Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A tea for November

This month's post is inspired more by the tea treat than the tea itself. I was keen to make pumpkin scones from scratch, and for me a very flavorful scone pairs well with a traditional black tea. And thus I chose Adagio's Assam Harmony.

From the website:
Bold, powerful black tea from the Assam region of India. A deep, burgundy-red cup, textured spicy and roasted grain aroma, malty rich flavor with notes of raisins. Pungent, but smooth astringency, making this tea an ideal cup to pair with milk and sugar.

Assam Harmony has long been a favorite of mine. (Apparently, it's a favorite of many others, as well, for it's out of stock at Adagio until the end of the month. Do check back if you're interested!) It's very versatile -- as pleasing for breakfast as it is for an afternoon pick-me-up.

You'll find the recipe for these pumpkin scones here (I halved the ingredients in order to make 8 scones). They truly are moist and delicious, and you control the sweetness with how heavily you drizzle the glaze. Bottom line -- if I can manage such gorgeous, tasty specimens on my first attempt, you'll have no trouble at all!

I enjoyed tea in front of the fireplace, making it a special event by employing my pewter tea service. Steve and I found this set at a charming shop in Clarksville, Missouri -- ASL Pewter. Their pewter is 100% lead-free and completely safe for the kitchen and table.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

October event recap

I'm behind on EVERYTHING, but that won't stop me from sharing three October event photos.

1. A visit to Choctaw High School!
Librarian Theresa Kluge, the cooperating teachers, and all the students made me feel very welcome. Please note the GHOSTLY ORBS in the above photo, not to mention the young man doing his homework (hee!) and the girl with the gorgeous strawberry-colored hair.

2. A visit to Houston County Public Library in Erin, TN!
You guys, they made a POSTER for me. And they served punch and yummy cookies. Before stuffing my face, I spoke to a very charming group of folks, some of whom were friends and even former teachers. (I grew up in the neighboring county.) What a great time! [Photo courtesy of Houston County Public Library -- and yes, I desperately need a haircut. #shaggy]

3. A group signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN!
Can you spot Beth Revis, Tessa Gratton, Stephanie Perkins, Myra McEntire, and Victoria Schwab? I'm such a FANGIRL for these ladies, and it was an honor to sign with them in this lovely little store.