If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes

This isn’t a new tea book. It’s been out since 1994. But it is a great little book full of tea lore, knowledge and friendship. All of Ms. Barnes books are wonderful treats full of lovely things to sip and nibble on.

If you find a copy, snap it up! In the meantime have a wonderful Monday, I will be in surgery and will have to do without my morning cuppa, so have one for me and keep your fingers crossed!

xx Patricia








Christmas Cozies and Southern Living

Merry Masquerade in Savannah: A Made in Savannah Cozy Mystery (Made in Savannah Cozy Mysteries Series Book 8) by [Callaghan, Hope]  Product Details Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen series) by [Fluke, Joanne, Meier, Leslie, Levine, Laura]              Not a Creature Was Purring (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by [Davis, Krista]                     Product Details           How the Finch Stole Christmas (A Bird Lover's Mystery) by [Ripley, J.R.]   Christmas with Southern Living 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating by [The Editors of Southern Living]

Looking for some Christmas Cozies? Here are some I enjoyed and it wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t have my Christmas With Southern Living. I have way more of these than a person probably should but they are part of my childhood and things passed down from my own mother.

Take a break from the shopping craziness and grab a nice cuppa and a cozy book!

Enjoy your Saturday!


A List of Cozy Authors Being Canceled

For the past couple of years Penguin Random House/Berkley Prime Crime along with a few others have been culling the Cozy Mysteries from their offerings. Below is a partial list of authors/series effected. If you see one of your favorites there go Here to their website and leave a polite message for them. Also I’m in a group called Save Our Cozies on FB trying to keep up with the latest information and what our Cozy authors are planning.
Penguin Random House (Berkley/NAL/Intermix):
Avery Aames – Cheese Shop
Beverly Allen – Bridal Bouquet Shop
Karoline Barrett – Bread & Batter
Janet Bolin – Threadville
Melissa Bourbon – Magical Dressmaking
Jacklyn Brady – Piece of Cake
Lucy Burdette – Key West Food Critic
Amanda Carmack – Kate Haywood Elizabethan
Maia Chance – Fairy Tale Fatal
Erika Chase – Ashton Corners
Peg Cochran – Gourmet DeLite
Laura DiSilverio – Mall Cop
Monica Ferris – Betty Devonshire Needlework
Christy Fifield – Haunted Souvenir
Eva Gates – Lighthouse Library
Rosie Genova – Italian Kitchen mysteries
Victoria Hamilton– Vintage Kitchen mysteries (continuing the series with another publisher, ebook only.)
Mary Ellen Hughes, Pickled & Preserved
Annie Knox – Pet Boutique
Elizabeth Lee – Nut Shop Series
Meg London – Sweet Nothings Lingerie
Molly MacRae– Haunted Yarn Shop (plans to continue the series)
Leigh Perry – Family Skeleton
Cate Price – Deadly Notions
Paige Shelton – Farmer’s Market and Country Cooking School
Christine Wenger – Comfort Food

Five Star – has dropped their entire mystery lineup.
Nancy J. Cohen – Bad Hair Day
Maggie Toussaint – Dreamwalker Mysteries
Susan VanKirk– Endurance Mysteries

Limitless Publishing
A.E.H. Veenman – Marjorie Gardens Mysteries

Anna Loan-Wilsey – Hattie Davish
Edith Maxwell – Local Foods mystery

Macmillan / St. Martin’s Press 
D.E. Ireland – Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins (switching publishers)

Not canceled but “at risk”
Kathleen Bridge, Hampton Home and Garden
Nancy Herriman, Old San Francisco
Terrie Farley Moran – Read ‘Em and Eat
Denise Swanson, Scrumble River
T.C. LoTempio, Nick and Nora

Show your favorite Cozy Authors some love and encouragement. And let me know which authors or series you did NOT care for.
xx Patricia

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura

Teaism has shaped all aspects of Japanese life. The simplicity of tea infuses Japanese architecture and art, as well as its spiritual institutions. Okakura Kakuzo’s book-length essay about tea and its role in Japanese culture was written in English and intended for the Western reader.

This book isn’t just a tea history lesson, but a human history lesson as well as the divide between East vs West in the tea battles.

Beautifully written taking us from the beginning of Teasim, the Asian philosophy and lessons on being in the moment. How tea shaped art, architecture, and philosophy.

The writing is turn of the century British, by a Japanese writer.

A beautiful book that shows us what role tea played and is still playing in our lives. If you have a tea obsessed person in your tribe, this would be a lovely gift.

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xx Patricia  Happy Saturday Boys and girls!

BOO-Teaful Tea Pots for Halloween~

This mornings tea is brought to us by Taylor’s of Harrogate Chamomile. We seem to be having tummy upsets today so I thought it prudent to stick with a mild yet flavorful tea!

Don’t you just love these Halloween inspired tea pots? I love people with imagination and a sense of whimsy.

Well folks, it got cold. Not anywhere near the freeze that was predicted and it really is only cold at night. I had an absolutely horrible wake up call this morning. Someone was dying in my bathroom. Not the best way to wake up! Poor OU Boy was throwing up for what seemed like hours. Probably due to those Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups he downed last night along with two Nathan’s chili dogs. And when he throws up even neighbors know about it. This man makes more noise tossing his cookies than I did in labor. And that was bad. At one point my husband even asked me if I could keep it down. Yeah….he didn’t last long.

Everyone is getting ready for trick or treating. Signs are up in neighborhoods letting the little mongsters know that at 8 p.m. you better have your fill and be moving on.

I see there are quite a few churches doing the trunk or treat which I suppose is better than having little Susi knocking on doors asking for candy. As you have probably figured out by the above puking BF, we have no more candy. I do have a lovely bottle of Merlot in the cooler though, but bring your own glass.

This is my Friday so I’m going to be lazy all day. Not really…you know I’ll be reading.

xx Patricia  Here’s a little something the five-year old will love.

Loving this Athletic Heather 'Sister For Candy' Raglan Tee - Toddler & Kids on #zulily! #zulilyfinds

Big Mug of Tea, Blankets,and a Book.


Good Sunday Morning to Y’all! It was 37 degrees this morning! I did not want to get out of my warm bed. I compromised and popped into the kitchen and quickly made a Chai Tea Latte with Almond Milk. All of those warming spices hit the spot and I could go back to my warm blankie and my Carolyn Hart book Ghost on The Case.

You know you can make a tea latte yourself. Make some tea, warm the milk and use a frother to whip that stuff. I use about half milk, half tea. A lot of people add a sweetener, but I find the spices and the almond milk make it sweet enough for me. And there isn’t much better than a Chai Latte’ on a cold morning. Or evening.

This has been a packed week-end! OU Boy is putting the final touches on the great room from Harry Potter. With 30 foot ceilings, it was a challenge hanging 250 candles on almost invisible fishing line. But it looks amazing, as does the fireplace with cards shooting out of it. Talented guy. And only one boo boo when he slit open his thumb.

No complaints though. I was moving some things around in my office and dropped one of these 2 feet by 2 feet old as crap and rusty barrel holders that I had hoped to one day use as they look cool but instead one fell on my right ankle area and now I have what looks like a brand of a V. It bled a little and I cleaned it and put Neosporin on it. But yeah, it’s still there. Perfect V scab. Now I don’t need a tattoo.

Stay Warm! Stay Safe! Enjoy some tea and a nice book today. Be kind to yourself.

Happy Halloween!


Meet Cozy Mystery Author Paige Shelton

 If Mashed Potatoes Could Dance (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 2) by [Shelton, Paige] If Onions Could Spring Leeks (Country Cooking School Mystery Book 5) by [Shelton, Paige]

Paige writes the A Country Cooking School Mystery Series. Includes Recipes!


Lost Books and Old Bones (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Of Books and Bagpipes: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige] The Cracked Spine: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by [Shelton, Paige]

The newest series A Scottish Bookshop Mystery

Bookman Dead Style (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] Comic Sans Murder (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige] To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery) by [Shelton, Paige]

And A Dangerous Type Mystery 

Paige Shelton

Paige Shelton is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market, Country Cooking School, Dangerous Type, and Scottish Bookshop mysteries. She’s lived lots of places but currently resides in Arizona. Find out more at http://www.paigeshelton.com

Paige is a new to me Cozy author. I picked one in each of the series so I’ll get back to you on how it’s going. Reviews look really good though.

If you have read some of her work, let me know how you like it!

xx Patricia   Funny witches brew local children cartoon joke image For all of the Farm to Table Lovers!


Town in a Wild Moose Chase: A Candy Holliday Murder Mystery by [Haywood, B. B.] Town in a Maple Madness (Candy Holliday Murder Mystery) by [Haywood, B. B.] Town in a Strawberry Swirl (A Candy Holliday Mystery, #5)

About The Author:

B. B. Haywood is a pseudonym of writing team Beth Feeman and Robert Feeman. They conceived the idea for the Candy Holliday mysteries while driving around the Maine countryside, stopping at different small towns throughout the state.

About The Books:

In the quaint seaside village of Cape Willington, Maine, Candy Holliday has a mostly idyllic life, tending to the Blueberry Acres farm she runs with her father and occasionally stepping in to solve a murder or two… 

This is another new to me author. I chose to start with Town in a Maple Madness. The latest in the series. I’ll let you know how it goes. If you have read this author, please let us know your thoughts on this one!

This morning it was 44 degrees when I got up. It’s barely made it into the 60’s so far. I was not really feeling that industrious. But a few cups of tea solved that. So far today I have Cajun Bean Soup in the freezer. Chicken Pot Pie Soup simmering on the stove and an apple pie in the oven.

It’s that time of year when we fill the freezer with warming and healthy soups and stews, hearty breads and pies. I would rather take a couple of days and do big batch cooking than have to do the “What do you want for dinner” dance until we all eat cereal. This way I can just pop it in the slow cooker and its nice and warm for dinner.

I do this with oatmeal too. Make big batches and then pour them into a 13×9 pan and then cut them up to snack on.

What is your favorite go to meal for a quick dinner?

Enjoy a cup today and remember to stay safe and informed. Ireland? We’re with you in spirit. To the 4 soldiers that were killed, thank you for what you did and rest in peace. To the folks impacted by the wildfires, and to all of the people still trying to recover from hurricanes, we haven’t forgotten you. I wish we could do more for you.

xx Patricia

Meet Cozy Mystery Author Victoria Hamilton!


Muffin to Fear (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Much Ado About Muffin (A Merry Muffin Mystery Book 4) by [Hamilton, Victoria]Death of an English Muffin (Merry Muffin Mystery Book 3) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

White Colander Crime (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 5) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Leave It to Cleaver (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 6) by [Hamilton, Victoria] Bowled Over (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery Book 2) by [Hamilton, Victoria]

Victoria is a new to me author. Someone gave me the White Colander Crime book and it’s next on my pile to read. Muffins and Vintage Kitchen themed mysteries do sound like things I would read about. Muffins being closely related to my friend, the cupcake.

I’ll be sure and let you know how it goes. If you have read any of her books, please let us know what you thought! All this month I’ve been doing a series of Meet the Cozy Authors on Books,BooksandMoreBooks  so if you are looking for a good cozy mystery that you can identify with hop on over and check some out. Since this one has muffins I felt it appropriate to post it here. Now for a good cuppa and a muffin!

Victoria Hamilton

Victoria Hamilton is the pseudonym of nationally bestselling romance author Donna Lea Simpson. Victoria is the national bestselling author of two mystery series, the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries and Merry Muffin Mysteries, as well as the Teapot Collector Mysteries as Amanda Cooper. She is also the bestselling author of Regency and historical romance as Donna Lea Simpson.

Victoria loves to cook and collects vintage kitchen paraphernalia, teacups and teapots, and almost anything that catches her fancy! She loves to read, especially mystery novels, and enjoys good tea and cheap wine, the company of friends, and has a newfound appreciation for opera. She enjoys crocheting and beading, but a good book can tempt her away from almost anything… except writing!

She now happily writes about vintage kitchen collecting, muffin baking and dead bodies for publisher Beyond the Page for the Vintage Kitchen Mysteries (the first five books of the series were published by Berkley Prime Crime) and Merry Muffin Mystery series, published by Berkley. Besides writing about murder and mayhem, and blogging at Killer Characters, Victoria collects vintage kitchen wares and old cookbooks, as well as teapots and teacups.

Visit Victoria at: http://www.victoriahamiltonmysteries.com for availability of her books, some of which have also been published in Large Print and Audio formats!

You can find out more about her and all of her series at her website, as well as on Facebook and Pinterest.

How Can You Get Cozy Without Tea?

Tea Time is brought to you today by Harney & Sons Green Hot Cinnamon Tea. It’s a lighter tea than the one made with black tea. With three types of cinnamon it’s quite nice!

Supposedly there is a “cold” front coming through later. With the upper corner of the state seeing flurries and the south-east is hitting the 90’s! Lucky Cynthia~ I’ve already been out this morning so it’s not anywhere close to cool out. But my mums are starting to bloom! They are so pretty.

I’ve been trying to decide what I want to do for gifts this year. The rules are it must be homemade. I have bought a ton of plain white mugs from the Dollar Tree and will be drawing and writing on those so that’s one thing. Then last night when I was looking for a place to put the stash of glass containers that my flower arrangements come in and a light bulb went off! How about using them to fill with some tea samples, a cute tea strainer and maybe some honey and shortbread. Done!

Now I am off to finish a cozy mystery I’m reading Pecan Pies and Homicide by Ellery Adams. Totally for my own pleasure since I’m caught up through November on serious reviews.

I’m off the next two days. Remember to be kind. Sometimes that can mean not saying something too! Run it through your head. Is it kind? Is  it helpful? If so, go for it. If not well, a smile costs you nothing.

xx Patricia