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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 ~ July 2009

Hello, everybody. I hope the beginning of summer finds you all well and happy. I am including an extra special in this month’s newsletter to celebrate the warmer weather! If you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them this link and have them reply to this post.

Thank you,

Paula Rutherford
Independent Tea Consultant
kitty.letsdotea.org
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Tea Trivia
Tea should be stored in airtight containers, away from sunlight and moisture.

Let’s Do Tea monthly specials:
For July 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 (While Supplies Last)!

MY EXTRA SPECIAL: Book a party now for July or August and receive an EXTRA free tin of tea!

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


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

Sunmer Fruits in White Chocolate-Lime Sauce

12 oz. white chocolate, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups heavy (double) cream
2 tsp. grated lime zest or 1 tsp. lime oil
4 cups (1 lb.) sliced assorted ripe summer fruits such as apricots. nectarines and peaches (1/2 inch slices)
2 cups assorted berries such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries and strawberries
curls of lime zest or fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Note: Use only the finest white chocolate and sweet ripe fruits. The sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead, covered and refrigerated. Soften it in a microwave oven or in the top pan of a double boiler or a heatproof bowl placed over (not touching) barely simmering water.

Place the white chocolate in a food processor fitted with the metal blade or in a blender. Pour the cream into a small saucepan and place over medium heat. When tiny bubbles begin to appear around the edge of the pan, remove from heat and pour the cream over the chocolate. Process until smooth. Add the lime zest or lime oil and process for a few seconds longer. Let cool to room temperature. The sauce should have the consistency of very thick cream.

Arrange the fruit on a rimmed serving plate or in a bowl. Pour the cooled sauce over the fruit and garnish with lime zest curls or fresh mint.
Yield: 6 – 8 servings

Tea Party ideas
How about hosting an “Iced Tea party” for the 4th of July? Many of LDT’s teas are especially good iced. One of my favorites iced is Passion Flare Fruit Tea. The evenings are warmer now, so an outdoor after-dinner tea party would be great! Decorate your porch with tiny white (or red whit & blue) Christmas lights and invite your friends over for a tea party.

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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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