Saturday, June 27, 2009

Need More Tea?

I love to learn new things about tea and teatime. I've taken many tea classes and read much about the tea experience, but just recently learned this from the Tea 2009 Calendar. "Tip the teapot lid askew to signa for more tea." How simple can that be!?!

The test will be whether or not the server knows what it means....

Friday, June 26, 2009

Teatime Hooks

I plan to hang these wrought iron teapot and teacup and saucer hooks in my new laundry room when it is completed. I also found the cute little hooks on my recent trip to Hobby Lobby.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Teapot Candle Holder

This is a heavy wrought iron decorative teapot candle holder from Hobby Lobby. I thought it might be good for a citronella candle in the evenings. We've had more than our fair share of mosquitoes in Kentucky this summer.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tea Caddies

I found several tea caddies at Hobby Lobby to add to my collection. Do I need them? Probably not. Do I want them? Yes!

This brings my little collection up to ten tea caddies in assorted sizes and shapes!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Won a Blog Giveaway!

Thanks so much to W. Latane Barton over at Life in Wakefield for the fabulous Virginia-themed package from her first anniversary blog giveaway! The package included a tea towel she appliqued, a vegetable dill dip mix, an Old Virginia Pound Cake Mix, a Virginia key ring, and a package of Fresh Cooked Virginia Peanuts. Oh my, I had forgotten how good Virginia peanuts are!

Latane, please tell that cute little great-grandson for thank you for drawing my name!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Linens and Lace Fundraiser Tea Party

The Berea Senior Citizens Center hosted their first fundraiser tea party yesterday. The menu included a Country Ham Biscuit, Traditional Cucumber Sandwich, Herb-Cheese Tomato Sandwich, Cranberry Scone, Fresh Strawberry, Cream Puff, Petite Four and Russian Teacakes. In addition, they served hot and iced tea.
They had a silent auction of many donated items and a live auction by our mayor of the picnic themed table above. Music was provided by the Madison County Dulcimers.
It was a nice afternoon to visit friends and enjoy the air-conditioned indoors on a very hot Kentucky day.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Welcome Friends for Iced Tea

The new covered deck overlooking the pool and attached to the current deck is the perfect place to enjoy iced tea!

Friends are certainly welcome to visit us in our home, but please excuse the mess as the renovations moved inside the house this week. The work on the existing living room-dining room ceiling will continue on Monday.

Thank goodness the leaking chimney/living room wall has been repaired. Well...actually it has been torn down on the outside and built around. That leak has apparently been there since the house was built in the early 1970's. After much $$ spent for "repairs" over our past 21 years in the house, this is the drastic solution!
The very large living room window has been removed and will be a connecting doorway into the new front addition.

I just realized we will have to put up our Christmas Tree in a different location after 21 years of having it in front of that window. Funny how profound thoughts come at odd times! Surely, the work will be complete by Christmas?!?
Oh my, I need another glass of iced tea from the freshly brewed pitcher of Harney Earl Grey Supreme!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Taste of... Freshly Picked Beans

The current June/July 2009 issue of Taste of the South Magazine features an article about fresh "green" beans and a local farmer-researcher, Dr. Bill Best, his treasured heirloom beans and Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center. Bill and his family are very well known at Farmer's Markets in this area of Kentucky for their large quantities of various vegetables, especially tomatoes. In addition, I try to arrive early to purchase their freshly picked quick-selling blueberries.
Unfortunately, I haven't made it yet this spring to the local Farmer's Market held on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. I need to put that on my "to-do" list. Hopefully, I will be able to find my list when I need it!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Book — Tea with a Twist

I recently purchased my newest tea book, Tea with a Twist, by Lisa Boalt Richardson, from Marilyn at and Delights of the Heart Blog
This 72-page Harvest house Publishers book is about "entertaining and cooking with tea." The lovely phootography is by Lauren Rubinstein. It is not typical of the afternoon tea books we often see, but certainly is a nice addition to my tea book library.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lost A Bathroom Today...

...but, we are gaining two and a half more to bring our new total to four full baths and two half baths. Yikes! Who will clean all of those?!?

Thank you to Patsy and other blog friends who have asked how the house renovation is going. Today they cut out the main bathroom to make a hall to connect to the new back section of the house. The door you see in the background is a "back door" in the new laundry room and goes out on a new deck. The back door was in the original plan, but the deck wasn't. *smile* It is one of a few "while the builders are doing this, let's have them do that project" things we added. I'll show a few more of those projects a little later.

Until today most of the dust had remained outside the existing house. The teapots and china have been packed away in preparation for the dust to begin.

Tonight I am "de-cluttering" my office because the window above my computer desk will be removed. It will become a wall. (Drywall dust, yuck!) My computer time might become less frequent over the next several days. I appreciate everyone for hanging in there with me.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Girlfriend's Dwight Night Out

Girlfriend Mary is a major Dwight Yoakam fan. She called last week to say she had been given 2 tickets to see Dwight, and asked if I would go with her. The answer was absolutely yes! We were celebrating her 60th birthday. We had a fun evening and Dwight was at his best musically, he was talkative and discussed his love for his home state of Kentucky, and he demonstrated all his "tight jean" famous moves!

A thank you call to the ticket gift-giver after the show.
After an overnight and a Sunday morning buffet brunch, we said goodbye to our neighboring state of Indiana and headed back to Kentucky with lots of fun memories!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Reelfoot Lake Brief Visit

This is for Patsy — I finally made it to Reelfoot Lake.
OK, it was just the eastern shore in Tennessee, but it was still Reelfoot Lake. Patsy at The Smith's posts frequently about fishing there. My parents camped there on several fishing trips over the years. It was one of those places I heard about and always wanted visit. GJ drove us there between check out at Kentucky Dam and afternoon tea in Hazel, KY (way off the route). He is a very special guy.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June Tea - Magnolia Tea Room

Continuing my posts on a "year of teas" — June 2009
While in Western Kentucky last week, we visited the Magnolia Tea Room in the little town of Hazel, located on the KY-TN border. A friend told me about this quaint tearoom after she visited last fall. I called for reservations prior to our departure from home.
The Magnolia Tea Room serves lunch daily and afternoon tea on the weekends. We visited on Friday, June 6.
The set menu included:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Peach and Brie Tea Sandwich
Turkey Tea Sandwich with Blackberry Sage Mayonnaise
Chicken Salad Tart
Fresh Fruit
Hazelnut Scones with Clotted Cream and Nutella
Lemon Balm Tea Bread
Blackberry Tart
Rosemary Shortbread
Orange Coconut Sorbet
A Selection of Metropolitan Teas

As you can see in the photo above, AJ enjoyed the scones!

If you are traveling in the Land Between the Lakes area or the Ft. Campbell, KY area, plan a visit to Hazel, KY. There are several antique shops and restaurants. Hazel is located just south of Murray.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Traveling in Western Kentucky

The hubby, GJ, attended a meeting at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Wednesday - Friday. AJ skipped the last 2 days of school and we tagged along. Oops! Did I really say that?

Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley are two very large lakes in Western Kentucky located about 5 hours from our home.
Above is the back side of Kentucky Dam Village Resort Lodge looking out over Kentucky Lake. The "boys" did a little fishing and boating on the lake while we were there.

We also visited our favorite restaurant in Kentucky. Patti's 1880's Settlement, located at Grand Rivers, KY in the Land Between the Lakes.
Patti's is much more than an award-winning restaurant. Check it out here. AJ is in the photo above with a loaf of bread baked in a clay flower pot, and served with whipped butter and strawberry butter. You will have to look on their website to see the 2-inch thick pork chops. We were already eating ours before I remembered my camera!
Patti's pies are sooo yummy! During two different meals, we sampled the Coconut Cream (above) and Lemon Meringue "mile-high" Pies, Mr. Bill's Boatsinker (chocolate) Pie served with coffee ice cream, and the amazing Sawdust Pie served warm with sliced bananas and whipped cream.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

A Tea Gift

Mary gave me this cute Monet tea box. It looks like a table all set for tea and scones! Thanks Mary for being my tea buddy!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Peter Pan by the Elementary School Chorus

The Berea Community Elementary 4th and 5th grade chorus presented Peter Pan on Tuesday night. The children worked on the musical for months with many extra rehearsals over the last two weeks. It was lots of fun, and a great presentation! That's our 4th grade Lost Boy Curly (a fox) in the photo above.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy 10th Birthday!

Happy 10th Birthday Austin! We celebrated on Sunday at Galaxy Bowling and swimming afterwards with friends.

Yep! its an iPod! Happy Birthday big guy!

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Day With Friends

Saturday was a beautiful day of sunshine and low humidity in Kentucky. Mary, Patty, and I drove to the small town of Bloomfield where we did a little antique shopping and attended a lovely DAR benefit afternoon tea at a gorgeous privately-owned farm. Guests were asked not to take photos at the owner/host's request. I took notes on the foods and teas served, but no photos. So, to the readers of this blog — trust me, it was a very special event!
I purchased a silver salt spoon and sugar tongs at Nettie Jarvis Antiques prior to the guests being shuttled to the afternoon tea.

If you read between the lines and look carefully at the photos, you may be able to determine the names of the celebrity host and hostess who graciously opened their 1820 Greek-revival home and estate to 100 members of the Kentucky Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for an awesome fundraiser afternoon tea to benefit Duncan Tavern, the state DAR headquarters.

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