Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Raja Oolong Chai @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

Today’s tea from my Tea Advent Calendar is Raja Oolong Chai, which I’ve never tried before. I’ve liked most of the other chai teas from Adagio, so I’m expecting this one to be good, too.

The ingredients are oolong tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, chicory, cocoa nibs, natural spicy cinnamon flavor, black peppercorn, and cloves. I’m not exactly sure how it differs from regular chai tea, but when I opened the packet, it smelled similar to regular chai tea, but with a slightly woody scent that was different. I steeped it for 5 minutes in 8 ounces of 212ºF hot water.

It actually tasted quite nice unsweetened. The cinnamon flavor is strong and it reminds me of the orange cinnamon tea from Hobee’s restaurant. With sugar and almond milk, the cinnamon flavor is a little toned down, but still strong and delicious. I think I might buy a few teabags of this for Captain Caffeine, who loves cinnamon tea and has been disappointed that the original flavor Good Earth Tea changed its recipe and it’s not the same anymore. This might be a good substitute for him.

Monday, December 06, 2021

Cocomint Green @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

Today’s tea from my Tea Advent Calendar is one I’ve never tried before, Cocomint Green. It looks like a green tea version of chocolate mint.

The tea has green tea, cocoa nibs, natural chocolate mint flavor, and peppermint leaves. It really smelled like mint chocolate when I opened the packet! At first glance, the tea leaves look like Chinese green tea.

I steeped it for 3 minutes in 8 ounces of 180ºF hot water.

Unsweetened, it was a little bitter (I probably should have steeped it only 2 minutes rather than 3). But this is also chocolate mint flavor, so there’s no way I was going to drink this without sugar and milk. Unfortunately, it had a slightly grassy flavor that I think was from the green tea. It sounded and smelled like it would be a good tea, but after steeping it, I didn’t much care for this tea.

Sunday, December 05, 2021

White Chai @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

Today’s tea from my Tea Advent Calendar is White Chai. I already like Adagio’s chai teas, but I’ve never tasted their white chai. I’m hoping this is as good as their other chai teas.

The tea ingredients are ginger, lemon grass, cinnamon, pineapple pieces, white tea, coconut, cloves, cardamom, natural spice flavor (what in the world is that???) apple pieces, red peppercorn, and natural cinnamon flavor. When I opened the packet, it smelled like chai tea, except a little fruitier. I’m not sure if that’s because of the white tea or the pineapple pieces.

I steeped it for 3 minutes in 8 ounces of 195ºF hot water.

It didn’t taste terrible unsweetened, but I prefer my chai tea sweet and milky, so I added sugar and almond milk. It had a much lighter, slightly fruity flavor compared to regular chai tea. I liked it a lot! I could taste the lemon grass, which gave it a nice brightness. It was a nice tea to drink right after lunch.

Saturday, December 04, 2021

I'm at the Wyoming Christmas Extravaganza Facebook party

There’s a huge Christian/Sweet Romance readers Facebook party at the Whispers in Wyoming Facebook group. My time slot is tonight from 5 pm to 8 pm EST (2 pm to 5 pm PST), so I’ll be there soon!

Six other Christian/Sweet Contemporary Romance authors are at the party with me during this time slot: Jan Thompson, Nancy Bolton, Andrea Boyd, Susan K. Beatty, Lisa Prysock, and Danni Roan.

I don’t know the other authors except for Jan Thompson and Lisa Prysock. They were both authors with me in the Save the Date Christian Contemporary Romance anthology that made the USA Today bestselling books list! I love both of them and it’ll be fun to have them during the same time slot tonight!

I hope you join us!

Cherry Marzipan Oolong @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

Today’s tea from my Tea Advent Calendar is Cherry Marzipan Oolong. I’ve actually tried it once before, several years ago, and I’m really looking forward to it.

It has oolong tea, cinnamon, apple pieces, rose hips, natural wild cherry flavor, natural almond flavor, cherries, and rose petals. When I opened the packet, it smelled like cherry candy, but I could also smell the almond flavor.

I steeped it for 5 minutes in 8 ounces of 212ºF hot water.

It’s actually quite good unsweetened. The oolong is very pleasant, not bitter or too malty, and it compliments the cherry really well. I don’t really taste much almond, though. I tried it with sugar and almond milk, and then I tasted more almond flavor, although I’m not sure if it’s because of the almond milk. I tasted less cherry, though. If I made this again, I’d skip the sugar and almond milk so that I could taste more of the cherry. This was a good tea!

Friday, December 03, 2021

Honeybush Banana Nut @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

I really love banana nut bread, so I was pretty excited to see today’s tea from my Tea Advent Calendar, Honeybush Banana Nut. I’m not a huge honeybush fan, but I don’t mind the flavored honeybush teas from Adagio, so I was expecting a pretty good cup.

The tea has honeybush tea, apple pieces, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, natural banana flavor, natural chestnut flavor, and marigold flowers. I could smell the banana and chestnut flavors as soon as I opened the bag. It didn’t quite smell like banana bread, but it was close!

I steeped it for 5 minutes in 8 ounces of 212ºF hot water.

I didn’t like the unsweetened tea when I tasted it, so I added almond milk and sugar. WOW what a difference that made! That’s a great cup of tea! It’s like slurping banana nut bread. I loved it!

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Pomegranate Grove @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

Day 2 of my Tea Advent Calendar is Pomegranate Grove, which is a non-caffeinated tea.
It has apple pieces, rose hips, hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, natural pomegranate flavor, rose petals, raspberries, and orange. It smelled almost like hard candy when I opened the package! Yum!
I steeped it for 10 minutes in 8 ounces of 212ºF hot water. It turned a beautiful red color when steeping!
It tasted tart and a little bit sweet when I tried it unsweetened. But when I added sugar, it really brought out the pomegranate flavor, and the cinnamon was only a hint, just enough to give it a little bit of depth. The raspberry flavor also gives it a little bit more fruitiness. A really delicious tea!






西島美幸 訳

スポーツ狂のレックス・坂井 —— いとこのマリコが数ヶ月後に結婚することにより、「いとこの中で一番年上の独身女性」という内輪の肩書を「勝ち取る」ことについては、あまり気にしていない。コントロールフリークの祖母を無視するのは容易だ —— しかし、祖母は最終通告を出した —— マリコの結婚式までにデート相手を見つけなければ、無慈悲な祖母は、レックスがコーチをしている女子バレーボールチームへの資金供給を切ると言う。

ダグアウトにいる選手全員とデートに出かけるほど絶望的なわけではない。レックスは、バイブルスタディで読んだ「エペソの手紙」をもとに「最高の男性」の条件の厳しいリストを作った。バレーボールではいつも勝つ —— ゲームを有利に進めれば、必ず成功するはずだ。



レックスは時間がなくなってきた。いくら頑張っても、いい人は現れない。それに、どこへ行ってもエイデンに遭遇する。あのリストはどんどん長くなっていくばかり ——






シワ? シワなんてあっただろうか? レックスはまだ三○なのに!




















ちょっと待って。ミミは何をしているのだろうか? 既にキンムンをゲットし、レストランの向こう側では、九○キロのキン肉マンが下心丸出しでジロジロ見ている。ミミは、何十人もの男を手中に収めているのだ。何故、レックスの貧弱な羊を追いかけるのだろうか?確かにジョージはハンサムなゲス野郎だが、それにしても、だ。レックスは、テーブルの反対側で忘れ去られたように座っていた。ソファに座ってつまらないドラマを見ている愚かな女のように。


「本当? あのヌード男女混合アルティメット・フリスビーの試合で絶対、会ったと思うんだけど」










ミミが物憂げに立ち上がった。二本の指の間に名刺が見える。一体どこから出てきたのだろう? 胸の中から? それをジョージの方に傾けると、彼は視線を合わせたままそれを引っ張った。




「僕とレックス? ああ、彼女のお兄さんが引き合わせたんだ」

ちょっと待って。リチャードはそんなことしていない。ただレックスにコンドミニアムを見せてやって欲しいと、ジョージに頼んだだけだ。なぜジョージはそんなことを言うのだろう? ジョージが口にしていないことを理解するのに、数秒かかった。
























「僕の分の食事代、お兄さんから返してもらってくれる? 実は……現金、持ち合わせてないんだ」


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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Pumpkin Spice @adagioteas #teaadventcalendar #adventcalendar2021

I got a free Tea Advent Calendar from Adagio to review, and while I blogged about the entire calendar back in November, I thought it might be fun to blog about each tea as I try them in December. I’m actually kind of excited because it’s fun to be surprised by the different teas each day. First up is Pumpkin Spice tea, which is a flavored black tea.

It has black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, natural pumpkin spice flavor (whatever that is), cardamom, and marigold flowers. There was a delicious chai-like scent when I opened the bag. 

I decided to get some milk and sugar handy when the tea finished steeping. I steeped it for 3 minutes in 8 ounces of 212ºF hot water.

It was delicious! Like a chai latte without the coffee. I did have to add a little more sugar than I normally add to black tea, but it was scrumptious to drink after lunch.

Wyoming Christmas Extravaganza Facebook party

From tomorrow, Thursday, December 2nd through Saturday, December 4th, there will be a huge Christian/Sweet Contemporary Romance readers Facebook party called the Wyoming Christmas Extravaganza. It’s put together by a group of Wyoming Sweet/Christian Romance authors, but the authors contributing to the Facebook party are from all over the globe. I’m one of 45 authors participating in the party.

For those three days in the Whispers in Wyoming Facebook group, authors will be online posting games, talking about their books, and chatting with readers. There will also be lots of individual author giveaways and a huge party giveaway for four $100 Amazon gift e-cards. There will be 5 authors each in 3-hour time blocks, from 9 am - 12 pm, 1 pm - 4 pm, and 5 pm - 8 pm (all EST).

We’re not allowed to tell you when our scheduled time block is, but I’ll post on Facebook and my blog just before my time block. I’ll be giving away lots of e-book copies of my self-published books, including copies of Lady Wynwood’s Spies, volume 1: Archer and The Spinster’s Christmas. I hope you join me at the Facebook party!