Saturday, June 30, 2018


Friends, I am not even sure where to start with this post… my brain is all over the place.

I previously mentioned being IN LOVE with the Gaither Promise Tea gifted to me by a friend and wanting to search it out and order some, but to no avail.

Well, the internet led me to Scripture Tea who was the original manufacturer.  However, their website did not show the tea I was searching for (“these are not the droids you’re searching for”).  In fact, their website is quite dated.

It did reference a possible likely tea also featuring apple called “American Hero Tea”.  But, there was NO sales information for it… only pictures.  I was excited about this with July 4th being right around the corner and the description boasting “quotes from founding fathers, military and social heroes of yesterday and today” and even featuring 5 different examples on the photo. Wouldn’t that be fun to share?
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I checked Amazon, and a seller called “God’s Outlet” in FL had some listed for only $5.30 +$3.98 shipping.  I figured that was reasonable for a box of tea I was in love with and I naturally expected to receive a standard box of about 20 teabags (no amount was listed on the amazon page).

An additional clue from the Scripture Tea website was that 100 teabags in other flavors = $22.00.
Well, my tea arrived today and it was in a rather large box.  Much to my surprise, I received a ziplocked back of ONE HUNDRED TEABAGS!  Holy cow!!!  

That would be great for this price IF it was the tea I was looking for. But, alas “these are not the droids you’re searching for”.
I now suspect the actual tea I may have wanted was Apple Cobbler –
Note this random internet picture says Ltd. Ed.
also not on the website or for sale anywhere I can find.  The American Hero tea is pleasant enough but didn’t wow me as much as the Gaither Promise Tea.

Ingredients: Black tea, cinnamon, natural flavor,
hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory,
blackberry leaves. Scripture John 14:2
Additionally, I love scripture as much as the next Jesus lovin’ girl, but these bags claim to be American Heroes as I mentioned.  So far, I have opened 3 and each has a scripture on it.  Time will tell if any tags read as promised.
Also, the seller claims this tea is decaffeinated, but I see nothing on the bag or photos I’ve found to confirm that.

I’m quite happy with the price naturally and it is a pleasant enough blend that I am happy to share.  So if you would like to receive 10 teabags and live in the continental U.S.A, please follow these rules to enter my giveaway.
Drumroll Please

1.      Follow my blog via one of the sources to the right of this post (if signing up for emails, mention that in a comment below)
2.      Comment below with your favorite tea & you will be *entered 
3.      *Must live in continental U.S.A. due to shipping
4.      *Enter by noon P.S.T. (pacific standard time – west coast) July 4th
5.      (optional) If you win, would you kindly come back and let me know how your tags read?

Winner will be announced here later in the week at which time I will request your mailing information.
If you don't follow, you won't see my next post to know you have won. (*If no response by July 9th, a new name will be drawn to replace yours).
I reserve the right to withdraw or discontinue this contest for any reason.

I would love if you would share this post/giveaway with your tea-loving friends!

You may also enjoy a very special RED, WHITE AND BLUE tea I did back in 2015. Click here

Have a very blessed Independence Day friends.

Until next time, Hugs and a cup of tea!

Link up party: Have a Daily Cup #296

Monday, June 25, 2018


I have recently been watching a ton of vintage classics since my dad and I discovered them on Amazon Prime while he was here visiting for Father's Day and many are included free with my annual membership.  However, this particular classic is also available in full on YouTube and is copy pasted below for you :-)
1937 (black and white)
Patricia Ellis and Warren Hull in Rhythm in the Clouds (1937)Judy (played by Patricia Ellis) can't pay her rent and has just a few hours to vacate her apartment in quite possibly the most polite eviction I've ever seen.  Judy comes up with a plan to stay in the presently vacated apartment of Mr. Hale, a man she was supposed to meet for a business meeting to discuss composing.  When she answers his phone, she hears opportunity knocking!  That's not the only thing knocking... her new neighbor, Bob McKay, played by the handsome Warren Hull, continually knocks on the walls to quite her and she knocks back!  This starts a continuing feud between the two until they eventually discover they are working together.  The continually flustered Clyde Lyons (William Newell) adds several points of comedic relief to the movie. The story is smart and sweet plus the music is lovely.  At about the 12:00 mark you hear the music (about a minute and a half long) for "Don't Ever Change" (Written by Walter Hirsch and Lou Handman).  I really loved this piece and swear I've heard it before, though I've never seen the movie.  Later in the movie it is sung by Warren Hull at the 22:30 mark.  Another fun song was "Two Hearts Are Dancing" (same authors) sung by Ellis and Hull at the end of the movie. 
My only complaint about Judy was her tendency to get dramatically nervous and want to flee, though she never does.  Just a little odd.
I would certainly watch it again.  It's only 53 minutes, so you can certainly pop in your headphones and squeeze it on your lunch hour, and then go back to work a happy camper!

(TIP - When you find one movie in full on YouTube or Amazon, it generally leads you to others you can bookmark).


I have only watched The Stork Club
but I like this picture of her, and I see
that The Perils of Pauline (1947) is also
on Amazon Prime.
The Stork Club (1945) Betty Hutton
This movie was so much fun. My dad and I laughed out loud several times & really enjoyed the songs. I've even looked up Betty Hutton on you-tube to add the song Doctor, Lawyer and an Indian Chief to my vintage playlist there. When she rescues a stranger from drowning he decides to secretly reward her financially and has his lawyer set her up with unlimited funds, believing she's too kind to take advantage. However, she can't believe her good fortune, literally, and sets to work trying to figure out who is putting a leash on her... by SPENDING his money to draw him out. The fur coat scenes bring lots of laughs. Meanwhile, she befriends Pop, the sweet little old man she rescued, having no idea that he is her mysterious benefactor. During this time her Marine boyfriend returns to town only to discover she is a kept woman. Filled with mayhem, misunderstandings and music this movie is a good time all around. At times, Betty Hutton's over-the-top performances remind me of Lucille Ball with all of her crazy contortions; a feat not anyone can accomplish.
(Free here: on YouTube or here Amazon Prime)

You Can't Take it With You (1938) Jean Arthur /  James Stewart
This movie is one of my favorites, so much so that I bought the remastered dvd. "Lional Barrymore is the eccentirc patriarch of a clan of frustrated artists who dedcided 30 years earlier to retire from the rat race and use his fortune to encourage friends and family to pursue vocations that really interest them.  At the center of his family is his granddaughter, Jean Arthur, who is carrying on a romance with her boss' son, James Stewart." -IMD  You can watch it here on YouTube, but the quality appears to be that of someone who videotaped their t.v. so the remastered version is certainly preferred.
 I adore Jean Arthur and she and Jimmy Stewart really click together.  They were also in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) together. Additionally, she starred in The Devil and Miss Jones with Robert Cummings (1941) and Mr. Deeds Goes to Town with Gary Cooper (1936).

Back in 2015 (oh my! has it really been that long?) I shared this gem:
Click here for the movie snipped of the song
I'd be remiss if I didn't give it an honorable mention in today's post since this IS a tea lovin' blog (wink).
I hope you will check out some of these movies that harken back to simpler times and lots of good clean fun!  As I am writing this, I have stumbled across several more movies that I am adding to my queue (smile).  Now to go brew a cuppa, sit back and enjoy one!

Until next time,
Hugs and a cup of tea.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Road to Paradise

art by: Creative Carmella Designs Incidentally her
shop is closed because her family is busy visiting
all of the National Parks in her home state! How cool is that?
But check the link above later if you are interested in her beautiful style.
The Road to Paradise – A Vintage national Parks Novel - by Karen Barnett
Ashford Washington 1927
Margaret Lane: Ch. 1 As a child she’d dreamed of living and working in Mount Rainier National Park, a park her father had campaigned to create. In time she realized that the daughters of United States senators didn’t run off to live in the woods.  They endured a slow death at the hand of high-society parties and tedious political functions.
She has an opportunity to be a naturalist, studying the park and all its glorious details God has laid out. Margie’s former fiancรฉ is a villain you love to hate! So smug, so self-righteous, and so calculating.

Chief Ranger Ford Brayden enjoys a simple, bachelor lifestyle in the park.  He is quite surprised to be saddled with the nature smitten Margie and fully expects to send her packing in short order. That is until he realizes who her father is and what her presence means to the park. He is a kind man, but a little inclined to make assumptions and definitely outside his element when outside of the park.  He has no use for God and cannot understand how Margie can see God in EVERYTHING.

Sweet God Moment: Ch. 22 Her hero, John Muir, had spent weeks and months rambling the High Sierra.  Margie closed her eyes, the expansive view overwhelming her senses. Lord, help me find my way.  I love Your creation, but I’m not ready to spend the night alone out here.  A gentle breeze lifted the ends of her hair, bringing the lush smell of the heather. She took a deep breath, thankful for her slowing heartbeat. God was present, even out here in the dark. Scripture floated into her mind, and she whispered the familiar words to the wind: “The darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”
Karen certainly crafts a beautiful story and the words pull you right into the scenery.

Tea Moment:   First off, this book starts out with two mentions of tea. One in the dedication and then a quote under that from C.S. Lewis – one we all know and love, I’m sure. “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Surprisingly, I would not read tea related text until the final chapter of the book, and then my heart was quite happy indeed; Luke popped outside, a giant grin lighting his face. “I thought I heard voices.  I’m glad you survived the trip. I’ve got the kettle on. Would you like some tea?”
Margie threw her arms around him. “I would love some. I’m so glad to see you.”

NOTE: This is a stand-alone novel, and fine to read out of order, as per the author.

After reading Where the Fire Falls, I happily gobbled up this story and truly loved it.  Now on to the FREEBIE short story, Christmas in Paradise, posted on her website. My opinion is my own and given freely (true story!). 

Read: 6/14&15/2018 - Reviewed: 6/23/2018 / 5 Stars ☆☆☆☆☆

FREE STUFF – Go to Karen's website to get a free novelette, vintage style postcards, digital poster and bonus eBook “Women of the National Parks”.  So generous and fun!

My posts related to this one: Bookmark Fun

Until next time, hugs and a cup of tea!

In my cup: Gaither Promise Tea - sent by a dear friend & how I love it!
The tag reads: "Gentle Shepherd, we need your strength from day today."
I am on the hunt for more, but alas I think it may no longer be made
(at least not by Gaither).
After searching Google (as I am multitasking while writing this,
it seems to be made by Scripture Tea.  They mention
American Hero Tea on their site, but no way to order it...
grrrrrr. Hopefully, I figure it out! 
It would be super cute for
Fourth of July!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bookmark Fun

Looking forward to reading The Road to Paradise next!
Hello again. I mentioned these books in my last blog post (CLICK HERE), and now I wanted to share a little bookmark fun.

I created this bookmark representing the novel series "Vintage National Parks" by going to the author's website and utilizing her free postcards.

Except, I used my computer's "Snipping Tool" to capture the postcards and then paste them to MS.Word.  Then I cropped the pictures to fit into a long table.  I also added thumbnail size pictures to the top.  I printed it on cream cardstock, cut with cute scissors, and hole punched the top.  Then I added a cute ribbon and cross gifted to me by a friend and TA DA; a themed bookmark for this series that came together in no time at all.

The quotes on each postcard are:
๐Ÿ’œ"All good things are wild and free." - Henry David Thoreau
๐Ÿงก"The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir 
๐Ÿ’š"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2
๐Ÿ’™"Of all the fire-mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest." - John Muir

I shared it with the author Karen Barnett who seemed pleased with my efforts.  So I encourage you to have a little bookmark fun with whatever you are reading or a book you may be gifting :-)

Until next time, hugs and a cup of tea!

Friday, June 8, 2018


I visited Yosemite several times as a girl and it is a wonder with all of its giant redwoods, sequoias, pine scents, cool breezes, waterfalls, giant rocks, cliffs, trails and wildlife.  This book made me want to travel there again.  Some of daycare Littles are there now camping and celebrating a fifth birthday! Hooray!!

I figured a thermos of tea was appropriate for the wilderness (smile).

Where the Fire Falls – A Vintage national Parks Novel - by Karen Barnett

Olivia Rutherford is an aspiring Watercolorist and currently portraying herself as a free-spirited flapper among California’s nouveau riche. Clark Johnson is a guide in Yosemite National Park, and on a quest to discover God’s ultimate path for his life.  He’s managed to pretty much avoid women for the last three years.
Ch. 1 “I’m not afraid of women. … They’re just a highly unpredictable species.  One minute they’re as sweet as honeysuckle; next you find yourself up to your kneecaps in hellfire.”
When the two are thrown together they both begin a journey of self-discovery and share the amazing beauty of the park. However, deception, secrets and danger follow them around creating a rocky path at times.
Tea Moment:   Ch. 4 Vanderbilt was a pith helmet short of an African safari.  Next thing you knew, he’d be demanding tea from a china cup.
I loved the campfire songs! Red River Valley is a favorite of mine and the old hymns touched my soul.

There is so much beauty captured in this story. Ch. 10 “God saved up the best bits of creation and spent them here.” Ch. 11 The sun’s radiance still played off the summit in the distance, the details in the granite exposed by the long reddish rays blending light and shadow. Ch. 16 God’s presence was in Yosemite… Every blade of grass, every breath of wind, even the light passing over the polished granite and dancing through the waterfalls’ spray seemed touched by His spirit.

Thank you to Karen Barnett for alerting me to the BOGO deal. I took advantage of the pre-order opportunity & am so happy I did.  I cannot wait to receive The Road to Paradise. My opinion is my own and given freely.
Read: 6/6&7/2018 - Reviewed: 6/8/2018 / ☆☆☆☆☆

FREE STUFF – Go to the author’s website to get a free novelette "Christmas in Paradise", 8 free vintage style postcards, digital poster and bonus eBook “Women of the National Parks”.  So generous and cool!

John Muir is also mentioned a few times in the book, so I wanted to also share my recently purchased copy of Muir’s The Boyhood of a Naturalist.  It is over 100 years old and after reading Where the Fire Falls, I look forward to jumping into this book.

I do hope you will be able to add these to your TBR list, and perhaps enjoy a bit of Yosemite or another National Park.
Until next time,
Hugs and a cup (or thermos) of tea!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

It's book release day for this wonderful installment in the new Haven Manor series from most excellent author, Kristi Ann Hunter.

I was so excited when the golden envelope arrived! I immediately took it out to the garden to photograph!

I could not put this book down and read the entire thing on Saturday!  I enjoyed every minute of it.

A Defense of Honor – Haven manor Book 1 - by Kristi Ann Hunter
London – 1816
Graham, Lord Wharton, is bored with balls; bored with high society; bored with life in general.  That is until a chance encounter with a lady in a green ball gown catches him off guard.  Compelled to investigate he is faced with the most unusual person he has come across in a long time.  However, mystery and danger seem to follow her and she might not be the best diversion after all.
Katherine FitzGilbert is determined to right the wrongs of the well-to-do’s indiscretions and protect those who need her.  She may not be able to change the past, but she will do everything she can to see to the future of those she has secreted away.  With the help of some dear friends, including Mr. Nash Banfield, the wonderful solicitor from the introductory FREE eNovella, A Search for Refuge, she is doing her best to provide a calm and serene life for her charges out in the country.  That is until things begin to unravel.

AAAAGHH! The word was supposed to read
STURDY, not study! ;/
I really enjoyed the characters and story.  I especially liked that while the subject matter (pre-marital relations) behind the story can be an ugly one, the author wrote it in a very comfortable way, never subjecting us to an overly descriptive scene like some authors do. I absolutely adore the scene in Ch. 6 with Graham and little Daniel in Mrs. Lancaster’s shop . And when Graham takes his friend, Aaron Whitworth, around to his tenants and introduces him in a very special way, I was laughing out loud. 

Tea Moment: Ch. 30 Daphne brought tea with her to the back porch that night. She sat on the steps next to Kit and offered a mug before sipping her own drink in quiet serenity. 

I recommend this book and look forward to future installments. 
My favorite bookmark
& gardenias from my garden.
Read: 6/3/2018 - Reviewed: 6/5/2018 / ☆☆☆☆☆
Thank you to Bethany House and the lovely author for this paperback copy. My opinion is my own and given freely. Keep updated on the author’s website, Kristi Ann Hunter dot com

Haven Manor Series
“The Haven Manor series follows a group of women who take what could have been a life-crushing circumstance and turned it into an opportunity to help desperate women and their children from the same fate. Their pasts may have brought these women here, but God has an amazing future in store for them.” -Author’s Website
Read my review here: My Review
A Return of Devotion – Daphne’s Story - coming Feb. 2019
Coming Soon – Jess's Story

Until next time, hugs and a cup of tea! 
Drink Tea, Read Books, Be Happy :)