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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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A Healthy Dose of Spice
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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A soothing spice, that is all I need on days that my eyes are bulging and my head is rushing and my emotions only have two settings, mad and furious.  I find myself saying it out loud sometimes while digging in my tea cupboard...."I just need a soothing spice, some soothing spicey tea..."  

 

Some of my favorite flavors of tea when I am really in need of a vacation in a cup (and coffee isn't an option) are:

 

Chamomille

Mint

Lemon 

 

Mostly I use a flavored tea bag that is purchased in the store.  I do purchase lemons often and could figure out a way to make it (does squeezing it into hot water count as "tea"?).  Mint grows in my garden thanks to my genius idea two summers ago to buy it and plant it.  Did I say 'garden'?  I meant EVERYWHERE!  (Garden hint: mint is an agressive grower and loves to find its way every where and happens to grow in all types of soil, in any weather.  Once you plant it, you will never get rid of the blessed stuff without using Round-up).  And, frankly I don't even know what chamomille is!  Is it a flower?  An herb?  A tree?

 

So, if today finds you leaning more into the mad/furious spectrum of your emotions, maybe a little dose of spice in the form of a cup of tea would help calm your nerves.  If you need to make it Irish coffee, no one will need to know!

 

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