Friday, March 31, 2017

Pekoe Most Poison by Laura Childs

Pekoe Most Poison, by Laura Childs, was published on March 7th.

Anyone who loves tea and travel to Charleston, S.C. will enjoy reading  
the Tea Shop Mystery series.
"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 intrigues. Servers
are dressed in rodent costumes and wear white gloves.  Theo learns these parties date back to twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor
so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health."
"The party goes suddenly takes a chaotic turn when Doreen's husband suddenly goes into
convulsions and drops dead.
Was he poisoned by his favorite Orange Pekoe Tea, as Theo suspects
Theo agrees to help Doreen find out who murdered him, and in the process,
Theo and Drayton are drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse."

Recipes,  tea time tips, and tea resources are included in all the Tea Shop Mystery Series books.
This is a great book to read on spring break or at home with a nice cuppa.

Thank you Laura for the advance copy of this cozy mystery.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Adagio Yunnan Noir

Adagio Teas offered me samples of teas to taste.
After looking at their lovely and very easy to negotiate website, 
I realized they have a wide variety of fine teas to choose from,
and I chose a black, a white and a green tea.
Most everyone who reads this blog knows I primarily drink black tea at home.
I'm trying to learn to drink more green tea, and white tea is often my
tea choice when enjoying grand hotel afternoon tea. 
Yesterday morning, I brewed the Yunnan Noir. 
The description of this tea from
"Yunnan Noir is a black tea from the Yunnan province of China, the birthplace of tea itself. Much of the tea in this southern province is a large leaf variety. Mountains veiled in mist, with clean water and rich soil form ideal growing conditions and contribute to the unique flavor. Our Yunnan Noir is a hand-rolled tea, with leaves tightly curled into a 'black snail' shape. The aroma is sweet with hints of honey and spice. Savory and winey on the palate, with smooth, deep fruity astringency, tremendous depth of flavor, cinnamon bark and nutmeg in the finish. Terrifically textured cup of tea."   Directions: Steep  at 212° for 3-5 minutes.

You can see the rolled golden tips and black tea leaves. 

I steeped the Yunnan Noir for 3 minutes.
I don't add milk or sugar to my tea, therefore, 
the 3 minute steep of this tea made a dark rich brew, 
a great way to start my morning.
This Adagio Tea is available in loose leaf tea and full leaf pyramids.
The tea leaves are very shiny after the infusion. 
The brew is a nice golden dark brown with a bold taste. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Tea Organization Idea

My favorite daytime TV show is The Chew. 
On the occasions I watch it, I am multitasking, as I was on Friday.
But, as soon as I realized Carla Hall was sharing her new
tea organization board, I approached the TV with my iPhone
and started snapping photos.  
Did anyone else see this segment of The Chew?
The plan is to hang the board in the kitchen or tea making station. 
Using ribbon and mini clothes pins, the top line holds favorite individually wrapped 
teabags and sachets. The bottom line holds the names of loose leaf teas 
and their date of purchase.  Cute and clever! 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Caribe Tea Tasting

Today the tea in my mug is Harney and Sons Caribe from an individually wrapped sachet.
Description below from Harney and Sons website: 
"Breathe in the exotic aroma of Caribe, a light fusion of green and black teas enhanced by tropical flavors: hibiscus, guava, coconut and strawberry, and accents of marigolds and cornflowers. Your first sip tastes of green tea, followed by an impressive array of fruit and floral surprises. A popular favorite, enjoy it hot or iced for an afternoon escape. Kosher."
Online orders from Harney and Sons, always include a few individually wrapped sachets
of a variety of flavors.   This was included in a recent order.
In my opinion, Caribe would make a refreshing tropical flavored iced tea. 
The shamrock mug is back-stamped: 
Fine Bone China, CROWN VICTORIAN, Staffordshire, England.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Austin's Last High School Play

 The great old comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" was
presented by the Berea Community High School drama department
three nights last weekend. 
 Austin played the part of Mortimer Brewster. 
The first time I saw this play, it was presented by the BHS class of 1966.
It has been presented many times over the years at BCHS. 
 The entire cast, freshmen through seniors did a splendid job!  
Virginia, Austin and Christian
as Aunt Martha, Mortimer, and Aunt Abby. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

An Amazing Surprise Teatime Gift

I received the most thoughtful surprise gift in the mail from blog reader, Nancy in IA. 
I love this quilted table runner! 
 It fits perfectly on Aunt Ida's cherry table (here), on the square cherry tea table Glenn 
made, and on two of my tea carts.   
Nancy's work on this beautiful quilted piece of art is perfect for me!

I live in a state full of quilters, my mother, my Aunt Mary and my grandmother 
were quilters.  I am not a quilter.  I have never tried, and at this point in my life, 
I don't expect to begin quilting. 
This makes Nancy's gift even more special! 
Thank you Nancy!  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 Wishing everyone A Little Irish Luck on St. Patrick's Day and always! 
 Celebrating with Irish Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beleek Teapot

I've written about my Beleek teapot previously.
It is my favorite teapot and was  a birthday gift several years ago from my husband.
The purchase was  "arranged" by our thoughtful daughter, Melissa,
when she and I were in a Cincinnati tea shop.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Counting Shamrock Trios

A variety of shamrock trios on the tea cart. 
Four shamrock trios on my 2017 table.
Four Royal Tara shamrock trios on my 2014 table. 
I have a variety of eleven shamrock trio sets. 
Perhaps, I need one more to make it an even dozen. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Royal Tara Shamrock Table

Royal Tara "fine bone china" is made in Ireland. 
These photos are of my 2014 St.Patrick's Day table. 
The serving plates are the very traditional small size, so I used 
the green plates Aunt Ida gave me years ago under them. 
I love the dainty shamrocks on this pattern. 
In addition to the four Royal Tara teacup trio sets and teapot, 
I have the sugar bowl and milk jug (creamer), but
for whatever reason, they aren't sitting on my table in these photos. 
Are you counting my shamrock pattern teacup trios? 
The answer will be in the next post. 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tea Table with Shamrock Trios

The tea table is set with four teacup trios of different vintage shamrock patterns.
Below:  Shelley Shamrock

Next: Regency Shamrock trio

Below:  Royal Patrician Shamrock teacup trio

The fourth shamrock trio at the table is vintage Aynsley  

The napkins are Longaberger Lucky You pattern from years ago.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Storing the Shamrock Collection

 Most of my shamrock China collection, but not all, is displayed and stored 
in this corner cabinet or hutch in the recently renamed "tea room/music room"
because in addition to the piano, four of Austin's ukuleles on tea tables and chairs. 
The bottom shelf of the corner cabinet holds several vintage shamrock trios and teapots. 
 The middle shelf displays two more trios and several teapots, 
including my Belleek set. 
  Fortunately, a wide variety of teacup trios in many patterns 
can be stored behind the doors on the bottom two shelves of the corner cabinet. 


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