Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Review of 2009 Afternoon Teas

Reflecting on my posts of "A Year of Afternoon Teas"
Celebrating with friends and family
Through travels and the comfort of home

To read the details of these special occasions each month during 2009, go to Labels on the lower right and click on "A Year of Teas"
Thanks for joining me for tea!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

More Tea Christmas Gifts

These are "tea Christmas gifts" from the #2 daughter.  The four packages of different teas were ordered from the English Tea Store.  Thanks Laurel! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Winterberry Teapot

I received several tea time Christmas gifts including this Pfaltzgraff® Winterberry teapot from daughter #1.  We used it for serving tea at our family Christmas tea on Sunday.  Thanks, Melissa!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

December Family Tea

I hosted our annual Family Christmas Tea this afternoon at home.  The children set the table with Grandpa's help.  The menu included: Turkey Sandwiches on honey wheat bread triangles, Country Ham on Sister Schubert rolls, Roast Beef on rye bread squares, Cucumber Sandwiches on white bread squares, and Cheese and Spinach Savories, Cinnamon Chip Scones with Lemon Curd and Mock Devonshire Cream, Decorated Christmas Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Strawberry Delights. We enjoyed two pots of Harney's Decaffeinated Ceylon.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from our family! 
May your cookie jar be filled with delicious cookies! 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow in Kentucky

We had snow in southern Kentucky, but nothing like the amount received east of us.  There are still thousands of people in the mountains of eastern Kentucky without power.  Hopefully, it will be restored soon! 

The boys followed up their playful Sunday afternoon in the snow with a hot cup of tea.  The girls (cat and dog) promptly took a nap! 

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Polar Express

The family rode the Polar Express in Connersville, IN on Saturday then celebrated Christmas early by opening gifts at the # 1 Daughter's  home in N. KY. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Oh Christmas Tree

Our family Christmas tree is decorated with handmade ornaments, gifts, and ornaments collected during various travels.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Christmas Teacup Planter

One of the most frequently searched for topics which lands people on this blog is "teacup planter" in regard to a post showing a pretty plant on my front porch in a WalMart teacup planter.  Well, here we go again!  This time I am sharing my Christmas holly design ceramic teacup planter from WalMart on my porch with a silk poinsettia. 

The second most searched for topic, especially at this time of the year is "Friendship Tea Recipe."  It is a beverage I remember from my childhood, but since beoming acquainted with loose leaf tea and tea blends, I no longer care for the taste of it.  However, I keep it posted on the sidebar here for the many people who expect to find the recipe on a blog with the title of "Friendship Tea."  For those of you looking for the recipe, enjoy!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Remembering Aunt Ida's 96th Birthday

Followers of my blog know my Aunt Ida.  She would have been 96 years old yesterday.  She was a great role model to me and a loving aunt/great-aunt to my family.  I borrowed this photo from my daughter Melissa's blog.  The photo was taken 30 years ago of Aunt Ida and our daughters, Melissa and Laurel.  Aunt Ida passed away in August.  She was a very special lady and we miss her every day. 

Monday, December 14, 2009

Soccer Christmas Tree

Readers of this blog know that our 10 year old, AJ, loves soccer.  He plays outdoor in the spring and fall and indoor in the winter.  We have collected several soccer tree ornaments over the years.  This Christmas we decided to decorate a small soccer tree in his room. 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Comment Moderation Again

I apologize to my blogging friends, but I have been forced to go to comment moderation due to junk comments. 

The Lenox teapot, above, was a tea-riffic after Christmas bargain I purchased a couple of years ago. 

Friday, December 11, 2009

Celebration Ornaments

My birthday is in March. I just love these shamrock teapot ornaments from friends and family!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tea Tree Ornaments or...

Actually these are basket tie-ons for Longaberger® baskets...

... but they make great ornaments for my tea-themed Christmas tree.

Some of my best ornaments are found in unexpected places!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mary Engelbreit Teapot Ornaments

I have a bunch of Mary Englebreit teapot Christmas tree ornaments collected over the years. These are just a few.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tea-Themed Christmas Tree

This year I put my 4.5 foot tea-themed Christmas tree in my "tea room." I have collected the ornaments over the past 15 years. Some are gifts from friends and family and some were purchased during various travels. I will show a few of the special ornaments during the next few days.
For several years I had an angel-themed tree. AJ has a themed tree in his bedroom. I will show photos in a few days. I bet you can guess the theme of his collection of ornaments.
One Christmas a good friend put up 18 themed trees throughout her house. They were delightful, but a lot of work! Do you have a special themed Christmas tree?

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Home/Hobby Tea Room

The work is complete on the renovations to our house. The decorating, however, is not complete. Especially window treatments. But after receiving requests from a few readers of this blog, I am showing you my "tea room." If you recall, from previous posts, this room started as GJ's home office/reading area, but a support wall had to be moved from where the architect drew it, the size of the room increased by 4 feet, I eliminated a door, and GJ began to call it "Linda's Tea Room." The more he called it that the more exciting the idea became! The opening above was originally a huge floor to vaulted ceiling window on the front outer wall of our living room/dining room. The wall to the left in the foreground of the photo was our leaking chimney. The new rooms were built around/beyond the chimney, the top was jack-hammered off, and no longer do we have a leak! This is now the entrance into my "tea room."
As you enter the room and and to the right...
continuing around the room to the right... (2 smaller angled windows in the new family room and tea room on the new front of the house replaced the same shaped huge one taken out)
continuing to the right around the room.... the furnishings in the room are a combination of old, older and not so old. The cherry table GJ made on the left, a drop leaf table my uncle, Aunt Ida's husband, made, a corner cabinet she had made and used in her "beauty shop" 1936 - 1946, a double modern Danish table she gave GJ, and various gifts, antiques and some pieces I picked up at a home furnishings consignment store.
The wall directly behind the drop leaf table was the chimney, the outer wall on the front of our house before renovations.
...and back to the open entrance from the living room shown in the top photo. The door on the right above goes into the new family room, the other new room on the front of the house.
Please note: This is not a commercial tea room. It is strictly for my pleasure. I hope to have guests for tea in this room during the holidays. You are welcome to join me.

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