Month: July 2017

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Last week I shared that I love spending time at my favorite tea house, Blue Willow Tea Room. The last time I visited, they served a delicious chilled strawberry soup that I’ve been craving ever since. So this week I decided to experiment and create […]

Steeping Tea the Right Way

Steeping Tea the Right Way

Have you ever wondered about steeping tea the right way? Different varieties call for different times and temperatures; there’s an art to perfectly steeping tea. Delicate teas require lower temperatures and shorter brewing times while heartier teas need higher temperatures and take a little longer […]

Meet Mary Burton, NY Times Bestselling Author

Meet Mary Burton, NY Times Bestselling Author

Mary Burton is a New York Times Best-Selling author who loves writing suspense, researching forensic procedures, baking, books, and tiny dachshunds. Not necessarily in that order.  Her work has been compared to that of James Patterson, Lisa Gardner, and Lisa Jackson. She is also the […]

Make the Trip to Blue Willow Tea Room

Make the Trip to Blue Willow Tea Room

The Blue Willow Tea Room in Petersburg, Virginia is one of my absolute favorite places to spend time. It’s not a stuffy environment, no need to wear your Sunday hat (although you can if you want to); instead, it’s warm and inviting for all. They […]

Grandma’s One-Bowl Lemon Pound Cake

Grandma’s One-Bowl Lemon Pound Cake

A good lemon pound cake is the perfect nibble to serve when friends stop by for a cup of tea and this recipe will surely impress your guests. Best of all, it’s a one-bowl, one-step cake that you can whip up in just a few […]

What I Learned Hacking My Way Through the Briars

What I Learned Hacking My Way Through the Briars

** Today I’m turning the blog over to my guest author, Fiona Quinn, author of JACK Be Quick. She’s sharing her amazing adventure of researching her new book! ** When I joined the Search and Rescue team, I was given a mentor, Brian, to help […]

Drink to Your Good Health

Drink to Your Good Health

If you’re not doing it already, it’s time to start drinking tea for your health. It may surprise you to know that there are numerous health benefits of tea including: Lowering/balancing your blood sugar levels Reducing pain and inflammation of arthritis Lowering your risk of […]

Milk First or Tea First?

Milk First or Tea First?

Whether or not to put the milk in your cup before pouring the tea or after is an age-old question. Today I have the answer for you. Or at least the answer to where this question came from. You can decide for yourself when to […]

Meet Maggie King, Mystery Writer

Meet Maggie King, Mystery Writer

Maggie King’s, Hazel Rose Book Group is charming, funny, and sexy. They first entertained me in Murder at the Book Group and now they’re back with a fresh new mystery to solve in Murder at the Moonshine Inn. When high-powered executive Roxanne Howard dies in […]

Things Every Good Reading Nook Needs

Things Every Good Reading Nook Needs

* This post may contain affiliate links at no cost to you. Creating your own little reading nook is the perfect way to hide away with a good book. But what does a cozy reading nook need? First, of course, you need a place to […]