Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is time to share tea and turkey with friends and family!
This year we will celebrate at our home.
I will cook turkey, cornbread dressing, and all the traditional
southern side dishes (gluten free) for our family of nine.
Our kids will be out of school after today for the
long weekend. It will be extra busy at our house for several days.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vintage Snack Sets

I am "trying" to control my habit of collecting treasures,
or junk to some folks.  I've been focusing my "collecting" on
more specific items.
But the memories of my mother and aunts using snack sets
similar to this vintage Indiana Tiara Glassware when serving  punch and cookies
or coffee and cake lady friends,
"made" me purchase several (I haven't counted) of these sets recently.

The plate has an indention for the cup on the right below. 
Attending a recent event where ladies were sitting here and there,
 juggling teacups and saucers and snack plates
convinced me not to pass up this bargain vintage find. 
My mother, Aunt Ida, and Aunt Mary would have thought
the purchase was justified, too.
I just "know" it. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tea Bloom

How exciting! 
The first ever bloom on a
Camellia sinensis (tea plant) in Berea, KY.
Thanks to my gardening friend, Patty for
caring for, talking to, and loving this plant for me.
I love tea, but I'm not a gardener.   

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tea For Fifty

On Monday, I made tea transported it, to a friend's home
in Berea, and served in silver teapots to 50 guests
at a buffet-style afternoon tea. 
The food for the event was catered
by Boone Tavern Hotel and Berea Coffee and Tea. 
Two housekeepers served the food and cleaned up. 
The guests enjoyed the event and were very
complimentary of the 
of black Chinese teas.  
I have served this black tea many times to large 
groups with great success. 

Whew!  I was too busy to think about taking photos! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Family Weekend

 Family and Friends gathered over the weekend 
for the Berea College Homecoming
and SIL Tim's 20th class reunion. 
The weekend of fun closed with the Alumni Brunch
on Sunday at Boone Tavern Hotel.
 Above: Peyton age 9, Austin age 15 and Kaitlyn age 13
 Above: the family with our friend, Paul
Tim, Melissa and Peyton

Sunday, November 9, 2014

"Tea At Downton" Book

"Tea at Downton - Afternoon Tea Recipes From The
Unofficial Guide to Downton Abbey"
by Elizabeth Fellow
is a 64 page newly published book
of traditional, new and "borrowed" recipes.
Names and references of the Downton Abbey characters are used
in the names of recipes and throughout the book.
In addition, there are tips on how to brew tea,
planning a tea party Downton style and more!
Descriptive quote from the back of the book:
"From the bottom tier sandwiches to the elegant cakes
of the top tier, we cover it all.  Not forgetting of course the
perfect scone recipe and its accompanying jams."
If you are planning a Downton Abbey themed tea,
this little book would be a good resource.


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