Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
I found this little tea light depicting an old coal or woodburning stove with a tea kettle on top. It was the last one at our local Cracker Barrel and was the display model without a box. But hey! You all know me well enought to know if it says "TEA", it is for me!
Austin and Kaitlyn celebrated the Kentucky Derby with finger sandwiches, desserts and my tea punch served in official Derby cups.
The menu included some traditional Kentucky foods — Benedictine Sandwiches, Pimiento Cheese Sandwiches, Kentucky Legends Brown Sugar Ham on Southern Biscuits and some of the children's favorites — Pizza Rolls and PNB&J Sandwiches.
Desserts included the Kern's Bakery official Derby Pie and...
Strawberry Shortcake (below)
We had a great day watching all the Kentucky Derby hoopla on TV (all day long here in KY).
None of our horses won, but, that was OK. We were happy for CavinBorel who won on Mine That Bird today and Rachel Alexandra, the winning horse yesterday at the Kentucky Oaks. What a great weekend for a great jockey! And, what a great weekend for all Kentuckians!
Linda's Tea Punch
7 regular-sized tea bags or scoops of loose leaf tea
4 cups boiling water
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 (6 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate
10 c. water
Pour boiling water over tea bags in a glass container (I use a Pyrex 8 c. measuring cup because I don't have a 1 gallon glass container)
Cover and steep 5 minutes; remove tea bags
Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
Pour into a one gallon container and add other ingredients (makes 1 gallon)
Have you picked your horse? AJ, GJ and I have picked our favorites. I won't tell what our choices were until after you pick yours! However, I will give you a hint -- I picked a longshot, and the guys picked picked favorites with much better odds than mine. Time will tell if we picked a winner!
The official drink of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep made with Kentucky bourbon and served in the official souvenir glass. This year is the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky newscasters and sports announcers begin early in the morning showing the entire day of racing, along with hats, clothing, the wild party people in the infield and folks holding bar-b-ques in backyards around Louisville. It is a full day of broadcasting here. For most of you, national TV coverage is usually limited to two hours focused on the horses with a bit of celebrity news. Here in Kentucky, we party all day!
Mary had a Pat Day Bobble Head from a special promotion several years ago at Churchill Downs. She carefully packed it in her purse and took it with us on Wednesday. Pat autographed it for her. We had a fun day!
Today, (Friday) is the running of the Kentucky Oaks, "The Race for Fillies." Everyone attending is encouraged to wear pink in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research and education organization. Churchill Downs will donate $1 for every person attending toda's Oaks.
Mary and I didn't win at the horse races, but we did "win" with the $10 grab bags and at the silent auction bidding on Beijo purses at "The Winning Purse" luncheon. The change purse was in my favor gift bag.
Left to right: Linda (me), Sheila Day, Executive Director/Founder of Mom's Closet Resource Center, and wife of retired jockey Pat Day, and Mary, showing off our all white attire and new Beijo purses. Susan Handley founder and designer of Beijo handbags was at the event. My "winning purse" is autographed by Susan. Beijo was one of the corporate sponsors and many of the purses were donated by Louisville-area sales reps.
By the way, Mary, a Kentucky Wildcat fan, is thrilled with her Kentucky blue purse!
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!