Sunday, October 25, 2015

Tea for Two, Bible Wheel October 25, 2015

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I'm updating my former matcha tea gelatin recipe with two new tea flavors.  I make tea gelatin because I have an intolerance for most fruit, and also want to have a sugar-free diet as much as possible for the health benefits.

Rooibos tea makes an excellent-flavored tea gelatin.  If the tea is high quality it makes a slight tingle on my tongue.  Rooibos tea is also a very healthful tea.  Organic Facts says it cures- "nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, and premature aging."  This site also lists health conditions tfor which Rooibos tea would not would not be beneficial.

Recipe Rooibos Tea Gelatin

*Boil 1.5 quarts / ~1.5 liters water
*Add ~10 tsp. / ~50cc of Rooibos tea
*Optional- add 1 tsp. whole cloves
Brew for 10 minutes.   I like to intensify the flavor myself by putting the pot on a low simmer for the 10 minutes, and keeps it hot to make the gelatin dissolve.

Make Gelatin-
*In a 3 quart / ~3 liter bowl, put 6-7 Tablespoons / ~100 cc ( I use 1.5 scoops with a 70 cc scoop from a whey drink) Beef Gelatin
*Add sufficient cold water to liquify the gelatin, stirring rapidly, then immediately pour the hot tea into the bowl, so that the gelatin completely dissolves and leaves no lumps.
*Add the amount of Stevia that you desire for almost 3 quarts of liquid.
*Add 1 tsp. of citric acid.  (I had a lot of citric acid on hand and looked up uses and one is to make gelatin, it adds a little acidity that is really beneficial especially when making fruit gelatin from scratch.  Sometimes gelatin reacts with fruit to make a greyish color.  The addition of citric acid will miraculously turn the gelatin a lovely color of red instead.

Hint: To shorten the chilling time, I usually put 4-5 handfuls of ice cubes in at this point and stir until they are all melted.   Then I add water to bring it up to a suitable level in the bowl.  Stir well.

Refrigerate until firm.  When I want a little sooner, I put some in a small glass bowl and put it in the freezer, then wait ~20 minutes until it is firm.

My second tea is to make Holy Basil Gelatin.  Here is one among many articles about health benefits of Holy Basil,.  The recipe is the same as for Rooisbos tea, amount of tea is the same but brewing time would be shorter, 5-10 minutes without the simmering, though it also needs to be very hot to make the gelatin dissolve.  Optional additional flavoring would be to add some lemon extract at the end.  Here's the tea after adding the hot water-

It is a brownish tea, but after adding the citric acid, it changes to a pretty pink color-

To make it look really impressive, you can put it in a goblet to chill-

Gelatin would have a range of firmness according to the proportions of beef gelatin and water, so you can alter the firmness to whatever you desire.  I hope you like the gelatin and there are plenty of other teas that could be used as well, along with added extracts like almond or peppermint.

For the devotional part of my post, I'm exploring more of the concepts from

This time about the organization of the book of the Bible.  Some people think the books of the Bible may have been selected by men, and therefore maybe some book should have been included or excluded.  I admire someone who can see patterns in the Bible that are amazing, the original source is  The Bible makes a pattern with the Hebrew alphabet that is amazing.

If you have doubts about God and His plan for your life, it may help to see how incredibly He planned and organized His Word.  He inspired the structure of the languages of the Bible.  He breathed the scriptures into the writers word by word.  He caused the choices that resulted in our present canon of books to include in the Bible and even their order.  If you have doubts about whether He will answer your deepest desires, consider the things He has done, and His promises.  A favorite chapter of mine is Psalm 21 about "the king".  Jesus is the King of Kings, so it can be about Him, but He also has made His redeemed ones kings and priests according to Revelation 5:9-10, so it is also about us.

Psalm 21:1-7 (Interlinear Bible)-
1. The king rejoices in Your strength, O Jehovah (Yahweh);
     and how greatly does he rejoice in Your salvation (yeshua, Jesus' name that means salvation).
2. You have given him his heart's desire,
    and have not withheld the prayer of his lips.
3. For You will precede him with the blessings of goodness;
    You set a crown of pure gold on his head.
4. He asked life from You;
    You gave to him length of days forever and ever.
5. His glory is great in Your salvation (Yeshua);
   You have laid honor and majesty on him.
6. For You have set him blessings forever;
   You have rejoiced him in the joy of Your face.
7. For the king trusts in Jehovah (Yahweh);
   he shall not be moved.

What can we do to receive His promises?  Jesus said, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you."   John 15:7

So stay in His Word, the marvelous Bible, and trust in Him.  I look at the stars, the wonders of what He has made, and know that He is able also to do the things I ask.  Another comforting, and totally mind-blowing scripture, is Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)-
20. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21. to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I say these words to myself every night as I go to sleep.  What wonderful promises, they make my faith "gel".   Meditate on His word and relax.    Hannah

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  1. I will have to try some Rooibos tea for my sleep deprivation! Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am stopping by from the Women with Intention Link up!

    1. The Women with Intention list is so long, I don't know where to find you on it! I'm not on Google+ and can't find your blog, so I need your blog name. I have insomnia problems too, I have various remedies that work sometimes, but I haven't really noticed much help from the Rooibos tea I drink at night, though that was on the list.

  2. Hey Hannah,

    I found your post today on Women with Intention, and I'm glad to find your site.

    The tea looks good, and I really like the chart you shared. I've had a couple of semesters of Hebrew, so it was good to see the Hebrew letters again.

    Hope you have a blessed day today~

    1. Thanks, Melanie, I also can't find you on the long list. I've studied Hebrew and read an interlinear for a long time, so I enjoy all the information on this site too.

  3. The gelatin looks delicious and the Bible wheel information very interesting! Thank you for sharing this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! :)

    1. Thanks, Jes, I keep myself in the gelatin since I can't eat regular desserts. Thanks for hosting!

  4. Hi Hannah. I've never seen that chart. I love seeing the order of the Scriptures. I remember being awed in an apologetic class many years ago when the professor talked about the delicate balance of nature. I remember him saying something about how sea water would be poisonous if it were not this particular balance of salt. The tea looked good too.

    1. Thanks, Debbie, I only discovered this information recently, in spite of attending Messianic congregations for many years. I find it fascinating and faith-building.

  5. Thanks, Deborah, I really enjoy it and can eat as much as I want without any added carbohydrates or fats, and 9 gm of protein per tablespoon of dry gelatin. I really enjoy the complex lemony taste of the Rooibos tea, too.

  6. I wish I were as impressed with the Bible as you.

  7. Hi Hannah,
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