November 2016

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Surprises, Sales, & Other Tea-Lights of Small Business Saturday

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small business saturdayPause and realize.  When you shop small on Small Business Saturday, November 26  you are supporting someone’s dream.  And when you shop here with us Tea Mimi and the whole tea family THANK YOU so much! Online or at the Teashop – your purchase supports our families!

But, let’s get to the good stuff.

Tea Sales + Tea Surprises = lotsa Tea Love!

Small Business Saturday and our Christmas Open House will be from 10-4pm.

Megan will be here to tell you about her Twelve Days of Christmas, too.  AND visit the Hometown Holidays on the Historic Downtown Square and pick up a passport.  You will receive lots of other specials and be entered into drawings.  Horse drawn wagon rides, crafts for kids, photos with Santa and much more!

 

Megan’s Twelve Days of Tea

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Twelve Teas of ChristmasThe holidays have arrived! I’m so glad to be celebrating my first holiday season with the Anna Marie’s family. We have so many exciting things lined up for this most wonderful time of the year and I was lucky enough to be able to put one of those items together!

The Twelve Days of Tea is a gift set that’s perfect for the beginner or the tea veteran. It includes one of our beautiful glass mugs with the newly redesigned logo and twelve unique individually wrapped pre-filled tea pockets, one for each of the twelve days of Christmas!

Since each tea is already in a tea pocket, simply add hot water to your mug and violà, a warm soothing cuppa! The sampling is a mix of our premium herbals, rooibos, green, and black teas.

I chose each tea personally in an effort to help make your season merry and bright! Who knows, you might find a new favorite in our collection!

Each tea pocket package comes complete with a ribbon that can be used to hang on a tree or in any other festive location. I hope you all enjoy this holiday bundle that is near and dear to my heart!Meet Megan

Happy Sipping!

Megan

Pumpkin-Chai Mini Bundt Cakes

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Vanilla Pumpkin Tea

Vanilla Pumpkin Premium Tea

At our Thanksgiving tea, we served this cake along side cups and cups of our private blend Vanilla Pumpkin Tea.  Pumpkin-Chai Mini Bundt Cakes were absolutely decadent!

Brenda made mini bundts nestled into pretty cupcake papers but a regular bundt pan can be used.  Pumpkin-Chai cake is scrumptious baked either way.

Pumpkin-Chai Mini Bundt Cakes

  • 2 cups + 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  •  1/14 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 30 mini-bundt pans or 1 large bundt pan with baking spray with flour.

In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, cinnamon, baking powder, ginger, cardamom, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, nutmeg, black pepper, and cloves.

In a small bowl combine pumpkin puree, buttermilk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.  Stir to blend.

In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.  Beat at high speed with a mixer until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes.  Add eggs one at a time – beating well. Add half of flour mixture, then pumpkin puree mixture and then remaining half of flour mixture.

Bake until edges are golden brown and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  20-25 min for mini bundts or 43-47 minutes for large bundt pan.   Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out cake(s) onto a wire cooling rack.  Allow to cool completely.  Just before serving transfer cake to serving plates and drizzle with warm Caramel Icing.

Caramel Icing:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat.  Add brown sugar and milk and bring to a boil.  Boil for exactly 2 minutes, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and whisk in confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract.

Join us for a free event this coming Saturday, November 19 for Brenda’s Scone-Making Workshop & Tea Brewing 101 Scone add-ins and scone demonstrations. Learn how to brew that perfect cup or pot of tea. 10% off Scone Mix and 25% Off Gluten-Free Scone Mix Variety. Of course our magnificent Megan will be serving Fall Tea Samples and Scone bites.

Thanksgiving Scone Recipe and Autumn Bisque Recipe were two more deliciously requested recipes from our Thanksgiving Tea!

Autumn Bisque Recipe

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Autumn Bisque Recipe

Enjoyed during our Thanksgiving Tea 2016, this Autumn Bisque Recipe was simply amazing!

Autumn Bisque

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cups chicken broth divided
  • 3 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • garnish – sunflower seeds

In a large stockpot over medium heat, melt olive oil and butter.  Add onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and cook for about 8 minutes.  Or until veggies are tender.

Vegetable Broth:  Add two cups of chicken broth and simmer for 3 minutes; remove from heat, and cool for 15 minutes.  Pour broth mixture into a food processor or blender, and blend until smooth.

Add remaining vegetable back to the stockpot and add the remaining chicken broth, pumpkin puree, and, coconut milk.  Simmer covered for 15 minutes.  Stir in salt, cayenne pepper, and thyme and simmer for another 10 minutes. Pour into bowls and garnish with sunflower seeds.

Makes 6 servings.  Recipe adapted from Victoria Magazine October 2015

Join us for a free event this coming Saturday, November 19 for Brenda’s Scone-Making Workshop & Tea Brewing 101  Scone add-ins and scone demonstrations.  Learn how to brew that perfect cup or pot of tea.  10% off Scone Mix and 25% Off Gluten-Free Scone Mix Variety.  Of course our magnificent Megan will be serving Fall Tea Samples and Scone bites.

Brenda had several folks request recipes from her Thanksgiving Tea Party.  Thanksgiving Scone Recipe below and also the Pumpkin-Chai Mini Bundt Cakes.

Brenda’s Thanksgiving Scones & other fall recipes

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thanksgivingtea2During our Thanksgiving Tea Party last weekend, we served Brenda’s Thanksgiving Scones  – along with cups and cups of our Vanilla Pumpkin Tea, Autumn Bisque, and Pumpkin-Chai Bundt Cakes.  We love Thanksgiving.  In the life and times of a small business family invested in the retail consumer this special season can get lost in the shuffle.

Embracing a national holiday of simply giving thanks is a beautiful thing.  A time to enjoy slow.  Stopping the media noise – and getting off the crazy train and just saying I am thankful.  I am very, very thankful. 🙂  And we want to say we are SO humbled and incredibly thankful for you – our tea customers.  Fellow Lovers of the Leaf!

Join us for a free event this coming Saturday, November 19 for Brenda’s Scone-Making Workshop & Tea Brewing 101  Scone add-ins and scone demonstrations.  Learn how to brew that perfect cup or pot of tea.  10% off Scone Mix and 25% Off Gluten-Free Scone Mix Variety.  Of course our magnificent Megan will be serving Fall Tea Samples and Scone bites.

Brenda had several folks request recipes from her Thanksgiving Tea Party.  Thanksgiving Scone Recipe below and find recipes for Autumn Bisque Recipe & Pumpkin-Chai Bundt Cakes.

Brenda’s 2016 Thanksgiving Scones or Apricot-Cinnamon  Scones

  •  1 Bag of Brenda’s Signature Scone Mix – $5.95
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – enough to moisten or follow Scone Mix Directions
  • 1 package of chopped dried apricots
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s Cinnamon Baking Chips

With the scone mix in a medium to large bowl – moisten (do not stir) with heavy whipping cream.  Belfonte Heavy Whipping Cream is Brenda’s favorite to use.  Gently fold in the apricots and cinnamon chips.

Bake on parchment paper following scone mix directions.

2016 Byers’ Choice Carolers have arrived!

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106w-106m-106g-106bIt’s a good day here at the teashop when the Byers’ Choice Christmas Carolers arrive!  Byers’ Choice is such a special American-made company.  The carolers and the story behind the carolers mean a lot in a world of mass production.  So it’s a good day when we are thankful to add another hand made artisan crafted piece to our little Teashop.

We offer 20% off our carolers whether you standing in the store or shopping for them online.  Free Shipping with online Byers’ Choice Caroler orders, too!

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As we are crafting a new space in the Teashop for our Artisan Tea Cans and creating an ornament room that is being carefully decorated with artisan glass ornaments – retired from Italy, Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic. Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here!

Shop early with the carolers.  We only have one caroler per design.  Auntie Esther, The Black and Gold Family, and the 2016 Ugly Sweater Family!  There are so many beautiful ones!

November Events – giving thanks, holly & ivy

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img_2605Larry is back this week to begin our annual trek through the wild world of Christmas decorating at Anna Marie’s.  Since 1994 our family has begun Christmas early and thank God we have our “favorite Larry” to partner with.  Larry is setting up a brand new Christmas Ornament Room – with retired Christopher Radko from several personal collections and other Christmas-worthy treats.

Also, join Brenda at the Irish Crystal on November 10 as she debuts our tea cans and serves up tea tastings at their Christmas Open House!

  • Nov 10 from 4-8pm at the Irish Crystal for their beautiful Christmas Open House.  She will be pouring cups of tea for customers and ringing in a very special Crystal Christmas Open House.
  • Nov 19 from 10:30-3:30 – Scones, Tea, Samples and Sales – Scone Making and Brewing Demos all day, fresh scone bites to munch, and lots of teas to sample. Fresh, loose mulling spiced cider. Gift ideas, Tea Bundles and everything to start your holiday shopping lists.
  • Nov 26 from 10-4pm – Hometown Holidays – Grab a Historic Downtown Liberty Passport and visit lots of local shops for specials and Christmas delights. Family activities on the square from 2-4:30pm. THANK YOU FOR Shopping Small & Local!
  • Nov 26 from 10-4 – Anna Marie’s Teas Christmas Open House – with our brand new Christmas Ornament Room! Retired, vintage, and hard-to-find original Christopher Radko glass ornaments. These are the real deal – made in Poland, Germany, Czeck Republic and Italy.

Meet the artist behind the tea plant

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Meet the artist

Lee, Ben, and Baby-on-the-way!

 We love tea.  But, if you know our family…you know we love people even more!  It’s a great day when a door opens and these two worlds (tea+people) collide.

We feel this new door opening with our artisan tea cans.   Our gorgeous hand-drawn artisan labels are popping up in unique and special locations.  Hammerhand Coffee, Irish Crystal, and The Elms Hotel and Spa.

22 of our premium leaves, rooibos, and herbals are available in the artisan cans with the simple pencil sketches of the young artist.  Her nature-inspired idea won our hearts. The simplistic yet refined sketches speak the nature, the earthy, and the timeless way the tea leaf has given people a place for celebration and a place to heal.  A place to feel good.

Meet the Artist

Tea Plant

So, have you seen the cans? They are beautiful!  And to see the artisan tea cans you have to know the artist.  Lee.  Lee is a darling woman from Columbia, Missouri.  A new mom (baby is almost here – like a trickle of days away!)  A full time art and design student for ten years allowed Lee the skills to execute any design challenge.

Rooibos Plant

Rooibos Plant

Lee is currently a full time design team member at Pinnacle Graphics helping her mom Kim with a variety of design projects. Most recently, the two designed the logo, package design and illustrations for Anna Marie’s Tea. Once Kim finalized the logo, Lee completed three beautiful pencil sketches for representing the Leaves, Rooibos, and Herbals that we carry.

A diverse line of nature that is loose, premium and trustworthy.

We are so excited to have prints of Lee’s hand drawn pencil sketches in our new location!  7 W. Franklin Street.  The natural and organic look is so pretty tucked into the re-purposed historic location on the Liberty Square!