Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
here to check out the offerings.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
here to see what's new. Are you an Adagio fan as well? If so, which of their teas do you recommend?
Monday, October 13, 2014
Newnan, $21.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or (888) 313-2665.
Photos are from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and courtesy of Arcadia Publishing
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Daily Mail article features "A Mad Tea Party" and even more of her work. I think I may have to go create something this weekend! (Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration, Kris!)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Are you familiar with the history of Mr. Lipton? I find him a particularly fascinating man, and this issue contains Part XXXIII of their feature titled "Reversals of Fortune in the Tea Industry."
Here are some things I learned about Lipton:
• When he applied to be a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron in England, his application was rejected and only Prince Edward (only Prince Edward!) supported his membership. The prince was told that if Lipton got into the club, it would "have but two members, you and Sir Thomas."
• Some of his critics thought his interest in yachting was purely an act of self-promotion aimed at driving his tea sales. Whether that was his intent or not, Lipton did find his yachting news appearing in every major newspaper in the U.S., and tea sales soared.
• "… his association with the NYYC (New York Yacht Club) vis-à-vis his America's Cup challenges also provided entry to a social life that was unattainable for him in England."
Reading that last line, I can almost picture a Lady Mary Crawley (or perhaps the Dowager Countess) scoffing at the idea of Sir Thomas Lipton gaining entry to the British yacht club. And yet he managed to compete in the America's Cup anyway. Although he never won, he had a reputation as being a gracious and cheerful loser. If you'd like to know more about Sir Thomas, I highly recommend this book I read a few years ago. And if you don't (yet!) have a free subscription to the Upton Tea Quarterly, you can read the article here.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Sweet Potato-Pecan Tea Bread
1 cup pureed sweet potatoes (2-3 medium)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, combine sweet potatoes, oil, brown sugar, water, eggs and vanilla. Mix well using a wire whisk. In another medium bowl, add all the dry ingredients and stir. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined. Pour batter into prepared 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and bake for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 1 hour before removing loaf from pan.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Friday, October 3, 2014
Owner Mike Meyer sent word earlier this week that there will be a Holiday Tea on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and guests may come tour the 1859 Antebellum home "decked out for the holidays" and enjoy some delicious catering selections. The menu will include Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Cranberry Scones, Chicken Salad on Raisin Bread, Pimento Cheese Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit, Cheese Straws, a Holiday Dessert, Black Tea and Water. Cost is $16.95 per person (plus 7 percent tax and 18 percent gratuity).
That sounds like a great deal, and great fun, to me! Interested? I'm going, and I thought I'd see if any of you locals (or non-locals, for that matter!) would like to sign up as well, because it would be lots of fun if quite a few of us all plan to go at the same time. If you're interested, just contact me through the e-mail button at right. Thanks!
Thursday, October 2, 2014
"As a young girl," she writes, "I spent most of my waking hours outdoors. A picnic was often tied in a bandana and tucked into my bicycle basket or carried on a walk in the woods. Now I love having my tea in the early morning on my back steps while enjoying the antics of squirrels and birds, thus taking time to pay attention to God's creation surrounding me."
The book includes teatime recipes and tips, and I appreciate Marilyn's advice that "oolongs, greens, and white tea are the best choice for using with thermos water, as the water can be cooler than boiling hot." I wouldn't have thought about that! There are also plenty of lovely tea quotations and scenic photography that will have you ready to head outdoors yourself with a simple teatime treat packed into an old lunchbox or tea basket, and perhaps with this sweet book tucked inside. If you're interested in getting a copy for yourself, please go here for more information. Congrats on your new book, Marilyn!