Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Memories of Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel

 While we were in Denver in July, we enjoyed afternoon tea on two different days.
I could have sworn I posted photos of this tea with our friend Linda B. who
was attending the same meeting Glenn attended.  
But, now I can't find that post.  
So, here goes again.  
For this tea, we were seated at a low tea table. 
 There were several of these special tea tables scattered around the
Atrium Lobby among the high top tables.  
See how the teacups and plates fit just perfectly?
 We thoroughly enjoyed both our tea experiences at Denver's Brown Palace Hotel. 
The food, the loose leaf tea and the service were outstanding! 
We drank the Brown Palace signature tea,
Organic Brown Crown Jewel. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Organic Earl Grey and a Teacup Trio

 The tea in my cup today is Harney and Sons Organic Earl Grey,
described as, "a blend of hand picked black teas from India,
scented with natural Bergamot."
This is a certified organic product.   
The snack to go with the cup of tea is
petite French Madeleines  They are from Starbucks,
and conveniently packaged in a package of three.
This is one of Austin's favorite snacks.
Note: He eats the Madeleines from the package,
and drinks his Earl Grey from a mug. 
 The pretty teacup trio is a vintage Regency.
I purchased it at Bernideen's.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Afternoon Tea Book from Tea Time Magazine

Tea Time Magazine and Hoffman Media has a new book,
Afternoon Tea - Delicious Recipes for Scones, Savories, and Sweets. 
I have posted here numerous times over the years about Tea Time Magazine. 
Although I don't always agree with everything they print, 
in my opinion, the quality of the publication has improved in recent years,
under the leadership of Editor, Lorna Reeves.  
I very much enjoy the photography and recipes in the magazine and have 
kept every issue.
I use the magazine and tea books by Hoffman Media as inspiration 
for planning  afternoon tea parties.   
This book arrived in my mailbox today.
I look forward to sitting down with the book and a cup of tea 
in my favorite chair.  
A quick peek through the pages shows me I won't be disappointed.  
 Oh my!  It's time to think about planning my menu
for my next special occasion tea! 
There are many beautiful ideas in this pretty book. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Susan Branch Book and Mugs of Tea

 I ordered the new Susan Branch book, 
"A Fine Romance, Falling in love with the English Countryside"
from her website, 
I could have written this book!
Well,  not really, because I am NOT a writer, a professional photographer,
and most of all, I am definitely NOT an artist!!
But, Glenn, Austin and I have traveled to many of the same lovely places
she described in this journal of her most recent 2-month trip to England. 
We experienced many of the same fun and almost scary adventures while
driving a rental car on the "other side of the road."
We have visited many of the same beautiful English gardens,
manor houses, tea rooms, and more.  We stayed in 600 year-old self-catering cottages
and flats in small villages.  We have waited while sheep cross the road before
we can continue driving.
We fell in love with beautiful village of Bibury
and the Bibury Court Hotel in 1998,
and returned several times since. 
(see her photos in the book below)  
I so much enjoyed reading about her stay there!
I could not put this book down when I began reading it. 
I savored every word, every photo, and every drawing!  
I enjoyed several mugs of tea
from my "Welcome to the Cotswolds" Dunoon mug
purchased at a shop in Broadway.
I was sorry when the book came to an end,
But, reading it brought back so many wonderful memories of our
trips to England.  Oh, how we want to return soon. 
Today the tea in my mug is a loose leaf Harney and Sons
Passion Fruit Flavored Black Tea.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Details Coming

Christmas Tea with family and friends on August 19th. 
I will share the details of the planning that went into this project soon,
but I won't know the results until November.  

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tea Project Under Construction

Details coming soon...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to Remove a Tea Stain

I am frequently asked "how do you remove tea stains from a cup?'
My answer is to sprinkle a little Baking Soda on a damp cloth
and rub off the stain.
I have also dissolved denture cleanser tablets in tea mugs and tea pots. 
Any other proved ways to remove tea stains?   

Monday, August 12, 2013


Today is the first day of school at BCHS
for our Freshman! 
Does this mean summer is officially over? 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Goodbye Until Next Year

 The Japanese Homestay Middle School group 
departed Kentucky  via Bluegrass Airport in Lexington Monday, August 5.
While Kotaro visited our home, we drank many cups of Japanese Sencha Tea.  
 It was an emotional goodbye for these students who 
enjoyed a fun, action-packed week.  
 But, also a happy time because they have fabulous memories
of this wonderful experience, and know that next summer
our Kentucky group will visit them in Japan. 
 Thank you to the Madison County International Committee
for this great opportunity. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sunday Farewell Party

 After church, we went to the Sunday brunch at Boone Tavern Hotel.
We discovered Japanese boys love their electronic games
 as much as American boys! 
 We hosted the Sunday evening "Farewell Party" 
for all the students, teachers and host families. 

 Lots of fun with water balloons, squirt guns and swimming

 A typical American potluck supper. 

 Then back into the pool and hot tub. 
 A paper weaving project for all. 

 A group photo ended the fun evening. 
The Japanese students went to their host homes for the final night in Kentucky. 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Farm Fun

 Kotaro and Austin had a blast at the family farm.
 Even though they don't speak the same language,
"boys will be boys" - shooting Air Soft guns below,
 fishing in the front pond
 gotta ride the gator, 
 drive the tractor
 and the dirt bike!  

Oh yes, driving to and from the farm in the pick-up truck
is a must! 
I would love to be able to see and hear Kotaro's description
 to his parents of this fun day. 

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Carter Caves and The Kentucky Capitol

 On Thursday the Japanese Homestay students and host families visited 
Carter Caves State Park where they toured 2 caves and participated in
archery, tomahawk throwing and more! 
 On Friday, the group traveled to Frankfort
and toured the Capitol and visited the Governor's Mansion. 

 Below:  Kotaro and Austin pose in the Governor's office. 
 A very special thank you to the Governor and First Lady
for the very nice reception in the Governor's Mansion.  

 Each student was presented with a beautiful rose at the Governor's Mansion
shown in the photo below with Austin, Jackson and Kotaro.

Making memories to cherish for a lifetime!  

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