Monday, November 30, 2015

Welcome December with a Tea Giveaway!


Welcome December!
A month of decorating, cooking, entertaining, gift giving and of course tea drinking is heading our way! No matter how much I plan and organize, this month remains a busy one.
My goal is to remember the real reason for the season and simply just enjoy being in the moment.

Today's featured teacup is Royal Albert's Flower of the Month December cup and saucer: Christmas Rose



This teacup and saucer features a Lenten rose, holly and berries. The cup shape is Montrose.





I've been wanting to collect this series for some time and purchased my first (this) one last December on ebay. Next I would like to add the June teacup to my collection since it is my birth month, but the prices are pretty high for this series. Here's a pictorial link: Royal Albert Flower of the Month Series



Royal Albert began producing this series in 1970.

Well, this December teacup needs some tea. So what better teas than holiday ones? 

Thanks to Kitty (Kitty's Kozy Kitchen) because she introduced me to adagio Teas when I was looking for a quality chai. While ordering a new chai online (which I'll review later), I saw they had a holiday tea sampler (featuring gingerbread, candy cane, pumpkin spice and chestnut teas).  I thought it would be a perfect gift for one of my Teacup Tales' readers. This is my first giveaway!


You can learn a bit more about these teas here. Each sample makes 8-10 cups of tea.



If you would like the opportunity to win this holiday tea sampler, please let me know in the comments section. A name will be drawn using Random Picker on Saturday, December 5. The winner will be announced on my blog and that person can email me their address. (Open only to U.S. addresses...so sorry to my Canadian & int'l readers.)

Good luck!
Nora

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
                                       ~Norman Vincent Peale

I'm joining these parties for tea:







Monday, November 23, 2015

A Delightful Dessert Tea

Greetings Tea Friends,
During the fall and winter months, my desire to bake and my intake of desserts definitely increases. Desserts provide comfort on cold nights along with a pot of tea. Too often the dessert teas I've tried have been overly sweet and artificial tasting. I feel as if I need to drink a glass of water afterward.
I am happy to report my dessert tea dilemma has been solved thanks to a tea from Plum Deluxe. Plum Deluxe sells organic loose leaf teas and is located in Portland, Oregon. 

The owner, Andy Hayes, reached out to me to sample some of his teas and now I'm delighted to share Coconut Macaron Dessert Tea with you. 

(sorry for the glare)

The ingredients are organic black tea, honeybush tea, Rooibos tea, coconut pieces and natural almond essence.
The steeped tea is golden brown in color with a scent and taste of light caramel. 
I look forward to serving this tea after holiday dinners with dessert. It will complement not overpower desserts.

Today the tea is served in a thirteenth brown mark (2008-2010) basket weave Belleek mug.

In addition to the individual teas at Plum Deluxe, there is a tea of the month club and a really informative newsletter that I subscribe to via email. 
As a writer I really enjoyed the descriptions of the teas; they reminded me of ones on wine labels. 

Hope this week brings you sweet tea and desserts,
Nora




Sunday, November 15, 2015

See you next week...

Hello Tea Friends,
I'm looking forward to sharing a wonderful new dessert tea with all of you next week. I've been swamped with work these last two weeks and haven't had the chance to do a proper post. So sorry! Funny how work gets in the way of life.
I hope to visit your blogs this week though.
Until next week,
Nora 

Monday, November 2, 2015

My November "Simple Woman's Daybook"

Welcome Tea Friends to November!
I thought I would try something new this week. Last month or so I read an interesting post on 
doodles 'n' daydreams titled "The Simple Woman's Daybook." I've always enjoyed journaling and thought this would be a nice exercise for myself and something to share with all of you. Sometimes it's healthy for us to get out of our "blogging" comfort zone.
Hope you enjoy seeing a little glimpse into my life. 
See you next week at our regular tea time,
Nora




For today...Sunday, November 1

Outside my window...to the left the branches of the pomegranate tree are bowing with the weight of the fruit. There's much less fruit on the tree this year, but the pomegranates we have are large and a beautiful burgundy color. To the right, the leaves of my Japanese maple tree are dry and curling at the edges. I'm hoping it's just due to fall and not drought related.

I am thinking...it's time I should make a Christmas shopping list. I know Halloween has just ended; but I really want to enjoy this holiday season and don't want shopping to be the focus. I want to plan a Christmas Tea for some of my oldest and dearest friends.

I am thankful...everyone is healthy in my family. It's not something I ever want to take for granted. I thank God for this.

I am wearing...a light blue nightgown with a pattern of cute angelfish. I look forward to getting into my pj's each night after being in work clothes all day.

I am drinking...my favorite tea from a local tea room. It's a black tea called French Vanilla. I never tire of it.

I am going...to Target tomorrow to return a pair of pants and hopefully not buy anything else. Target is one of those stores where it's so easy to pick up little things here and there and end up with an expensive charge.

I am wondering...why my favorite football team lost their game today and if they will improve during the season.

I am reading...After You by Jo Jo Moyes. It's the sequel to Me Before You which was one of my favorite books from last year. It's the type of book you keep thinking about months after you finished it. My book club read it and all of us were speculating about what will happen to the main character. I guess I will find out soon enough in the sequel. The movie is set to be released March 2016.

I am learning...the relaxing power of coloring! As a child, I loved coloring books and using my big box of Crayola crayons. Recently I purchased an adult coloring book at JoAnn's titled, The Secret Garden by Johanna Basford  of Scotland. The illustrations are incredibly beautiful and intricate.
                                                                   (from the internet)
In my kitchen...blueberry muffins. I've been trying to bake once during the weekend. My work schedule has been busier than I would like so the weekends are a time for baking and more involved dinners.

I am creating...a snowman embroidered stocking. I've been "creating" it for two years now and definitely hope to finish it this Christmas. I need to reduce my computer time to get this and other craft projects completed.

My quote of the day...
Enjoy your week and thank you for reading!
If you want to learn more about this type of daybook, please visit The Simple Woman's Daybook.