So if you have been following me for a while, you know how I feel about free things.
So I just cannot resist a giveaway-anytime I see one I have to enter it.
I have been following Regency Marketplace on Instagram and love their stuff. When I saw the giveaway I had to enter.
I don’t remember if I was tagged first and then tagged others or if I saw it and then tagged friends, but however it happened, I entered and won.
I won two teas and a tea infuser. Of the teas, I had the option of:
- English Breakfast Tea Bags
- Jasmine Green Tea Bags
- Irish Breakfast Loose Leaf Tea
- West Indies Citrus
I can have a hard time making choices…(you should see me in restaurants)
So I asked the proprietress to send me any of them and then settled in to wait.
I was a little anxious about when it would come as it has been soooooooo hot here. Like EXTREME heat, 98 to 100s, and I didn’t want it sitting in the mailbox all day.
It took about a week to get to me from Colorado to California, which is really great for a giveaway (others I have won have taken much, much longer.)
The package was wrapped in a beautiful flowered envelope:
And when I opened it (video on facebook, twitter, and instagram) I saw I had won two Oliver Pluff & Company teas: Jasmine Green and English Breakfast.
So I decided to try them out with my mom and get her opinion as well. I even pulled out my teacups for the special occasion. First came English Breakfast Tea.
My mom loved it and thought it was good, even though black teas aren’t her favorite. I LOVED it!
I don’t really drink a lot of English Breakfast Tea as a lot of the ones I have tried in the past have had a strange, acidic aftertaste.
But this one was fantastic. I drank two cups, and ended up taking the tea canister to work so I could have it on my break.
The second one was Jasmine Green Tea.
My mom tried this one and really loved it as green tea is something she drinks often. I poured the tea for myself and put some sugar in and drank it, and wowee, boy was that sweet.
The tea was very good and didn’t need any added sugar as it was plenty sweet on its own. I am currently using it to cold brew some iced tea.
The tea infuser was beautiful and so easy to clean! (Those of you who brew loose leaf tea know what I am talking about.) I scooped out the leaves, rinsed it, and it was good to go for another brew. I also love how it has a little cup to set the infuser in and capture extra water/tea and keep it from staining your plates or counter.
So I love what I won in my giveaway, and I know for a fact I will be entering any future ones and will be checking out the store.
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A few years back I was given a collection of five teas, A World of Teas. As I was about to try them out, I started thinking, which books would best suit the teas? After all nothing goes together better than a good book and a delicious tea. I decided to repeat it with these two teas. After all:
Tea #1: English Breakfast Tea
So like I said, I’m a bit wary/particular with my English Breakfast Tea as in the past I haven’t had the best ones. But I was WOWED by this one. Hmm…so a book that I didn’t think I would like, but just absolutely loved?
I saw this book and was grabbed by the eccentricity of the title. Potato peel pie society? When I saw that it was an epistolary book, I was also a little hesitant as sometime they can be amazing, but they can also be very boring or make you feel like a voyeur. When I read this book, I was WOWED by it. I couldn’t stop reading and enjoyed it so much I made my book club read it. (I promise that I will do a full review soon!)
Juliet is an author in post-WWII London trying to figure out her next book, but having terrible writer’s block. She receives a letter one day from a Dawsey Adams on Guernsey Island who is writing to her as he purchased a used book and it had her name and address in it. The two exchange letters and Juliet learns about life on Guernsey Island during WWII and how reading and their literary society saved them during the German occupation. Soon she is receiving letters from all the literary members and their stories have such an impact on her, she heads to the island to meet them and write about them.
Like the English Breakfast Tea, this book happily surprised me!
Tea #2 Jasmine Green Tea
So this was harder…this tea was sweeter than I thought it would be, and extremely tasty…after thinking on it I went with
Rachel Snow has never had a good relationship with her father, and when he kicked her out as a teenager-her relationship with her sister suffered as well. Now her mother has dementia and Rachel is declared the power of attorney; not only does she finds herself at odds with her father again, but happily closer to her sister as they try to solve a mystery about a book her mother had. In between the sisters of Snow, the book tells the story of the legendary female samurai, Tomoe Gozen who lead the army in Yoshinaka’s military, along with being his concubine. When Yoshinaka marries a girl from court, Yamabuki, Tomoe resents everything about her. But as the two spend more time together, they grow to become sisters of the Heart; and discover that both hold traits that help each be stronger.
Just like the tea, I didn’t expect the book to be as sweet as it was and enjoyed both.
For more on Sisters of Heart and Snow, check out my sister blog From Print to Screen