Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Cottage

The Cottage, Café,  Bakery and Tea Room is located in
historic Bluffton, SC. 
After several jellyfish stings (Austin) everyone wanted a day off the beach.
We called for reservations for afternoon tea.

The menu below shows the
afternoon tea menu options and the list of
loose leaf teas. 
I have discovered in my many years of travel to different tea rooms,
every one is unique and very often reflects the personality of the owner.
I would describe the The Cottage as being a funky casual
café and bakery with a nice selection of loose leaf teas. 
It reminds me a lot of Alice's Teacup in NYC. 
The Cottage is located in a historic house with various
rooms and porches used as dining rooms.  It is
decorated with teapots and tea cups and the displayed art is for sale. 

Everyone was hungry and ready to eat when our food arrived. 
My gluten free version was served on a separate plate. 
I forgot to take photos of Peyton's Children's tea
with PNB, banana and Nutella sandwiches,
and an extra large cup of hot chocolate.
A piece of artwork came home with Glenn!
It is a print which reminds him of a Cotswold Cottage.
We all enjoyed the food, tea, and respite from the beach.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Family Fun At Hilton Head Island

On Sunday, July 6th we drove from TN to our family's favorite beach
vacation venue at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC.

Peyton, the picky eater in the family, surprised us all
by eating shrimp and hushpuppies at Crazy Crab
and all his breakfast at Skillet's Café.
I took photos to demonstrate his improved eating habits
to his mom, who was back home. 
Grandpa knows how to have fun with the kids.
We went on a sunset dolphin cruise with
the best view of the Shelter Cove fireworks.
Sno-cones for all! 
And, we found the best gluten free
fried seafood at Roastfish and Cornbread! 
These are just a few of our fun activities during our
Hilton Head visit. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Making Memories With Family and Friends

 After being home for only 3 days (enough to wash laundry and repack), 
we took our first 8-day road trip with ALL three kids!
It was Peyton's first "long" road trip with Austin, Kaitlyn, Grandpa and Grandma. 
 Our first stop was a 3-night stay in Pigeon Forge, TN.
We arrived July 3rd for the holiday weekend. 
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurant 
(and hotel still under construction)
in the new Pigeon Forge Island is a great addition
to the family fun activities in the area.  
 On to The Track, our favorite Pigeon Forge family entertainment center. 
I just love the look on Peyton's face below as he rides with Grandpa.  
 Austin bungee jumping...
 arcade games for all
  bungee jumping for Kaitlyn.  
That is her flip-flop (shoe) in the air
tossed off after she jumped.  
Best of all, we met up with our Pennsylvania friends, 
the Reppert and Brill Family for great Tennessee fun, 
including the delightful dinner show at Dolly Partin's 
Dixie Stampede on the evening of July 3rd.  

On July 4th we spent the day at Dollywood theme park 
where the kids of all ages enjoyed rides and attractions.

Friday, July 5th was a day of more fun at MagiQuest
Nancy, riding the Wild Woody at The Track everyone's favorite go-cart ride. 
 We all visited the Titanic Museum
 More fun at Magiquest
Nancy and I became online tea friends several years ago. 
We met in person in 2007 as roommates on the Tea in London Tour. 
Austin, Glenn and I have visited Nancy and family
at Sweet Remembrances and the Rosemary House
and Hershey Park the last 2 summers. 
Nancy visited KY in March of this year and soon after we planned this 
fun Tennessee meet-up to follow their family North Carolina summer travels. 
These are only a few of the many photos and memories
of this fun July 4th Weekend adventure in Pigeon Forge, TN. 
It was a fun time for all! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Vintage Sadler Teapot

 This pretty 2-cup floral pattern 
English made Sadler teapot was the 
second of the two teapots I purchased at Mary's auction. 
I brew two cups of tea every morning. 
It has become a nice change from my every day Brown Betty. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ukuleles in Hawaii

 Some of you know Austin loves to play the Ukulele.
He was in "hog heaven" or should I say "Uke Heaven" in Hawaii. 
There were ukulele shops everywhere
and people were buying them like crazy! 
 While strolling along Waikiki Beach, Austin and Glenn
spied this travel ukulele.  It is thinner than the normal uke.
The salesman threw in a case and away they went. 
Yep, he played on the beach and on the deck and our balcony of the ship. 
 Austin bought a CD by Israel Kamokawiwo'ole, 
the well-known ukulele artist, 
and taught himself how to play Over the Rainbow by listening to it. 

 Austin taught the bus driver below how to play Over the Rainbow. 
What fun! 
 Another dream come true for Austin,  
playing the ukulele in Hawaii. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kuai Surfing, Na Pali Shore and Cruising

 Friday, June 27 was our last day and night of the cruise. 
I relaxed and read on the pool deck while Glenn took Austin for
an hour of surf lessons and an hour of surfing.
The beach was beautiful and
the surfing was fun and exhausting according to Austin! 

Austin fulfilled a dream by surfing in  beautiful blue water of Hawaii. 

The ship departed and cruised along the coast of Kauai
and the Na Pali coastline of mystical 400-foot-high sea cliffs with
cascading waterfalls and caves. 

Our final night on board the NCL Pride of America
included a return visit to Austin's favorite restaurant, 
East Meets West.  This boy loves to eat sushi,
however, I forgot to take a photo of the sushi.
 Below are photos of my gluten free desserts from the two dinners. 
"Flight of Creme Brulee", including Green Tea, Ginger and Azuki.

On Friday night I had Coconut Tapioca Pudding served with 
Spiced Mango and Orange Syrup.  
I also had a cup of Japanese Matcha Tea with my dessert.

What a fantastic finish to a very special family vacation 
to visit Austin's 50th state.  


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