Monday, January 30, 2023

Lavender Haze

Taylor banished my winter blues again by releasing the Lavender Haze music video at midnight on Friday!



To celebrate the beautiful, dreamy music video, I drank lavender teas throughout the day. 

Black Tea: Dessert by Deb's Lavender London Fog

Rooibos: Dessert by Deb's Blackberry Lavender Clafouti

White Teas: Monarch Tea Co.'s Lavender Bliss (top) and Teamancy's Lemon Lavender

January tea empties

What I've already restocked:
1) Lavender Rooibos (Tea Squared)

What I may repurchase in the future:
1) Cardamom, Ginger & Orange Rooibos (Dilmah Tea)
2) Sugar Cookie Sleigh Herbal (Celestial Seasonings)
3) Lemon Lavender White Tea (Teamancy)

I just wanna stay in that lavender haze.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Birthday teas and gifts

I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser.

Birthday Countdown: Drinking delicious cake-inspired teas!


Black Teas

Left (top to bottom): Panettone Cake; Almond Chocolate Cappuccino Opera Cake; Thai Banana Cake

Middle (top to bottom): Sugar Plum Coffee Cake; Peach Crumble Cake

Right (top to bottom): Blueberry Lavender Angel Food Cake; Hazelnut Buttercream Cake Pop

Green Teas

Left (top to bottom): Hojicha Salted Chocolate Cake; Lemon Chiffon Cake

Right (top to bottom): Lavender Peach Pound Cake; Gingerbread Pearcake


I've been saving this Buckingham Palace Strawberry and Vanilla Cake afternoon tea for my birthday! A work friend was in London, UK last summer and she said that the tea made her think of me. So she brought it back for me! It was one of the best strawberry teas that I've ever had!


Teas that I received for my birthday: Tealish herbal teas and some intriguing Adagio Valentine-themed teas.


I'm excited to try these sugars infused with vanilla, rose, and lavender!


 How cute are these Winnie-the-Pooh teacup sets?


I used a gift card to purchase this reusable bag at Home Sense (aka HomeGoods). The teacup and laptop made me think of my tea blog!

I also used the gift card for this fun and cute Rae Dunn "Happy Birthday" mug!

The friend who gave me the gift card almost bought this mug! But she thought I already had enough mugs and that cupcake wasn't purple...So it was hilarious that I went out and bought the same mug!

I'm blessed to have family and friends who know me so well!

Monday, January 16, 2023

Waterdown Tea House

When I found out that the proprietor of the Waterdown Tea House was retiring and shutting down its operations before Christmas, I rushed to use the gift certificate that I received back in Christmas 2019 (!).


Photo credit: Waterdown Tea House

I had intended to use the gift certificate but the pandemic and life just got in the way.

Unfortunately, I didn't have time to enjoy afternoon tea inside the beautiful tea house. I picked up my take-out order a few days before Christmas.


My takeout order: Afternoon Tea, extra scones, and two tea blends (Prince Harry Royal Wedding Rooibos; Peach Oolong)

I was grateful that I got to try Waterdown Tea House's delicious food before they closed their doors for good!

Monday, January 9, 2023

My Christmas tea haul

 I received some fun tea-related gifts for Christmas.

A variety of teas: black teas, rooibos, and oolong

Beautiful ornaments for my tea-themed tree

Whimsical socks and stickers.

Now it's time to announce the WINNER of my 8-year blogiversary giveaway... (DRUM ROLL):

Congratulations to TAMMY E.!

Please send me your mailing address by January 11th so the prize can be mailed out to you.

Monday, January 2, 2023

Celebrating a new year and my 8-year blogiversary!

Oh hello, 2023!

My first cup of tea this year is Dessert by Deb's delicious Salted Maple Sugar Croquebouche.

My December tea empties

What I've already restocked:
1) Candy Cane Lane decaf green tea (Celestial Seasonings)
2) Christmas in Paris herbal tea (Stash Tea)
3) Peach Crumble Cake black tea (Dessert by Deb)
4) Sweet Potato Pie black tea (DavidsTea)

What I may repurchase in the future:
1) Elf Help green tea (DavidsTea)
2) Let It Snow green tea (DavidsTea)


In celebration of Tea in the Valley's 8-year blogiversary, I'm hosting a giveaway this week!

The giveaway winner will receive:
1) This vintage bone china (Made in England) rose tea cup and saucer.
2) Some tea samples and other surprise goodies.

The giveaway is only open to residents of Canada and U.S.

To enter the giveaway, drop in the comments below:
1) an "Enter Me" comment, AND
2) your tea preferences (e.g., black, green, herbal, Earl Grey, chai, fruity, floral, etc.), AND
3) your e-mail address (if I don't already have your contact info).

Entry Deadline:
5:00 pm Eastern Time on Sunday, January 8, 2022

The winner will be chosen via and announced on:
Monday, January 9, 2022

If the winner doesn't contact me within 48 hours, a new name will be drawn.

Good luck everyone!!!