Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas All Around the House

I spent the first week of December in mid-80's temperatures in Florida,
and returned home to a whirlwind of family activities.
Therefore, the Christmas decorations went up Thanksgiving weekend,
and were downsized from years before.  
 Our tree decorations include handmade ornaments, gifts from friends,
  and ornaments collected during travels.  Some date back to the 1970s.
A Christmas tree full of family memories!
 What began as a Santa Music Box collection, due to breakage, etc.,
 is now a Santa Collection displayed on the mantle in the living room.
The two daughter's family personalized stockings have been sent to their homes
for Santa to fill for their own Christmas morning celebrations.    
 This year GJ added a train scene to my Tea House Village. 
And, below, the large tea themed tree was replaced with
the tiny teacup tree.  This is in our tea room/music room.
We used my mother's drop-leaf cherry dining room table
(below) for our family dinner on Sunday night
with Princess KJ's family.   
The entrance foyer above, and the porch below
with a very light dusing of snow outside this morning.
From our home to yours,
Seasons Greetings
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Part 2 - More Fun With Family

 The Granddaughter, Princess KJ, and her family
came to visit, enjoy a turkey dinner, and open gifts.
The remains on the table, below, after the meal.
 Family games, the #2 daughter, LJ, below. 
 And, delicious goodies from a very thoughtful neighbor.
Thanks, Gin! 


Our annual Christmas celebration with the family in Northern KY,
with dinner and the Cincinnati Ballet Nutcracker
over the weekend.
Above AJ and PJ.


 One of the Christmas traditions in the #1 daughter's home
is for the SIL and PJ to decorate a gingerbread house.
Time for fun games together.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Royal Adderly "Poinsettia" Cream and Sugar

I spotted this "Poinsettia" Royal Adderly English Bone China
creamer and open sugar bowl set in an antique shop in
DeLand, FL, and "knew" they were meant to be mine! 
The sugar bowl is 1 1/2 inches tall and the
creamer is 2 1/4 inches. 
They will be used on my Christmas tea table for many years to come! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tazo Joy Tea

This was a tea gift from a friend. 
According to the description on the pretty tin of 15 sachets,
TAZO Joy™ is a "celebratory blend of select rare teas."
It is a blend of Black, Green and Oolong teas.  
One sachet made a lovely mug of tea for my
afternoon tea break from wrapping Christmas gifts
on Tuesday.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

My New Christmas Mug

 I recently purchased this pretty Royal Patrician
English Bone China mug
at the Camellia Rose Tea Room in Plant City, FL.
It is a reminder of that lovely afternoon tea Mary and I shared,
and all the many beautiful blooming poinsettias 
during my December trip.   

Monday, December 17, 2012

Royal Albert Christmas Rose Teacup

 My "new" vintage teacup is the Royal Albert Christmas Rose
from the flower of the month series. 
It's just perfect for a Christmas cup of tea,
don't you agree?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Surgery and a Dance

 At 7:00 on Friday morning, AJ was in surgery (below)
for the removal of the cast and pin in the left wrist,
so that he could go to the Winter Wonderland Dance on Friday night.
I am happy to report that both events were successful! 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Camellia Rose Tea Room, Plant City, Florida

 I was so happy Mary and I were able to stop
in Plant City, Florida at the
Camellia Rose Tea Room
for afternoon tea/lunch.
Our family thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this
 wonderful tea room a few years ago.
Mary is one of my best tea buddies so it was a great
pleasure to introduce her to my tea friend and owner,
Ellen, and her daughter Stacey. 
Our afternoon tea began with a delicious cream of mushroom soup
and pots of tea for each of us. 
 Stacy brought out the three tier server with..
 delicious Cucumber Sandwiches
 and Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches,
Cranberry Orange Scones with Devonshire Cream.
 Desserts included:
Swan Cream Puffs
Chocolate Mice
 Brie and Raspberry Puff Pastry
And, a most delicious White Chocolate Bread Pudding!
 Below: Ellen and me.
It was great to visit again.
The Camellia Rose has a fantastic shop with
a large variety of teas, teacups, teapots, and more!
The upscale boutique is filled with treasures and gift items. 
Mary and I did a little shopping :-) 
Below is a table for blending your own flavored tea.
What a fun idea for all tea lovers!  

located in Plant City on your next trip through Florida! 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Has Santa Been on Vacation?

 Last week when I was in Florida with Mary,
the temperatures were in the mid 80's and Santa was taking a nap!
Mary and I decorated our door with a touch of Kentucky Blue!
That's me, below, with a Venice, FL turtle. 
They also have decorated dolphins.  
December on the Florida waterfront means it's time for
twilight boat parades. 
What a fun time we had with old and new friends! 
Visiting waterfront restaurants and enjoying the beautiful sunsets
nightly was high on our agenda.
This was in Sarasota.
The dish below is fish tacos.  Yum! 
The server said they only serve them on the weekends and
people come from miles around for these special fish
tacos with grilled grouper, tropical coleslaw,
avocado slices, feta cheese and more! 
Fresh baked apricot scones and a pot of tea.
What a great way to start the morning! 

I have returned home and am back to the routine! 
In the next post,
I will share afternoon tea photos
from one of my very favorite tea rooms.


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