Month: August 2017

Tea with Tracee de Hahn

Tea with Tracee de Hahn

*Today I’ve invited author Tracee de Hahn to join me and share her love of tea with us* I’m delighted to join any endeavor that is an ode to tea! Thank you, Samantha for inviting me. How the ideas emerge, how the plot is created, […]

Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

Afternoon Tea Centerpiece

An Afternoon Tea Centerpiece is a great way to brighten any tea setting. A beautiful fresh flower arrangement is an easy and colorful addition to your table. I picked up this gorgeous bouquet at my favorite place to find fresh flowers (Trader Joe’s) for just […]

A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

A Brief History of Afternoon Tea

The History of Afternoon Tea When it comes to looking at the history of afternoon tea, it might help to understand that in the early nineteenth century, people only ate 2 meals a day. They ate breakfast before going out for the day and dinner […]

Sue Grafton- Y is for Yesterday Review

Sue Grafton- Y is for Yesterday Review

When I first learned the release date of Sue Grafton’s new book, Y is for Yesterday, I immediately cleared my schedule for the day. I’ve been patiently waiting for another visit with Kinsey Millhone since closing the book on X. I couldn’t wait to spend […]

Apple Pastry with Caramel Sauce

Apple Pastry with Caramel Sauce

This delicious apple pastry is perfect for a fall afternoon tea. Made with fresh apples and served with warm caramel sauce, it’s a perfect pastry to serve with a bold, black tea like Harney & Sons Paris tea. I made this pastry to enjoy during […]

Summer Afternoon Tea

Summer Afternoon Tea

I couldn’t let the warm weather pass without enjoying an summer afternoon tea with friends on my deck. I love this gorgeous summer weather and a spur of the moment afternoon tea was just what the day called for. I invited my best girlfriends over […]

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Cantaloupe isn’t one of my favorite fruits, I have to admit, but this chilled cantaloupe soup is changing my mind. It’s light and refreshing, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. It will even carry you into the early days of fall when […]

Understanding the Different Varieties of Tea

Understanding the Different Varieties of Tea

There are more varieties of tea in China than there are of wine grapes in France, each with their own distinct flavor. Whether you prefer black, green, oolong, white, or matcha tea, all teas come from the same plant – Camellia sinensis. The difference in […]

What Can We Say? It Was a Bar Bet…

What Can We Say? It Was a Bar Bet…

** Today I’m turning the blog over to Fiona Quinn and Tina Glasneck, co-authors of If You See Kay, Run to talk about their brand new series. ** Fiona – Fiona Quinn and Tina Glasneck walked into a bar…. Tina – The beginning of a great joke. […]

Tea Lover’s Gift

Tea Lover’s Gift

When I wanted to share some of my Hello Tea Club treasures with my bestie, she quickly informed me that she didn’t have an infuser. How is this even possible? I had to remedy this situation immediately so I started putting together a gift for […]