Mug Monday & Tea Talk

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Glass tea cup

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The Brother´s Grimm Fairy tales

 

Happy Mug Monday! ( okay, fine. Happy belated Mug Monday )

For years I´ve been listening to my friends rave about tea.

“The health benefits!”

“It´s better than coffee.”

“There´s nothing better than having a cup of tea while reading a good book.”

 

 

I have no doubt that tea has great health benefits. And, I´m sure it´s better than coffee, too ( although, I wouldn´t know. I don´t drink coffee ). But the point about tea and books being a fab combo? That, I wasn´t so sure about.

The truth is- Tea never did anything special for me. Which led to me being a non tea drinker.

Even my best friend, Mirjam, who also happily considers herself to be a tea nazi, tried to convince me about the perks of tea. ( I said she´s my best friend. I didn´t say we always share the same sense of humor )

“Come on over tomorrow and I´ll make you the perfect tea.“, she said. So, I went to her house the next day and tried her tea. Mind you, I never tried black tea before. It always had an odd smell to me but she promised me she´d be careful and teach me how to “water” my tea down with milk and sugar.

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Mirjam & Morgana´s Afternoon Tea Party

An hour and 1 cup of black tea later I ran home with massive stomach cramps. To this day I´m convinced she wanted to poison me with her version of the perfect black tea.

After that fateful day I decided to never drink anything tea – ish ever again.

Until a new tea shop opened in the nearby village.

While I´m anti – tea, my daughters….aren´t. Both love their fruit tea ( a blend of forest berries and green tea ).

Anyway- My oldest spotted the new tea shop and before I was able to protest she was already inside the shop, looking around. Just my luck.

To make a long story short, I spent half a fortune on 6 different loose teas.

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My senses were clouded by a wonderful mixture of fruity / herbal smells, plus the tea lady gave me a full-blown lecture on ingredients and benefits and water temperature and and and…. I had no other choice but to cave.

Here are the blends my daughters picked.

 

Eve & Lillian´s Tea

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White Peach

( Apple, pineapple, rose hip, peach, lemon, rose blossom, Columbian blossom )

Berry Power

( Apple, rose hip, white hibiscus, chokeberry, blueberry, Columbian blossom )

Peach Garden

(Apple, hibiscus, rose hip, peach, redbush, rose blossom, cinnamon )

Pina Colada

( Coconut, pineapple, passionfruit, blackberries, lemon, rose blossoms, orange )

Hibiscus

( cranberries, hibiscus, lemon, cinnamon, rooibos )

 

The stuff I bought isn´t even worth mentioning but I´ll still add my pathetic Peppermint and Chamomile loose tea, just for good measure. Oh, and the chocolate powder, as they had a new blend of cocoa from Spain. How can I resist a new brand of cocoa?

 

The Sum Up

I dared myself to try some of my daughter´s tea. Pina Colada spoke to me in my dark moment and… to tell you the truth? I didn´t suffer from stomach cramps! In fact- I actually like the fruity tea version of my favorite cocktail.

The spanish cocoa wasn´t for me, though.

I most definitely haven´t been turned into a tea drinker but thanks to my daughters I have a new-found appreciation for the subtle tasty water.

Do I think books and tea go hand in hand? After my pina colada tea, I´d say yes.

 

I´m pretty sure most of you aren´t like me and have already been drinking tea for the last few decades so my question is:

What kind of tea do you drink? What blends do you prefer? 

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Much love,

Morgana ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mug Monday & Book Besties Talk

Bookish Topic

Book Besties

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Mynthe, Gray – IbLaursen

 

Happy Monday!

May I present – My book bestie, Mirjam.

You know that moment when you finish a great book and you literally have no one around you to talk to about the amazing book? Yeah, well… I don´t have that someone. No one in my inner or outer social circle tends to be a fan of what I like to read. Not even my book bestie.

But that´s what book besties are for, right? I thought that´s what book besties did. Talk about the books they love.

In my / our case… we don´t gush over books we love ( well, we do. But you don´t necessarily want to be apart of those Whatsapp conversations or late night, on the sofa chats ). No. Our book bestie friendship is on a different level.

We talk book business. And we put authors under our imaginary magnifying glass and discuss every tiny little detail.

That´s us.

You´re probably thinking, “That´s odd. Book besties should have something in common.”

 

Mirjam book

 

And you´re right. We should. We do. We just don´t like the same genres.

While I´m more of a full-blown Romance worshipper, Mirjam is more for Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Thrillers ( who occasionally reads romances and YA / NA).

While I´ll spend days / weeks swooning over Jesse Ward from the This Man trilogy and suffering from terrible book hangovers, Mirjam will chew your ear off with Harry Potter and will give you a Powerpoint presentation on Game of Thrones that will leave you speechless.

Our tastes couldn´t be more apart from another but we have one thing we do agree on:

Books.

That´s right. It´s not the genre that get´s us going. It´s the anatomy of a book. It´s the author, the writing style, the quality of a cover / print. It´s a story idea, book fans, reviews and so much more!

We don´t need to love the same books to be book besties.

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We talk about our latest book purchases. How we load our basket on Amazon and get the shock of our lives when we see the amount and then we sort that basket out with a tear in our eyes.  We discuss poor dialogues and editing issues.

Kindle Unlimited is also a favorite topic of ours.

We´ve even gone so far and thought of doing a podcast for books because we have so much to say!

That (!) is what a book bestie is.

Having someone to talk books. Talking about every stinking detail regarding books. We don´t always agree on everything but we do with most bookish topics.

She´s my partner in crime in all other areas in life. She´s my quirky friend who lives down the road. She´s my book bestie and bff material….

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… who has a healthy love for tea.

As it usually is with friends, our outer bookish interests go their seperate ways, too.

Tea. Mirjam is a tea drinker. Not just any kind of tea drinker. I´ve never met a person who knows their tea like she does. I find people who know how to remember which temperature is used for what sort of tea and how long to let a tea sit really fascinating ( because I lack that sort of interest and patience). I only drink tea when I´m dying of some Hell sent flu, or when Mirjam invites me to drink black tea ( that nearly killed me ).

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I, hereby, dedicate this Mug Monday to my book bestie and bestie in all other areas.

Here´s to you. ❤

I hope you enjoyed today´s Mug Monday.

Don´t forget to share the book love!

xxx