Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Special Christmas White Tea

Hello Tea Friends,
Hope you are enjoying the magic of the season and not feeling the stresses that can be attributed to Christmas.

This year I acknowledge that I'm pretty behind with shopping and cards, but I'm trying my best not to let this dampen my spirits.

Last night I listened to some classical Christmas music and finally sat down to address my cards. 

I set out a plate of peppermint bark, Danish butter cookies, along with a cup of fantastic white tea.

Wednesday night I made a large cookie sheet of peppermint bark. I broke the pieces and wrapped them in cellophane bags. Makes a nice simple gift!
This is all that is left...I definitely need to make some more.

Last July I had the pleasure of experiencing afternoon tea at Tea's Me Tearoom in Hillsboro, Oregon. It remains the best food I've ever enjoyed in a tea room. 

White Christmas Tea  

I've been really eager to try more white teas recently. Even during a July heat wave, I ordered this tea while at the tea room. I loved it so much I bought some to take home and I waited until this Christmas week to drink it again. The tearoom has an online shop where I plan to purchase more of this tea.

The tea is a natural blend of Mutan white tea, vanilla, almond and cardamon. So delicious! It's really smooth and light with no after taste. Plus, it's not overly sweet.

A peek inside the bag

Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Best wishes for a blessed day,

I'm attending these following tea parties:

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Teapots on the Tree

I hope all of you are enjoying the start of the Christmas season. Our weather has cooled considerably and we are now finally able to wear sweaters. 
It is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...
~The house is decorated and the outside lights went up yesterday.
~I certainly haven't finished my shopping, but I know what I want to gift each person on my list.
~I want to "treat" myself to a new Nativity scene. Growing up I had one with a lit background for the stars. I would like one in that style again. I've been looking on amazon.
~I've cut out some new cookie recipes from HGTV magazine and Southern Living. I really want to try and bake the red velvet cake featured on the December issue of Tea Time Magazine. I look forward to a big baking day soon.

After teacup collecting, ornaments are second on my list of favorite collectibles. I love glass ornaments! I also look for ornaments while on vacation and each Christmas we choose an ornament that represents something/s that happened to us during that particular year. 

I'm trying to add more tea related ornaments to my collection. This one was gifted to me three years ago. (Funny how the tree lights show up prominently in the photos.)

I purchased this last Christmas on the Royal Albert website. It's Old Country Roses, but it's no longer made in England. (They are currently having a sale on ornaments.)

While these ornaments are not tea related, they are made by the same potteries as our beloved teaware:

Belleek Harp

Belleek Snowman

Nollig Shona (Merry Christmas in Gaelic Irish) Bell
Royal Tara China 

Do you have any tea related ornaments?

Happy Tea Time,

Saturday, December 5, 2015

And the winner is....

Ruth W. is the winner of the adagio Holiday tea sampler!
Please email me your mailing address and I'll ship your tea. (The link to my email address is on my profile page.) Enjoy and congratulations! Thanks to everyone that entered the giveaway. My next giveaway will be in February in celebration of Teacup Tales's first anniversary.