You Can Do Tea by Sandy Lynam Clough {Book Review}

You Can Do Tea

by Sandy Lynam Clough


Sandy Clough, artist of If Teacups Could Talk (more than 300,000 copies sold), believes that anyone can “do tea.” All you need are the basics. In this charming tea primer, she presents no-fuss recipes and ideas to create gatherings that delight guests and hosts alike. New paintings from Sandy showcase tea cups for every taste, while cozy scenes encourage readers to embrace the surprising simplicity of tea.

Sprinkled throughout are tips on making teatimes beautiful and welcoming:

  • Ways to develop and implement a themed tea that suits any occasion.
  • The only recipes you’ll ever need to host a delightful tea.
  • Teatime manners and etiquette made simple.

As warm and comforting as a fresh batch of scones…this lovely gathering of ideas and invitations is for longtime tea lovers as well as those who are just discovering the pleasures, treasures, and benefits of the worlds’ favorite beverage.

Via Harvest House Publishers

My Thoughts:

You Can Do Tea  by Sandy Lynam Clough is a lovely gift book for your favorite tea lover. Clough wrote and illustrated this simple invitation to tea etiquette. The reader will learn about themes, menus, and how to hostess plus you will find some delicious recipes, including my favorite cucumber sandwiches (page 25). 

My little girl loves drinking tea. So, I look forward to some upcoming afternoons where we will read this treasure learning about tea together. I can even imagine us planning a tea for a few of our friends afterwards. There is a section towards the back, “Tea for Little Ladies” for ideas specifically for girls. I know that my little sweetie will enjoy the subject, but the amazing art throughout will also be a delight to her.

You Can Do Tea can be used as decoration, a coffee table book, or a gift for friend along with some fabulous tea. 

What is your favorite tea?


Village Tea Company Tea Review

I like tea. 

I like it almost as much as coffee.

I like the kind of tea that tastes fresh, like you just picked it from your garden. Tea that leaves behind a fresh finish where you know you just consumed a quality product. 

This kind of tea you can purchase from the Village Tea Company.

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The containers are sleek enough to serve as kitchen décor.

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Even the single serving tea bags are unique, holding fine tea in little mesh 3D triangles.

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I enjoyed every sip of my first cup of Mintasically Minty Fresh Organic Black Tea and look forward to digging into my favorite Simply Organic Earl Grey.  Each swallow is enjoyable because the company carefully chooses the ingredients not just for your taste buds but also for your health. What more could you ask for, really?

I like what the founder, Martin Ekechukwu, wrote about the health aspect on the Village Tea website:

My belief is that tea is the undiscovered silver bullet for all ailments and I use it daily. Tea has been used as a healing tool for thousands of years and it’s no secret why those that choose to add tea, loose leaf tea, to their diet are naturally healthier.

I agree with him (because of previous research done).

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So, why not try the single serving pouches or if you prefer loose leaf tea, they provide a variety of amazing flavors such as Lemon Ginger Green, Strawberry Passion White, and English Breakfast. Don’t forget the tea accessories as well.  I personally want to order THIS ONE…

You can find Village Tea online as well as in Vitamin Shoppes, Whole Foods, and on Amazon.  You can also connect with Village Tea on Facebook and Twitter.

So, have you tried Village Tea?  What is your favorite flavor?

The teas pictured above were given to me in exchange for my honest review.  I really did enjoy it and I really do think anyone who enjoys fine teas will too.