Thursday, December 24, 2009

We Have a Winner (!) and Best Wishes for a Safe, Wonderful, COZY Holiday!

Greetings TEA Friends!

We have a winner for our tea cozy contest: Cathy E. of Michigan. She will be receiving the yellow and white tea cozy in the mail!

Thanks to all who submitted entries and keep a watch out as we will be having more contests in 2010!

We, here at Barb's TEA Shop, want to wish everyone a safe, happy, joyous, relaxing and yes, cozy holiday season. Our Christmas present to all our tea friends is a delicious ice cream recipe made with Devonshire cream (see below).

We hosted a delightful afternoon tea in a beautiful home in downtown Birmingham last month. Our amazing hostess, Pam, found a great use for some of the leftover Devonshire cream and shared this recipe with us. A big BTS thank you to Pam for sending this along. Bring in the new year with some tea (or tea toddy's!) and Devonshire (Ice) Cream!

3 egg yolks, 2 cups Devonshire cream

Whisk together the egg yolks. Set aside.
Bring the cream to a boil. Whisk it into the yolks.
Pour into a glass pyrex dish. Put into the freezer to set (minimum 2 hours).

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy, Happy New Year!

Yours in tea and friendship,


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Enter to Win a One-of-Kind Tea Cozy from Barb's TEA Shop

Hello TEA Friends!

Just in time for the holidays - Barb's TEA Shop is "raffling" off one of our exclusive, hand-crafted tea cozies and YOU get to pick from one of two of our unique designs.

For more traditional tastes, we have a yellow and white cozy, accented at the top with a coordinating vintage button.

If you prefer a more contemporary look, choose the multi-color, V-design, velour-textured cozy with a black loop tie on top.

AND IT IS SO EASY TO ENTER!! Just e-mail with your name, address and tea cozy choice. We will pick the winner on Wednesday, December 16th.
And, for those of you still working on your holiday list, we still have a number of beautiful cozies available. You can get these only at Barb's TEA Shop. Each is hand-crafted and all come with a separate lining that pulls out for easy wash and care.
Email or call 248-840-4356 and order yours today!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Tea Tree Grows in Michigan

Imagine a Camillia sinensis plant growing in Michigan! Light of Day Tea has made it happen - and this company truly works its magic in many other ways to delight tea drinkers everywhere.

On November 22, BTS participated in Light of Day's Tea Tasting at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City. On a beautiful sunny day on the bay, we sampled 16 different teas in rapid succession as Angela Macke, owner and educator extraordinaire, guided us through a variety of blacks, greens, oolongs, whites and tisanes. Many of the ingredients come from LOD's farm, on the outer limits of the Cherry Capital.

As we slurped (yes, slurping's encouraged, it actually improves your tasting sensibilities) our delicious hot liquids, Angela provided narrative on how best to brew each tea and what occasions they might be optimally utilized. Joined by Bob's - self-professed "Matcha-Matcha Man" - entertaining commentary, Angela kept us on track serving tea after delicious tea.

In our last blog entry featuring LOD, we noted that Angela procures Fair Trade tea only. Ingredients from her farm are organic, packaging is made in the USA and labels created locally. With all this combined, you can taste the quality and care that goes into these products. We're feeling the "love" that LOD puts in every container.

At the most recent tea tasting that BTS held for a private home in Birmingham, Creamy Earl Grey was an instant success as it is in my home. But, now I have some new favorites. Coffee Convert is a treat for those of us who sway to the "dark side" now and then, but, now we can leave the bitterness of the java behind. For those who love mint - and I do - the Mitten-time Mint is another delight. And, LOD's Green teas are not laden with that heavy grassy taste - all smooth, mild and ever so satisfying.

With so many to choose from, it will be difficult to decide which teas to put in my Christmas stocking this year. With teas like "Bun in the Oven" and "In the Mood?" you will surely find just the right blend for the tea enthusiasts on your holiday list.
Barb's TEA Shop gives another two "green thumbs" up to Light of Day Organics Tea Company.
Yours in tea and friendship,
ps - don't forget, BTS can bring a tea tasting to your home, office, church, library, museum or other fun venues. Email us at or call us at 248-840-4356 and schedule yours today!