Thursday, May 17, 2018

Celebrate the Royal Wedding with Tetley Tea

Celebrate the Royal Wedding, or tea, in style this weekend!

In honor of the upcoming royal wedding, Tetley Tea is giving away a teacup featuring a one-carat diamond embedded in the handle! But that’s not all. Tetley’s Royal Diamond Teacup Sweepstakes will also award a one-year supply of Tetley’s British Blend Tea to all married couples with the names Harry and Meghan. 

Host a Royal Wedding Viewing Party. Here’s what to serve, sip and slip into:

Serve Meghan’s favorite breakfast foods and some of Prince Harry’s childhood traditions. Your menu should include:

-Acai bowls: Meghan’s go-to acai bowl includes bananas, berries, almond milk, coconut flakes, manuka honey, and bee pollen.

-Omelettes: Meghan prefers her eggs with fresh herbs, cheese, and toast. She’s noted that everything tastes better with a little hot sauce, so add some to turn things up a notch.

-Bacon: Prince Harry fancies crispy bacon, which he first tasted in Disney World as a kid. Be sure to finish yours in the oven for that extra crunch!

-Peanut Butter and Jelly MuffinsBuckingham Palace chef, Darren McGrady, often made these at the request of Prince Harry and his brother. Get the recipe here.

-Watermelon: Meghan munches on this healthy snack, topped with feta, mint and olive oil.  

-Wedding Cake: It’s totally acceptable to eat dessert at 8 a.m. This is a party, after all!
Copy Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding cakePastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of London’s Violet Bakery, will be creating the couple’s cake. They chose a lemon elderflower cake covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. 

Put on the kettle and pour the perfect morning cuppa! 
Tetley’s beloved British Blend is a rich, full-bodied black tea with superior flavor.

Keep it comfy in a cotton pajama “suit” inspired by Rachel Zane, the TV character Meghan portrays. And if you ever wondered what it’s like to walk in Meghan’s shoes, then wear a pair of her favorite slippersBirdies

Courtesy of Tetley Tea.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Book Review: Lisa Scottoline's After Anna

Local author Lisa Scottoline has once again brought thrills and chills to me while I read her latest book, After Anna. Suburban blended family, sweet son Caleb, super-helpful and loving mom Maggie, caring and quiet dad Dr. Noah.

Enter the long-lost bratty and mysterious long-lost daughter? Yep- Maggie gets to fawn over the daughter she never got to enjoy, and boy does the family dynamic go wrong- it’s shattered, and somehow dad Noah is blamed for it.

What is portrayed as a tragic, horrifying murder becomes a skillfully crafted mystery reaching far beyond the comforts of home in Southeastern PA. Who is Anna really? Who was she? How will her mom cope with her death as her family gets torn apart?

After Anna follows the mystery genre formula, yet shocks you with a few surprises that gives you serious anxiety, cringe-worthy situations, happy feel-good moments, and at the end, a masterful climax that leaves you feeling intense, whew…I need to read that again! But first I need some rose’ to take it all in.

The format of the book starts in the future by chapter and goes back and forth in time until the two halves make the whole. I feel like with each chapter the book was revealing itself to me…and then I’d turn the page and was slapped with another anxiety-ridden scene.

Some books go out of the way to pepper the chapters with red herrings, with After Anna, Scottoline so skillfully intertwines the details you don't see the ending until you're on top of it.

As always, reading about local places is fun, and knowing the security of home yet with a masterful mystery surrounding you with each page, yes, After Anna brings the apprehension, the heartache, and a host of other emotions. Settle in with a good cup of coffee or glass of Sav Blanc, and get ready for this ride.

Find After Anna at your local book store.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Think Spring with These Refreshing Cocktails

We are thinking Spring with these cocktails!

Innocent One

·                     3 oz of Prosecco
·                     1.5 oz of orange juice
·                     1.5 oz Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
·                     Mint leaves (garnish)

Combine all into champagne flute. Garnish with mint leaves.

Rough Around the Edges

·                     1.5 oz of rye whiskey
·                     0.5 oz of lemon juice
·                     6 oz Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry
·                     Dash of Angostura bitters
·                     Lemon (garnish)

1.                Add bitters, rye whiskey, and lemon juice to shaker.
2.                Add ice. Shake and strain into Collins glass with ice.
3.                Add Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry.
4.                Garnish with lemon twist.