Saturday, July 18, 2009

July Tea — Traveling Friendship Teapot

This blue teapot is being passed around the country during this year. The assignment is simple. The host has a tea using the teapot. The story with photos from the tea is recorded in a journal and the journal is sent back to the organizer of the event. I was honored by Phyllis in MI to be asked to host the teapot for July.
As most of you know, our house is undergoing a major renovation. AJ and I spent the week with daughter Melissa's family to avoid the noise of wood floor installation. I took the teapot with me and we enjoyed a tea party on Tuesday of pre-made foods from a shopping trip to Trader Joe's. Tea friends from across the country had mentioned Trader Joe's numerous times. The Cincinnati Kenwood Trader Joe's is the nearest one to me.
The pretty dishes are the Victorian Chintz from Whittard of Chelsea I brought to Melissa from two trips to London. They looked very nice with the cornflower blue teapot.
Our menu included savories from the frozen food section of Trader Joe's®. Ham & Cheese on Puff Pastry, Mini Crab Cakes, Raspberry & Brie Fillo Rolls and Spanakopita filled with spinach, ricotta and feta cheese. A choice of Cranberry or Cinnamon Chip Scones (from the bread section of TJ) with whipped cream and Mulberry and Blueberry Jam, freshly made by Melissa's neighbor. For dessert, we had Peach and Blueberry Panna Cotta (also from the frozen food section). The tea served was Harney & Sons Decaffeinated Ceylon.
It was a fun day of shopping and lunch at the Cheesecake Factory for Melissa, the boys and me. During tea preparation, Tim, SIL, supervised the boys outside play.

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