Monday, September 29, 2008
There is something about the colors of fall that makes me get excited about decorating the front entrance to our house. Pumpkins have appeared at roadside stands and at produce markets. GJ and AJ have a tradition of picking out and purchasing our pumpkins each year. They are the self-proclaimed jack-o-lantern artists in the family. As long as they want to do it, I am all for it!
Here is a recipe for Autumn Tea. I don't remember exactly where it came from. It has been in my computer files for a couple of years. I haven't yet tried it, but it is similar to a couple of hot tea punches I've had at events.
5 Tea Bags
5 Cups Boiling Water
5 cups unsweetened apple juice
2 cups cranberry juice
1/2 cup sugar (or more to taste)
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
A dash of cinnamon
Place the tea bags in a large heat-proof bowl. Add boiling water.Cover and steep for 8 minutes. Discard tea bags. Add the remaining ingredients; stir until sugar is dissolved. Serve warm or cold over ice. Yield 3 quarts.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
The canister above has a primitive look, but I couldn't pass it up. After all, it has the word T-E-A on it!
I found this one in a shop sitting next to a matching coffee canister. We don't have coffee in our house. Fortunately they were priced separately, so I just grabbed this one!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This special "Tea Time" bracelet was designed exclusively for the Berea Health Ministry in celebration of their first fundraiser afternoon tea which will be held in Berea, KY on October 18, 2008. The Berea Health Ministry provides free medical care for people in Madison County as well as six surrounding counties who have no insurance but don't qualify for public assistance.
Note the Kentucky-made yellow Corvette in the background matches quite nicely! A little trivia for you -- Corvettes are only manufactured in one location and that is Bowling Green, Kentucky. Stop by and visit the museum and tour the factory when you travel through the Bluegrass state.
Friday, September 19, 2008
I recognized it as the same print, walked over to where it was hanging on the wall to look at the price. It was marked $12. It was another one of those "I don't need it, but I gotta have it" moments. How could I possibly pass up a framed and matted tea print for only $12?!?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage." ~ Catherine Douzel
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My daughter, Melissa, and I have been calling each other and emailing photos back and forth about our table themes for "Tea Time with the Berea Health Ministry" fund raiser tea. It will be a table-hosted afternoon tea where each table is decorated by a hostess using her china and decorations to the theme of her choice. I have judges who will award a prize to the winning table. Melissa and I are not in the competition, but our tables will, in my opinion, be of competition quality! Ladies in our town are buzzing about, working on their secret themes and table decor. The teapot in the photo is a hint about my table theme. I purchased this little James Sadler teapot in England in 2002. We were there during the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebration. Can you guess my theme? More photos of my table decor will be coming...
Isn't it fun to play "tea party" with your friends?!?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Another entry from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know ~
Friday, September 12, 2008
These are a few entries from the book:
1. When making a great pot of tea, pour hot water into the teapot to warm it while the kettle of water id heating.
21. The legend of tea's origin is that it was discovered by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2737 BC, when a leaf accidentally fell into a bowl of hot water.
103. Earl Grey tea is named after a 19th century British diplomat to China who enjoyed this tea blend that eventually would bear his name.
211. Ceylon tea is black tea grown in Sri Lanka, which was known as Ceylon before 1972.
346. "The tea party is a spa for the soul. You leave your cares and work behind. Busy people forget their business. Your stress melts away, your senses awaken." ~ Alexandra Stoddard
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Thanks to my good tea friends who have experience in table hosted fund raiser teas, I think we finally have the plans ready. I'll be taking lots of photos and keep you posted on the details. In the meantime, if you want to see an absolutely fabulous slide show of a table hosted fundraiser tea in South Carolina, visit Denise at Uniquely Tea and scroll down a few posts.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
My best tea friend, Mary, gave me twelve Christmas goblets (like the one shown in these photos), eight matching sherbets and glass mugs. A number of years ago they were promotional glassware from Arby's. They belonged to Mary's mother, a dear lady who lives in a nursing home. Mary and I have known each other for nearly 40 years. Several years ago, after both our mothers were diagnosed with Alzheimer's we became a mini support group. I could feel Mary's pain when she cleaned out and disposed of her mother's "treasures." I have been through that difficult process. I am honored that I will be able to use Miss Laura's treasured glassware at our annual family Christmas Tea.
Monday, September 8, 2008
A special thank you to everyone who made so many lovely comments regarding the bracelet and my Friendship Tea blog! I appreciate the "friends" I've made through this fun blog journey and I look forward to many more posts!
AJ drew the winner last night, but wouldn't let me take his photo as he was already dressed in his pajamas. I already embarrassed him once yesterday when I walked out on the soccer field during practice. It appears my 4th grade boy is noticing girls, whether I am ready or not!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
When the Old Durham Road English Country Living catalog arrives in my mail box, this Anglophile can hardly wait to peek inside! I like to make myself a cup of tea, sip and enjoy it page by page.
According to the catalog, the Buckingham Palace Imperial Crown Tea and Biscuts are exclusive to Durham Road. Apparently there are two ways to purchase the beautiful tin of tea shown in my bottom photo. You may visit one of the Royal Palace gift shops, as I did this summer when we visited Windsor Castle and Balmoral, or order it from this catalog. Don't tell my husband he could have saved BIG travel bucks by ordering the tea from this American catalog!!!
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
When I began blogging Friendship Tea in January, I had no idea where or how far I would be able to go with it or how much time I would be able to spend on it. I very much appreciate the encouragement of my friends and visitors. And, I very much appreciate comments. If you are a regular visitor, you know that Friendship Tea is about the adventures of my family, enjoying time with friends, life in Kentucky and my passion for tea, the beverage, and tea, the ceremony.
Leave a comment between now and 9 pm Sunday to enter this giveaway! I will announce the winner Monday morning. The "Tea Time" bracelet will be shipped as soon as I receive the correct sizing from the winner and Melissa finishes it. Thanks for participating!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
GJ and I each ordered the Candleberry's Sampler with tomato soup, a scoop of chicken salad and a slice of the quiche of the day, bacon quiche.
AJ ordered the chicken salad plate with veggies and ranch dip and a choice of a muffin. He chose the chocolate chip muffin. Without looking at the tea menu, he ordered Earl Grey decaf tea but they didn't have it therefore he ordered English Breakfast was his second choice. This 9 year old Kentucky boy always receives interesting looks from servers when he places his tea order.
We sampled the desserts but I neglected to take photos. Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce for me, Cherry Cobbler for GJ and Coconut Cream Pie for AJ. Then on to the gift shop before departure.
Miss Ramey's, above, was my first tea room choice but a hand-written sign on the door indicated they were closed for Labor Day weekend. I've had lunch here many times over the years while in Frankfort on toursim business. Located in different areas of Frankfort, both of these tearooms serve afternoon tea with advance reservations but the bulk of their business is for lunch.
Monday, September 1, 2008
The Governor's Mansion is also located on the Capitol grounds. This building opened in 1914
This cabinet is one of four and is my favorite exhibit in the Capitol. It is a display of Kentucky First Ladies in miniature. This is a project of the Kentucky Federation of Women's Clubs.
This needlepoint wall hanging has a square representing each of the 120 Kentucky counties.
The marble grand staircase is reminiscent of the one in the Paris Opera House. There are murals at both ends of the building depicting Daniel Boone at significant times in Kentucky history.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of our beautiful Kentucky Capitol with our family and the Kentucky history lesson with AJ, our 4th grader.