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I am purposefully seeking ways to add a little more peace, joy and fun in my life; that's why I started this tea story.

Currently I am searching for a new supplier for my tea. So I’m visiting websites and ordering different blends every month. I’ll be posting about my finds along with my visits to tea rooms.

It’s always the perfect time for a cup of tea. Won’t you join me?

Category Archives: Tea Tips

Creme Brulee Tea

Tea Review – Creme Brulee Black Tea from Simpson & Vail   Simpson & Vail have been in the tea business since 1929.  I’m impressed that they survived the depression and I’m very happy they’re around today because they have a delightful dessert tea that is sure to be a new favorite.  It’s Creme Brulee… Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

We say thank you so often that sometimes it starts to lose its meaning which is one reason why Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a day to pause a reflect on the many things in our lives we have to be grateful for. Here are a few things that spring to mind:… Continue Reading

Tea Festival Calendar for 2017

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s 2017 already, can you believe it? I’m looking over my brand new 2017 calendar and planning out what I’m going to do and when.  I love new calendars, don’t you?  They’re so full of possibilities! Here is a list of upcoming Tea Festivals that you may want to add to… Continue Reading

Sassyfras Strawberry

A pleasing fusion of green tea and the fruity strawberries, Piper & Leaf’s Sassyfras Strawberry is a go-to afternoon tea.  Sencha green tea, a very popular Japanese green tea, makes for a light, fresh base. Building from there, the addition of strawberries and beets creates a slightly rosy golden color in the finished brew.  The tea… Continue Reading

Relax with Tea

I was unaware that #StressAwarenessDay was November 2.  Now I know and wanted to share it with you.  I’ll try not to stress out over being a couple of days late with the news.  I’ll just call it being 363 days early for next year! The International Stress Management Association (I wonder if they throw… Continue Reading

English Breakfast Tea from Whittard

A full-bodied morning staple, the bold and robust English Breakfast tea is designed to go well with milk and sugar. I turn to a breakfast tea whenever I need a real eye-opener in the morning and this one earns its name as a breakfast tea. This is a high quality tea blend with uniform leaves… Continue Reading

Afternoon Tea Week

Brexit may have the U.K. in an upheaval but it hasn’t stopped them from celebrating all that is tea. August 8 – 14, 2016 is Afternoon Tea Week in the U.K.  So if you’re there or heading over you may want to check out the dedicated Afternoon Tea Week website – – to find… Continue Reading

Celebrate National Iced Tea Day!

As the heat of summer starts to take hold you can enjoy National Iced Tea Day on June 10th in style! There is a trick to making good Sweet Iced Tea. Boil the water and brew your favorite tea with just half the normal amount of water. “What?  In this heat?”  Yes, sorry but it’s… Continue Reading

The Art and Science of Tea Blending

The Birmingham Botanical Garden is offering a class about do-it-yourself tea blending this Saturday, May 28 from noon to 3:00 p.m.  Cost is $35 for non-members. For more details go to Continue Reading

Optimal Brewing Time for a Tea Bag

We have a question from a reader: “When making a single cup of tea from a tea bag what is the optimal amount of time to leave the bag in there?” Great question!  I’m so glad you asked. Until it’s the strength you want. (Official smarty pants answer.) Really though, it’s probably about 1 –… Continue Reading