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

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!

tea & crumpets by Margaret M. Johnson

Recipes and Rituals from European Tearooms and Cafes.

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Curious armchair travelers, nostalgic food excursionists, and inventive home entertainers will adore this tour of Europe’s legendary tearooms and salons. A delicious culinary and cultural experience as well as a treasure trove of recipes from top-notch destinations, this little gem lets readers in on the rituals of taking tea. Recipes like the Ritz’s cucumber sandwiches, Claridge’s famous raisin and apple scones, or chocolate scones from Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel, as well as color photographs of tasty tea fare and European teahouses, bring the charm of afternoon tea to anyone’s home.

Whether it is detailing the history of Twinings or the history of my favorite place Laduree, Ms. Johnson has put together some of the best Tearooms and Cafe’s throughout Europe.

This book is beautiful. The pictures, the history and the recipes. I have tried a lot of these recipes and I can honestly say they are all baker friendly. And I love that she puts the addresses to tea rooms and a great resource section also.

I can’t pick a favorite but I am determined to work my way through the entire book!

May your day be easy and enjoy a cuppa today! Like now!

XX Patricia

Holiday Tea and Cardamom Bread!

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There are holiday teas galore out now! So no matter who your favorite tea seller is, I can guarantee they have a holiday tea to fit your needs.

Cooking with these teas is easy as can be. If you are making say gingerbread, replace the liquid with an equal amount of strongly steeped gingerbread tea. Do the same with peppermint, pumpkin spice, caramel, really any of them that match your flavor of baked goods.

teagift12  This is one of my favorite treats to have in winter. Cardamom Bread. And here is an easy recipe for you!  It is a perfect accompaniment to your holiday teas!

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp cardamon, freshly ground
1 tsp cinnamon, ground
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
3 large eggs
1/4 c sugar
1 c sour cream
10 Tbsp butter, unsalted, melted

Directions

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.

Grease and flour a loaf pan.

2 Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Beat eggs and sugar together until creamy. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in sour cream and melted butter.

3 Pour batter into prepared pan, baking until done, about an hour.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto rack and finish cooling.

Dust with powdered sugar.

And just pick a tea!

Starting next week, we are going to dig in to my Southern Roots for Christmas…oh, yeah, it’s going to be good!

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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

The Tea Fairy Shows Up!

Just yesterday I was lamenting/whining about my tea stash getting low. Actually, my teabag stash was low. And then lo and behold that Tea Fairy finally showed up and the world was once again safe

edited_1473020792286_resized  This was a small portion of everything Tazo. There were a couple of flavors I had not tried so first up was the Tazo Green Ginger.  Here is the description.

Tazo Green Ginger is a soothing blend of green tea with hints of ginger and pear. On opening the packet, the aroma of Ginger hit my nose first followed by a lemony aroma.

 

The first steeping came out a very clear, pale color similar to a good green tea. And from the first sip the ginger was dancing all over my tongue, mixing perfectly with the lemongrass that makes up the green  tea, ginger and lemongrass along with natural flavors. The hint of pear came in the second steeping and the third was still as smooth, just more full bodied.

So this one is a keeper! Even my sweet tea loving guy liked it! Suggested sweets…..

Some Gingerbread Scones or my favorite Gingersnap Soft Cookies…yum…

The Bridge Tea Rooms, Bradford-on-Avon

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Judged as  ‘near perfect’ and awarded The UK’s Top Tea Place by the prestigious UK Tea Guild The Bridge Tea Rooms offers the very best in traditionally British Afternoon Teas, lunches and light meals throughout the day. The afternoon  ritual of serving tea has been developed to a fine art. Delicate bone china, the finest  leaf teas, and friendly staff in Victorian costumes serving home-made cakes, scones and sandwiches. Housed in a former blacksmith’s cottage dating from 1502, the Bridge Tea Rooms positively oozes atmosphere, and the classical music playing gently in the background sets a tranquil tone.

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Loose-leaf tea in china cups, homemade cakes and light bites served by staff in Victorian costumes.
Address: 24a Bridge St, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1BY, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1225 865537

Hours:

Friday 9:30AM–5PM
Saturday 9:30AM–5:30PM
Sunday 10AM–5PM
Monday 9:30AM–5PM
Tuesday 9:30AM–5PM
Wednesday 9:30AM–5PM
Thursday 9:30AM–5PM

Enjoy your Sunday!  xxooP