Sacred Solstice Fire_ Christmas Holiday Week Hours_ Creamy Earl Shortbread Recipe

Merry Christmas & Wishes for Joy, Health, Peace, Wisdom and Abundace to all!

Holiday Week Hours:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
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Community Sacred Fire
In observance of the Winter Solstice, we will be holding a sacred fire in our Meditation Garden from sunrise to sunset next Thursday, December 21, 2023. Everyone welcome! 

The Tea Shop will be open that day from 10am-5pm. Hot tea on tap!

 What to expect at our Winter Solstice Sacred Fire Event December 21, 2023

Sacred fires have been used for generations with indigenous communities around the world to begin ceremonies, events or ritual. They have many unique holistic wellness benefits and lessons to offer by providing a gentle, welcoming, safe healing space for gathering and celebrating, promoting bonding, togetherness, remembrance, prayer and physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Sacred fires are intended to support us in feeling more open, more grounded, and deepen our connection with our community of people on Earth, our ancestors and loved ones who have moved on.
It's important to know that a sacred fire differs greatly from a camp fire. There are specific traditions and protocols followed to keep the sacred fire pure, burning brightly, and to uphold the integrity and sacredness of the fire. We request participants be positive, respectful, and open-minded to nurture a positive space for everyone involved in this impactful experience of the sacred fire.  At Sacred Fires, there is always a Fire keeper assigned who builds, lights, maintains, and keeps watch over the fire so that it is never unattended. Steve Bailey is our Fire Keeper. Following local Native American traditions, Steve will prepare the fire pit before dawn using specific materials, and will light it right at sunrise. He keeps careful watch and assures that the fire is never left alone. He is the only one who tends to the actual fire itself (preparing fire pit, igniting it, adding wood, stirring the fire, etc.) Steve will be present to welcome you at the fire in our Meditation Garden and to answer questions you might have including how to approach the fire, why sacred items such as whole leaf Tobacco, Sage, Cedar, and Sweetgrass may be placed in the fire as a gesture of acknowledging ancestors or offering a special prayer request. Additionally, our ancestor’s favorite foods can be placed in the fire.  Feel welcome to bring Christmas treats to share with other participants!

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday for this special event.
With love,

As we enjoy the holidays here at the tea farm we’re reminded of the gift of your support throughout Light of Day Organic’s 20 years in business. Thank you so much for your loyalty and for sharing the news with others about our unique and special business. May you and your family enjoy this holiday season and may it be filled with good friends and the gift of peace. Happy holidays!
It is so much fun being in the the shop as so many of you have made your visits back to our farm and Tea Shop. Many customers walk in, take a deep breath and grin ear to ear when smelling the wonderful aroma that exists in our shop.  After a warm "Welcome!", our first question as customers enter is “Is this your first time to the farm?”  For some it is… but for others it feels like a homecoming of sorts. We love this! Please know that it was at your urging that we made the decision to reopen the store this year and it has been such a pleasure to serve you.  We absolutely love seeing old friends again, making new friends and providing the space to sniff, taste, and explore our one of a kind teas.
We truly enjoy hearing stories about your favorite teas and learning about the unique ways you enjoy our products. A recent customer shared that she uses our Creamy Earl Grey tea when she makes shortbread cookies. Many years ago, she found a recipe in the Detroit Free Press 
and uses it every year to make goodies for her friends and family. We asked her if she would be willing to share the recipe and she did; here it is, slightly modified. Enjoy!
Our beautiful, fragrant & award-winning bestseller: Creamy Earl Grey!

Light of Day Organics Creamy Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies            

Makes 2 dozen cookies: Preparation time 15 minutes/ Total time 30 minutes
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened
½ cup powdered sugar
2 cups of  All-purpose wheat flour or Gluten-free flour substitute
1/2 tsp salt
1 rounded teaspoon of our Creamy Earl Grey Tea (use more tea for a stronger flavor)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl or mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar.
Add in flour and salt and crushed up tea leaves, continue to mix until a soft dough forms, mix will be dry and crumbly at first but will come together.
Roll out dough onto a lightly floured board until its ¼ inch thick. Cut out cookies using a 2 inch round cookie cutter.
Bake on parchment lined cookie sheets for 20-22 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven. Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Exciting news!! Mother's Blend is coming back in the 1.5oz tin! Be on the lookout for it to be in stock soon. This special tisane is mildly minty and was used by our owner as a nursing mother to help support the milk-making (lactation) process after childbirth and for months afterwards.  This tea was her daily "go-to" hydration choice, supporting the wind-down and necessary  "let-down" process known well by mothers and lactation consultants. Naturally caffeine-free. Excellent nutritive support to a depleted body or to support regeneration after physically taxing times. Here is a direct link to Mother's Blend on our website.
As you would imagine, we have had LOTS of Heartwarming Cinnamon lovers in the shop.  This tea is so warm, comforting, and nostalgic during this season.  One customer suggested using the Heartwarming Cinnamon in apple cider, yum!  Please send us your favorite ways to use our teas and we might share it in an upcoming newsletter.  We LOVE when you share your delicious and creative ideas!
It's not too late to order some of our seasonal favorites… check them out by clicking on their name: Christmas TeaHeartwarming CinnamonHonu ChaiTulsi Citrus Soother or Mitten-time Mint.
Need a gift idea for the tea lover in your life? Would you like to drop a hint to a loved one for a tea gift on your wishlist? Check out our gift bundles
Please help introduce Light of Day Organics tea
to the cafe you frequent so as to promote
Michigan Certified USDA Organic
and Biodynamic Agricultural practices.

Thank you again for your support and best wishes to all in the new year!

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