The Afternoon Tea Collection

The The Afternoon Tea Collection has won me over and I have not even prepared one recipe yet!

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This book is a must have for anyone who enjoys tea time treats and needs creative ideas that do not sound overwhelming to prepare.

Brimming with beautiful color photographs, this book thrilled my visual senses and had me drooling over the treat selections.
How do people get their food to turn out like this?! 
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Everything looks scrumptious!

The book is divided into sections based on food type.  Recipes include sandwiches and tarts to savory and sweets.

The only challenge is deciding what to prepare first!

The Afternoon Tea Collection is a fantastic book choice for any tea time enthusiast.

 

 

Tea at Downton

 Tea at Downton: Afternoon Tea Recipes From The Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey, while short, a mere 77 pages, is a treat of a book.

Written by Elizabeth Fellows, Tea at Downton shares the origins history of afternoon tea time.
It came as no surprise that afternoon tea began as a necessity in a woman's life.  With a myriad of responsibilities, then and now, sometimes a woman just needs a treat to make it through the day.

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I enjoyed the history aspect of how World Wars influenced changes in tea time and its menu.  The book is filled with recipes and etiquette techniques.

With Downton in the title, you can expect the book to cater to we Downton Abbey fans.  The book does include tidbits of information on Edwardian kitchens and homes, such as Downton. There are recipes that bear the names of favorite characters from the television show.

My only grumble of complaint would be that a few photos would have been nice, throughout the book or at least in the recipe section.  Being an average cook, I like to see how my new creation should look when I am finished.

I am looking forward to trying out a new recipe or two when the last season of Downton Abbey airs in January 2016.

Tea at Downton is best, when read in an English accent and is a lovely addition to my kitchen bookshelf.

 

 

 

 

 

When in doubt go with Black Tea

I am going to start a new saying, “ When in doubt, go with black tea. “

Black tea is robust, tasty without being bitter,and has an array of nutrients and antioxidants. I find it has the right amount of caffeine kick to shake off morning or afternoon sluggishness.

For years my go to Black Tea has been- Twinings English Breakfast. 

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This tea bag is not just for breakfast, it is a delightful afternoon tea when paired with a tea time treat. 
The decaffeinated version is just right for those who do not want the effects of caffeine or if you are sipping later in the evening.

Tea bags are convenient for the morning rush or when you do not want a lot of fuss. However there is much to be said for a loose tea.

When you take a few extra moments to add loose leaves to a tea ball or infuser; you not only have tea, you make an occasion.

Currently, my favorite loose black tea is by Two Leaves and a Bud. 

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This tea is a sip & savor treat for me. 

It is ideal on mornings or afternoons when there is no rushing about.  

No matter if it steeps from a tea bag or a tea ball, black tea is a must have in my Booksipper tea stash.

 

All things sippable

When I curl up with a book, my sippable beverage of choice is ~ TEA! 

~ Hot or Iced ~ Sweetened or Unsweet ~
~Loose leaf or Bagged ~ Green Tea or Black Tea ~

There is a tea for my every mood & a tea to pair with every book!

Join me as I share my love of all things tea through:

~afternoon teas
~tea parties
~teas I loved
~tea time treats
~histories of tea
~tea time etiquette
~tea shops
~tea pots & tea cups

Really, C.S. Lewis said it best when he said:

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What is your favorite sippable beverage?