Thursday, November 20, 2014

Catching the Spirit with Chocolate and Orange

Our Canadian Thanksgiving was October 13 so by mid November I'm ready to pull out the winter decor. There's a hint of Christmas already but the silver tinsel table top tree will not appear yet.
Seasonal tablecloths are on the kitchen and dining room tables and let me say right here that I love tablecloths. My mother always had one on our table and I like changing them with the seasons or when the mood hits to pull out the lacy ones.
Snowflakes dangle from light fixtures,  hang from the icicle lights on the kitchen window, mirrors and adorn the glass doors of the DR hutch. Snowmen keep me company over the kitchen sink and Scentsy is burning in a new warmer. These things I'll share at a later date.
For now I want to share a new tea company I've ordered from. Out of Vancouver, BC Murchie's is known to my tea friends, but new to me. A friend from out west recommended their Christmas Tea, a blend of black tea, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.
This is not a paid recommendation by any means, just my sharing with you how much I like this blend. The orange is predominate over the spices and it is a smooth and rich black tea.
I'm using a cardinal mug for my tea and have a couple of Walkers shortbread Orange Royals for my treat.
I cleaned and tidied the tea cupboard in the kitchen and pulled out A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg to read again to get into the spirit of Christmas.
More chocolate and orange from one of Terry's Oranges that breaks into yummy segments.
My tea cupboard where there are quite a few selections for my afternoon tea. The top shelf holds my collection of lavender and the bottom has a few teapots, matching tea caddies, books, napkin holders and a crystal biscuit jar.
Do you have a favourite tea you drink at Christmas? I didn't have one until now but will be sure to order Christmas Tea again next year in time for the holidays.
Linking with the following tea gatherings:
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea

40 comments:

  1. Your tea cupboard is so pretty and I will have to look up that tea. I don't have a favorite tea for christmas yet, I like them all.

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  2. IT sounds like you really love this new tea! And your tea cupboard is beautiful and so neatly organized. It confirms you are a serious tea drinker! I am feeling ready to get some Christmas things out, but our Thanksgiving is really late this year and we usually wait until after the turkey is eaten. We'll see ...

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  3. I love the Terry's orange and chocolate you have here and then wash it down with a cuppa tea lol ! For some reason I just cant seem to acquire the taste of any other flavored teas I like my Tetley Orange Pekoe it goes with everything lol ! Pretty photos wow I haven't even thought about Christmas yet let alone brought out any decor lol . Your tea cupboard is lovely and I do like that Cardinal cup . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  4. What a pretty tea cupboard you have. Lots of selection there. I've not heard of the Murchie's Christmas Tea but I just might head downtown (there's one in Victoria, too) and pick some up. Sounds wonderful.

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  5. Love Murchie's pretty tea canister and your well-organized tea cabinet! My favourite Christmas teas is Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings. When I was at the Royal Botanical Gardens, I found a new tea company called "Die Tee Familie" at the gift shop. They had numerous holiday teas and I purchased a herbal tea called "Christmas Lovers Tea". I'm also eager to try Davids Tea's Eggnog roiboos.

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  6. Hello Judith
    I'm very much looking forward to reading your future Christmas posts! This one is full of beauty and lovely atmosphere.
    The tea must be really good and the cookies look very nice. Chocolate and orange make a lovely combination of flavours. A confession: I have even a Christmas Hand Cream with the fragrance.
    Your tea cupboard looks lovely. I especially admire your collection of lavender on the top shelf!

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  7. We tend to be a one sort of tea only here, but I can imagine that if I had a space for such a wonderful tea area as you do we might try more! Your hutch is so prettily arranged, and I love your cardinal mug too! xx

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  8. I love orange in tea and orange in chocolate is amazing (in my not so humble opinion)! I think you Canadians have the right idea having Thanksgiving in October. I've been slowly pulling out the Christmas decorations thinking I have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate. The snow babies are all out. The Christmas wreath is on the front door. The outside lights and wreaths are all stacked in their containers upstairs waiting to go on the balcony.... hurry Thanksgiving! I need to get the Christmas show on the road!

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  9. You have things set up so nice and have a wonderful selection of teas. I would love to find a Christmas blend to try, too. It's so nice for cold afternoons! Hugs!

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  10. What a beautiful Christmas post, Judith. I have some Murchie's tea in my tea cupboard, but it's not their Christmas blend. I'll have to check into that. I LOVE Tom Hegg's book, A Cup of Christmas Tea and will be using it for my December teas at O'Mara's. Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday season!

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  11. I love your tea cupboard Judith! My jaw dropped, and the first thing I thought was, I need one of those! haha. So pretty and organized, and I love the tea tins rather than a jumble of boxes. So now you have me thinking . . .
    And Canadians are so sensible to have an earlier Thanksgiving. Ours is so late this year. It's hard to give it its proper due when Christmas follows so quickly afterwards.
    Enjoy your tea and candles and tablecloths; sounds lovely.

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  12. A trip to Victoria BC is not complete without a trip to Munro's Bookstore and Munchies' tea room next door. (Their old location was much more atmospheric, but the new location - with its teas and treats - still packs them in!)

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  13. What a lovely tea cupboard you have! Wow! No wonder you have so many beautiful teapots etc. ... you actually have a place to put them ;) I have just a tea "station" which is a wooden tray on top of my bread box where I keep my tea, a couple of little tea pots and the sugar (for my son's sweet tooth). The Christmas tea sounds so good! Enjoy your stepping into the Christmas season Judith, and have a happy weekend! Wendy x

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  14. I too have always tablecloths on the table changing with the seasons. I love your Christmas one on the table. That Christmas Tea sounds good, I do not know Murchie's. My favourite is until now Earl Grey of Twinings.
    Have a nice weekend!

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  15. That tea sounds good. I love citrus flavors. And orange and chocolate is great too.

    I like your tea cupboard! I'm getting so many now, I should do a shelf with my teas and get them off my counter!

    Happy weekend!

    Deanna

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  16. I love your tea cupboard! Great idea. My teas are occupying one shelf drawer of my pantry! Maybe I need to cut back so I can store more food related items in there. A couple of favourite Christmas teas are Stash Holiday Chai and Christmas Eve. I really enjoy them through the next couple of months. I'm pretty well all decorated for Christmas except the big tree (which I may not put up this year) and the bookshelf top next to the front stairs (not sure what I'll do there yet). I just wish I could get in the shopping mood. Sigh. Enjoy the weekend and stay cozy.

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  17. A couple of new favourites for me are white chocolate soufflé and mint chocolate tea, both are Rooibos teas from Steeped Tea (daughter sells it). Your tea cupboard looks like mine ... full of goodness :)

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  19. Judith what a festive table and orange and chocolate are holiday flavors...love it all...for now we are getting ready for our Thanksgiving....then on to holiday decor.

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  20. Hi Judith,

    I've never heard of the Murchie's Christmas tea, but it sounds heavenly. The shortbread and the orange chocolates would be a nice treat. I enjoy chai tea and the Eggnogg'n tea by Bigelow during the cold months. Trader Joe's also has a vanilla cinnamon tea that I like. I'm always up for trying a new tea!
    Your tea hutch looks so pretty and well organized.

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  21. I love the combination of orange and chocolate....:)JP

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  22. Judith, your table is absolutely gorgeous! I moment I saw it I knew I had to tell you that just last weekend I bought these beautiful brand new napkins at Goodwill with the exact same pattern! Isn't that something? I have had those chocolate orange section and they are so good...the tea sounds wonderful as well. Have a blessed weekend!

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  23. I'm not much of a tea connoisseur, but I love Bigelow teas. Right now I am partial to pomegranate, but really like most all. I need to step out of my pedestrian range and try some (what I would call) exotics.

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  24. Hi Judith, I was just thinking about this tea and wanted to order some. Thanks for the reminder. Glad you have been stopping by! I love your blog and am happy to be back in touch with you.
    Have a very nice weekend.
    Linda

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  25. Hi Judith! The Christmas tea sounds good. Two of my favorite Christmas tea are David's Santa's Secret and Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane. Your tea cupboard looks nice; you seem to have added to your stock of teas since I saw it last summer; and I notice quite a few David's round tins - I love David's too! You sound like you are beginning to decorate and I'm sure your home looks festive. Your tea table is pretty today. I like the mug!
    Hugs, Beth

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  26. danke für die bilder und inspirationen!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

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  27. Hello,Judith
    Your tea cupboard is so lovely.

    Actually,I will slow down the update frequency of blogging for a while since my mother-in-law 94 is in poor health at times.

    Have a good new week.

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  28. I like a tea with cinnamon during the holidays - and of course chocolate. We have those same orange/chocolate candies that break apart. One of my daughters brings me one each christmas.

    I love your tea cabinet - it is so very charming.

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  29. Orange and chocolate is a delicious combination! Your Christmas tea sounds wonderful as well and must be very fragrant. So many choices, I see, in your tea cupboard, Judith.

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  30. I love tea, and I love chocolate and orange together. Your post is beautiful. I love that book.

    You have a beautiful home.
    Karen

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  31. I do drink tea often, but as an afternoon ritual. Right now I am enjoying a herbal tea called Gingerbread. It actually tastes more like chia tea which I love. I also like a good orange pekoe tea. Or Earl Gray. Your table looks lovely. Here it seems that everyone is rushing Christmas. Thanksgiving is Thursday. Friday I will put away the fall decorations then wait a day or two to enjoy a bare house, then the craziness will begin.

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  32. Love your post Judith...just showed the Muchie's tea on my Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I really like it! Lovely photos!
    Ruth

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  33. Hi Judith,
    What a pretty tablecloth! My mother always had tablecloths too but hers were vinyl, not quite the same thing. I have a few but they are mostly lace.
    That is a pretty mug and looks very festive sitting on your table.
    I love your tea cupboard! It is so organized and you have some very pretty pieces of tea ware. I would love to try that Christmas Tea. Perhaps I will email my DIL in Vancouver and see if she would send me some. Thank you for joining me for tea and I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas decorating.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  34. Oh, I love that tea cupboard!!

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  35. Such a lovely laid table! I love tablecloths especially holiday ones. Your tablecloth is so pretty. Your hutch is so nice filled with lots of treasures. Your post made me smile as I saw your chocolate orange, and a special memory of my late husband came to mind, as he always wrapped one up for me for Christmas. Wow, haven't had one for 8 years. I may have to pick one up this year as they are yummy and will be a treat I can have and think of him. Enjoy the day!

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  36. Such a lovely laid table! I love tablecloths especially holiday ones. Your tablecloth is so pretty. Your hutch is so nice filled with lots of treasures. Your post made me smile as I saw your chocolate orange, and a special memory of my late husband came to mind, as he always wrapped one up for me for Christmas. Wow, haven't had one for 8 years. I may have to pick one up this year as they are yummy and will be a treat I can have and think of him. Enjoy the day!

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  37. Judith, I have to find that tea now...... IS it similar to constant comment? I do love the combination of orange and chocolate!

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  38. OMG Judith .. The Christmas tea sound fabulous...I love the cinnamon and orange flavours that spice up the season, not to mention the chocolate orange that always ends up in hubbies Christmas socking...It's tradition at our house( Ha Ha)...I used to frequent Murchies and miss it a lot.. so it's nice to know that one can order it ... Isn't it special having a tea cupboard to compliment your lovely tablescape.. Love those lavender dishes.... Pretty,Pretty..Thanks for sharing..Hugs

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  39. Gorgeous pictures! The holiday tea sounds like it smells and tastes delicious. I love seasonal tablecloths too, and yours is so pretty.

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  40. Thank you for yet another Christmas tea to add to my to-be-tried list! And Walker's Orange Royals Shortbread sounds terrific. I'll have to look for those.

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