Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hawaiian Volcano Oolong Tea

Last summer when we were in Hawaii, we toured the Hilo Coffee Mill plantation.
We were unable to visit a tea plantation, so I was happy to find Hawaiian tea
at the Coffee Mill gift shop. 
I purchased 100% Hawaiian Oolong Tea, "grown and processed on the slopes of an active volcano."
According to my internet research, this 1st flush Oolong is hand picked and hand processed.
The tea is grown in the lush rainforest surrounding Volcanoes National Park.  
The Camellia Sinsensis plants are about 6 years old and only approximately
 100 pounds per year is produced for sale. 

  This 1st flush Oolong tea has a "whiffing sweet aroma, 
bright and clear liquor and a delicate floral and fruity flavor."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Favorite Teapot?

 Do you have a favorite teapot?
Last week members of the Afternoon Tea Across America Facebook Group
were asked to post a photo of their favorite teapot. 
Honestly, it is very difficult to pick my favorite, but I posted this 
Irish Belleek as my favorite for several reasons.  
My husband gave it to me as a birthday gift several years ago, 
thanks to Daughter # 1, Melissa, who saw it at half price in a Cincinnati 
tea room going-out-of-business sale.  She promptly called her dad and 
made the arrangements for him to buy it for my March birthday.
I have a bit of an affection for collection "shamrock" tea wares,
especially during March.  

If you enjoy afternoon tea and are on Facebook, you might 
want to join the Afternoon Tea Across America group.   

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tea Mug Infuser

I can't pass a TJ Maxx without thinking of
Angela at Tea With Friends who is a great bargain shopper. 
While in Richmond, KY last week, I stopped to see what I might find interesting. 
I spied this Tovolo tea mug infuser.
It's time to confess.  I love kitchen gadgets! 
According to the information on the package, 
this tea infuser makes tea hassle free. 
Just put the correct amount of loose tea in the mesh infuser. 
Wait three to five minutes., then take out the infuser and place it 
on the base to catch drips.  
Easy and fun! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summertime Iced Tea

Many glasses of iced tea have been consumed at our our Kentucky Home
this summer with the sweltering temperatures and high humidity.  

This week we are drinking the very refreshing  
Harney and Sons Passion Fruit flavored black tea.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First Day of Junior Year

 Wednesday, August 12th was the first day of Austin's junior year at BCHS.
Below: first soccer game was Tuesday evening.
In case you wonder what Austin and I have been doing since
we returned from NYC travels in mid-July,
I've been driving him to soccer practice twice a day,
7 - 9 am and 6 - 8 pm. 
He played soccer on multiple teams from the time he was 5 years old.
He chose not to play his freshman and sophomore years, but
loves the game.  He is back!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thistle Teapot

 Did you know the prickly purple Thistle is the Emblem of Scotland? 
I was amazed to see tall Thistles in Scottish gardens during our first visit in 1995.
The reason is the thistle is a pesky plant in Kentucky, and it hurts if you touch or step on one. 
We have too many of them in our fields at the farm, according to my husband. 
But, I must admit, I have looked at the Thistle differently since our visits to Scotland. 
Therefore, when I found this English Crown Trent Thistle Teapot at a bargain price,
I added it to my teapot collection.  
It would be perfect at the farm house. Don't you agree? 


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