Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Melinda's Scone and Tea Shop

While walking around Michaels this morning,
I found a beautiful display of Christmas village shops including,
 Melinda's Scone and Tea Shop,
from the Michaels Exclusive 2012 Lemax collection.
This will be an exciting new addition to my Christmas Village of Tea Shops! 

And, yes, the box jumped into my cart. 
Visit tomorrow to see what else I purchased at Michaels. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Royal Adderley Trio

I began collecting English Bone China Cup and Saucer Trio sets
in 1998 on our 2nd trip to England.   I found my first set in the bargain basement of
an antique shop in Chipping Campden.  Actually, I found three matching sets. 
Three of something makes a collection, right?
On several trips back to England, I purchased vintage and new teacup trios
 at various places.  
I recently found this Royal Adderley set on Ebay at a bargain price.
It is back-stamped Canadian Provincial Flowers Purple Violet
Royal Adderley Fine Bone China Made in England. 

The last time I posted photos of an English teacup and saucer trio,
Phyllis asked if I know how many trio sets I have. 
I don't know the answer.  I started counting them,
 and decided I might be better off not knowing! 
But, I could set several dining room tables with trios.  

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Cooking School - Including a Tea Time Recipe

 On Saturday morning I attended the Madison County Cooperative "Beef It Up!" Cooking School
for Homemakers members in the county. 
The program was presented by the Kentucky Beef Council and County Extension Volunteers. 
The program began with appetizers above,
Ground Beef Balls, Asian Steak Bites, and a Southwestern Dip/Spread.
Guests were invited to walk around and view various displays.
 Below: Ribbon Frozen Fruit Bites were being demonstrated and served.

After a demonstration by the guest speaker, a University of Kentucky Meat Specialist,
the main course was served. 
Wild Mushroom and Beef Stew
Potato and Cauliflower Mash
Fall Slaw
Focaccia Bread
(I happened to be served the hearty corner cut of the delicious bread)
 Dessert is the winning recipe from a "bake-off" type of contest.
Fall Pears In Cream Tarts
In my opinion, this would be a perfect mini sweet to serve at afternoon tea.
Fall Pears in Cream Tarts
by Mary McCurdy
15 ounces pear halves in juice
3 ounces cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon peel, finely grated
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 packages Phyllo dough or Athens brand shells
1. Drain pears, pat dry, set aside. 
2. In small bowl beat cream cheese until smooth.  Blend in shipping cream.  Add powdered sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice and extract.   Beat until firm peaks - cream is whipped. 
3. Spoon mixture into shells.  Slice reserved pears into decorative shapes or slice and place on top of cream. 
4. Heat jam in microwave oven for 15 seconds or until melted.  Strain solids and discard or reserve for other use.  Using spoon or brush, put jam on top of each pear slice. 
5. Can be refrigerated for several hours or overnight.  Decorate with almond slices just before serving. 
It was a fun and busy weekend at our house. 
GJ and I served refreshments at the middle school Halloween (costume) Dance Friday night.
Saturday night we attended the Tony Bennett Show at
Eastern Kentucky University Center for the Arts. 
What an amazing concert! 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Your Most Unusual Tea?

I recently attended an event, including a breakfast,
with a group of 16 ladies,
most of whom I had never met. 
You know how chit-chat goes around the table...
The lady sitting to my right chose green tea as her breakfast beverage.
Well, you know me well enough to know that led to a discussion about tea.
She asked me what the most unusual tea is that I have tasted/drunk. 
The one that came to mind was the Spring Green Tea, a green tea with vegetables
(corn, carrots and peas) mentioned in a recent blog post.  
I thought I would ask my readers and tea friends that same question. 
What is the most "unusual" tea you have drunk? 
I know some of you have traveled to exotic locations,
and have tasted several interesting teas. 
Note: I am not asking about your most memorable tea experience,
because that post and question will come later. 
Looking forward to hearing from you!
What is the most unusual tea or herbal infusion you have drunk? 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to Lynn!

Lynn is celebrating her 65th birthday this week.
Yesterday she hosted six ladies at her home for a fun and delicious lunch.
 I forgot to take photos! 
This is a photo of Lynn at my house for our Alzheimer's
Happy Birthday dear friend! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Harney Citrus Blend

As I continue on my journey of trying different tea blends,
 this morning I made a pot of Harney and Sons Citrus Blend.
 This is a blend of black tea flavored with bergamot, grapefruit and orange.

Click on Harney and Sons to read their information and review. 
Anyone who knows my tea tastes, knows it has been a "stretch" for me
to purchase and taste various flavored teas. 
This is not one I will not purchase again, due to the tart, almost bitter citrus flavor.
However, I am going to try it again.  This time I will infuse it for 2 minutes, then again for 3 minutes to see if perhaps my 4 minute brewing process was too long. 
I will gladly send samples from my 4 oz. tin to tea friends who would like
to try this tea.  Just let me know in a comment to this post.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Touring Old Town Berea

Today (Saturday), I joined a group of ladies visiting Berea,
 on a tour of Old Town Berea,
an area of working artists, shops and galleries.
We began at the Berea Welcome Center, above, in the historic
L and N Railroad Depot (above).

We began our tour at Honeysuckle Vine with Dinah Tyree, watercolor artist.

In the same shop, her sister Jimmy Lou Jackson makes beautiful beads
at her business, Hot Flash Beads.  
Then on to the workshop and gallery of copper and brass artists Ken and Sally Gastineau. 
Weaver's Bottom is located on the corner
with Neil Colmer, weaver, and Mary Colmer, corn shuck artist. 
Neil and Mary are talented musicians, and demonstrated the "courting dulcimer."
The last artist we visited was Michelle Weston, glass blower. 

After visiting these artists, the ladies walked around Old Town
for shopping before returning to Boone Tavern Hotel for lunch. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

"New" Vintage Teacup and Saucer

What could be better than a beautiful English Bone China
teacup and saucer?

 A teacup and saucer trio!! 
This is a beautiful Hammersley and Co.
"made in England" Bone China set
I recently purchased from Karen's eBay store.
Find her at:
Devonshire Lace at Karen's Place

The colors are so pretty in this mixed floral pattern! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bluebird Cafe, Stanford, KY

Elmwood Inn Tea Sachets are displayed on the counter
ready for customers to make a nice cuppa,
along with a nice selection of other beverages.
 The menu is made up of fresh farm products.
The gluten free items for daughter, Melissa, are noted on the menu. 

I had a spinach salad and a cup of loaded potato soup,
prepared by Chef Bill Hawkins and his staff.
I also had refreshing iced peach tea. 
PJ checked out the various bluebird decor. 

Monday was a beautiful day fall day
to drive about 45 minutes to historic Stanford, KY.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tea Sandwich Instruction Videos

(This photo is from my album of afternoon tea photos.) has a great blog post with several videos
 showing different methods of how to make tea sandwiches
at the link below. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Fun Family Time

PJ, the youngest grand, has been here for a few days
 (with his mom and dad)
 for fall break.  We managed to do all his favorite things,
 at home, at the farm and at Walmart.
And, during this time, AJ's soccer season ended with a tournament.
Busy family fun times!! 
BTW, PJ picked out our 2012 scarecrow at Walmart for us. :-)  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Kentucky DAR Tea

 Today several DAR friends and I attended DAR Silver Tea in Paris, KY
The event was hosted by the state officers and district directors. 
We enjoyed the afternoon tea and shopping in the gift shop. 

Above photo, Mary K. Kauffman, our Chapter Regent and State Historian, and me.
Tea, punch, finger sandwiches and various sweets were served buffet-style.  
Duncan Tavern was beautifully decorated for fall.
All the ladies attending enjoyed the event. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tea at the Ranch

I always take a tea mug and tea with me when we travel. 
This time it was my Dunoon "The Cotwolds" design. 
The Cataloochee Guest Ranch in Maggie Valley is a far distance from
the Cotswolds, but it was nice to have my English-made mug
to comfort me during the misty, foggy, cool times on the mountain.
The Harney and Sons Queen Catherine Blend of three Chinese black teas
made a great comforting cuppa. 
 I took these photos in the comfortable, warm Ranch House 
where all the hearty meals are prepared then served  family-style
as guests sittogether at long tables.
Wintergreen Cabin where we stayed is just below the horse barn
in the photo above. 
While the family was out horseback riding in the rain,
I enjoyed the peace and quiet and the beautiful view
from my rocking chair on the front porch of Wintergreen Cabin. 
The Ranch House is at the top of the hill in this photo.


The Cataloochee Guest Ranch is located at 5000 ft. elevation,
near Maggie Valley, North Carolina,  
bordering the Smoky Mountains National Park.
The ranch is owned by the Alexander Family,
and is currently managed by the third generation of the family. 

We arrived on Sunday, September 30th and stayed three nights. 
Lunch and dinner are included, and lunch is optional.
We enjoyed all our meals at the Ranch House.
On the rainy Monday afternoon, we drove to nearby
Waynesville, NC to shop at the popular Mast General Store. 
AJ and KJ love the old-fashioned candy counter there. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Horseback Riding - Rain or Shine

 It was raining a bit when the Monday morning ride began
 Mary B. kept the group on the tree lined paths to stay as dry as possible
during an occasional downpour. 
By Tuesday afternoon, the fog lifted and the rain stopped.

What a beautiful afternoon for a horseback ride! 

 The group always takes a break at the top of the  mountain
to enjoy the scenery. 
 KJ, above, and AJ, below.
We are making wonderful memories!


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