October is nearly here! The year nears its end and the days shorten. It is a pensive and sometimes melancholic season, but it can also be energizing as we think of the holidays ahead when we will come together with friends and family. We are re-doing our family schedule and making Fridays Cookie and Craft Days. We’ll finish our school early and spend Friday either making a batch of cookies to freeze and save for Christmas, or making Christmas cards and gifts. When our work (and play!) is done, we’ll settle down with a cup of tea and story time!
As promised, I have three new seasonal teas to offer you! I hope you will enjoy them.
Independent Tea Consultant
Let’s Do Tea monthly specials:
For October 2009, if you host a party, you receive 15% merchandise credit, and one of the following: a free tin of tea (any tea $10.95 and under), a box of any size Tea Sacs, an Empress tea strainer, or October Hostess Gift ~Beige 6 cup Whole Leaf Teapot~ PLUS: For every $300 in sales the hostess will receive an extra $30 Merchandise Credit!
You can see pictures of most of these items at kitty.letsdotea.org – see my featured items!
There is also a Customer Special for October ~ Have Your Tea & Eat It Too Cook Book & any Trio Set $32.95 *Starts September 15 – October 31st*
#3501 Toffee Cream:
Black Tea, Caramel Drops, and Natural Flavors.
#3502 Figgy Pudding:
Black Tea, Fig and Date Bits, and Natural
#3503 Peppermint Bark:
Black Tea, Peppermint, Vanilla Bits, Candy Cane,
and Natural Flavors.
Teas are $10.95 each or $28.95 for the Trio. Trio
includes 1 ea. seasonal tea. Trio #3500
Available from Oct 1st – Dec. 31st.
NEW TEAS! I mentioned these in our last newsletter; here they are again!
Banana Blast $10.95 #3019
Cranberry Peach $10.95 #3021 (Can we say “delicious”?)
Pumpkin Spice $10.95 #3011
Enchanted Berry $10.95 #3037 (I have tasted this one – it is fantastic iced)
Heavenly Mango $10.95 #3038
Raspberry Ginger $12.95 #3042
Roasted Pistachio $10.95 #3043
Eggnog $10.95 #3065
Lemon Souffle $10.95 #3066 (This is one of my favorites)
Fresh Cherries $14.95 #3055
Recipe (you can send me your favorites to be published in future issues!)
Beans of the Dead (Fave Dei Morti)
Note: Here is a recipe for Italian “soul” cookies. The theme of beans suggests the idea of burial and rebirth. Sometimes these are called “Ossi dei Morti” or “Bones of the Dead” and shaped like bones instead of beans. Even though the idea of bones and the dead sound morbid, these cookies are delicious! Enjoy them on All Souls’ Day with a cup of your favorite tea. (recipe adapted from A Continual Feast by Evelyn Birge Vitz)
2/3 cup almonds, finely ground
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
4 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces and softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Grated rind of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Place very finely ground almonds in a large bowl. Add the sugar, and blend well with a fork. Add the flour and the cinnamon, then the butter, then finally the egg, the vanilla, and the grated lemon rind, mixing well with each addition. With a fork or floured hands, work the mixture to a smooth paste.
Break off large-bean-sized pieces of paste (about 1 inch long), and place them about 2 inches apart on a greased, floured baking sheet. Squash each piece slightly to produce an oval shape like a lima or fava bean.
Bake for 10 – 15 minutes, or until golden.
Yield: about 100 one-inch beans.
Variation: shape dough into bones, 1 or 2 inches long.
Tea Party ideas
How about an open house party around All Souls Day? Serve Beans of the Dead with a variety of teas – order the new Fall Seasonal Trio!
If you have any questions regarding Let’s Do Tea, hosting a tea party or a catalog party, ordering teas without having a party, or becoming a consultant, please feel free to contact me.
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