You’ll Want To Spread This On Everything: Fruit Butter! 🍎

Today we are going to look at fruit butters! Some of you may have heard of it but others who have never heard of it could be confused. Fruit as a butter? What is that? Fruit butters are its lesser known than its cousins jam and jelly, but it's steadily gaining popularity, especially in the …

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Zesty & Aromatic Spice Teas

The days of iced tea are numbered as the weather begins to turn cool and crisp. The time for hot tea returns as the leaves begin to fall off of trees and crunch under your feet. Strawberries and peaches make way for fruits like apples and pears. To complement these tasty gems of nature, spices …

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Warm & Delicious Fall Teas

As soon as summer is over, pumpkin spice and cinnamon begin to fill the shelves of stores faster than you can say “Halloween”, boots replace flip flops, and coats are brought out from dark closets and into the bright orange sunshine. The cooler weather is finally upon us for a short time, and you can …

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Yes, You Can Enjoy Green Tea in the Fall!

Your first reaction to the article title will be, “Who says I can’t enjoy green tea in the Fall?” And to that I say, “A host of tea experts out there.” Yep, they tell you that green tea is best when fresh, especially if it’s a first flush green tea. Which is usually harvested between …

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Comfort Foods for Your Autumn Tea Party

Awhile back I wrote about comfort foods and teas to go with them (see the article here). Some comfort foods are just right for your Autumn tea party. Time to focus on those. Top of the list: Pumpkin Pie – oh yeah! You can buy one at the grocery or the local bakery, bake your …

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Tea and Chrysanthemums

Awhile back I wrote a whole slew of poems about tea and other things such as chrysanthemums. These wonderful flowering plants are particular favorites, especially during Autumn, for inspiring my inner Muse. And they go nice with tea time! Chrysanthemums have been cultivated in China since the 15th century B.C. They regarded this flowering herb …

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7 Dishware Patterns for the Perfect Autumn Tea Table

I love Autumn. The cooler temperatures that bring relief after Summer’s heat. The lower humidity level that makes that cooler air seem refreshing. And the colors. Especially the colors. So why not bring that indoors to your Autumn tea table? One great way is with a dishware pattern. There are tons to choose from, but …

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Pumpkin-Themed Items for Your Tea Time

Pumpkin season is upon us. Piles of pumpkins greet us at the grocery store entrance. Ads for you to come to a pumpkin farm and pick your own seem to be everywhere. And recipes for foods and beverages with actual pumpkin or some flavoring meant to mimic it are equally numerous. So a few options …

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Toasting the First Day of Fall with Tea

For some folks, Labor Day is officially the end of Summer, which among the folks in the Hamptons also means it’s the last day to wear white until Memorial Day, but officially Summer continues until around the end of the 3rd week of September. I always like to observe this official version of the change …

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Leaf Peeping of a Different Kind

It’s that time of year when the leaves on those deciduous trees start to lose their chlorophyll and go from green to various hues of yellow, orange, red, and brown. Lots of maps appear across the Internet to guide you to the best spots for a bit of “leaf peeping.” A wonderful pastime. But here …

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