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Valentine’s Day is well known for celebrating love between two people. I feel Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers, but for friends and family, as well. After all, these are people you love and cherish. Why not show your love and appreciation for them? Try our selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to brighten up everyone you love!teagsmg1000037835_-00_a-stash-of-love-gift-set

If you have a tea loving friend or family member, while tea is a good gift, but why not an accessory or an essential? By essential, try a tea kettle or a teapot. One can never have too many of those? If one ever breaks, you can always have extra! As always, our English Tea Store teapots come in many colors and you can choose from 2 cup or 6 cup teapot!

Perhaps the person you love is from the other side of the Pond? Wouldn’t you like to give them a taste of Home? We’ve got our selection of British sweets and chocolate to start off with. Some of our most popular candies include the world famous melt-in-your-mouth Cadbury Dairy Milk and the gooey but heavenly sweet Walkers Toffee. Let your love show their patriotism with their favorite items featuring the Union Jack. Give them a travel mug to sip their tea from or let the world know where they’re from with they’re shopping bag. Or surprise your Across the Pond Honey with a flag of Home! Great Britain, Scotland, and plenty more! Hang it in the kitchen or living room, it will bring a smile!

You can always put a steasvbf1000033494_-00_the-romance-of-tea-valentine-gift-basket_2urprise package together but if you’re strapped for time, try our gift baskets. They’re easy, convenient, and best of all, there’s just about one for everyone! If you know someone who is a fan of mint, we have a mint tea time basket featuring chamomile tea, or someone who is just getting into tea, there is the English Tea Store basket, and then the Deluxe Afternoon Tea for the full English tea experience!

There’s just about something for everyone. Take a look around our site and check out all of our categories!

-CD

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

 

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Now they say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach so let’s make some nice chocolate biscuits to offer him on St. Valentine’s day.

This recipe makes 20 biscuits and if you have a heart shaped biscuit cutter they will look very special.​

 

 

  • Oven 375 F  190 C  gas mark 5
  • Grease or line three baking sheets
  • 8 oz self raising flour
  • 4 oz caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 oz butter
  • 5 tablespoons of milk
  • A few drops of vanilla essence
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(c) Julia Briggs – English Tea Store

Sift the flour with the cocoa powder and sugar and rub in the butter, then add the vanilla essence and milk and mix to a soft dough.  Knead lightly on a floured worktop and then roll out to about a quarter inch thick.  ​

Using a biscuit cutter cut out the biscuits and place on the baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.  Keep rolling out the dough and cutting the biscuits until all the dough is finished.

 

Allow to cool slightly and then transfer onto a wire cooling rack.

Decorate either with chocolate icing, white icing or melted chocolate.  Arrange in a nice box and give with love. – JAB

 

Round and round the Sun we go. And round and round the calendar we go at the same time. Valentine’s Day is once again looming, and the brows of anxious husbands and sweethearts are beading with the sweat of wondering what will please their true love. Ok, guys, listen up: We want CHOCOLATE! Oh, and roses and some romantic dinner with candles and tea and something you cooked yourself.

Valentine's Bad to the Bone Ghirardelli Gift Set

Valentine's Bad to the Bone Ghirardelli Gift Set

Simple.

Well, maybe not too simple. Let’s take it a step at a time, starting with the chocolates. (The most important things first, of course!) There are many to choose from, but go for the best. True love is rare and special. Cadbury’s (the kind still made in the U.K.) has a reputation for being rich and flavorful, reflecting the richness of your feelings. Of course, the “bad boy” image has appeal, so some Ghirardelli chocolates with a “Bad to the Bone” bear will get the message across.

Even a more economical version of a chocolate-centered gifts will say “I love you!” loud and clear! The same goes for roses. You can go full out with the traditional dozen long stemmed red beauties, or keep it simple with a gift that includes a single silken rose.

Valentine's Gift Set - Tea and Chocolate

Valentine's Gift Set - Tea and Chocolate

Of course, I fully recognize that we females like to give our special fellas tokens of our affections, too. Planning a special tea time for him can be a pleasure that could lead to “other” things. Heh heh! Be sure chocolate is on the menu, too, since it tends to make you feel a bit “glowing” inside.

A possible 3-course menu for your special “Valentine, Sweet Valentine!” Tea Time:

  • First course: A cheese appetizer (brie or camembert) with crackers and Dragonwell tea
  • Main course: Roasted chicken, new potatoes boiled and lightly buttered with a sprinkle of dill, braised green beans, and an assortment of raw vegetables (cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, etc.) served with a nice of Ceylon or Assam tea
  • Third Course (Dessert): Strawberry shortcake served with some Darjeeling or even Tie Guan Yin.

Why do we go all through this every year? One story says that around 270 A.D. as the Roman Empire was crumbling, Emperor Claudius II banned marriage, thinking bachelorhood would make young men more willing to serve in his army, sorely needed since the empire was under siege from all sides. A cleric named Valentine at the local church, however, would secretly marry young couples who would come to him. For this disobedience, he was executed on February 14th. (Sorry, that’s not very romantic.) In the 14th century the date became associated with love. Greeting card companies took up the cause in the 1840s, issuing greeting cards that seem quite innocent and simple by today’s standards. You can still find some of these older designs on sites like Birdhouse Books.

One final thought here from Helen Keller:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.

Here’s wishing you a fabulous Valentine tea time and beyond!

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many of us are trying to find new and creative ways to express our love. Flowers, candles, candy are all fine ideas, but have you considered expressing your affection through tea?  Perhaps there’s something about your lover that can be reflected in a blend of tea, which when explained will be sure to be one of the most special  Valentine’s messages ever!

You are the Sweetest!
With the additions of fruits that can be found in tea blends these days, it’s easy to show the sweet side of being in love.  Tell your Valentine how their love is the sweetest thing in your life – as sweet as Peaches, Pomegranates or Blueberries (in Black Tea).  Even Sweeter: include a special gift of exotic honey, because tea and honey go together like you and your honey!

You Spice Up My Life!
Let your passionate side move you by expressing the spicier side of your relationship.    Whether it’s a Hot Cinnamon Spice or a Bombay Chai –  inclusion of black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom is sure to send this message.  Added bonus:  Spices warm the blood and increase circulation –  this rush of blood is good for your heart!

Your Love Blossoms In My Heart!

Sure you could buy flowers, or you can find your favorite flowers in a blend of tea!  Instead of buying your love a rose – how about a Kyoto Cherry Rose Tea?  Relax with a gentle chamomile or fly to romantic French countryside with a lavender infused tea.  Best of all, these flowers won’t wilt!  So say it with flowers or enhance that bouquet with a matching tea!

Whatever and however you celebrate being in love this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget the steamy affair that starts with a warm pot of tea!

© Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog, 2009-2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this article’s author and/or the blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Online Stores, Inc., and The English Tea Store Blog with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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