Saturday, September 23, 2017

On My Table and In my Cup September 16-September 23rd


First chapter, hook line and sinker, wishing I could put the world on hold to have read this one in one sitting. Still working my way through it, wishing time would stand still, knowing when I finish it I will have to wait that much longer for the next one. Ellery Adams is one of my most favorite authors and this subject  is right up my alley!

This book by Linda Lovely is out near the end of October and I finished this one and dreamed all about it, review for this one will be out October 1st. 
Oh what fun to have had Barbara  Early's book to read and finish this week, review coming up soon. Loved this toy themed cozy.
I read and enjoyed Canal Days Calamity this week by Jamie M. Blair, a dog lover's delight for sure.
I got a sweet surprise in my mailbox from Karen K this week, I love Doctor Who as you may know and she kindly sent me the above books! My kids were as excited as I was! I also got to break out my Doctor Who themed Teacup I had made...see the tiny tardis on the saucer.  Each cup of tea is really like a Tardis, the flavor is so much bigger on the inside....Tea in the cup is Carrot Cake by Murchie's...


In my cup this week I have had my lovely Murchie's Black Tea but I have also had their new Rooibos Tea called Carrot Cake. I went in store to get more of the Black tea and while there they were sampling the Carrot Cake one which I normally would not go for but it smelled so nice and it had full flavor, it tasted to me more like a coffee cake my mom used to make and I loved it.

Great flavor, color and taste, this one really surprised me. Find out more by clicking here. 


If you missed my post on Wednesday, it is the one where I shared my photos from my annual witches tea. I really am so grateful to my friends for joining me year after year and making this such a fun event. You are never too old to have a fancy dress party and I hope that next years will be even larger and include more friends!

Thank you for joining me for this weeks look back at what has been on my table and in my cup. I love having you join me and hearing from you. Please leave me a comment below or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fancy Friday Finds, Looking Ahead To The Festive Season

I admit it once my annual Witches Tea is done my thoughts race to the holidays, even though I love Halloween (where I get to wear my Witch Hat in public and there is all that lovely little chocolate bars and kids to knock on my door to come), I can not help but turn my thoughts to Christmas. Helped by my equally excited sister in law on Vancouver Island who continually shares year round Holiday ideas with me, today's post is a nod to the upcoming Festive season.
I really would like a new Christmas Tree this year, I am not into cutting down trees it's not my thing and I love the look of this tree and its functionality. While I would love a dark brown or black tree that I saw last year at Canadian Tire (Trust me it looked spectacular) this one caught my attention as it comes pre lit, BUT It Self adjusts from 7ft tall to 10 feet tall!
YOU HAVE TO SEE THE VIDEO ON THE HOME DEPOT WEBSITE, CLICK HERE
Totally magical and very cool, just need a lotto win as this one is over $500!

On to some Etsy Finds and I really liked this Tea Towel that is offered by  ToasTeaJunction you can choose the color of the tea towel and weather you want it trimmed in plaid or not. Click here for shop and listing. 

Sharing this one but sorry to report, I had to buy it! So you won't find it in The Acreage Etsy Shop  but you should check this Canadian shop out has some amazing items...
but I did find you a cream and sugar to enjoy...I honestly can not wait for my teacup and saucer to arrive! Market Place Vintage 1 has these to love and enjoy (on my wish list now!) Click here for shop and listing. 

I really love this teacozy pattern. I wish I could make these, I can basic knit but would love to be able to turn these out, as a fan of Santa and Garden Gnomes these are on my project list for sure. You can find the pattern to purchase and instant download by clicking here from the mymamakints Etsy Shop.

I leave you here as I anxiously await the arrival of my Santa Teacup and saucer! You may think it is early but it always sneaks up on me! Thanksgiving in Canada is only two weeks away and then time speeds up even faster! October 31st I swear the Christmas music starts at the mall!
I hope you have a wonderful day and that you enjoyed today's Fancy Friday Finds.
I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Tale of Two Kitties Review and Give Away....

Such a charming series! Sofie Kelly has a lovely cozy mystery series with two magical cats that add a hint of magic in each case. Librarian Kathleen has her finger on the pulse of the community and library but even she gets caught up in very old family drama and town history, before she knows it she is knee deep in not just the troubles in the past but in a very troubling discovery. With lots of heart and a great capacity for curiosity,  the mystery starts to unfold. I enjoyed this story and Kathleen's relationships with her staff and friends in this story. The cats added the perfect amount of humor and personality to the story as well. This is such a great series and a good one to start from the beginning with so you can truly appreciate Kathleen and all the things that happen to her!




If you would like a chance to win a copy of  A Tale of Two Kitties, please email me at karenmowen@gmail.com with Two Kitties in the subject line before September 30th for your chance to win from our random draw. 
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Witchy Wednesday Witches Tea Party Recap


This past Saturday I hosted my annual Witches Tea Party a few weeks later than normal. September is very busy for most and October is always very wet here so I try to do it in August. As I was sick this year for the month of August, I held it last Saturday in the lovely September Sun.


If you are new to my blog, I moved at Christmas last year and this Tea Party is one of the first events I have been able to have and enjoy in our much larger space. I am very lucky to have this home to rent and live in and it is perfect for enjoying a garden tea party.


I have some of the most amazing friends who support and indulge me with my fancy dress party and boy did we have a wonderful time with the food!


My youngest son, just finished all the Harry Potter Movies this year and was very much in the spirit to partake in this event, setting up a bobbing for apples, broom race and "Post Office" in the yard.

My wonderful and talented friends brought extra food and treats to share to add to my tea menu. I made two types of scones, sweets, and sandwiches as well as tomato soup using the harvest from the garden.


The cake my friend Banafshe made was perfect!

Miss Maisy my puppy niece even had her own hat!

My niece TB joined in the fun with her doll, a fun tea party for one and all!
Including friends from far and wide, and those who are no longer with us, year after year ...

For those who could not attend in person I am always thrilled to have them there in spirit!
As my nieces have grown out of this much loved and passed down Witches Costume, I used my Tomato cages to display the dress I just can't part with and made a holiday ribbon tree. The pumpkin says Happy Thanksgiving, because we are Canadian and for us Thanksgiving is in Early October! (The other side says Happy Halloween)
A huge thank you to all who come and support my tea party year after year and who join in the fun!
Thank you for joining me here today for a cup of tea and a look back at this years Witches Tea Party.
I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Donna Andrews, How the Finch Stole Christmas.

September 12th I finished Donna Andrews upcoming holiday themed Meg Langslow Mystery, How the Finch Stole Christmas.   This one is out October 24th and published by Minotaur Books. I love the cover, and this is the first in series I have ever read. Even though I had not read the series, I found this was easy to follow and I was pleased that it was not at all predictable. Having read similar themed Christmas cozies, I was sure I had it all figured out but I was really thrilled that Donna did not take the easy way out with this mystery! I enjoyed how the title really came into play into the mystery itself . The story was well done and thought out, with strong characters and purpose. I really enjoyed the storyline and I am happy I found a series I can continue to enjoy!


You can preorder How the Finch Stole Christmas on Amazon by clicking here. 
Thank you for joining me for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Monday, September 18, 2017

Five Amigos Fall-O-ween Fun- Week 3

Week three already and we are moving along!


We have our winner of A FRYING SHAME! The random draw was done and our winner is Patricia P.   Congrats to her and thank you to all who entered. Special thank you to Linda Reilly for sponsoring this give away.

Karen and I have another Double Double for you this fine Monday morning. First up this week is Karen K and her selection A Scone To Die For!




This is a new favourite series of mine! I could not put it down. Colourful and vibrant characters. Real personalities! I now want to visit Oxford. The whodunit had me riveted and left me second guessing myself until the conclusion.


When an American tourist is murdered with a scone in her quaint Oxfordshire tearoom, Gemma must solve the mystery with the help of the nosy Old Biddies and a mischievous little feline named Muesli. But between her bossy, matchmaking mother and the return of her old college love as a handsome CID detective, Gemma soon has her hands full and her head spinning!Murder is bad for business, especially when customers think your scones are more deadly than delicious. With the body count rising and her tearoom going bust, can Gemma find the killer before things turn to custard?


You can find A Scone To Die For on Amazon by clicking here.



My turn! I choose Ellery Adams Murder in the Mystery Suite! Seriously who would not like to pack up and go to Storyton with me? All books and cozy rooms, rolling hills and quaint town and they have afternoon tea every day! This is one of my most favorite series and so many great characters in this one, an adventure cozy in the perfect setting, doesn't get much better than this!

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize is missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer. Amid a resort full of fake detectives, Jane is bound and determined to find a real-life killer. There’s no room for error as Jane tries to unlock this mystery before another vacancy opens up…

You can find Ellery Adams Murder in the Mystery Suite on Amazon by clicking here.


Find out what Mary has in store for you today by clicking here.



Karen K and I thank you for joining us here today, we all would love to hear from you so please leave us a comment below or email us at karenmowen@gmail.com 
Don't forget to join us next Monday for more Fall-O-ween Fun! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Skeleton Paints A Picture by Leigh Perry

Today I am sharing my review of The Skeleton Paints A Picture, which is a book I finished September 5th. I was so thrilled when I got approved to read and review this book and was delighted to find that Leigh Perry brought all the magic over to her new publisher with The Skeleton Paints A Picture, this is the 4th book in the series which quickly earned a spot as a series in my heart. While technically this is a paranormal cozy mystery, it really doesn't read like one. The magic is Sid himself, an extraordinary character, rich in depth, emotion, humor and grace you almost forget that he is a skeleton. The banter between main character Dr. Georgia Thackery and Sid is my favorite part of the book, the way they have chemistry that pops off the page,  they are Best Friends and unlikely sleuths who share a love of movies and the internet. I am always so amazed with  author Leigh's ability to create new ways that Sid can "roam free" and how with each book, I feel jealous that I do not have a skelton best friend of my own.  This was a great story and mystery, different from the last three but built on the magic and mystery solving duo I love.  I enjoyed that Georgia and Sid are on their own in this one but I did miss the snarky teenage daughter and quirky sister. All in all I loved this book, this series even got me over my fear of skeletons at Halloween! Now I even want one! 


Georgia Thackery, adjunct English professor, has a new job teaching at Falstone College of Art and Design, known as FAD to its students and faculty. Living in a borrowed bungalow during winter in the snowiest part of Massachusetts, Georgia feels her isolation weighing as heavily as the weather. Then she receives a package containing her best friend, Sid, a walking, talking skeleton who has lived with the Thackery family since Georgia was six. With Georgia working out of town, Sid was lonely too. The two of them make plans for a cozy semester together, and it might have worked out that way if Sid hadn’t snuck out in the middle of the night to play in the snow and spotted a crashed car. When he drags Georgia out to investigate, they find the driver behind the wheel, apparently dead from the collision. Initially, police think it’s an accident, so Georgia and Sid think that’s the end of it―until Georgia finds out the body hits closer to home than she’d realized...

Thank you for joining me here for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery review I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com

Saturday, September 16, 2017

On My Table and In My Cup September 9th-16th

This is a week that has flown by, a one foot in front of the other week. I found out over the weekend that a friend, mentor and author I worked closely with, passed away suddenly. Jessica Simon was a fellow Sister in Crime member and our membership secretary at Sisters In Crime Canada West, it was a shock and we are deeply saddened with the news of her sudden passing.

At this time I am looking at still holding the event we had planned on September 24th, but will proceed after consultation with her husband Mike. To all who knew and loved Jessica, my heart is with you as we mourn this incredible loss to our community.
My Witchy Wednesday book this week was Crystal Magic, a book that is coming out in October and a book I felt I really learned with. This is a book that would make a great gift to those who love the stones and crystals. 
I was surprised to find a mystery in my mailbox, a book I have had on my wishlist and am excited to read! Midsummer Night's Mischief, arrived from a mystery sender and I wish to thank them and hope they will let me know who they are! #buyafriendabookdaymystery. 


I finished Donna Andrews How the Finch Stole Christmas, this is a lovely holiday cozy and a review I will share in the next week or so. Keep your eye out for this one!

Oh boy did I love Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander, I have so many things I want to share about this book . To start with I will share a cautionary tale with you about Death on Tap by Ellie Alexander, you are going to want to clear your schedule to read it and if you are reading on a device, make sure it is fully charged before you start! The only reason I did not finish this in one night is my ipad battery died, this is a very good binge worthy book and I am delighted it is on my table! I love it when a first in series captures me in this way! 
I am almost finished Murder on the Toy Town Express by Barbara Early! This one is a great story and easy to picture for me, I would love to go to a toy fair like the characters do in this book, more to come with the review. 

Thank you so much for joining me this weekend for a cup of tea and a cozy mystery week in review. I look forward to sharing more with you tomorrow. I would love to hear from you so please leave me a comment here or email me at karenmowen@gmail.com