Sunday, May 20, 2018

Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander

It has been a weekend of weddings here. I finished Death Do Us Tart on Friday, perfect book to read just before the royal wedding. I love Ellie Alexander's series based in Ashland Oregon and her bakery Crew from Torte. This was a great read. So much more than a book just about a wedding. There was the  beautiful wedding of The Professor and Jules mom, but also great twists with in twists of story lines. Lance, Carlos, Thomas, not to mention the staff and changes happening at Torte, Even the nasty Richard Lord in the mix. I loved this book, I love this series and I know you are going to as well! This one is out June 26th and is published by St. Martin's Press.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

On My Table and In My Cup May 12th-19th

Greetings from the tea ten celebration this morning. We were up watching the wedding and celebrating today the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. What a joy to witness and what a wonderful, fun and upbeat wedding the young Royals just had. I loved it.
This was the perfect occasion to break out the Fortnum and Mason Lemon Curd my sister kindly sent me from London and I bought Devonshire cream! Murchie's Tea had the most wonderful royal collection of tea and a Wedding blend we are so enjoying! Scones are my go to and favorite so this early morning wedding was a perfect combination.
 Also the perfect time to break out the wedding photos, the decor and the fascinators I made!
Tea time with friends a wonderful excuse to get together.
Even Henry got in the act wearing my Wedding Tiara!
A photo of the Happy Couple and their first kiss on my table as well this morning.
In addition to wedding prep and tea this week I also had some spectacular reads from some of my top favorite authors! Till Death Do Us Tart by Ellie Alexander was the perfect read to finish just before the Royal Wedding!
Linda Reilly's second in her Cat Lady Series was divine! Such a good read and great feels in this one.
The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates was a brilliant surprise when I learned this series was going to be picked up! This story doesn't disappoint either!

This has been one of my most favorite weeks of reading and truly one of the best tea drinking weeks as well! Sampling and celebrating my way through Murchie's Royal Blends and my most favorited of the Murchie's black teas Vanilla. I hope you have a wonderful day and I am so thankful you have chosen to stop by for a cup of tea and a week in review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, May 18, 2018

Fancy Friday Finds-Wedding Gifts...


It is hard today not to be excited for the Royal Wedding so I am doing some fun Fancy Friday Finds that are Wedding related. Everyone wants to feel like Royalty on their special day and here are three gifts I loved that you might think about for the next wedding you attend.
First up is a listing I loved from Wood Be Mine Etsy shop, I really like the way they put this set together and I think for a young foodie couple this is a fun gift! Click here for shop and listing. 

Gone Girly Etsy Shop had this set I loved so much! For pie lovers this is the perfect gift, along with a treasured recipe or two! Click here for shop and listing.

I love my welcome mats and this one is really sweet especially as a wedding gift! Offered by Tangled Design Co Etsy shop this is on my wish list even though we have been married 20 years this year! Click here for shop and listing. 

I hope you have enjoyed today's fancy finds and that you will enjoy the coverage of the Royal Wedding This weekend too!
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Claws of Death by Linda Reilly

I finished Claws of death by Linda Reilly on Tuesday and it was simply magic. The best kind of cozy, one with all the feels, a great twist ending (or two or three) and the perfect dose of chemistry between the characters, not to mention all the cats. This second book in the Cat Lady Series has solidified my belief that this should be a long running series and that Linda Reilly is so on the right track with this book. It is comforting, cozy and very well written. As a cat lover this book made me so happy, as a cozy mystery lover it had all the right twists and turns, a great balance of suspense, and the words to make you feel you are not just reading the book but that you are right there, along for the ride and helping the main character along the way. Great job and a book you wont want to miss!
This one is out June 26th from Lyrical Underground.
Whisker Jog, New Hampshire, is a long way from Hollywood, but it’s the place legendary actress Deanna Daltry wants to call home. Taking up residence in a stone mansion off Cemetery Hill, the retired, yet still glamorous, septuagenarian has adopted two kittens from Lara Caphart’s High Cliff Shelter for Cats. With help from her Aunt Fran, Lara makes sure the kitties settle in safely with their new celebrity mom.  But not everyone in town is a fan of the fading star. Deanna was in Whisker Jog when she was younger, earning a reputation for pussyfooting around, and someone is using that knowledge against her. After being frightened by some nasty pranks, Deanna finds herself the prime murder suspect when the body of a local teacher is found on her property. Now, it’s up to Lara, Aunt Fran, and the blue-eyed Ragdoll mystery cat Lara recently encountered to collar a killer before another victim is pounced upon . . . 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Spook in the Stacks by Eva Gates...

Today I am reviewing a book that I am so grateful to Crooked Lane Books for publishing. The Lighthouse Library Series by Author Eva Gates is one of my most favorite. I have always loved lighthouses and have dreamed of living in one, so when the series came out about a librarian who lived in a lighthouse library I knew this was a book I had to read. I actually bought the series and to see this one picked up and saved by Crooked Lane Books makes my heart soar. In Spook in the Stacks the amazing  Library Crew, Book Club and fabulous Mayor are back and it is Halloween. Favorite time of year for me and to read it on one of the hottest days on record here was a welcome reprieve. I was easily transported to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, the fog and the mist, the mystery and a bit of imagination made the words Eva wrote jump of the page with just that much more meaning. I loved this book. The mystery I did not figure out until the big reveal and my heart just was so full when I finished reading it. This is a cozy lovers delight, a lighthouse enthusiasts treat and a very good read!
This book is out June 12th! 


Halloween in North Carolina’s Outer Banks becomes seriously tricky when librarian Lucy Richardson stumbles across something extra unusual in the rare books section: a dead body.Wealthy businessman Jay Ruddle is considering donating his extensive collection of North Carolina historical documents to the Bodie Island Lighthouse Library, but the competition for the collection is fierce. Unfortunately, while the library is hosting a lecture on ghostly legends, Jay becomes one of the dearly departed in the rare books section. Now, it’s up to Lucy Richardson and her fellow librarians to bone up on their detective skills and discover who is responsible for this wicked Halloween homicide. Meanwhile, very strange things are happening at the library—haunted horses are materializing in the marsh, the lights seem to have an eerie life of their own, and the tiny crew of a model ship appears to move around when no one is watching. Is Lucy at her wit’s end? Or can it be that the Bodie Island Lighthouse really is haunted? 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Murder with Cinnamon Scones by Karen Rose Smith

I finished Murder with Cinnamon Scones by Karen Rose Smith on Mothers Day. This is a lovely cozy about a tea room and with a truly complicated and winding mystery. I did not have it figured out at all! I loved the characters, the setting and the relationships, those that felt easy to understand and the more complex family dynamics.  This one is published by Kensington , and is out May 29th!


As local merchants unite to attract tourists for a much anticipated weekend quilting event, business is sure to spill over into eateries like Daisy’s Tea Garden. Gorgeous craftwork is hanging everywhere—but among the quilts, potholders, and placemats, one gallery owner is wrapped up in some dangerous affairs . . . Reese Masemer had been dating one of Daisy’s employees, Tessa, an artist, though their last interaction was as strained as a cup of loose leaf tea. Now Reese has been found dead near a covered bridge where Tessa’s been practicing her sketches. She’s the obvious suspect, but Daisy’s learning that there were some major secrets in Reese’s background, and several of his relationships were infused with resentment. To save Tessa, she’ll have to find out who’s tainted this quaint little town with murder . . . 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fascinator Fun- Five Fascinators I made for the upcoming Royal Wedding!


I have been making Fascinators for fun this past weekend. With the upcoming Royal Wedding Less than a week away I thought I would share with you what I made. A friend messaged me Friday night in need of a fascinator for a Royal Wedding Watch Party and asked if I still had any that I made from the last Royal Wedding.  I do somewhere but I think it is more fun to make new ones.

So I set off to my favorite dollar store and found supplies to create what I think is 5 fun fascinators from flowers, floral wire, hair clips and ribbon. Trusty Hot Glue Gun in hand and a little luck and I feel like I would be proud to wear any of these to a wedding or tea party.
The fun in a fascinator is often the height! So I went for hight and a bit of volume with this one.
This one is slightly different and one that is not easy to photograph for it's height and angles, but boy was this one fun to make!
Here is another angle of it, the back and sizes are very sweet!
The one I liked best for myself really is this one, I think this would look great at any event and the flower matches my eyes perfectly!
While making my fascinators was a weekend highlight, so was getting the surprise Wedding teacup and saucer from my friend Jo, who was in England for my birthday and whom carted back across the pond this treasure for my table. I am in awe and thrilled. I am also ready for Prince Harry's Wedding this weekend are you?
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