Monday, March 1, 2021

Teas and chocolates

Hello, March!

 

February tea empties

Oldest: Dessert by Deb's Chocolate, Berries and Cream black tea (June 2019)

Newest: Teamancy's Love Potions (February 2021)


Last month, I ordered this charming Alice in Wonderland mug rug from the Quilting Princess.


The large mug rug has enough room for a mug and a treat!


At last week's office Zoom tea, we did tea and chocolate pairings. My yummy pairings were:

1) DavidsTea's Japanese Sencha green tea with Lindor Milk and White Chocolate Truffle

2) Taylors of Harrogate Earl Grey black tea with Lindor Extra Dark Chocolate Truffle

My co-workers also enjoyed Lindor truffles, as well as Cadbury, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Ferrerro Rocher with their teas (chai, orange pekoe, genmaicha, cinnamon herbal tea).

Monday, February 22, 2021

A surprise package

Earlier this month, I was thrilled to receive a surprise package from a friend.

 

Heart-themed plates, paper napkins, and doilies for future Valentine tea parties.


More fun goodies


Books and a calendar


An assortment of tea samples...


...and yummy chocolates!

Thank you, Teresa, for the AMAZING gifts!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Valentine Teas

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend.

Valentine's Day Countdown: 

Day 8: Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake black tea (Dessert by Deb)

Day 9: Chocolate Perfection Pie Hojicha (roasted green tea by Tea Amo)

Day 10: Sweet Tart herbal tea (DavidsTea)

Day 11: Casteal black tea (Geek+Tea)

Day 12: Chocolate Spice rooibos (Plan de Vida)

Day 13: Peppermint Patty black tea (Dessert by Deb)

Day 14: Hazelnut Chocolate pu-erh (DavidsTea)

 

 
 
My favourite tea from the Valentine countdown is Geek+Tea's As You Wish, a delicious blend of  black tea, organic  Oaxacan Mexican cacao, wild rose petals, cacao extract, and cardamom. Isn't the tea label--a recreation of Gustav Klimt's The Kiss--beautiful!

 

Think Pink!


My retro Bavarian tea set


 
I adore my colourful heart-shaped teacups!


Do you have any favourite Valentine teas?

Monday, February 8, 2021

Love potions by Teamancy

I've been wanting to try the teas by Teamancy, a Nova Scotian tea business, for months. Their cute Valentine tea cards were the perfect opportunity to try a sample of their unque teas!

 

 Yes, I sent myself a Valentine. 

It's called self-love!

 


The "Love Potions" were (L-R): Chocolate Strawberry, Raspberry Truffle, Spiced Vanilla, Lemon Berry.

 

This beautiful tea-for-one set was a birthday gift. 

Love the pink glaze and HUGE mug!

 

The teapot came with a metal strainer. 

The tea set is perfect for serving Valentine teas!


Valentine's Day Countdown: Each day I randomly picked a chocolate tea in my collection to enjoy!

Day 1: Malted Chocolate Biscuits black tea (Dessert by Deb)

Day 2: Organic Banana Chocolate Latte pu-erh and black tea (Monarch Tea Co.)

Day 3: As You Wish black tea (Geek+Tea)

Day 4: Chocolate, Berries, and Cream black tea (Dessert by Deb)

Day 5: Bergamot Kisses / Chocolate Earl Grey black tea (DavidsTea)

Day 6: Chocolate Macaroon black tea (DavidsTea)

Day 7: Cherry Chocolate black tea (Tea Amo)

Monday, February 1, 2021

First Tea Haul of 2021: Dessert by Deb's Sweet Winter Brunch Collection

And just like that it's February.

 

 January tea empties

Oldest: Fairmont Lot 35 teabags (Dec 2018)

Newest: DavidsTea's Mandarin Mimosa rooibos (Dec 2020)

I'm proud to report that I was able to go over 6 WEEKS without buying any new teas. The Boxing Day/Week sales tempted me, but I resisted...


 

...because I knew I would go on a buying spree when Dessert by Deb launched her Sweet Winter Brunch collection in mid-January! This was my birthday gift to myself. As usual, Deb's packing is impeccable!


I treated myself to this pretty mint green teacup with the matching saucer and teabag, and these super cute coasters designed by Deb


I picked up 5 blends from the Sweet Winter Brunch collection, and 4 teas from her other collections.

I got the Cereal Milk and the Hojicha Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding teas free as part of the launch's bonus offers.


These adorable stationery and teal teabag holder were additional bonus goodies.



I'm not a big cereal person, but I enjoyed Cereal Milk's creamy flavour. Creamy teas are my jam!


Golden Pear Sunshine (an herbal tea with tumeric) is just what I need to brighten up these winter days.


The Sweet Winter Brunch Collection introduced another delicious orange tea: Orange Cinnamon Rolls black tea


Caramel Custard Flan rooibos tea is another creamy tea with a coconut twist!


Sipping these yummy Dessert by Deb teas have made lockdown much more tolerable!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Birthday teas

Last week, I turned another year older.


I'm grateful for all the birthday messages, texts, calls, and cards from family and friends. These tea-themed cards are so me!

 

My birthday week kicked off with a virtual Mad Hatter Tea Party with my 5-year-old godson. The Itty Bitty Prettys Tea Party Surprise was my present!

In my Royal Albert January teacup: Geek+Tea's Butterbeer black tea.


Birthday week teas that I enjoyed:

Left: Tealise's Organic Birthday Tea was a tasty tropical black blend (mango and passionfruit).

Right: Harney & Son's Celebration was a delicious fruity black tea with some subtle floral notes.

 

I also drank these yummy cake- and pie-inspired teas during the week:

1) Dessert by Deb's Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake black and rooibos tea

2) Dessert by Deb's Coconut Pie Chai black tea

3) Tea Amo's Chocolate Perfection Pie Hojicha (roasted green tea)

4) Clearview Tea's Gingerbread Pear Cake green tea

Monday, January 18, 2021

National Hot Tea Month

We're more than halfway through National Hot Tea Month!


On National Hot Tea Day (January 12), I had a virtual tea social with my co-workers and sipped down Dessert by Deb's delicious Earl's Sugar Cookie black tea (I forgot to take a photo during the call, so this image is from another day).


Last year, Lorrie and Brenda inspired me to buy some twinkle lights. My magical teapot light adds sparkle to the indoors!