Tea: A Gateway Drug…

It’s Friday! You made it through another week! Raise a cup for that! I have to say this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is a real winner for me! The smell alone had me smiling. It will definitely be a Fall/Winter staple at my house!

The other day when I was searching through all the tea sites I found this recipe for using Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea with Fireball for a hot toddy. Heck yeah! That idea is getting  used this football season.

Yesterday to keep my mind occupied I started Fall cleaning. I took the refrigerator apart and cleaned it and labelled all of the bins. Same with the stove only I didn’t label it since we aren’t really that close. Scrubbed every cupboard in the house. Got the slip covers on the sofas, got all clean pillows and bedding, and cleaned all the vents. And you won’t believe this but I already have dinner done for tonight! Yep, I put it in the crock pot last night and this morning Voila! dinner!

Tonight we are going to see the Kingsmen sequel. I loved the first one so much I’ve seen it like 5 times. And I never watch anything more than once. If you have Netflix, you should really watch The Five by Harlan Coben. It was on Sky TV in the UK last year and I think on Canal in France. I watched it more than once. It is just as wonderful as his books. So if you get a chance watch it!

Have a great Friday! Make someone elses day great too. Smile! Be Kind! Do what you can to help just one person today.

xx Patricia  bluebird

 

Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara!

All tea services should come with a tiara, that way you can be prepped and ready for the 8 pm white tie dinner

I stole the above picture from Harney & Sons on Pinterest. The caption was Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara.

Being the Southern lady that I am I heartily agree! We look for every opportunity to wear our tutus and tiaras. Except when you go out to get the mail. Yeah, I learned that the hard way. People will talk. Kind of like when OU Boy weed whacked the bar ditch in his Tommy Bahama flip-flops and shorts. Farmers talk….

So it’s Sunday. I think our rain has stopped but our poor neighbors are getting hammered still. So let’s all keep them in our thoughts and donate whatever you can, time, money, food, clothing.  Poor OU Boy had to deal with flooding all day yesterday and again this morning. He called and said the Tea Vault had water on the floor but all the tea was safely high up on the shelves. Whew!

Today I’m getting our rocks ready to become Ladybugs, little cottages and some inspirational words. Yes, that is what we settled on. And since Miss Charli Ava has decided she wants to learn to speak French, I think we’ll do some French words as well. It warms my heart that she wants to learn and keep our French heritage alive! And her Mom is helping her also, so soon she will be all snooty and looking down her nose at the rest of us!

paristea3  Since I poached their picture, Let’s give some love to the people who keep me out of jail. Thanks Boys!

xx Patricia

THE TEA BOOK: ALL THINGS TEA By Louise Cheadle and Nick Kilby

This is your guide to all things tea! From the estates where tea grows to tips for tasting like a pro; from unbreakable rules for brewing the perfect cup to delicious recipes to accompany your cup, this appealing volume is packed with illustrations and fun infographics. Created by the cocreators of the teapigs brand, it celebrates tea culture and customs around the world.

A wonderful companion book for all tea lovers. With the history and origins, who drinks what and how.  A look at how countries around the world use and grow tea with beautiful photography and some lovely recipes thrown in as well.

From the owners of Teapigs, you get not only great information about tea and its history, there is even a mood meter for which ever tea you may need as well as recipes from Earl Grey Martinis to Matcha Smoothies.

A unique and very helpful read!

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Give it a read and see what you think!

xx Enjoy a good cup today and remember to Be Kind.

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!

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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

Caramel Crush( A Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay

Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)

After the near miss at the altar in Vegas, Mel knows she still wants to marry Joe, but Angie is the only bridezilla they can handle at the moment! And that is a full-time job.

When an old roommate from college shows up and asks Mel for a favor, because apparently Mel owes her for some mysterious event in college, of course she says yes. Diane is a bit vague on the break up but wants Mel to deliver a batch of Caramel Crush cupcakes to her soon to be ex, with an  It really is you, not me theme.

When Mel finds the intended, he isn’t in any shape to be eating cupcakes or anything else as he is now dead. As Mel tries to find out who killed him and why, she is still having to deal with Angie, who is about to have a total melt down over the wedding.

Along the way Mel has to deal with all of the mean girls from Freshman year at college and they have only gotten worse over the years. I felt so bad for her. I mean we all know Freshman year is awful. But when you are carrying around an extra 75 pounds or so, it is even worse. Even though Mel has blossomed into a beautiful woman, the memories and the barbs still hurt, but Diane keeps reminding her that she owes her big, so on she goes with her investigating!

I love all of these characters. And now I’ve read the latest one and will have to wait for more bakery goodness. The recipes in this one are super easy but oh so good!

I hope you enjoy it too! And what better to have a Caramel Cupcake with than Bigelow’s Salted Caramel Tea!

 

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xx Patricia

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

Talking Darjeeling Tea Today Darling

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Darjeeling, from the foothills of the Himalayas, is one of India’s most famous tea-growing regions and now is the time for First Flush!

Darjeeling itself is a rather small region between India’s borders with Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.  Tea leaves have been thriving her since the 1800’s.

In Darjeeling tea is still harvested by hand, with two leaves and a bud as standard.  It’s nickname as “the world’s greatest tea” is accurate!

First Flush Darjeeling is a pale gold with a hint of green and floral and grassy notes. Second Flush is a little coppery and mellow and fruity in taste

Autumnal Flush is an auburn with smoky spicy hints.

 

My favorites in the Darjeeling Teas are Taylors of Harrogate and Harney & Sons. One loose leaf and one sachet for travels.

Try some now while Harney & Sons are having a great sale!

xx Patricia    1491953595091

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival

 

The 18th Annual

Rocky Mountain Tea Festival

July 29 & 30

at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse

 

Tea Workshops

Learn everything you’ve wanted to know about tea by registering for one of our popular tea workshops.  This year’s topics include: Cooking with Tea, Tea Basics, Blending Botanicals, Taiwanese Oolong Tasting and the Japanese Tea Ceremony, Cyanoyo.

 

 

 

About the Tea Festival


Held annually at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival is one of the country’s largest events celebrating All Things Tea.  Sign up for one of our popular workshops with world renowned tea experts, sample and shop for tea products at the Tea Bazaar, enjoy a special four course tea dinner at the Teahouse – each dish using tea as an ingredient, or bring the kids to our Teddy Bear Tea Party.

The Rocky Mountain Tea Festival is the perfect opportunity to learn everything you want to know about the world’s celebrated plant. This interactive event allows people to connect one-on-one with leaders in the tea industry, taste phenomenal teas, and enjoy a weekend of celebrating one of nature’s most prized gifts!

Check it out   and I sure would love to see you all there!

xx P

Channeling Orange

Since today’s tea is Tazo wild sweet orange, we’ve gone all out with the orange theme!

First the tea is really good and full of things I love. In the summer it is delicious with ice and a few slices of orange. You don’t need sugar at all, so it makes it a great drink for the summer for the kiddies too.

After digesting all of yesterday’s eye news I am feeling really calm and positive about whatever comes next. So when my doorbell rang this morning, I actually answered it. And I’m so glad I did. I got to share some great tea and conversation with my neighbor who I rarely see as she’s always at the hospital working. But she just had a hip replaced so she is sidelined for a few weeks. And she likes tea!

This isn’t like last month when I not only invited the Mormon boys in to chat because I was so bored but gave them  my phone number and they have returned a few times. We are discussing the ark and Noah. They are like a captive audience for me since I’m still not allowed outside.

After recently freeing myself of some negative folks I am taking the above advice and channeling Orange. Being me. It really is liberating to let go of expectations.

yellow7   xxx 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!

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