Gardens & Green Tea

There is something overwhelming about Springtime. I’m sure I bring it on myself after six months of hibernation, but the rate at which tasks are added to my To Do List makes me withdraw from the world. Thankfully, family came for a visit, and I was wrenched from my comfort zone (lately known as “the […]

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I’m Nervous About Starting This Book

A dense fog has sunk into mid-Michigan this week. It’s made my new, 30-mile commute dreadful and the woods across the street from my house particularly spooky. Perhaps the ominous atmosphere is what drove me to pluck Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris from the library shelf on Saturday. Or, perhaps it was the glitter […]

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Keeping Cozy with the Reading Nook Blend

Michigan has enjoyed a warm Autumn this year– “warm” being a relative term; although, temperatures did peak at a toasty 70 degrees on Friday. Of course, they also plummeted to the 30s on Saturday, and we experienced our first snowfall of the season. But that’s the north for ya’. Most of my co-workers are grumbling […]

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Teaview: It’s like a tropical island in a mug

Upon first sniff, I’m not fond of Teavana’s Frutto Bianco Pearls White Tea.  It smells too similar to Hawaiian Punch– sickly sweet and kind of stinky like over-ripe fruit.  I dislike Hawaiian Punch.  I disliked it as a kid, and I dislike it even more as an adult.  But, if you can get over the smell (or for […]

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Teaview: Earl Grey part II

I’m going to admit something that will make me seem uncultured (like that time I admitted to wondering why Thanksgiving was never celebrated in Harry Potter).  I thought Earl Grey tea was named after a man named Earl– Earl Grey.  It’s not!  “Earl” was actually a title used to show ranks of nobility in the United Kingdom.  […]

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Teaview: The Best Part of Waking Up is Maté in My Cup

Let me tell you about Teavana’s My Morning Maté.  It’s no coincidence that it sounds similar to another morning favorite–the latté!  Well, actually, it is probably a coincidence.  And, I think the accent over the “E” is an American thing so we don’t confuse it with the word “mate”.  I think “maté” in Spanish actually has […]

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Teaview: I Love Oolong Time.

I would like to take this time to apologize to Oolong tea.  I’m sorry I said you tasted like a mix of grass, moss, wet tree bark, and mud.  I was wrong.  Really wrong.  But, can you really blame me when the only Oolong tea I had the misfortune to taste was from a tea […]

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The Way of the Tea

This blog is called Books & Tea, but I notice that I’ve been skimping on the tea part.  I have to be honest, I haven’t been integrating tea time into my daily schedule lately.  I’ve been paying the price too because I can’t seem to shake off this cold.  Tea has magical immune system strengthening […]

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