Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Herbs in Teacup Planters

 During the past couple of weeks my good tea friends,
Angela at Tea with Friends, and Phyllis at The Relevant Tea Leaf,
have posted about their mint growing in large teapots and teacups. 
It's time for my annual post of herbs and flowers planted in my
teapots and teacups planters. 
This is my third year to plant herbs on my front porch this way.
 If you double-click on the mint above, you will see it is
Kentucky Colonel Mint. 
I just couldn't resist purchasing a mint by that name for my Kentucky garden.
 Just a glimpse of some of our many roses, below. 
 
 


Monday, May 27, 2013

Rose Tree Chintz Table

 My tea table is set with Royal Patrician Rose Tree Chintz 
English Bone China using black napkins with vintage teapot napkin rings. 
The beautiful centerpiece in a teacup was a thank-you gift 
from Ms. Flara and the AP Senior English class. 
I chose back napkins for this tablescape on a whim because there is so much white, 
from the tablecloth to the roses in the china and centerpiece.  
What do you think?   
 
Linking with:
Rose Chintz Cottage ~ Tea Time Tuesday
 
P.S.  Do you recognize this tea set in my header?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Special Afternoon Tea

 It was my pleasure to host the Berea Community High School
AP Senior English class for afternoon tea today.  
The students who attended will graduate next week.  




Served on three-tier servers, the first course included Tea Sandwiches:
Turkey and Swiss on Croissant
White Cheddar Pimiento Cheese 
Cream Cheese with Orange Marmalade with a Pansy 
Sausage Wrap Rolls
Traditional Cucumber with Fresh Dill
Sweet Potato Biscuit with Country Ham
 The second tier held White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Scones
served with Clotted Cream, Lemon Curd and a Fresh Strawberry
 Mini Desserts were:
Brownie Bite with a Raspberry
Lemon Bar
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cream Puff
Mini Cheesecake Tart with Blueberries
And a Strawberry Pastry Delight
I served many pots of Harney and Sons Queen Catherine Tea. 




It was a great event enjoyed by all. 
Thanks to Ms. Flara the teacher for bringing the group. 
There were 20 guests. 

And, a VERY special thanks to my friends Lynn and Patty for helping.
I could not have done it without them!! 


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teatime Preparations

 I am making preparations three tables of guests for tea tomorrow.  
Details coming soon!  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Japanese Homestay Exchange

 
The Madison County students and parents participating in the
middle school Homestay program hosted a reception for
our Sister City Delegation on Thursday evening. 
 
This summer, ten Japanese students will come to Kentucky to
stay a week with families here.  Next year, our students will
go there to stay with the students they hosted this year.  
 
The five girls and five boys chosen to participate are so excited! 



It was a fun evening of good food, fun games and crafts and...
 
traditional dancing.  
 
Austin has been anxiously awaiting this opportunity for years!
Here he is with his buddy Eiki, the tour guide, who has
traveled with the delegations for several years.

 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Japanese Sister-City Visit

 GJ and I have been involved with the Madison County/ Berea, KY
Sister City Program for over 20 years. 
Each year we host an informal welcome dinner, a time for introductions of the
Madison County(KY) International Committee and the visiting Japanese Delegation,
on the first night of their visit.  This event is held at the
Delta Natural Gas Berea district office on a Tuesday evening in May.


On Wednesday, the Delegation was hosted by the City of Berea and Berea College.
 
 After a morning at Berea City Hall and touring city facilities,
a lovely lunch was hosted by the president and first lady of Berea College.
 
An afternoon visit to see Kentucky Crafts in Old Town Berea,
then to our home for Tea and Cookies.
I was so busy "hosting" I didn't take photos of the visit.
They thoroughly enjoyed the Japanese Sencha Green Tea,
the Harney Queen Catherine Black Tea
 and seeing an American home.
 
The fun evening event was hosted by the City of Berea,
and included Kentucky Fried Chicken, Derby Pie, and traditional southern foods.
 
 Above: The New Coon Creek Girls preformed.
Transportation for the delegation in Berea on
the Kentucky River Foothills Trolley was provided by Berea Tourism. 
A very special display of Rescue 5,
F.D.N.Y. 9/11 responding unit
brought tears to our eyes. 
I hope you can double-click the photos and read details.
You can see the unit overturned and covered in ash in the bottom photo.



 
More details of the week in my next post....


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Japanese Sencha Green Tea

This is the annual week of the visit of Berea's  Japanese Sister City Delegation.
Each year we host the first night (Tuesday) dinner, a catered casual event. 
In addition, we are hosting the group at our home on Wednesday for tea.
 
In preparation, yesterday I drove west to Danville, KY to
our favorite bakery Burke Bakery and purchased several
dozen cookies.  (A photo will come later in the week.)
And, then went around the corner to Bruce and Shelley Richardson's
Elmwood Inn Fine Teas retail store to purchase their Japanese Sencha Green Tea sachets.
According to the information on Elmwood Inn's website,
Sencha is the most consumed tea in Japan.
It has a beautiful flat leaf, and as we all know, it is healthy.
This is one of the teas I will serve.  
 

 

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