is Chai Tea copycat. It is the best mixture I have uncovered to date.

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Chow, Darlings!

Tip: Save your empty store bought spice and seasoning jars. You can wash them and add new spices and seasonings as you buy them.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Cornrow Caps: How To Use And Style Them

Freetress Braided Cap (Finished Braided Pattern on a Cap)

Hello Darlings,

For centuries women of color have been cornrowing their hair. In some area of the US the hairstyle is also known as French Braiding. However, regardless of its name, the hair is braided tightly to the scalp in continuous braids and in various designs. 

Why  use a cornrow cap for weaving hair? 

Although the reasons might vary, some women might want to increase their length, or just have a personalized no fuss style for busy work week or social schedules. In addition, for some women with thin hair cornrowing is not an option. Thus, this lack of hair volume makes weaving a challenge as well, but using the cornrow cap eliminates this challenge, and adds a natural hair look to the weave from above, unlike that of the plain nylon caps. Like full wigs and front lace wigs, using cornrow caps also helps to reduce salon fees.

Whatever the reason, there is a product that will help make weaving your own wig easy, and also spare you the maintenance and damage problems encountered with weaving directly to your scalp. Or, if you prefer, you can sew the cornrow cap directly to your own hair and then, using a sewing term, tack it to your own hair as a stay put wig. However, on this last, I recommend that if you tack, use a lighter thread for easy removal and for less damage to your natural hair.   Check out these how to videos below. 

The above Freetress Braided Cap (Finished Braided Pattern on a Cap) can be found at Wig Types. Like Black Hairspray, which is closing its doors, Wig Types is an online wholesale hair product store.

Until next time,