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

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

BeauTEAful Birthday Mail!

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So Monday’s mail brought goodies galore! Those Italian Macarons that I adore. Macaron Coffee, some new Gunpowder Green by Numi, and on of my favorites I was out of Mayan Spice. Also a couple of really pretty gift boxes of Tea of Life from a friend in Sri Lanka.

So today we are going to talk about some of those. Tea of Life White Tea Collection. There are 12 little pyramids with three each of the flavored teas. I am very picky about white teas so I looked them over carefully. We have White Tea Citrus with lemon peel. White Tea Jasmine with Jasmine petals, White Tea Lavender with Lavender buds, and White Tea Blueberry with Blueberry.

The presentation is very nice, almost too pretty to open. But I did. Each pyramid holds one silk sachet of tea. I tried the Jasmine first and it was very nice. The floral notes were there but not in your face there. It was a delicate body and a delicate aroma. A tea I would serve at hot summer tea parties.

The gift packs give you a little taste of many flavors so thank you very much for this gift, Priya.

We will be doing taste tests on all of the other unique teas I received over the next few days. There is a lot!

The hat was a clue to where the next adventure waited.  Tune in tomorrow..there will be cake!

xxPatricia     bonjourteatime

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

 

 

The Boulder Tea Company Sale!

Image result for the boulder tea companyGreat news! Get an early jump on your holiday purchases and save 20%! Plus free shipping on any purchase over $50.

https://boulderteaco.com/collections/black-teas/products/pumpkin-spice-1

Just a few available, or in other words, what I’m getting! lol

Rooibos Vanilla Nut                                       Full Moon Spice

Organic Genmaicha Matcha-iri         Pumpkin Spice

Tangerine Tea Gingerbread Cake   So grab your holiday teas now and stock up on your regulars and try a few samples….with this lovely Gingerbread Loaf!

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Tea With A Twist!!

Tea lovers craving new and novel ideas for their next tea party will gladly put the kettle on…and the doilies away. There’s nothing old–fashioned here! Specialty tea expert and author Lisa Boalt Richardson inspires readers to set their tables for fun and serve up any of her eight contemporary tea parties. Stunning photographs by one of Atlanta’s leading photographers Lauren Rubinstein grace each page, enticing readers to indulge their guests and serve them fine tea in a fun style!

The parties are simple to put together. Each tea includes easy–to–follow instructions and budget–friendly tips for brewing specialty teas, preparing delicious recipes, and decorating tables. Whether the cook chooses to pour tall glasses of the unusual bubble tea for fun–loving friends or hot, exotic masala chai tea for those seeking an adventure, it’s certain that tea time has a new twist!

This has to be one of the prettiest books I’ve come across. Everything you want and need to know about entertaining and cooking with tea. And from a tea expert no less!

The book is full of beautiful photography, and themed tea ideas and recipes. This one is definitely staying on my shelf!

More about the Author:

You can usually find Certified Tea Specialist Lisa Boalt Richardson of Lisa Knows Tea sipping tea no matter what time of day it is. Her philosophy is “teatime is anytime and all the time”. Lisa’s friendly approach to writing and teaching others about this ancient beverage is refreshing. Her anticipated third tea book published by Chronicle Books will be released fall of 2014 entitled, Modern Tea: A Fresh Look at an Ancient Beverage. Her first book, Tea with a Twist won “Best Tea Book USA 2009” from Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

She travels the country speaking at conferences and special events focusing on her culinary arts and specialty tea expertise. She has spoken at places such as the World Tea Expo, Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Sundance Resort, and Emory University. She also consults with companies wanting to learn more about specialty tea.

She has contributed to publications including Cooking with Paula Deen and TeaTime Magazine. Her tea expertise and recipes have been featured in numerous national publications such as Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, Diabetes Forecast, and The New York Times. Lisa has also been interviewed by Foxnews.com, Discovery.com, NBCnews.com, and Chow.com. For more information you may follow LisaKnowsTea on Twitter, join the Lisa Knows Tea Facebook fan page, or visit http://www.lisaknowstea.com. You may also follow her tea blog at http://www.lisaknowstea.blogspot.com.

Lisa Boalt Richardson

She also has an amazing tea blog and really knows her tea!

Enjoy and have a good one, and don’t forget to pause for a cup of tea today! xxP

A Celebration of Autumn!

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Here in the South, and yes Oklahoma is considered part of the South, it is Fall. Now don’t rush to pack up your summer shoes and your shorts, as we still have the a/c running and the weather is in the 80’s.

But for our purposes, it’s Fall. And we are having a Celebration of Autumn themed Tea. I would say tea party, but come on we all know it’s me and some other crazy chicks, looking for any reason to drink. Tea. I meant drink tea. Yeah.

Since our leaves have not actually turned any color other than green,we are going to have to dig into the Autumn/Halloween decoration box and find those garlands of fall leaves I bought before Michael’s up and died.

 

I’m using two different teas. One of my favorite Lapsang Souchong and the new Celestial Seasonings Pumpkin. Not Pumpkin Spice, just Pumpkin. I’m about over the Pumpkin Spice after seeing it on the Cheerio box.It just doesn’t feel special anymore, you know?

Along with Pumpkin Scones, Espresso Brownies and Amish Sugar Cookies, we’re serving the Lapsang Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches, along with a Pecan Pear Salad. For dessert we are going with Mini Pumpkin Pies, along with Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream.

 

Each person brings one of the goodies and the hostess provides the tea and decorations. It’s a fun and relaxing way to get together and catch up and we all know we can make time for a few hours once a month. I spend more time in the bathtub every day than that!

I’m reading a bunch of new cozy mysteries and mixing up some new herbals to go with them. Have a wonderful day and save time for tea!  xxP

A Cup of Earl Grey and A Tale

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Grab the teapot and make yourself some Earl Grey this afternoon! I’ll wait….

 

As you already know if you follow my book review site, www.piratepatty.wordpress.com, I have been struggling with an eye infection that turned bad in a big hurry. A 6mm glob on my eye that since June has been the focal point of my days. I am extremely lucky that I have the Dean McGee Eye Institute at my disposal.

But you can read all about it over on my other site. Being blind in one eye isn’t so bad when you’re a pirate. I had plenty of patches along with a rolling pirate ship from Toys R Us. Suffice it to say I missed all of Summer. My favorite time of year. I promised not to whine anymore about it, but Meh...

I live with Anxiety and PTSD. The kind where you’ve just seen way too much bad stuff and you would rather just stay in and avoid people and be in control. But at the moment I am not in control and that’s a first for me. So to calm myself I’ve started having an actual time for tea every afternoon. The entire process is calming and allows me to focus on just one thing.

Today I want to say Thank you!   To all of my fellow bloggers who keep me entertained and informed every day!  Luckily I am only blind in one eye so I can still read and write. And I do enjoy hearing from people from all over the world. I’ve learned so much about other cultures and countries so keep that up!  The other day one of my fellow bloggers reminded me we had been friends for a year! I have marriages that didn’t last that long! Just know that if you are here, it’s because I find you interesting!

 

Have a great Thursday and Be Kind to one another…share some tea! xxP

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