This week I discovered Sarah Addison Allen. She writes about family, friendship, and romance. Her characters are endearingly quirky, and her stories captivate with humor and magic. (Actual MAGIC!) I finished Garden Spells and The Sugar Queen in about three days. (Three more to go before I run out of published books. Eeek!) Either of these novels would be a perfect companion to a soothing cup of tea and a treat. See if these descriptions grab you:
Now, if I were as talented in the kitchen as some of Allen's characters, I would try to make a treat out of edible flowers, or some such. I decided, however, that if these stories could talk to me, they'd tell me to make something from scratch, but not to stress about it. They'd tell me to enjoy what I made, to take a little comfort, but not to horde or hide the results. In fact, they'd urge me to share with others.
So I went with a sure thing: oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I indulged in a little spoon licking, saved 5 baked cookies for myself, and sent the rest with Steve to the law school.
In honor of the flowery theme of Garden Spells, I used my "English Meadow" china from Roy Kirkham. And for my warm beverage, I chose the black tea from Teatulia--organic, affordable, and available in the tea section of Target. The label's description of "smooth & rich with no bitterness" is entirely accurate. (Loose leaf and full leaf filter bags available online!)
What are you reading with your tea these days?
[Cross-posted at Livejournal]
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