Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Launch Day….

Hi, Everyone!!

Duffy Brown here and I’m so excited because today is launch day for Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks. 

Tea Time is a chance for you to have a tea party with some of the fictional characters from Ellery Adams, Lorraine Bartlett, Duffy Brown, Kate Collins, Mary Kennedy, Mary Jane Maffini, Maggie Sefton and Leann Sweeney cozy mystery books. 

 Tea Time is filled with great tea party themes, such as a Bon Voyage tea, bachelorette tea, proper Yorkshire Tea, Chocolate Lovers tea etc. There are menus and recipes included, and all hosted by our characters  to add to the fun.  

In Tea Time with The Cozy Chicks you’ll find menu themes to cover celebrations as well as those more intimate moments between close friends or romantic partners.  There are tips on setting the perfect table, fun ideas on decorations, where to get cute and unusual invitations, how to make your own if you like, great suggestions on gifts, prizes and things to share at your party. 

In a nutshell Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks is the way to have fun with friends and take the stress out of coming up with all the ideas on your own. It’s always fun to have a girl’s night…or afternoon…out and Tea Time takes away the stress and lets the host have fun too.

Here is an added recipe that you won’t find in the Tea Time with the Cozy Chicks book but that gives you an idea of what’s included. Auntie KiKi is a character from my Consignment Shop mysteries set in Savannah and this is a fun and easy Southern candy recipe that Auntie KiKy would use and it’s just for you:

Auntie KiKi’s Easy Turtles

4 oz. pecan halves
24 unwrapped Kraft Caramels
1 tsp. shortening
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
5-6 Heath bars, crunched up for topping

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Cover cookies sheet with aluminum foil, shiny side exposed. Lightly grease foil with vegetable oil spray. Place 3 pecan halves in a Y shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel candy in the center of each Y. Bake just until caramel is melted, about 9 to 10 minutes.
Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat just until chocolate is melted. Spread over candies, sprinkle with Heath bars and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

And you’ll find a ton of other recipes and an a list of tea themes like tea-paring, tea stories, reading tea leaves and making your own tea blends. So are you a tea person? Got a fav tea? Have you ever had a tea party…as an adult or kid…and have you ever gone to high tea?

Share some of you tea experiences and I’ll give away two adorable tea bag holders and delis peach tea from the answers.

And now…it’s tea time!


SandyG265 said...

I grew up drinking tea, probably because my grandfather was from England so my Mom grew up drinking tea. My favorites are Oolong and English breakfast tea. I like iced tea during the summer but only if it's straight tea with no added f;avors or sugar.
sgiden at verizon(.)net

Nicole said...

Love this recipe, Duffy! Seems fun and easy to make, and something that can be stored for easy munching! I love tea, I've never been to a high tea but I will next month - a girlfriend and I have tickets for Cinderella the Musical and we're going to tea at The Willard Hotel before the show. :-). My favorite tea is orange (followed closely by lemon), with lots of sugar and shortbread cookies. :-)

Jeannie D. said...

I absolutely adore Aunt Kiki! I started drinking tea because of a cozy mystery. Now I drink at least three cups a day. I love green tea with lemon, but I am slowly starting to explore new flavors. Looking forward to purchasing the paperback edition of this one and making some of the recipes.

Lynn in Texas said...

Those turtles look scrumptious, Duffy! I am also a tea lover, and always have many different kinds and brands in the pantry, from herbal to flavored and black, mostly decaffinated now. I grew up drinking iced tea nearly year-round, but gave up using sugar in my beverages several decades ago. I flavor my ice tea with lots of lemon and mint when I have it. Always keep Celestial Seasonings Sleepytime (Wellness with Valerian) handy, along with their Cinnamon Apple Spice esp. in winter. Love the peppermint flavored ones too, great for stuffy noses, and a South African friend turned me on to Rooibos tea, which I like with a splash of milk. It's really fun to try new teas!

It's been awhile since I've had the pleasure of going out for real tea time but maybe that will change in the next few months! The book sounds terrific!

Daniele K said...

My husband would say I'm a bit of a tea junky. I collect pots and cups and have a pretty serious addiction to Harney & Sons tea. I'm not sure when I developed this obsession. I have many chidhood memories of sharing a cuppa and cookie with my grandparents. I have had the privilege of cream and high teas throughout adulthood. dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com