Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tea Shop Mystery Book Giveaway

Continuing my monthly book giveaway of duplicate books from my bookshelf.

This month's giveaway book is a *new* paperback of The Tea Berry Strangler by Laura Childs.
This book was in my Christmas stocking.  Santa's helper didn't realize I already had a hardcover copy provided by the author. 
Leave a comment between today and Monday, April 30th at midnight to enter the drawing. 
Anyone can enter, regardless of your location.
I look forward to your comments and giving away this fun book Tea Shop Mystery.   

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vintage Regency Teacup

I found this pretty English Bone China vintage Regency teacup and saucer
at a consignment store in Lexington for $5. I quickly purchased it.
After returning home, I was pleased to find it online for $19 + shipping.
Don't you just love to find bargain English teacups?
The cup has a slight foot, features gilt trim on the rim, handle and foot.
It has pretty sprays of violets and leaves on the cup and saucer.
I have many teacups with roses, but can count my violets teacups on one hand (4).
What a nice addition to my collection!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Memories of Afternoon Tea at The Lanesborough

The May/June 2012 issue of Tea Time Magazine
has an article by Lisa Boalt Richardson
about afternoon tea at The Lanesborough in London. 
This summer, the hotel will offer a special Olympic-themed afternoon tea.
The two-page article brought back pleasant memories of the Lanesborough tea experience,
with participants of the Tea in London 2007 Tour.
 Do you recognize several of our favorite tea bloggers in the photo above?
Denise at Tea in England
Stephanie at Steph's Cup of Tea

Monday, April 23, 2012

May/June Tea Time Magazine Arrived!

The May/June issue of Tea Time Magazine arrived in my mailbox on Saturday.
Typically, our calendars for May and June are filled with all sorts of celebrations.
College and high school graduations, Mother's Day, Father's Day, weddings, and
several birthdays in our family fall in May and June.
This issue of Tea Time is full of recipes and ideas for celebrating these events.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April Lunch Tea at Greentree Tea Room

Mary, Lana, Ronda, and I enjoyed lunch tea today at Greentree Tea Room in Lexington.
The menu changes monthly.  The April menu included:
Mushroom Soup with Sherry
A White Chocolate Chip Scone
with Blueberry Curd and Fayette Cream
Spanikopita (spinach pie)
The last two courses are served at the round buffet table.
The buffet included (starting at nine o'clock on my plate below)
Tea Sandwiches
Egg Salad Sandwich with Sprouts
Mini Corned Beef
Herbed Cream Cheese on a White Bread Round
Deserts were:
Strawberry Pannacotta
Chocolate Truffle
Lemon Cupcakes
The tea served was Spring Tea Blend
It was the first time for Ronda and Lana to visit Greentree Tea Room.
We visited, talked, laughed and enjoyed our time together.

Orchids at the Botanical Garden

These are photos of a few of the beautiful orchids currently on exhibit at the
 U.S. Botanic Garden near the Capitol building.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Teaism Tea House

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On Saturday afternoon we stopped at Teaism in Penn Quarter for a late lunch.
Teaism Restaurant is a "walk up to the counter and place your order" Asian Tea House.
The Penn Quarter location is one of several in Washington, DC.
 Teaism Shops are located near each restaurant/tea house.
The menu indicated Traditional Menu or Asian Menu afternoon tea is available every day 2:30 - 5:30.
We chose the Traditional Afternoon Tea served on two-tier servers.

 The traditional menu included:
Two Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Two Salmon Tea Sandwiches
Ginger Scone with Marmalade
Shortbread Cookies
Lemon Curd Tarts
Chocolate Truffles
(however, I believe these may have been Mochi, a Japanese Sweet Bean Confection)

 And, a pot of tea from a selection of Black Oolong, Green, White and Tisanes.
Teaism was extremely busy on Saturday afternoon.
It was an interesting experience, much different from the English-style, relaxed, quiet
afternoon tea.  The tea was perfectly brewed and the food was tasty.
It was a fun and memorable tea/lunch for our family
while out touring museums in the Penn Quarter area in Washington, DC.

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Visit to Washington, DC

I know it seems that our family travels all the time from posts on this blog. 
We really don't, but GJ, the hubby, travels frequently on business.
We just returned home today 
from tagging along with him on a three-night trip to Washington, DC.
Saturday morning began with an Irish Breakfast at the Dubliner Pub
in the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill. 
Breakfast included delicious Irish Soda Bread and a cuppa strong Irish tea. 

A busy day of touring included the National Museum of Crime and Punishment
This museum was fun for kids of all ages!

Next we stopped at the American Art Museum and the American Portrait Gallery.
After a late lunch we toured the Capitol.

We really packed it in on Saturday.  More to come in the next post...

Friday, April 13, 2012

Tea and Cookies

My favorite cookies at the Historic Charleston City Market
It is a "must" for me to purchase a container to bring home.
We have been home for over a week and I have been rationing out two or three of these
rich delights at a time to enjoy with my Harney and Sons Queen Catherine black tea blend.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

An Overnight Stop in Charleston, SC

 Charleston is one of our favorite southern cities to visit.
We all enjoy shopping at the Market where you can find all sorts of unique items.
KJ, AJ, and GJ took one of the nightly Ghost Tours.
We stayed at the Mills House Hotel within easy walking distance of the Market
and many great restaurants.  We had a delicious dinner at the nearby Eli's Table. 
Breakfast in the hotel courtyard.
The springtime weather was perfect!
A stop along the Battery is a must for our family.
The homes in this area are fabulous!
I have visited Charleston many times as my Aunt B and Uncle C
lived in nearby Mt. Pleasant for years.
This trip with the family brought back many happy memories.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Celebrating the Win at Skillet's

The morning after the BIG University of Kentucky NCAA championship win,
the guys went for a 15 mile bicycle ride and met the gals at Skillet's, a fun restaurant
known for their breakfasts in "skillets". 
Below, KJ's The Coligny and in bottom photo, my The Beach skillet.
What a way to start the day!!

Go BIG Blue!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hilton Head Island Seafood Favorites

Stopping at Crazy Crab is a "must" for a late lunch or early dinner
as we arrive on the island.
Dinner at the Old Oyster Factory is a family favorite
Below: my choice for dinner, the Tilapia and seafood special
AJ's shrimp kabob special below
We especially enjoy seafood restaurants located on the water front as both of these are.
Many glasses of southern sweet tea were consumed on this trip.  
More to come...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spring Break at Hilton Head Island

We stayed at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort at Hilton Head Island, SC
The family loves the beach.
The weather was beautiful at 88 degrees.
This was my view from under the umbrella. :-)
The sun and my fair skin don't get along! 


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