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Tea Newsletter ~ September, 2009

Hello everyone,

September has always brought images of fiery leaves and cooler weather, even while growing up in the California desert, where September’s temperatures still hovered in scorching 100+ degrees.  Even so, the word “September” makes me think of cozy sweaters and sipping a hot drink while watching the first snow flakes flutter out of the clouds.

So to celebrate the cooler temperatures ahead, even if they are not here yet, I have new tea flavors to offer you!

Look for three new seasonal teas in next month’s newsletter!

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant
kitty.letsdotea,org

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Tea Trivia
Antioxidants and polyphenols – which protect human cells from damage – are found in the highest levels in white tea.

Let’s Do Tea monthly specials:
For September 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 September Hostess Gift Old Amsterdam TFM (Tea For Me) (Any Color)
You can see pictures of most of these items at kitty.letsdotea.org – see my featured items!
There is also a Customer Special for September ~ Just Dessert Teapot $20, and Just Dessert Cream & Sugar $20 (While Supplies Last).

Summer Seasonals (available until September 30):
#2504 Indian Summer:
Black Tea, Chocolate, Cloves, Cinnamon,
Saffron, Safflowers, Cilantro, Corn Bits, and
Natural Flavors.
#2505 Mojito:
Black Tea, Rooibos, Coconut, Pineapple,
Spearmint Lemon Bits, Rum Flavor, and
Natural Flavors.
#2506 Apricot Vanilla:
Apricot, Rosehips, Apple, Rose Petals,
Vanilla, and Natural Flavors.
Teas are $10.95 each or 28.95 for the Trio.

Trio includes one of each seasonal tea.
Trio #2507 Available July 1st – Sept. 30th


NEW TEAS! Just as I promised in our last newsletter, here they are!
Black Teas
Banana Blast $10.95 #3019
Cranberry Peach $10.95 #3021
Pumpkin Spice $10.95 #3011

Green Teas
Enchanted Berry $10.95 #3037
Heavenly Mango $10.95 #3038
Raspberry Ginger $12.95 #3042
Roasted Pistachio $10.95 #3043

Rooibos Teas
Eggnog $10.95 #3065
Lemon Souffle $10.95 #3066

White Teas
Fresh Cherries $14.95 #3055

Recipe (you can send me your favorites to be published in future issues!)
Blackberry Wine Cake
Note: September 29 is St. Michael’s Day, or Michaelmas.  There is a legend that says that when St. Michael defeated Satan, he threw him out of heaven and the devil landed in a blackberry bush, which immediately grew sharp thorns.  It is traditional to eat blackberries in St. Michael’s honor on his feast day.  Enjoy!

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup blackberry wine
4 eggs
1/2 Cup oil
1 pkg (3 oz) berry gelatin of your choice (blackberry, black cherry or black raspberry work well)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a tube or Bundt cake pan.  Mix all ingredients together on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 45 Thuntil wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  When done, leave cake in the pan until cool.  Remove from pan onto platter. Garnish with fresh blackberries and mint leaves.  Serve with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a cup of blackberry tea!

Tea Party ideas
Host a first-day-of-autumn tea party!  There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea and the company of good friends to warm our hearts as fall nips the air.

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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.
Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant

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Tea Newsletter ~ August 2009

Hello!  Summer seems to be winding down here in Colorado.  We hardly had any warm weather at all this year!  I am not complaining about the rain, though.  This is the greenest summer in recent history around here.  I wonder what this winter is going to be like?

I hope you are all enjoying whatever weather you have in your area.

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant
kitty.letsdotea.org
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Tea Trivia

Green and white teas should only be steeped 2 to 3 minutes to avoid making your tea bitter, but, once you let your tea leaves cool, you can steep them again at least twice!  Just add an extra minute for the second or third steepings.

Let’s Do Tea monthly specials:
For August 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 the Stump Tea Pot.  You can see pictures of most of these items at kitty.letsdotea.org – see my featured items!

MY EXTRA SPECIAL: Book a party now for August or September and receive an Empress tea strainer!

There is also a Customer Special for August: Mt. Shasta or Mt. Rainier tea set for $20!!  See the featured items on my web site more information.

Summer Seasonals
(available until September 30):

#2504 Indian Summer:
Black Tea, Chocolate, Cloves, Cinnamon,
Saffron, Safflowers, Cilantro, Corn Bits, and
Natural Flavors.
#2505 Mojito:
Black Tea, Rooibos, Coconut, Pineapple,
Spearmint Lemon Bits, Rum Flavor, and
Natural Flavors.

#2506 Apricot Vanilla:
Apricot, Rosehips, Apple, Rose Petals,
Vanilla, and Natural Flavors.

Teas are $10.95 each or 28.95 for the Trio.
Trio includes one of each seasonal tea.
Trio #2507 Available July 1st – Sept. 30th

NEW TEAS!
Stay Tuned for next month’s newsletter!  Lots of new tea flavors!

Recipe (you can send me your favorites to be published in future issues!)

Apricot Fool

Note: A fool is an old-fashioned English dessert that combines pureed fruit and whipped cream or custard.  This version is best when made with fresh ripe apricots.  Canned apricots can also be used; drain them and reduce the sugar to 1/4 cup.  Individual bowls filled with apricot fool and decorated with reserved apricot slices and additional whipped cream make a tasty and attractive presentation.

1 lb. fresh apricots

1/3 – 1/2 Cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1 Cup heavy cream

Halve and pit the apricots, then slice them thinly.  It is not necessary to peel them. Set aside about 1 1/2 cups of the apricot slices.  Place the remaining apricot slices and the brown sugar in a food processor fitted with the metal blade or in a blender.  The amount of sugar you use will depend on how sweet the apricots are.  Process until smooth.

Using chilled beaters and a large chilled bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form.  Gently fold in the apricot mixture and then 1 cup of the reserved slices.

Spoon the apricot-cream mixture into individual bowls.

Garnish with the reserved slices and serve.

Serves 4

recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma’s Fruit Desserts cookbook.

Tea Party ideas
It’s not too late to have an Iced Tea Party!  There are still plenty of warm days ahead.  Or how about a Back To School tea party?  Jelly Bean Dream fruit & herb tea is a hit with the younger crowd and is very good iced or hot.  Have a special treat after the first day of school: a cup of Cinnamon Delight Rooibos tea (iced or hot) and giant home made chocolate chip cookies!

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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.

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant

If you aren’t already, but would like to be on my mailing list, please contact me by responding to this post.

Tea Newsletter for June 2009

Hello, everybody. I apologize for not sending out a newsletter for May. I will make it up by including an extra special in this month’s newsletter! If you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them a link to this post.

Thank you,

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant
kitty.letsdotea.org
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Tea Trivia
In 19th century Britain, tea was a valuable commodity and was stored in locked tea caddies for which only the woman of the household held the key.

Let’s Do Tea monthly specials:
For June, 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 the Stripes Tea for Me set!

MY EXTRA SPECIAL: Book a party now for June, July or August and receive an EXTRA free tin of tea when your party order is delivered!

There is also a Customer Special for June: Tiffany Rose and Lovers Three Artisan Teas ~Only $5ea. Email me for more information.

Seasonal Teas (available until June 30):

#2501 Enchanted Berry:
Green Tea, Raspberry Bits, Blueberry Bits,
Rose Petals, Malva Flowers and
Flavourings.

#2502 Easter Bunny:
Black Tea, Rooibos, Caramel, Almond,
Chocolate an Easter Candies.

#2503 Lemon Souffle:
Green Rooibos, Rooibos, Honeybush,
Lemon Bits, Calendula Petals and
Flavourings.

Teas are $10.95 each or 28.95 for the Trio.
Trio includes one tin of each seasonal tea.
Trio #2504 Available April 1st – June 30th

Recipe (you can send me your favorites to be published in future issues!)

Orange-Strawberry Shortcake

2 pints fresh strawberries, sliced
2 (11 oz) cans mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 Cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp Triple Sec or other orange-flavored liqueur) or orange juice
2 Cups biscuit mix
2/3 Cups milk
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Cups whipping cream
1/2 Cup sifted powdered sugar
1/4 Cup sour cream

Combine first 4 ingredients , stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Combine biscuit mix and next 3 ingredients; stir with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn out onto a floured surface and kneed 4 or 5 times. Place dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and press into a 7- x 1/4-inch round.
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes or until done. Carefully remove from pan and let cool on a wire rack.
Beat whipping cream at medium speed of an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Add sour cream, and beat until stiff peaks form.
Split biscuit round in half horizontally. Place bottom half on a serving plate.
Drain fruit, reserving 2 Tbsp. liquid. Spoon 2/3 of fruit mixture on bottom round; drizzle with reserved liquid. Spoon half of whipped cream mixture over fruit. Add top biscuit round. Top with remaining fruit and whipped cream.
Yield: 8 servings

Tea Party ideas
Summer is upon us! How about hosting an “Iced Tea party” in your back yard? Many of LDT’s teas are especially good iced.

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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 by commenting on this post.

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant

If you aren’t already, but would like to be on my mailing list, please contact me by commenting on this post and let me know. If you are on it already, but would like to be removed, let me know as well, so I don’t end up annoying anyone accidentally.

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Tea for Today

Today: Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Outside My Window: cold and snowy. More to come tonight!
Today’s Goal: Exercise and drink more water.
Today’s Plan: Order extra Irish Dance socks for the girls.
Today’s Tea: How about a pot of After 7 Rooibos? Yummy chocolate & mint flavors! We are sipping it this afternoon after all school is done, while watching a movie from the library.
Today’s Tidbits: We are in FlyLady’s Zone 1 (Entrnce, Front Porch and Dining Room). The kids are helping me by doing the dusting and cleaning the fronts of the washer and dryer. I wonder if painting them would be a good idea to freshen them up a bit (the washer and dryer, not the kids). Does anyone have any ideas?

April 2009 Tea Newsletter and contest

Hello everyone,

Here is your tea newsletter for April, 2009. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them a link and ask them to respond to me directly to be added to my mailing list.

SPECIAL CONTEST FOR MARCH 24 THROUGH APRIL 30: If you are not currently on my email newsletter list, you can sign up now and be entered in a drawing for one free tin of tea of your choice! This is for first-time subscribers only, please.

Thank you,

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant
kitty.letsdotea.org

719-232-5894
rutherfordfamily@msn.com
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Tea Trivia
Afternoon tea was invented by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford (1783-1857), one of Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting. In her day, the upper crust ate a huge breakfast, little lunch, and a very late dinner. Every afternoon, the duchess experienced a “sinking feeling.” One afternoon she instructed her servants to serve tea and little cakes in her boudoir. The experience was so delightful that Anna repeated it every afternoon thereafter.

Let’s Do Tea monthly specials:
For April, 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 a tin of Cinnamon Stick or Fresh Peach White Tea! There is also a Customer Special for April: You can order the Dreamer Collection – teapots and accessories in pretty pastels. All Pieces and Colors will be on sale April 1. *While supplies last* Go to kitty.letsdotea.org for prices. Contact me if you need help.

New Seasonal Teas:

#2501 Enchanted Berry:
Green Tea, Raspberry Bits, Blueberry Bits,
Rose Petals, Malva Flowers and
Flavourings.

#2502 Easter Bunny:
Black Tea, Rooibos, Caramel, Almond,
Chocolate and Easter Candies.

#2503 Lemon Souffle:
Green Rooibos, Rooibos, Honeybush,
Lemon Bits, Calendula Petals and
Flavourings.

Teas are $10.95 each or 28.95 for the Trio.
Trio includes one tin of each seasonal tea.
Trio #2504 Available April 1st – June 30th

Recipe (you can send me your favorites to be published in future issues!)

Rosemary Sweet Bread

1 Cup milk
1/2 Cup golden raisins
1/4 Cup applesauce
1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 large eggs
2/3 Cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. sugar
Garnish: rosemary sprigs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan; Bring to simmer over medium heat(Do Not Boil!). Remove from heat; cover and set aside.
Beat eggs at medium speed of an electric mixer until foamy. Add 2/3 Cup sugar and butter, beating well.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to egg mixture, beating until smooth.
Add milk mixture; beat until smooth. (Batter will be thin)
Pour batter into a greased and floured 9-inch round cake pan. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. sugar.
Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes.
Remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack.
Garnish, if desired, with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Yield: 6 servings.

Tea Party ideas
Easter is nearly here already! Enjoy the warmer weather with a tea party on the patio. Serve Rosemary Sweet Bread with your favorite tea.

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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 via email or phone.

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant
719-232-5894
rutherfordfamily@msn.com

If you aren’t already, but would like to be on my mailing list, please contact me via email and let me know. If you are on it already, but would like to be removed, let me know as well, so I don’t end up annoying anyone accidentally.

Tea For Today 2/27/09

Today:Friday, February 27, 2009
Outside My Window: Partly cloudy, a little windy, but warmer than yesterday I think.
Today’s Goal: Exercise and drink more water; pray the Rosary
Today’s Plan: School; Take anything out of the Master bedroom that does not belong there; Stations of the Cross tonight.
Today’s Tea: Nut Crunch Rooibos tea: this is one of my favorites. Nutty aroma and taste – hazelnuts! and no caffeine.
Today’s Tidbits: First Friday in Lent. I am going to redo my daily schedule so that I can actually follow it. My old one got too cluttered, so I stopped following it.

Tea for Today

I thought I would do a little daily (or as often as I can) post about the teas I enjoy drinking and selling. I want to share with you what teas I like best and why, along with little interesting tidbits about what is going on here at Windyside (that is what I have named our house, since there is an almost constant wind blowing day and night).

Today: Ash Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Outside My Window: Cold and windy
Today’s Goal: Exercise and drink more water, pray the Rosary, start Lent off right
Today’s Plan: School week 23; Mass tonight
Today’s Tea: Spiced Pear Black tea. I am sipping it hot and plain, but I also like it with a little sugar or cream, and it is really good iced with sugar, too. This is a nice, warming tea since it has ginger in it.
Today’s Tidbits: I am wondering how to block the wind so that we can grow a wider variety of vegetables and flowers in our garden this year.

I plan on posting my monthly Tea Newsletter too, so watch for that.