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Cookbook filled with tea party ideas

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

A Henry County teacher is hoping to communicate her love of a favorite hobby to a larger number of people, through a book she published earlier this year.

Janice Mussell, of Stockbridge, has released a new cookbook, "Tea in Season." It features 20 tea-party ideas, as well as a number of menus and recipes. She is an instructor of English as a second language at Flippen and Dutchtown elementary schools.

Mussell says she came up with the concept for the book after an outing with her daughter, Mindy. "She took me to have tea at the Pinehurst Tea Room in Stockbridge," explains Mussell. "From there, I just started collecting teapots and tea sets. Later I turned one of my bedrooms into a tea party room for my granddaughter."

The local author began to compile a list of party ideas from friends and family, which led to her decision to write the book. The writing process took about two years to complete.

"I worked on it during the summers when I wasn't teaching," she says. "There's a bridesmaids' tea, a Christmas tea and Tea with the Princess for kids."

Mussell notes that at least one aspect of "Tea in Season," is divinely inspired. "The title of the book is based on Ecclesiastes 3:1, which says, 'There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.'"

The book is currently available online, at www.teainseason.com.

Mussell is still in the beginning stages of marketing her work, but has made the book available on a wholesale basis, to local churches holding fund-raisers.

For more information, e-mail Janice Mussell at janice@teainseason.com.