Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Murchie's Tea Gift and Answers to Readers

After posting about my tea gift of Murchie's 1894 Select Tea on Sunday night, I brewed a pot on Monday morning.
Why not brew it on Sunday night?  Because it is a blend of Assam and Ceylon Black Teas. 
I usually drink something a little more "mild" in the evening with a less caffeine.

Assam Tea, grown in the Assam area of India is most often sold as a "breakfast tea", English Breakfast, Irish Breakfast and Scottish Breakfast.  It is a full-bodied, bold black tea, with a malty favor and strong bright burgandy-red color. 

For this Select Tea, Murchie's blended the Assam with a Ceylon black tea, grown in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon. 
Ceylon Black Tea is known for it's crisp aroma reminiscent of citrus. 

Yesterday's comments from readers included:

Mom Walds Place: Was it good?
Yes, it is a nice strong black tea reminiscent of teas I have enjoyed in small village English tea rooms where they serve mostly Assam or Ceylon teas.
This cuppa tea brought back a lot of memories!

Marie: likes Irish Breakfast Tea
Marie, you would enjoy this tea, as Assam is sold as an Irish Breakfast tea.

Ruth: loves to visit Murchie's in Victoria, BC
I first learned of Murchie's Teas from a friend who frequents the Victoria shop. I regret we didn't have time to visit that location on our one day tour of Victoria.  I have heard it is delightful.

Angela:  the gift-giver must have known I am a tea purist
Anytime I participate in a Tea Swap, I make it clear that I am allergic to many spices, herbs, and floral additions to tea. 
Rose Hips in most herbals and other blends would send me to the ER. 
You know me well, Angela! 

Note to tea newbies:
There is a little tea education in this post. 
Did you know many teas are named for the location in which they are grown?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Gift of Tea

I recently participated in a tea gift exchange with an online tea discussion group of which I am a member.
Among the items I received was this box of Murchie's 1894 Tea. 
The box contains 75 Select Orange Pekoe (peck-o) 2-cup Tea Bags.

What is Orange Pekoe Tea?
It is explained on the back of the box.  Orange Pekoe has nothing to do with orange flavor. 
It refers to the cut of the leaf. 

This tea is a blend of black tea imported from Assam and Ceylon (Sri Lanka).

Murchie's Tea and Coffee Ltd.is located in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Storing Teacups

Denise, a tea friend living in England, recently showed a photo of storing teacups and saucers. 
The first time I saw this method was on my first trip to England in 1995.
The funny thing is I can tell you exactly where I was when I saw this method, but couldn't remember exactly how it was done.  Since then, I've been laying teacups on their side sort of snuggled together, but just didn't get it correctly.
Thanks Denise for sharing this method in a photo. 

The teacups above were the last gift purchased for me by my dear Aunt Ida.
They are not valuable in price, but are priceless in sentimental value. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Proud Mom of a Stockpiling Mom

I am so proud of Daughter #1, Melissa, (left in the photo) and her business partner Shelley (on the right). 
We visited Melissa and family on Saturday when the above article appeared on the front page of the NKY Life section of the Kentucky Enquirer newspaper. 

On Monday, the Stockpiling Moms were on the Cincinnati Fox Network morning show being interviewed about a series of couponing classes at Cincinnati area libraries, and their recently published book,
Savvy Saving: Couponing Secrets From the Stockpiling Moms.

The book is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, various Walmarts, Sam's Clubs and other book stores. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Indiana Glass Sandwich Pattern Bowl

This is the second part of my Christmas gift from Mary.

It is a Clear Sandwich Pattern bowl by Indiana Glass.
It is the largest piece in my collection. 
Mary was so excited that she called me when she found this in an antique shop in Florida.
She described it as a "fruit bowl". 
I was so excited when she gave it to me!  It is 9.5 inches across the top and 4.5 across the bottom.
It looks like some of the vintage punch bowls I have seen.
It would be a fabulous to use as a fruit bowl! 
Thanks, Mary!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Vintage Royal Crown Derby Cream and Sugar

Mary brought my belated Christmas gift yesterday,
a beautiful vintage Royal Crown Derby English Milk Jug (cream pitcher) and sugar bowl. 
Most followers of this blog know that I love spring floral designs.
When Mary was shopping in the antique shops and thrift stores in Florida,
she knew this set was for me!

Thanks, Mary!!

I will show the other part of the gift in the next post.
Hint:  it is glassware I collect. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Cake Bites At Afternoon Tea?

Our daughter, Melissa, gave me this fun recipe book for Christmas.

101 Gourmet Cake Bites is written by her blogging friend, Wendy Paul at www.wendypaulcreations.com
Cake bites, cake balls and cake pops are very popular right now.
 In my opinion, there are several recipes for cake bites or balls in this book which could be served at afternoon tea. 
Key Lime Pie, Maple Buttercream, Mint Brownie, Egg Nog, and Candy Cane are just a few of the 101 recipes.
Most of the recipes begin with a cake mix.  How easy is that?

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Fun Family Weekend

Friday evening:  We attended the Harlem Globetrotters game in Lexington.
What fun family entertainment!
And, a little of our own comedy in the photo below!
Gotta love this boy!
Koto's in Richmond for an early Hibachi supper.

Sunday after church Brunch at Boone Tavern Hotel.
An afternoon of shopping for KJ and AJ who seem to be out-growing their clothes!

A late night of video games and watching movies Sunday night.
The slept late Monday morning before a big breakfast of sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy.
And, before you ask, no I did not make my mother's homemade biscuits :-)
It was a fun "long" weekend.  Friday was a "snow day" from school and today is MLK day.
Just get prepared AJ and KJ because it's back reality and to school tomorrow. 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

My Photo
Congratulaions to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
You are the winner of the book,
"The Twelve Teas of Friendship"
by Emilie Barnes.

I sent an email to your personal email requesting your mailing address.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Giveaway — The Twelve Teas of Friendship (book)

Through the years, I have received several tea books as gifts. 
Therefore, I  have several duplicate books in my collection,

I often give the duplicates to my daughter or tea friends, but
I have decided to give away several on my Blog. 

My first tea book  giveaway book of 2012  is The Twelve Teas of Friendship, 
a delightful book is by Emilie Barnes with beautiful artwork by Susan Rios. 
The Twelve Teas of Friendship includes a collection of 12 themed teas, one for every month of the year, delicious recipes, and important facts about tea and friendship. 
This is one of several books authored by inspirational writer and speaker, Emilie Barnes. 

If you want to enter this giveaway, please leave an "enter me" comment  and why you would like to have this book,
by 9:00 am on Saturday, January 14th. 
I look forward to reading all your comments. 
I will announce the winner on Sunday, January 15th.

Reminder:  Please be sure I can contact the winner through your blog or an email address.
If you leave you email address, please spell "at" and "dot", to prevent spam.   

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy Birthday to a Special Grandson

These photos were taken during our Christmas celebration with the #1 daughter's family in N. KY.
We enjoyed dinners out, the Cincinnati Ballet New Nutcracker, visiting the Creation Museum and more!

PJ loved his laptop and games from Grandma, Grandpa, and AJ.

Happy 7th Birthday PJ.
We are thankful you joined our family.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tea Themed Christmas Gifts

I'm a little late posting "tea gifts" I received for Christmas.
I received a camera from hubby,  GJ.  The computer download doesn't want to cooperate.

I am enjoying the music box teapot  (Cracker Barrel) from a friend,  
the nice selection of green tea to try from Daughter #2,
and the Perfect Afternoon Tea Book from GJ. 

All the Christmas decorations have been put away,
and the teapots, teacups, lamps, and furniture have been put back in their proper places. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

An Afternoon Tea Break

This package of Digestives have been in my pantry since before Christmas. 
If you aren't familiar with Digestives, they are a British biscuit, known as a cookie in the U.S.A. 
They are dry and just a little sweet. 
Now that all the ooey, gooey and chocolate sweets are gone from the house after the holidays, I broke out the Digestives today to go with my afternoon cup of tea. I feel like I might be having a more healthy tea break today.

I'm still struggling with my old computer and my new camera, 
but two cups of tea and a few Digestives have certainly helped my frustrated mood. 
I just close my eyes and pretend I'm in England!

Unexpected Blogging Break

Taking a blogging break for a few days due to computer difficulties.  It appears to be time to shop for a new one! It's interesting how these things seem to happen just after Christmas.....

Monday, January 2, 2012

New Calendar for a New Year

Each year I hang The Collectible Teapot and Tea Calendar above my desk.
This calendar has beautiful photography featured each month along with interesting tea facts. 
This is the 2012 version.  I was a day late and just hung it this morning.
Now, it's time to take down my tea themed Christmas tree. 
By the way, if you read my post on that tree, you know we placed in a window in the front of the house for our across the street neighbor, Mrs. H. to enjoy. 
She told us several times how much she enjoyed seeing the lighted tree from her house each night.
I'm so glad we placed the tree there for her.

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