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.
Congratulations sslindseymorgan is the winner of Savvy Saving Book by Melissa and Shelley the www.stockpilingmoms.com gals. I am Melissa's mom and I am amazed at the money she has saved by using coupons and stockpiling. I look forward to hearing from sslindsdymorgan so I can mail your package to you.
Our #1 daughter, Melissa, and her business partner and friend, Shelley, who are well-known for their money-saving blog, stockpilingmoms.com, have published their first book,
Savvy Saving - Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms.
I am offering a Giveaway of the book. Just leave a comment to enter the drawing.
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I will announce the winner on Friday evening December 30th.
By the way, if you think you don't need the book, please enter and give it to a young mother or someone who needs to learn to be more aware of couponing and money-saving. Melissa and Shelley have been able to be stay-at-home moms with their boys and save money for very special vacation trips and more! Their success has been amazing!
I will provide tea samples as a bonus to this special giveaway!!
One of our family Christmas traditions is to hang stockings for "Santa" to fill.
We go through our stockings first thing on Christmas morning.
Our stockings are not filled with wrapped gifts, but small unwrapped items, some are special or useful and some are just for fun.
After the stockings, we open our gifts while sitting around the tree sipping on mugs of tea or hot chocolate.
OK, I need to clarify. This is a tradition I brought to our marriage from my childhood.
When I was a little girl my dad told his memories of finding an orange, nuts, and a toy in his Christmas stocking when he was a child. He was very strict with my brother and I about keeping the fun tradition of stockings and opening gifts only on Christmas morning.
The hubby's family had very different Christmas traditions.
But, they also had a house full of anxious children. He had 8 siblings!
They didn't hang stockings.
Santa came early in the evening on Christmas eve while his mom and the kids
were out driving looking at the Christmas lights around town.
When they arrived back home, Santa had come.
Did they ever wonder why his dad didn't go with them?
Memories of Family Christmas Traditions
I remember when Aunt Mary had become blind with Macular Degeneration and could no longer make her Kentucky Jam Cake and her Fruit Cake Cookies. She cried because it was her Christmas tradition to make those special treats for family and friends. I cried with her, and told her we would make new Christmas traditions.
Oh, how we miss her jam cake and fruit cookies, my mom's cranberry orange bread and thumbprint cookies, and Aunt Ida's coffee can bread, just to name a few.
I don't even try to duplicate those recipes because they just wouldn't taste the same.
As my friend Mary says, "you can't compete with a memory."
We began some new Christmas traditions.
For dessert we enjoy homemade southern pound cake with peppermint ice cream or southern hummingbird cake.
AJ and KJ decorate the Christmas cookies.
(We make cookies from a package instead of baking all day, as I did when our girls were little.)
Country ham and biscuits are a must!
We decorate our Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music. This year, AJ has been playing carols on the piano while we all sing along.
We have a family afternoon tea during the holidays.
We leave cookies and milk for Santa.
GJ reads the story of the birth of Jesus from the Bible before bedtime on Christmas eve.
On Christmas morning, we open gifts, one at a time, with the youngest beginning first.
A few years ago, I gave the daughters and sil's their personalized stockings which once hung with ours. They celebrate with their children on Christmas morning in their own homes.
These are just a few of our family Christmas traditions.
We have several more I could share, but I would like to ask you to please leave a comment and share as few of your family holiday traditions.
The Fall 2011 issue of TEA A MAGAZINE features an interesting article by Eve Hill about Tea Bricks.
According to Eve, "tea bricks are made with tea leaves that are usually dried, ground to powder form, then compressed." Tea bricks were once used for making tea. Currently, they are more often used as a decoration or a conversation piece. I used mine, shown in the top photo, for demonstration purposes when I present
tea programs and classes.
I hope you pick up a copy of this issue of TEA A Magazine or contact teamag.com for a copy.
This issue contains several interesting articles about the tea world.
I have subscribed to this magazine for several years.
The hubby, GJ, brought home a copy of a special issue of NYSE Magazine with an interesting article about
Andrew Mack, founder of Teavana. The company currently has 200 stores. Mr. Mack states he expects to to have 500 U.S. stores by the end of 2015, plus additional stores abroad with the help of franchise partners.
Teavana has come a long way from the original store which opened in Atlanta in 1997.
I presented two-hour tea programs at branches of of the Madison County Public Library.
The two room and kitchen set-ups were different.
There was an electrical problem at the first one on November 5th at the Berea branch and I could only heat on 6-cup electric tea kettle at a time.
The power situation was the same at the Richmond branch on November 12th, but fortunately, we were prepared and used extension cords connected in the hallways outside the community room to be able to use all three of my 6-cup Capresso electric tea kettles.
I discussed how tea gets from the plantation to the cup and demonstrated proper brewing methods of black, green, oolong and white teas. Everyone sampled these four types of tea. I disused the difference between afternoon tea, royal tea, high tea and cream tea. And, we served a cream tea ( a pot of tea served with scones, mock Devonshire cream, and lemon curd.)
I could not have presented the programs, brewed and served multiple pots of tea and the food without the help
of my great friends, Patty and Lynn.
The aprons are mine, their outfits of red sweaters and black pants were not planned.
Gotta love these gals!!
Thank you to Christina at the Madison County Public Library for inviting me to present the tea programs,
and thank you to the ladies and 3 gentlemen who attended.
(visit my post from November 11th to read a little of the "tea education" I presented.
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!