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Fall Is on the Way!

Dear Tea Lovers,

I can’t believe that it’s already September!  We had our first real rainy day here in Seattle a few days ago, the first since I’ve been here. It made me think of all of my California customers. Last summer I couldn’t wait for rain in California after the hot summer days. Fall will be here soon!

The EmpressIt’s been a very busy summer with the move of my home and business plus a bit of traveling too. My parents came to visit last week and we went to Victoria, British Columbia. Wow, was it gorgeous!  Butchart Gardens was amazing! We did have tea at the Empress, but not “the tea.”  We didn’t have reservations so we opted for tea and a sweet bite. We had a window seat and a fabulous time!

Now that my company has left and the kids are finally back in school, I’m busy getting ready for the fall and winter tea season and the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle this October. This week I’ll be also busy packing tea for the Antique Trove. I’ll send out another e-mail when the Trove is all restocked.

Here are some new updates:

  • Get Ready for Fall Season Sale! Order at least $30.00 and receive free shipping plus a free bag of 2 oz tea. In the comment section at checkout, put in your free tea flavor. Free offer valid until Sept 30th.
  • New 1 oz sample sizes. Because many of you requested it, sample sizes are here! $5.95 each.
  • The one pound option is now available again.  Sorry for the delay and thanks for being patient with us.
  • Holiday cozies are here for a limited time only.  They will go fast. We will have fall cozies next month but the holiday ones are now in stock. $28.95 each. They are only available on-line.
  • Try our three new teas – Southern Belle which is a peach brandy, Butterscotch Caramel Toffee and a new favorite for me, Wuyi Mountain Oolong.
  • If you’re looking for fall teas, try one of these:
  • Steeping Tea at Home vs. Bottled Tea Beverages – I read this interesting article the other day about the benefits of drinking tea you steep yourself vs. the bottled tea beverages.  I thought many of you might be interested.

As many of you know, I absolutely love to cook.  I’m working on a few new recipes, not necessarily afternoon tea recipes, but great ones, nonetheless. I’ll share them with you once I get them perfected. In the meantime, here’s an old favorite for this time of the year. It should help get you in the fall mood, even if the weather isn’t quite there yet.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Cinnamon Apple Pecan Scones (p. 131 in A Little of This and a Little of That):

  • 3 c. self-rising flour
  • 3/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3/4 to 1 c. buttermilk
  • 1/4 c. applesauce
  • 1/2 c. chopped apples


  • 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. pecans — chopped and toasted

Mix together flour and sugar.  Use pastry cutter to cut in butter.  Mixture should resemble coarse cornmeal.  Add applesauce and chopped apples.  Add 3/4 c.  buttermilk and stir.  Turn out on a floured board.  Pat into a large circle about 1 inch thick.  In a small bowl combine topping ingredients.  Add enough topping to cover circle.  Press topping into scone dough.  Cut with a small biscuit cutter.  Bake in preheated 400 degree
oven for 12-20 minutes or until nicely browned and done — depending on your oven.  Cool in pan. Glaze with a mixture of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.  Can be stored in a sealed container and reheated in foil.

Makes about 16 scones.