Good Friday! I’m wishing I was closer to my Momma this time of year so I could have her coconut cake. My momma is a world-class baker and cake decorator.  Between her coconut cake and her pound cakes we should all be morbidly obese by now.

The one thing we both loved was those Cream Cheese Mints that melt in your mouth and contain 2 pounds of powdered sugar! Yesterday I spent most of the day stirring and then rolling some into tiny egg shapes and the rest the round flat only I used a wax seal with my initials and made them all fancy. I’m mailing them to her.

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Since it is Strawberry Season I had a fridge full of berries and Tommy said he had never heard of Strawberry Pie from Shoney’s!  Oh the horror! Luckily we know this one by heart so by the time he got here there was a counter full of drying mints, and a chilled strawberry pie with homemade whipped cream. It was perfect. Even the crust was British Baking Show quality. Which is rare for me.

I wish you all a lovely Easter and a grand weekend.  I’ll be reading and finishing some projects and am trying to stay off the internet so I don’t lose my mind with all the politics!

xx P


Paris In A Cup, A Very French Tea Room

Cheryl Turner will tell you that almost everything is better when it’s French. And her shop, Pairs In A Cup, proves just that. In 2006 she had sold her first tea room and sort of retired. Luckily for all of us she was inundated with requests to please open another!

Orange, California, she decided to do it with a French flair this time. The lovely space is perfect to forget the world and imagine you are in France.

In addition to traditional tea goodies, they also offer a full lunch menu of handmade entrees.

It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 714-538-9411

Have you been? Tell us your experience if you have. I especially love the cups. With their little feet. And the layout is very much French, as well as those luscious Macarons!

Have a good Friday and take time for tea and quiet!

xx Patricia

Gypsy’s Tearoom In Maryland

It has been more than 20 years since Gypsy Fleck opened her shop, which initially started as a retail only store selling loose-leaf teas and various teaware. It wasn’t until her second year of business that she decided to host a special afternoon tea for Mother’s Day. One tea was all it took for customers to come forward and ask for it to become a regular afternoon event.

Occupying a historic white house built circa 1760, Gypsy’s Tearoom has four official rooms where tea is served, and a gift shop that sells sundry teas and accoutrements. Along with the different dining options for tea, one of the tearoom’s standout features is the scones, which are rotated daily.

Tea services range from $10.50 to $29.95 plus tax per person and can be enjoyed from 10 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations are a must.

111 Stoner Ave, Westminster, MD 21157       (410) 857-0058   Try it out and let us know what you think.

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



Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe


Welcome to the lovely world of Lady Bedford’s Tea Parlour & Gift Shoppe. Located in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina.

In naming her tea room, Marian Caso was inspired by the story of Anna Maria Stanhope Russell, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, who is credited with inventing the British custom of afternoon tea. since 2008, it has become a favorite with locals and tourist of the area.

You can look forward to a Victorian atmosphere with crystal and fine china. Diners have more than 60 loose-leaf tea options, which are individually brewed once ordered. They also offer breakfast and lunch and a number of afternoon tea selections, making it perfect for those looking for a light tea as well as something more substantial.


Address: 21 Chinquapin Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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If you are in Pinehurst, check them out!
Have a great Sunday and take time for tea and conversation!

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning investigates a Charleston steeped in tradition and treachery in the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs.

While viewing the harbor’s Gaslights and Galleons Parade from the widow’s walk of Timothy Neville’s Charleston mansion, local banker Carson Lanier seemingly tumbles over a narrow railing, then plunges three stories to his death. But a tragic accident becomes something much more sinister when it’s discovered that the victim was first shot with a bolt from a crossbow.

At the request of the mansion owner, Theodosia investigates the tragedy and is soon neck-deep in suspects. An almost ex-wife, a coworker, a real estate partner–all had motives for killing the luckless banker, but one resorted to murder to settle accounts.

This is the 19th book in this series and I have read them all. For the characters, the setting and of course the tea and recipes! It’s like visiting with old friends.

The characters are still evolving and we have some new additions to the group. Drayton is even a bit looser in this one and we meet more of Haley’s family. Theodosia has a nice boyfriend and that is coming along nicely. We still have Tidwell, who I enjoy very much, but Detective Riley is more Theo’s cup of tea.

This one was also hilarious! Cat fights, and women behaving badly in public! Oh the horror in Charleston society.

Already waiting on the next one!  Great job.

I would like to take a minute to thank Cynthia  over at Making Peace With The Wrong Side of 40 for the really nice interview she did. Check out her blog. This lady is building a house! Not having a house built, building a house from scratch! She is inspiring and if I ever get voted off the island, I’m heading to her place! Fair Warning!





Holiday Teas from The Boulder Tea Company Are Here!

It’s time for some more teas for the holidays and these are from The Boulder Tea Company out of Boulder, Colorado. If you have never been, go! Or at least take advantage of the great sales they have on tea right now, including gift sets!

This minty, full-flavored chocolate tea, is reminiscent of an after-dinner mint. You’ll discover why fans of this tea treasure it as a cup of indulgent, healthy and almost decadent brew…a simple, tasty indulgence you will look forward to daily.



An enticing herbal blend our master herbalist and tea expert created to raise your spirits, ward off seasonal maladies and re-charge vitality. Simply taking time to brew up a cup or pot of this warming herbal tea and unwinding for a few minutes makes a splendid difference…. with each sip, layers of stress fall away as you re-group for your day or evening. Perfect before or after sleep, meditation or work breaks.


Cooler weather and the hustle-and-bustle of the holidays takes extra energy to keep you on top of the season. Winter Spice energizes with a deeply satisfying flavor and wafting, spicy aromas that inspire and satisfy on the busiest days. Take a break, brew a cup and glide through life a little more energized…. your taste buds will thank you.



They have a terrific Loose Leaf Tea selection and I’ve done a post already on their Tea House, which is heavenly!  I’m all for supporting local businesses so give it a try and let me know what you think.

Today the seven-year old is home with pink eye. No matter what’s going on leave it to my family to raise their hands and volunteer for it. Including pink eye. Poor little munchkin though. I know how bad those things feel. And I’m wearing my protective eye cup all day so I don’t catch something that would postpone my eye surgery.

The dog barking neighbor lady went totally bat shit crazy. Now, she hasn’t been at her best since she’s been by herself and I’m quite sure it’s depression. She came outside looking like the girl in the Ring movies and paraded her mutt up and down the street yelling about dogs are supposed to bark and if the neighbors don’t like it she’ll move. Uh, okay. I’m good with that.

Y’all enjoy your Wednesday! I’m going to make some more tea and let little Miss put the warm bag on her eyelid.

xx Patricia

Fridays and the London Fog!

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Happy Friday! It’s a beautiful day in my neighborhood. Kind of windy but then this is Oklahoma. But for now it’s gorgeous outside.

I took all of my indoor plants outside to enjoy some sunshine and potted some mums around the bird bath. Laundry is done, bed is made, I made tea. I was going to have a glass of wine until OU Boy told me it’s only Friday and I have standards. Only day drinking on Saturday. Cause, football and all. So that went out the window.

Okay so my Cubbies let someone else go ahead this year. It’s okay. Everyone deserves a turn.  Except the Red Sox. They get nothing.

I’m a bit bored today. I don’t know why. I have like a gazillion books to read and that’s YUGE! And yet, here I sit in the quiet of my house, with all the windows open, and it’s even quite outside.

For those of you who liked the look of the London Fog Latte….

IMG_1508514046408  Here she is. Stopped into Starbucks yesterday evening and my lovely Barista talked in a Peppa Pig type voice as he made it. Dude, seriously, you sound atrocious. I know he says. Well then go ahead and Peppa Pig away! And it was delicious, thank you very much. And they are just as easy to make yourself. If you don’t have a frother in your espresso machine, then buy just a battery operated frother. I got a great one at Target. No sense paying $5 bucks for one unless you are lazy. My excuse? It was next to the phone store.

Have a peaceful day. Be nice. Be the bigger person. And as Corbin says, “Don’t hit anyone if people are looking”.

xx Patricia

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

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