A Tea Time Guide

Ahmad Tea is a UK-based family business, now in it’s fourth generation of tea blending and tasting experience. Founded on a passion for the finest tea, we are dedicated to the unique place that tea drinking commands at the heart of daily life in Britain and beyond.

They also have a U.S. site now where you can order the same great tea. I have had good experiences with their teas and when I saw this chart I had to share.

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When spending summers at my grandparents farm in North Dakota every day we would help pack up the morning tea in the thermos and take some nice baked goods out to the fields for my Grandfather and any helpers. My Grandfather came from Scotland to America when he was 2. My Grandmother, from Norway.

Around 3 in the afternoon we did it all again. And then we would get to have our tea. With the lovely little cups Grandma had for each of us. The little sugar cubes and the delicious homemade cookies, biscuits and homemade bread and butter. It is still my favorite memory!

Don’t forget to give yourself a time out for tea and just breathe! xxooP

 

 

Death Among The Doilies (Cora Crafts Mystery#1) by Mollie Cox Bryan

Death Among the Doilies by Mollie Cox Bryan

From the Author of the Cumberland Creek Mystery Series, comes the first book in a new series.

Cozy Mystery Fans and Hobby and Craft readers are going to love Mollie Cox Bryan’s newest creation, the Cora Crafts Mysteries.

Cora has given so much of herself to the women’s shelter and fighting for abused women that even her doctor has advised her to find a less stressful life. When her best friend from childhood shows up at the shelter, Cora and Jane come up with an idea that just may heal them both.

Moving to Indigo Gap, North Carolina and buying a beautiful old Victorian home with a carriage house and a cottage,they intend to open a Craft Retreat. A place where women can gather and learn crafts and also heal.

Everything seems to be coming together for their first weekend retreat. Supplies are ready, food ordered and guest rooms are booked.

When the police show up to question Jane about a local murder it looks like they may open and close the same day! Cora needs this to be wrapped up quickly and the only way that is going to get done is by taking matters into her own hands. Along with Ruby, the herbalist who came with the property, and her son, they quickly get involved in some sleuthing and their suspect list just keeps getting longer.

Who would want a librarian dead? Who can be trusted and who is willing to kill again to make Cora stop her snooping?
There are plenty of motives and opportunities for murder and the characters were all unique and I wasn’t exactly sure who did it until the very end.

It was nice to see some of the Cumberland Creek characters make an appearance. That was tied together very nicely. The directions for all of the lovely crafts are in the back of the book, which I really enjoyed.

This is a series I would definitely recommend to friends! Release Date is August 30, 2016

*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Publishing in return for an honest review*

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MOLLIE COX BRYAN, author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Agatha Award-nominated Cumberland Creek mystery series, is also an award-winning journalist and poet.  She currently writes and crafts in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband and two daughters. Please visit her at molliecoxbryan.com, where you can sign up for her exclusive newsletter. For scrapbooking, recipes, and other crafty-freebies, join her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/molliecoxbryan.

My Sweet Obsession

cupcakeholder1If you know me at all then you know I love all things cupcake! And Tea. I am absolutely obsessed with tiny little cupcake holders. I have my own collection and for some unknown reason, I keep making more. I first found them when my Uncle Floyd sent me two lovely vintage glass ones and the rest I find at antique shops or I make them myself.

The ones on the left are the ones I found and the ones I was given. The ones on the right are exactly how you can make them for pennies. Most of us have unused candle holders, the ones used for tapers. And we usually have a saucer or two where the cup has gone missing. Got hot glue?  Well there you go. And I have done it with Dollar Tree plates for tiered looks and I have purchased the cutest little ones from Beaucoup.

These are under $5 each!  They are wonderful for tea parties, baby showers, bridal showers or just to give a lovely cupcake and holder as a gift!

Enjoy your Friday and don’t forget to stop for Tea….and a cupcake!  xxP

Mrs. Rowe’s little book of Southern Pies by Mollie Cox Bryan

 

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What goes better with Tea than Pie?  I have a confession to make. I love pie. Just saying the word brings a smile to my face.

I have had this book for a few years now and only recently noticed that it was done by Mollie Cox Bryan, author of some of my favorite cozy mysteries.

This book contains recipes from Virginia’s Queen of Pies, Mrs.Rowe. Reading her story and how she became known as The Pie Lady was very interesting, and her wonderful pie recipes are so simple and delicious your mouth will be watering

Uh-huh, looks yummy doesn’t it. Since peaches are abundant this time of year, we made the Peach PieThe Perfect Peach Pie... The flavor of the fresh peaches is up front and delicious, the pie isn’t overly sweet which allows the peach flavor and natural sweetness to come shining through. This is indeed The Perfect Peach Pie!:

But there are so many good recipes in here! One of my other favorites is Sour Cream Raisin  which I always got when we visited my Uncle Floyd and he would always take us to Charlie’s.  OU Boy’s favorite is the Classic Banana Cream Pie. 

Banana Meringue Pie - my husband's favorite dessert.  Just baked it for him, hoping we get some "honey-do" jobs done this weekend!  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Banana-Meringue-Pie:   Sour Cream Raisin Pie recipe from The Farmer's Kitchen in Atlantic, Iowa:

I add meringue to my sour cream raisin pie because that is how I first ate it. The meringue recipe in the book is fantastic, as is the vinegar crust.

I would definitely recommend this book to any and all  pie lovers! So today when you have some time, enjoy a slice of pie with your Tea! I am also reading her newest book, Death Among the Doilies. You can check it out on Amazon http://goo.gl/ObbZxe

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries. This year, she’s launching a new series: Cora Crafts Mysteries. The first book is DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES out in August 2016. She also penned MRS. ROWE’S LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHERN PIES and MRS. ROWE’S RESTAURANT COOKBOOK; A LIFETIME OF RECIPES FROM THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY . She also is the author of a Kindle book HONEY, I’M SORRY I KILLED YOUR AQUASAURS (AND OTHER SHORT ESSAYS ON THE PARENTING LIFE.)

 

 

Well Read, Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran

Well Read, Then Dead (A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery #1)

A Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery #1. The first in a new series from  writer Terrie Farley Moran.

Nestled in the barrier islands of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Fort Myers Beach is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore/ café, Read ’Em and Eat. But when they’re not dishing about books or serving up scones, Sassy and Bridgy are keeping tabs on hard-boiled murder.

The Read ‘Em and Eat is known for it’s colorful customers along with tasty treats made from scratch. Most of their customers are locals along with some snowbirds and treasure hunters, looking for gold along the Gulf Coast.

Two of her best customers and book club members are Miss Augusta Maddox and her cousin Delia Batson, a shy, quiet lady who ends up murdered. The island is shocked and Miss Augusta has demanded that Sassy find out who did this to Delia.

With their chef in the hospital with a broken leg, Bridgy calls in her Aunt Ophie to help out in the kitchen. Stretched thin in the cafe’, how is Sassy going to track down a killer without getting hurt or worse?

The characters are all quirky, just like you would expect in such a small island community, with everyone knowing everyone else’s business and not afraid to put there own two cents in.

This was a fun read and even has a recipe in the back! My favorite type of book!

Grab yourself a cup of Earl Grey and a scone and give this one a read!Tea Time ♥:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Terrie Farley Moran is the nationally bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat cozy mystery series including the Agatha Award winning Well Read, Then Dead, Caught Read-Handed and Read to Death. Her short mystery fiction has been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and numerous anthologies. “A Killing at the Beausoleil” the short story prequel to the Read ‘Em and Eat mysteries was published in EQMM in November 2015 and has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best Short Story. You can find Terrie on Facebook or on her website at http://www.terriefarleymoran.com

Terrie Farley Moran

Chocolate Angel Cafe’and Tearoom

Continuing our journey through Texas and some great Tearooms we found! Enjoy!

“The Chocolate Angel is named after our mother, Mary Ruth. She loved to entertain and was a wonderful cook and hostess. As little girls, we watched her make sinfully delicious batches of rich chocolate fudge from her own secret recipe. Try as we might to duplicate it later in life, we never got it right, so we developed our own secret recipe for microwave fudge, which is marketed as “Miracle Fudge -a gift of love from The Chocolate Angel.”

Like our mother, we collect and read recipe books for enjoyment (no time for romance novels.) It’s here that we find ideas and inspiration for “new” menu items. Our business has grown far beyond our wildest dreams and sometimes when we are most tired from a hectic day, it is comforting to know that our Chocolate Angel is watching over us and rejoicing in our success.” Sherrie McCall & Marcia Clingan, Owners

Chocolate Angel Café & Tearoom Locations:

Chocolate Angel Café & Tearoom

Campbell Road Village

635 West Campbell Road Suite 310

Richardson Texas 75080

Open for lunch Tuesday – Sunday

11 am – 3:30 pm

Reservations Recommended

for parties of 6 or more

Afternoon Tea

Thursdays, Fridays 3:30 pm, Saturdays 3:45 pm

Reservations Required

Sunday Brunch Buffet

Waffle Bar & Omelette Station

Service begins at 11am

Reservations  Recommended

972.904.9597

Plano location at Parker and Preston Roads 972.943.1099

High Street location at High Street Antiques Mall 972.904.9597

If you are in the Dallas area plan on having tea at one of the locations! I love the Richardson location, but the food is amazing at all of them.
Enjoy your Tuesday and don’t forget to stop for a cup of tea!  xxP

Serenitea Tea Room

Sit and Sip!

English-style tea service, lunch & all-day Saturday breakfast in a quaint, tranquil environment.
Named by Southern Living Magazine as one of the top 10 tearooms in Texas!
Serenitea invites you to enjoy lunch and Afternoon Tea in an elegant and
relaxed setting.  Its serene atmosphere entices enjoyable conversation or
pleasant solitude.  Have a tête-à-tête  with a friend or meet in groups – perfect for
meetings and special gatherings.  Serenitea is also an ideal place for baby
showers, bridal showers birthday parties and luncheons.
Sit and Sip!
Our lunch menu offers
hearty selections of soups,
salads and sandwiches.
The English-style tea
service is offered all day
long with finger sandwiches
and scones. Be sure to end
on a sweet note with our
delectable desserts.  Sit and                  
sip one of our many iced or
hot teas from around the
world
Our lunch menu offers hearty selections of soups, salads and sandwiches. The English-style tea service is offered all day long with finger sandwiches and scones. Be sure to end on a sweet note with our delectable desserts. Sit and sip one of our many iced or hot teas from around the world!Serenitea Tea Room & Gift Shop - Sugar Land, TX, United States. An English Afternoon Tea.Serenitea Tea Room & Gift Shop - Sugar Land, TX, United States
They also sell Tea in the gift shop as well as teapots and tea wares.
Address: 13889 Southwest Fwy, Sugar Land, TX 77478
If you are in the Texas area, stop by and show some love to the folks at Serenitea!

What’s New For Tea Readers?

I am always looking for new Tea books. Fiction or Non-Fiction. Here are the three I chose for this month! Enjoy!

A Tea Reader: Living One cup at a Time by [Munichiello, Katrina Avilla]  A Tea Reader contains a selection of stories that cover the spectrum of life.
This anthology shares the ways that tea has changed lives through personal, intimate stories. Read of deep family moments, conquered heartbreak, and peace found in the face of loss. A Tea Readerincludes stories from all types of tea people: people brought up it the tea tradition, those newly discovering it, classic writings from long-ago tea lovers and those making tea a career. Together these tales create a new image of a tea drinker. They show that tea is not simply something you drink, but it also provides quiet moments for making important decisions, a catalyst for conversation, and the energy we sometimes need to operate in our lives.

The stories found in A Tea Reader cover the spectrum of life, such as the development of new friendships, beginning new careers, taking dream journeys, and essentially sharing the deep moments of life with friends and families.

  For centuries, Buddhist monks used this green tea powder, rich in natural antioxidants, to focus during meditation. Now this phenomenal superfood, one of Japan’s best-kept secrets, is growing increasingly popular, appearing in everything from bread and brownies to candy and lattes. Matcha shots were everywhere during New York Fashion Week in 2015, and, because of its caffeine content, matcha might soon replace your morning espresso. The Book of Matcha features more than 40 inspiring dishes that show how you can use this incredibly versatile, antioxidant-rich ingredient at home. Kick-start your day with a Breakfast Booster Smoothie or Chia Seed and Matcha Power Pot. Add some Asian flair to lunch or dinner with Matcha and Butternut Squash Gnocchi or Matcha-Spiced Fried Chicken while sipping a delicious Matcha Mint Iced Tea or Chocolate Matcha Milkshake. Then kick back with a Matcharita or Matcha Martini. A wealth of information on the history, production, and health benefits of this nutrient-packed superfood make this your definitive matcha resource. Release Date January of 2017.

  It was a different time. Ladies wore gloves, hats and nice attire to luncheons at the Woman’s Exchange. Shillito’s provided a cosmopolitan environment for its patrons, while Mullane’s was the perfect place to sip and socialize. The popular Good Morning Show radio program hosted by charming Bob Braun, and later Nick Clooney, was broadcast from McAlpin’s Tea Room. Women gathered at Pogue’s and Mabley & Carew tea rooms to celebrate birthdays, as well as wedding and baby showers, over dainty tea sandwiches. Author Cynthia Kuhn Beischel brings the Queen City’s bygone downtown tea rooms back to life and shares more than one hundred beloved recipes.  Release Date November 2016

Tea Party Birthday Brunch   That is a small taste of what is coming up later this year and early next year.  Books on Tea are always welcome gifts for tea lovers! So enjoy a cup this beautiful morning !   xxP

 

Harney & Sons Organic Peppermint Tea Review

I have been looking for a new brand of organic peppermint tea for a bit. Most are either not minty enough or they aren’t organic. So when I saw Harney & Sons had an organic one I was very pleased. A big thank you to OU Boy for giving it to me!

The box is my favorite shade of blue! And the only ingredient is Organic Peppermint!

On opening the tea packet, the strong smell of peppermint flooded my nose! I followed the directions and steeped it for 5 minutes. By now the entire kitchen is  smelling like peppermint.

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Tasting it, the tea was strong and delicious! I think this would also make a great iced tea.

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I would definitely recommend this tea to anyone looking for a good organic peppermint tea!

Have a lovely day and don’t forget to sit and sip today!  xxP

 

The Wedding Shop by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding Shop

The Wedding Shop is a dual timeline story with one character, Cora Scott, who has inherited her Aunt Jane’s bridal shop in Hearts Bend, Tennessee in 1930. The shop is a magical place for brides and their families, with multiple generations returning over the years.

However Cora has never been married and is still waiting on her handsome riverboat captain to return and claim her as is wife. In the meantime, she waits and makes dreams come true for brides of all walks of life and from near and far.

It is the summer of 1996 and Haley and her best friend Tammy have always loved playing brides in the abandoned bridal shop and swear one day they will own it and make it great again. But as usual, life gets in the way. Haley goes off to college and then the Air Force and after a bad relationship decides to come home.
She has no idea why until she sees the wedding shop. And she knows what she is meant to do.

This is the first book of Rachel Hauck’s that I have read. And I was very impressed. I am going back to read the ones before The Wedding Shop.

This is a story of God’s love and of our faith. Believing in yourself and your path. A beautiful story of women and what we all hold dear. About forgiving ourselves for the mistakes of the past and really letting it go.
About seeing what is right in front of our eyes and trusting that God knows what he is doing even when we don’t.

I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher.

About the Author:

New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Rachel Hauck writes from sunny central Florida.

A RITA finalist and winner of Romantic Times Inspirational Novel of the Year, she writes vivid characters dealing with real life issues.

She loves to hear from readers. She also loves to encourage new writers and sits on the Executive Board of American Christian Fiction Writers..

A graduate of Ohio State University with a BA in Journalism, Rachel is an avid OSU football fan. She hopes to one day stand on the sidelines in the Shoe with Urban Meyer.

An avid Diet Coke fan, she is caffeine free. Sometimes you just have to compromise.

She’s never skied or jumped out of an airplane. She leaves such hijinks to Jason Bourne.

Visit her web site to find out more and click on the icons to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

www.rachelhauck.com    257934