Thursday, April 12, 2018

TranquilaTEA Tea Room and Lemon Tea Cakes

by Karen Rose Smith


 I’ve visited tea rooms for years. My love of tea and appreciation for teapots, china, and elegant tableware is what led me to write my Daisy’s Tea Garden cozy series. I love to bake and create recipes. Since the first mystery is MURDER WITH LEMON TEA CAKES, I created a lemon tea cake recipe.  Mine is like a lemon sugar cookie and the recipe is included with the mystery. 

Laura Watkins and her mother Nancy run TranquilaTEA Tea Room and Gift Shop in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.  When they heard about my novel, they invited me to tea there for an evening booksigning. 

Their tea room is lovely and filled with country-style as well as elegant quaint decorations and floral arrangements. From the gilded mirror over the mantle to the stylish hats on the wall to their white ironstone tea place settings, everything has a touch of class.

What I enjoyed most besides the delicious food offerings was being able to chat with the tables of readers in between courses.  I learned why they like mysteries and why and how they appreciate tea. 

I came home with a new blend of black tea—chocolate raspberry truffle.  It was difficult to decide with so many to choose from. 

And best of all...  Laura and Nancy created their version of my lemon tea cake and it was scrumptious! 

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