Thursday, February 16, 2017

My Mother's Dinnerware

 This is my mother's Noritake Dinnerware, 
pattern #5201 from Japan, Circa 1951 - 1961.  
The dishes are white with a gray and tan border and rose swags. 
This set of dinnerware was my mother's pride and joy. 
She was raised on a small farm in Appalachia (southeastern Kentucky).  
The youngest of six children, her father died when she was twelve years old. 
I remember when she proudly collected these dishes
 a few at a time from a local grocery store in the 1950s.
They are currently displayed in one of my cherry corner hutches in her memory. 
A thank you to Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog.
I love the way Bernideen displaysher glass cake stands with teapots, 
so I took several of mine out of a storage closet and put them in the 
corner hutch to better display my mother's dinnerware. 
I enjoy learning from tea friends and bloggers!  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentines Week

Celebrate with Tea!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Memories from our 2002 Travels in England

I mentioned in my last post that our family was in England in 2002, during
the Queen's very festive Golden Jubilee Celebration. 
Above: Austin is playing with his train in the garden of our 
Ebrington cottage (near Chipping Campden) on May 27, 2002.
Our original trip planned for us to leave the USA on 9/13/2001, but was 
postponed due to the terrible events of 9/11/01.
We are very fortunate the trip was rescheduled without difficulty. 
Our goal on this trip was to ride as many steam engine trains as possible, 
visit at least one tearoom everyday. (21 in 17 days).
Austin celebrated his 3rd birthday with tea and scones!  
We visited several beautiful English gardens, 
and castles, palaces, churches and more!
All our travels are approached as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 
Austin, age 17, is scheduled to visit England for the 4th time this spring. 
The upcoming trip will be with a group with the itinerary out of my 
control.  That's a little difficult for me, the "OCD Trip Planner."

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Queen's Sapphire Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to 
reign 65 years on Monday, February 6.  The jewelry she is wearing in this photo,
a 1947 wedding gift from her father, King George VI
is perfect for celebrating the Sapphire Jubilee.
There will be a variety of celebrations around Britain. 

Austin, Glenn and I were in England during the queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.
Austin celebrated his third birthday during that trip, his first to England. 
I purchased a commemorative Golden Jubilee teapot to remember that special trip. 
I used the teapot as a centerpiece for a decorated table at the 2008 
Berea Health Ministry afternoon tea fundraiser.  
My table was titled The Queen's Golden Jubilee. 
A few photos below: 
I used my Royal Worcester china purchased in 1998 at the factory. 

This was the most fun themed tea table I've ever decorated!  
I wonder what commemorative Sapphire Jubilee items might be available?  

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Fruit Gelees on the Afternoon Tea Menu

 These are photos of our delightful 2013 Afternoon Tea dessert tray at
The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
The gelees, made by their pastry chef, are gluten free and delicious. 

I was pleased to find similar Fruit Jellies at Trader Joe's recently. 
 Trader Joe's Fruit Jellies are a Gluten Free treat I will gladly serve 
on a dessert tray at my next afternoon tea. 
There are several recipes online if you would rather make your own. 
I am all about simplification these days.  

Monday, January 30, 2017

My First Tea Book

 The first tea book I purchased was 
 If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes.
She spoke to a group at a church in Richmond, KY 
just north of us.  
We had the option of purchasing an autographed book in advance. 
"Happy Tea 1996 Emilie Barnes" 
Sadly, I missed attending the event, but my book was sent to me by the church.
This was the first of many Emilie Barnes tea books I have collected over the years. 
From: If Teacups Could Talk
"The relationship-enhancing properties of tea make it a wonderful 
vehicle for getting to know someone new, 
for patching up misunderstandings, 
for sharing good news or supporting one another in bad times. 
I have seen lives change over teacups.  I have seen new friendships
forged and old friendships renewed." 
 After all these years, this is still among my most favorite tea books. 
Do you have this book? 
Do you remember your first book about tea?  

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