Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY*

For a gang of old college buddies, the quaint resort town of South Cove, California, is the perfect spot for a no-holds-barred bachelor party. But for Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books and More—this stag party is going to be murder . . . After a few months of living with her boyfriend Greg, Jill is […]

via Killer Party ( A Tourist Trap Mystery #9) By Lynn Cahoon *RELEASE DAY* — Books, Books and More Books!

Release Day for Lynn Cahoon, cosy mystery writer and New York Times Bestselling Author!

Definitely a cuppa tea book!

TO KILL A HUMMINGBIRD BY J.R.RIPLEY (A Bird Lover’s Mystery)

Released on July 11th.

Continuing on with the Bird Lover’s Mystery Series, we find our Amy all a twitter over her old professor coming to town. He has a new book about hummingbirds out and is coming to Ruby Lake for a book signing.

From the moment he pulls up in his tiny bird house home on wheels, something is off. And when Amy finds him after the book signing dead and the bookshop owner calmly admitting she did it, something isn’t sitting right with Amy.

Of course our girl can’t sit back and wait to find out what is going on and soon she’s flitting all over town, looking for answers. And there is no lack of shady characters for her to focus on.

I’ve never been a bird person, until this series!  I love a story that entertains and teaches me something new. I never knew there where so many types of hummingbirds! And they are adorable. The characters in this series are quickly becoming like family and I think that’s a pretty good sign of a well written series!

Well done, once again Mr. Ripley!

This deserves some lovely tea and a sweet!
xx Patricia    That is Paris Tea from Harney&Sons with a chocolate cupcake with peanut butter buttercream frosting…..drool worthy!

Checking Out The Cosy Mysteries! With a snack…

Grab a cuppa and get ready to meet some talented cosy mystery authors and their books!

Today  we are looking at the different types of cosy mysteries and what draws a reader to a certain author, their characters or the subject matter. Most cosy mystery writers have more than one series going at once. How they do that I don’t know, but they do.

Today’s spotlight author is Jenn McKinlay. She has three different series going! And all of them I love. The books above are from her Library Lover’s Mysteries.

The ones above are from her Cupcake Bakery Mysteries. Including recipes! I’m reading the latest one Carmel Crush now. So if you are into cupcakes, this may be for you!

And here we have the Hat Shop Mysteries. How one author can come up with three of my favorite things is a mystery to me, but I’m so happy to have found her!

Here’s some stuff about Jenn:

 Jenn is the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of several mystery series and will be debuting her women’s fiction series on May 30, 2017, starting with the title About a Dog. She lives in sunny Arizona in a house that is overrun with kids, pets and her husband’s guitars.

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Grab a book and some tea and enjoy the sunshine!

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Vanilla Beaned (A Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn Mckinlay

Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #8)

In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas…
 
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who’s looking to bring Mel and Angie’s sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn’t so sure she’s ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger—especially one as brash as Holly.

But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly—one that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief-maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends…

I’ve been looking for more cosy mystery authors and series lately. Mainly because I normally read horrendous serial killer type things and I wanted some lighter reading to balance that out and I do no like romance stories.

Imagine the shock and awe in the shock and awe that happened when I stumbled across this series. A Cupcake Bakery Mystery?? With Recipes?? Different people click with different cosy mysteries. I really dislike the ones where the girl is always schlumping around looking disheveled and not being able to decide between men, or the ones that have the main character doing everything but making coffee/tea/pastry.

This group of colorful characters, Mel, Angie and Tate are great characters. I read all the way up to this one, because I have the one that comes next, and reading it was a joy. The characters are all believable, well-developed and smart. And boy can they bake a cupcake! I spent every chapter whining about wanting a cupcake! So imagine my joy when the recipes were in the back of the book!!!

Jenn McKinlay has found herself a home on my shelf and in my blog!

 

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Give them a read and let me know what you think!

Meet the newest love of my life…

cute menu idea. keep choices to a minimum so customers are not overwhelmed with flavors::

Only one of the reasons the UK is looking better every day. We all know the other “orange” reason. When it comes to sweets and goodies, our friends across the pond have us beat to hell and back! I mean Mary Berry....do I need to say more? And don’t worry Paris, we see you and your Macarons and Tartes. My mouth is in love with European cooking.

If we had a drive-in cupcake place here, I would be in some type of 12 step program by now. But it is a really good idea. Something to think about….hmmm  Cowgirl Cupcakes? What do you think? There is a perfect building just down the road that used to be a Starbucks….just thinking out loud ( thanks Ed Sheerhan).

Tea News!  As much as I love my green Matcha, I have found the blue Matcha. And being the fickle tea lover I am, it is now my obsession!

Blue Matcha Shop -Worldwide Shipping, All Organic Tea:   Is this not gorgeous? And oh my the things you can bake with it!  Like these coconut balls. Drool worthy!

Coconut balls with blue matcha - Blue Matcha:

I still love you green Matcha, but let’s be honest with each other, you look like mold. I said it. Sorry/Not Sorry.  Today I am trying a recipe from my Sea Island Cookbook. It’s a favorite, Lemon Basil Tea Cookies.  And trying out a Black Eyed Pea Crostini recipe for a tea party.

Happy Monday to y’all!

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Tea Lovers

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and of course I thought of Tea Gifts and started hunting. Harney & Sons is offering up to 30% off plus free shipping. There is something for everyone’s budget so I chose these two. At each end of the cost spectrum.

 

Tea with Mom Gift $ 74.95 

Wishing you a lovely tea time with your Mom this year! Sip a cup or two of tea from our elegant logo teacups. Mother’s Bouquet is an herbal blend of flowers & citrus. Cherry Blossom is a blend of green teas with a flavor of plump, fragrant cherries. Sweeten your tea with Demerara sugar cubes and enjoy some delicious Lemon Sugar and Almond Toffee cookies from Grey Ghost Bakery.

Includes:

  • Mother’s Bouquet Tea Tin (20 sachets)
  • Cherry Blossom Tea Tin (20 sachets)
  • Harney & Sons Log Cups (2)
  • Gilway Demerara Sugar Cubes (1 lb)
  • Lemon Sugar Cookies (4 oz)
  • Almond Toffee Cookies (4 oz)

 

 Mother's Tray Gift

$ 19.95 

A perfect little gift for Mom or any special lady! Our slide draw gift box holds some treasures!

Includes:

  • Mother’s Bouquet Tagalong tin (3 sachets)
  • Louis Sherry Chocolates (1.3 oz)
  • Bare English Cherry Berry Lip Balm (1)
  • Raw Sugar packets (6)
One of my favorite places to pick up inexpensive tea gifts is beau-coupe. I discovered them when I was planning a wedding tea and they have some really cute stuff for tea lovers. Check them out! beau-coupe
Mini Teapot Tea Infusers This cute little Tea for Two set is less than $4!
Personalized Tea Time Heart Shaped Tea Infuser  This little cutie can be personalized and is under $5!

Color Cupcake Stands  And these little cuties here are under $1 each!

They have so much more on their site. I use them for showers, weddings, tea parties and more.

Tea people are really easy to shop for. WE get excited over a new bag of tea, a cute strainer or teapot. So whether you are introducing someone to tea or shopping for a tea veteran, you can’t lose here!

And Harney & Sons because they are my favorite brand of tea and I’m addicted to the tins, which incidentally beau-coupe sells empty ones for decorations!

Tomorrow we’ll have some more ideas and a tale of a dessert that I have no idea what it was. Seriously no idea.

xx Sit and Sip!  Patricia

Fairy House Cooking by Liza Gardner Walsh

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The fairies (and kids) are invading the kitchen. Following up on the popular Fairy House and Fairy Garden handbooks, Liza Gardner Walsh presents a new dimension in fairy-themed activities—Cooking! 

In this delightful book, there are lots of delicious recipes, such as pretty fairy muffins, tiny confetti cookies, candied violets, and many more. There are also recipes for tiny snacks meant for fairies, and fun recipes for treats to leave out for the animal friends of fairies.
Complementing the recipes will be fun sidebars of fairy lore and guides for hosting fairy-themed teas and birthday parties.
Simple steps and easy-to-follow recipes help kids and parents make yummy food for parties, friends, or just for fun!

Fairy House and Fairy Garden are two of my favorite books. In a house full of fairy lovers, we never miss an opportunity to use our imagination and play like the fairies!

In the newest book, with help, the kids can try their hands at Toadstool Cupcakes, Toadstool Meringues and Marzipan Mushrooms,Pixie Dust Popcorn or Pretzel Fairy Wands and much more.

The photos in the book are a hit. Not staged, just kids having fun and making a mess while pretending they are fairies and having a bit of a party.

The books are aimed at stretching the imagination in the out-of-doors and now we have some tasty and quite easy treats to take with us on our adventures!

I am in favor of all things imaginary and I thought this was one of the most charming books I’ve seen on the topic.

Expected Release Date is May of 2017.

xx Patricia

Buttercream Dreams by Jeff Martin

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This little gem of a book from Jeff Martin who is the  creator of the hugely successful Smallcakes. Jeff has appeared on Cupcake Wars and if you remember the one where the baker forgot to put in the pumpkin in his pumpkin cupcakes, yes, that would be him!

Jeff tells us his story of stating his business and how his business came about and gives us some delicious recipes!

That Pumpkin Cupcake with Cardamom Buttercream is included in the book and it is a party in your mouth!  The French Toast and Bacon Cupcake is another of my favorites.

You will find recipes for cupcakes, small cakes, big scoops and lots of other sweet treats.  The recipes are very easy to understand and make.

 

These are my 3 favorites. And this is one of my  favorite books for delicious and home made cakes!  With a cup of tea in the afternoon, any of these is a treat!

Give it a look and see what you think! Since wedding season is almost upon us, this would be a great shower gift!

xx Patricia  fridaytea2

 

The Sprinkles Baking Book By Candace Nelson ( Yes,There will be Cupcakes!)

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The instant New York Times bestseller!
 
Cupcake favorites and dessert classics from the pastry chef and creator of Sprinkles Cupcakes and judge on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
 
When Candace Nelson started Sprinkles, America’s first cupcakes-only bakery, in 2005, people thought she was crazy. “What else do you sell?” they’d ask. But Sprinkles sold out on opening day . . . and hasn’t slowed down since!
Now, in her first cookbook, Candace opens up her recipe vault to bring you 100 irresistible desserts she can’t live without. You’ll learn all the secrets for making 50 beloved Sprinkles Cupcakes, from iconic red velvet to new flavors created exclusively for the book, like crème brûlée.
But Candace doesn’t stop there. She shares the recipes for her all-time favorite cakes, pies, quick breads, cookies, bars, and other treats, plus delicious guest recipes from Sprinkles friends like Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, and Michael Strahan. THE SPRINKLES BAKING BOOK is filled with all-American classics that will appeal to everyone in your family and on your dinner party guest list. So, don’t hold back. Treat yourself to this sweet cookbook and share in the fun!
Sprinkles is one of my all time favorite cupcake bakeries! And Candace Nelson is perfect. Really she is a cupcake genius!  If the only thing in this entire book, which has like 100 of her secret recipes, was the Red Velvet Cupcakes, I would still want this book. So grab your Earl Grey and have some virtual yumminess! 

I love Sprinkles cupcakes more than any other. And the fact that Candace brought us the ATM version of cupcakes is nothing short of brilliant! I know at least one of our fellow bloggers caught the Sprinkles fever when visiting from across the pond!

Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!  Red Velvet is my favorite, but don’t tell the others….you know how they can be…

xx Patriciafridaytea2

Petite Sweets by Beatrice Ojakangas

Bite Size Desserts to Satisfy Every Sweet Tooth  Photographs by Roger LePage

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I am a big fan of Beatrice Ojakangas and her delightfully lush desserts! These sweet mini versions are just right. A nice sweet little end to a meal, or a lovely part of afternoon tea.

If I’m going to eat sweets, I’m only going to have the best. And these small bites are the perfect size portions. Sweets aren’t a meal, they are a treat. So when you have them with your tea, savor every tiny bite!

xxPatricia    26779ed2ee79450750471ade26cc0e4d

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