29 November 2013

I Forgot: Our Pumpkins.

Hey all!  This past November brought us around 20 Pumpkins.  I don't know why, but I forgot tell everyone about them last week.  Oh well!  We had to wash them, bake them, de-seed them (if that makes sense. . .) take the peels off, and bake the seeds!  It took two different occasions actually to get *all* of them finished.  Elleanna did quite a few a couple of weeks ago, and then I finished them about a week ago.  

14 November 2013

Tea vs. Coffee

My assignment for writing two a couple weeks ago was a compare contrast paper.  Right away in class I knew that I wanted to compare Tea and Coffee.

          Tea vs. Coffee
What images come to mind when you hear the word tea?  What about when someone says “coffee”?   Most people would imagine nostalgic surroundings when they hear tea, and coffee probably reminds them of their regular work day, with a cup of java ready to give them a kick-start into their routine. 
Many Americans do not think twice when they grab their cup of coffee or their mug of tea, and to some, it is a necessity to start their day.  Tea is a regular part of the lives of most European and Asian cultures, and coffee is a large part of the morning routine of almost everyone in the United States of America.  But there is a question that not many people ask.  Are these two drinks really that different from each other as they seem?
The stereotyped tea drinker loves to sit in his or her favorite chair, snuggling their favorite blanket, reading their favorite book or knitting, and of course, drinking their favorite tea.  What about the stereotyped coffee drinker?  You can find them all over America.  They love to drink coffee, sit in a coffee shop, drink more coffee, and read a newspaper.  Although the lifestyles of these groups are vastly different, their favorite drink is not.
Beyond the stereotypes we find the myths.  Were you allowed to drink coffee as a child?  Or were you never able to even taste it because the adults around you said, “It will stunt your growth!”?  Studies have proven that coffee indeed does not stunt growth, and although children under 10 years old should not make coffee a part of their daily routine, there is no harm in giving a sip here and there to your children.
Most people drink coffee or tea as a morning boost to start their day.  What they do not think about are the health benefits.  Both coffee and tea have antioxidants, a vitamin that protects the body’s immune system and strengthens cells.  Tea and coffee also contains two bone strengtheners: magnesium and calcium.  Calcium is a natural ingredient in tea, but is added to coffee through cream.  Both of these drinks, when taken straight black, contain only 8 calories.  The drawback of coffee in this area is that most people add cream or some type of creamer, and the more cream, the more fat. 
The benefits that come upon tea drinkers are quite plentiful and include lower blood pressure, properties that fight anemia and natural fluorides that protect your teeth from cavities.  A few of the benefits of drinking coffee are that it helps to keep cancer away as well as Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.  An 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 5.4 % of choline which is an important nutrient for cell membranes.  All these benefits are a great reason to drink tea or coffee. 

There are many pros to both coffee and tea.  The cons generally only come as an onset of drinking too much of either drink, and should not be worried about unless you drink more than 5 cups of either drink per day.  Whether it is coffee, tea, or some kind of juice, how much do you know about your favorite beverage?


The picture of tea is from: http://www.homespunmom.com/category/simplify/