Annie's Garden Inspired

Earlier in the week we posted an Instagram photo of a batch of Lemon Ginger cookies paired with our Annie's Garden tea announcing our upcoming, very first, Karmic Blog. We found it appropriate that our first blog would be centered around this well loved tea because simply put, it's the beginning of our story as Good Karma Tea Company. Annie's Garden is a handcrafted unique blend made specially for the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum on Pierce Street here in Lynchburg, Virginia.

When we first met with Shaun Spencer Hester (Anne Spencer's granddaughter who now directs the museum and gardens), the Anne Spencer Foundation was in preparation for Garden Day. We chatted with her about the possibility of serving tea at the event, what that might look like, and how lovely it would be. By the time the conversation ended, our start up tea company (then without a name) had committed to crafting a unique blend to serve at the event. 

Inspired by the gardens at the homestead of Harlem Renaissance poet Anne Spencer, we played with the idea of rose teas, lavender tea, fruity tea, and even a lily tea. After many trials and tastings, it was the lemon that brought us sensory happiness. Its refreshing citrus paired with a subtle floral green tea nods to lazy garden afternoons and creates a tea blend that awakens our inner contemplative poet.

When we create a tea, it often becomes a favorite in our home kitchen for many weeks. We not only savor the sips, but we also craft recipes to compliment our tea. Annie's Garden was our go to cuppa all through the spring and summer. This tea's citrus happiness kept us smiling. But as seasons come and go, so do our tea cravings. Fall approached and chai began to fill our cups, along with our other smoky, woodsy, soul warming teas to comfort us through the winter. 

Now, spring abounds again. Life is beginning to bloom in the gardens and we have come full circle. I had my first cup of Annie's Garden since last summer and was inspired to craft a spring cookie recipe to go with the magical citrus tea. After two pots of tea and a half plate of cookies, my partner and I found ourselves reflecting on the birth of Good Karma Tea Company and its namesake. Kindled by the Anne Spencer Garden House and Museum, we chose the business name Good Karma Tea Company to embody the giveback we would offer to our local community. A percentage of our tea sales are donated to local organizations like the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum to nurture their commitment to enriching our community.

Annie's Garden tea is perfect for the changing season and finicky spring weather. It holds that happy lemon taste wether hot or cold and pairs perfectly these Cake Batter Lemon Ginger cookies!

~ Cameo
tea maven, Good Karma Tea Co.

For more information on the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum: www.annespencermuseum.com

To purchase Annie's Garden Tea:
 http://www.sipgoodkarma.com/teashop/annies-garden

Cake Batter Lemon Ginger Cookies

1c. + 2 tbsp. flour (if you are gluten free, I recommend a 1 to 1 gluten free flour)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
Raw sugar for sprinkling (we happened to have a ginger infused raw sugar from Favored Flavors, and it was delish!)

Preheat oven to 350

Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat in egg, vanilla extract, baking powder and salt.
Slowly add flour, mixing until a dough forms, and scraping down sides during mixing. Fold in lemon zest and fresh ginger.

Spoon dough onto un-greased cookie sheet about the size of a teaspoon. Sprinkle raw sugar on cookies.

Bake 12 - 14 minutes until cookies become lightly golden on the bottom side edges.

Enjoy fresh out of the oven with a cup of Annie's Garden Tea!