Speak The Truth…Even If Your Voice Shakes

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It’s Friday for most of you but just Tuesday in my world. This morning I am sipping  chugging down multiple cups of tea with lemon and honey. With summer comes allergies and air conditioning. Both cause me misery. Thank goodness for Bigelow’s Lemon tea!

This week I had therapy per usual.  Normally he gives me enough forms to last a week and I fill one out each time I feel anxious or a panic attack. Writing where I was, what I was doing and how I dealt with it. Last week I only had one paper. And it was the day of my Eye surgeon appointment, so totally reasonable to feel anxious and scared. Then I told him about going out to several social occasions and that I was calm and in control the entire week. Without meds.

In his words, “That was very courageous of you. You were scared and anxious but you did it anyway.”

I had never thought of myself as courageous. I saved that for people who did big things like running into burning buildings. But when you have anxiety/depression sometimes just getting out of bed, brushing your teeth and getting dressed is courageous. Putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward sometimes takes Courage. 

It takes Courage to say out loud, “Hey, I’m not okay with this situation.”  It takes Courage to say, ” I suffer from PTSD and some days it sucks just to be!

Those are the times I jump on here and see how the rest of my people are handling their spoons for the day! And almost always I feel better. So thanks for that!

I hope your Friday is peaceful and that you find Courage!

xx IMG_20170422_080324_185  Patricia/WarriorPirate

Meet the newest love of my life…

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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!

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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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Good Morning Sunshines!

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Happy Sunday! WE are loving everything yellow today, especially that big fat sun overhead! Today is one of those days where I needed a major caffeine boost, but didn’t want coffee. No need to fear…Tazo Awake Breakfast Tea has an extra jolt of the good stuff. I don’t have much caffeine as a rule, but last night was a late one and it was that or the jumper cables.

I have no idea what came over me yesterday. It was like a protective shield where anxiety just could not reach. I went to 2 events outside of my house! Yes, I did. And without a keeper to hold my hand.

I met several interesting and nice people who should mean a fun and interesting summer for me! One older gentleman who explained all about harmony and not using the word try. Ever. I think he was probably at Woodstock.  Anyway it was very interesting and no one got shit faced drunk.  Win/Win! Although I did wake up with a killer headache and forgot to stir the honey in the bottom of my teacup and it was like a little bonus love at the bottom of the cup.

So now I’m taking my books and heading outside to bask in the sunshine and just be.

fairy:   Happy Sunday!   Patricia

Darjeeling by Jeff Koehler

THE COLORFUL HISTORY AND PRECARIOUS FATE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST TEA

 

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Darjeeling’s tea bushes run across a mythical landscape steeped with the religious, the sacred, and the picturesque. Planted at high elevation in the heart of the Eastern Himalayas, in an area of northern India bound by Nepal to the west, Bhutan to the east, and Sikkim to the north, the linear rows of brilliant green, waist-high shrubs that coat the steep slopes and valleys around this Victorian “hill town†? produce only a fraction of the world’s tea, and less than one percent of India’s total. Yet the tea from that limited crop, with its characteristic bright, amber-colored brew and muscatel flavors – delicate and flowery, hinting of apricots and peaches – is generally considered the best in the world.

This is the story of how Darjeeling tea began, was key to the largest tea industry on the globe under Imperial British rule, and came to produce the highest-quality tea leaves anywhere in the world. It is a story rich in history, intrigue and empire, full of adventurers and unlikely successes in culture, mythology and religions, ecology and terror, all set with a backdrop of the looming Himalayas and drenching monsoons. The story is ripe with the imprint of the Raj as well as the contemporary clout of “voodoo farmers†? getting world record prices for their fine teas – and all of it beginning with one of the most audacious acts of corporate smuggling in history.

But it is also the story of how the industry spiraled into decline by the end of the twentieth century, and how this edenic spot in the high Himalayas seethes with union unrest and a violent independence struggle. It is also a front-line fight against the devastating effects of climate change and decades of harming farming practices, a fight that is being fought in some tea gardens – and, astonishingly, won – using radical methods.

Jeff Koehler has written a fascinating chronicle of India and its most sought-after tea. Blending history, politics, and reportage together, along with a collection of recipes that tea-drinkers will love, Darjeeling is an indispensable volume for fans of micro-history and tea fanatics.

This was a very informative look at one of my favorite teas. This is one of the best books on Darjeeling and India and the entire industry. Excellent read.

As good as any historical thriller! With Tea!  Give it a read if you get the chance!

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

Death By Tea( A Bookstore Cafe’ Mystery) by Alex Erickson

Death by Tea (Bookstore Cafe Mysteries)

With Krissy still trying to get her shop Death By Coffee up and running and making a profit, it isn’t helping things when a dead body is found among the shelves.

Two dueling book clubs are all set to square off for the annual book club competition. Reading one of Krissy’s fathers least favorite works, with the prize being a silver teapot. although I don’t think anyone will be using it any time soon, as it is also the murder weapon.

Thanks to Krissy’s nosy neighbor, she is definitely a suspect. And the only one the police are looking at.

There were a couple of different plots going on in this second cozy mystery. Money may or may not be missing from the store and the dead guy may or may not be who and what he said he is/was.

This is a nice cozy mystery. There are so many quirky characters in this little town and just like most little towns, everybody knows everyone’s business and will freely share it!

Looking forward to the next one!

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

Can Mother Nature Please Make Up Her Mind?😞

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Mother Nature is as indecisive as me it seems. Yesterday I’m laying out in the sun in 80 something temps and this morning it is 50 degrees and cold and wet from last night’s rain and hail.

I am ready for one or the other. Just make up your mind!

So today I am reading a new Fern Michael’s book in the Godmother Series and it is really good!

As a treat todays tea is Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice. Each tea bag has a little saying on it and today mine says Sing from your heart!

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What are you all drinking?

xx P

Fairy House Cooking by Liza Gardner Walsh

Product Details

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

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