i should be mopping the floor: How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea

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Sometimes moms need a timeout, too. Now that school and crazy schedules are in full swing, that idea is pure gospel truth around here. Here's a fun idea on How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom. It includes a delicious recipe for these Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies, made with Bigelow Tea.

How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
Once September hits, and that alarm clock gets set for a much earlier time, and the evenings are packed with piano lessons, homework, and football games...and, and, and...it sometimes gets hard to find a moment for ourselves. Right, moms? And I know that my friends are all in the exact same boat...so why not spread some time-outs all around? I have a simple idea to take your own time-out as well as share some time-outs with friends with Bigelow Tea. Read below for all the fun {and free printables to make your own time-out box}.

How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
I really need a few minutes of the day carved out for me-time. From working at home, to caring for the peeps who reside here with me, schedules are a bit much sometimes. Personally, I enjoy a cup of Bigelow's Constant Comment Tea and a few shortbread cookies for my own time-out...along with a big decorating book to thumb through. If I can carve out a couple of moments like that each week, things are a-okay in my world.

My mom started making Constant Comment Tea when I was in high school. She made it into iced tea and it was always so yummy {we're Texans, so a lot of our tea takes on the iced form}. Coincidentally, my husband has often mentioned that it was one of his mom's faves, too! Bigelow's Constant Comment Tea was the company's first blend...and I love the hints of orange in it. I knew it would be perfect to use in a shortbread recipe {included below}.

Bigelow Tea is such a neat company, too! Bigelow Tea’s Charleston Tea Plantation is America’s largest working tea garden. Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals. It’s a tea-riffic way to experience historic Southern culture and a living piece of American history!


How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
Including Constant Comment, Bigelow has such a wide variety of tea {perfect for sipping...and baking!}. Bigelow Tea is All American: 100% American made by an American Family; an American Company for the American consumer. And, available at an American retailer, Walmart...which is where I always get mine! You can find it in the coffee/tea aisle.

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How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
I thought it would be really fun to give another mom a time-out, too {we're all in this together, no?}. I grabbed a simple brown-paper box from the local craft store. I used the printables below to personalize it a bit more {feel free to download them for yourself...the tea-shaped tag is blank for you to fill in}.


How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies

I simply cut out the graphic and glued it to the top of my box. I used thread to tie a loop in the tea bag tag and then taped the other end of the thread to the inside of the box lid.

How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
I used a piece of scrapbook paper {folded in half} as a divider inside the box. Then I loaded the box with the Constant Comment Tea and the Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies. I dropped this box off on my friend Bonnie's porch one morning. I texted her to look out there...I worried a squirrel might find it first! I know Bonnie is a busy mom, too...and I hope she's been enjoying her own time-out moments as well!


Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies | Delicious, orange-infused shortbread cookies laced with Bigelow Tea (Constant Comment flavor). | Simple to make.
I have to say...I have a weakness for shortbread cookies. It's probably my love of butter...but gosh, they're so yummy! I knew that adding the Constant Comment Tea to my usual shortbread recipe would take it to all kinds of shortbread awesomeness. The Constant Comment tea has orange in it...so adding a bit of orange extract really brought that out. And I love the little tea flecks that you can see in the cookies, too!


How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients:
- 2-4 Bigelow Constant Comment Tea Bags {open the bags...you'll be using the loose tea inside of them}
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

Directions:
Combine tea {for a more intense flavor, use all 4 bags...for a more subtle taste, use 2-3}, flour, and salt into a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds until combined. Add the powdered sugar, extracts, and softened butter and continue pulsing until dough forms a ball. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and do a few more seconds of pulsing, to make sure everything is combined. 

Remove dough from food processor bowl and onto a large sheet of plastic wrap. With your hands, form into a log, about 3 inches thick. Cover with the plastic wrap and give it a few "rolls" to make sure your log is well-rounded. Secure each end of the plastic wrap on your log. Refrigerate for an hour.

Slice the log into 1/4 inch thick slices and place on a prepared baking sheet, about an inch apart from one another. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 11-14 minutes, until edges turn golden brown. Cool on sheets and transfer to wire racks.

Makes 2 dozen. 


How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies

How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
These are just melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Perfect for your own time-out!


How to Have {& Give} a Time-Out for Mom with Bigelow Tea | Includes free printables and recipe for Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies
So, how do you take a moment for yourself? Find out even more ideas on Bigelow's Facebook and Twitter pages. Or, check out this Bigelow Pinterest board for even more fun>>>



Constant Comment Shortbread Cookies | Delicious, orange-infused shortbread cookies laced with Bigelow Tea (Constant Comment flavor). | Simple to make.






6 comments:

  1. I think I would cry if someone gave this to me! LOVE IT SO MUCH!

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    1. Thank you, Vanessa! It's really a great way to brighten someone's day! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  2. I'd love to do this for my kids' teachers! Do you have any printables for teachers?

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    1. Hi Tracy! Check out the printable gallery on my blog! You will find all kinds of fun---I have lots of printables that are great for teachers. Thank you so much for stopping by! http://www.ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com/p/printable-gallery.html

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