Meet Laura Childs Cosy Mysteries! Bring Tea and some Scissors!

It’s been so long since I read the very first Tea Shop Mystery by Laura. And I was instantly in love. This series has a lot of things I love. Tea, Charleston,Recipes and smart and funny characters. Here are a few of the titles!

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The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

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The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality

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The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

Laura Childs

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund-raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!)  I can say I have read every one of her books. She has truly mastered the cosy mystery genre and has now branched out to writing Thrillers! Her first was Little Girl Gone and next to come out will be Shadow Girl. Both Afton Tangler Thrillers. And she has nailed it! I have read them both and she has successfully crossed over to the hard side! OH, and she is writing these under her actual name Gerry Schmitt.

Laura’s latest Tea Shop Mystery is Pekoe Most Poison. So today I’m having some Pekoe and I’m pretty sure it’s not poison!

Give her a try. I’ve never been to a library that didn’t have them all, so you can try before you buy!

xx Happy Weekend

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.

Jenn McKinlay

Grab a book and some tea and enjoy the sunshine!

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Checking Out Twinings Pure Rooibos Red Tea…and some instructions!

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I saw this one the other week and absolutely had to have it. You can always use more Herbals!  And Rooibos is a favorite of mine in the summer. The only ingredient is the Rooibos Tea. It has a really nice aroma and a lovely taste. It’s naturally a bit sweet. Not too much, just right. It is a Keeper!

On the instructions, I realized that after I posted the wreath picture, I should have at least told you how I did it. Of course there are all kinds of ways, but this is how I did it and continue to do my wreaths.

Find a good sturdy grapevine wreath. Any craft store, or you can make them yourself, it isn’t hard if you have or know someone who has grapes.

Figure out what type of look you want and then gather your crockery. The ones I use on my wreath are ones I’ve found or bought at a thrift or yard sale. I used Gorilla Glue to fix the cup to the saucer and then hot glue gun to fix it to the wreath. If it’s just a cup or a creamer with a handle I tie those on with clear fishing line or very thin ribbon.

When you have it the way you want it, just fill in with greenery, flowers, pearls, whatever you like really….let your imagination run!  I always have yards of different pearls hanging around so I use those a lot. And I’ll have a color scheme in mind and may add a few tiny tea spoons, or birds, even birds nests. Really the possibilities are endless!

They make great gifts for wedding showers, birthdays, any occasion or no occasion at all if you are a tea lover!

If you make one, let us see! I’m always looking for more ways to use them. Now I am off to check the fairy house. I’ve heard a toad moved in….

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Review of Harney&Sons Red Raspberry Herbal Caffeine Free Tea..

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I was happy to receive a sample of Harney&Sons Raspberry Herbal in my last order and yesterday afternoon gave it a try.

Ingredients listed: Hibiscus Flowers, Rosehip Berries,Apple Granules, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Raspberry Leaves, Orange and Lemon Peels, Red Poppy Flowers, Spearmint and Peppermint Leaves.   Zero Caffeine. Steep between 3 and 5 minutes.

On opening the packet, the smell of fruit was nice. Once steeped it was a nice purplish/red color and the aroma really blossomed. The smell was lovely and the tea after 3 minutes was delicate but full of flavor. This would be a really good tea for a shower.

I could taste all of the components and I will definitely put this on my list for Summer!

Enjoy!   Patricia  bonjourteatime

The Tea Fairy Makes An Apperance

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Thanks to Harney & Sons and the Tea Fairy, yesterday was a fine day. My postman knows to bring Tea mail first thing. Probably just to watch me do the tea dance, but we’re at a good place now.

Yesterday’s mail brought a lovely tin of Lapsang Souchong. Let’s take a look at what Mike rated this one. Briskness 1, Body 2, Aroma 5.  Okay, so I’m going to agree with all of these.

For this tea, the leaves are plucked and carefully dried over special wood fires. It is light in body with a pronounced smoky flavor. Brewing Time about 5 minutes.

As soon as you open the tin ( I got loose leaf), the aroma is very pronounced. Smoky, not bitter at all. This is one of my all time favorite teas. There really is nothing like it. And I admit I use it to cook with also. Today we’ll be making Lapsang Souchong Chicken Salad.  I’ve done this two ways. Poaching the chicken in the tea as well as baking chicken breasts with a rub of tea and spices. Either way is good. Today I’m going to poach the chicken, dice it, mix in some apple, grapes, celery, sweet onion and mix it up with a Dijon flavored home-made mayonnaise. 

Y’all are welcome to stop by later and check it out. Bring a cup and share some tea with us!

xx Patricia

Tea of Life Blueberry Tea…and a Secret!

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Good Wednesday to all of you! Come in and sip awhile!

Today I tried out the Tea of Life Blueberry White Tea

From the minute the water hit the tea sachet, the aroma of blueberries filled the air! It was so nice that I hoped the tea would retain a blueberry flavor, which it did. It was so delicate and the color was very nice. I even had OU Boy try it out and he agreed that the blueberry taste came through like a champ. No bitterness, not overpowering, just right!

I also wanted to tell you all that over at Harney & Sons they are doing a great giveaway and all you need to do is follow them on Pinterest to see the details, but it’s a good one in honor of Mother’s Day. I didn’t really want to tell anyone else, but I like y’all so go Pin some tea pins and maybe win some really good gift cards! Of course we can keep it a secret!

xx Patricia   bluebird    Take some time for Tea and Be Kind!

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

Pekoe Most Poison: A Tea Shop Mystery by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison (A Tea Shop Mystery) by [Childs, Laura]

In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play…at murder.
 
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.

But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.

The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse…

There was definitely a different tone to this latest Tea Shop Mystery.

While I have always loved the trio that are the Indigo Tea Shop, Haley the baker extrodinaire, Drayton, the perfect gentleman and tea sommeliar and Theo, running the show and loving what she does.

We meet some new characters in this book and of course all of our favorites are here. Although one is definitely missing and missed!

After being practically blackmailed to investigate, Theo and Drayton put their heads together to find out who killed Beau and why. There are no shortage of possible suspects, really unsavory characters, but are the killers too?

Theo has developed quite a backbone. I enjoyed her new bolder personality and I think it is a very natural growth process for her as a character. Everyone felt very sure of their place in this one. A maturing of all the characters.

The recipes are included in the book and as usual, they are divine! Laura always gives us such good tips for teas and tea sources and we get to read a great cozy mystery!

Enjoy with a cup of Assam and a slice of lemon bread!

Moonlight and Magnolia Oolong…So Good!

Yesterday afternoon Tea was this lovely loose leaf Magnolia Oolong from Harney & Sons, blended by Master Tea Blender, John Harney. I made enough tea cakes to last a year yesterday so we had something sweet to go with the tea.magnoliaoolongtea

The Feng Huang Mountains are located outside of the beautiful old monastery city of Chao Zhou. This area is located in the north of the Guangdong Province. They have made great teas there for centuries. This is a light oolong, and different from our regular Fenghuang Shuixian. The light floral flavors are a joy.Magnolia Oolong

The leaves are just lovely.light brown and the aroma was fruity and floral. It is a lovely tea. The aroma is delicate and like all of Harney Teas, this one is smooth and was so good, I forgot the tea cake!

AS you can see it is light in color and has a delicateness about it that I found very nice. A very calming tea. I will definitely be getting more of this one! Perfect for all those Spring events!

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xx Patricia

 

 

Who Are The Easiest People To Shop For?

teawitch Why Tea People are! Seriously it does not take a lot to make a tea lover happy. A new cup, a different tea, a special strainer or cozy. We are very simple people….

So I’ve scoured magazines and on line for what tea centered gifts I’ll be doing this year. And here they are!

This year I am doing the Mason Jar Tea Kit. I’ve been collecting and even Grandpa went to an auction and bought me about 50 Mason jars! Just think to yourself…what would I like to have as I sit down on a cold winter’s afternoon? Tea, a nice cup, a sweet and you have an experience! If you have some homemade jam, or cookies or bread, just pop that in the basket too. It’s very easy, inexpensive and from the heart.

You can also make your own holiday blends and pop them into a small container, as you can see, you can make a tree, and those lovely Harney and Sons tins are perfect for growing herbs or making into candles! I love this little tea cozy and the little travel pouch for teas. Our friend over at pinkiebag.com could have really used that little packet when travelling around the U.S. this year!

We all know that old adage, It’s the thought that counts, right? Well all of these are very thoughtful and I would be thrilled to receive any one of them.

I hope you got some ideas for the tea lover in your life, or maybe to introduce someone to tea time!

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