The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree, Arizona

The English Rose Tea Room is a welcome sight in the desert setting of Carefree, Arizona. Opening in 2002, guests have ventured to this venue to enjoy scones, savory goodies, and other delicious sweeties.

Owner, Jo Gemmill’s passion for tea stems from her childhood. Originally from England, she moved to Arizona seeking a decent cup of tea, which inspired her to open her own tea room in her new hometown. Customers can choose from a variety of different tea services, ranging in price from $10 to $28 per person.

In addition to  afternoon tea, Jo hosts etiquette classes and different events throughout the year. The English Rose Tea Room is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Contact information:

201 Easy Street, Suite 103   Carefree, Arizona 85377  480-488-4812




We all made it to Friday! And it’s a beautiful and sunny day here this morning. Sticking with the Taylor’s English Breakfast Tea this morning. It gives you just the right amount of caffeine to jolt you out of sleepy town.

I have this tiny little obsession with mugs that say things on them. These are just a few I’ve found around and about. They are ridiculously easy to make your own. Hit up the Dollar Tree and grab some Sharpies and there you go! I like to stick them in a low oven for a few hours, but before you do that, alcohol takes the mistakes right off.  They are quite fun to give as gifts, filled with a few teas and maybe some honey spoons. Most of mine have been gifts from people who encourage my hoarding of crockery. I own one pot and one pan but I can host any size tea event! Just bring your own food.

I’m feeling the itch to be creative and make something. I’m starting with a beach bag. I made a lot of these in Mississippi but haven’t since coming to Oklahoma, so I thought I’d start there and see how it goes. I mean who doesn’t need beach/pool bags or library bags or shopping bags. I have a lot of plain canvas bags so we shall see what happens.

I’m not doing anything until after lunch however, because I received an email today saying the Publisher’s Clearinghouse could be stopping by before noon. So if you don’t hear from me for a bit, check Jamaica.

xx Patricia   Enjoy your Friday!

Lavender Blue, Dilly, Dilly….

It’s Monday! And the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and this song is stuck in my head! So I went with it. Since our tea today is Lavender Lemon by Bigelow Teas.

Actually, I went to sleep last night listening to Disney Lullabies. Yep, that’s right. And I slept like a baby until 6 a.m. Then I got up and started making noise so OU Boy is out the door headed to the golf course.

We finally got all moved in to our new home. We had decided not to take any of our old furniture with us. It’s been moved from Mississippi to Oklahoma and I wanted a fresh start. We trusted we would come out okay. And boy did we!

We did buy a new mattress, because mine was 20 years old and OU Boy is picky about mattresses. Not about picking his clothes up off the floor, but sleeping apparently is a priority. And then a friend asked about furniture and said he had an Art Deco  looking cherry wood bedroom set and could we take it? Uh, yes. It is gorgeous, about 80 years old or so and is beautifully made. Bedroom done.

OU Boy built us a table with his very own hands! So we’ve done pretty well over the last couple of days. We met our neighbors. They are from Russia. Lovely couple. We have explored our area and found nothing lacking. Especially happy a new Tuesday Morning has opened down the block! I was looking for a bedskirt and had to mansplain that.

All in all we are happier than a pig in mud! And the kids all went back to school today after the teacher strike. The teachers were outside holding signs saying they missed their kids. Well, we are very happy to see y’all as well!

Y’all have a great Monday…I’m going to the walking track, which comes out at Barnes and Noble.

xx Patricia

Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait Tea and Peace in the Kingdom

Good Morning! The sun is definitely going to be a factor today. It’s already heating up and sunny. And it’s quiet. Well except for those two birds gossiping on the fence. Enjoying a cup of David’s Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.  Different than my normal but rather nice!

Since one of my tea sellers noted on my IG that I was not giving them enough cupboard time, I am trying to do better.

We here at the Pirate Nation are being extremely tight-lipped about a few things. I am the worst person in the world to have to keep a secret. Just my own though. Lord knows I keep enough of other folks secrets in the vault that has become my brain. But if it’s my own secret I almost have to superglue my lips. However one of them I can now share.

I entered a tea in the World Tea Expo which is in the Fall. I did. That, unfortunately, is all I can say. But I am very excited.

Yesterday was Eye day. It’s a lot different going to the Eye Institute with children than it is going alone. Since I was the patient it was up to Tommy to do child care and bathroom duty. And he cleared those bathrooms for our priceless babies like a Navy Seal Team. The boy thought he could get out without washing his hands. Not going to happen Spidey! Tommy told him to get back and wash his hands and an elderly gentleman looked at him and simply said, “Good Man!”.

The eye is looking good. Still have 11 stitches and they probably won’t come out ever. Now I get to be fitted with the sceleral lens and if that doesn’t allow me to see, we’ll go in and zap the little flap so they can put in the intraocular lens.  I don’t have to go back to my surgeon for 4 months. Now I’ll have a different doctor. It’s like breaking up. Although he said I could call anytime. This is really good news as it was one of the factors in a decision we made. So I won’t have to wear glasses much longer.

This week I’m going to try dying eggs only with tea. I love the natural shades. I’ll let you know how it goes. Last time I messed with food color I had a lock of green hair for a while so I try to avoid those.

For those of you still getting slammed by winter, sending you warm hugs and mugs!

I’m taking my tea and a book to the porch!

xx Patricia

Seriously, I am not a hoarder…she said

Morning Y’all! I think the wind may have subsided for a bit. At least there aren’t lawn chairs flying through the air. Yesterday was so bad I couldn’t even open the car door!

Today I’m sitting in the office, avoiding work, chatting with my sister and sipping on my morning Irish Breakfast Cuppa. It’s also tea ordering day. If you looked at the tea cupboard you’d never know those suckers are stacked 3 to a row! Backups of everything.

It’s also time to get rid of the odd chipped teapot or cup or saucer and I’m looking at all of these different ways to  re-purpose them. I’ve done the candle making thing and I’m kind of over that. A few are being saved for fairy houses and I’m loving the bird feeder idea.

It doesn’t help when you have a great partner in crime to point out all of the cute cups and saucers and pots that you really need. I am a tea hoarder addict. It’s not like I keep the empties.

On another note I have started wearing a rubber band on my wrist. Now instead of things just falling right out of my mouth I snap my band and look away. I am really trying not to give unsolicited advice. I’m finally at a point in my life where everything is on point. I trying to be grateful and to do that I need to stop being judgy. Oh, yes I am judgy! I judge you on your football team. I judge you on your meat-eating ways. I judge you on your choice of pajama pants at Wal-Mart. So if you would all just jump on the Plant Based Diet, the Florida State Seminoles, and put on some damn pants, I think I can do this!

xx Patricia     Be Nice,Drink Tea and don’t be judgy.




It’s A Fairy Valentine Tea Party!

Sick or not the Valentine Teas need planning. Our theme is A Fairy Valentine. And it isn’t at all difficult to pull together!

The heart cut-out banner is simply shabby chic scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby. The pixie dust necklaces are tiny bottles from a party supply store filled with glitter. Pixie Sticks are always a favorite and using candy bracelets or necklaces as napkin rings is adorable. The Dollar Tree has wands and fairy wings, so this one is pretty much good to go. Using the Passion Tea from Tazo will give us a lovely pink color and don’t forget sugar cubes. We love those tiny sugar cubes! Buy a bunch of plain cake donuts, dip them in pink candy melts and sprinkle with coarse sugar glitter. This tea is for 7-year-old girls/boys and we have a thumbs up from their leader.

It’s simple as can be but the memories are priceless! And don’t forget to leave a bit of sweets for the fairies!

Let your imagination go wild! Enjoy your day and have some Tea!

cupofmetea  xx Patricia



Good Morning February! It was nice to wake up to your sunny 42 degrees. Should be in the 50’s so I’m saying it is Spring. So far my total denial of winter has worked out well. No snow on this ground!

OU Boy has a tremendous headache going on 2 days now from his new blood pressure meds and I woke up with a slight temperature and a cough. So thanks to whomever brought the flu to work. Donuts would have been fine. I will not go down without a fight however. I’m on my third mug of good strong Taylor’s English Breakfast Tea, which is one of my favorites. Nice and smooth.

I’m making soup with lots of garlic and other healing herbs and letting that simmer this morning. All surfaces have been wiped down with the Thieves Vinegar and I’ve been sipping a tablespoon in warm water for a few days now. So, Be Gone Plague! We have shit to do.

If you are keeping count we are at Chapter Two of this year, in book terms, so if you screwed up Chapter One, rectify that stuff and get on the right track. If you’re not happy where you are, get up and move. You’re not a tree.

As soon as I saw this picture of a pink sofa, I wanted it. I don’t know where it is, but now I am aware there are pink sofas out there and I will find one. It may take a bit of time, seeing as how it took me four years to pick our a new one last time. I am picky. I want comfort, but not so comfortable people just post up on the sofa and feel free to stay!

I am researching today how many drug trials were halted before making it to market because of the ‘sudden death’ scenario. There are reams!!!

Have yourself a peaceful and productive day! Don’t forget to take time for tea and surround yourself with things that make you smile every day!

xx Patricia  



Whether you’re enjoying a morning break, a quiet afternoon respite, or a soothing moment at day’s end, tea is a delicious indulgence. And Victoria has the ideal accompaniment to this celestial beverage.
Victoria The Essential Tea Companion collects the best of three classic Victoria books in a single beautiful volume. It serves up history and lore, advice on brewing the perfect pot, notes on collectible china, and best of all, menus for eight themed parties, from a children’s tea to a bridal shower. More than 100 recipes cover sandwiches, scones, tarts, cakes, savories, breads, and biscuits, as well as flavored teas both hot and iced, and honeys, spreads, and jams. An authoritative appendix provides the elegant final touch.

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Victoria Magazine and Books are a favorite of mine. Here they have taken their three companion books and compiled them into one book. It is lovely and the pictures and recipes are creative and easy to do.

This is one of those go-to reference books as well as a delightful book of recipes for all the goodies we like to share at tea time!

Enjoy it!

xx Patricia


Always, Always Look For The Good

It’s Friday! And I am pretty sure that if I step outside I’m going to end up in Kansas! When they say the windy, they mean windy! So instead I’m staying in and trying to get a tea order together. So, please if you have any suggestions, let me know.

OU Boy is at his early morning physical. When he gets back we are doing something.

Yesterday we went by the market with a plan. Bread, Sugar, Tea, Milk. And then….all of the Bob’s Red Mill stuff was on sale for 99 cents! The Quinoa Flour, the Soy Flour, the Rice Flour, The Corn Grits for polenta, they were getting rid of it all! Not going to carry it anymore. So we had to take advantage of that!

I ran in to Marshall’s to check on my boots and found a bunch of these little footed teacups by Ollie & Olivia and had to get those.


There were so many different one, OU Boy would put two on a shelf and pretend to be the eye doctor. Okay, number one or number two. Number one. Okay number one or number three. And on and on we went.

I have a ton of reading to get to so y’all have yourself a good day and be nice!

xx Patricia

ELSIE’S Guide To Afternoon Tea by Julie Maggi

  • Elsie's Guide to Afternoon Tea by [Maggi, Julie ]

Full of recipes, tips and secrets, this book is the perfect gift for those who love organizing tea parties, for Afternoon Tea fans and for everyone who knows that there is nothing better than a good slice of cake and a tasty cup of tea. Whether you are a traditionalist who prefers Earl Grey, or an adventurer whose tastes run to Green Tea, Chai, Rooibos or even Chamomile, this is the right book for you! Inside you will find loads of delicious recipes for treats like: Lemon Drizzle Cake, Welsh Cakes, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Roll, Egg Custard Tarts, Blueberry Tart, Shortbread and of course all sorts of tasty sandwiches. You will also learn how to make sure your Afternoon Tea party goes well, how to present a beautiful table, make your guests comfortable and add that air of charm and elegance through special invitations (templates included).

This sweet little book is full of lovely ideas for teas! The illustrations alone make me smile. This a new book and is really nice. The recipes are yummy as well. Welsh Cakes? Yes, please! Lemon Drizzle Cake? You had me at Lemon Drizzle!

There are so many ideas and even templates for invitations and such. For any one who has little girls or boys or grandchildren, this is a great book to share with them. And I love that the author put together a Kickstarter Campaign to get her books for kids out there. Way to hustle!

I know a couple of little girls this is going to!

It’s Thursday and we are no longer in the deep freeze! Should be some 60’s and 70’s coming our way! According to our weather guy who said on the news last night, Spring is right around the corner, to which I replied,” It’s Spring!”, and OU Boy replied,” Uh, that’s not what he said.” Well, I’m going to go ahead and say it is, you know put it out there in the universe for Mother Nature.

xx Patricia   Enjoy your own little tea party this afternoon. A pause in the business of life.