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Welcome to Silver’s Tea Party – A February “TEA” Sharing Event

Hello, and good day! Welcome to my tea party! Much like the weekend coffee sharing event from Part-Time Monster, my monthly Sunday tea party is where I want to catch up with friends, old and new! This is also a way for me to introduce you to some great new blogs and people that I have virtually met along the way! In addition, I want to share my great love of tea, and all things TEA!

Happy Valentines Day!
I hope you have found some time to tell the ones you love how much you enjoy their company!

So let’s begin. Please come in and have a seat. Make yourself comfortable… What kind of tea would you like?


Since our last tea party in January, I have been busy! How about you? Towards the end of January, I got to meet one of my favorite blog friends and author, Wendy Anne Darling who also lives here in Colorado. You can read all about our fun visit here.

Two of my best friends had book releases this month, Melissa Barker-Simpson, with her book, Brothers in Arms, and Ronovan Hester, with his book, Amber Wake – Gabriel Falling, along with co-author P. S. Bartlett. I am so proud of all the hard work they put into their books. You might want to check them out if you are looking for a good read!

I have been writing like I am possessed by the very fairy nymphs I am writing about. I must say the journey in writing my book, The Swamp Fairy, has been an interesting and educational experience. I feel like I put every emotion and my entire soul into my writing. If not for my trusty writing muses, Sugar and Spice, I don’t know what I would do. They seem to lend me their brains as they sit with me in my creative room, hour after hour.

Sugar and Spice after a long writing session with Mom!

Another dear friend and fabulous author, Seamus Gallagher, did me a great honor in awarding me the “Champions Award.”

In his own words:

“…in a world that seems to rush around at an even faster pace than ever, I’d like to take a few moments to have yeez consider how important it is to acknowledge publicly the many wunnerful folks who populate Blog Land… there are already gazillions of splendid Awards, recognising the goodness of so many of our fellow scribblers and readers… supporters all in their own way, worthy of a thousand special ‘thank you’ nods… the intent of these CHAMPIONS AWARDS is to differentiate those fine people who go that extra special mile for others… my fervent hope is that this will circulate and ‘viralise’ (new WURD, Mabel, settle down) and trigger your own CHAMPIONS AWARDS for those you know deserve it!

Thank you, Seamus! I am honored beyond belief to be honored by such a giving friend who works so hard to promote others on his blog, on Facebook, and Twitter.

I have the BEST blog friends! ❤ Thanks for making me feel so special!

*~*

I told you I had a couple of special guests I wanted to share with you and here they are!

First up is my friend Melissa, from her amazing blog, The Aran Artisan! If you haven’t met her you will want to check out her blog! It is a delightful mix of family, farming, crafts, and a life filled with wonder and love! Whenever I visit Melissa’s blog, I feel like I know her in real life. She is so comfortable to be around. So come on in, have a cup of tea and chat with Melissa for a bit!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Melissa, the Aran Artisan

How fitting that Colleen has invited me over on this celebratory day of love to discuss tea–something near and dear to my heart, and something which we share a passion for. Thank you, Colleen! It’s such a delight to join you today for a cuppa and to connect with your friends and readers.

As a home farmer and gardener, I grow many plants used in making hot tea, iced tea, and fermented tea (also known as kombucha). My husband and I are working to combine these plants into an area all its own, making a proper tea garden. I’m going to tell you about a few of these plants, but first, some facts about tea…

Most people have heard the term ‘tea leaves’. Used, in general, it refers to the plant Camellia sinensis which tea- white, yellow, green, oolong, and black- is made from.

Tea can also be made from one or a combination of the flowers, fruit, seeds, roots, and leaves of other plants. Technically these are not teas at all, containing no tea in them, but are tisanes, an infused drink made with plants other than Camellia sinensis. Here in the western world, we rather call them herbal teas, and so it is. The fact is many of these herbal teas contain fruits and spices also. With all this choice, there are endless combinations that can be created to suit the palate of each tea drinker.

Today I’m offering one of my favourite tea blends which is made using four herbs. It’s modified from a packaged tea that was served at a massage therapist’s office I used to visit, and is both delicious and healthy. Honestly, I don’t care much for the taste of liquorice, but I do adore both the herbs fennel and tarragon. The flavours combine so smoothly that there’s only a hint of liquorice taste and it’s well balanced with the other herbs.

Relaxing Tea

1 tsp. French Tarragon leaves– With a liquorice flavour, it’s high in antioxidants, vitamins C and A, and is an excellent source of minerals, calcium, iron, zinc, and more. It aids digestion and is calming and destressing. It is not recommended during pregnancy, though.

¾ tsp. Peppermint Leaves– Peppermint has so many benefits. The ones that I find it most useful for within my family are for relieving nausea, cold symptoms, and headaches. It’s also a digestive aid, reduces flatulence, and is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, and magnesium. There are many, many more comforting uses and it’s worth researching.

½ tsp. Fennel Leaf– Also liquorice flavoured, but milder and different. I can’t quite describe it. When eaten right off the plant, it doesn’t have the same zingy mouth numbing sensation as French Tarragon. It may be a bit sweeter. Its benefits are also great…an appetite suppressant, a breath freshener, a diuretic (relieves water retention), and is high in vitamin C, potassium, iron, folate, and fibre. My children pick it off the plant and gnaw on it throughout the day. The seeds are easy to harvest and can be dried and crushed for use in tea also.

½ tsp. Basil Leaves– In traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, basil tea is used to treat cold and fever, heart and eye problems, and to give stress relief. It’s an excellent provider of vitamins K and A, as well as high in manganese and iron.

I use fresh herbs when possible because it’s easier to just cut and brew. If using dried, which might be necessary for winter when plants are dormant, then use the same ratio as above. If combining fresh and dried, keep in mind that dried herbs are more potent and a general belief is that 1/3 the amount of dried is needed vs. fresh herbs for the same flavour to be imparted. Brew up a pot and see what you think. Experiment and adjust the individual amounts for your personal taste–just remember, it’s a good idea to keep notes.

Warning: Most medicinal herbs have warnings attached, especially for pregnant women or people with major health issues. When in doubt, please consult your doctor or a local herbalist before using these herbs for medicinal purposes.

Also Note: The nutritional value and benefits I’ve listed above are not all-inclusive, far from it. If one appeals to you, visit the library, a bookstore, or search the internet for reliable sources to research it further in depth.

I got my first herb book in 1994 and my most recent one two months ago at Christmas. The following reference list is where I looked to confirm the health information mentioned above.

References:

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/healthy-herbs.html

‘The Pleasure of Herbs’ by Phyllis Shaudys

‘Herbal Renaissance’ by Steven Foster

‘Holistic Herbal’ by David Hoffmann

Again, I’d like to give big heartfelt thanks to Colleen for having me into her home today. It’s been my pleasure!

Melissa in the middle with two of her lovely daughters

I’ll leave you now with this Irish Proverb–

‘Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.’

Cheers! Melissa Xx

I want to thank Melissa for being so kind to share her passion for tea and for growing all things natural in the lovely paradise of Ireland. Make sure and connect with her on Twitter @aranislandgirl.

My next guest is Barbara Venkataraman, who wrote the book above called, Teatime With Mrs. Grammar Person. She is here to share a spot of tea and to tell us about her BOOK GIVEAWAY OFFER, so make sure to read how you can enter to win this entertaining and fun book!

Barbara says:

Allow me to introduce you to Mrs. Grammar Person, a lovely lady who reminds us of Mary Poppins or Mrs. Doubtfire and who offers witty and helpful grammar advice all blended together in a nice cup of Earl Grey.

If ” I could care less” sounds like nails on a chalkboard to you, you will love this book which endeavors to entertain and educate while teaching grammar through a series of humorous vignettes.

You will learn the difference between “complimentary” and “complementary,” “affect,” and “effect,” and “discreet” and “discrete,” through tea-time tales served with a spoonful of sugar.

And there’s more. Although by no means a complete survey of the rules of grammar, Mrs. Grammar Person addresses such bugaboos as when to use “whom” or “who,” and “it’s” or “its”.

There’s also a helpful discussion of when to use the subjunctive tense. Then there is Mrs. Grammar Person’s soliloquy on the word “get,” one of those words that has many, many uses and which we all use with alarming frequency, but which, if we want to write well, we would do well to avoid. And you won’t want to miss Mrs. Grammar Person writing in verse!

Mrs. G.P. is so pleased to make your acquaintance that she is giving away FIVE of her Kindle books in a random drawing.

To enter, please comment on this post with your e-mail and your personal pet peeve, be it grammar or syntax, so that Mrs. G.P. may soothe your jangled nerves while offering tea and sympathy.

Book description:

Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and she has the answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask. As a dedicated and serious grammarian, she will do what it takes to be entertaining and enlightening, but never vulgar or coarse. Heavens, no! Where are her smelling salts?

Warm and witty, Mrs. G.P. makes grammar interesting with rhyming, wishful thinking, story-telling and a champagne toast. You are cordially invited to join her for a spot of tea!

Find Teatime With Mrs. Grammar Person
on Amazon … BUT DON’T FORGET! TODAY, let her know your pet peeves in grammar by leaving your email address in the comments (along with your grammar gripes) to be entered into a drawing to win her book! FIVE KINDLE BOOKS WILL BE awarded by the author.

Author, Barbara Venkataraman

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of “Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person”; “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”; and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of the “Quirky Essays for Quirky People” series. Both books of humorous essays won the “Indie Book of the Day” award.

Her popular Jamie Quinn Mystery Series includes: “Death by Didgeridoo,” “The Case of the Killer Divorce,” “Peril in the Park,” and just released, “Engaged in Danger”–the fourth Jamie Quinn mystery!

Follow Barbara on her blog, “A Trip to the Mobius Strip,” at barbaravenkataraman.blogspot.com.

I promised you sweets and here they are!

Thanks for stopping in to celebrate the month of February with me. I hope you enjoyed our tea party and the chance to visit with some new folks, and learn a bit more about teas! I know I loved it!

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Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.

The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.

Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.

A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.

When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.

She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.

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  1. What a wonderful way to spend my morning; sipping my tea, catching up with a dear friend, and meeting interesting new people. You cannot beat a Silver Tea Party 😀 The tea suggestion from Melissa sounds delicious. I must experiment with that, and visit her blog. Barbara’s book sounds terrific – just my cup of tea! In terms of a pet (grammar) peeve, it would have to be the incorrect use of ‘your’ and you’re.’ That said, my biggest peeve has more to do with laziness, or perhaps I should say, a conscious disregard for grammar rules! I receive so many texts and emails without capitalisation, or punctuation of any kind, it sometimes makes me cringe. And don’t get me started on abbreviations! Thanks for the tea, and your company. I’ll be back later to check in and mingle a little. Happy Valentine’s ❤

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    1. Hi, Melissa! I am so glad that you came to visit. It just isn’t a party without you! ❤ Happy Valentine's Day. I am writing for the next few days. I hope to get another chunk of the manuscript emailed to you by tomorrow. I just keep plugging away! ❤

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  2. Great tea party and I will definitely try out Melissa’s tea recipe as well as checking out her blog.
    Barbara’s titles all sound intriguing, especially her humorous essays. As for my pet peeves, they include the misuse of apostrophes including in years such as 1980’s instead of 1980s. It happens so often I’m beginning to wonder if the rule changed and no one told me. The other thing which bothers me is capitalisation (I’m British so we use an s instead of a z) of nouns such spring, autumn and random nouns.

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    1. Hello, Mary! Thanks for stopping by to meet everyone. Barbara is another great author that has been fun getting to know. I am totally confused by your British punctuation. The spelling I understand, having lived in England for a couple of years. Great questions! ❤

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  3. Good morning ladies and a beautiful sunshiny one it is here in Ireland! Laundry is on the line and house is clean so at last a moment to sit down…

    I love the topic of grammar and find all of Barbara’s book titles tempting my curiosity, especially “If You’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place”. (first question, should that punctuation have been in the quotation marks or outside as I put it?) A little annoyance of mine is the overuse of the phrase ‘how come’. How did this term come to be so mainstream I often wonder? Recently I heard it used between two news readers on a national news channel. Is it slang, poor grammar, or neither?

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      1. It was my pleasure Colleen. Honoured to be a part of your weekend. Mint teas are so refreshing. I hope you enjoyed your cuppa and had a wonderful day too. I am just in from work and have a pot of vanilla chai brewing. Cheers!

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        1. Thank you again, Melissa. I have been writing today on my book. My husband made me a breakfast that was magnificent. I am just getting ready to go and spend some time with him and call it a day! I am so glad you shared your recipe. It should be wonderful. Talk soon. Have a great evening with your sweet family! ❤

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  4. This is a super idea Colleen and I enjoyed meeting your guests. The book, Teatime with Mrs Grammar Person, sounds intriguing. At times there are niggly mistakes that people make in their writing that cause me to shake my head: there/their, its/it’s, and the position of the personal pronoun ‘I’. I wonder what Mrs Grammar would have to say about that 🙂
    (If I am chosen for the prize my email is: collinekc@gmail.com)

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  5. What a wonderful tea party Colleen with some fascinating guests. I shall go over and mingle in a minute, but first would like to enter the book giveaway, as it sounds like a fun way to learn some of the grammatical rules that are tricky to grasp! My pet peeve is incorrectly placed apostrophes. Ooooh, it does make me cross! My email address is edwinasepisodes@Hotmail.com.

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  6. I love a tea party; especially a tea party with so many brilliant guests sitting alongside me. I’m arriving late here because we’ve had visitors all day and now it’s my turn to relax with a camomile tea, Pet peeves … besides the missing or wrongly included apostrophe .. about which I have embarrassed the family for years for adding or rubbing out on notice boards in restaurants etc. ? Pet peeves at the moment ares interviewees on the radio or TV beginning an answer with “I mean…” when they actually haven’t said anything at all to begin with. Or ” So…” at the beginning. Used to be the ubiquitous “Basically” that drove me mad. What next? The trouble is these things turn into ear-worms to haunt for the rest of the day.
    My email: judithbarrow77@gmail.com. Thanks all for the company. Off for a re-fill.

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  7. I always wanted to be included in a great tea party. This one is really interesting. Learning the way to good grammar will probably be much more interesting if it’s full of good stories. My pet peeve is with people who don’t take the time to spell out words and shorten them to death. Maybe I’m old school but I think it’s just lazy to shorten so many words. I always have a hard time with apostrophe’s. I never quite know when I should or shouldn’t put it in. Thanks for having such a nice tea party! Oh, my email is jlroeder@mail.com

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  8. Thanks for the tea and for introducing us to two more of your guests, Colleen. I always thought most writers preferred coffee so I’m so pleased to hear that tea is also a big hit. Melissa brings us some very interesting posts over on her blog and I’m loving the recipes she is now posting. Very nice to meet Barbara. Her book sounds a great read. Anything like Mary Poppins and it’s a hit with me.
    xx

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        1. Ron and I have never been to Wales, but we tease that if Donald Trump becomes the President, we are moving there! LOL! I would love to know more about Wales so please share your interesting tidbits! Enjoy settling into your new home. I am so happy for you and John! ❤ Hugs to Toby from Sugar and Spice! ❤

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          1. I’ve been hearing lots about Mr Trump, Colleen. You’d love Wales. It’s a country of valleys, mountains, rivers, Male voice choirs, and green, green grass. Lots of sheep as well, and it holds the world record for the most number of castles per square mile than any other country.
            Please wish Ron a Happy Belated Birthday for the 12th Feb. We were moving that day and I’d actually forgotten that it was also the day of my blogs 2nd anniversary. Unlike other bloggers I didn’t get any reminder or congratulations from WordPress, but what a two years it has been.
            Sending you lots of Welsh hugs. They are the best! 😀
            xx

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          2. Oh my goodness! Happy 2nd Blogoversary! How can it be so long already? You never know, Hugh. I would love to visit some day! Wales sounds so lovely. Ron says I would have to translate all the English for him! 😀 Hugs to you. Take it easy getting settled in! ❤

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