Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Cream Tea Memories — National Cream Tea Week in England

As you can tell from these photos, GJ, AJ and I enjoyed many cream teas while traveling in England in 2008. We are celebrating Britain's National Cream Tea Week by savoring our cream tea memories.  

"Cream Tea" is a pot of tea served with scones, clotted cream and jam. 
(It does not refer to cream in your tea.)
You may put milk in your tea if you choose, but not cream.  Cream is too heavy for tea.     

Monday, August 30, 2010

Anniversary Weekend

Thank you for all the comments  and personal emails of congratulations on our 40th wedding anniversary. 
We spent the weekend with AJ (11) and KJ (9) in Pigeon Forge, TN. 
The children love to visit Pigeon Forge because of the fun activities for children of all ages. 

The fun included Go-Carts
the Sky Flyer
Bumper Cars
Arcade Games
Indoor Sky Diving
Bungee Jumping
And, GJ was chosen as an audience participant at the Dixie Stampede

And, a visit with Santa at my favorite shop,  The Christmas Place

It was a fun and busy celebration weekend!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's National Cream Tea Week

National Cream Tea Week is an initiative launched by the RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution).  Click here for the link to the official National Cream Tea Week page.
These are a few photos of one of the many cream teas we enjoyed on our 2008 trip to Britain. 
I would love to be there this week for the Cream Tea Celebration.

In the above photos, Rodda's Cornish Clotted Cream, only available in the UK.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Celebrating Our Anniversary

We are celebrating our 40th anniversary this weekend. There will not be a big "bells and whistles" celebration.  Just a little family fun time is planned.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Teacup Thursday: A Vintage Aynsley Teacup

I am participating with Miss Spenser's Blog Teacup Thursday. 

This is a vintage Aynsley Bone China teacup and saucer made in England. It's marked 2751, but I can't find facts about this pretty teacup online.  Mary found it for me in a shop in Florida and paid $13 for it.  
I remember my first Aynsley purchase in a junk shop in a small village in England on a Sunday afternoon in the spring of 2002. 
I can't remember the name of the village, but I do remember that while I did a little shopping, GJ and AJ visited with a couple of local fellows as they were fishing in a pond in the village green. 
Aren't memories grand?!?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Greentree Tearoom, Lexington

Mary and I met at Greentree Tearoom in Lexington on Friday for Luncheon Tea.
I had just left my doctor's appointment where I learned I need to schedule shoulder surgery. 
I admit I was a little bit in shock after that news, therefore I forgot to take photos during the first three courses.
The delicious menu included:

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
Asiago Scone with Herbed Cream Cheese and Greentree Tomato Chutney
Baked Pear with Blue Cheese Entree Salad

(the above items were served in three courses)
I finally got my camera out and took photos of
The following items which were on the round buffet table:

Poppy Seed Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Jeweled Sweet Pepper Tea Sandwiches
French Radish Tea Sandwiches

Chocolate Truffles
Coconut Buttermilk Cupcakes
Key Lime Pie

Summer Blend Tea

The menu changes monthly at Greentree. 
We hope to be able to schedule tea monthly and this delightful tearoom.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tea Table Themes

The Queen's Golden Jubilee Tea by Linda
Aunt Mary's Petals and Pearls by Melissa
A Teddy Bear Tea by Linda
A Cup of Christmas Tea by Linda
Ebony and Ivory by Melissa

# 1 daughter, Melissa, visited this weekend.  While she was here, we decided on our table theme for the 2010 Third Annual Tea Time with Berea Health Ministry.  Our theme is a secret and I can't announce it yet.  But, I will tell you this much...we plan to use her Lenox wedding china in the photo above. 

The photos above are our decorated tables in 2008 and 2009.  Last year I decorated two tables, made 200 scones, made and served 450 cups of tea. 
This year, due to a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder and upcoming surgery, I am forced to reduce the amount of work I can do on the tea, especially table decorating, which requires carrying all the tableware and decorations.  I am, however,  chairing the event with the help of my life-long friend, Patty.  The menu is planned, volunteers have committed to make the foods and details shaping up for the event scheduled for October 23, 2010.  The committee has assured me they will make the tea and carry-out assignments under my supervision. 
Tea Time with Berea Health Ministry is a very special event we all look forward to each October.  

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kindergarten Already?

PJ started Kindergarten this week! 
How could that be? 

His mama, our # 1 daughter, Melissa, shed a few tears when she dropped him off at his new school.
You can probably tell from the expression on his face in these photos,
there were NO tears from this big boy! 
He loves school! 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

We had a few peaches left over from our trip to South Carolina so I made the boys favorite peach cobbler.  As you can see in the bottom photo, they like to eat their peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

Easy Peach Cobbler

1 stick butter
1 large can sliced peaches with syrup (I used 4 cups juicy ripe sliced peaches, peeled)
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Mix flour and sugar, then add milk and vanilla.
Melt butter in oblong baking dish.
Pour flour mixture into dish over melted butter. Do not stir.
Pour peaches over this.  Again do not stir. 
Bake at 350 degrees until lightly brown.  (about 45 minutes)

I am joining my daughter Melissa and her friend Shelley today at their great Guide to Frugal Living,  at
Stockpiling Moms on this recipe post. 

Vintage Royal Tuscan Teacup and Saucer

This is the last of the four teacups I purchased on my trip to Canton, Ohio with Mary.
It is marked Tuscan Fine English Bone China C8535. 
I paid $13 for this teacup and saucer.  It was the most expensive of the four.  I was very pleased to walk out of Avenue Antiques with four vintage English teacups for less than $40. 

Today, I am joining Miss Spenser's Blog for Teacup Thursday. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It's Soccer Season (Again)

AJ loves to play soccer.
Most readers of this blog knows he plays the entire year, indoor and outdoor.  It keeps this gal on the road!
He is #24 on the BCS Middle School team (black and white)
The first games of the season were played this evening.   
The A team tied 3 - 3 
The B team won 3 - 1.  (6th and 7th grades)
Way to go Pirates! 


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